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This nine-foot bronze statue of Asa Philip Randolph in the waiting area at Back Bay Station was dedicated on Oct. 8, 1988. The statue is the work of Tina Allen, whose signature can be seen on the pants fold on the shoe touching the ground. Randolph was a Civil Rights activist who directed several of the marches on Washington, including the one in 1963 when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech.

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 www.Peterspark.org.

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 https://thetrustees.org/event/68351 for more information and tickets (Member Family: $12 | Nonmember Family: $20).

Minni Halloween Community Drop-Ins

Minni will host four one-half hour Halloween-themed Community Drop-ins from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Minni Community Drop-Ins are designed for the entire family to enjoy creative play and messy materials in their spacious studio. Rotating themed projects focus on open-ended play, material exploration, and a variety of art processes. Minni Community Drop-Ins are free or pay-what-you-can to give back to our community, one creative project at a time.

The Minni Shop will be opened from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit https://minni.space/upcoming-events for more information and reservations.

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 www.sowaboston.com/calendar/2021/10/17/305fitness for more information and registration ($10).

Mark Kelner ‘Dollar City’ exhibition at Beacon Gallery

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

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

Visit https://beacongallery.com for more information.

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

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

Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com 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.

Visit http://kingstongallery.com/exhibitions for more information.

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 www.sowaboston.com and/or www.sowaartists.com for more information, including the SoWa Artist Directory.

Midweek Mindfulness

Everyone could use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself in the present moment or performing a quick body scan can work wonders to calm the mind.

Join Boston Public Library YA librarian Paul to discuss mindfulness, dedicate some time to meditation and practice a few exercises that will help you live more fully in the now.

The program will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17. Suitable for teens and young adults.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

Caron Tabb: ‘Humanity Is Not a Spectator Sport’ exhibition

Beacon Gallery, 524B Harrison Ave. is pleased to present Caron Tabb’s solo show, “Humanity Is Not a Spectator Sport,” opening Friday, Nov. 5 and running through Monday, Jan. 17.

Featuring all original mixed media works, Tabb aims to shed light on white privilege, systemic racism, and inequality, as well as our shared humanity. Even more important than the awareness she hopes to bring, Tabb seeks to challenge viewers and inspire difficult conversations.

This exhibition is the first iteration of Tabb’s multi-city “Be the Change:” a public art and activism initiative taking its fledgling steps in Boston and a 7-week exhibition-within-an-exhibition – “What Now; Making Space” – that will feature a rotating series of artworks in the place of Tabb’s.

These works will engender both in-person and online events and discussions at Beacon Gallery from November through January.

Visit https://beacongallery.com for more information.

Kingston Gallery: new exhibitions + opening reception

Kingston Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. No. 43 will feature three exhibitions from Wednesday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 28.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

– In The Main Gallery - Linda Leslie Brown: “Entangled”

Brown combines disparate discarded plastic parts and other found materials with handmade ceramic forms to create these somewhat creaturely, hybrid forms-implying technologically altered genetic variants of the future and the struggle for species survival through adaptation in the post-Anthropocene era. She imagines that such adaptations may be occurring even now: in the depths of mother ocean, among our gut bacteria, or nested in mycelium tendrils wrapped around the roots of trees.

– In The Center Gallery - Christopher Volpe: “Alchemy and After”

Part of a series titled "Alchemy and After," these paintings, were created using liquefied coal tar combined with shredded gold leaf. Volpe thinks of the tar as the ultimate base matter – dark, toxic, pulling toward dissolution and decay – as well as a signifier for industrialization and the fossil fuels that drive it. In the gold he sees the opposite – a precious, relatively "pure" metal invested with spiritual overtones – and a fitting symbol of the commercialization of nature. The titles are borrowed from historical alchemical and esoteric texts. Volpe hopes this work evokes struggle between forces of darkness and light. His goal is to wrest from our failure to transcend our human flaws a kind of equilibrated beauty, however raw, one that both attracts and repels like the materials themselves.

– In The Kingston Project Space - Brian Littlefield: “Smaller”

Littlefield is interested in the multivalent ambiguities of abstraction from nature - a means to discover and contemplate the world around him. Each starting point has infinite possibilities and limitations. Internal and external locations are compressed, confounding mystery and clarity. Marks and smudges are asked to give integrity to the observation of semi-palpable forms and shifting spaces.

Visit www.kingstongallery.com 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 through Sunday, Nov. 21.

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

Visit www.fsfaboston.com/upcoming-exhibits for more information.

Bromfield Gallery: new exhibitions and opening reception

The Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. will showcase the following exhibitions from Wednesday, Nov. 3 through Sunday, Nov. 28.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

– Christine Kyle: “Visual Concepts”

Kyle makes peculiar, mixed media, wall sculptures that evoke a sense of familiarity while resisting categorization. 

– Dietlind Vander Schaaf: “We Are Poems”

The Japanese word jikan refers to the silence between two thoughts. In this vein, Vander Schaaf’s work is an attempt to render temporary, fleeting moments of beauty, balance, and stillness visible. He describes his paintings as the place where the inner landscape and the outer landscape meet.

– Amantha Tsaros: “Feral Joy”

Tsaros series “Feral Joy” is a celebration of the jubilant return of hope and joy. These are paintings of lively forms and vibrant hues, a palette reminiscent of her favorite childhood candy store, cavorting playfully, in an invitation to indulge in optimism. 

Visit www.bromfieldgallery.com 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 sstevens@rosiesplace.org.

Visit www.rosiesplace.org/news-and-events/events/Funny-Women-Serious-Business for more information and tickets.

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 www.speakeasystage.com for more information and tickets (prices vary).

'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 https://mwponline.org/wordpress/touched-alive-with-hope-days-without-art-2021 for more information.

‘Witch’

“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 https://www.huntingtontheatre.org/season/2021-2022/witch for more information and tickets (prices vary).

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 through Sunday, Dec. 5.

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 www.laisunkeane.com/homecookingjohnyau for more information, including Mama Chang’s Dumpling Recipe.

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 www.castleskins.org/2021---2022-season.html 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 www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families 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 urbanitydance.org 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 www.ibaboston.org/events/social-fridays 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 ymcago.org 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 www.thirdpiece.com.

‘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 www.imagine-vangogh.com 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 mfa.org/programs/kids-and-family-programs/mfa-playdates/mfa-playdates-at-home 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 urbanity.org 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 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.

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 mtwyouth.org 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 bgmc.org and nearly 400 musical videos on www.youtube.com/BGMC1982 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 fobh.org/how-you-can-help 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 rosiesplace.org 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 https://haleyhouse.org/give/in-kind 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 www.bgmc.org 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 friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

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 www.humannetworkinitiative.com.