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‘In the Space Between’ performance

“In the Space Between” follows Awkward on a journey of internal growth. Through the abstract language of contemporary dance, Victoria explores identity politics as a vessel towards freedom. Her journey takes her from reality, to a dream world, and to uncomfortable spaces “between.” The show and its companion published journal, Pollen: The Spreading of Ideas, are informed by textual analysis, Socratic discussions, and deep personal reflection. 

Presented by the Boston Dancemakers Residency, in collaboration with VLA DANCE Director & Choreographer Victoria Lynn Awkward, the In-Person performances will be held at the BCA Plaza Black Box, 539 Tremont St. from 7 to 8 p.m. through Saturday, June 19 with a virtual viewing at noon on Sunday, June 20 (24-hour online access).

All current COVID guidelines will be in place for artists and audiences for each performance.

Visit https://bostonarts.org/event/in-the-space-between for more information and registration (In-person tickets: $25 | Virtual: sliding scale $5-$45).

Minni Community Drop-Ins                                                                       

Minni Community Drop-Ins – designed for the entire family to enjoy creative play and messy materials in Minni’s spacious studio at 71 Thayer St. – will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 20, in half hour increments.

Rotating themed projects will focus on open-ended play, material exploration, and a variety of art processes.

The Minni Shop will also be open from noon to 4 p.m.

Minni Community Drop-Ins are Free or pay-what-you-can to give back to the community, one creative project at a time.

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

Crossword Puzzle Lunch Club                                                        

Join Boston Public Library for a lunchtime crossword puzzle from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23.

Together the group will collectively solve a crossword puzzle that focuses on different news- or media- related topics. Put your crossword puzzle skills to the test while also learning something new along the way.

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

Matt Heaton: A concert for families          

Matt Heaton believes music for kids can be entertaining for both children and parents. His songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun. Children and adults respond to his musicianship and variety.

Enjoy this family concert from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 24.

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

Use & preserve herbs

Learn to keep the flavor of summer going all year long with herb pesto, chutney, dried and frozen herbs, and infused vinegars and oils.

This online program from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24 for Boston Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading is part of Digging Deeper, Growing Strong: Gardening Workshops by the Trustees of Reservations.

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

Six-Week ukulele workshop                                                           

Children, ages 7-12, are invited to join a free six-week ukulele workshop run by Anne Ku. Zoom sessions will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays through July 26 (except July 5). Ukuleles and tuners can be picked up at the Central branch of the Boston Public Library.

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

CMCB Music Festival online                                              

Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) will host their annual music festival – Fête de la Musique – online from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 to celebrate the summer solstice and CMCB Music.

With music from all corners of the Community Music Center of Boston, they will highlight performances by their students, faculty and teaching artists with music for all ages.

Area businesses, organizations and neighborhood groups have partnered to deliver a diverse line-up of music to be freely enjoyed online and extending the audience beyond Boston’s South End.

The free, family-friendly event is free – (tax deductible) donations welcome.

Visit https://cmcb.org/wp-event/fetehome for more information and registration.

BCYF Community Center offerings                      

The BCYF community centers are offering a limited menu of programs and classes for pre-registered participants. They will continue to expand the menu of offerings in accordance with public health guidelines. 

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

Third Piece 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.

Parks Fitness: Salsa with Metamovements

Salsa with Metamovements will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sept. 28 at O`Day Playground, 75 West Newton St.

Visit boston.gov/events for more information and 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.

Danna Ruth Harvey: ‘One Together’ exhibition                        

The exhibition “One Together” by Danna Ruth Harvey will be on view at the Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. (No. 57) through Sunday, June 19.

This harmonious exhibition is a curation of Harvey’s most recent mixed-media paintings atop birch panels that explore the portrayal of ‘the sparrow’ in contemplating universal experiences within the human condition. In these expressive works, the sparrow is a symbol of individuality, with each depiction of the sparrow in the flock having something unique to its composition.

For more information, visit www.chaseyounggallery.com.

Bromfield Gallery Exhibitions + Receptions

The exhibitions “A Long Strange Trip” by Laurie Alpert and “Under Construction” by Kathryn Geismar will be on view at Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, June 27.

A closing reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 27.

Gallery hours: Fridays – Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Learn more at www.bromfieldgallery.com/upcoming-exhibitions.

Three exhibitions at Kingston Gallery

Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave (No. 43) will showcase the exhibitions – Jeesoo Lee: “Pung-Gyeong Moving Scenery”; Ponnapa Prakkamakul: “Samatha: Stillness in the Chaos”; and On-Kyeong Seong: “Graft” through Sunday, June 27.

Learn more at www.kingstongallery.com.

‘Material Witness’ exhibition + Artist Talk

The exhibition “Material Witness,” featuring the work of Virginia Mahoney and Sylvia Vander Sluis, will be on view at the Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave. (Suite 2) through Sunday, June 27.

Website: https://www.fsfaboston.com.

‘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.

‘The Cycle of the Bicycle’ Art Exhibit

Contemporary artist Jean Sariano’s finest series of paintings, “The Cycle of the Bicycle” will be featured through Aug. 31 at Cibeline The Art Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave, (Suite C6).

Sariano’s bicycle pieces are a feast for the eyes. Two of them, painted in 1989 are oils on canvas. Sariano says these early bicycle paintings were mostly about interacting geometric shapes.  

The one called “Four Corners of a Wheel” is a hot rainbow of yellow, red and purple spokes separated by cool light blue and dark green handlebars and fenders. 

The other of the two earlier works “Sprocket” features curved shapes complemented by straight arms and criss-crossed spokes. 

Several larger bicycles, painted in gouache on paper are from 2001 and later. These, too, are interwoven geometric shapes involving bicycle parts but these are more complex and abstract.

Learn more at https://cibelinetheartgallery.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 or by appointment, 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 in lower level of 450 Harrison Ave. – peruse new finds of curated collections of fashion, jewelry, art, furnishings and objects.

– SoWa Farmers Market/Art Market: open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 31 with your favorite makers, farmers, foodies, crafters and artists at 500 Harrison Ave.

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

‘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.

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 meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. 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.

Contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

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.

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.

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 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.