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BGMC: ENCORE 2021 Gala                                 

Heart thumping ...  Hooves stomping ...  Hopes rising ...  And They’re Off!

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’s (BGMC’s) signature fundraiser is going virtual this year – live from the Regent Theatre on Saturday, May 1. The pre-show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the live stream will start at 7 p.m.

A silent auction will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 22 and will close at 7 p.m. as the live stream begins. The live auction will take place during the live stream.

Catherine Peterson, Immediate Past Chair of Chorus America and Executive Director of ArtsBoston, will host this fun and interactive live experience that includes amazing and diverse entertainment, including music, comedy, a hat competition and more.

Some ticket packages will include the BGMC pod-pack with food, decor and everything to make ENCORE 2021 fabulous.

Go to https://www.bgmc.org/2021/03/04/encore-2021-gala/ for more information and tickets.

Children's Mental Health Story Time                                           

Families with young children are invited to the Children’s Mental Health Virtual Story Time from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through June 24 over Zoom, co-hosted by the Vital Village Network Mental Health Committee and the Boston Public Library.

Together, they bring families together for book readings and activities focused on social-emotional learning, inspired by the Children's Mental Health Story Time Toolkit.

Sessions are designed for children, 3-8 years old, however, younger and older siblings are welcome to join the fun.

At the end of the session, there will be an opportunity for Q&A and resource sharing with parents/caregivers.

Visit vitalvillage.org for more information.

Register at https://cutt.ly/child-mental-health-storyTo join the group.

Kingston Gallery: Three Artists | Three Exhibitions

Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. (No. 43) will feature the distinctive works of three artists from Wednesday, March 31 through Sunday, May 2.

An opening reception (following socially distanced guidelines) will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 2.

-          In the Main Gallery: Ilona Anderson: Flying Without a Parachute

-          In the Center Gallery: Kledia Spiro: Too (un)Familiar?

-          In the Kingston Project Space: Nat Martin: All Is Well

Gallery hours: Wednesdays through Sundays – noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Visit KingstonGallery.com for more information.

‘Escape’ and ‘Transforming Fibers’ exhibitions  

The Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., will showcase two new exhibitions from Friday, April 2 through Sunday, May 2.

An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 2.

-          Escape by Carla Munsat

Dreams and literature play a significant role in this acrylic work, integrating both real and the imaginary.  

-          Transforming Fibers by Vivian Pratt

This artist transforms natural materials such as carving roots, dead plants collected from her garden and photographing molds into something new that also feels organic.

For this body of work, she turned the kozo bark into a beautiful laciness, turned the sensuous flax into sculptural forms and added reed as dimensional line, creating fanciful wall sculptures that abstractly reference the world and nature around her.

Join Vivian for a Zoom artist talk at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 15.

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

Learn more at www.bromfieldgallery.com.

Firsts Fridays at SoWa                                                                                

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

Many of the studios and galleries will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. for First Fridays on April 2. Artists will also be in their studios on Sundays and throughout the week, and galleries will be open during select hours or by appointment.

The normal attire of masks is required as well as physical distancing.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.