South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes
Planting bulbs in Peters Park
The Friends of Peters Park (South End) are working in conjunction with Love Your Block to plant daffodil bulbs in Peters Park from 9 to 11a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.
There are another 200 daffodil bulbs to be planted from the city’s Boston Blooms program. The Friends have tools from the city, but volunteers are invited to bring their own trowels, shovels and gloves. The bulbs need to be planted 8 inches deep so that the squirrels don’t dig them out and eat them.
The morning will also include some general clean-up of the park.
For more information, visit www.peterspark.org.
SpeakEasy Stage: ‘BLKS’
SpeakEasy Stage Company will present “BLKS” through Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St. Performances will be held be held on select days with evening and afternoon options.
‘BLKS’ follows three 20-something Black women trying to find intimacy and purpose in a city that doesn’t seem to care about them. In the wake of a serious health scare, Octavia recruits her besties June and Imani to join her for one last epic night on the town. But as the evening unfolds, a string of increasingly wild adventures tests their friendship in this raucous comedy of misbehavior that explores the joys and challenge of growing up.
Run time: Approx. 1 hour, 45 minutes with no intermission.
Content warning: Adult themes including drug use, sexual content and strong language.
Visit www.speakeasystage.com for more information and tickets (prices vary).
United Way’s Thanksgiving Project Distribution Day
Help United Way distribute Thanksgiving groceries to 18,000 local families in 30+ different communities on Saturday, Nov. 20.
Go to https://unitedwaymassbay.org/get-involved/events for more information, including a list of the 29 distribution sites and available shifts plus links to donate $50 towards the food.
Minni Nature Workshop: Forest Floor Terrariums
Calling all outdoor explorers, foragers, and leaf peepers, ages 4 to 10 years of age, to join the Minni Family Workshop, 71 Thayer St. creating a forest floor terrarium from 10 to 11 a.m. or from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21.
Use natural and craft materials to create s miniature landscape, complete with tiny toadstools and colorful painted rocks.
The Minni Shop will also be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit https://minni.space/upcoming-events for more information and reservations ($30).
Thanksgiving Tablescape Workshop
Create a beautiful festive floral tablescape to adorn your holiday table from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 21 at The Vintage Garden, 61 Thayer St.
Gather with friends new and old while creating something festive.
Visit www.vintagegardenboston.com/new-events for more information and reservations ($150).
Menorah Lighting & Spectacular LED Show
The annual Hanukkah Family Celebration and Menorah lighting ceremony will be held 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at the BCA Plaza, 539 Tremont St.
The Menorah lighting event will include a spectacular fire show by Cirque de Light, live music, individually packaged Chanukkah treats and more.
RSVP greatly appreciated: http://ChabadDowntownBoston.org/chanukkah
Go to https://m.facebook.com/events/boston-center-for-the-arts/menorah-lighting-and-spectacular-fire-show/2697664227208226 for other neighborhood Menorah Lighting events.
‘Confluence’ exhibition at Fountain Street Gallery
Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave., Suite 2 will exhibit “Confluence” featuring the work of Denise Driscoll and Sara Fine-Wilson from Saturday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 19
An Opening Reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.
Meet the Artists will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11.
Driscoll’s paintings and FineWilson’s sculptures balance meticulous craft with purposeful play to explore the precarious complexity of life and relationship. Both artists use processes of accumulation and assembly that enable complex forms to emerge from simple parts. Working with clay, Fine-Wilson combines chunks, slabs and wheel-thrown elements to build monochromatic gestural sculptures. Driscoll layers brightly colored overlapping ovals and the gaps between them to build ambiguous spaces. In both cases, the confluence of these many parts creates work that invites extended gazing.
Go to www.fsfaboston.com for more information.
‘Winter Works’ Juried Holiday Exhibition
The annual Juried Holiday Exhibition featuring New England Artists will be on view at the Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. from Wednesday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 19.
An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.
A wide variety of artworks, from painting and drawings to mixed media and prints, will be available for holiday gift giving, priced starting at $100. All sales are cash or credit and carry - so you can take the artwork home with you.
Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com for more information.
