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Family concert

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will welcome Voci Angelica Trio in concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

The trio of Jodi Hitzhusen, voice/percussion, Meena Malik, voice/percussion and Aristides Rivas, cello, will present an interactive, family-friendly program featuring world geography, the early history of human immigration and civilization and the diverse cultures, languages and music of six continents.

Admission is free.

Visit www or call 617-927-1737 for more information.

Music of Handel

The Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium will perform Bach’s “The Passion According to St. John” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at the Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave.

The “St John Passion” was written for an intimate ensemble of soloists, four-part choir, strings and basso continuo and pairs of flauti traverse and oboes. The work is compiled from recitative and choruses narrating the Passion of Christ as told in the “Gospel of John.” Ariosos and arias reflect on the action and chorales use hymn tunes and texts familiar to a congregation of Bach’s contemporaries.

Admission is free. Visit or call 888-266-1200 for more information.

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the launch of Dine Out Boston – a new approach for Restaurant Week Boston – hosted from hosted from March 18 through 23 and 25 through 30.

Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.

Participating South End restaurants include the Aquitane Bar a Vin Bistrot, Cinquecento, the Elephant Walk, Estragon, Tremont 647, Metropolis Café, ZC Boston and many more.

Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charitable partner, Boston Parks Rangers.

For more information and reservations, visit

Taste of the South End

The 21st annual Taste of the South End will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

This benefit will bring together more than 40 restaurants for one spectacular evening of food, wine and fun. Participants will sample bite-sized noshes and enjoy live cooking demonstrations. In addition to the food and wine samplings, there will be a silent auction, with items including trips, dinner for two at several leading restaurants, weekend getaways, cookware sets, wine and caviar gift sets. VIP tickets will include early entry to the tasting room and special VIP benefits.

Proceeds from this evening will benefit the Aids Action Committee of Massachusetts.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 857-313-6733, visit or send an email to

Boston’s South End

The Gibson House Museum, 137 Beacon St., will present a talk on the South End at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with the lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Lauren Prescott, executive director of the South End Historical Society, will discuss her new book, “Boston’s South End,” which traces the history of this dynamic area of Boston from its 19th century inception as a wealthy residential district to its development in the early 20th century as a vibrant immigrant community.

Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Call 617-267-6338 or visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Early music evening

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present harpsichordist Alina Rotaru in concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.

Internationally acclaimed harpsichordist Rotaru, hailed as “one of the most gifted harpsichordists of the younger generation,” will present a solo harpsichord recital as part of the Early Music Evenings concert series. The program will feature music by Bach, Marchand, Jaquet de la Guerre and Rameau.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-482-6267 for more details.

Latina artists to exhibit

La Galleria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., is hosting “Mujeres,” the annual exhibition dedicated to female artists in celebration of Women’s History Month and women’s achievement, now through March 22.

In partnership with the Lucero Project, the gallery is presenting work from Stephanie Aguayo and Rebekak Vargas. Aguayo’s experimental collage addresses exoticism and tourism in the Caribbean while Vargas uses photography, video and poetry to portray both factual histories and alternative narratives related to her Nicaraguan ancestry. Gallery hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. Admission to the gallery is free.

Visit or call 617-927-1722 for more information.

Tough guy in the movies

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen action movies starring Bruce Willis from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays, March 23 and 30.

The library will present “The Last Boy Scout” starring Willis and Damon Wayans on March 23 and “Rock the Kasbah” with Willis and Bill Murray the following week.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-536-8241.

Music of Puerto Rico

Musician Roy Brown will headline a musical evening at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 23.

Brown, a Puerto Rican musician, poet and activist, has become a representative of his country’s independence of spirit. In celebration of 50 years of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, the center will host this artist who has touched audiences from around the world through lyrics that speak of a longing for social justice, the desire for a healthy environment and the need for mutual respect.

Admission is $30.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www or call 617-927-1737.

Sculpture show

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., will display works by Jodi Colella and Andrea Thompson now through April 1.

An artists’ talk will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

“Loom Large,” weaver Colella’s inaugural exhibition at Boston Sculptors Gallery, features sculptures and drawings that query the social structures embodied in objects and investigate the complex, often entangled qualities of power, emergence and fear.

Thompson’s exhibit “Unlikely Vessels,” is a new installation in two parts. “Voyage of the Seven Moons” features a family of crescent-shaped boats held aloft by rough-hewn wooden beams. The forms in steam-bent oak and translucent fiberglass take on an organic, animated quality on their lurching and mismatched legs, invoking both the changing phases of the moon and a castaway’s improvised construction.

The series “From Dust Were Ye Made” offers a different kind of vessel: a row of simple clay bowls, each transected by a fine line of 2- karat gold.

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

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

Help at Titus Sparrow Park

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park seeks help with park activities. The group provides concerts and events in one of the South End’s most used and beloved open spaces. Some areas that need volunteers are: organizing and helping with Easter and winter parties, coordinating children’s tennis lessons, clean ups, graphic design and various board positions.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Steven Sloan at or visit

Fiber arts exhibit

United South End Settlements is hosting “The Theresa Show” now through March 30 at the Harriet Tubman Gallery, 566 Columbus Ave.

Participating artists represent diversity in perspective, styles, processes and material usage while also illustrating the perpetual beauty of fiber arts. The range of materials and subject matter are open and include surface design, woven, quilts, stitching, handmade papermaking or any other contemporary art fiber technique, along with 2D work.

This show and silent auction raises funds for the Theresa-India Young Fiber Arts Scholarship at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

The auction and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Call 617-375-8159 or visit for further information.

Tax help

Free income tax assistance is being offered at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., now through April 11.

AARP volunteers will help in the electronic filing of simple federal and Massachusetts tax returns. Appointments will be made on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 617-536-8241 to schedule an appointment or visit for more information.