Fenway neighborhood notes

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The Hotel Shelton was a block from Kenmore Square at 91 Bay State Road. This postcard is from the 1930s. It says of the hotel, “The modern atmosphere of the Shelton, its pleasant rooms, its perfect appointments, service and cuisine make it one of Boston's outstanding hotels for discriminating permanent and transient guests.”

BSO Concert: Augusta Read Thomas and Beethoven

One of the finest pianists of the Classical repertoire, Mitsuko Uchida joins Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra for two very different Beethoven concertos, the start of a multi-season Beethoven collaboration with Ms. Uchida.

The Concerto No. 2 was actually composed before the work known as No. 1, but Beethoven published them in reverse order. Completed by about 1795, the piece is strongly rooted in the Viennese style of Mozart. The Concerto No. 4 dates from a decade later. It opens, unusually, with a few bars of solo piano, a chordal passage that introduces the work’s overall lyrical and elegant character. Opening these concerts is the American premiere of Augusta Read Thomas' Dance Foldings.

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

Visit www.bso.org/events/thomas-beethoven for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House

Join Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17.

This year, the MFA offers free admission - including access to special exhibitions - for Massachusetts residents.

Celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. King by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. View the magnificent art of Roxbury’s own Ekua Holmes in “Paper Stories, Layered Dreams,” on view through Jan. 24.

Visit www.mfa.org for more information and tickets.

Free Family Day: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy and carry on his pursuit of justice with a Day of Service at the Gardner Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17.

King spoke of love, peace, hope and brotherhood. Make advocacy buttons or postcards sharing a message of hope inspired by his words and enjoy screenings of “Witness: Spirituals and the Classical Music Tradition.”

Try a guided Courtyard meditation on your mobile device or sketching in the galleries and experience special performances.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information and reservation.

Martial Arts at FCC

Instructor Sharon Montello will facilitate a series of martial arts classes designed for mixed ages and abilities that will include tai chi and introduction to kung fu at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. #123.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information and registration.

How newsrooms are shifting strategies to better serve communities

According to Poynter, more than 100 local newsrooms have closed during the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting already deeply troubling industry trends that have been playing out over the past two decades. Among the factors contributing to sharp declines in the news business are dramatically impacted revenue streams, technological advancements affecting how people access news and information and a marked erosion of public trust toward media institutions.

However, the news about the news isn't completely bleak. A groundswell of community-focused media outlets is working to create new playbooks and pathways to sustainability, ensuring essential facts and information continue to reach the greater public.

WBUR chief content officer Victor Hernandez will moderate a panel discussion exploring how local news ecosystems can evolve to be more relevant, responsive and relied upon by the communities they serve.

Join the livestreamed conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Visit www.wbur.org/events for more information and reservation.

BSO: Brahms | Nabors | Tchaikovsky

Elim Chan will conduct Brahms, Brian Raphael Nabors and Tchaikovsky featuring pianist Igor Levit in Symphony Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan 20 (open rehearsal); at 1:30 p.m. on *Friday, Jan. 21 and at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 20 and Saturday, Jan. 22.

*Friday Previews take place from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

Visit www.bso.org for more information and tickets (prices vary).

‘Dancing With the Stars Berklee Edition’

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee Dance Division presents “Dancing with the Stars: Berklee Edition.” Eight teams composed of members of the Conservatory and College community will compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy. All proceeds support scholarships for Dance Division students.

The event will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21 at Boston Conservatory Theater and will be live streamed.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events for more information, including a link to support your favorite team and tickets ($25).

Senior Choreographers' Concert: Interludes

Boston Conservatory at Berklee will present its annual senior choreographers' concert: Interludes at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21 and Saturday, Jan. 22 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23 at the Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St. 

This performance is the cumulative showcase of six senior dance student choreographers featuring a wide array of styles, music, and inspiration; their work encapsulates all that it means to be contemporary in today’s theater. 

Go to www.berklee.edu/events/senior-choreographers-concert-interludes for more information and reservations (free with tickets).

Extremely-Critical Shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has an extremely critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.

Extremely-Critical Shortage – Donate blood at Children’s Hospital and save a child’s life

Donating blood is the easiest way to save a child's life. Donate blood or platelets at the Children's Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave. – an independent collection facility serving the needs of the pediatric patients in the Longwood Medical Area.

Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome (subject to staffing and availability) during hours of operation (every day except Mondays).

To schedule an appointment, go to www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org or phone 617-355-6677.

Alpha 60

Alpha 60, a science fiction augmented reality exhibition curated by Michael Lewy, is located along the Emerald Necklace and can be viewed using the Hoverlay AR app.

