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Scott Ebner’s dog Claude is ready for Halloween. He’s dressed as Claude Monet. All dogs and dog owners are invited to the first annual South End Dog Costume Halloween Party, which will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Joe Wex Dog Recreation Space on Washington Street at Peters Park.

Home cooking exhibition/opening reception

LaiSun Keane Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave. C8A will showcase Home Cooking, a group exhibition featuring 11 Asian and Asian American artists, curated by critic and poet John Yau from Saturday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Dec. 5.

An opening reception is slated from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 23.

John Yau will present a curator’s talk on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 1 to 2 pm.

Examining issues including the Asian diaspora, anti-Asian hate, memory, family and connection, Home Cooking disables the stereotype of Asian art as a monolith. Questions of consumption, communion and assimilation – all forms of digestion – are reflected in the artworks, each around the central theme of food.

Visit for more information, including Mama Chang’s Dumpling Recipe.

Catalina Schliebener: ‘Growing Sideways’

Presented by Boston Center for the Arts (BCA), “Catalina Schliebener: Growing Sideways,” curated by John Chaich, is a careful yet playful intersection of collaged images that creates a disjointed narrative exploring gender formation and erotic curiosity.

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

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

This exhibition will be on view through Oct. 24 at Mills Gallery.   

Visit for more information and registration.

Minni Slime Workshop: Halloween Edition

Slime scientists (4- to 10-year-olds) will be lining up for Minni’s spookiest and gooiest workshop yet! Grab cauldrons and join them to create creepy concoctions in their Halloween Slime workshop.

Students will make the most of three different slimy interpretations of everything Halloween, beginning with fluffy pumpkin slime and concluding with a bubbly witches’ brew. Let your little one unleash their inner scientist; Minni’ll take care of the mess as students enjoy the rest.

The event will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 at Minni, 71 Thayer St.

Visit for more information and registration ($30).

305 Fitness at SOWA Market

The SOWA Market and 305 Fitness are joining forces at 11 a.m. on Sundays through Oct. 31 for a cardio dance party filled with empowerment, positivity, and all-around sweaty fun.

Not a dancer? No problem. The instructor will guide people through the steps.

Join the party and stay for some shopping, food trucks and fun.

Visit for more information and registration ($10).

John Kleshinksi luncheon and fundraiser                         

Lecolion Washington, Executive Director, will kick off the 21-22 school year with the announcement of their new strategic vision and award the 14th annual John Kleshinski Award from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24 at the annual John Kleshinksi luncheon and fundraiser.

This annual event will include a silent auction and wine wall.

Community Music Center of Boston (CMCB) was founded to promote equitable access to music education and they continue that effort today with accessible programming both online and in-person. 

Individual tickets: $250 – Mail a check to CMCB “Attn: Luncheon” at PO Box 171737, Boston, MA 02117 or make a donation online at

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Annual Cathedral Organ Benefit Recital

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St. will showcase the 32nd annual Cathedral Organ Benefit Recital for the historic 101-rank 1875 E & GG Hook & Hastings Organ, Opus 801 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24.

This performance will include three world premieres of works by Thomas Mellan, Melissa Dunphy and Howard Skempton  as well as works by Liszt, Peeters, Vaughan Williams, Howells, Mellan, Clark, Jongen, Peeters, Dunphy and Skempton.

Performers include Leo Abbott, Cathedral Director Emeritus; Carson Cooman, Composer in Residence at The Memorial Church, Harvard University; Dr. Janet Hunt, International Performing artist; Thomas Mellan, Saint Cecilia Parish, Boston; and Richard J. Clark, Director of Music of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Visit for more information and tickets (Suggested Donation: $50 | Seniors and Students: $25| Children 17 and under: Free). Tickets will also be available at the door.

‘Protest and Power’

MassArt x SoWa will present the first in a series of graduate alumni curatorial projects, “Protest and Power,” on view through Sunday, Oct. 24 at 460C Harrison Ave. (Suite C-08). Join them for a special live spoken word performance by Zaire Love at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24.

“Protest and Power” explores the historic Civil Rights movement alongside the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement as a means of addressing the violence and racism that are embedded in the fabric of the nation.

The concurrent pandemics of COVID-19 and violence against people of color call upon people to seize this moment, to engage issues of race and inequity with renewed energy and a vision for an equitable and enlightened future.

This exhibition is curated by Keith M. Francis. Featured Artists: Cedric "Vise1" Douglas; Keith M. Francis; Zaire Love; Jon Krippahne and Carl E. Moore.

Visit for more information.

‘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.

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.

‘Within the Big is a Lot of Little’ exhibition

“Within the Big is a Lot of Little” artists Patty deGrandpre and Georgina Lewis explore the particulars of the big picture. Applying abstract and pictorial forms, the artists survey fragments of everyday objects as well as fragments of time. Featuring sculpture, drawings and print work, the exhibition probes the beauty of the little things, both metaphorically and literally.

“Within the Big is a Lot of Little’ will be on view at the Fountain Street Gallery, 460C Harrison Ave., Suite 2 from Wednesday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 21.

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

Visit for more information.

Art & Stories

Art & Stories, MAAM’s program for their youngest audience will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28. In this free program, MAAM Educator Lauren Gooding ‘22 will guide the group through 30 minutes of artmaking and storytelling, designed especially for 3-5 year old’s. It’s big fun for little art lovers.

