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The tulips are flourishing in Hayes Park in front of the West Canton Street Child sculptor by Kahlil Gibran. It is one of many statues by Gibran that can be found throughout Boston.

Jaeok Lee: ‘Family of All Things’

Jaeok Lee’s exhibition, “Family of All Things,” features fired clay figurative sculptures. Paired and singular figures interact with each other as Lee explores and celebrates relationships with herself, her family, nature, and the Creator of all things. The sculptures’ surfaces are evocative of stone and incorporate fiber elements with the final addition of colorful glazes.

Lee taps into her native Korea’s cultural past and revitalizes traditions with her unique perspective and values.

The exhibit will be on view at the Boston Sculptors Gallery LaunchPad, 486 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, June 5.

An artists’ reception is slated from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

A First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on June 3.

will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on June 3.

Abrams ‘Model Citizen’ + Fines ‘Moon Tides’

Christopher Abrams presents small-scale objects that fuse natural form with transportation and infrastructure while Sally Fine’s sculptures, drawings and paintings are informed by the artist’s fascination with real and imagined forms of the moon and the tides.

The exhibits will be on view at Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, June 5.

Artists' Talks: at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14; Talks start at 3 p.m.

Artists' Meet and Greet: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, Saturday, May 21, Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4

First Friday: from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on June 3

Go to www.bostonsculptors.com for more information. 

David Skillicorn: ‘Botánica 19-6’

David Skillicorn’s “Botánica 19-6,” visceral abstract paintings celebrating color and texture, will be on view at the Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. (#57) through Saturday, May 14.

Visit www.chaseyounggallery.com/currentexhibitions for more information.

‘Truth or Consequences’

BCA Launchpad Resident company, Fresh Ink Theatre, will present Pay-What-You-Want performances of “Truth or Consequences” by local playwright Andrew Siañez-De La O on select dates and time through Saturday, May 14 at the Plaza Black Box - Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

Go to https://bostonarts.org/event/truth-or-consequences for synopsis and tickets.

Steven Zevitas Gallery: ‘You Had Me at Hello’

Eighteen artists will be represented in “You Had Me At Hello: New American Paintings 2022 Review” at the Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, #47 through Sunday, May 15.

Visit www.stevenzevitasgallery.com/exhibitions for more information.

Help clean up Peters Park

Volunteers are invited to help at the Peters Park spring clean-up from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 15. Among the things being done to beautify the park is planting the annuals.

The Friends of Peters Park will have tools available at the clean-up, but people are encouraged to bring their own. Garden gloves are recommended.

People taking part should meet at Peters Park on the open lawn next to the dog run park. The event begins with coffee and donuts, donated by Dunkin’ on Washington Street. Kids with adults are invited to take part in the clean-up.

For those who can’t attend, but want to help – donations are always welcome. Donations are especially needed for the dog park’s maintenance and landscaping. Checks can be sent to Friends of Peters Park, PO Box 181137, Boston, MA 02118 or go to www.Peterspark.org.

The Friends of Peters Park is a 501 C3 non-profit organization.

‘Unsafe Spaces: When Being Jewish Means You Don’t Belong’

Lappin Foundation will host a film screening of “Unsafe Spaces: When Being Jewish Means You Don’t Belong” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16. Geared for Grades 9 through 12 and Parents.

Today’s college students are now being marginalized just for being Jewish. As their lives have moved into digital spaces, this discrimination has followed them there. This film will explore the marginalization of Jewish students from progressive spaces for just being Jewish.

Jacob Baime, CEO of Israel on Campus, will present an Israel on Campus climate update following the film. 

Register at us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrfu2sqDMpGNw2VrGQhsd8re7625v7Q_kC.

Community Resource Fair

Get connected with organizations that offer education opportunities, job training and critical resources. This free virtual resource fair will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

This event is part of a series of CORI-friendly events presented by the City of Boston's Project Opportunity and partners. All are welcome.

