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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. 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 Saturday, Oct. 23 at Symphony Hall.

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

‘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).

‘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.

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. 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.

Alan Cumming and Ari Shapiro ‘Och & Oy! A Considered Cabaret’

This wildly entertaining cabaret-style show, presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, brings together two singular storytellers with big personalities: Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming and Pink Martini guest vocalist and NPR host Ari Shapiro at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.           

Visit www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/114832 for more information and  tickets (prices vary).

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).

Music & Drama from Terezín

Boston nonprofit Terezín Music Foundation presents a concert of music by composers whose artistry sustained them during the Holocaust, performed by Yo-Yo Ma (special video performance), violin virtuoso Nathan Meltzer, actress Annette Miller, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Steven Lipsitt, Coro Allegro directed by David Hodgkins, and more, including a performance of Hans Krása’s lyrical “Brundibar” suite with survivor Michael Gruenbaum of the Terezín cast and a commission by poet Salman Masalha and composer Sivan Eldar.

CDC director Rochelle Walensky will be honored and will speak at the dinner; Belgian survivor Simon Gronowski, also honored, will speak and perform at the concert. Proceeds benefit TMF concerts, commissions, recordings, publications and Holocaust and genocide education programs worldwide.

The reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the concert at 6 p.m. and an optional benefactors’ dinner with the honorees and artists on Monday, Oct. 25 at Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave. Or attend remotely via YouTube. 

Go to https://www.tmfgala.org/tickets.html for more information and tickets ($150-$10,000).

Learning from and with COVID

A new school year begins and hopes of a return to normalcy. But for some students and educators, the pandemic school year changed them and the way they approach school. Senior education reporter Carrie Jung will moderate a panel discussion exploring how educators and students have changed their approach to learning and how they're continuing to recover following the losses of the pandemic at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25.

The event will be held both in person at WBUR CitySpace Event, 890 Commonwealth Ave. and livestreamed.

Go to www.wbur.org/events/724177/learning-with-covid for more information and registration ($0 to $25).

BUSO 2 Concert

The Boston University Symphony Orchestra will present a concert from 8 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

The program will include Second Essay for Orchestra, Barber; Chamber Dance, Tower; Symphony No. 1, Walton; James Burton, conductor.

This event is free and open to the public.

Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/news-events/events/?eid=256865 for more information.

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.

23rd annual Berklee Octoboefest

The 23rd annual Berklee Octoboefest, featuring oboists in traditional and contemporary repertoire, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Costumes are encouraged.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/23rd-annual-berklee-octoboefest for more information.

NEC Wind Ensemble + Charles Peltz: Opening Explosion

Open the season with a flash at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave. The concert will also be livestreamed.

NEC students spaced around Jordan Hall envelope the audience in Handel’s music to celebrate being back making music. They offer the East Coast premiere of a memorial work in honor of an NEC favorite, composer Christopher Rouse.  

Visit https://necmusic.edu/events/nec-wind-ensemble-charles-peltz-opening-explosion for more information, tickets and/or the livestream link.

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. 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.

‘The Human Rights Legacy of MLK Jr.: Lessons for Today’

The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies will host “The Human Rights Legacy of MLK Jr.: Lessons for Today,” presented by The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is a pastor and social justice advocate engaged in grassroots movements based on the moral tenets of faith-based communities and the U.S. constitution. As president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, he leads a nation-wide struggle to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and environmental destruction.

He serves as bishop of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries; visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary; and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Dr. Barber is the author of four books and a prominent public speaker.

The event will be held at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave. To attend in person, people will need to show a current BU ID and wear a mask. This event will also stream live.

Visit www.bu.edu/tsai/visit/calendar for more information and registration.

NEC Philharmonia + Ludovic Morlot

Ludovic Morlot will conduct the NEC Philharmonia featuring Timotheos Petrin on cello at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave.

The program will include Betsy Jolas’ B-Day for Symphony Orchestra, Édouard Lalo’s Concerto for Cello in D Minor and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C Major, op. 61.

Visit https://necmusic.edu/events/nec-philharmonia-ludovic-morlot for more information and tickets.

BSO: Coleridge-Taylor | Wooten | Ellington

Thomas Wilkins will conduct Coleridge-Taylor, Wooten and Ellington featuring electric bassist Victor Wooten. These BSO performances will be held at 10:30 a.m. (high school open rehearsal) and at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28; at 8 p.m. (Casual Friday) on Friday, Oct. 29; at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.       

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

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. 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.

NU Italian Film Festival 2021: ‘I don't care! - Me ne frego!’

This documentary tells the story of a little-known failed experiment: the fascist attempt to create a unique language, a “new Italian” suitable for a dictatorship dogma. The audience will learn about the creation of neologisms, school-children indoctrination, and the repression of linguistic and cultural diversity that were planned by the regime to make Italians learn how to "believe, obey, fight."  

View the film, in Italian with English subtitles, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 at NU International Village, 1155 Tremont St. Free and open to the public.

Visit http://calendar.northeastern.edu/calendar/day/2021/10/28 for more information.

‘City Of Women II’

Visiting Curator of Performing Arts Helga Davis has invited some of her favorite performers to respond to questions of agency and representation in Titian's extraordinary paintings. This special program features performances by Toshi Reagon, Jomama Jones and Helga Davis as well as a commissioned poem from Claudia Rankine and two commissioned wearable paper dresses from Fabiola Jean-Louis. The evening’s multidisciplinary performances reflect on questions of gender, sexuality, race and power.

“City of Women II” will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 in Calderwood Hall at the Gardner Museum.

Go to www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/city-women-ii for more information and reservations (prices vary).

The Moth StorySLAM: ‘Legends’

The Moth StorySLAM is an open-mic storytelling competition, open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s theme. Tell a story or just enjoy the show at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Ave.

The theme of this StorySLAM is "Legends." Prepare a five-minute story about lore. Hometown heroes or larger than life icons. Spending the night in a haunted house, family secrets uncovered, senior pranks that went down in history. Deep-seated superstitions that fly in the face of reality checks. Every myth has to start somewhere.

Go to www.wbur.org/events/706190/the-moth-storyslam-legends for more information and registration ($15).

Virtual Game Night

The Fenway Community Center will host casual online games from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, Nov. 11 and Nov. 18.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information and Zoom registration.

Charlesgate Park tour                                                                     

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a tour of Charlesgate Park from 11 a.m. to noon on 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.