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Raafat Majzoub: Grounds 

Marking a decade of “The Perfumed Garden, an autobiography of another Arab world” by Raafat Majzoub, Grounds brings together a selection of excerpts to weave a conversation with visitors about intimacy and collaboration, and to inspire a meditation on collective futures.

The exhibition is an invitation to reconsider truth as multiple. To change. To engage. And to share. It presents grounds for the validity of our collective fictions and creates new grounds for shared realities to come. Please touch the work. Add to it. The exhibition objects will be integrated in Majzoub’s ongoing project.

Grounds, curated by Artemis Akchoti Shahbazi, will be on view at the BCA Mills Gallery, 551 Tremont St. from Saturday, Jan. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 20.

An Opening Reception and Curatorial Walkthrough will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21.

Go to 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.

– The SoWa Artists Guild also reminds people to visit any Sunday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Not every artist will be open, but enough studios open each Sunday to dazzle the hearts and minds of art lovers everywhere. Meet the artists in person and be the first to see their new works. And experience the rewards of buying direct from the makers.

– Each venue has its own set hours and are open by appointment.

Meet the artists in person, view their new work and buy direct.

Visit, and/or for more information, including the SoWa Artist Directory.

The Salon Show

Winter Group Exhibition will be on view at the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. #C7 through Sunday, Jan. 16.

Visit for more information.

Kingston Gallery:  Moses + Winters + Zakari exhibitions

Words becoming action. Poetry to soothe the soul. The book as a subversive art space. Three artists – Jennifer Moses, Antoinette Winters and Chantal Zakari – 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 through Sunday, Jan. 16.

Go to for more information.

‘Humanity Is Not a Spectator Sport’ + ‘What Now; Making Space’ exhibitions

What Now; Making Space, a group show within Caron Tabb: Humanity Is Not a Spectator Sport will be on view through Monday. Jan. 17 at Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave.

Join Tabb, Meclina as well as artists and community members for both in-person and online events and discussions at Beacon Gallery through January.

Visit for more information.


The Boston Public Library wants kids to join the team – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – the group will tackle a different STEAM principle with a hands-on activity that they'll all do together over Zoom from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays in January. STEAM Team is intended for kids, ages 5-9, and their caregivers.

Sign up for a specific day or for the whole month at – they’ll email a brief description of what they'll be doing as well as a link to the Zoom room.

‘Fresh Faces:’ Group exhibition of emerging talent

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. #C7 will host their 4th annual student artwork show, “Fresh Faces,” from Wednesday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 27.

The show features new artwork by the Northeast’s most talented artists, specifically current students and recent graduates (2021), in a variety of styles and media.

Visit for more information.

Knitting 101: Cozy Cowl Workshop

Knitting has been shown to lower stress levels and blood pressure as much as yoga and meditation.

Join Wei Jing Saw, founder of Knitly from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 20 for a fun, social activity where learning how to knit is the focus. This workshop integrates stretches and deep breathing to enhance the meditative qualities of knitting.

Together with instructors from Knitly, participants will learn how to make a cozy cowl using a yarn buffet for you to pick a favorite color. No prior experience is necessary.

Visit for more information and reservation ($80).

‘Vox Clamantis’ Exhibition + The Opioid Spoon Project Fundraiser

The solo exhibition “Vox Clamantis” by Domenic Esposito is on view through Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St.

Among numerous events with artists, authors and academics taking place during the exhibition in connection to Domenic Esposito’s art and activism will be a two-day series of special projects supporting the Opioid Spoon Project, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22. See full lineup at The Opioid Spoon Project. 

Here are some highlights of the month-long events:

– Friday, Jan. 21: The Opioid Spoon Project will host a fundraiser event from 5 to 9 p.m. 

– Saturday, Jan. 22: Noted journalist and author Sam Quinones, will discuss his latest book 

The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth, which follows his previous book, the New York Times bestseller Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, from 2 to 3 p.m.

– Sunday, Jan. 23: Domenic Esposito will conduct a 2D Art with 3D Sculpture Workshop, co-sponsored by New England Sculptors Association (NESA), from 2 to 3 p.m. 

– Thursday, Jan. 27: Exploring Art Therapy, to discuss the healing power of art, featuring 

Antonella Pirone, Ph.D., Director of Translational Pharmacology at Caesura, TX, SLP fellow and Alicia Ventura, Director of Special Projects & Research, Office-Based Addiction Treatment Program (OBAT) at Boston Medical Center. Sponsored by Professionisti Italiani a Boston (PIB) from 6 to 8 p.m.