Visit www.boston.gov/calendar/community-resource-fair for more information, including a list of participating organizations.

Immersive Yoga

South End yoga instructor Julianne Lenehan will bring a sense of calm and community to SoWa, teaching a Yoga Flow class suitable for all levels from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 28 at SoWa's new pop-up events space, EVE, along Thayer St. (460 Harrison Ave. next to the SoWa chalk wall). 

Set to a backdrop of inspiring music, soft lighting and gorgeous digital landscapes, this weekly event will tap into our collective energy and set the scene for personal revitalization.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/wednesday-evening-immersive-yoga-tickets-324156850867 for more information and registration ($25/session).

Tasty Tomatoes Workshop (Online)

Tomatoes are the diva/divo of the garden - they demand tons of attention.

Join Community Gardens from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 for a deep dive into choosing and growing the most delicious tomato varieties. They’ll share some of their favorite varieties –from tasty heirlooms to compact patio tomatoes to disease resistant hybrids – and discuss planting, trellising, diseases, pests and harvesting.

Visit thetrustees.org/event/71779 for more information and Zoom registrations (donations welcome).

Catholic Charities’ Spring Celebration 2022

Catholic Charities Spring Celebration is an annual benefit for Catholic Charities of Boston’s areas of greatest need. The agency’s four core services provide a holistic approach to serving their clients through Basic Needs, Adult Education & Workforce Development, Family & Youth Services, and Refugee & Immigrant Services.

Join them at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at Columbia Point for a reimagined cocktail gala.

They will recognize the incredible work and impact of their 30 community sites as the honorees. As selfless volunteers, they have displayed teamwork, kindness, and compassion in the resettlement of nearly 160 Afghans into new homes in the Greater Boston area.

Visit www.ccab.org/news-updates/catholic-charities-spring-celebration for more information, including sponsorships and tickets.

MassArt's 2022 MFA Thesis exhibition

MassArt MFA Thesis 2022, curated by MassArt Art Museum Executive Director Lisa Tung, will be on view at MassArt x SoWa, 460C Harrison Ave. Suite C-08 through Sunday, May 22.

The seven featured 2022 MFA candidates will present public artist talks at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20 via Zoom.

The show also features a concurrent component at the Patricia Doran Graduate Gallery, 621 Huntington Ave.

Visit https://sowa.massart.edu for more information.

Clean Candle Making Workshop

Join Meaghan Keenan, founder of Good Karma Candles (aka candle expert) for an evening of candle making from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 20 at Wyllo, 65 Thayer St.

In this class, people will learn about the candle making process, mix fragrances and pour soy wax to customize your candle (which you will take home). People will also create a personalized label and get one on one time with the instructor. There will be plenty of time for questions/answers and some candle trivia (with prizes).

This workshop is perfect for beginners. Visit www.shopwyllo.com/pages/workshops for more information and registration ($45).

Immediate Need: Type-O Positive + Negative Blood at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

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

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.

Move Your Feet for Pine Street

A two-part hybrid fitness event will be held from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 to benefit Pine Street Inn, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating homelessness.

Pine Street Inn is New England’s leading provider of housing, shelter, street outreach and job training to homeless individuals with varied backgrounds facing complex obstacles.

This family-friendly event will feature an all-levels and inclusive strength training class at 2:55 p.m. led by Elyse Oliver, founder of Sweat N’ Slay and cardio dance class at 3:30 p.m. led by 305 Fitness Certified Instructor and Pine Street Inn Board Member, Avana Epperson-Temple, held at HealthWorks, 35 White St. in Cambridge and on Zoom. Join for one or both classes.

Any size donation will automatically register people for the two-part fitness fundraiser.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/move-your-feet-for-pine-street-tickets-326403310087 OR www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moveyourfeetforpinestreet22 for more information and registration and/or donation.

Boston Summer Camp listings

For a comprehensive listing of and links to Boston Summer Camps – Art, Sports, Academic and Specialty – visit https://bostonsummercamps.com.

