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‘TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever’                                                       

The SpeakEasy Stage Company, in partnership with Boston Conservatory at Berklee, will stream “TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever” from Friday, April 30 through Thursday, May 13.

In this wildly irreverent and whip-smart satire, award-winning playwright James Ijames dissects a sordid slice of American history with the goal of reimagining the future.

When Sally, a young Black college student, is faced with unwanted advances from TJ, her college’s white Dean of Students, she sets out, amidst a swirl of marching bands, beauty pageants and bubbly tour guides, to dismantle the legacies that bind us.

Content advisory: “TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever” contains scenes involving strong language, sexual harassment, slavery and Black trauma. Viewer discretion is advised. Run time: 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Visit www.speakeasystage.com/tj-loves-sally for more information and tickets ($30 + fees).

Bring Your Own Book Club: National Poetry Month     

Do you have a favorite book or poem that everyone should read? Show and tell with fellow young adults and teen readers from 3 to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.

For this month's Bring Your Own Book Club, East Boston YA librarian Paul is reading the book Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth. 

About the book:

The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside."

In Apple, Eric Gansworth tells his story, the story of his family – of Onondaga among Tuscaroras – of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.

Gansworth shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that lives up to the word “heartbreaking.”

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

‘Fresh Faces’ group exhibition of emerging talent

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery will present their third annual Fresh Faces, an exhibition that introduces new artwork by the Northeast’s most talented student artists, located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont & New York.

The exhibition, which will be on view through Monday, April 26, features 29 artists working in a variety of styles and media. 

Visit https://www.abigailogilvy.com/fresh-faces-2021 for more information.

Tanya Selvaratnam: ‘Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence’

April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

Tanya Selvaratnam will share a personal account of abuse in a high-profile relationship and examine the domestic violence crisis at South End Writes from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27.

Visit https://www.friendsofsouthendlibrary.org for more information and registration.

Kingston Conversations and Exhibitions              

Kington Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. (No. 43) will host a virtual artist talk from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28 on Zoom and Facebook Live featuring Kledia Spiro with Yng-Ru Chen, Founder and CEO of Praise Shadows Art Gallery in Coolidge Corner.

The distinctive works of Ilona Anderson: Flying Without a Parachute (Main Gallery); Kledia Spiro: Too (un)Familiar? (Center Gallery) and Nat Martin: All Is Well (Kingston Project Space) will be on view through Sunday, May 2.

The current online artsy exhibition: “On the Surface” will be available through Friday, April 30.

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

Visit http://www.kingstongallery.com for more information and registration.

‘Bold BOOM Universe’ exhibition and artists’ talk

Bold BOOM Universe highlights the vision and voices of three Boston art educators – Jerel Dye, LJ-Baptiste and Zahirah Nur Truth – who bring the craft of comics and self-expression to curious minds, children and adults with passion and purpose.

The exhibition runs through Sunday, May 2 at Galatea Fine Art, in Boston’s SOWA District.

Artist Cagen Luse will talk with these comic artists and illustrators at the Eliot School Salon Series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28 as part of Boston Design Week.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/bold-boom-universe-eliot-school-salon-series-artist-talk-tickets-142513408441 for more information and Zoom registration.

Speakeasy’s Play Discussion Club: Series 7

In conjunction with their virtual production of TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever, SpeakEasy’s next series of their Play Discussion Club will feature powerful and provocative plays by Black playwrights which explore themes of race, inheritance, and the history we all carry.

The play discussions will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on select Thursdays as follows:

– April 29: Pipeline by Dominique Morriseau

– May 6: We Are Proud to Present... by Jackie Sibblies Drury

Visit www.speakeasystage.com for more information, including plot descriptions, and links to sign-up and/or purchase scripts.

Kanopy Club: ‘The Case of Hana & Alice’ (2015)                       

Watch the animated film, The Case of Hana & Alice, on Kanopy, then join the Boston Public Library for a discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29.

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

Urbanity Dance Gala 2021                                                                          

Join Urbanity Dance at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 for an evening of captivating performances, surprises and special guests as well as the popular Dance-a-Thon. 

They will announce the establishment of two new awards: The Changemaker Award recognizes the achievements of inspiring individuals who have dedicated their professional and personal lives to making a difference in our community. The Urbanitarian Award recognizes a faculty member, student, parent, volunteer or board member who embodies Urbanity's values and who has gone above and beyond over the past year to support Urbanity's mission.

Visit www.urbanitydance.org for more information, including tickets and sponsorships, and Zoom registration.

