Fenway neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Memorial Day service

The 71st annual Memorial Day services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 28 at the Veterans’ Memorial Park in the Back Bay Fens.

The park, also called the Sgt. Charles Andrew MacGillivary Memorial Park, is a tranquil green area with monuments commemorating those who fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, near the Kelleher Rose Garden. The city of Boston’s Veterans Services, the American Legion, AMVETS, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans’ organizations are sponsoring this program.

Visit www.cityofboston.gov for more information.

MFA open house

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will hold a free Memorial Day open house from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Monday, May 29.

Highlights will include free admission to the special exhibitions, curators’ talks, art-making activities, films and dance workshops.

There will be musical and dance performances throughout the day, as well as family tours and tours in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.

Visit www.mfa.org or call 617-369-3474 for a complete schedule of activities.

Music for countertenors

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will host “Stir,” an evening of contemporary music and art, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.

The program will explore music for the countertenor, with an explanation of the countertenor voice by Nico Muhly and sung by Met Opera star Anthony Roth Costanzo. The program will also feature the song cycle “Principles of Uncertainty” with visuals by Maira Kalman.

Tickets, which include museum admission, are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and $17 for members, students and children, ages 7 to 17.

Further information can be found at www.gardnermuseum.org or by calling 617-566-1401.

Art and music

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will host a “First Friday” program from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 2.

Fine art, live music, a cash bar featuring signature cocktails and a tapas menu will be featured.

Visitors must be 21 and older with valid I.D. Entry is free with museum admission.

Visit www.mfa.org or call 617-267-9300 for more details.

Dance performance

Urbanity Dance will perform the annual spring revue “Observing” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3 at the Boston University Tsai Theater, 685 Commonwealth Ave.

The evening will feature works by director Betsi Graves, celebrated Boston choreographer Marcus Schulkind and internationally renowned choreographer Doug Varone.

Musicians from the ensemble A Far Cry will accompany the performance.

Tickets are $15 to $50.

For more information, visit www.urbanitydance.org or call 617-572-3727.

Muddy River tour

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host a free walking tour of Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace from the Fens to Franklin Park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 3. Walkers should meet at the Shattuck Emerald Necklace Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway.

Walkers will enjoy a seven-mile walk on a spring day through Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace with Conservancy president Karen Mauney-Brodek and some special guests. Brief stops along the way will allow participants see recent park improvements and hear about the exciting things to come for the Emerald Necklace.

This event is free but registration is required, by calling 617-522-2700 or online at www.emeraldnecklace.org.

‘Anything Goes’

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present the annual spring concert “Anything Goes” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 4 at Symphony Hall. 301 Massachusetts Ave.

The chorus will celebrate its 35th anniversary with 175 singers on stage, a 20-piece orchestra and special guest, Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. The repertoire will include a new commission from Gwyneth Walker, a mash-up medley of songs from five of Leonard Bernstein’s best-known works as part of the Bernstein Centennial celebration, along with songs from “Anything Goes.”

Tickets are from $20 to $60.

For more details and to purchase tickets, call 617-542-7464 or visit www.bgmc.org.