South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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This is a view of the Back Bay skyline as seen from the South End.

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the launch of Dine Out Boston – a new approach for Restaurant Week Boston – hosted from March 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 Aquitaine 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

Author talk

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome guest author Rep. Byron Rushing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 as part of the South End Writes series.

Rushing, the South End’s longtime state representative, will speak about “My Life and Debt at the Massachusetts State House.”

In his legislative career focused on social justice, Rushing sponsored the law to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public schools, as well as the original gay rights bill in Massachusetts. He also led the effort for Massachusetts state pension funds to invest in the development of poor communities in the state. In 2010, he was appointed as a trustee of the Boston Public Library.

Admission is free.

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

Workshop presentation

Liars and Believers will showcase their new work at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 at the Black Box Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

Liars and Believers will host a free workshop presentation of their newest fantasy “A Story Beyond,” a musical fable featuring original songs by Nathan Leigh, the fantastic puppetry of Faye Dupras and the masks and quirky creativity of the LAB ensemble.

The audience is invited to stay afterwards for a moderated discussion, to learn about the how the play is being created, share their thoughts and help further develop the show.

Call 617-426-5000 or visit to purchase tickets and for more details.

Good Friday concert

The Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium will perform Dieterich Buxtehude’s “Membra Jesu nostri” from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at the Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave.

This work is a cycle of seven cantatas composed by Buxtehude in 1680 and is known at the first Lutheran oratorio. Each cantata is divided into six sections; an instrumental introduction; a concerto for instruments and five voices, with the exception of the fifth and sixth cantatas where only three voices are used; three arias for one or three voices, each followed by an instrumental ritornello; and a reprise of the concerto.

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

Tough guys in the movies

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen “Rock the Kasbah” with Bruce Willis and Bill Murray from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-536-8241.

Easter egg hunt

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a spring egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31 in Titus Sparrow Park, West Newton Street.

Neighborhood kids are invited for refreshments at 9:30 a.m. and to gather eggs hidden in the park at 10 a.m. The morning will also feature games and activities. This event is organized by a partnership of Friends of Titus Sparrow Park, the Little Lovage Club and The YMCA.

Donations of toys for the sandbox are welcome. Visit for further details.

First Friday

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, April 6 for First Friday programs.

SoWa First Friday fans and new friends will not want to miss this special evening, when SoWa First Friday meets Boston Design Week. Visitors can see over 80 guild artists in their element and view their latest works, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture.

Admission is free and parking is available. Visit for further information.

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.