South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes

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Parker Memorial Hall & Unitarian Church (Magna Film Building) was built in 1873 by the Twenty-Eighth Congregational Society (Unitarian). To learn more, visit the South End Historical Society at


The FeministFuturist exhibition is on view through Apr. 5 at the Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St.

A Young Futurist Spaceship Workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

A FeministFuturist Fashion Forum will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 11 (Snow date: Mar. 18).

This exhibition includes work that speculates on future earth communities and the potential lives of beings of all kinds, while offering visions of coexistence, healing, and community.

Visit for other details.

Minni WeaveShop

In Minni WeaveShop, textile designers (ages 6 through 10) will learn about the entire weaving process to create their own woven wall hangings from a variety of fuzzy fibers and colorful natural yarns from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Feb. 23 at Minni, 71 Thayer St.

Minni instructor Caroline will emphasize color palette, pattern and texture as students explore all the wonders of weaving with a simple lap loom.

Students will take home their finished piece and a loom perfect for at-home practice.

Visit for reservations ($40 with sibling discounts) and other information.

‘The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions’ exhibit

The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions exhibition curated by Maya Erdelyl will be on view from Feb. 23 through Apr. 28 at the Mills Gallery.

This exhibition highlights contemporary animators who create physical works as part of their practice (both process and product) along with fine artists who experiment with animation. These artists are working across various mediums, including film strips and direct animation, cut-paper stop-motion, sculpture, drawing, painting, zoetropes, traditional animation processes, palimpsests and projections. The skin of the medium becomes alive through animation.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Salon for Experimental Sound and Image (SESI) Music and Animation live performance and projections will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 6.

A panel discussion with artistes and curator and Closing Reception is slated from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 28.

Visit for a list of participating artists and other information, including gallery hours.


The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus presents “Cabaret” at Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave. through Feb. 23.

Ticket Sales (for 21+) are now on sale for these fun, festive – and always a little risqué – fabulous nights out. Visit for show times, other details and tickets.

RING exhibition/reception

RING, the Annual Members Group Exhibition, will be on view through Feb. 23 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave.

This year’s theme circles round the concept of “ring.” Featuring diverse talents of their 36 sculptors, the exhibition offers innovative, engaging and affordable work in myriad styles and media.

From Saturn’s rings to coffee rings, this exhibition offers something for everyone. Priced from $100 to $1000, the works are “cash and carry” with a 10 percent discount for first time collectors.

The Gallery winter hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment.

Visit for other information.

‘Sailormade: The Knotworks Series’

Sip, nibble, chat and learn how to make Whatknot Beaded Necklaces – a long strand of gorgeous semi-precious stones strung along a silk cord that’s been hand knotted with one tiny little knot between each bead – at Sailormade, 450 Harrison Ave., #417.

The evening winter workshops will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 25, Mar. 11 and/or Mar. 26, perfect for all level jewelry crafters.

Visit to reserve a spot ($65) or contact Bridget at or phone 978-500-6250.

Minni Design + Wine – Leather Tassels

Grown-ups of all ages, artistic abilities and inclinations are welcomed to Minni Design + Wine – Leather Tassels, a calm evening of wine sipping and designing the most colorful accessories to brighten up the season from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Minni, 71 Thayer St.

Instructor Caroline will guide participants through the simple process of tassel making to create accessories of all kinds, including key chains, earrings and unique invented creations.

Participants will delight in selecting from a variety of dyed Italian leather and soft wool felt in a full spectrum of colors.

Visit for reservations ($40) and other information.

Circle Up film screening/discussion

A screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary Circle Up will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Haley House Soup Kitchen, 23 Dartmouth St.

Following the film, Janet Connors and Clarissa Turner will host a brief Q&A and facilitate break-out discussions in small groups.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

About the film: After the brutal slaying of her teenage son, Connors reaches out to her son’s killer to offer a chance for forgiveness. They team up with a group of mothers of murdered children to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge. Circle Up is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability.

RSVP on facebook or email haleyhouse@haleyhouseboston.

‘The Children’

The theatrical performance of “The Children,” presented by the SpeakEasy Stage Company, will be held from Feb. 28 through Mar. 28 at the Calderwood Pavilion at Boston Center for the Arts,

539 Tremont St. An Artists’ Forum will take place after the 3 p.m. Sunday performance in March.

“The Children” is an astonishing and thrilling new play – set in the wake of a devastating nuclear accident – that questions the responsibility each generation has for the way it leaves the world.

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

Children’s coat drive

The South End Community Health Center, 1601 Washington St. is collecting children’s new and gently used and clean coats, hats, mittens and gloves. The SECHC is a non-profit agency which celebrated its 50th year of serving the South End in 2019.

For more information about SECHC, visit

To make a donation, phone 617-425-2000 for more details.

‘She the People’

The theatrical performance of “She the People: Girlfriend’s Guide to Sisters Doing it for Themselves,” presented by the Huntington Theatre Company and the Second City, will be held through Mar. 8 at the Calderwood Pavilion at Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

A high-octane show entirely created, designed and performed by the fearlessly funny women of world-famous comedy mecca The Second City, “She the People” is a mimosas-and-madness-fueled foray that proudly roasts the patriarchy in a mash-up of sketches and songs that reclaims comedy for everyone.

Visit for tickets ($25-$79) and other information, including afternoon and evening show times.

Two Dollar-A-Bag Sites

Fair-food Inc. provides fresh vegetables, fruits and an assortment of other products for $2 a bag. All people are welcome; no ID or sign-ups are required. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to unload, pack and clean up.

The trucks will be at Villa Victoria / Plaza Betances, 100 W. Dedham St. from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and at the St. Botolph House, 70 St. Botolph St. from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays.

For other information, visit

For questions and concerns, phone 617-288-6185.

‘Born This Way’

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present the world premiere of “A Peacock Amongst Pigeons” at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. from Mar. 14 and Mar. 15.

With vibrant costumes, animation and an original score from a Broadway composer, the award-winning story teaches the importance of celebrating our differences and learning to love the feathers we live in. The second act showcases music and stories that rejoice in how we are “Born This Way.”

Ticket Sales (for 21+) are now on sale for these fun, festive – and always a little risqué – fabulous nights out. Visit for show times, other details and tickets.

‘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

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.

Sip + Stitch

Bring a craft of your choice and join other knitters and crafters for Sip + Stitch from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays at Bead + Fiber, 460A Harrison Ave.

They’ll provide the refreshments and offer those participating 10 percent off on any purchase made during the event. Two teachers will be in the store to answer any question you may have.

A suggested donation of $5 to $10 will help pay for the teachers and refreshments.

Visit for other information.

Winter Family Gym

A free drop-in play program for families with children, ages three through eight, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Apr. 11 at the BCYF Blackstone Community Center, 50 Brookline St.

Visit, phone 617-635-5256 or email for other 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

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