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This is the “Dancing with Spheres” statue that can be seen outside of the Animal Rescue League of Boston at 10 Chandler St. in the South End. The statue, which was dedicated at the League in 2013, is the work of the late Tony Lopes.

‘Hurricane Diane’

Evening and matinee performances of “Hurricane Diane” will be held at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St. from Friday, Aug. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 26.

The comedy imagines what might happen if the Greek god Dionysus showed up in the New Jersey suburbs “in the guise of a butch gardener named Diane” intent on reversing climate change...and seducing some real housewives along the way.

Visit www.huntingtontheatre.org/season/2021-2022/hurricane-diane for more information and tickets ($25-$99).

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.

Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days in August. Here is a list of the Boston venues:

– Aug. 28: Out of the Park, Boston Red Sox & City of Boston

– Aug. 31: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

For safety reasons, many of the participating venues have limited capacity and are requiring advanced registration.

Available spots are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Visit www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/august-adventures for a downloadable August Adventures calendar, links to the venues and more information.

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 in half hour increments from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

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.

Teen Bridge/Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

"Feel the Flow" which features work created by Teen Bridge students and inspired by Chanel Thervil’s artist residency at the Eliot School will be on view at the Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St. through Sunday, Aug. 29.

Visit https://eliotschool.org/programs/events for more information.

Fountain Street Gallery exhibition ‘The Momentary’                             

The Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave., Suite 2 will exhibit “The Momentary” featuring the work of the Gallery’s Associate Members through Sunday, Aug. 29.

The show of painting, photography, sculpture, collage and mixed media illuminates time as a marker, both absolute and arbitrary. Things can change in a minute. An instant can seem staggering. The momentary is consequential.

Visit www.fsfaboston.com for more information.

‘Whistling in the Dark’ exhibition

Kingston Gallery, 50 Harrison Ave, No. 43 will present “Whistling in the Dark,” a juried group exhibition in the Main Gallery, the Center Gallery and the Project Space Gallery through Sunday, Aug.  29.

Inspired by James Baldwin’s interview with Studs Terkel, the jurors focused on what it means to be disruptive and all the stories that people have to tell. Acknowledging the institutional tradition of minimizing some stories while amplifying others, they chose to amplify voices that have been minimized. Difficult conversations are unfolding. Challenges are addressed under a critical scope. And above all, there is a need for optimism.

Gallery hours: noon to 5 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday and by appointment

Visit www.kingstongallery.com for more information.

Titus Sparrow Park concerts

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park invites you to enjoy the Wednesday evening concerts as follows:

– Sept. 1: Eva Davenport – Original Fusion from hip-hop to soul to R&B to Jazz (6 p.m. start)

Visit www.titussparrowpark.org for more information (donations appreciated).

A House for the Moon exhibition

“A House for the Moon” exhibition will be on view from Wednesday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 26 at Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave. #2.

In “A House for the Moon,” artists Tatiana Flis and Joel Moskowitz investigate daily routines, personal connections and relationships with surroundings.

The artists are moved not only by the brokenness of social connections and ties to the natural world, but also by the beauty of remnant, left-over and once-living things, such as  roots of felled trees, pieces of abandoned toys, a lonely sight through a bare window, an empty ritual once full of humor and consolation.

Through their explorations in various mediums, Flis and Moskowitz expose yearnings for a remembered and still-hoped-for world, just out of reach.

SoWa First Friday Art Walk will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3.

Visit www.fsfaboston.com for more information.

‘Coded’ group exhibition

Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave. will present its group exhibition, “Coded,” from Friday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 26.

“Coded” is an exhibition based upon how artists reinterpret, and thus (en)code ideas, concepts and language through their artwork. The ways in which everyone interprets and produces information marks us as either an "insider" or an "outsider.”

Cryptography, hobo hieroglyphics and religious iconography, for example, all have been used either to entrench privilege or as a refuge. Coded draws back the curtain on messages found in artwork; those produced both consciously and subconsciously.

Join “Coded” artists at Beacon Gallery from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 for First Friday to enjoy their work in person or to learn more.

Visit https://beacongallery.com for more information.

‘Watermark’ and ‘Beyond Matter’ exhibitions

The exhibitions “Watermark” by Patty Stone and “Beyond Matter” by Ingrid Ludt will be on view at Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. from Wednesday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 26.

Stone investigates the movement of water through the lens of climate change in a new series of abstract paintings and works on paper. Watermark juxtaposes a fluid paint surface against geometric shapes and lines of measurement suggesting rising tides or changing shorelines.

Ludt finds the forms for her paintings in nature and translates them into pared down geometries that relate to the canvas.

An Opening Reception will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3.

Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com for more information.

‘Harbinger’ three-person exhibition

LaiSun Keane, 460C Harrison Ave. will present a three-person exhibition titled “Harbinger,” featuring New York based artists Mary DeVincentis, Jackie Shatz and Mary Tooley-Parker on view from Thursday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Oct. 17.

The word “harbinger” is used here to signify what their hope for the future entails and reinforces one of their gallery missions - to provide a platform for contemporary art by women working in diverse mediums of art.

These veteran artists work with varied approaches to painting, sculpture and fiber art, and share commonalities in their approach to storytelling which is informed by psychoanalysis, fantasy and reality. LaiSun Keane’s fall program will launch with this exhibition.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday Sept. 3.

Visit www.laisunkeane.com for more information.

Kingston Gallery exhibitions                                              

The Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. No. 43 will present three exhibitions from Wednesday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 26 as follows:

Woven by Mira Cantor in The Main Gallery

Fate by Louise Farrell in The Center Gallery

Embedded Parts by Erica Licea-Kane in The Kingston Project Space

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10.

Visit www.kingstongallery.com for more information.

SoWa is open                                                                                                                        

The art studios, galleries, shops, showrooms and restaurants at SoWa Art + Design District (450-460 Harrison Ave.) including the SoWa Art Guild (450 Harrison Ave.) and the SoWa Vintage Market (lower level of 450 Harrison Ave.) will be open for 

 – First Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. (year-round)

– Second Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (year-round)

– SoWa Open Market (Farmers Market/Art Market/Food Trucks/Beer Garden) at 500 Harrison Ave. will be open from 11 a.m.  to 5 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 31 with makers, farmers, foodies, crafters and artists.

– Each venue has its own set hours and are open by appointment.

Come and meet the artists in person, view their new work and buy direct.

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

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.

Reading the Rainbow Book Group                        

Reading the Rainbow – a Boston Public Library online-exclusive book group geared towards members of the LGBTQ+ community – will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10 for a lively discussion of Carly Usdin's Heavy Vinyl.

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

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

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 an 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.

‘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, including at 242 East Berkeley St. 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.

Three ways to help: Participate in the Operation Sock Drop and/or Create Housewarming Baskets and/or make a financial donation.

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.