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Chameleon Rewind                                                              

For sheer musical beauty, enjoy an elegant and expressive performance with the

Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston.

Rewind 2: remembering beauty will stream on-demand through Saturday, March 20 at 11:59 p.m.

The program will include Claude Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune for flute & piano; Elliott Carter, Tempo e Tempi for soprano, oboe, clarinet, violin & cello; and Johannes Brahms, String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111.

Go to https://chameleonarts.org/virtual-concerts/remembering-beauty for more information and registration.

‘Amm(i)gone’                                                                                                

Join the Theater Offensive for a work-in-process virtual showing of Adil Mansoor's Amm(i)gone, a play about queerness, family, faith and culture at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 20.

Amm(i)gone, an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone, is an apology to and from a mother.

Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/ammigone-tickets-143386297275 for more information and registration.

Combahee Conversations: 'These Magic Hands'

Frederick Douglass writes of his grandmother, Betsey Bailey, in his memoir. Still enslaved, even into her old age, Betsy used her foraging and cultivation skills to get herself and her community by. She was so good at it that she became widely known for her “magic hands.” Though it may seem simple, it encapsulates the intersection of Black feminism and Black ecology well.

From Miriam Miranda in Honduras to Fannie Lou Hamer in the Deep South to Wangari Maathai in Kenya, land sovereignty and stewardship has always been entangled with liberation.

The second program in the Combahee Conversations series, These Magic Hands: Black Feminist Learnings on Land and Food Sustainability, writer and mycologist Maria Pinto, artist and land rematriation advocate Nia Holley, and CRC curator Arielle Gray will talk about the importance of “these magic hands” while exploring sustainable and equitable visions for BIPOC communities from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 20 through the BCA YouTube Channel.

Visit https://bostonarts.org/event/combahee-conversations-these-magic-hands for more information.

Upended exhibit/virtual reception

Upended offers a timely look at the experience of being turned upside down. Fountain Street’s exhibition schedule itself was upended by the coronavirus, as well as by last April’s water main break in Boston’s SoWa District. In this relocated exhibition, artists working in 2D, 3D and time-based media interpret the theme “Upended” in both literal and metaphorical ways. The exhibition pays tribute to all whose lives and livelihoods have been upended by COVID-19.

The 22 participating artists have drawn, painted, photographed, printed, sculpted and woven together threads of connection amidst the disconnection. They also have discovered new ways of looking, new ways of working, and new sources of inspiration.

A Virtual Reception + Curator and Artist Talk of Fountain Street Core Member Exhibition Upended, curated by Melissa Shaak + Virginia Mahoney, will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 21.

The exhibition will be on view at Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St., through March 28.

Visit https://www.fsfaboston.com/upended for more information and reservations.

In the Making: 'The Beat of Blossoms'

The Beat of Blossoms is the creative work of Jamila Zahra Felton. Join Jamila and Bookbinding alumna Erin Fletcher BB '12 from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 25 for an enlightening conversation about book arts, zines as communication tools, and sewing their personal stories into their work.

Through book arts, collage, printmaking and writing, Jamila explores memory, identity, love, self-care, power and Black futures. Pulling from familial history, she incorporates sewing and other techniques into her work including "the ultimate egalitarian art form" of collaging.

Visit https://info.nbss.edu/in-the-making-registration-beat-blossoms for more information and registration.

SpeakEasy's Play Discussion Club: Celebrating Gender Diverse Voices      

For the sixth series of SpeakEasy's Play Discussion Club, and in conjunction with their virtual production of The Pink Unicorn, they will be reading three plays by transgender, nonbinary, and two-spirit playwrights from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on select Thursdays. The final reading will be on March 25: Firebird Tattoo by Ty Defoe (he/him).

The conversation will include 30 minutes of group discussion of the script, after which the playwright will join in for a Q&A.

Visit http://www.speakeasystage.com/play-discussion-club for more information and registration. Scripts will be distributed electronically (script fees vary). 

