South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Puppetry show, workshop

Families are invited to join Boston Center for the Arts’ performing arts residents “Liars & Believers” for a performance of “Yellow Bird Chase” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, now to May 21 in the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St.

A clownish crew finds a magical yellow bird and a mad chase begins, racing over land, across the sea and through the air, battling pirates, monsters and terrible pop songs.

A free puppetry workshop for kids will be held after the matinees on May 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 where they can learn how to turn hands, socks, sticks, mops, hats, buckets – anything they want – into a character.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-5000.

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

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.

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.

Mother’s Day craft

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host a free clay craft and collage craft for Mother’s Day from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9.

Artist Sabrina Pilet-Jones will help children, ages 6 to 16, make a beautiful gift for a special mother with the sculpey clay and odds and ends of craft materials.

For more information, call 617- 536-8241.

Author talk

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome guest author Stephen Kinzer from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9 as part of the South End Writes series.

Kinzer’s latest book is “True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire.” In it he examines the domestic clamor over America’s imperial ventures at the start of the 20th century when the country came upon an opportunity to expand overseas by capturing Spanish colonial possessions and other territories within its reach. The nation plunged into polemic debate, with political and intellectual giants on both sides of “the imperial idea.”

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

Gala benefit

Agassiz Village Summer Camp will present the sixth annual fundraiser “The Maine Course” from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

The evening will feature cocktails, fine food from more than 25 restaurants, including Barcelona, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Bon Me, Palm Restaurant, No. 9 Park and more, and musical entertainment.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Proceeds will support the Agassiz Village Campership Fund that provides funds for underserved youth in Greater Boston to attend the camp on Maine’s Lake Thompson.

Visit or call 781-860-0200 to purchase tickets and for further details.

Walking tour

As part of the Boston Preservation Month activities, the South End Landmark District Commission will host a free walking tour of the neighborhood at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 14, meeting at the Delux Café, 100 Chandler St.

John Amodeo, a Boston Landmark commissioner, will lead a walking tour of the district. The 2017 tour is updated with new buildings. The South End, the country’s largest Victorian row house district, was made a Landmark District in 1983.

Registration is required, by calling 617-635-3850 or by email to Further information can be found at

Starring Lauren Bacall

A series of films starring Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall are being screened from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during May at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

The library will show Howard Hawkes’ “The Big Sleep” with Humphrey Bogart on May 12; John Houston’s “Key Largo,” co-starring Bogart and Edward G. Robinson on May 19; and the award-winning “Written on the Wind” with Rock Hudson and Dorothy Malone on May 26.

Call 617-536-8241 for further details.

Open market

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

The market hosts 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.

Visit for more information.