South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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‘The Screwtape Letters’

“The Screwtape Letters” will be presented by the Fellowship for Performing Arts at the

Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont St.) through Aug. 11. Show times are at 8 p.m. with an additional Saturday performance at 4 p.m.

“The Screwtape Letters” is a provocative and “wickedly witty” (Wall Street Journal) theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel about spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. Set in a remarkably stylish office in the depths of hell, the drama centers on Screwtape, a senior demon – and Satan’s top psychiatrist – who schemes meticulously to capture the soul of an unsuspecting human on earth. Human notions of morality get turned upside down as unsuspecting mortal souls are enticed to join “Our Father Below.” “The Devil has rarely been given his due more perceptively,” said The New York Times.

The show runs for 90 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for ages 14 and older (Children under age 4 will not be admitted.)

For tickets and information, visit or phone 617-266-0800.

‘Robbery of the Heart’

Harry Weichsel, a Holocaust survivor, returned to Germany for the first time in 1992 and was shocked to discover that the old synagogue in his home town, Wetter, was being used as a stable.

How this led to a transformation of the former synagogue into a cultural and learning center is the subject of a documentary, Robbery of the Heart, by award-winning filmmaker Micah E. Brandt, which will be screened on Tuesday, Aug. 13, starting at 6 p.m. at the South End Library (685 Tremont St.).

Filmmaker Brandt will be available for discussion after the screening, hosted by branch librarian Anne Smart.

For more information, contact Anne Smart, branch librarian, at or 617-536-8241.

Children’s concert with Matt Heaton

A children’s concert will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Aug. 13 at Titus Sparrow Park (200 W. Newton St.) sponsored by the Friends.

Matt Heaton’s kid music is a style he calls “toddlerbilly.” His songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun.

To learn more, visit or

Employability workshops

The BPL is offering free employability workshops at the South End Library (685 Tremont St.), from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 15 and 22 led by Joyce Mandel, an employability coach.

The first workshop is centered on Resumes (Aug. 15) followed by Interviewing Skills (Aug. 22).

For more information, contact Anne Smart, branch librarian, at

MassArt Masters 2019 exhibition

Boston Sculptors Gallery (486 Harrison Ave.) will be hosting the MassArt Masters 2019 exhibition, featuring the work of 12 MFA recipients from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design (the nation’s oldest, and only free-standing, publicly funded art college) through Aug. 11.

The exhibition offers a range of themes and methodologies, exploring personal narratives and questions of identity, the challenges of depiction and documentation, investigations of political and environmental issues, and the interrogation of systems that accord meaning and value. Encompassing myriad media—from iPhones, homemade brain scanners, found objects, painting, photography, and printmaking to handmade film, woven sculpture and interactive pieces—MassArt Masters 2019 is the culmination of over two years of rigorous work, study, dialogue, successes and failures. During this period these artists have devised, crafted and honed bodies of work that truly tell the stories of our time.

The Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

The closing reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.

For more information, visit or phone 617-482-7781.

SoWa Second Sunday

The artists of SoWa Artists Guild are hosting SoWa Second Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 11. More than 80 artists will be in their studios at 450 Harrison Ave. in the SoWa Art and Design District on the second Sunday of every month.

People can meet the artists, see a wide variety of original contemporary art and have the opportunity to art works from the people who created them.

To visit via the MBTA, take the Orange Line to the New England Medical Center, then the Silver Line outbound to Union Park Street. Parking is also available.

For more information, visit or

Summer Fun Stop

BCYF Blackstone Community Center (50 West Brookline St. South End) is hosting the BCYF Summer Fun Stop program from noon to 5 p.m. through Aug. 16 for youth, ages 8 through 14.

This free drop-in program provides structured games, sport activities and arts projects.

For more information, email or call 617-635-5162.

Hodge-podge of fun

The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston will provide board games, movies, paint nights, basketball, open mic, life skills workshops, arts and crafts, dance and flag football from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 16 at Mandela Resident Cooperative Association at 1855 Washington St.

For more information, visit

Jazz and Blues

FOSEL and the South End Branch Library will be hosting the Jazz and Blues concert series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Library Park, 685 Tremont St.

Pat Loomis and Friends perform with Nephrok and the Motown Masterpiece Orchestra (Aug. 20); and The A-Beez - a Boston-based music collective with roots in soul, funk and R&B (Aug. 27).

The Friends will serve watermelon. Bring chairs.

The concert will be held rain or shine.

For more information, visit or phone 617-536-5241.

shrINK fitness

The shrINK summer fitness series, featuring CorePower Yoga will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at Underground at Ink Block. Bring a yoga mat and water.

Underground at Ink Block is located beneath highway 93 between South End and South Boston neighborhoods just steps from the Broadway T.

While there, check out the ever-changing amazing art murals.

