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This is one of the art pieces that sit above the stage at Jordan Hall. Hopefully someday soon, people will be able to enjoy concerts again in Jordan Hall.

Fenway Studios History and Art Studio Tour  

Brookline Adult & Community Education will host a tour of the Fenway Studios from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 15. The group will meet in lobby at Fenway Studios, 30 Ipswich St.

Fenway Studios, a National Historic Landmark building built in 1905, is the oldest continuously functioning building in the country constructed for and dedicated solely to artists' space. Inspired by the 19th-century atelier studios in Paris, it was designed so that every one of the 46 studios would have a north-facing window and 14-foot-high ceilings.

On this tour, people will learn about the building's architecture and its history while also visiting with artists in their studios and talking with them about their work.

Originally, the building was associated with artists working in the Boston School style of painting, but now the current artists work in all media and styles.

More than 100 years later, the artist community at Fenway Studios is thriving with more than 40 artists.

Visit https://www.campusce.net/brookline/course/course.aspx?C=3599&pc=58&mc=72&sc=0 for more information and registration ("pay what you will" options - $25-$40).

Beyond the Spectrum Teens: Incredible Ink

The Museum of Fine Arts will host “Adventures in Art for Teens on the Autism Spectrum” for ages 13 to 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15.

Chinese and Japanese artists have perfected the use of ink to create bold calligraphy, dreamy landscapes, and dynamic animals. The group will look at some examples of ink paintings and discuss how these masterful artists use light and shadows to make images that stand out. Then, participants will make their own ink paintings.

Materials kit can be mailed upon request.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum for more information and Zoom registration (Members: $9 | Nonmembers: $11).

NEC Prep CHIPS Concert

NEC Prep’s Chamber Music Intensive Performance Seminar will be held at noon on Saturday, May 15.

The concert will include selected works of Brahms, Schumann and Schubert.

Watch the video stream at https://necmusic.edu/events/nec-prep-chips-concert (donations welcome).

Riverway Farewell Havdalah & Terrarium-Making

Celebrate and connect with Rabbi Gubitz at an in-person Havdalah in the Temple Israel garden, 477 Longwood Ave. on Saturday, May 15.

The group will mark the transition between Shabbat and the new week with blessings and songs and create air-plant terrariums. Remember to wear your face mask.

There will be two 50-minute slots to choose from at 6 p.m. or at 7 p.m. Registration closes at noon on May 15. Register at tinyurl.com/HavdalahandPlants

‘The Window Show:’ SIM Silent Showcase                                  

"The Window Show" is an ever-changing art exhibition in the Boston Cyberarts Gallery (141 Green St.) windows in Jamaica Plain.

The Studio for Interrelated Media Majors at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design have responded to the unprecedented challenge of a global pandemic by launching SIMtv - a concept, a context, a website and an episodic venue for sharing SIM student and alumni art.

For this exhibit on view through Sunday, May 16, people will see a silent installation of SIMtv displaying the work by SIM students and alumni responding to these challenging times.  

Visit https://www.bostoncyberarts.org for more information.

2021 Senior Alumni Networking Breakfast                                              

The BYSO will host its third annual senior/alumni networking breakfast from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 16.

This is a great opportunity for alumni to welcome graduating BYSO class of 2021 seniors into their alumni community.

Visit www.bysoweb.org/event/2021-senior-alumni-networking-breakfast for more information and Zoom registration.

A Tribute to John Williams

Experience a rare and intimate soundscape of modern cinema’s greatest music featuring the scores and stories of the Boston Pops’ Laureate Conductor John Williams. Led by Keith Lockhart, this evening includes the orchestra performing the breadth of Williams’ music – from iconic (Star Wars) to rarities (Stargazers from E.T.), accompanied by exclusive intimate interviews with the world’s most beloved film composer telling the stories behind his music and career.

This online treat will be available at noon from Thursday, May 20 through Saturday, June 19 at https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/113477.

