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Opening Our Doors 2021                                                                

The 20th annual Opening Our Doors Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, offering a day of free history, art, music and cultural happenings presented by the Fenway Alliance.

With more than 20 museums, venues, colleges and organizations participating throughout the Fenway Cultural District, there will be something for everyone, both virtual and in-person, mostly outdoors and all free and open to the public.

Go to www.fenwayculture.org/schedule for more details and (Zoom) registration.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with free general admission to the Museum of Fine Arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, part of the Fenway Alliance’s annual Opening Our Doors Day.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and honors the heritage of all Indigenous peoples and the histories of their nations and communities. Stop by the MFA for free art-making kits and children’s books and view art exhibitions on the Museum’s front lawn as well as those in the Galleries,

Visit www.mfa.org/event/community-celebrations/indigenous-peoples-day?event=3172 for more information.

(Re)Opening Celebration at MAAM

MAAM is reopening and everyone is invited to celebrate with them from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. Experience their immersive exhibitions and enjoy a day filled with artmaking, music and performances.

MAAM’s reopening is part of the Boston's Opening Our Doors Day.

Visit https://maam.massart.edu/event/reopening-celebration for a complete schedule.

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The Longwood Symphony Orchestra will perform works by American composers from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

Visit http://longwoodsymphony.org/concerts/oct9-2021 for more information, including the program and reservations ($10 to $49).

From Sepharad to Savannah and Beyond

Culinary historian Sara Gardner will lead a three-part online class that explore Southern Jewish culture and cuisine from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

– Oct. 10: Class 1 will focus on the Sephardic influences in Savannah, Georgia.

– Oct. 17: Class 2 will then travel to the Ashkenazi Delta.

– Oct. 24: Class 3 will wrap up with a deep dive into Jewish Soul Food. 

This class is offered by Temple Israel Boston in partnership with the Southern Alliance for Jewish Education (SAJE). Free and open to all. Recipes will be provided in advance. 

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtduqvrz0rHdwvk6shT956wQinyIj0od4W.

H+H: Vilvldi’s ‘The Four Seasons’

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is one of classical music’s greatest hits. And yet, when hearing it played “the H+H way” – with the cobwebs wiped away and all its freshness, sparkle and exuberance on full display, people feel like they are hearing it for the first time. As soloist and leader, Aisslinn Nosky’s virtuosity is guaranteed to dazzle.

Also, the live concert premiere of Jonathan Woody’s new suite on themes by Charles Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780), who was born on a ship carrying enslaved people, escaped slavery and became the first person of African descent to vote in a British election and to publish classical music.

To get things started, they’ll open with selections from Handel’s Water Music.

For more information and reservations for the performances at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Symphony Hall, visit handelandhaydn.org (ticket prices vary).

Andris Nelsons conducts Strauss and Mozart

Andris Nelsons will be joined by the Dutch brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen for Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat for two pianos. Mozart probably wrote this elegant and brilliant concerto for himself and his sister Nännerl to play in about 1779; they had been performing together as siblings since early childhood.

Maestro Nelsons continues his multi-season exploration of Richard Strauss’s music with both the BSO and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. A rarely heard scene from the composer’s legend-based 1901 opera Feuersnot - music not performed by the BSO since 1911 - opens the program, followed by the composer’s beautiful and profound symphonic poem Death and Transfiguration.

The BSO performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Symphony Hall.

Visit www.bso.org for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Liederabend: Shadows in the Garden

Paul Verlaine inspired generations of song composers with his visionary, evocative poems. This concert explores his far-reaching influence, featuring well-known settings by Claude Debussy and Gabriel Fauré alongside lesser-known masterpieces by Nadia Boulanger, Edgar Varese and Jules Massenet.

Verlaine’s poems provided a rich landscape for musicians who were drawn to the mysterious tensions and subtle instabilities in his created worlds. 

Watch Concert Stream at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at https://necmusic.edu/streaming-williams.

Curated Cuisine: Happy Cooking with World-Renowned Chef Jacques Pépin

Join CitySpace for a conversation with chef, author, culinary educator and television personality Jacques Pépin, moderated by food writer, editor and stylist Sheryl Julian.

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave. and livestreamed.

Visit www.wbur.org/events/690761/curated-cuisine-jacques-pepin for more information and tickets ($5-25).

TILLI Lunch and Learn Series

Join TILLI (Temple Israel Lifelong Learning Institute) for their Fall 2021 Lunch and Learn Series from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays. These talks are open to all, with an option to participate online or onsite at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave.

Listen and ask questions to experts on a wide range of topics and current issues:

– Oct. 14: Lunch and Learn with Alan Verskin

“A Fitful Friendship in the Age of Empire: A Yemeni Jew Shows a French Professor His World.”

– Oct. 21: Lunch and Learn with Karen Frostig

“Memorializing Latvia’s First Concentration Camp.”

– Oct. 28: Lunch and Learn with Steve Jermanok and Lisa Leavitt

“Should I Stay or Should I Go Now: An Update on Traveling Internationally.”

– Nov. 4: Lunch and Learn with Jen Grella

“Tikkun Olam: Addressing Food Insecurity.”

– Nov. 18: Lunch and Learn with Ted Greenwood

“The 2021 Israeli Election and Its Outcome.”

– Dec. 2: Lunch and Learn: A Winter Preview

Learn about the upcoming Winter and Spring TILLI programs

Visit www.tisrael.org for more information, including Zoom registration.