Kanopy Club: ‘Driving with Selvi’ (2016)                                     

Kanopy Club will follow the March theme of Own Voices. Watch the film Driving with Selvi on Kanopy, then join the discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 25.

About the movie: Selvi, like so many girls living within India's patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead, she gets on the bus, choosing to live... and goes on to become South India's first female taxi driver.

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

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 speakeasystage.com/speakeasy-university for more information and registration.

SpeakEasy’s spring season premiere                                             

SpeakEasy Stage Company’s 30th anniversary season will continue this spring with the New England premieres of three new productions: the genderqueer comedy The Pink Unicorn (March 5-18); the scorching satire TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever (April 16-22); and the inspirational tales of The Boston Project: Project Resilience (June 4-10).

Each of these spring shows will be fully produced and professionally filmed with the goal of offering a viewing experience as close to live theatre as possible.

Subscriptions for the three-play series ($75; $30 for students) along with a synopsis of each show is available at www.speakeasystage.com/speakeasy-spring-season-2021. All streamed productions will be closed-captioned.

‘A Month in Brittany’ exhibition with opening reception

A Month in Brittany by Alexandra Sheldon will be on view at the Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, March 28.

This exhibition features artwork that touches on two ways of seeing things or that encourages an open mind and heart – or simply art that makes you look twice or examine it more closely.

Gallery hours: Fridays to Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Learn more at www.bromfieldgallery.com.

‘Sonic Biogenesis: Genomic and Mutant Jungles’ exhibition

The exhibition, Sonic Biogenesis: Genomic and Mutant Jungles, a solo show by artist and composer Guillermo Galindo, will run through Sunday, May 2 at Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave.

Sonic Biogenesis: Genomic and Mutant Jungles features Galindo’s “genome scores” which consist of graphic representations of his musical compositions and artwork merging textures of plants, animals, and microbes. These pieces illustrate, in Galindo’s unique symbolic language, how research and data have historically expressed and sustained systems of power, particularly relating to colonialism.

The intention of this exhibition is to demonstrate how science, while often considered to be neutral and objective, played – and continues to play – a role in colonizing and conquest.

Gallery hours: Wednesdays & Thursdays - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays- noon to 6 p.m.; Sundays - noon to 5 p.m.; and by appointment

Learn more online at beacongallery.com.

‘Combahee’s Radical Call’ public installations

Combahee’s Radical Call is a series of public installations that recenter the vital legacy of Black feminism(s), archives and the written word in Boston. Inspired by direct dialogue with Demita Frazier, co-founder of Boston’s Combahee River Collective, the project commissions Black Femme artists to occupy public spaces with visual installations, designed prints, and digital resources.

These works will amplify the voices (and counter the erasure) of Black Femme cultural leaders across Boston’s neighborhoods: 

Boston artist Mithsuca Berry presents a new hand-painted installation across all eight windows of the Mills Gallery (551 Tremont St.) titled Protect Your Seedlings on view through the Spring.

The Roots That Bind is a series of hand-illustrated banners and posters created by Boston artist and writer Arielle Gray on view through June 30. This Call-and-Response project features key Black feminist texts to call forth our own expressive reactions to the lineage of Black feminist thinkers including June Jordan, Toni Cade Bambara and Audre Lorde. Passersby can scan the QR code at the corner of the banner to access the readings relevant to the text.

Visit bostonarts.org for more information.

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 bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.org for more information.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with your 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.

Online knitting classes                                                         

Third Piece (631 Tremont St.), a South End yarn shop welcomes virtual crafters of all levels at their online knitting classes. The sessions are offered at various times throughout the week. Fees vary; some free. 

To learn more, go to www.thirdpiece.com.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years of age, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

Dance with Parkinson’s

Urbanity Dance offers free classes from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays via Zoom designed for people with Parkinson’s Disease to keep individuals moving in a fun, welcoming, and safe environment.

Certified Urbanity’s instructors will guide participants through exercises designed to enhance and maintain mobility, flexibility, balance, posture, coordination and strength, which are all easily modifiable for various levels of mobility.

