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Festival Betances 2021

The Festival Betances - the longest running Latino cultural festival in New England, with the theme Latinos Siempre Unidos (Latinos Always Together), will be held live at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 on IBA’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Visit www.ibaboston.org/events/festival-betances for more information.

Boston Festival Orchestra: Genesis

The Boston Festival Orchestra presents Genesis, the first concert of Season One, at 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St.

Be there for the rebirth of Boston’s music scene with Genesis, the opening concert of the first season of the Boston Festival Orchestra. From Mozart to Ginastera, this concert takes you across the globe and through time, in celebration of the return to live performing arts!

Visit www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/Boston-Festival-Orchestra---Season-One for more information and reservations ($30).

A Summer Group Exhibition: ‘Back Together’

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, 460 Harrison Avenue #C7, is proud to present “Back Together,” a group exhibition curated to showcase strong, new pieces by their represented artists, as well as introduce high quality works by emerging artists. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, July 18.

Featuring primarily local artists, “Back Together” seeks to open dialogue with the Boston arts community, focusing on work that presents an interesting process or concept. It also serves as a celebration of reconnection after the pandemic. The artists featured represent many different mediums, disciplines, and ideas, and come together to form a full picture of the rich variety in contemporary art today.

Learn more at www.abigailogilvy.com.

Amicalement vôtre - en personne                                                   

The French Cultural Center will host its third edition of Amicalement vôtre from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21. This one is in person at the newly-opened Brasserie, a French-inspired eatery at 560 Harrison Ave. in the South End. Take French further and discover a new place in the area.

During this event, people will be seated at a table of two with the conversation partner they have chosen based on a quick survey done in advance. 

Registrations end on Sunday, July 18 for this in-person, indoor event. A special discount will be offered to anyone who stays at Brasserie for dinner on Wednesday, July 21.

Visit https://frenchculturalcenter.org/events/juillet-amicalement-votre-en-personne for more information and registration (Member: $30 | Non-Member: $38).

The Tito Puente Latin Music Series                                                                      

IBA, Berklee College of Music and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will present the Tito Puente Latin Music Series streamed live at 7 p.m. on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube as follows;

On July 22, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Abraham Dorta will entertain with sweet melodies, poetic lyrics and bohemian guitar accompaniment.

On July 29, Puerto Rican singer Amor De Jesús presents a variety of styles from the dance rhythms of salsa, bomba and plena to nueva trova, a socially conscious musical movement dating from the Cuban revolution.

See https://ibaboston.org/events/tito-puente-latin-music-series for further information.

Boston Festival Orchestra: Elemental

The Boston Festival Orchestra presents Elemental, the second concert of Season One at 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St.

The BFO showcases its musicians in Elemental, a bold exploration of the forces of nature. Sixteen wind players, representing breath and air, perform an unusual feat: an unconducted rendition of the Sonatina in F Major for Winds, ‘From an Invalid’s Workshop’ by Richard Strauss.

The second half gets heated with the full power of the BFO strings performing Piazzolla’s seductive The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, an Argentinian twist on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons that we all know and love.

Visit www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/Boston-Festival-Orchestra---Season-One for more information and reservations ($30 per event).

Free workout in the park                                        

Epic Studios will facilitate a free strength + conditioning classes at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturdays through July 30 at Peters Park, 230 Shawmut Ave.

Visit www.epocstudios.com for more information.

Minni summer program

Minni will offer 10 individually themed weeks of summer programming for little artists, ages 4 to 9, through Friday, Sept. 3.

The weekly art + design programs will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. with an extended day option from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

Rotating design themes will be led by teaching artists and professional educators. Daily outdoor art-making will take place at Minni, 71 Thayer St. (weather permitting). Scheduled field trips to select local businesses and studios with social distancing measures in place.

Visit https://minni.space/2021-summerprogram for more information and registration.

BCYF summer programs and classes                                            

Arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips and workshops will be among the many options that will be offered both remotely and in person at BCYF community centers across Boston.

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

Dance with Parkinson’s onsite/online

Urbanity Dance, 725 Harrison Ave. offers free classes from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays onsite and 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Boston Triathlon                                                                                          

The 2021 Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28 and Sunday, Aug. 29. 

The weekend-long event brings together athletes of all ages and abilities to compete in Olympic and sprint distance triathlons – swim in the fresh waters of Dorchester Bay, bike through Boston city streets, and run along the scenic Southie shoreline.

Love to run, but hate to bike and swim? Grab two friends and sign up as a three-person relay team or join a two-person relay team for a bigger challenge.              

Following the race, celebrate with friends and family at the huge post-race party.

All events take place at the DCR’s Carson Beach, a stunning venue in the South Boston waterfront. 

The official race charity partner is Boston Medical Center. Race in support of BMC’s efforts to advance health equity and address social determinants of health.

Visit www.BostonTri.com for more information and registration.

Kingston Associates: ‘Space Between’                                           

“Space Between” explores different approaches artists take to capture, distinguish or inhabit space. Many of the exhibition's artworks share an engagement with a physical place or natural setting. Other works use color and form to question surface and space. And in some works, time operates as a material linking duration with outcome. All the artists entangle reality with possibility.

The exhibition will be on view at Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave, No. 43 through Sunday, July 25.

Learn more at www.kingstongallery.com.

‘Transitions’ on view at Fountain Street Gallery                         

“Transitions” featuring the work of Kay Hartung and Mary Marley will be on view at Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave., Suite 2 through Sunday, Aug. 1.

The exhibition includes mixed media work that experiments with collage, painting and printmaking. Hartung and Marley both create pattern and textures that relate to the natural world. Each also explores how their work transitions into a different narrative – in a hidden world that exists outside of language.

Check www.fsfaboston.com/transitions for more information.

Bromfield Gallery Exhibitions/Reception

Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. will feature the exhibition “Vapors” by Jennifer Day and “StreetWise,” a Juried Exhibition of New England Photographers through Sunday, Aug. 1.

Check www.bromfieldgallery.com for more information.

Exhibitions/Reception at Boston Sculptors Gallery                     

Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. will showcase the works of Samantha Wickman: “Matches in the Dark” (at the LaunchPad Gallery) through Sunday, Aug. 8.

SoWa First Friday Reception will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 8.

Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays and by appointment 

Go to www.botonsculptors for more information.

The ‘Mind of God’ solo exhibition

Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave. will present the solo exhibition of artist Fern Nesson, “Mind of God,” through Sunday, Aug. 22. 

“Mind of God” brings together a collection of Nesson’s recent work which presents the artist’s exploration of the parallels between abstract photography and mathematics. The title is drawn from Johannes Kepler’s 1611 quotation, “Authentic mathematical forms exist in the mind of God and share his eternity.”

Join Nesson at Beacon Gallery for August’s First Fridays to enjoy her work in person or to learn more.

For more information, go to https://beacongallery.com.

‘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.

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.

‘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).

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 the art project, people 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.

MTW book/textile donations and online/onsite purchases

More Than Words stores accepts 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.

People can also shop online or onsite 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.

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 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

For more than 54 years, the Haley House has continued to use food with purpose and the power of community to break down barriers between people, empower individuals, and strengthen neighborhoods.

The non-profit organization operates the Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry and Live-In Community at the Haley House, 23 Dartmouth St. in the South End and the Haley House Bakery Café, Catering, TEP, TBK, and Arts & Culture programming at 12 Dade St. in Roxbury.

The Haley House accepts in-kind donations (see list of needed items) and money and uses volunteers to help fulfill their mission.

Visit https://haleyhouse.org/give/in-kind for more details.

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.