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A jubilant Pedro Martinez acknowledges the crowd that gathered around Fenway Park in Boston early Thursday morning Oct. 28, 2004. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox swept the St Louis Cardinals in four games to win their first World Series since 1918. They have won three more World Series titles since then.

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).


Beginnings² – a group exhibition combining early NFT artworks from the collection of the Museum of Crypto Art with early computer pen plotter work from the collection of Anne and Michael Spalter – will be on view from Friday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Dec. 19 at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St.

Visit www.bostoncyberarts.org/beginnings2 for more information.

Boston Civic Symphony Concert: Mozart, Still & Haydn

The Boston Civic Symphony will present a classical concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. 

The program will include Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, William Grant Still’s Ennanga piece with soloists Charles Overton on harp and Laura Villafranca on piano, and Hadyn’s Symphony No. 104.

Visit www.bostoncivicsymphony.org for more information and tickets ($8 - $40).

Nikole Hannah-Jones: ‘Examining Slavery’s Modern Legacy’

MAAM will host a free virtual talk by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1. Hannah-Jones’ discussion will examine slavery’s enduring modern legacy and the reframing of the Black American experience.

This lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Mumbet which honors Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, an enslaved woman whose court battle for her freedom in 1781 helped make slavery illegal in Massachusetts.

Visit https://maam.massart.edu/event/nikole-hannah-jones for more information and Zoom registration.

‘A Reckoning in Boston:’ Film screening and discussion

In a prosperous and progressive city, what keeps the divide between white and Black, rich and poor so glaringly wide? 

Watch the documentary that addresses head on the inequalities and barriers within the city of Boston followed by a discussion with the film’s director, producer and others on racial and economic justice in Boston and beyond from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3. 

Visit https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/northeastern-university 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:

– 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.

Abilities Dance film screening and panel conversation

Abilities Dance, whose vision is “to disrupt antiquated ableist beliefs and disseminate the value of inclusion through dance,” will present a commissioned film responding to the Gardner Museum's special exhibition “Titian: Women, Myth & Power” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 at Calderwood Hall. New choreography recenters diverse bodies to tell classic stories exploring themes of gender and representation.

The film will include performances from dancers who have diverse identities within and outside of the disabled community, which they bring into their co-choreographic creations with Founder/Executive & Artistic Director Ellice Patterson. Musical scores by Director of Music Andrew Choe and Composer Erin Rogers.

A segment of the film explores themes of rape, trafficking and abuse. Attendees will have the option to step out of the hall during that portion of the program.

Go to www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/event/amplifier-project for more information (free with reserved tickets).

‘Gone Nowhere’ by Daniel C. Blanda

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre will present “Gone Nowhere” from Thursday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 14. The shows 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.

At an old cabin in rural Minnesota, something is lurking in the corn. In the wake of his father’s death, strait-laced Riley has left his fiancée and the big city to find peace by visiting his old friend Hunter…and it turns out that Hunter knows the cure for grief - old stories, the great outdoors, and plenty of beers. But both men are running from their own demons, and something between them can’t be outrun.

Go to www.bu.edu/bpt/our-season for more information and tickets ($10 to $35).


The performance of “Colossal" will be held at 7:30 on Thursday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 5 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Bu Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre, 820 Commonwealth Ave.

A star football player – a pro prospect, one of the most graceful runners in the world, and a man in love with a teammate – struggles to move forward in the wake of a catastrophic spinal cord injury. With full-contact choreography, this play about love, ability and extraordinary feats of strength tackles definitions of masculinity and the male body as vehicles for language, violence and silent expression through dance, football, and disability.

Visit www.bu.edu/cfa/opera/news/fringe for more information and tickets ($15).

‘Head Over Heels’ performance

The performance of “Head Over Heals” will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 6 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7 at the Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St.

This fantastical pop-rock fable follows the escapades of a royal family who sets out to save their beloved kingdom and discovers the key to their prosperity lies within. A celebration of gender-fluid romance and unconditional love set to the songs of the iconic all-female rock band the Go-Go’s, including “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips are Sealed.”