Minni SculptureShop - Birthday Cakes

In Minni’s SculptureShop – Birthday Cakes bakers and sculptors will celebrate Minni’s birthday virtually with the ultimate cake creation!

Instructor Maria will show students how to stack, layer and decorate a cake sculpture using boxes and recycled materials from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Friday, April 30.

Visit https://minni.space/upcoming-events for more information and registration.

High Yield Gardening Workshop                          

Join the Trustees in the beautiful West Springfield Community Garden, 110 West Springfield St. from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 to learn how to grow healthy, productive crops in whatever space you have. The program is also offered on Zoom.

They’ll talk about how to take good care of the soil and employ practices such as trellising, succession planting, and interplanting to grow more food.

Visit https://thetrustees.org/event/61519 for more information and registration (Donations welcome).

‘Live Nude Girls’ project

Boston Center for the Arts’ Spring 2021 Run of the Mills residency project is Live Nude Girls, by intuitive healer, somatic educator and artist Julie Ann Otis. 

The project will include a video installation and intermittent live interactive sessions on view in BCA’s Mills Gallery windows through Thursday, April 29 and an online public performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.

Visit https://bostonarts.org/event/live-nude-girls for more information and registration.

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, which began on April 22, will continue until it closes 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.

‘Escape’ and ‘Transforming Fibers’ exhibitions                                      

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

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.

Escape by Carla Munsat

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

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

Learn more at www.bromfieldgallery.com.

Two new exhibitions at Boston Sculptors Gallery

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. will exhibit the works of Adria Arch and Christopher Frost through Sunday, May 2.

Both Christ Frost and Adria Arch present work that lands between sculpture and painting. Arch’s installation is giddy with springtime murmurs; Frost examines entropy in nature.

– Arch’s installation of boldly painted biomorphic shapes suspended from the ceiling and floating at eye level combines the formal concerns of both painting and sculpture.

– Frost’s sculptural paintings are a perception of landscape, not as just a natural place in time, but nature effected by time. He combines a wide range of materials, resin to porcelain to paint. His shaped canvas collides with ceramic forms.

Gallery hours: Wednesdays - Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment

Visit https://www.bostonsculptors.com for more information.

‘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.

SoWa is open                                                           

The art studios, galleries, and boutiques at SoWa Art + Design District (450-460 Harrison Ave.) maintain their own open hours, but most are open with limited capacities, including the SoWa Art Guild (450 Harrison Ave.). The normal attire “masks” are required as well as physical distancing.

– First Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.

– Second Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.

– SoWa Vintage Market: open year-round from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays and from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Fridays

– SoWa Farmers Market: Sundays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 through Oct. 31 (will also include some Arts Market wares)

– SoWa Arts Market, Food Trucks, and Beer Garden are currently postponed until further notice.

Visit www.sowaboston.com and/or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including the SoWa Artist Directory.

BMC ‘Zoom with a Doc’                                                     

Boston Medical Center will host “Zoom with a Doc” chats on all things COVID-19 vaccines. Hear from BMC experts on how the vaccines work and what to consider and participate in a live Q&A session at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 and at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25.

Visit https://www.bmatenpoint.org/events for more information, registration and links.

‘ACCESS: Art’ at the BCA

BCA presents ACCESS: Art, an online group exhibition that explores topics of access and audience through artistic practice, curated by Amanda Contrada on view through Sunday, May 30. The nine participating artists are Boston recipients of the Red Bull Arts Microgrant.

Learn more at https://bostonarts.org.

‘Imagine Van Gogh’

Imagine Van Gogh, more than 200 of the Dutch artist’s paintings, is making its debut in Boston on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at the SoWa Power Station, 550 Harrison Ave.

The exhibition – spanning more than 24,000 square feet – brings Van Gogh’s canvases to life in a vivid and spectacular way. The audience will enter the artist’s world of dreams as visitors are transported on a journey to the heart of the artist’s work.

The exhibition, which will be on view through Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, is a contactless experience, with a limited number of guests allowed in on a timed-entry basis, adhering to all safety guidelines established by the Commonwealth.

Visit www.imagine-vangogh.com for more information and tickets (starting at $33.99).

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.

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.

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-story to join the group.

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.

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.

‘Combahee’s Radical Call’ public installations and conversations

Combahee's Radical Call: Black Feminisms (RE)Awaken Boston continues with the conversation series and new call-and-response installments of the Roots the Bind, from Arielle Gray through Wednesday, June 30 at https://bostonarts.org.

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 book/textile donations (drop offs and pickups) and online purchases

More Than Words stores are still 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. Donations can be dropped off at one of their facilities or donation bins or can be scheduled for a contactless pickup.

You can also shop online 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.

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.