In this social, creative outlet, participants can discover or rediscover the joy of movement. Caregivers and loved ones are welcome to attend, although not required. All are welcome; no previous dance experience required.

Visit urbanitydance.org for more information 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.

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 your art project, you 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.

Urbanity dance classes

Urbanity Dance offers adult digital dance classes for all levels in a variety of styles. Taught by top faculty, including Urbanity Professional Company dancers and guest artists, these classes are designed to be taken on a drop-in basis or through 8- to 12-week seasonal sessions.

Go to urbanity.org for more information.

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

Boston Eats provides free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org 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.

SoWa Vintage Market is open and live on Instagram                 

The SoWa Vintage Market, located on the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave.in the SoWa Arts and Design District, is open year-round from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays and from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Fridays following safety protocols, including wearing a mask.

The Vintage Market is also on Instagram Live at 11 a.m.

The Vintage Market has a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of merchandise such as jewelry, furniture, lighting, art, men's and women's fashion, antique maps, plus prints, rugs and other one-of-a-kind curiosities.

For more information, visit sowavintagemkt.com or sowaboston.com and follow them on Instagram.

SoWa Art Guild / SoWa Art + Design District open                                

SoWa Art + Design District (450-460 Harrison Ave.) is home to more than 200 art studios, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, the award-winning SoWa Open Market and Vintage Market, as well as the SoWa Art Guild at the flagship space, 450 Harrison Ave.

Artists will be in their studios on Sundays and throughout the week, and galleries will be open during select hours or by appointment. Many of the studios and galleries will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. for First Fridays.

The normal attire “masks” are required as well as physical distancing.

Visit www.sowaboston.com or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including a SoWa Artist Directory, and follow them on social media.

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 http://www/youtube.com/BGMC1982 that have been viewed by more than 57 million viewers, many virtually created since the pandemic started.

AFH Virtual Gallery

The Artists for Humanity’s Social Distance Gallery showcases one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation. They hope that this artwork uplifts you and deepens your connection with the engaging young minds of their teen employees and the AFH’s mission.

Visit www.afhboston.org for your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston and to inquire about purchasing artwork.

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.

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.

Two ways to help: Participate in the Operation Sock Drop and/or Create Housewarming Baskets.

Go to fobh.org/how-you-can-help for more information.

Give to Rosie’s Place

In this time of uncertainty, Rosie’s Place’s doors remain open, offering sanctuary and support to the women with nowhere else to turn. 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

During this period of social distancing, here are a few ways you can continue to support the Haley House community:

- Donate to their Emergency Fund – Since they switched their soup kitchen (23 Dartmouth St. in the South End) to take out, members of the Live-In Community have served more than 1,000 meals each week. Funds will be used to purchase food and materials for their take-out meals and as emergency support for their staff.

- Purchase Gift Cards or Order Take Out/Delivery at Haley House Bakery Cafe (12 Dade St. Roxbury) – Make sure to follow them on social media for live-streamed events and ways to support artists through virtual programming.

- Donate Non-Perishable Food or Sanitizing Items – See the list of in-kind donations and/or Amazon Charity Lists.

For more than 54 years, the Haley House has and continues to believe in #FoodWithPurpose and the #PowerOfCommunity. Visit http://haleyhouse.org/covid19response for more details.

MTW online purchases and book/textile donations

More Than Words stores are accepting 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. All donations are fully tax deductible.

You can also shop online for books, music, home goods and décor, collectibles, and other fine products.

Every donation and purchase support their mission to empower youth!

Visit mtwyouth.org for more details, including the locations and COVID-19 safety guidelines for drop-offs and links to purchase items.

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.

Support the parks – give the gift of membership                                                  

Give the gift of membership to ensure that the beloved parks - the Boston Common, Public Garden and Commonwealth Avenue Mall - remain icons of Boston and continue to receive the protection, care and management that they need.

Donations can be made at friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

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.