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Virtual concerts at Boch Center

Boch Center debuts these virtual concerts until live performance season can begin:

- Trampled By Turtles

See them perform four unique virtual sets from the First Avenue music venue at 9 p.m. on Thursdays – Starts and Satellites (Feb. 11), The Pachyderm Sessions (Feb. 15), and Old School (Feb. 25).

A portion of each ticket/bundle sold goes toward #Save Our Stages to help independent music venues hit hard during the pandemic.

- Darlingside

Boston's own Darlingside will perform a live set of their new album, Fish Pond Fish at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11. The evening show will be followed by and meet and greet. All events will be viewable for 72 hours following the live broadcast.

- Tibet House 34th Benefit Concert

This concert, featuring Eddie Vedder, Phoebe Bridgers, and Brittany Howard among others, will be available at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Go to for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Monica’s Kitchen Peace Breakfast take-out

The Good Samaritan Ministry at St. Monica Parish, 331 Old Colony Ave. will host a Peace Breakfast to go from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.

For more information, email or phone 617-268-8100.

Virtual 2021 Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Year of the Ox.

Pao Arts Center* will host a virtual Lunar New Year Celebration with family-friendly virtual activities on Saturday, Feb. 13 as follows:

2 to 3 p.m.: Lion Dance Workshop

Learn about the history of lion dance, practice basic moves, and see a live demonstration. Workshops are geared towards children ages 5-12.

Create your own lion head prior to the workshop using everyday objects you can find in your home, such as blankets, laundry baskets, or pillows

4 to 5 p.m.: Lunar New Year Wish Tree Celebration

Share your hopes and dreams for the new year on the virtual wishing tree.

All day: Chinese Dumplings

Learn how to make traditional new year dumplings with Valerie Li’s In the Kitchen (At Home) class (recipe videos available on the Center’s YouTube Channel.)

*In partnership with Nuwa Athletic Club, China’s Children International (CCI), and Families with Children from China New England.

Visit for more information and registration.

Sunday Brunch Jams: DJ Mozes

Jam out while supporting DJ-recommended local eats at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14.

DJ Mozes of allyoucaneat plays some February feels and spotlights one of his favorite take-out spot Kimchipapi Kitchen on Instagram Live.

Visit for more information and registration. (Free; Donations to support ICA welcome).

Help Support MANNA Community Program at Cathedral Church of St. Paul

Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.

In addition to the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

Serving these individually-packaged meals to a larger number of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit for more information.

Harboring at Home: An Evening with Oompa

Join Boston Harbor Now and AfroDesiaCity for the second installment of their virtual arts series from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15.

This program includes a video performance and audience Q&A with poet & rapper, Oompa.

Go to for more information and registration.

February School Vacation Week: Family Virtual Cinema

Kick back from the comfort of your home and watch art unfold with the family from Monday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 28.

Grab some popcorn and delve into a selection of inspiring short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival.

Visit for more information, including a list of the films and how to watch them free.

ARC needs blood – critical shortage

The American Red Cross is urging people to make a blood donation to help maintain their supply amid the pandemic. Help save a life by donating blood!

A blood drive will be held at the following places:

– Tuesday, Feb. 16

7 a.m. to noon at Flynn Cruiseport, 1 Black Falcon Ave., Black Falcon Cruise Terminal

Noon to 8:15 p.m. at Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. Boston

– Wednesday, Feb. 17

Noon to 8:15 p.m. at Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St., Boston

– Thursday, Feb. 18

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seaport Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane

11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. at Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St,

– Friday, Feb. 19

8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St., Boston

– Saturday, Feb. 20

7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St., Boston

Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

Sign up at or phone 1-800¬-RED CROSS (1-800¬-733-2767).

Out Here 3: More Stories of Homelessness and Transition

Join the Black Seed Writers Group, including founder and editor James Parker, and the Boston Public Library for an online morning hour of poetry, protest, prayer, witness and visionary reportage from the streets and shelters of the city from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The Out Here series, created with the BPL to keep these writers in touch with their readership during the pandemic, has been an extraordinary success.

Since 2011 the Black Seed Writers Group, which meets every Tuesday morning at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in downtown Boston, has been providing a creative space for homeless, transitional, and recently housed writers. Under the guidance of founder/editor James Parker, a staff writer for the Atlantic, the group’s weekly sessions have become the hub of a prophetic and highly active literary community.

Visit for more information and registration.

Park Street Church Warming Center

Park Street Church has opened a warming center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Neighbors are invited in for a 90-minute chance to get warm, eat a meal, charge their phone and use the restroom.