Register at

Kanopy Club: ‘Suspiria’  

Following the Year-long Reading Challenge's October theme of “A Story Under 100 Pages,” the Kanopy Club will discuss films that are 100 minutes or less.

Watch the film Suspiria (1977, R) on Kanopy then join the Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28.

About the film: A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. Suspiria is Italian horror master Dario Argento's best-known and most acclaimed film.

Visit more information and Zoom registration.

Minni Weaving Workshop

Grownups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcomed to Minni Weaving Workshop - Circle Looms, an evening of summer camp throwbacks in the form of well-guided instruction on a rather relaxing craft project: weaving with embroidery hoops.

The group begin with the basics and – using an assortment of recycled and reclaimed materials – take a mini hand-woven work from start to finish. All steps of the process will be clearly explained; all participants will be encouraged to unwind and enjoy. No art or weaving experience is required.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 at Minni, 71 Thayer St.

Visit for more information and registration ($60).

SpeakEasy Stage: ‘BLKS’

SpeakEasy Stage Company will present “BLKS” from Friday, Oct. 29 through Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St. Performances will be held be held on select days with evening and afternoon options.

‘BLKS’ follows three 20-something Black women trying to find intimacy and purpose in a city that doesn’t seem to care about them. In the wake of a serious health scare, Octavia recruits her besties June and Imani to join her for one last epic night on the town. But as the evening unfolds, a string of increasingly wild adventures tests their friendship in this raucous comedy of misbehavior that explores the joys and challenge of growing up.

Run time: Approx. 1 hour, 45 minutes with no intermission.

Content warning: Adult themes including drug use, sexual content and strong language.

Visit for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Dog costume Halloween party

All dogs and dog owners are invited to the first annual South End Dog Costume Halloween Party, which will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Joe Wex Dog Recreation Space on Washington Street at Peters Park.

There will be a JB Doggie Delights ice cream truck selling homemade and dog-safe ice cream treats. And there will be prizes for the best dog costume and best dog owner costume.

The event will have plenty of Halloween cuteness and dog treats galore.

The Joe Wex Dog Park at Peters Park is wholly self-funded and is a well-used. This party, which is free to the dog owners and friends of dogs, is a great chance to learn more about the 3.4-acre Peters Park, which offers a myriad of amenities for all people of all ages.

Peters Park has a playground, tennis court as well as a backboard area, basketball court, a Little League field and space that is used for Tai Chi and athletic training and the very popular dog park.

Learn more at

Ghostly Garden Scavenger Hunt

Join the Trustees for a spooky outdoor scavenger hunt from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Participants will get a series of hints to find hidden Halloween-themed destinations tucked away throughout the rows of plots and trellises of the Berkeley Community Garden, 500 Tremont St. Along the way, find “nocturnal animals” handing out candy. Wear a costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag and flashlight. People who solve all the clues get a prize.

Advanced timed-tickets required. Costumes encouraged.

Visit for more information and tickets (Member Family: $12 | Nonmember Family: $20).

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 scheduled for Nov. 5)

– Second Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (year-round – next scheduled for Nov. 14)

– 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.

'Quilting Bees' open studios - Touched: 'Days Without Art' 

SPOKE continues its 30-year mission of creating a place where people gather to reflect and remember those lost to or facing multiple pandemics of COVID-19, racism, addiction and the continuing scourge of HIV/AIDS particularly among vulnerable populations.

“Days Without Art” is a series of cultural events and actions connecting World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, with National Black HIV Awareness Day, Feb. 7.

Here are a few ways to participate in this year’s “Days Without Art:” Touched – How We Are Touched in Times of Pandemic:

– Create a 16" x 16" fabric sampler/panel to remember, reconnect and honor someone lost to one of the multiple pandemics we face for the Touched installation. Open studio "Quilting Bees" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays through Friday, Nov. 19 at SPOKE, 840 Summer St. #103. Panels can also be made at home and mailed or dropped off by Monday, Nov. 15.

–  Sponsor a section of the historic Names AIDS Memorial Quilt for $250. 

–  Contribute an offering performance during the 24-hour vigil on World AIDS Day, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama.

–  Make a general donation in any amount to support their signature “Days Without Art” event.  The quilt will be installed at the BCA on World AIDS Day, Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Boston Center for the Arts, along with 30 sections of the AIDS/Names Memorial Quilt.

“We see the thread connecting the sections as the beauty of the energy that connects us all. We hope to amplify who we can be for ourselves and for one another.”

Visit for more information.

Funny Women... Serious Business to Benefit Rosie’s Place                    

Join Rosie’s Place for their annual Funny Women…Serious Business event, streaming online at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 9 exclusively for their ticketholders and sponsors.

This year’s event features speaker Natasha Trethewey, 19th United States Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of the New York Times bestseller, Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir. Her story is one of resilience and enduring love.

Proceeds will benefit all of Rosie's Place’s vital programs and services for poor and homeless women. Your support ensures that they remain a place of help and hope for more than 12,000 women in need every year.

Sponsor opportunities are available. Contact Shelli Stevens for more information at

617-318-0211 or

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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.

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‘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.


“Witch,” a devious new comedy about one woman’s deal with the devil, will be presented by Huntington Theatre Company at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St. on select dates and times through Sunday, Nov. 14.

Visit for more information and tickets (prices vary).

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.

Three ways to help:

– Participate in the Operation Sock Drop

– Create Housewarming Baskets

– Make a financial donation.

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.

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