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Wayne Potash and his Music Fun Band provided the entertainment at the recent Friends of Hayes Park’s annual Summer Picnic in the Park. A lot of people of all ages showed up to this very fun event in the South End.

‘My Evil Twin’

“My Evil Twin” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 24 at the Black Box Theater, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

“My Evil Twin” is an intimate musical starring identical twin opera singers Jim and John Demler telling the story of their lives in words and song with vulnerability and bravado in a tribute to sibling love.

The songs blend opera with elements of Broadway and pop, and provide the twins the chance to unleash their virtuosic basso voices with madcap energy and emotion in an exquisite, entertaining and totally out-of-the-box new kind of music theater.

Go to www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/My-Evil-Twin for more information and tickets (Adults: $20 | Students: $12).

Beacon Gallery Artist in Residence: Martha Chason-Sokol

Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave., has selected Martha Chason-Sokol, a local mixed media contemporary artist based in Everett, as the gallery’s first Artist in Residence (AiR) for a five-week residency from Saturday, July 23 through Sunday, Aug. 28.

Chason-Sokol will be creating an installation currently titled, “The Dinner Party,” which will consist of a dynamic site-specific installation featuring discarded materials from the artist’s home and surroundings, including furniture, plastic wraps, lights and sound equipment, among other items. 

A series of events open to the public will also be coordinated as part of this residency program including three studio visits, an artist talk and a three-day final exhibition from Aug. 26 through Aug. 28.

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

Minni Community Drop-Ins

Minni Community Drop-Ins – designed for the entire family to enjoy creative play and messy materials in Minni’s spacious studio at 71 Thayer St. – will be held in half hour increments from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 24.

Rotating themed projects will focus on open-ended play, material exploration, and a variety of art processes.

Minni Community Drop-Ins are free or pay-what-you-can to give back to the community, one creative project at a time.

Visit https://minni.space/upcoming-events for more information and registration. 

USS Constitution Story Time and Take-Home Craft

The Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard will offer a Sailor Story Time followed by a free take-home craft at 2 p.m. on Tuesday July 26.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including information about the free admission vouchers and reading program at the Museum good through April 30, 2023.   

SoWa Summer Fitness Series

Workout at the SoWa Power Station Mezzanine, 550 Harrison Ave. on Tuesdays through Aug. 30 with Yoga with Anne Koza or Gina Molinari at 5:30 p.m. and/or 305 Dance with Jess Edwards at 6:30 p.m.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/sowa-summer-fitness-series-tickets-377277385817 for more information and registration ($20 – includes Tru Beverage of your choice before or after the workout).

Summer Concerts in the Library Park

Summer concerts will be held at the South End Branch Library Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 16 as follows:

July 26: Pat Loomis and Friends (soul jazz) | Aug. 2: Zeke Martin and The Oracle (jazz/funk fusion) featuring Pat Loomis | Aug. 9: The Dopelotus (R&B, neo-soul) featuring Pat Loomis | Aug.16: Sarah Seminski and Friends (jazz and blues) featuring Pat Loomis | Aug. 23: International Strings (classical, jazz, popular, and world music) | Aug. 30: International Strings (classical, jazz, popular, and world music).

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Radical Reads: ‘The Upstairs House’ (2021)

Radical Reads is a South End Branch Library book club focusing on literature that critiques and challenges current feminist topics.

The group will meet online from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26 for a vibrant discussion of Julia Fine's The Upstairs House, in which Megan is recovering from a difficult childbirth, caring for her newborn alone while her husband travels for work. She suffers a psychological unraveling that causes her to see the ghost of famed children's book author Margaret Wise Brown.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

FSG: ‘See Me (An almost) autobiography’

Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave. #2 will present the pop-up exhibition ‘See Me (An almost) autobiography,’ a collection of short performance poetry films by Lee Campbell from Tuesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 31. 

Lee Campbell’s moving image film practice brings together drawing, painting, photography and performance as he shares his personal history as a working-class gay British man to confront the politics of seeing and underline how validating seeing can be as well as the difficulty of not being seen. While Campbell’s films can be viewed as one person’s narrative, they represent different voices layered to talk about wider levels of experience with references to cultural contexts that anyone can relate to.

Visit www.fsfaboston.com for more information.

Titus Sparrow Park Concert Series

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a Summer Concert Series from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 17. Bring a picnic and enjoy the performances as follows:

July 27: Dub Apocalypse Reggae | Aug. 3: Pan Neubean Steel Steel Drum | Aug. 10: Eva Davenport Original Fusion from hip-hop to soul to R&B to jazz | Aug. 17: Slim Jim and the Mad Cows Country

Visit www.titussparrowpark.org/events for more information.

