South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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

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

‘Exaggerated: not how i remember it’

The closing reception for “Exaggerated: not how i remember it,” an Associate Member group show curated by Daniel Zeese and Mia Cross, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25 at Fountain Street Gallery (Unit 2), SoWa Art + Design District at 460 Harrison Ave.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit or phone 617-292-4900.

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 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.

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

‘The Purists’

The Huntington Theatre Company will present “The Purists” at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont St.) from Aug. 30 through Sept. 29.

The electric world-premiere of “The Purists,” written by Dan McCabe and directed by Billy Porter, brings together an unlikely group of friends who hang out and spar about music on a stop in Queens. When an outburst occurs, everything gets questioned. With raw emotion and uproarious humor, “The Purists” questions the meaning of friendship, importance of being authentic and the ability to embrace new ideas.

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

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

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

SoWa Artists First Friday

The artists of SoWa Artists Guild invite everyone to visit SoWa First Friday, free and open to the public. More than 80 artists’ studios at 450 Harrison Ave. in the SoWa Art and Design District in the South End will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6.

People will meet artists and experience a wide variety of original contemporary art that is available to browse and buy.

Travel on the MBTA Orange Line to the New England Medical Center station and then take the Silver Line outbound to Union Park Street. Parking is available.

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Exploring a territory in between

The “New American Paintings 2019 Review: Part 2” exhibition will be on view at the Steven Zevitas Gallery #47 at SoWa Art and Design District, 460 Harrison Ave.

A closing reception will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6.

Whether it be the gaps separating the rungs of regimented social structure, the fragile delineation between home and displacement, the differences between manufacturing history and narrative, or the moments amid lacing your shoes and running out the door in the morning, each of the twelve artists deeply investigates everything the space in between holds – the potential to build and the pockets unseen.

The gallery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information or visual material, contact the gallery at 617-778-5265 x 22 or email

SoWa Second Sunday

The artists of SoWa Artists Guild are hosting SoWa Second Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 8. 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

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

Underground Mural Project

The Underground Mural Project will be on view from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sept. 21 at Underground at the Ink Block, 90 Traveler St. located beneath highway 93 between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods just steps from the Broadway T station.

To learn more about the featured mural artists curated by Street Theory, visit

‘Summer Selections’

The “Summer Selections” exhibition will be on view through Sept. 22 at Beth Urdang Gallery, SoWa Art and Design District at 460 Harrison Ave.

The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

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

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.

‘Gestures of Incompleteness’

“Gestures of Incompleteness,” a sculpture by Shaka Dendy, will be on view at BCA Public Plaza in front of 551 Tremont St. through Nov. 10.

Dendy is particularly interested in exploring the symbolic and formal relationships between the basketball and the milk crate and using his art as a way to discuss racial and personal identity, socioeconomic mobility and the commodification of the body.

To learn more, visit