Here are the latest South End - Bay Village neighborhood notes:

Hayes Park Fall Fest

The Hayes Park Fall Fest will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Among the fun in the park at 173 W. Canton St. will be live music, games, a cider press and yummy treats.

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Abrams & Zwart exhibition

The works of Christopher Abrams: “Lie of the Land” and Christina Zwart: “Strength in Unity” will be on view through Sept. 29 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery (486 Harrison Ave.).

The gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information, visit or phone 617-482-7781. To learn more about SoWa, visit

Design a pouch workshop

The DIY Workshop: Design Your Own Finishing Touches on Zero Waste Pouches will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29 at the SoWa Art + Design District at 460 Harrison Ave.

Sally Strasser will show you how to make a one-of-a-kind Taleo Homemade pouch using fair trade and zero waste products.

Tickets are $15. To reserve a spot, visit

‘The Purists’

The Huntington Theatre Company will present “The Purists” at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont St.) 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.

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 from Sept. 30 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).

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Meredith Goldstein memoir

Meredith Goldstein, advice columnist and entertainment reporter for the Boston Globe, will be at the South End Library (685 Tremont St.) at 6:30 on Tuesday, Oct. 1 to talk about her memoir, “Can’t Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions From a Modern Advice Columnist.”

Her Love Letters advice column has been running online and in the paper since 2009.

For more information, contact Anne Smart, branch librarian, at or 617-536-8241.

‘L’Merchie Frazier’

Galatea Fine Art (460 Harrison Ave. #B-6) will host the “L’Merchie Frazier: New Urban Monuments”exhibition from Oct. 2 through 27.

There will be a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 and an artist talk at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 with Eliot School Artist in Residence L’Merchie Frazier and Teen Bridge participants who created the art in collaboration with the community on the theme of “new monuments.”

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‘Choir Boy’

The SpeakEasy Stage Company at 539 Tremont St. will be opening the 2019-2020 Season with “Choir Boy,” running 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.

‘Fringe’ exhibition

“Fringe” is a solo exhibit by Clint Baclawski at the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery at 460 Harrison Ave.

This exhibition features a site-related installation comprised of 120 light tubes, yellow mirrored Plexiglas, photographic imagery and a blue PVC strip curtain in which the artist questions the notion of boundaries.

The exhibition will be on view through Oct. 13. The gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.

To learn more, visit

This event is part of SoWa Boston First Friday (

Gentle yoga

Gentle Yoga for adults with Hansa Edwards will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays through Oct. 30 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

All abilities and levels are welcome. Bring your own mat.

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‘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.

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‘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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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