South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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This is the old Cyclorama as it was in 1884-1885. It was a Victorian amusement that consisted of a viewing platform placed in the center of a 360º panoramic painting of the Battle of Gettysburg. When cycloramas went out of fashion in the 1890s, the building hosted a number of other businesses, including a bicycle riding school, a garage, and the Boston Flower Exchange before it became an event and gallery space. Learn more about the neighborhood’s interesting history from the South End Historical Society. Check online at

‘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

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


KAIROS Dance Theater’s multimedia dance performance “OBJECT.” is at the Plaza Theater, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. now 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

Book Reading with Allison Barnet

A Book Reading with Allison Barnet will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Haley House Soup Kitchen, 23 Dartmouth St.

Visit for other information.

JQOP Salon Series ‘Autumn Leaves’

The monthly JQOP Salon Series “Autumn Leaves” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Ink Block, 300 Harrison Ave.

The South End lobby will come to life with an evening of live music featuring a quartet of Teaching Artists from the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program playing iconic jazz and bluegrass musical selections from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Light refreshments, beer and wine will be served throughout the event.

For free tickets and other information, visit

‘Ruthless! The Musical’

Theater UnCorked will present “Ruthless! The Musical” on Nov. 21 through Nov. 24 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

One part “Gypsy” and one part “The Bad Seed,” “Ruthless! The Musical,” tells the story of an eight year old girl who will do anything to be a star.

For tickets and show times, visit

‘Legends Breathe’ exhibit

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

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

Gertrude’s Salon MS Paint Night

Tim McCool will lead an evening of live figure drawing using a ubiquitous aspect of the 20th century’s computing revolution: Microsoft Paint at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22 in the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St.

All that’s required is a device with Paint installed and the exciting evening with your friends. All levels are welcome at this 21+ event.

To reserve your spot at this pixelated paint and sip event, email

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


The performance of “Pravāha” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Plaza Theatres at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

Odissi is a form of classical dance from the Eastern Indian state of Odisha that has its roots in ritual temple dancing dating back to the Second Century BCE. Known for its sinuous form and rapt expressions, Odissi brings to life the sculptures that ornament the walls of the ancient temples of Orissa. Pravāha features works from the traditional Odissi repertoire conceived and choreographed at the Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar, India, rendered through the contemporary outlook of Artistic Director Shipra Mehrotra. It is a realization that Classical traditions presented through new perspectives contributes to their continued flowing vitality rather than surviving as stagnant pieces of antiquity.

Visit for tickets, show times and other information.

Pie in the Sky volunteers needed

Community Servings is looking for volunteers to help with various jobs from Nov. 25 through Nov. 27 in preparation of delivering 25,000 pies in the Greater Boston area.

Jobs include setting up and breaking down the work stations; carefully moving pies to and from quality control check; and completing pie orders at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St.

Volunteers are also needed from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 to help staff a pick-up site around Greater Boston, hand out pre-ordered pies to buyers, and sell delicious, heartwarming holiday treats to passersby. One of the sites will be at Bin Ends, 236 Wood Rd in Braintree.

For information and sign up visit, phone 617-522-7777 or email

Pie in the Sky QA/sorting/packaging volunteering

Get into the holiday spirit by working alongside hundreds of volunteers at Pie Central.

Join the BYHP members and volunteers in supporting Community Servings for their 27th annual Pie in the Sky event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 and other groups from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St.

More than 25,000 pies need to be quality-checked, sorted by flavor and packaged for delivery to pick-up sites.

To learn more about Community Servings and the work they do, visit

To learn more about Boston Young Healthcare Professionals, visit

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

Pie in the Sky volunteer drivers needed

Community Servings is looking for an army of volunteers to help during the home stretch of the annual pie sale event with the very important task of picking up and delivering pies to select locations around Greater Boston.

Pie Pick-up and Delivery volunteers will be needed for various shifts from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26, starting at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St. and from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, beginning at Community Servings, 79 Armory St. in Jamaica Plain.

Come and fill your vans, mini-vans and SUVs, turn your GPS on and away you go…

For information and sign up visit, phone 617-522-7777 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.

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.

For more information, visit

‘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.