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‘Love and Information’

The Department of Theatre at Northeastern University will present live evening and matinee performances of “Love and Information” in the Studio Theatre, Curry Student Center (2nd Floor), 360 Huntington Ave. through Sunday, Oct. 24.

“Love and Information” takes place in the past, present, and future. It examines how we communicate and create relationships through time, space and technology. The play explores the ways in which our attachment to technology has both isolated us and also elevated our voices to amplify movements and our expression of identity.

For more information and tickets ($5 to $10), visit

https://eventregistration.northeastern.edu/event/1ef2d6b7-f1d3-4f1c-abfd-2d7ab9976caf/ summary?RefId=NU-CAL.

‘Slow Children at Play:’ Sketch Comedy Show

Boston University's “Slow Children at Play” presents their first sketch comedy show of the semester from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave. 

Go to www.bu.edu/tsai more information and tickets.

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 Saturday, Oct. 16 and Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Symphony Hall.

Visit www.bso.org 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).

Breakfast with Tiffany: Paper Masks

Often used for merriment, concealment and masquerade, masks have become a form of protection in today’s everyday life.

MAAM Educator Tiffany Doggett will share a brief and fascinating history of masks before leading participants on a mask making journey from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.

Visit https://maam.massart.edu/event/breakfast-tiffany-4 more information and Zoom registration.

Boston Youth Symphony

A performance by the Boston Youth Symphony and the Repertory Orchestra will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

Visit www.bysoweb.org for more information and tickets ($25-$30).

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. 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.

String Masters Series: Misha Amory, Viola

Renowned violist Misha Amory returns to the String Masters Series with pianist Thomas Sauer to perform a program that includes Amory’s own transcription of the Bach Violin/Harpsichord Sonata No. 3 as well as works by Paul Hindemith, Arnold Bax and Garth Knox.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Seully Hall, 8 Fenway, Floor 4.

Visit https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/events/series/string-masters-series for more information and tickets ($15 | Free will Berklee ID).

Kindness Rocks Project: Drop-in Rock Painting

Stop by the MakerSpace on the 1st floor of Countway Library on the Harvard Longwood Campus anytime from noon and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 and paint a kindness rock.

People can choose to take the rock or add it to the Kindness Rocks garden bed in the Countway Community Garden to inspire others. 

No registration required. Drop-ins welcome. 

Visit https://libcal.countway.harvard.edu for more information.

NEC Symphony + David Loebel: Big Questions

The pandemic has forced people to question many basic assumptions about both everyday lives and the state of the country. Joan Tower’s Made in America - a 21st century take on America the Beautiful - is bracketed on this concert by two contrasting works of Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question asks the biggest question of all while Variations on “America” harks back to an earlier time of bombastic, sentimental patriotism. Perhaps amid all these serious thoughts there’s still space for the humor of Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony.

David Loebel will conduct the NEC Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

Visit https://necmusic.edu/events/nec-symphony-david-loebel-big-questions for more information and tickets (donations appreciated).

Boston University Chamber Orchestra and Singers

The Boston University Chamber Orchestra and Boston University Singers will perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave. Free and open to the public.

Go to www.bu.edu/tsai more information.

Charlesgate Park tour                                                                     

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a tour of Charlesgate Park from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 29.

Charlesgate is the start of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace. Learn about the park’s history as well as present restoration efforts designed to repair park access issues, improve the water quality of Muddy River and create new park amenities.

Visit www.emeraldnecklace.org/calendar for more information and registration.

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. 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.

Borromeo Quartet: Beethoven Cycle, 2021-2022

The Borromeo Quartet, NEC's Faculty Quartet-in-Residence since 1992, will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, op. 18 no. 3 and String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, op. 132 beginning with a 10-minute discussion: "Wood and the Details within the Temple.”

The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 at NEC’s Burnes Hall, 255 St. Botolph St.

Visit https://necmusic.edu/events/borromeo-quartet-beethoven-cycle-2021-2022-0 for more information and tickets (donations appreciated).

Fall Dance Concert: ‘From the Ground Up’

A concert of five world premieres by guest artists and dance faculty performed by senior, junior and sophomore dance majors will be held at 8 p.m. from Thursday, Oct. 21 through Saturday, Oct. 23 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24 at Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St.

Visit https://bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/events/series/center-stage for more information and tickets ($20 to $30 | Free will Berklee ID).

BSO: Gubaidulina and Rachmaninoff

This all-Russian program opens with a BSO-commissioned piece by Sofia Gubaidulina. The work’s uniquely colorful harmonies and instrumental colors create its expressive drama. The title refers to the bright sound of antique cymbals at its conclusion.

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 dates from 1936, falling between the Paganini Rhapsody for piano and orchestra and Symphonic Dances. Like those works, the symphony is characterized by scintillating orchestration and Rachmaninoff’s noted gift for long-spun melody and compelling musical narrative.

The BSO performance, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 23 and at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 at Symphony Hall.

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

BU Jazz Showcase

“Swing” by the College of Fine Arts Concert Hall, 855 Commonwealth Ave. and kick-off the BU Bands Homecoming weekend with a Jazz Showcase with the BU Big Band, Jazz Combos I, II, & III, and Jazz Workshop from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Visit www.bu.edu/calendar for more information.

Mystery Game Group – In-Person/Virtual

A Mystery Game Group will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. #123 and online.

Empty Faces: The Mine. Strange phenomena have always plagued the town of Cooper’s Rock. People will have to fight against the supernatural forces threatening to overrun the town.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information (and Zoom registration).

BU Bands Fall Arts Concert

As part of BU Bands Homecoming Weekend, enjoy the sounds of winds and strings at the Fall Arts Concert with the Concert Band and All-Campus Orchestra from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave. 

Go to www.bu.edu/tsai more information.

Hinge: ‘A Scheme for Brightness’

Boston Conservatory at Berklee presents “A Scheme for Brightness” featuring music by Marti Epstein, Nicole Murphy and Dan VanHassel alongside Julius Eastman’s epic masterpiece “Gay Guerrilla” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 at Studio 401, The Boston Conservatory Theatre, 31 Hemenway St.

Visit www.hingeensemble.com/live for more information.

‘LORENA: a Tabloid Epic’ by Eliana Pipes

The Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave. will present “LORENA: a Tabloid Epic” 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).

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.

FCC Book Club

The book club at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. #123 will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25 to discuss Before She Was Helen by Caroline B. Cooney.

It’s a clever whodunnit featuring an immensely likable septuagenarian heroine with a tragic past.

The group will meet at the center and on Zoom.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information (and Zoom registration).

FCC Voice & Justice

The Fenway Community Center’s Voice and Justice Group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26 to discuss the issue of voting rights and make plans for action.

Registrants will receive a reading list including Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights by Lawrence Goldstone.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information and Zoom registration.

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.

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. 

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.