South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
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Here is a painting by Lorrie Berry of the SoWa Art Guild. 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 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 for First Friday programs. The newest event is SoWa Second Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. on Sept. 9.

Restaurateur and author to visit

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome Iory Allison - author, bon vivant, artist and restaurateur, in a free talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 as part of the South End Writes series.

Allison, author, bon vivant and restaurateur will introduce book 3 of his Glamour Galore Trilogy, “The Mermaid and the Sailor.” The Glamour Galore Trilogy is a literary saga that takes place in the extended present in the Boston vicinity with excursions to Aruba and Provincetown. The other books in the trilogy are “The Family Jewels” and “The Naughty Astronautess.”

Copies of the book will be available for sale. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of South End Library.

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

Artist talk

Chemist and Artist Daniel Jay will be the guest speaker in a free talk from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

Jay will discuss his exhibit “Alchemy: Gunpowder” on display at the branch until Sept. 30. He combined gunpowder, sulfur and potassium nitrate, three elements that are explosive when combined, but he kept them separate by mixing them with resin. He used these components to create abstract works that were inspired by international and national acts of violence.

Call 617-536-8241 for more information.

Open art 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 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 for First Friday programs.

People are also invited to the organization’s newest event – SoWa Second Sunday.

More than 80 artists will be in their studios at 450 Harrison Avenue in the SoWa Art and Design District on the second Sunday of every month, from noon to 3 p.m. This will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Visitors can see the 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.

For more information, visit

Back to school films

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will celebrate Back to School with a series of films from 2 to 5 p.m. on Fridays during September.

The library will show the teen musical “Footloose” starring Kevin Bacon on Sept. 7; the comedy “Billy Madison” with Adam Sandler on Sept. 14; John Hughes’ iconic ’80s drama (celebrating its 30th anniversary) “The Breakfast Club” with Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald on Sept. 21; and the award-winning “Akeelah and the Bee” with Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne on Sept. 28.

Admission is free. Call 617-227-8135 for further details.

Resident artists

Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Ave., will show the art of eight Laconia Lofts resident artists during September.

An opening reception with refreshments will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.

Featured artists are Jean-Pierre Angel, David Binder, Jane Cooper Brayton, Barbara Corkey, Lisa Costanzo, Cynthia Kozdeba, Liette Marcil, Dan Roy, Joan Resnikoff, Deena Schnitman, Alex Tisserand and Donna Veverka

Gallery hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment.

The gallery will also be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for USEA Open Studios on Sept. 16 and 17.

Visit for more information.

Music of Ireland

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will host “Trio Festivale: The Great Hunger Tour” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Trio Festivale will be performing the program “The Great Hunger” in their U.S. tour in September, which is sponsored and promoted by Culture Ireland, the government arts agency of Ireland. The program “The Great Hunger” is an all-Irish related program, including Frank Martin’s “Trio on Irish Folk Tunes,” new arrangements of Irish traditional music for the ensemble, and at the center of the program, a newly commissioned poetry and music work, “The Great Hunger”; by composer Ian Wilson. The new work celebrates one of the most influential works of poetry by Patrick Kavanagh combining poetry and music in the performance. “The Great Hunger” is a half-hour rondo-fantasy for flute, piano and cello inspired by Kavanagh’s eponymous and seminal long poem of 1942 that describes the rigors, loneliness and frustrations of the Irish peasant farmer and the trials of living and subsisting in a small rural community.

Admission is free.

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

Sculptor exhibition

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Peter DeCamp Haines and Amy Archambault now through Sept. 30.

A First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 and a reception with the artists from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. A concert will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Haines will display “More Fish Than Usual,” a solo exhibition of new bronze sculptures. It continues the artist’s exploration of the formal aspects of sculpture in an abstract “modernist” style. Haines meticulously crafts his sculptures, carving the bronzes after casting, refining the forms until they are “true. ”

Archambault’s exhibition “16 on Center” features an immersive installation that explores the creation of constructed space through the lens of the artist’s roles as a mother and home renovator.

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

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

Two-person drama

The Huntington Theatre Company is presenting “Niceties” by Brookline native Eleanor Burgess, now to Oct. 7 at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. on Sundays.

In this explosive story, a black student and a white professor meet to discuss a paper about slavery’s role in the American Revolution. Their polite clash of ideas soon landslides into an explosive discussion of race, history, privilege and social justice.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-426-5000.

Open market

The 15th season of the SoWa Open Market is open at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 28.

The market will host 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.

This year will feature Boston’s first ever Beer Barn, a beer hall and taproom housed in the SoWa Power Station. Created in partnership with Craft Collective, it will showcase a curated selection of local brews and ciders. There will also be workshops and entertainment. Admission and parking are free.

Visit for more information.