The Warming Center also serves grab-and-go meals and hot drinks at the entrance to the church. They are seeking volunteers to make sandwiches from home and bring them to the church and/or become an in-person volunteer (two-hour shifts available). Financial donations and gift cards are also appreciated.

Visit or email for more information.

Graves Light Station in Boston Harbor

Waveswept Graves Ledge was a menace to mariners from the earliest days of Puritan Boston, claiming untold vessels and lives until the building of the light.

In this online program, Dave and Lynn Waller, who began restoring the landmark Graves Light in 2013, tell the tale of this extreme engineering and construction project, which resulted in what some considered the finest lighthouse on the East Coast. Blending period details with modern conveniences five miles offshore presented the Wallers with challenges, but their success merited a Boston Preservation Alliance Achievement Award.

Join Historic New England and Boston Preservation Alliance on this seaward journey with German spies, shipwrecks, nor’easters, and swinging '60s clandestine parties from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Go to for more information and registration (0-$25).

Revolutionary Harbor: The Transatlantic World of Peter Faneuil

In October 2020, the National Parks of Boston, the Museum of African American History, the City of Boston and the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project installed a marker at the end of Long Wharf recognizing Boston’s participation in the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Many merchants in colonial Boston owned and trafficked in enslaved people and profited from the goods produced by enslaved labor. Peter Faneuil, the benefactor of the iconic building that bears his name, built a Transatlantic financial empire as one of these elite colonial Boston merchants.

Join the National Park Service as it explores the complicated legacy of Peter Faneuil and the central role of slavery in shaping Boston’s 18th century economy from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, presented by National Park Service and Boston Harbor Now.

Visit for more information and registration.

Request for clothing donations

H.O.M.E (Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement) at the Park Street Church is requesting clothing donations to be distributed to their neighbors in need.

Specifically: Winter clothing (sizes M, L and larger) such as sweaters, jackets and boots.

At this time, they are not interested in small sizes of men’s or women’s clothing.

Volunteers will be available to collect donations from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, email

Bright Lights: ‘Welcome to Chechnya’

With searing urgency, Welcome to Chechnya shadows a group of activists who risk unimaginable peril to confront the ongoing anti-LGBTQ pogrom raging in the repressive and closed Russian republic.

Since 2017, Chechnya’s tyrannical leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has waged a depraved operation to “cleanse the blood” of LGBTQ Chechens, overseeing a government-directed campaign to detain, torture and execute them. With no help from the Kremlin and only faint global condemnation, activists take matters into their own hands.

In his new documentary, David France uses a remarkable approach to anonymity to expose this atrocity and to tell the story of an extraordinary group of people confronting evil. The film will be available for viewing between 7 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 8 p.m. on Feb. 18.

A live 45-minute moderated discussion of the film with director David France and producer Alice Henty will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18. Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform and on Zoom.

Visit for more information and registration.

Virtual Harpoon Shamrock Splash

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s first ever Virtual Harpoon Shamrock Splash will be held through Friday, March 12.

They’re challenging everyone to come up with creative ways to “splash” from wherever they are. So, grab a bucket of cold water, a cup of ice, fill up your bathtub, or find another fun, safe and creative way to polar plunge - all of the money raised goes to the Better Beaches Program.

With registration, people get Harpoon beer, a Splash koozie and entry into a raffle to win round trip flights on JetBlue.

During February, they will be awarding weekly fundraising prizes. Raise more money to win more prizes.

Get cold for a great cause… Visit for more information and registration.

BPL Reading Challenge

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit for more information.

SpeakEasy University

The second semester of SpeakEasy University will be held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through March 30 via Zoom.

They will explore an in-depth analysis of theatre producing and arts administration by walking through the production process of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Each week, a different part of the theatre industry will be covered, illustrated through the lens of Curious Incident.

People can sign up for any or all of the sessions. All sessions are ‘Pay What You Can.’

Go to for more information and registration.

‘Miss Julie’

The Strindberg classic Miss Julie is audaciously revised in this hypnotic production from internationally praised Brazilian theatre-maker Christiane Jatahy.

A stunning multimedia riff on the Swedish playwright's combustible tale, Miss Julia is a power play of sex, lies and videotape.

Go to for more information and tickets, available for on-demand viewing through 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22.

(UN)CONFINED exhibition

The (UN)CONFINED exhibit, a collection of work by 17 printmakers, painters and sculptors, explores feelings caused not only by the pandemic quarantine, but also by figurative and literal boundaries. The exhibition will be on view through Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the FPAC Gallery, 300 Summer St.

Lock down allowing Gallery Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and by appointment.

The artists are members of Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studio, a community of colleagues who have supported each other through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit to learn more.

Black Seed Writers Group + ‘The Pilgrim’

The Black Seed Writers Group meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in Upper Sproat Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage.