2021 SoWa Winter Festival
'Tis the season for the 6th annual SoWa Winter Festival, voted "Best of Boston” taking place across three festival locations and offering ten days of winter wonderland magic – from Friday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 12.
Hours - Fridays: noon to 9 p.m. | Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
SoWa’s largest event of the year is at:
Sowa Power Station - 540 Harrison Ave. (*Indoors – Tickets + Masks Required)
– Enter through a fresh pine tree forest, where you will find 105 local art & food vendors for the ultimate artisan shopping experience.
– See a tree you want to take home? Pay for it on the spot and pick it up at the end of the festival, fully lit, stand included.
– Book a private session on Eventbrite.com with a local photographer at the Holiday Portrait Studio in the Artist Loft Lounge to create a lasting memory ($).
– Want to learn how to paint, take fine art photos, design jewelry, etc.? Sit at the Artist Loft desk to pen a Creative Christmas Wish - two winners will have their SoWa specific wishes granted during the festival.
– Enjoy Indoor/Outdoor snowflake projection mapping on the façade and ceiling of the newly renovated, historic Power Station.
Outdoor Winter Wonderland – 500 Harrison Ave. (*heated tent for beer garden seating)
– Journey from the Power Station to the outdoor food & drink lot, guided by a Trail of Light.
– Grab a bite from the food trucks and beer from the beer garden.
– Cozy up around a fire pit (*first come first serve, weather permitting).
Artist Studios, Design Showrooms, Galleries, Retail Shops & Vintage Market – 450-460 Harrison Ave. (*indoor/outdoor)
– Stroll down Thayer Street, a pedestrian only walkway, lined with lights and holiday window displays. Pop in and out of studios, showrooms, galleries and shops on either side of the street.
– Warm up at the hot chocolate hut, or visit the wine truck for a boozy treat.
– The Co-Create Lab along Thayer St will offer a selection of experimental, collaborative and just plain fun pop-up experiences.
Visit sowaboston.com and/or www.eventbrite.com/e/sowa-winter-festival-2021-tickets-186154672637for more information.
Caleb Cole: ‘Collective Feelings’
Caleb Cole’s Collective Feelings” is a multidisciplinary exhibition of collaged photographs, installations, sculptures, video and anthotype portraits that examines questions of queer identity, intimacy, community, and history. The exhibition will be on view at Gallery Kayafas, 37 Thayer at 450 Harrison Ave. through Saturday, Dec. 4.
A reception will be held during SoWa’s First Friday, Dec. 3.
Go to www.gallerykayafas.com for more information.
Mithsuca Berry: ‘The Sun Knows No Impostor’
Mithsuca Berry: “The Sun Knows No Impostor” will be on view through Sunday, Dec. 19 at the BCA Mills Gallery, 551 Tremont St.
Berry commits to the task of confronting the complexities of life and exploring the dark, unsavory and unsettling to retrieve that which is often comfortably hidden from the conscious – held lovingly by the knowledge that the sun knows no impostor.
This is the second exhibition in the new 1:1 Curatorial Initiative series.
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays – Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m. and by appointment
Visit https://bostonarts.org/event/the-sun-knows-no-impostor for more information.
‘What Now; Making Space’
Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave. is pleased to present in conjunction with Caron Tabb’s solo show, “Humanity Is Not a Spectator Sport, What Now; Making Space,” running through Monday, Jan. 17.
“What Now; Making Space,” curated by artist and participant Meclina in dialogue with Caron Tabb, is an exhibition-within-an-exhibition that will feature a rotating series of artworks by a variety of artists and online artists talks.
Join Tabb, Meclina as well as artists and community members for both in-person and online events and discussions at Beacon Gallery throughout November, December and January.
Visit https://beacongallery.com for more information.
SoWa is open
The art studios, galleries, shops, showrooms and restaurants at SoWa Art + Design District (450-460 Harrison Ave.) including the SoWa Art Guild (450 Harrison Ave.) and the SoWa Vintage Market (lower level of 450 Harrison Ave.) will be open year-round for:
– First Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.
– Second Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– Each venue has its own set hours and are open by appointment.
Come and meet the artists in person, view their new work and buy direct.
Visit www.sowaboston.com and/or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including the SoWa Artist Directory.
