South End 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 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, 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 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.

Tango music

Orquesta Bajofondo will perform in concert from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 22 at the Plaza Betances, 100 West Dedham St.

In partnership with the American Repertory Theater, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts will host a free, outdoor concert featuring members of Orquesta Bajofondo from the A.R.T.’s production of “Arrabal.” Direct from Buenos Aires, the band will play the propulsive, modern tango music from Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla.

Tickets are required for this free performance, online at

Further information is available at or by calling 617-927-1722.

Local author to visit

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome local author Mel King in a free talk from 6:30 to 8p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 as part of the South End Writes series.

King, a state legislator, school board member, writer and poet, community organizer, founder of the South End Technology Center and keeper of South End history, will talk about his new book “Chain of Change: Struggles for Black Community Development.”

Call 617-536-8241 or visit for more information.

Gala fundraiser

United South End Settlements will host the annual neighborhood gala fundraiser in from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 at the Harriet Tubman House, 566 Columbus Ave.

The gala celebrating USES’s 125-year history will be filled with inspiration, friendship, food from the South End’s best restaurants and opportunities to support innovative work.

Participating restaurants will include Above and Beyond Catering, El Centro, Bar Mezzana, Flour Bakery + Café, Gaslight Brasserie, Mela, Moko Japanese Cuisine, Petit Robert, South End Buttery and more.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased online at or by calling 617-536-8610.

Park fundraiser

The Friends of Childe Hassam Park will host a “Kick Off 2017” party and wine tasting to benefit the park from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 at Urban Grape, 303 Columbus Ave.

The community is invited to a wine testing at Urban Grape and music on the park with Yoshik Kodate.

A percentage of wine purchases will go to Childe Hassam Park.

Visit for further information.

Lomax project

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will present the Lomax Folk Project at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30.

Amanda Ekery, Hannah Grantham and their band will celebrate the 150th anniversary of musicologist John Lomax.

Admission is free.

For further details, call 617-536-8241.

New Orleans jazz

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will present a free musical evening at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 on the main meadow of the park on West Newton Street, between Columbus and Huntington avenues.

The Hot Tamale Brass Band will get the audience on their feet with an excursion into New Orleans jazz, festive Mardi Gras songs, funky second line parades, traditional Dixieland jazz and reverent New Orleans jazz funeral traditions.

The performance will consist of two 40-minute sets of live music with a short break in between. Blankets and low beach chairs are welcome.

Further information can be found at or at 617-262-1120. Cancellations due to weather will be posted online.

Gala ball

The second annual BCA Ball celebrating the center’s commitment to fostering theater, dance and visual artists will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, June 3 at the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont S.

Partygoers will enjoy a catered dinner and cocktails from 7 to 9:30 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., they can dance the night away with Disco Under the Dome while enjoying desserts and signature cocktails. The evening will feature music on the plaza from Augustine Rodriguez; a sculpture installation by Soyoung L. Kim; cocktail hour music by the Community Music Center of Boston Faculty Jazz Trio; a pop-up exhibition with work by 30 artists; cocktail hour performance by Company One; a solo dance performance by John Lam, principal dancer with Boston Ballet; dinner music by composer Nate Tucker with Mobius Percussion; and a dance performance by The Wondertwins.

Tickets for the ball and the disco are $300 and tickets to attend just the disco are $100. Proceeds will provide support for exhibitions, residency programs and professional development for today’s most innovative visual and performing artists.

For more information, call 617-426-2748 or send an email to

New musical

The Speakeasy Company is performing the musical “The Bridges of Madison County” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sundays, now through June 3 at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

In this musical by the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning team of Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown, a chance meeting between an Italian-American farm wife and a world-weary photographer leads to a soul-stirring affair.

Visit or call 617-426-5000 to purchase tickets or for more information.

Sculpture show

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Caroline Bagenal and Mags Harries, now to June 11.

An artists’ reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 and a First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 2.

Bagenal’s exhibition “Summer Palace” explores themes of freedom and confinement simultaneously evoking both exterior and interior worlds. It is a large suspended sculpture built from latticed panels. A second piece, “Book of Hours,” is constructed from over 600 pages of the “Encyclopedia of Needlework,” its pages heavily annotated and underlined, which belonged to the artist’s great-aunt.

“Adrift,” Harries’ new solo exhibition, addresses themes of global warming to the survival of humankind. It features sculptural and two-dimensional works depicting subjects ranging from life vests to icebergs. “Adrift” alludes to the tide of uncertainty in which we are caught.

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

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

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.