The Pilgrim literary magazine features the works of hundreds of homeless, transitional and recently-housed writers.

Visit and/or for more information.

Young Adults Cafes Zoom gatherings

The Park Street Church offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9:15 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, open to all young adults in the Greater Boston area.

The Tuesday café is comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s.

The Cafes meet virtually to help people stay connected in a healthy and safe way during these challenging times. The participants meet in a large group for worship, bible study and/or and fellowship and then break up into a variety of small groups, including ones for newcomers.

For more information, visit or email

LRC: Self-Care Series

Self-care is important to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. It means doing things to take care of your mind, body and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. Doing so enhances the ability to live fully, vibrantly and effectively. The practice of self-care also reminds people that their needs are valid and a priority.

Join this facilitated living room conversations from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 24.

Visit for more information, including the weekly topics, and Zoom registration.

College Worship Communities

Gather with fellow undergraduates at the Park Street Church as they stream church services together and then spend time in fellowship, reflection and prayer. Students of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome.

Join the morning community to stream the 11 a.m. (traditional with choir & organ) or the evening community to stream the 4 p.m. (Contemporary with Sunday Night Band). The groups hope to grow together in wisdom as they develop a deeper understanding of who God is on an intellectual and personal level.

Visit for more information, including other college student-related events and groups.


Excited to give it a curl?

Curling Lanes on the Seaport Common will be open daily and bookable online or in-person in 30-minute increments for up to two hours. Lanes may have up to 12 people (6 on each side). Check in at the Guest Services Gondola for your reservation and to pick up equipment. All equipment will be fully sanitized between use, and sanitizer wipes are available at both curling lanes. Masks must be worn at all times. Signage will be available on-site with curling rules and tips.

Curling hours: Mondays – Fridays: 4 to 9; Saturdays: noon to 9 p.m.; Sundays: noon to 8 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 28.

This activity is free and open to the public.

Go to for more information.

‘Celebrating What Unites Us!’ virtual cooking series

The “Celebrating What Unites Us!” virtual cooking series will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

Feb. 24 – African Heritage Cuisine

March 24 – Seafood

April 21 – Flavorful Flatbreads: Cultural Variations on a theme

During each session a chef will show people how to prepare a delicious meal, celebrating the cultural heritage of many residents of Boston and beyond.

This program is hosted by Oldways in collaboration with Age-Friendly Boston and Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway to keep people connected and coming together.

Visit to register for Zoom link, recipes and more details.

Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)

Park Street Church’s Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.), formerly "TNO," prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays outside their church.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries or gift cards, or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, contact or visit

Operation ABLE

Operation ABLE (174 Portland St. Fifth Floor) provides employment services and training programs to job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds.

All services at Operation ABLE are being conducted remotely, including distance learning, coaching, and wrap-around services. Class enrollments are open for computer skills training and Health Care and Social Services training, among others.

Visit for more information and registration.

Lyric Stage To-Go ‘The Walking Plays’

The Walking Plays is a new free audio play series of six short plays by Boston-based playwrights which unfold on a continuous route around the Back Bay, Downtown, and Theatre District neighborhoods.

The Walking Plays explore the private moments that we experience in public. Rediscover Boston through new eyes as you walk alongside intricate characters or experience these intimate stories in the comfort of your home.

The first two plays - On Paying Attention by David Valdes and Monster in the Sky - by Ginger Lazarus are now available with four more being released in the spring.

Visit for more information and access to the plays.

‘The Fall of the House of Usher’

BLO (Boston Lyric Opera) moves from stage to screen for this brand-new, cinematic version of Philip Glass’ opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, based on the spellbinding, short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

William is summoned by his desperate friend Roderick to visit him and his dying sister Madeline in their mansion. A shroud of murder, deceit and the supernatural covers everything in this disturbing story inspired by a Boston family and their gothic home.

An opera in two acts with libretto by Arthur Yorinks, this reimagined version will be available through Wednesday, June 30 exclusively on

Go to for more information.

CraftBoston Mentor Program: Artist conversation

Meet J. Shannon Floyd and Christina Vincent, two remarkable artists who participated in the CraftBoston Mentor Program in 2019, in an artists’ discussion at

See more of J Shannon Floyd's (glass) work on her website:

See more of Christina Vincent's (wood) work on her website:

Bulfinch Crossing projection ‘Float’

“Float” is a visual animation (with color, light and sound) that seamlessly integrates onto the beams and ceiling of the underpass of Bulfinch Crossing (Government Center Garage underpass at 1 Congress St.), transforming the underutilized space into an art exhibit.