– Saturday, Jan. 29: Artist Talk with Domenic Esposito and Vox Clamantis Curator Diana Lada L’Henaff from 6 to 7 p.m.

Go to for more information and links to register for events.

Surreal Acrylic Painting Workshop

Artist Dahlia Raz will teach you how to overcome perfectionism and come up with fun ideas to paint from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 22 at Wyllo, 65 Thayer St.

Learn to paint and draw surreal plants and animals using acrylic paint on canvas. Whether you’ve never touched a paint brush or are a professional artist this class is for you.

Visit for more information and reservation ($60).

Anthony Peyton Young: Eternal Presence

Anthony Peyton Young’s artwork “Eternal Presence” is on view at Steven Zevitas Gallery 450 Harrison Ave, #47.

A public reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4.

Go to for more information.

‘In Close Proximity’ exhibition

LaiSun Keane Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave. C8A will present a three-person exhibition titled “In Close Proximity” featuring emerging artists Anna Berghuis, Kyra Gregory and Raymond Hwang on view through Sunday, Jan. 23.

– Responding to isolation during the pandemic, Berghuis started her FaceTime series painting digital versions of subjects she communicated with on FaceTime.

– Gregory turned the focus on domesticity and the interiors. Her subjects are flat-mates and friends sharing tight living spaces, having breakfast or lounging on the couch; mundane activities yet voyeuristic to the viewer. The large-scale dinner table scene depicting friends playing cards which incorporates both printmaking and painting.

– Hwang’s take on life in the pandemic is both humorous and surreal. Adding absurdity into the everyday sprinkled with some boyhood love for superheroes and food, Hwang delves into the theme of home and belonging using still life and objects with cultural references.

Visit for more information.

Core Member Exhibition: ‘The Space for Maybe’

Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave., Suite 2 will illuminate and celebrate pivotal moments of artistic creation in “The Space for Maybe” on view through Sunday, Feb. 13.

The exhibition tells the story of the artistic practices of its core members, which include painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, mixed media and video. The exhibition includes process artifacts and images that will give viewers a peek into the studio, where half-formed aspirations can become art or scrap, and any course of action or reaction can extend the artist’s mind and willingness to consider wildly different approaches to their work.

Curator Q+A will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29.

SoWa First Friday Art Walks will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 4.

Visit for more information.

SOLO 2022 Competition Winners

The Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. will present SOLO 2022 Competition Winners featuring Virginia Mahoney: “Shielded State” and Anne Birutė Harris: “PEAK” through Sunday, Jan. 30.

Visit for more information.


Gurari Collections, 460B Harrison Ave. is pleased to present Wendy Artin’s new 2021 exhibition “Flow” through Sunday, Jan. 30.

The artist is inspired by the sky and the soil, the ethereal and the earthy, the humble and the heavenly in more than 70 watercolors, all on white paper. Her subjects include fruits, vegetables and shellfish from her local Roman market, the city’s pine trees against its azure skies, urban wild flowers, beloved pencil stubs, old toys, and celestial statues of angels and injured Amazons.

Go to for more information.

‘People, Places & Things’ - Event Canceled - Will be rescheduled 

Playwright Duncan Macmillan's latest work – People, Places & Things – a new play about surviving in the modern world, follows an actress who goes into rehab after coming unhinged onstage.

Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, the performances will be held on select days and times through Saturday, Feb. 5.

Visit for more information and tickets (prices vary).

‘Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition’

The original “Imagine Van Gogh,” with more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings, will be on view through Sunday, Feb. 20 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. Visitors will enter the artist’s world of dreams as they are transported on a journey to the heart of the artist’s work.

Visit for more information and timed-entry tickets (starting at $33.99).

‘¡Con Salsa!’ - The History of Afro-Latin Music in the USA, Past, Present & Future

Join José C. Massó to explore the true power of identity through a 10-part music lecture series that covers the history of Afro-Latin Music in the United States. The nexus between music, politics and national, cultural, and racial identity will be explored through recorded music and discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on select days through March 24.

Each lecture will be hosted by a selected branch of the Boston Public Library and can be enjoyed on site or on Zoom. The series will also be recorded and can be viewed upon request.

Visit for a more information and registration.     

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 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 for more information and Zoom registration.

Social Fridays

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 for more information and Zoom 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 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

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 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 for more information.

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 for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

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

– Visit or 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 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 and nearly 400 musical videos on 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 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 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 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 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

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