South End-Bay Village neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Interpretations of music

As part of ArtWeek Boston, the Boston Philharmonic’s renowned master class on musical interpretation will return to the Boston area in a free program from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29 at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkeley St.

Benjamin Zander of the New England Conservatory will conduct one of his world famous interpretation classes. He will teach, coach and coax exceptional performances from Boston’s most outstanding young musicians, as well as show the audience how performer and conductor alike shape music into the masterpieces they have come to know and love.

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American musical

Moonbox Productions is presenting the American musical “Barnum” at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 29 and 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.

Open market

The 14th season of the Sowa Open Market will open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 29.

The market will host a wide variety of vendors, including original art, clothing, jewelry, photographs, house wares, handcrafted accessories, florists, bakers and local farmers’ produce. Shoppers will have an opportunity to meet the artists, vendors and farmers behind the work. Admission and parking are free.

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Cocktail benefit

The Camp Hale Alumni Association will host “Cocktails for Campfires,” a fundraising event for the boys and girls of Camp Hale, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Clerys, 113 Dartmouth St.

The evening will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment. Tickets are $25 per person.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 617-375-8171 or email

Clean energy forum

The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association, the Green Committee of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and Mothers Out Front/Downtown will co-sponsor a free forum “Supporting Clean Energy & Healthy Neighborhoods: Trees, Gas Leaks, Pipelines, Development and You” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1 at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St.

Speakers from the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University, MA Health Care Providers against Fracked Gas and Metropolitan Area Planning Council will address problems and solutions on the issues of methane gas leaks, health issues, development, climate change, trees, and environmental justice. In addition, 25 community advocacy groups will share information and explore how attendees can become more involved and take action. The evening will feature snacks, a cash bar and prizes.

Registration is recommended, online at

Women’s night out

The Ellis Neighborhood Association will hold the second annual Women’s Night event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 at Urban Grape, 303 Columbus Ave.

Local women are invited to sip rosé, learn more about this versatile wine paired with light fare and enjoy great conversation with their neighbors.

The association would love to have women of all ages in the South End be a part of the conversation. Please invite a neighbor if you think she would be interested in joining the Ellis and would enjoy being a part of this special evening. Anyone joining Ellis the night of the event will receive $10 off the membership.

Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members.

RSVP online at

Gala fundraiser

Project Place’s annual Open Door gala will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

Festivities will include a cocktail reception, dinner and celebration. The center is celebrating 50 years of opening doors to opportunity for homeless and low-income individuals in Boston.

Reservations are requested. For more details and to purchase tickets, call 617-542-3740 or visit

First Friday open studios

The SoWa Artists Guild, 450 Harrison Ave., and the Boston Center for the Arts, Artist Studio Building, 551 Tremont St., will open their studios to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 5 for First Friday programs.

Visitors can see the guild artists in their element and view their latest works.

Artwork includes paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture. Admission is free. Parking is available.

Visit for more information.

Play ball

South End Baseball will hold its 30th opening day parade and celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6.

More than 1,000 players, coaches and family members will turn out for this celebration, which is being held at Luis Tiant Field, Peters Park, 1201 Washington St. The parade begins at 10 a.m. from Villa Victoria Plaza, 100 East Dedham St.

In addition to the parade there will be carnival activities for the children, music, hot dogs, cotton candy and drinks and the opening day baseball game.

Call 617-413-8049 for more information.

SoWa art walk

The 14th annual SoWa Art Walk will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, at Harrison Avenue between East Berkeley and Plympton streets.

The Art Walk will feature more than 300 artists of Boston’s most vibrant arts community opening their studios or displaying their work throughout the area. Works will include sculpture, clothing, paintings, jewelry and more, all one-of-a-kind-hand crafted artwork. Stores, cafes, boutiques and restaurants will take part by hosting artists, displaying their artwork and offering special discounts. The Art Walk is free and open to the public.

Further information can be found at

May Day celebration

The Friends of Hayes Park will present a special May Day in the Park from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at the park at the corner of Warren Avenue and West Canton Street.

The celebrations will feature Morris dancing, music and lots of children’s activities, including face painting, arts and crafts and Chica the Juggler.

Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-536-5557 for further information.

Sculpture show

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

“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. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

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