The art installation can be viewed on foot, bike or from the safety of your car from dusk to dawn through Spring 2021. All visitors should practice city and state recommendations on social distancing.

Additional information can be found at:

‘i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times’

On view at the Institute of Contemporary Art through May 23, i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times celebrates the power of experiencing art in person. This exhibition, which borrows its title from a Henry Taylor painting in the ICA collection, is conceived as an invitation to visitors to create a personal connection with works of art.

Comprising unique encounters with new acquisitions and iconic works from the ICA’s collection, the exhibition’s groupings, or scenes, address a range of topics, including ideas of home and history, social and material transformation and frames of identity in portraiture and sculpture.

Including works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Kader Attia, Firelei Báez, Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin, Simone Leigh, Doris Salcedo and many others, i’m yours sparks wonder, encourages questions, challenges assumptions and provides a space for reflection.

Wen-hao Tien: ‘Home on Our Backs’

Through five works, Pao Arts Center’s Artist-In-Residence Wen-hao Tien explores concepts of nomad and home in-flux through the lens of past, present and future. Do they exist all at once?

Tien’s year-long research, community conversation and reflection cumulate in a body of poetic work that will continue to evolve post residency.

With this exhibition, inspired by local Asian American history, Tien and the Pao Arts Center welcome community conversations during this unprecedented time. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, June 26.

Go to for more information.

Liberty Bell Boston A/R artwork

Boston was chosen for its role in one of the most complex and formative moments in U.S. history - the Boston Tea Party. Focused on early U.S. history, this location asks people to consider those who were granted rights, those who were excluded and the subsequent legacy of colonization.

Liberty Bell invites viewers to reflect on one of the early struggles for American liberty and independence while questioning how the Boston Tea Party shaped the future of the country and the contested definition of freedom.

On site, the augmented-reality artwork’s ephemerality illuminates the fragile moment the country faces. In this location, accessible to a public audience, Liberty Bell invites viewers the opportunity to consider their own experiences of liberty, freedom, injustice and inequality.

The drawing floats over the water of the Fort Point Channel between the Congress and Seaport bridges on the Harborwalk.

Meet the Instruments series

Join the New England Philharmonic and the Boston Children’s Museum for their annual Meet the Instruments series–virtually!

In this virtual series, kids learn about the different families of musical instruments and how those instruments fit together to make an orchestra. Each segment will introduce to a new family of instruments – strings, brass, and woodwinds – as the talented musicians from NEP share their instruments and their passion for making music.

Visit the Boston Children’s Museum YouTube Page to enjoy the series.

BHN scavenger hunts

“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will run through the winter in four locations: Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston.

Go to to start the hunt.

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit for more information, including the Zoom link.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information

Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth –

18 years of age and under. No ID or registration required.

Visit or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

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

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources

Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.

Among the resources are BCM Home Edition weekly activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.

The “Big & Little” podcast for adults, about families, kids, and our world, explores relevant topics ranging from play, learning, creativity, resilience, and health through interviews with people from varied professions and who have different perspectives and experiences.

Visit and/or follow their social media accounts for more information.

Virtual ICA

While the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has temporarily closed its doors to the public, you can continue to connect to art and artists remotely with virtual programs, at-home art activities for kids and families, and by shopping online at the ICA store.

Visit for more information.

Boston Public Market

Boston Public Market is an urban, indoor, year-round marketplace at 100 Hanover St. featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers who offer locally-sourced fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items.

Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service.

BPM winter hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. following health and safety protocols.

Check Instagram for frequent updates.

Visit for more information, including special events.

Virtual Revolutionary Spaces

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House offer virtual experiences, including new exhibits and programs, readings, community conversations and performances on their new website:

Reflecting Attucks at the Old State House is a temporary exhibit exploring the life and legacy of Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent who was the first to fall in the Boston Massacre, an act of protest widely viewed as a turning point on the road to American Revolution. This exhibit will be on view through March, 2021.

Subscribe to their newsletter and follow them on social media.

The Boston Cyclists Union

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at

St. Francis House

St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.

Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:

- Make a gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund

- Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks.

- Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist.

Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.

Visit to learn more, including links to support their mission.

Shop AFH

Artists for Humanity has a limited-edition collection – in addition to one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation – that amplifies AFH teen artists' creative expression during these pivotal times, providing them a platform for shaping how society moves forward to create a better, more equitable world.

Visit for more information, including links to purchase their artworks. Reduced shipping rates are available.

You can also peruse your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.

Support ICA

If you’ve enjoyed ICA’s free Thursday Nights, Holiday Mondays, talks, tours, film screenings and family programs – or would like to see more of them – consider a small donation of $5 or more today. Your support helps keeps programs such as these free and accessible to all.