South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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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.

Sculpture show

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

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.

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, June 2 for First Friday programs.

Visitors can see the guild artists in their element and view their latest works. Artwork will include paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture.

Admission is free. Parking is available.

Visit for more information.

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.

Community barbecue

The United South End Settlements will host the second annual summer barbecue at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Children’s Art Center, 36 and 48 Rutland St.

Area Four, Stop & Shop and David’s Tea are providing food and beverages. There will be a raffle and silent auction with gift cards and packages from Banyan Bar and Refuge, the Speakeasy Company, LV Nails, Masa, the Museum of Science, Red Sox tickets and more. There will also be lots of kids’ games and crafts and musical entertainment.

All are invited to this free event.

For more details, call 617-536-8610 or visit

Art exhibition

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will display “Under Water,” ink paintings on rice paper by South End artist Selina Narovlansky, from Wednesday, June 7 to Saturday, July 9.

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

Mambo mania

Eguie Castrillo and the Palladium Orchestra will perform “Mambo Mania!” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9 at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St.

This Grammy Award winning timbalero, alongside his 18-piece big band, will electrify the audience with his mastery of mambo rhythms.

Tickets are $15 to $35.

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

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

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.