South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes
With nicer weather, that means it’s time for lots of flowers in the South End.

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.

Summer swap

Families are invited to the annual “Summer Swap” of things for children and teens, ages 1 through 18 years, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the South End Branch Library at 685 Tremont St.

Bring clean, gently used toys, books, clothes and other cool stuff to swap at the Give 1 – Take 1 event. On one of the items you will be giving away, write a memory about why this item was important to you and then pass it on.

Along with the sharing and swapping, there will also be some treats available.

For more information, phone 617-536-8241.

Jawara Griffin, Homeboy memoir

More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore (242 E. Berkeley St.) will be hosting Jawara Griffin as he shares his story and discusses his memoir, Homeboy, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22.

By sharing his story, Jawara hopes to inspire others by reassuring them that "No matter what you are going through today, I promise you, you will all be winners in life."

He also seeks to reach those working with and providing services to youth in the child welfare system, motivating them to provide the best care and mentorship possible.

To learn more about the host site and the author, visit

For tickets and incentives, go to

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. 22 led by Joyce Mandel, an employability coach.

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

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.

Makerfest at MTW

Makerfest, a local market with a mission to empower young people and support small businesses, will be at the More than Words Warehouse Bookstore (242 E. Berkeley St.) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.

There will be a curated selection of local artisans and food makers as well as MTW’s selection of books.

When you make a purchase from a Makerfest artisan, you will get 50% off books.

For more information, visit or contact Aida at

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

Augment exhibit

Augment by Nick Cave presented by Now + There will be on exhibit at Cyclorama – Boston for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. through Sept. 13.

The artwork will fill the immense space with a cacophony of visual imagery for people to walk through, under and amidst the floating, inflatable sculpture and take in the whimsy, happiness and sharp wit of its creator.

Inspired by the question, “What brings you joy?” this multi-faceted project asks us to reflect on the power of the individual versus the collective and on the difference between happiness and joy as a means to confront a time fraught with division.

For more information on this free exhibit, visit

Juried art exhibit

Galatea Fine Art (460 Harrison Ave. #B-6) will be hosting the New England Collective X, a regional juried exhibition. The work of Katherine French will be on display through Sept. 1. The gallery is open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment.

To learn more about the artist, 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

ESL conversations

English as a Second Language Classes (ESL) will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays at the South End Branch Library at 685 Tremont St.

All adults with all levels of speaking ability are welcome to join the casual English conversations facilitated by a native English speaker.

For more information, phone 617-536-8241.

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.