South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes
Celebrate August in the SoWa Art + Design District
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.) are 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. – outdoors and indoors
– First Friday Open Studios from 5 to 9 p.m. (next one is scheduled for Aug. 5)
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.
Minni Family Workshop - Summer Shades
In Minni Family Workshop – Summer Shades participants will celebrate summer in their sunny studio at 71 Thayer St. with the brightest of warm colors.
A Minni instructor will guide students through a variety of projects focused on play and warm shades, including balloon prints, sticky collaborative collages, and giant sun paintings. Soak in the Sunday summer sun with your creative little one (1.5 to 3 years) from 10 to 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.
Visit https://minni.space/upcoming-events for more information and registration ($35).
Minni Jewelry Workshop - Knotted Necklaces
Grown-ups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcomed to Minni Jewelry Workshop – Knotted Necklaces, a spring afternoon dedicated to designing colorful knotted necklaces from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 31.
An instructor will offer gentle guidance as participants unwind and wind up bright cotton thread and soft cotton rope to create their own knotted necklace. Participants will leave the Minni Studio at 71 Thayer St. with the perfect summer accessory.
Visit https://minni.space/upcoming-events for more information and registration ($60).
Sunday Blues with Bruce Bears & Friends
Bruce Bears and friends will be playing blues from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays at The Beehive, 541 Tremont St.
Bruce Bears has been at the center of the international blues scene for decades. His expert treatment of the keyboards has been alongside the most famous blues stars in the world.
Go to www.beehiveboston.com for more information. Help keep the music alive with donations.
Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation
The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts museum, cultural and recreational institutions to provide one free activity during each of the 31 days in August.
Boston Neighborhood venues include: Aug 1: The Sports Museum | Aug. 7: Out of the Park | Aug. 13: World Ocean School: Sail on the Roseway | Aug. 15: Nichols House Museum | Aug. 22: Swan Boats | Aug. 25: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.
Go to www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a complete list of venues, a printable calendar and links to RSVP.
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:
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 and Aug. 30: International Strings (classical, jazz, popular, and world music).
Visit bpl.org/events 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:
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.
'Where I come From, Where I am' - Associate Group Show
Fountain Street will exhibit “Where I Come From, Where I Am,” featuring the work of the Gallery’s Associate Members from Wednesday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 28 at 460C Harrison Ave. #2.
SoWa First Friday Art Walk will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 5.
The show, which includes painting, photography, drawing, sculpture and mixed media, illuminates the thematic questions on multiple levels - physical and personal journeys, the unfolding of life’s events, the evolution of one’s artistic practice.
Visit www.fsfaboston.com for more information.
Kingston Associates Show: ‘Drawn Together’
Kingston Gallery Associate Members will present “Drawn Together” in the Main, Center and Project Space Galleries, 450 Harrison Ave. No. 43 from Wednesday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 28.
The works on exhibit from nine associate members range from vivid and abstract to monochromatic and scientific and is an apt metaphor for the current cultural moment.
An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday Aug, 5
Visit www.kingstongallery.com/maincenter-project-associates-2022 for more information.
ParkARTS Arts & Crafts Workshops/Rosalita’s Marionette Puppet Show
Local artists will lead take-home craft projects from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12 at Ringgold Park, 10 Ringgold St.
Perfect for children, ages 3 to 10. All materials are provided.
On Aug. 5 at 11 a.m., experience the charm of Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets, at a whimsical puppet show that will delight the child in everyone.
Visit boston.gov/events for more information.
‘We Interrupt This Program’ - A Group Exhibition
“We Interrupt This Program,” a group exhibition curated by Renee Anderson and Gina Mudge,, will be on view at Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. Suite A16 from Friday, Aug. 5 through Saturday, Aug. 27.
An opening reception is slated from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug, 5.
Visit www.howardyezerski.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.
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.
The Gallery will be open during SOWA First Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 5.
Visit www.bostonsculptors.com for more information, including gallery hours.
‘WITNESS’ - A Juried Exhibition of New England Artists
What does it mean for art to bear witness? Featured is artwork from the abstract to the literal, that testifies about issues from the personal to political, and everything in between. “WITNESS” highlights art that provokes, illuminates and questions.
An Opening Reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug, 5. The exhibition will run through Sunday, Aug. 21 at Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave.
Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com/upcoming-exhibitions 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.
Live Music @ Brunch: Yulia Musayelyan
The Beehive is a wildly popular Bohemian eatery and bar located in The Boston Center for the Arts complex at 541 Tremont St. Amongst the backdrop of an eclectic, funky, yet elegant art space, The Beehive's music brunch features delectable food, libations and live musical performances by Boston's top musical artists. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Music runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Featured performer for Saturday, Aug. 6 is Yulia Musayelyan.
Musayelyan is a flutist and composer, originally from Moscow, Russia. Her compositions combine world folk music idioms, metric and groove complexity, and jazz harmony and improvisation for a modern sound that fuses the past and present.
Visit www.beehiveboston.com for more information and reservations.
M’Kenzy Cannon: ‘Please Let Me In’
“Please Let Me In,” a multimedia installation of video, photo, and object work that crystallizes as an interactive experience, urging gallery-goers to excavate and co-create the exhibition’s narrative, will be on view from Saturday, Aug. 6 through Saturday, Sept. 10 at the BCA Mills Gallery, 551 Tremont St.
Public Reception and Curatorial Walkthrough will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12.
Visit https://bostonarts.org/event/please-let-me-in for more information.
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.
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).
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.
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 through Sunday, Aug. 28.
Chason-Sokol is creating an installation 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 including three studio visits, an artist talk and a three-day final exhibition, will be held from Aug. 26 through Aug. 28.
Visit https://beacongallery.com for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.