Symphonic Winds: The Art of Transcriptions

NEC Symphonic Winds will present the Art of Transcriptions at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 at NEC Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.

Go to https://necmusic.edu/events/symphonic-winds-art-transcriptions for more information, including the program and tickets.

‘LORENA: a Tabloid Epic’ by Eliana Pipes

The Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave. will present “LORENA: a Tabloid Epic” from Oct. 14 through Oct. 24. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

“LORENA: a Tabloid Epic” spins out of the media hailstorm surrounding Lorena Bobbitt, who became a sensation after she used a kitchen knife against her abusive husband in 1993. The tacky dystopia of American pop culture tumbles onto the stage in a series of funhouse vignettes that know no bounds, while The Playwright desperately tries to protect Lorena from the play which has clearly gotten out of her control.

Go to www.bu.edu/bpt/performances/lorena-a-tabloid-epic-2 for more information and tickets (prices vary).

BSO: Still, Strauss and Sibelius

Acclaimed Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili returns to Symphony Hall for performances of Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. A violinist himself, Sibelius employed his distinctive, Finnish folk music-influenced style in this fiery and lyrical concerto, the final version of which was premiered under Richard Strauss’s direction in 1905.

Strauss’s own Symphonic Fantasy on Die Frau ohne Schatten (“Woman Without a Shadow”) is a 1946 distillation of his fabulist 1919 opera; the BSO hasn’t played music from the opera since the 1960s under Erich Leinsdorf.

The concert opens with the great American composer William Grant Still’s Threnody: In Memoriam Jan Sibelius, composed in 1965. Though from very different traditions, Still and Sibelius were known to admire one another’s music.

The BSO performances under the direction of Andris Nelsons will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 14, Saturday, Oct. 16 and Tuesday, Oct. 19 and at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 at Symphony Hall.

Visit www.bso.org for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Boston Baked Books – ‘Ordinary Girl: The Journey’                            

The Boston Baked Books group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the Friday, Oct. 15 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. to discuss Ordinary Girl: The Journey by Donna Summer and Marc Eliot. All are welcome to join.

Ordinary Girl is legendary singer-songwriter Donna Summer’s candid memoir about her journey from singing in a Boston church to her unexpected reign as the Queen of Disco – and the tragedy and spiritual rebirth that followed.

Visit FenwayCommunityCenter.org and/or www.instagram.com/bostonbakedbooks for more information.

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra: Bruckner - Symphony No. 8

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra will open the season performing Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The orchestra's conductor, Maestro Benjamin Zander, will provide a “Guide to the Music” talk prior to the concert at 6:45 p.m.

Visit www.bostonphil.org/concerts/2021-2022 for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Beyond the Spectrum: Pet Portraits

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, Oct. 16.

Artists throughout history and across the world have found inspiration from their animal companions. Join them to search for animals in art, and then make a sculptural portrait of a real or imaginary pet.

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).

Global Arts Live Presents Sanlıkol Featuring Dave Liebman

Grammy-nominated composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol presents ground-breaking jazz orchestra and trio music steeped in Middle Eastern cadences that draw from Turkish, mystical Sufi rituals, Sephardic Jewish musical elements and more.

In this double album release event, first Sanlıkol and his trio will perform “An Elegant Ritual” followed by “The Rise Up,” an extended epic composition for jazz orchestra commissioned by NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Dave Liebman.

While “An Elegant Ritual” is structured after the Turkish (whirling dervish) Sufi rituals and John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” “The Rise Up” features jazz icon Dave Liebman along with traditional Turkish instruments and voices.

The 25-piece orchestra will be conducted by Ken Schaphorst, chair of the Jazz Department at New England Conservatory at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.

Visit https://college.berklee.edu/events/sanlikol-featuring-dave-liebman for more information and tickets ($28 to $42).

Saturday Open Studio: Seeing Through Sketching

This October, create a handmade sketchbook in the Studio, then bring it along as you explore the galleries and the special exhibition, “Titian: Women, Myth & Power,” to sketch what you see.

Open Studio will be held from 1 to 4 on Saturdays.

Studio activities are included with Museum admission. 

Visit www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar for more information and tickets. 

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.

Berklee Summer in the City                                               

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series presents free performances throughout Greater Boston through October.

Visit https://college.berklee.edu/events/summer for more information.

MASCO/Outside events and activities

MASCO/Outside will host public outdoor events in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area through mid-October.

For a schedule of lunchtime concerts and food truck locations, along with ping-pong and other games, plus other information, go to www.masco.org/enhancing-the-lma/outside.

NEC’s First Monday                                                                                   

Join NEC as they celebrate 37 years of First Mondays: well-loved classics and new compositions, performed at Jordan Hall by some of the finest chamber musicians in the world, free and open to all at 7:30 p.m.

Go to https://necmusic.edu/events/first-monday for more information and tickets.

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 7 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.

MFA Wednesdays                            

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

Visit www.mfa.org/tickets for more information.

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.

Free First Thursdays 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

East/West Fens food distribution

Fenway Cares will hold a bi-weekly fresh food distribution from 3:30 to 4:30 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.

Lifeboat Food Pantry                                                                        

The Lifeboat Food Pantry will be held at 105 Jersey St. from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. All community residents experiencing food insecurity are welcome. 

Visit www.lifeboatboston.org/mission, email LifeboatBoston@gmail.com or phone 617-383-9864 for more information on this and other programs offered.

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.