SoWa Open Market - open May through October

SoWa Open Market, 450 Harrison Ave. will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays through October.

Stop by to enjoy a celebration of local makers at the Farmers Market, Arts Market, Vintage Market, Container Bar, Pop-Up Cafe, Permanent Artist Studios, Galleries and Retail Shops as well as interactive art and lawn games and a rotating selection of global DJs.

Website: www.sowaboston.com/sowa-open-market.

‘Is It Wednesday Yet?’ at LaiSun Keane

A two-person exhibition titled “Is It Wednesday Yet?” featuring Cicely Carew and Kate Holcomb Hale will be on view at LaiSun Keane, 460C Harrison Ave., C8A through Sunday, May 29.

The exhibition includes new collections of each artist’s individual works, as well as works the artists created together to activate the gallery space with colorful abstracted sculptures using unusual, found and common household materials.

An artist conversation and live demo moderated by Leah Triplett Harrington is slated from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 (with reservations).

Visit www.laisunkeane.com/cicelycarewandkareholcombhale for more information.

‘Rights Along the Shore’

A collaborative exhibition by Marry Ellen Strom and Danielle Abrams, “Rights Along the Shore,” examines on the history of segregated swimming sites in Northern and Southern US locations.

This exhibition focuses on the social transformation and social costs ignited by the NAACP-organized “wade-in” resistance at South Boston’s Carson Beach in the summer of 1975.

The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, May 28 at the BCA Mills Gallery, 551 Tremont St.

Visit https://bostonarts.org/event/rights-along-the-shore for more information.

Gallery Kayafas: Byrne + Bitetti + Rich + Naylor

– Tynan Byrne “Opening Echoes”

The books, installations and assembled photographs are contemplations on the power of nostalgia, including a longing for things that never happened; the urge to salvage a misspent adolescence; the need for reason amid romantic discordance; and the effort to reclaim ownership over a body and self when they suddenly feel foreign.

– Kathy Bitetti “The Sea Hates a Coward”

This work is a body of collages from the power and the terror of Atlantic to the Mediterranean.

– Ellen Rich “Rub for Good Luck”

Playing with abstract shapes and high key color is intuitive and explorative with the goal of creating a piece that speaks with emotion to the viewer.

– Zachary Naylor “On Becoming Capable of Love”

An exhibition comprised of twelve drawings that reflect on how ‘I’ came to be as I am and the potential for evolution. 

These exhibitions will be on view at Gallery Kayafas, 37 Thayer at 450 Harrison Ave. through Saturday, May 28.

Visit www.gallerykayafas.com for more information.

FSG: Kathline Carr + Frantz Lexy ‘Land/Form’

Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave., Suite 2, will feature the work of Kathline Carr and Frantz Lexy in “Land/Form” through Sunday, May 29.

The artists share a deep interest in the landscape. In this exhibition they create in their respective work a language of form, resulting in imaginary or reconstructed places that blur the lines between representation and abstraction. Carr and Lexy’s collaborative installation of small drawings, sketches and prints will give insight into their processes and personal decisions behind the larger works.

Visit www.fsfaboston.com/upcoming-exhibits for more information.

‘The Infinite Figure’

Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave. is pleased to present “The Infinite Figure,” a two-artist show featuring Sima Schloss and Jamal Thorne through Sunday, May 29.

With a focus on figurative expression through human form, the works on view will include independent creations and collaborations, showcasing their unique style and expression through paint and mixed-media forms.

Visit https://beacongallery.com for more information.

Bromfield Gallery: Barbara Burgess Maier + Nina Wishnok

– Nina Wishnok: “Things Are Getting Dark”

Working with collected imagery and layering over earlier work with woodblock, drawing, ink, and copier toner, these prints celebrate the humor and weirdness in the murky and off-kilter.

