South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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There’s always something interesting happening at the South End Branch Library at 685 Tremont St. Visit for more information.

New sculptures

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Ed Andrews and Nora Valdez on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10.

“Invasive Spaces” is Andrews’ first solo exhibition at the gallery. His work juxtaposes literal and metaphoric interpretations of the phrase invasive species. The installation combines the artist’s part-time work as an environmentalist with his concern over electronic surveillance and the threat it poses to civil liberties and freedom.

Valdez’s work “Immigration Nation II” builds on the theme of her recent collaborative community art project

“Immigration Nation.”

The exhibition tells the stories of individual immigrant journeys that have come to represent the collective American experience. Her sculptures and drawings are shaped by the feeling of dislocation immigrants experience while constantly moving yet seeking the solace of roots.

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

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

Solo art show

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is displaying works by local artist Lisa Jeanne Graf now through Friday, Jan. 5.

Graf’s fanciful and colorful egg tempura paintings will be on display during library hours.

For more information, call 617-536-8241 or visit

Swedish Yuletide

The 32nd annual Swedish Yuletide celebrations will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Cyclorama, the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

This fair celebrates the holiday season with foods, crafts, gifts, musical entertainment and children’s activities. Unique gifts and designs, such as Sami-engraved crafts from Lapland, Scandinavian sweaters, home accessories, jewelry and books, will be on sale.

Children can make holiday decorations and catch treats in the fishing pond. Traditional foods including Swedish meatballs, salmon sandwiches, cakes, waffles, pastries, coffee and glogg, a spicy seasonal hot drink, will be available in the coffee shop. Musical entertainment will feature accordionist Dan Mackowiac, the SWEA Singers and students from the Swedish School of Boston performing familiar tunes.

The St. Lucia processions will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10. Children under age 13 are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit local charities and scholarship programs.

For more information, visit or call 877-799-8267.

Caroling in the park

The Friends of Hayes Park will host an afternoon of caroling from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the park at the corner of Warren Avenue and West Canton Street.

The community is invited to join in singing favorite carols of the season. Hot cider and cookies will be served. Donations of canned goods for the Action for Boston Community Development’s South End emergency food pantry are requested.

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Wine tasting

The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association will host the eighth annual wine tasting and jazz concert at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.

Attendees will meet at Berklee Performance Center before the concert to taste “jazzy” wines chosen to match various jazz styles: big band, fusion, straight ahead, bebop and more. The wines will be paired with a selection of appropriate cheeses, pates and fruits chosen to complement these wines.

Following the wine tasting they will hear the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra performance, with some original jazz composition and arrangements played by some of the most talented young performers in the country today.

Space is limited; reserve tickets by sending a check for $30 for members or $40 for non-ENA guests by Dec. 9 payable to: Ellis NA, c/o Bill Gregor, 92 Appleton St., Boston, 02116. Please include the name(s) of those who will be attending. If you send a check, send an email to or call 617-510-9534.

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Holiday performance

The Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., will present “Funny Uncle Cabaret” and “Nut/Cracked” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 to 16.

The evening will feature two holiday treats in concert: The first act reveals selections from Peter DiMuro’s alternative family inspired Nutcracker, “Gumdrops & The Funny Uncle” choreographed by DiMuro and David Parker. Act II brings The Bang Group’s “Nut/Cracked” to Boston with its zany mix of percussive and tap dance, taking on the great Tchaikovsky score.

General admission is $30 and $25.50 for seniors and students.

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

Christmas movies

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., is screening a series of Christmas-themed movies for all the family from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during December.

Featured will be “The Lemondrop Kid” starring Bob Hope on Dec. 15, “We’re No Angels” with Robert De Niro and Sean Penn on Dec. 22 and “Babes in Toyland” on Dec. 29. Admission is free.

Call 617-536-8241 for more details.


A new exhibition of art is on display at La Galleria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., now to Friday, Dec. 15.

Boston artist-in-residence Rashin Fahandej is hosting “Insight Boston and a Father’s Lullaby” with presentations and tours from 2 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 15. Visitors will be able to record their own lullabies and share their stories and collaborate with further creating the work with the artist.

A closing reception will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15.

For more information, visit or call 617-927-1722.

Ensembles concert

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present a free musical afternoon at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.

The Junior Wind Ensemble and the Junior String Ensemble will perform concerts of assorted repertoire.

Admission is free. For more details, visit or call 617-482-6267.

Vietnam War screening

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host a free screening of Ken Burns’ Vietnam War documentary and a community discussion from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Participants will watch episode one of the documentary recently aired on PBS. In partnership with the WETA Productions in Washington, D.C. and the American Library Association, the Boston Public Library is one of fifty U.S. public libraries selected through a competitive application process to screen “The Vietnam War,” a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

Light refreshments will be served. Call 617-436-2155 for further details.

Drawing show

The Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., is displaying “The Gig Economy: Depictions of Life and Responses to Work in the Digital Bazaar,” the 25th installment of the BCA Drawing Show, now through Jan. 7.

The exhibit is juried and curated this year by artist, writer and independent curator Robert Moeller. It seeks to portray and explore the emotional, economic, and truly disruptive nature of work based on the new technology-centered model.

Featured artists include Rory Fitzgerald Bledsoe, Alex Callender, Sammy Chong, Furen Dai, Carol Greenwood, Yikui Gu, Georgina Lewis, Andy Li, Robert A. McCann, Tim McCool, Hans van Meeuwen, Melaney Ann Mitchell, Yorgos Papafigos, Aaron Pennington, Brian Reddy, Chris Revelle, Carlos Enrique Rodriguez, Justin C. Rounds, Pat Shannon, Sophia Sobers, Jxmie Timms and Mandy Cano Villalobos.

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