Eco Friendly Aqua Resin Workshop

During this beginner workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 at Wyllo, 65 Thayer St., participants will make their own home decor - choosing an oval trinket tray or rainbow decor mold - to take home.

With a variety of colors to choose from and techniques to learn, Reanna, founder of Gluesticks & Polaroids, will help guide them through the process from start to finish, with plenty of time for questions and learning more about this art form and its many applications.

Go to www.shopwyllo.com/pages/workshops for information and registration ($50).

SoWa Sundays

Stop by the SoWa Art + Design District, 450 Harrison Ave. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays 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.

SoWa Sundays will be held outdoors and indoors through October.

Visit www.sowaboston.com/sowa-open-market for more information.

Boston Sculptors 30th Anniversary Group Exhibition

The Boston Sculptors will present its 30th Anniversary Group Exhibition through Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave.

Visit www.bostonsculptors.com for more information.

Parks Summer Fitness: Zumba with Z Spot

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom through Saturday, Oct 1, including Zumba with Z Spot from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at Blackstone Square, 1535 Washington St.

Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration.

Crafternoons at the South End Branch Library

Calling all crafters! Whether you scrapbook, quilt, or cross-stitch, the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St. is offering a creative space to work on projects from 3 to 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.

This is not a class, but a space to socialize, share current projects and get inspired.

Bring friends, ideas and conversations. All crafting levels are welcome.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual Classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom through Saturday, Oct 1.

Here are the virtual classes:

Virtual Dance Fit: Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. | Virtual HIIT Training: Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m. | Pre- and Postnatal Friendly Barre from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays | Fit Fusion: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays | Virtual Chair Yoga: Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. | Virtual Zumba: Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. | Virtual Yoga: Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Visit boston.gov/fitness for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

Howard Yezerski Gallery: Keith Maddy ‘Inner Flight’

The “Inner Flight” exhibition by Keith Maddy will be on view at the Howard Yezerski Gallery 460 Harrison Ave. Suite A16 through Saturday, July 30.

Go to www.howardyezerski.com for more information.

Bromfield Gallery: ‘The Long View’ 

“The Long View” - What Do You See (Do You See Me!) will be on view at the Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, July 31.

Napoleon Jones-Henderson curated the featured artwork by Ekua Holmes, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Bryan McFarlane, Chandra Dieppa Méndez-Ortiz and Hakim Raquib.

Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com for more information. 

Kingston Gallery: Nat Martin + Brett Poza 

The Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, No. 43 will exhibit the works of Nat Martin and Brett Poza through Sunday, July 31.  

– Nat Martin: “Untitled Afternoon” (in the Main and Center Galleries) is a collection of small objects made outside the studio, within the orbit of his family

– Brett S. Poza: “Plywood Forest” (in the Kingston Project Space) displays more than 20 small works depicting trees that are burned into the surface of wood blocks or plywood using a variety of techniques

Visit www.kingstongallery.com for more information.

Laconia Gallery: Robert Rovenolt ‘Unrestricted’

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

For Rovenolt, "when lost objects find him, he ponders their prior life and function and then sets out to make them whole again."

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

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

LaiSun Keane ‘STITCH!’

The Textile and Fiber Art Show featuring LoVid, Mary Tooley Parker, Michael C. Thorpe and Stacey Lee Webber will be on view at LaiSun Keane, 460C Harrison Ave., C8A through Sunday, Aug. 21.

An opening reception is slated from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday Aug. 5 and an artist talk will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Go to www.laisunkeane.com for more information and reservations.

BCYF Summer Program Registration is Open

A variety of land and pool programs will be offered at the BCYF community centers across the city this summer.

Go to Boston.gov/BCYF-Registration for more details and registration.

Boston Summer Camp Listings

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

Immediate Need: Type-O Positive + Negative Blood

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.

SoWa Art + Design District is Open Year-Round

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.

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 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.

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 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.

MFA Playdates at Home                                                     

Toddlers and caregivers can enjoy story time, look at art together, and participate in an art-making activity led step-by-step by a museum educator focused on a specific theme, via 15-minute videos posted online every couple of weeks.

Art-making activities use materials commonly found at home. Art-making instructions can also be downloaded or read 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.

Visit www.humannetworkinitiative.com/neighborhoods for more information.