– Barbara Burgess Maier: “Conversions”

Her work is the conversion of her energy from and for living. These mixed media paintings and prints are her purest way of translating her experience, her humanness in ways that invite the viewer to connect in their own way and at their own pace. Marks and shapes collide, light reveals color and meaning shifts as quickly as insight reveals and as slowly as thoughtful reflection requires.

These exhibitions will be on view at the Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, May 29.

Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com/upcoming-exhibitions for more information.

Kingston Gallery: On-Kyeong + Novetsky + Emmerson

These three exhibitions will be on view at the Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. No. 43 through Sunday, May 29.

– On-Kyeong Seong: “Boundless Garden” (Main Gallery)

On-Kyeong has long been fascinated with the sewing machine, both as a symbol of domestic labor and as a tool for her art. “Boundless Garden” combines the manual techniques of oil painting and ceramics with the automatic movements of the sewing machine.

– Diane Novetsky: “Stay on It” (Center Gallery)

Novetsky’s abstract acrylic paintings describe sinuous forms that radiate light through vibrant color harmonies. Symmetry balances the high energy of the color and the tumbling arabesque forms. The work departs from perfect symmetry as centralized forms uncoil and morph in space, and collage-like figures appear to tumble. The effect combines the earthy, sensual and otherworldly.

– Susan Greer Emmerson: “The Last Thing They Wore: Dressing for a Pandemic” (Kingston Project Space)

Emmerson’s show is an attempt to make covid losses real and to memorialize distinctive personalities and identities of some of those who died by examining their clothing. She has gathered pictures of those who died of Covid from various websites and social media platforms and created paintings of the outfits that they wore.

Visit www.kingstongallery.com for more information.

‘The Inheritance’ - A Play in Two Parts

The SpeakEasy Stage Company South End will present “The Inheritance” at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA through Saturday, June 11. The play will be shown in two parts on select dates and times.

Interweaving lives and spanning generations, “The Inheritance” transposes E.M. Forster’s novel Howards End to 21st century New York. Playwright Matthew López explores many profound themes through the turbulent and often hilarious experiences of a group of young, ambitious New Yorkers.

Content Advisory: “The Inheritance” contains sexual content, nudity, violence and graphic language, and is recommended for ages 16+.

Visit www.speakeasystage.com/shows/2022/04/the-inheritance for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Laconia Gallery: Robert Rovenolt ‘Unrestricted’

‘Unrestricted’ by Robert Rovenolt will be on view at Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, Aug. 14.

The gallery will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Fridays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

For more than five decades, Rovenolt has honed his craft and unique approach to the found or ready-made object. For Rovenolt, "when lost objects find him, he ponders their prior life and function and then sets out to make them whole again."

Visit https://laconiagallery.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.

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

– SoWa Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– First Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m.

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

Visit www.sowaboston.com, http://facebook.com/SoWaArtistsGuild and/or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including the SoWa Artist Directory.

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.

Urbanity Dance Onsite/Online

Urbanity Dance, 725 Harrison Ave. is a nonprofit arts organization that provides a diverse range of high-quality dance and movement experiences to students of all ages, levels of experience and backgrounds.

Urbanity partnerships with schools, health centers, local arts institutions, enrichment camps, and juvenile detention centers through its three flagship programs: Urbanity in the Community, which provides dance curriculum to Boston Public School students who otherwise would not have access; Dance with Parkinson’s, which uses movement to improve the mobility, balance, and coordination of those with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders; and Movement Mends, which uses movement to empower and inspire those who have experienced incarceration, homelessness, or violence.

Visit urbanitydance.org for more information, including the class schedules, 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 www.ibaboston.org/events/social-fridays 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 ymcago.org for more information and registration.

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.

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.

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 https://fobh.org/ways-to-help for more information.

Give to Rosie’s Place

Rosie's Place, 889 Harrison Ave. is a multi-service community center that offers women emergency shelter and meals, and so much more: a food pantry, ESOL classes, legal assistance, wellness care, one-on-one support, housing and job search services, and community outreach. 

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.

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.