Download the Hoverlay app for Iphone, Android. People can also follow Alpha 60 at www.instagram.com/alpha.60scifi.

The Rink at 401 Park

The Rink at 401 Park, presented by REI, will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. on Monday through Friday; from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays; and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

From skating lessons to broomball leagues, The Rink at 401 Park is the ultimate winter playground.

Adults: $10 | College Students, Seniors, & Kids under 12: $6 | Skate Rentals: $6

Visit thefenway.com/events for special events, updates and tickets.

IceFlow al fresco @thefenway! Skating class for adults

IceFlow, by oy Skate Productions, is a yoga-inspired skating class for adults of all levels. Stretch, breathe, and glide together to music doing basic skating moves from 10 to 10:50 a.m. on Sundays through Mar. 20.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/iceflow-al-fresco-thefenway-skating-class-for-adults-of-all-levels-tickets-217055909067 for more information and registration.

NEC’s First Monday                                                                                   

Join NEC as they celebrate 37 years of First Mondays: well-loved classics and new compositions, performed at Jordan Hall by some of the finest chamber musicians in the world, free and open to all at 7:30 p.m.

Go to https://necmusic.edu/events/first-monday for more information and tickets.

Seventh-Inning Stretch                                                                                

Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor celebrated the one-year-iversary (365 days and 168 episodes) of the “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show on March 29, 2021, which continues to air at 7 p.m. on Mondays.

So, tune in live at www.facebook.com/7thinningstretch2020 and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs, as well as some special guests.

Although the show is still fun and free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.

Morning meditation with Cantor Alicia Stillman

Begin the day grounded and grateful at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This 45-minute morning meditation is a screens-optional experience where the participants will engage in musical morning blessings, gentle chant, mindfulness and sitting together in both silence and guided meditation. The participants will awaken their breath and imagination toward a grateful, grounded and energized day.  

Go to www.tisrael.org/calendar for more information and the Zoom link.

Guided meditation                                                                                                   

Interested in reducing stress, bettering your emotional health or practicing self-compassion? Join the Fenway Community Center’s free guided meditation class, led by Fenway residents and licensed instructors, Pallavi and Vaibhav from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for the Zoom link.

Free First Thursdays at the Gardner

Enjoy the Isabella Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way with free admission from 3 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month with reserved tickets.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information and reservations.

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.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

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.

The Boston Cyclists Union                                                                          

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

– Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

– The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.

Food access and resources information                             

The Mayor's Office of Food Access works to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food that reflects the diversity of the residents of Boston.

– Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

– Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

– Visit www.projectbread.org/get-help or contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

East/West Fens food distribution

Fenway Cares will hold a bi-weekly fresh food distribution from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays in West Fenway at the Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St.) and East Fenway at Symphony Community Park (39 Edgerly Rd.). 

If you are immunocompromised or physically unable to pick up a box at either location, you can request a produce box be dropped off at your building by a Fenway Cares volunteer.

Sign up at bit.ly//FenwayCaresFood. The same form can also be used to sign up to volunteer.

Lifeboat Food Pantry                                                                       

The Lifeboat Food Pantry will be held at 105 Jersey St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome. 

Visit www.lifeboatboston.org/mission, email LifeboatBoston@gmail.com or phone 617-383-9864 for more information on this and other programs offered.

BSO and Pops at home        

The BSO offers a wide variety of audio and video options of some of their greatest performances in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood.

There will also be video tutorials with BSO musicians created to support students and at-home learning along with some behind the scenes videos from BSO musicians and conductors (sharing life off-stage) featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances.

These offerings are available at www.bso.org/athome and the BSO YouTube and Social Media Channels.

Museum of Fine Arts at home fun                                     

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness and diversity of artistic expression, prehistoric times to modern day.

Follow #MuseumFromHome hashtag for videos of gallery tours, lectures and artists interviews.

And for fun facts check out twitter.com/Victoria_S_Reed courtesy of MFA’s curator.

Visit mfa.org for more details.

Gardner at Home

To explore the Gardner Museum while staying cozy at home, check out their virtual museum tours, collections and courtyard along with a suite of free digital programs.

Visit gardnermuseum.org and follow them on their social media platforms.

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.

Fenway Cares                                                                       

Fenway Cares is a joint effort by local organizations (Fenway Alliance, Fenway CDC, Fenway Civic Association, Fenway Community Center, Operation P.E.A.C.E. / Peterborough Senior Center) that gathers and shares information with the Fenway neighborhood as well as pairs volunteers and services with those in need.

To learn more, visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org, email FenwayCares@fenwaycommunitycenter.org or phone 617-446-3949.

Visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresIntake to offer support, request assistance or share information.