Donate blood and save a child’s life

Donating blood is the easiest way to save a child's life. Donate blood or platelets at the Children's Blood Donor Center at 333 Longwood Ave. – an independent collection facility serving the needs of the pediatric patients in the Longwood Medical Area.

Appointments preferred, but walk-ins are welcome (subject to staffing and availability) during hours of operation (every day except Mondays).

To schedule an appointment, go to www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org or phone 617-355-6677.

‘Remember Me to Lebanon’

Explore the history of Boston's early Arab American community through the Arab American National Museum's Evelyn Shakir Collection (Michigan). Named for the daughter of first-generation Lebanese immigrants in West Roxbury who went on to earn a doctorate from Boston University, the collection includes stories Shakir wrote about the Lebanese women in her community as part of Bint Arab in 1997 and Remember Me to Lebanon in 2007. 

Using the extensive documents on Boston's Lebanese and Syrian American community, Matthew Stiffler will share some of the personal stories and issues faced by this Boston immigrant community at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 20.

Visit https://my.historicnewengland.org/11338/remember-me for more information and registration.

Education Now and Then: Projections on Post-COVID Learning

The coronavirus pandemic upended education. Educators were forced to reinvent how they approach students and material almost overnight. As a challenging year comes to a close, more students and educators imagine what the “new normal” should look like.

Join WBUR senior education reporter Carrie Jung for a conversation with students and educators at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 20 to discuss hopes and fears for learning after the pandemic.

Visit www.wbur.org/events/673016/education-now-and-then-projections-on-post-covid-learning for more information and registration.

Shen Wei guided art meditation

Shen Wei’s larger-than-life paintings encourage viewers to explore his work as a method for refuge, reflection, and relaxation.

Focusing on one artwork from each of Shen Wei’s different painting series in the exhibition Shen Wei: Painting in Motion, the Gardner Museum invites viewers to join the Wayfinder Institute’s India Clark from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 20 as she guides participants through mindful looking techniques for a unique, relaxing, and refreshing virtual meditation experience.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/guided-art-meditation-20210520 to register for this virtual program.

NEC's Spring Forward Festival 

NEC's Spring Forward Festival is a 10-day, on-campus performance intensive for students who have been working remotely this academic year to return to NEC and collaborate with each other. 

The festival will feature rehearsals, coaching and performance classes as well as individual practice time, followed by a series of performances from Monday, May 21 through Saturday, May 26 spanning a range of genre and repertoire.

The full list of concerts and events that will be broadcast live from campus via the NEC website can be found at https://necmusic.edu/spring-forward-festival-2021.

FCC Paint Nights                                                     

The Fenway Community Center will host its monthly Paint Night at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 21. Supplies are typically available free while supplies last to those who register in advance.    

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Witness: Spirituals and the classical music tradition                   

Building on their partnership with Boston-based ensemble, Castle of Our Skins, the Gardner Museum has created series of free digital programs that explores how some Black American composers found inspiration in the rich tradition of spirituals. The free videos will be released as follows:

– May 21: Episode 3: Wade in the Water

– June 18: Episode 4: Calvary

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org/experience/programs-gardner/witness for more information.

NEC’s 150th Commencement Concert + Ceremony 

NEC’s Commencement Concert will be livestreamed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 at https://necmusic.edu/events/commencement-concert-1.

The Commencement Ceremony will take place in historic Jordan Hall at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 23. In person attendance will be limited to graduating students only; parents, family members, and loved ones will be invited to watch and celebrate via live stream.

MFA Wednesdays                            

Enjoy $5 Wednesdays after 3 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts courtesy of Chase:


Critical shortage at Kraft Family Blood Donor Center

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital is approaching a critical shortage of Type-O positive and negative whole blood.

When you donate blood or platelets at the Donor Center or Blood Mobile you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need.