Days Without Art: ‘Touched’
SPOKE continues its 30-year mission of creating a place where people gather to reflect and remember those lost to or facing multiple pandemics of COVID-19, racism, addiction and the continuing scourge of HIV/AIDS particularly among vulnerable populations.
“Days Without Art” is a series of cultural events and actions connecting World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, with National Black HIV Awareness Day, Feb. 7.
Here are a few ways to participate in this year’s “Days Without Art:” Touched – How We Are Touched in Times of Pandemic:
– Sponsor a section of the historic Names AIDS Memorial Quilt for $250.
– Contribute an offering performance during the 24-hour vigil on World AIDS Day, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama.
– Make a general donation in any amount to support their signature “Days Without Art” event. The quilt will be installed at the BCA on World AIDS Day, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Boston Center for the Arts, along with 30 sections of the AIDS/Names Memorial Quilt.
“We see the thread connecting the sections as the beauty of the energy that connects us all. We hope to amplify who we can be for ourselves and for one another.”
Visit https://mwponline.org/wordpress/touched-alive-with-hope-days-without-art-2021 for more information.
‘Within the Big is a Lot of Little’ exhibition
“Within the Big is a Lot of Little” artists Patty deGrandpre and Georgina Lewis explore the particulars of the big picture. Applying abstract and pictorial forms, the artists survey fragments of everyday objects as well as fragments of time. Featuring sculpture, drawings and print work, the exhibition probes the beauty of the little things, both metaphorically and literally.
“Within the Big is a Lot of Little’ will be on view at the Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave., Suite 2 through Sunday, Nov. 21.
Visit www.fsfaboston.com/upcoming-exhibits for more information.
Bromfield Gallery: ‘Visual Concepts’ | ‘We Are Poems’ | ‘Feral Joy’
The Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. will showcase the following exhibitions through Sunday, Nov. 28.
– Christine Kyle: “Visual Concepts”
Kyle makes peculiar, mixed media, wall sculptures that evoke a sense of familiarity while resisting categorization.
– Dietlind Vander Schaaf: “We Are Poems”
The Japanese word jikan refers to the silence between two thoughts. In this vein, Vander Schaaf’s work is an attempt to render temporary, fleeting moments of beauty, balance, and stillness visible. He describes his paintings as the place where the inner landscape and the outer landscape meet.
– Amantha Tsaros: “Feral Joy”
Tsaros series “Feral Joy” is a celebration of the jubilant return of hope and joy. These are paintings of lively forms and vibrant hues, a palette reminiscent of her favorite childhood candy store, cavorting playfully, in an invitation to indulge in optimism.
Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com for more information.
Kingston Gallery: Brown: ‘Entangled’ | Volpe: ‘Alchemy and After’ | Littlefield: ‘Smaller’
Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. No. 43 will feature three exhibitions through Sunday, Nov. 28.
– In The Main Gallery - Linda Leslie Brown: “Entangled”
– In The Center Gallery - Christopher Volpe: “Alchemy and After”
– In The Kingston Project Space - Brian Littlefield: “Smaller”
Visit www.kingstongallery.com for more information.
Kingston Gallery: 3 Exhibitions + Opening Reception
Words becoming action. Poetry to soothe the soul. The book as a subversive art space. Three artists highlight the power of language, text, and uncertainty in work that ranges from paintings on paper to artists' books at the Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. No. 43 from Wednesday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Jan. 16.
An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.
– In the Main Gallery, Jennifer Moses takes a children’s game to a new conceptual dimension in Rock, Paper, Scissors. The game becomes a flashpoint to weave in quests for power and fast decision-making in the scope of global chaos.
– In the Center Gallery, Antoinette Winters delves into written language through poetry as a means to contemplate our shared uncertainty in Once upon a time... Text becomes installation and finds meaning in art book form.
– Working in similar media, Chantal Zakari presents the artist’s book and printed media as a rich, varied art form in The Bookshop is open. on view in the Project Space Gallery. Visitors are encouraged to leaf through the printed material and discover work that opens the gallery space to a larger audience within each book they encounter.
Go to www.kingstongallery.com for more information.
