South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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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.

Sculpture show

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., will display works by Jodi Colella and Andrea Thompson from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1.

“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.

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

New exhibition

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will display “Graffiti Meets Collage in a Comic Book Way,” mixed media works by Ferdinand Barillo, from Monday, April 2 to Monday, April 30.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-536-8241.

Musical competition

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present the 25th annual Lapin Competition at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7.

More than 40 students will compete for first, second and third place, all accompanied by a monetary award. Students will present two contrasting pieces of music highlighting their strengths and versatility in their given instrument or voice. Judges will also consider professionalism, musicality, poise and expression.

The junior preliminary rounds will be held at 5:30 p.m. and the senior preliminary rounds at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The finals of the competition will be held Saturday.

Both the preliminary and final rounds of the competition are open to the public. Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-482-6267 for more details.

Women in film

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen free films from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during April.

Featured will be “Junior Bonner” starring Ida Lupino and Steve McQueen on April 6; “A League of Their Own” starring Geena Davis and Madonna on April 13; “Beowulf” with Angelina Jolie on April 20 and “Erin Brockovich” starring Julia Roberts in her Oscar winning role on April 27.

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

Emerging Latino artists

La Galleria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will host an exhibit of works by emerging Latino artists from April 6 to 28.

An opening reception will be held form 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6.

This exhibition features new artists of Latin American origin or heritage working within innovative and contemporary visual art production in New England.

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.

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.

Tribute to Frida Kahlo

The one-woman play “Los Colores de Frida” will be performed from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St.

This family-friendly, bilingual one-woman show pays tribute to the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The show teaches about the amazing life and work of this world-famous artist using storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets and audience participation, It takes audiences through her trials, tribulations and successes, which propelled her to be considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

Registration is required for this free program, by calling 617-482-6661 or online at

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.

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