Make and take crafts

The South End Library (685 Tremont St.) is hosting “Make and Take Friday Crafternoons” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Aug. 23.

There will be a stash of supplies for a variety of crafts, sewing, book-making and more for children, tweens, and teens (ages 6 through 18). Participants are welcome to bring personal crafts to share, as well.

For more information, visit or phone 617-536-8241.

Social Knit Night

Third Piece Studio at 631 Tremont St. hosts Social Knit Night from 5 to 7 p.m. on select Fridays. They will meet during the summer on Aug. 23.

Social Knit Nights are a fun, social time for knitters of all levels to hang out with other knitters in the area. They coordinate drinks and snacks from time to time to enjoy while knitting and chatting.

For more information, visit or email or phone 857-250-4908.

Concerts at Titus Sparrow Park

Summer concerts will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 28 at Titus Sparrow Park (200 W. Newton St.) sponsored by the Friends.

The concerts will provide an eclectic mix of music and genres.

For a complete schedule, visit

Salsa in the park

A free and popular outdoor summer series for people of all ages and abilities, Salsa in the Park (SITP) is being held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays throughout the summer at Blackstone Community Center Courtyard, 50 West Brookline St.

The evening includes multi-level lessons (also with ASL), social dancing and performances in a variety of genres (dance, song, theater, poetry, comedy, etc.).

For more information, visit

‘Contours of Meaning’

“Contours of Meaning” will be on exhibit at the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts (551 Tremont St.) through Oct. 6. The works in this show were selected and presented collaboratively between curator, Jameson Johnson and seven artists. Ranging in mediums from sculpture and drawing to video and performance, the installations are not isolated, but rather elicit an interdisciplinary examination of how humans create meaning.

A clock transformed into a musical instrument; a toy bathtub cast in resin; the construction of a sacred site; a display of relics. Together, these works invoke a broader examination of accumulation, ancestry, nostalgia and performativity.

There is inherent playfulness in situating this work within the context of the gallery walls. Here, the viewer becomes a spectator to memories, experiences or happenings that are not their own, creating a sense of distance while simultaneously inviting interpretation.

Entry to the gallery is free and open to the public.

To learn more, visit

‘Choir Boy’

The SpeakEasy Stage Company at 539 Tremont St. will be opening the 2019-2020 Season with “Choir Boy,” running from Sept. 13 through Oct. 12.

Directed by Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play tells the powerful coming-of-age story punctuated by the soaring harmonies of live gospel, spiritual and R&B performers. Choir Boy was nominated for a 2019 Tony Award for Best Play.

To purchase season tickets, that also include “Admissions” (Oct. 25 through Nov 30), “Pass Over” (Jan. 3 through Jan. 25), “The Children” (Feb. 28 through Mar. 28) and “Bright Star” (May 1 through May 30), visit or phone 617-933-8600.

To learn more, visit or phone 617-482-3279.


QiGong will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 28 at the Elliot Norton Park in Bay Village.

Qi (energy) Gong (work) is a traditional Chinese meditative, restorative and self-defense practice that promotes balance, alignment, structural strength, circulation, longevity and mindfulness. It is an essential component of Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu) and Traditional Healing (Zhong Yi) disciplines (which incorporates everything from acupuncture, to herbal medicine, to exercise/nutrition) based on the principles of the twelve meridians, five elements and holistic balance.

To view the schedule, visit

Open market

The 16th season of the Sowa Open Market is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 460 Harrison Ave. The market is open on Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 27.

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 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 live entertainment. Admission and parking are free.

Visit for more information.

SoWa Vintage Market

Vintage Market is open year round from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays in the Lower Level of 450 Harrison Ave.

Vintage Market has a rotating roster of vendors specializing in curated collections of merchandise such as jewelry, furniture, lighting, art, men's and women's fashion, antique maps, plus prints and rugs.

This indoor space is climate controlled with A/C or heat. Friendly dogs are welcome.

The Vintage Market is part of the SoWa Arts and Design District which has many other fine shops, galleries, restaurants and artist studios to visit, as well.

For more information, visit or

Farmers’ market

The Trustee’s of Reservation has a Mobile Farmers Market that will be stationed in the Plaza Betances area every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m.

The market will offer a wide variety of local, fresh vegetables, along with fruit, meat, eggs and milk sourced primarily from the Trustees’ Powisset Farm in Dover, as well as other Massachusetts farms.

With all food coming direct from the farm, prices will be as affordable as possible and the market will accept cash, credit, SNAP/EBT, and WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons.

The Trustees are also participating in the new Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program, which just launched this spring and reimburses SNAP customers for local fruit and vegetable purchases.

Further information can be found at or or by calling 617-399-1962.

ASD workshop

Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Boston Children's Hospital offers a 90-minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child's diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips.

The next workshop is at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12. More workshops are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

The workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance).

For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999.

Parking validation is provided for the main Children's Hospital parking garage.