Home cooking exhibition/opening reception
LaiSun Keane Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave. C8A will showcase Home Cooking, a group exhibition featuring 11 Asian and Asian American artists, curated by critic and poet John Yau through Sunday, Dec. 5.
Examining issues including the Asian diaspora, anti-Asian hate, memory, family and connection, Home Cooking disables the stereotype of Asian art as a monolith. Questions of consumption, communion and assimilation – all forms of digestion – are reflected in the artworks, each around the central theme of food.
Visit www.laisunkeane.com/homecookingjohnyau for more information, including Mama Chang’s Dumpling Recipe.
Miniature Festival (online)
Featuring world premiere 30-second miniatures for flute and harp submitted as part of their Black Composer Miniature 2.0 Challenge, plus haikus and tanka poems submitted as part of their Black Poet Miniature Challenge, plus performances by Project STEP, Boston City-Wide String Orchestra, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' Intensive Community Program students of viola works from their inaugural Black Composer Miniature Challenge.
This miniature festival is co-sponsored by Boston Center for the Arts where “Castle of our Skins is a Launchpad Resident” can be enjoyed through December on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Visit www.castleskins.org/2021---2022-season.html for more information and the links to enjoy.
Caron Tabb: ‘Humanity Is Not a Spectator Sport’ exhibition
Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave. will present Caron Tabb’s solo show, “Humanity Is Not a Spectator Sport,” through Monday, Jan. 17.
Featuring all original mixed media works, Tabb aims to shed light on white privilege, systemic racism, and inequality, as well as our shared humanity. Even more important than the awareness she hopes to bring, Tabb seeks to challenge viewers and inspire difficult conversations.
This exhibition is the first iteration of Tabb’s multi-city “Be the Change:” a public art and activism initiative taking its fledgling steps in Boston and a 7-week exhibition-within-an-exhibition – “What Now; Making Space” – that will feature a rotating series of artworks in the place of Tabb’s.
These works will engender both in-person and online events and discussions at Beacon Gallery through January.
Visit https://beacongallery.com for more information.
BCYF programs and services
The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities,
recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.
Dance with Parkinson’s onsite/online
Urbanity Dance, 725 Harrison Ave. offers free classes from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays onsite and via Zoom designed for people with Parkinson’s Disease to keep individuals moving in a fun, welcoming and safe environment.
Certified Urbanity’s instructors will guide participants through exercises designed to enhance and maintain mobility, flexibility, balance, posture, coordination and strength, which are all easily modifiable for various levels of mobility.
In this social, creative outlet, participants can discover or rediscover the joy of movement. Caregivers and loved ones are welcome to attend, although not required. All are welcome; no previous dance experience required.
Visit urbanitydance.org for more information and Zoom registration.
IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción – will host a social hour from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Fridays via Zoom to spend quality time with their neighbors. Virtual Bilingual Bingo will be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Go to www.ibaboston.org/events/social-fridays for more information and Zoom registration.
Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth.
Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.
Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.
Third Piece Online knitting classes
Third Piece (631 Tremont St.), a South End yarn shop welcomes virtual crafters of all levels at their online knitting classes. The sessions are offered at various times throughout the week. Fees vary; some free.
To learn more, go to www.thirdpiece.com.
‘Imagine Van Gogh’
“Imagine Van Gogh,” more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings, is making its debut in Boston on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at the SoWa Power Station, 550 Harrison Ave.
The exhibition – spanning more than 24,000 square feet – brings Van Gogh’s canvases to life in a vivid and spectacular way. The audience will enter the artist’s world of dreams as visitors are transported on a journey to the heart of the artist’s work.
The exhibition, which will be on view through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, is a contactless experience, with a limited number of guests allowed in on a timed-entry basis, adhering to all safety guidelines established by the Commonwealth.
Visit www.imagine-vangogh.com for more information and tickets (starting at $33.99).
MFA Playdates at Home
Enjoy MFA Playdates through 15-minute videos posted online every couple of weeks. Toddlers and caregivers enjoy story time, look at art together, and participate in an art-making activity led step-by-step by a museum educator.
Each MFA Playdate focuses on a specific theme. Recommended for children, ages 4 and under, with adults. Art-making activities use materials commonly found at home. In addition to watching the video to see exactly how to make the art project, people can download the art-making instructions or read them online.