This performance has been selected as part of Boston Conservatory at Berklee's fall 2021 Center Stage collection. 

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/head-over-heels for more information and tickets ($0-$30).

On Broadway presents ‘Sweeney Todd’

Boston University's On Broadway will present “Sweeney Todd” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

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

BSO: Tchaikovsky and Dvořák featuring pianist Beatrice Rana

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana will play the towering Piano Concerto No. 1 in her BSO debut in concerts led by Russian conductor Dima Slobodeniouk.

One of the most popular and evergreen concertos in the repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s piece never fails to please with its combination of virtuoso fireworks and soaring melody. The concert concludes with Dvořák’s darkly majestic Symphony No. 7, which reveals both his love for his native Bohemia and the influence of his mentor, Johannes Brahms.

This BSO concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 6 and at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 at Symphony Hall.

Visit www.bso.org/Performance/Detail/114005 for more information and tickets (prices vary).

FCC’s First Friday Film Series                             

The Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. #123 will show Wolfpack – a documentary featuring a group of brothers raised with no contact with the rest of the world except through film – from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information.

FCC’s Crime & Crafts Club                                             

Enjoy wholesome crafting while exploring unsolved mysteries from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 at the Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston St. #123.

This month they will discuss the Lizzie Borden case and experiment with Victorian-style hairwork jewelry.

Visit fenwaycommunitycenter.org for more information.

Beethoven Symphony No. 6, Pastoral

Laurence Equilbey, star conductor of Paris’s Insula period instrument orchestra and accentus chamber choir, makes her H+H debut accompanying you into Beethoven’s pastoral landscape…with bird calls, a babbling brook, a summer storm, and merrymaking with friends. A sensation in 19th century musical Paris, admired by Berlioz and Schumann, and a champion of women’s rights, Louise Farrenc demands to be heard! The H+H premiere of her symphonic masterpiece—alive with melody and drama—will have you saying: where has she been all my life?

This concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7 at Boston Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave.

Visit https://handelandhaydn.org/concerts/2021-22-season/beethoven-symphony-6 for more information and tickets (prices vary).


As people move out of isolation, there is a renewed sense of urgency to reunite as a community. A Far Cry’s “Emergence” seeks to examine this journey from separation to togetherness, and the anticipation of venturing out from silence and dissonance to life and harmony.

Verge is Liang’s nod to the beginning of life, written as a dedication in anticipation of the birth of his son and inspired by traditional music of Mongolia. The divergent lines of the music are asynchronous and interchanging, yet they sing together. Britten’s first string quartet continues this musical search to try and converge.

At times eerie and wistful and at other times playful and inventive, the music shifts between various instrumental interactions that step in and out of harmony, modulate, and vie for attention with new musical ideas. Finally, find harmony in Janacek's Suite for String Orchestra. The six dance-like movements that comprise this work shine as a reminder of what it is like to emerge reunited at the end of this collective journey.

This concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 in person at NEC's Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. and live-streamed. The program will also be available On-Demand.

Go to www.afarcry.org/all/emergence for more information and tickets (prices vary).

Beyond the Spectrum Kids: Terrific Tiles

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. will host Adventures in Art for Children on the Autism Spectrum, ages 8 to 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 6.

People from all over the world use painted tiles as decoration in their homes and places of worship. Join them in the museum to look at painted tiles from different cultures. Then, paint decorative tiles in the art studio.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum for more information and registration (Members: $9 | Nonmembers: $11).

Beyond the Spectrum Teens: Colorful Glass

The Museum of Fine Arts , 465 Huntington Ave. will host “Adventures in Art for Teens on the Autism Spectrum,” for ages 13 to 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Colored glass has been produced since ancient times, and artists use it in numerous different ways. Join them in the museum to learn how colored glass is made and investigate examples of this complex craft. Return to the studio to make your own stained glass keepsake jar.

Visit www.mfa.org/programs/community-programs/beyond-the-spectrum for more information and registration (Members: $9 | Nonmembers: $11).

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.

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.