Visit https://www.brighamandwomens.org/patients-and-families/blood-donation/blood-donation-center or phone 617-632-3206 for more information and/or schedule an appointment.

Boston Baroque Live 2020-2021 season lineup                             

Join Boston Baroque for a season of livestreamed concerts, virtual interactive events, full-length concerts and operas new-from-the-archives, and more on Boston Baroque Live, their first-ever live recorded performance streaming platform, on Amazon Prime or Boston Baroque Radio. 

The 2020-2021 virtual season schedule includes: Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (May); and Handel’s Jephtha (June).

Tickets for their pop-up concerts will also be available three weeks before each performance.

Visit baroque.boston for more information, including virtual season subscriptions.

Boston Theater Marathon XXIII: Special Zoom Edition

Boston Theater Marathon XXIII: Special Zoom Edition features readings of 10-minute plays by New England playwrights in collaboration with New England theatres and will take place as a Zoom-based “lunch break” each day (with the exception of Sundays) through May 28. Readings will start at noon and each play will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Visit www.bu.edu/bpt for more information, including a complete, day-by-day schedule of plays and Zoom registration.

BTM XXIII is a free event; donations to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in times of need are appreciated.

BSO family concert

A video of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s most recent family concert will be available through Sunday, May 30.

Visit https://www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/113121 for more information.

BSO NOW: ‘Music in Changing Times – Pathways of Romanticism’   

The Boston Symphony Orchestra video performances under the title Music in Changing Times were recorded at Symphony Hall.

Each video will include magazine-style segment with musicians, composers and conductors shedding light on the musical selections and themes associated with each program. The videos will be released at noon on select Thursdays and available for 30 days as follows:

Episode 1: Available April 15 - May 15

Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a program of Brahms’ Serenade No. 2 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4.

Episode 2: Available April 22 - May 22

Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra in Mendelssohn’s String Symphony No. 10; Weber’s Clarinet Concertino with BSO Principal Clarinet William Hudgins as soloist and Schumann’s Concertstück in F for four horns and orchestra with BSO horn players Richard Sebring, Rachel Childers, Michael Winter and Jason Snider.

Episode 3: Available April 29 - May 29

An All-Strauss program brings the BSO’s 2020-21 BSO NOW online streaming season to an end with the composer’s Wind Serenade, Op. 7, and Interludes from Intermezzo under the direction of Andris Nelsons.

Access the complete series of BSO videos for a donation of $100 or more.

Go to www.bso.org/brands/bso/features/bso-now/pathways-of-romanticism.aspx for more information.

Seventh-Inning Stretch                                                                                            

Fenway Park organist Josh Kantor celebrated the one-year-iversary (365 days and 168 episodes) of the “Seventh-Inning Stretch” show on March 29, 2021 which continues to air at 3 p.m. on Mondays.

So, tune in live at www.facebook.com/7thinningstretch2020 and continue to take a stretch, sing along and enjoy some favorite traditional and contemporary songs, as well as some special guests.

Although the show is still fun and free, he suggests that viewers make a donation to their local food bank.

Morning meditation with Cantor Alicia Stillman

Begin the day grounded and grateful at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This 45-minute morning meditation is a screens-optional experience where the participants will engage in musical morning blessings, gentle chant, mindfulness and sitting together in both silence and guided meditation. The participants will awaken their breath and imagination toward a grateful, grounded and energized day.  

Go to www.tisrael.org/togetherwithti for more information and the Zoom link.

Navigators USA                                                                   

The Fenway Community Center will host the Navigator program – a progressive, inclusive scouting movement welcoming all children and families, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and registration.

Guided meditation                                                   

Interested in reducing stress, bettering your emotional health or practicing self-compassion? Join the Fenway Community Center’s free guided meditation class, led by Fenway residents and licensed instructors, Pallavi and Vaibhav from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for the Zoom link.

FCC Game Nights

Fenway Community Center will host a fun, casual, noncompetitive game night from 8 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.