Visit mfa.org/programs/kids-and-family-programs/mfa-playdates/mfa-playdates-at-home for more information.
Urbanity dance classes
Urbanity Dance offers adult digital dance classes for all levels in a variety of styles. Taught by top faculty, including Urbanity Professional Company dancers and guest artists, these classes are designed to be taken on a drop-in basis or through 8- to 12-week seasonal sessions.
Go to urbanity.org for more information.
Free meals/food resource information
Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.
Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.
MTW book/textile donations and online/onsite purchases
More Than Words stores accepts donations of books, CDs, DVDs, and video games along with gently used clothing and shoes to keep their youth-run business in operation. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Donations can be dropped off at one of their facilities, including at 242 East Berkeley St., or donation bins or can be scheduled for a contactless pickup.
People can also shop online or onsite for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.
All donations are fully tax deductible. Every donation and purchase support their mission to empower youth.
Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the locations and links to purchase items.
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus at Home
Boston Gay Men’s Chorus continues to “create musical experiences in inspire change, build community and celebrate differences.”
BGMC has a host of videos from a variety of tours, local concerts and music; among them are
eight new videos at bgmc.org and nearly 400 musical videos on www.youtube.com/BGMC1982 that have been viewed by more than 57 million viewers, many virtually created since the pandemic started.
Help the Friends help the Boston Homeless
The Friends of Boston’s Homeless supports Woods Mullen Women's Shelter and Southampton Men's Shelter (formerly Boston's Long Island Shelter) in Boston’s South End.
Three ways to help:
– Participate in the Operation Sock Drop
– Create Housewarming Baskets
– Make a financial donation.
The Friends serves more than 800 people experiencing homelessness every day by providing safe dignified care and basic emergency services (a nutritious meal, hot shower and a warm bed). The Friends also support solution-oriented programs that help people move beyond shelter to live peaceful, stable lives in our community including vocational training and employment services and transitional and permanent affordable housing.
Go to fobh.org/how-you-can-help for more information.
Give to Rosie’s Place
In this time of uncertainty, Rosie’s Place’s doors remain open, offering sanctuary and support to the women with nowhere else to turn. They hope you will consider making a gift today so that they can continue to provide critical services and compassion to all who seek their help.
You can support Rosie’s Place with a monthly donation, tribute gift, events, or donated items.
Visit rosiesplace.org for more information and links to donate.
Support Haley House & Haley House Bakery Café
For more than 54 years, the Haley House has continued to use food with purpose and the power of community to break down barriers between people, empower individuals, and strengthen neighborhoods.
The non-profit organization operates the Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Live-In Community at the Haley House, 23 Dartmouth St. in the South End and the Haley House Bakery Café, Catering, TEP, TBK, and Arts & Culture programming at 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.
The Haley House accepts in-kind donations (see list of needed items) and money and uses volunteers to help fulfill their mission.
Visit https://haleyhouse.org/give/in-kind for more details.
Help keep BGMC’s mission alive
Individual and corporate contributions fulfill the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’ mission of creating musical experiences to inspire change, build community and celebrate diversity. Your gifts allow BGMC to perform in great concert halls and theaters, serve our community, tour to new places, and support their volunteer members. Your donation – in whatever amount is appropriate for you – is greatly appreciated.
The power of their voices will amplify the value of your gift many times over, helping to create a world that values its LGBTQ citizens.
Visit www.bgmc.org for ways to make your tax-deductible donations.
Support the parks – give the gift of membership
Give the gift of membership to ensure that the beloved parks - the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall - remain icons of Boston and continue to receive the protection, care and management that they need.
Donations can be made at friendsofthepublicgarden.org.
South End Neighborhood Aid Network
The Neighborhood Aid Network, coordinated by The Human Network Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has a simple goal: To provide a central place where neighborhood digital platforms can aggregate and standardize and where volunteers receive information and training.
The South End neighborhood is part of that network and is here to help. For more information, go to The South End Coronavirus Support (Need help) // Ayuda para Coronavirus en el South End (Necesita ayda/Quiere ayudar) online through www.humannetworkinitiative.com.