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Freedom Concert 2020

The Freedom Concert 2020 present by Route One Ministry will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 7 at the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church, 249 Harrison Ave.

Everyone is invited to join them for a great night of worship, a survivor’s story of hope, delicious food, fellowship with other believers, and praise through song.

Visit and/or for other details.

‘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

‘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.

‘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 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.


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

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.

Traveling with the Green Book in Boston

Join City Mission for the first annual tour of The Green Book Tour of Boston from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 21.

The Green Book was considered to be the AAA guide for black motorist who took to American roads. First published in 1936, during the period of Jim Crow segregation, it identified establishments, such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, barber shops, and drug stores that would accept the business of African Americans. To stay safe black people never left home without a plan and a copy of the Green Book.

The group will meet at the South End House, 48 Rutland St. The Tour will include presentations; “The Green Book: Guide to Freedom” documentary; a Walking Tour to several Green Book sites in the South End; and lunch at the historic Slade’s Restaurant, a Green Book site.

Cost $40 (includes tour and lunch). Deadline to register: Mar. 11

Visit for reservations and other information.

Films in March

Films in March will be held from 2 to 4:45 p.m. on Fridays at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

The movies – starring Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Audrey Hepburn – will include “The Women” (Mar. 13); “Dark Victory” (Mar. 20); and “Funny Face” (Mar. 27).

Visit for other information.

‘Born This Way’

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will present the world premiere of “A Peacock Among Pigeons” at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. on Mar. 14 (8 p.m.) and Mar. 15 (3 p.m.).

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.

‘The Children’

The theatrical performance of “The Children,” presented by the SpeakEasy Stage Company, will be held 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.

Sailing to the Edge exhibition

Sailing to the Edge, a solo exhibition by Andy Zimmermann, will be on view through Mar. 29 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave.

An Artist’s Reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during SoWa First Friday (5 to 9 p.m.) on Mar. 6.

An Artists’ talks, poetry reading, and performance will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 21.

Anchoring the show, the eponymous installation is comprised of twelve sections of sail and metal sculpture. The large, maze-like construction invites viewers to enter, explore, and become enveloped by jagged peaks and valleys, and shimmering light.

Against one wall, a smaller installation, Too Close, is a relief sculpture. An arrangement of three full-size sails is encased in translucent panels, folded and unfurling against a murky silver sky.

Incorporating actual sails into his work sparked a connection with the long tradition in myth and poetry of sailboats carrying people either into, or out of, harm’s way.

Visit to learn more.

(Re)Generation exhibition

(Re)Generation, a solo exhibition by Ellen Schön which features a new series of ceramic totems will be on view through Mar. 29 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave.

The First Friday Reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mar. 6.

An Artists’ talks, poetry reading, and performance will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 21.

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

Visit to learn more.

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.

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.

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

‘The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions’ exhibit

The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions exhibition curated by Maya Erdelyl is on view 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.

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.