Visit www.FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information, including a quick link to Zoom.

Free First Thursday at the Gardner

Enjoy the Isabella Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way with free admission from 3 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month with reserved tickets.

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org for more information and reservations.

Tot Rock Shabbat: Home Edition                          

Celebrate Shabbat with the TI community. Light candles, say blessings over juice and challah, sing favorite Shabbat songs and bring the joy of Shabbat into your homes from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays.

Visit tisrael.org for more information, including the Zoom link.

Movement Matters

Boston Conservatory faculty and students will host an hour-long dance class that will incorporate gentle, but challenging movement from 5 to 6 p.m. on Fridays, hosted by the Fenway Community Center.

Dance alongside the class leaders to new fun songs & some oldies, but goodies. All you need is a stable chair and yourself.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Virtual 5K wellness program                                              

Take little steps to improve your wellness with the support of a Capstone Senior from Northeastern's Health Science Program from 6 to 7 p.m. on Fridays.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and the Zoom link.

TGIS at Home

A special live service with Wayne Potash and a member of the Temple Israel clergy will present “Thank Goodness It’s Shabbat!” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

If you are between the ages of 6 days to 6 years and you love to dance, sing, play and pray – this is for you.

Visit tisrael.org for more information, including the Zoom link.


The new English Language Learners Group which meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sundays invites participants to practice their American English with friendly neighbors – both those who are native speakers and those learning the language.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org for more information and the Zoom link.

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.

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 https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.

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.

Lifeboat Food Pantry                                                                        

The Lifeboat Food Pantry will be at Boston Temple, 105 Jersey St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Food distribution will be held outside, providing 1 to 2 bags of a mix of fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable pre-bagged food in a door-dash format following health and safety guidelines. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome. New clients can register at bit.ly/lifeboatbostonregistration.

Email LifeboatBoston@gmail.com, phone 617-383-9864 or visit Facebook.com/lifeboatboston for more information.

East/West Fens food distribution

Fenway Cares will hold a bi-weekly fresh food distribution from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays in West Fenway at the Fenway Community Center (1282 Boylston St.) and East Fenway at Symphony Community Park (39 Edgerly Rd.). 

If you are immunocompromised or physically unable to pick up a box at either location, you can request a produce box be dropped off at your building by a Fenway Cares volunteer.

Sign up at bit.ly//FenwayCaresFood. The same form can also be used to sign up to volunteer.

BSO and Pops at home        

The BSO offers a wide variety of audio and video options of some of their greatest performances in Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood.

There will also be video tutorials with BSO musicians created to support students and at-home learning along with some behind the scenes videos from BSO musicians and conductors (sharing life off-stage) featuring anecdotes, personal reflections and insights, and short informal performances.

These offerings are available at www.bso.org/athome and the BSO YouTube and Social Media Channels.

Museum of Fine Arts at home fun                                     

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that exemplifies the breadth, richness and diversity of artistic expression, prehistoric times to modern day.

Follow #MuseumFromHome hashtag for videos of gallery tours, lectures and artists interviews.

And for fun facts check out twitter.com/Victoria_S_Reed courtesy of MFA’s curator.

Visit mfa.org for more details.

Gardner at Home

To explore the Gardner Museum while staying cozy at home, check out their virtual museum tours, collections and courtyard along with a suite of free digital programs.

Visit gardnermuseum.org and follow them on their social media platforms.

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.

Fenway Cares                                                                       

Fenway Cares is a joint effort by local organizations (Fenway Alliance, Fenway CDC, Fenway Civic Association, Fenway Community Center, Operation P.E.A.C.E. / Peterborough Senior Center) that gathers and shares information with the Fenway neighborhood as well as pairs volunteers and services with those in need.

To learn more, visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org, email FenwayCares@fenwaycommunitycenter.org or phone 617-446-3949.

Visit bit.ly/FenwayCaresIntake to offer support, request assistance or share information.