South End-Bay Village neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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American musical

Moonbox Productions will present the American musical “Barnum” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. on Sundays from April 8 to 30 at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

This dazzling show traces the career of P.T. Barnum, America’s greatest showman, from 1835 to 1881, the year he joined James A. Bailey to form “The Greatest Show On Earth.” The production combines elements of traditional musical theater with the spectacle of the circus, as the characters include jugglers, trapeze artists and clowns as well as real life personalities like Jenny Lind and General Tom Thumb.

Call 617-426-5000 or visit to purchase tickets and for more details.

Early French music

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present an evening of 18th century music at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.

This concert will feature chamber works by two of the greatest French masters of the 18th century – Rameau and Couperin, with performances by faculty members Nickolai Sheikov, harpsichord, Benjamin Swartz, viola da gamba and by guest artists Andrea LeBlanc, baroque flute and Emily Hale, baroque violin.

Admission is free. Further information can be found by calling 617-482-6267 or online at

Art and design

The Boston Architectural College will host the 10th annual Art & Design of the 20th and 21st centuries from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

The weekend show and sale will feature 40 exhibits from the United States and Europe, including a selection of fine art, photography, glass, jewelry, furniture and sculpture, as well as speakers, short films and book signings.

The 18th annual Boston Print Fair will be held concurrently with the AD20/21 show and will feature 50 dealers in Old Masters to contemporary fine prints, drawings, photography and other works on paper, offering a wide range of affordable, original works. No additional admission is required.

The $15 admission will include special programs, a catalog, guest speakers and re-admission.

Visit or call 617-363-0405 for a schedule of programs and further information.

Music of Haydn

The Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium will perform Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Christ” from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 14 at the Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave.

The Marsh Chapel Choir conducted by Scott Allen Jarrett will perform Haydn’s meditations on Christ’s last words, one of the great pieces of Easter music.

Admission is free. Visit or call 888-266-1200 for more information.

Easter egg hunt

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a spring egg hunt at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 16 in Titus Sparrow Park, West Newton Street.

Neighborhood kids are invited to meet the Easter Bunny at 10 a.m. and gather eggs hidden in the park. Festivities will include cookie decorating and refreshments for all.

Donations of toys for the sandbox are welcome. Visit for further details.

Local author to visit

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome acclaimed sociologist Sara Lawrence Lightfoot in an author talk from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 as part of the South End Writes series.

MacArthur Genius Fellow Lightfoot will be the first African-American woman to hold an endowed chair in her name at Harvard University upon her retirement. She has written nearly a dozen books, and will talk about her most recent one, “Growing Each Other Up: When Our Children Become Our Teachers.” This is her third appearance at the South End library.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 or visit for more information.

Starring Mr. Astaire

Films starring legendary song and dance man Fred Astaire will be shown at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., from 2 to 4 p.m. from Fridays during April.

Featured will be the MGM classic musical “Funny Face” co-starring Audrey Hepburn on April 14; “Swing Time” with Ginger Rogers on April 21; and “Royal Wedding” co-starring Jane Powell on April 28.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for more details.

House dance culture

James Morrow, choreographer-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts, will present an encounter with house dance culture with his troupe The Movement from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St.

Morrow will guide an exploration throughout this talk/show/learn/jam event. The audience will get the basics down with an introduction to house and hip hop and see a short section of Morrow’s new work “Quarter Past Midnight.” He will then open the dance floor for a basic movement class and dance jam.

Admission is free. A cash bar and snacks will be available.

For more details, call 617-426-5000 or visit

Sculpture show

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Christopher Abrams and Christina Zwart now to May 7.

A sound concert will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 and a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

“Orifice and Oculi” is Abrams’ second solo exhibition at the gallery. He explores how the features of a constructed form allow us to project life onto the inanimate. Abstract and minimal, his carved, cast and painted forms feature tiny openings offering the viewer an invitation to enter beyond their surfaces into an imagined life.

“Pussy Tower” is also Zwart’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Zshe presents an 11-foot high model of Trump Tower in New York City, highlighting one of its most intriguing, yet widely unnoticed features. This piece furthers the social and political nature of Zwart’s work and posits a statement about this unprecedented time in American politics.

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-482-7781.

Wearable arts

The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts will offer a wearable arts workshop from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

The program teaches students, ages 10-17, to design for the human body. Students will experiment with different materials, using them as intended or inventing new techniques. Projects may include making jewelry, scarves, belts and bags.

For more details, call 617-536-8241.

Tax help

Free income tax assistance is being offered at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., now to April 12.

AARP volunteers will help in the electronic filing of simple federal and Massachusetts tax returns. Appointments will be made on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 617-536-8241 to schedule an appointment or visit for more information.

Window takeover

The Friends of the South End Branch Library have invited local creative entrepreneurs and artists to do window installations at the library based on library-related themes. The current takeover event is a foreign-language immersion program for young children, called “Language Together.” The brainchild of local resident Germaine Choe, it proposes that the Spot Color Immersion Method taps the natural inclination of children to use their “language instinct” and learn a foreign language with ease, all while having fun. It is on display until mid-April.

For more information, call Anne Smart at the library branch at 617 536-8241 or visit