South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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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 - next one is on Oct. 1)

– Second Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (year-round - next one is on Oct. 10)

– SoWa Open Market (Farmers Market/Art Market/Food Trucks/Beer Garden) at 500 Harrison Ave. will be open from 11 a.m.  to 4 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 31 with makers, farmers, foodies, crafters and artists. There will be live music from noon to 2 p.m. with DJ spinning tunes from 2 to 4 p.m.

– 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 and/or for more information, including the SoWa Artist Directory.

Minni Adult Workshop - Marbling

Grown-ups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcome to Minni Marbling Workshop – Marbled Leather, an evening of crafting marbled leather coasters using the meditative and engaging Suminagashi water marbling technique.

The instructor will guide participants through process of gently and slowly creating unique patterns and swirls using water and vibrant Sumi inks on natural leather. Each participant will bring home a set of unique marbled coasters made of a thick, natural leather.

Unwind and let your creativity flow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 at Minni, 71 Thayer St.

Visit for more information and registration ($60).

South End Writes is back

The South End Writes program is back. Sponsored by the Friends of the South End Library, there will be a virtual talk with author Daniel Barbarisi at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7. He will discuss his latest book, Chasing the Thrill, which was released in May.

This is a first-person account of eccentric millionaire art dealer Forrest Fenn’s adventure and obsession-filled treasure hunt - the stuff of contemporary legend.

This virtual event is accessible for free via ZOOM and Facebook.

To join the ZOOM event, please visit or

For connection info, contact

Kanopy Club: ‘Man on Wire’                                            

Following the Boston Public Library’s yearlong Reading Challenge's October theme of A Story Under 100 Pages, the Kanopy Club will be watching and discussing films that are 100 minutes or less.

Watch Man on Wire (2008, PG-13) on Kanopy then join the group from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 for a Zoom discussion.

About the film: On Aug. 7, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the World Trade Center's twin towers in New York. Academy Award winner. Official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

For more information and to register, visit online at

Brooklyn Rider concert                                                       

The first performance in this daredevil quartet’s three-performance arc highlights the formidable range of globe-spanning composers who write original works for Brooklyn Rider, including a world premiere of a new work by Osvaldo Golijov.

Streaming live at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, from GBH Calderwood Studio and available on demand until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Visit for more information and tickets.

SpeakEasy Stage: ‘The Sound Inside’

“The Sound Inside” will be presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company at Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St. through Saturday, Oct. 16. Evening performances and matinee times vary.

2020 Tony Award Nominee for Best Play. In the 17 years since she was last published, novelist Bella Baird has almost completely isolated herself from the world. But things change when she meets Christopher – a brilliant but enigmatic student in her creative writing class at Yale. As their friendship deepens, their lives and the stories they tell about themselves become intertwined in unpredictable ways, leading to a shocking request. Intensely intimate and deeply moving, The Sound Inside is “an astonishing new play… about fiction, both the kind we read and the kind we live.” (The New York Times)

Visit for more information and tickets (prices vary).

‘Uncultivated’ at Fountain Street Gallery

Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave., Suite 2, will exhibit “Uncultivated,” featuring the work of Sarah Alexander and Jim Banks through Sunday, Oct. 24.

An artist talk is slated from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16.

Alexander and Banks find themselves drawn to - the wild and unpredictable. Their vibrant show, which starts with drawing and branches into painting and sculpture, highlights weeds and other unruly botanicals in novel and unanticipated ways.

Follow the rhizomes and be rewarded with Alexander’s flourish and symbolism and Banks’ precision and vitalism.

Visit for more information.

‘Buddha + Christ’ and ‘Familiar Interplay’ exhibitions

The exhibitions “Buddha + Christ” by Robert Richfield and “Familiar Interplay” by Sanjé James

will be on view at the Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. #37 through Saturday, Oct. 16.

Visit for more information.

‘The Merchant of Venice’                                                               

The Actor’s Shakespeare Project of Charlestown will present The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare through Sunday, Oct. 17 at The Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St.

This exploration of the heinousness of anti-Semitism reminds people that everyone may be culpable; too willing to look the other way when it comes to “other”ing our neighbors. 

Visit for more information and reservations.

‘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 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.

Visit for more information.

Catalina Schliebener: ‘Growing Sideways’ exhibition                 

BCA presents Catalina Schliebener: “Growing Sideways,” curated by John Chaich, in which dozens of drawings-on-collage frame the Mills Gallery space to culminate in a site-specific, floor-to-ceiling installation, growing across two- and three-dimensional surfaces and creating a disjointed narrative exploring gender formation and erotic curiosity.

This exhibition will also kick off BCA’s new “1:1 Curatorial Initiative” series.

The exhibition will be on view in the Mills Gallery through Sunday, Oct. 24.

A closing panel event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Visit for more information and registration.

Mark Kelner ‘Dollar City’ exhibition at Beacon Gallery

“Dollar City” functions as a trick mirror, reflecting a slightly distorted version of reality that allows the viewer to parse out the invisible socio-economic and cultural elements of control embedded within today’s urban landscape and the built environment.

The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave.

Visit for more information.

‘Fallout’ + ‘Lexical Geometry’ exhibitions at Bromfield Gallery

Two new exhibits – Julia Talcott’s “Fallout” and Sarah Hulsey’s “Lexical Geometry” - will be on view at the Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. through Sunday, Oct. 31.

– “Fallout” is an installation of 12”x12” woodblock prints and collages exploring domestic, environmental and psychological states of being. These modular prints are able to be combined in an infinite number of combinations to tell a story. Talcott uses the repetition of shape, pattern and color to make a statement or evoke a feeling. The six woodblocks used to create these prints will also be shown with the pieces.

– Sarah Hulsey's work portrays the patterns and structures that comprise our universal instinct for language. In this body of work, she uses schematic forms and letterpress text to explore connections across the lexicon.

Visit for more information.

‘Above & Beyond’ | ‘Uninvited Guests’ | ‘New Works’ at Kingston Gallery

Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. will present the works of Joan Baldwin’s “Above & Beyond” and ‘Uninvited Guests” and Rose Olson’s “New Works” through Sunday, Oct. 31.

– In The Main Gallery: “Above & Beyond”

Vintage chairs, architectural details and outdoor environments mix it up in this group of oil paintings.

– In The Center Gallery: “Uninvited Guests”

What do you do with uninvited guests – those with wings and little stingers that make your life miserable when they get territorial and attack you? They're worth studying, labeling, categorizing and mounting on boards with pins.

– In The Kingston Project Space: “New Works”

These paintings reflect Olson’s passion for color and its interaction with the beauty of natural elements, such as the wood-grain patterns and the shifting light.

Visit for more information.

Miniature Festival (online)

Featuring world premiere 30-second miniatures for flute and harp submitted as part of their Black Composer Miniature 2.0 Challenge, plus haikus and tanka poems submitted as part of their Black Poet Miniature Challenge, plus performances by Project STEP, Boston City-Wide String Orchestra, and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' Intensive Community Program students of viola works from their inaugural Black Composer Miniature Challenge.

This miniature festival is co-sponsored by Boston Center for the Arts where “Castle of our Skins is a Launchpad Resident” can be enjoyed through December on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. 

Visit for more information and the links to enjoy.

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 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 for more information and Zoom registration.

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 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 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

‘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 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 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 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 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 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 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 and nearly 400 musical videos on 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 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 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 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 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

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