South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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‘In My Heart’

“In My Heart” will be presented on Nov. 9 at the Plaza Theater, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

The emotionally charged show about love, sacrifice and community will include the work of Whitney Schmanski’s “Love” rounded out by Chavi Bansal’s “Touched by Water,” Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co.’s “to be near you;” and Aysha Upchurch’s “Finding Home.”

For tickets, visit

‘Legends Breathe’ exhibit

The “Legends Breathe” exhibit by Allison Maria Rodriquez will be on view from Nov. 9 through Dec. 8 at La Galeria, 85 W. Newton St.

An Opening Reception will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 featuring a live performance by ambient musician Floricane.

An Artists’ Panel Discussion will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.

Rodriquez’s “Legends Breathe” exhibit is a highly interactive video installation exploring the power of creativity and imagination in overcoming traumatic experiences. Based on interviews from other artists about childhood fantasies that assisted them in overcoming trauma, this moving gallery highlights the strength of the human mind.

The complementary tickets are available at

Annual Drawing Show exhibition

The 26th annual Drawing Show exhibition, “Field Notes: Lovers, Teachers and the Consciousness in Between,” curated by Chanel Thervil is taking place through Dec. 22 at the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, 55l Tremont St.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9.

For more information, visit

Boston Art Book Fair

The Boston Art Book Fair will be held through Nov. 10 at The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

BCA and Bodega will be teaming up to present one of the largest Art Book Fairs on the East Coast featuring more than 130 exhibitors, artists and publishers along with art installations, DJs, workshops, panels and a chance to mingle with contemporary, innovative artists and creatives.

The Ticketed Preview Party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8.

The event is free and open to the public from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Visit for preview party tickets and a list of programs and performances.

SoWa Second Sunday

The artists of SoWa Artists Guild are hosting SoWa Second Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.

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

‘Women of the White Buffalo’

“Women of the White Buffalo” panel discussion will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

This panel coincides with the release of a new feature documentary film of the Native Women from the Ogala Lakota Nation, the backbone of the community and keepers of their ancient wisdom, and the ongoing rising up against the forces that continue to suppress them.

Deborah Anderson’s photographic stills from the documentary project will be on exhibition at Leica Gallery, 74 Arlington St. ( from Nov. 7 through Jan. 12.

Visit or for more information.

‘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

Turkey giveaway

Active duty military families as well as veterans and families of the fallen are invited to participate in the Arredondo Family Foundation’s fifth annual Turkey Giveaway.

To register for a turkey and the fixings, visit or phone 6l7-553-0002 by Monday, Nov. 11.

The turkey dinners can be picked up from 10 a.m. to noon at Herb Chambers Ford, 75 Granite St. Rt. 37 in Braintree or from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummins Hwy on Sunday, Nov. 24.

The Foundation is also looking for volunteers to help out with Veterans Turkey Giveaway.


KAIROS Dance Theater’s multimedia dance performance “OBJECT.” will be at the Plaza Theater, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. from Nov. 15 through Nov. 17

“OBJECT.” explores and explodes objectification and media manipulation of women, focusing on the feminine experience, questions of gender, and the resilience found in communities of survivors, femmes and womxn.

The choreography blends contemporary dance, pole dance and video dance, drawing inspiration from iconic Hollywood and fashion imagery, feminist poetry, and personal stories of female-identifying community members set to a range of music.

To learn more, visit For tickets, visit

Pie in the Sky volunteering

Community Servings is looking for volunteers to help make their annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale a success. By signing up for a volunteer shift, you become part of their “secret ingredient” family.

The Pie in the Sky Box Party and Delivery event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 S. Bay Ave. in Dorchester.

With your help, they will make a party out of labeling and packaging thousands of pie boxes for delivery between 10 a.m. and noon and then delivering the pie boxes and tins to participating bakers throughout Greater Boston from noon to 2 p.m.

To sign up, visit, phone 617-522-7777 or email

‘The Moors’

Entropy Theatre presents “The Moors” through Nov. 17 at the Plaza Theatre, 530 Tremont.

Two sisters and a mastiff live on the stark and desolate moors, yearning for love, power, and visibility. The arrival of an unsuspecting governess and an excitable, yet practical moor-hen set the three of them on a strange and dangerous path. Lies are revealed, loyalties are tested, and limits are pushed to the edge in the Boston premiere of this dark contemporary comedy inspired by the lives and works of the Bronte sisters.

For more information including tickets and show times, visit

Family gym

A free play program for families with children ages three through eight years of age will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Nov. 23 at BCYF Blackstone Community Center 50 West Brookline St.

There will be games, music and giveaways.

For more information, contact Kevin Wong at 617-635-4920, ext. 2207 or email


“Admissions” will be performed through Nov. 30 at the SpeakEasy Stage Company (539 Tremont St.). An Artists’ Forum will be held following the Sunday matinees.

Sherri Rosen-Mason and her headmaster husband Bill have worked hard for many years to diversify the student body at the small New England prep school where they work. But when their son’s Ivy League dreams are on the line, personal ambition and progressive values collide. From the provocative playwright Joshua Harmon, “Admissions” is a bold new comedy “of the left, by the left, for the left – for today.” (The New York Times)

For tickets and other information, visit or phone 617-482-3279.

‘The Office! A Musical Parody’

Right Angle Entertainment presents “The Office! A Musical Parody” at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. through Dec. 1.

Written by Tobly McSmith and Bob McSmith, directed and choreographed by Donald Garverick, Mashable calls it “the world's most elaborate inside joke, created with a whole lot of love, just for fans.”

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

‘Caring For Your Soul’

The “Caring for Your Soul” group will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St.

No one should feel alone in their struggle with any physical or emotional illness, in their own lives or the lives of their loved ones. Sharing each other’s stories can be liberating and a welcome break in the silence that often surrounds emotional illness.

This is the place to speak out and be heard in a safe confidential and non-judgmental environment, where isolation and stigma dissipate as supportive community is created.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be offered.

Meetings are held in Rosa Hall (lower level of the church). The entrance is on Union Park Street.

For more information, 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.

SCSEP information sessions

If you are an income eligible job seeker, age 55 years or older from Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester counties, you can attend an information session to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at 10 a.m. on most Fridays at Operation ABLE, 174 Portland St. (5th Floor).

This is an earn-while-you learn program which can led to a return to the regular workforce.

Pre-registration at is encouraged; walk-ins are welcome.

Homework help

Free drop-in homework help and mentorship for students in grades K-8 will be provided by trained, high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the South End Branch Library (685 Tremont St.) through May 21.

Homework Help mentor trainings are provided by Harvard University's Public School Partnerships Team, the developers of SmartTALK, a program that uses research-based tools, strategies, and resources to support students during homework time.

No registration is required.

For more information, visit

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 28 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

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.