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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 for more information and reservations.

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 artist talk will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Go to 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 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, Aug. 7.

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 for more information and registration.

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 for more information.

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. 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 for a complete list of venues, a printable calendar and links to RSVP.

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 for more information. Help keep the music alive with donations.

ParkARTS Neighborhood Concerts: Divas with a Twist

Divas with a Twist will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 at Blackstone Square, 1530 Washington St.

Visit for more information.

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 as follows:

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 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. 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 for more information.

ParkARTS Arts & Crafts Workshop

Local artists will lead take-home craft projects from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 12 at Ringgold Park, 10 Ringgold St.

Perfect for children, ages 3 to 10. All materials are provided.

Visit for more information.


The Boston Fiber Company, 460A Harrison Ave. is continuing the tradition created by Bead+Fiber and inviting crafters to bring projects to work on as a group from 6 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of the month.

All crafters are welcome (wheelchair accessible). For those who have questions or who are stuck on a project, there's always someone around to help. Bring some sips and snacks (optional) and be ready to have fun and talk crafting. Any purchases made during the event have a 10 percent discount.

Visit for more information.

Live @ Brunch: Phil Grenadier Quartet

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 famous 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. 13: Phil Grenadier Quartet

Beautiful and expressionistic, trumpeter Phil Grenadier is one of Boston’s sage jazz players. This is a mighty quartet with Boston’s strongest veteran players.

Visit for more information and reservations.

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 for more information and registration ($20 – includes Tru Beverage of 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 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 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 for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

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."

Visit 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 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.

The exhibition will run through Sunday, Aug. 21 at Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave.

Visit 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 through Saturday, Aug. 27.

Visit for more information.

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 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 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.

Visit 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 through Sunday, Aug. 28 at 460C Harrison Ave. #2.

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 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 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

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 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 Friday Open Studios from 5 to 9 p.m.

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

Visit, and/or 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 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 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.

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 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 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

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 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.

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 for more information.