News Briefs


  • The NABB Green Committee will meet on Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact: [email protected].
  • The NABB Autumn Cocktail Party will take place on Friday, Oct. 12, from 6-8 p.m. in the Hampshire House, 84 Beacon St. Beef Wellington and other delectable hors d’oeuvres, fine wines and a choice of other beverages are all included in cost of $55 per person.
  • Spooky Walking Tour sponsored by NABB. Souls of artists, murderers, and curious spirit haunt Copley Square to this very day, both living and dead. Explore Boston’s famously man-made neighborhood by night, and the history of the city’s Gilded Age is easy to imagine first-hand. Through storytelling, wink-worthy jokes, and occasional creepy facts and anecdotes, Daniel Berger-Jones will ensure that even if no spirits reveal themselves to our tour group, the city’s past will come alive. This Ghost Walk of the Back Bay will start in Copley Square (steps of Trinity Church), and finish in the Boston Public Garden, lasting approximately 65-70 minutes. It will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. prompt. Cost is $18.
  • The Police Panel/Public Safety Committee of NABB will take place on Oct. 25, 6 p.m., in the First Church, 66 Marlborough St.
  • The John Winthrop School Street Fair will take place between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets on Oct. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A thriving part of the Back Bay since 1966, the school annually holds the event as an old-fashioned carnival for families to enjoy. Tickets are available at the entrances, cash only.
  • The Learning Project will hold its 31st annual Book Fair on Oct. 13 at 107 Marlborough St., between Clarendon and Dartmouth Streets. The event will ru from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Artist Beau Kenyon will unveil ‘Movement III: the SOUND [of hope extending]’ at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square on Oct. 5 and 6 at 3:30 p.m. Music and sound art composed by BeauKenyon. Choreography by Peter DiMuro. Costumes by aricoco. Performed by cellists Javier Caballero and Sassan Haghighi.
  • The proposals from the finalists for the Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Memorial will be on display in the first floor of the Johnson Room at the BPL Copley through Oct. 16. They are available for the public to see and comment upon. The winning proposal will be placed on the Common.


  • The South End Forum will sponsor a meeting today, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the D-4 Police Station Community Room, 650 Harrison Ave., to address the concerns over weekend and overnight work at several large developments in the South End. Neighbors are encouraged to show up and express their views on this important issue.
  • The South End Forum Opiate Working Group will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Hampton Inn on Mass/Cass.
  • The East Berkeley Neighborhood Association (EBNA) will resume its regular scheduled meeting on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Project Place. They will have a Development Update from The Abbey Group, the proponents of Exchange South End. Also plan on a discussion about the 200 Shawmut Ave. parking lot at the corner of Shawmut and East Berkeley regarding their bid to continue operating as a parking lot.
  • Friends of Childe Hassam Park has unveiled a fun fall full of events in the park. First, there is a public art installation by Rosa Weinberg in the park. There will also be several art in the park events as well. Oct. 6, Liliana Marquez; and Oct. 14, Jesica Perry Lang. All events are 3-6 p.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m., there will be a pumpkin carving event, and then on Saturday, Dec. 1, there will be a Park Lighting Ceremony at 4 p.m.

  • South End Soccer will have its 10th Anniversary Gala on Oct. 27 at the SoWa Power Station, 540 Harrison Ave., from 6-10 p.m. South End Soccer is a non-profit committed to giving urban youth the opportunity to play the world’s most popular sport regardless of prior experience or economic means.
  • It’s Oktoberfest at SoWa! Say “auf Wiedersehen” to Oktoberfest season with Craft Collective and SoWa Boston. SoWa will have a special lineup featuring the favorite fall and German style beers, live music by Tubafrau Hofbräu Band, treats by Boston Pretzel Bakery, and SoWa’s first ever Stein Hoisting Competition. Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the SoWa Power Station.
  • SoWa First Friday will take place on Oct. 5, 5-9 p.m. at the SoWa Art and Design District. Join the artists, galleries, design showrooms, and boutiques of SoWa as they open their doors for an evening of art, culture and inspiration.
  • United South End Settlements (USES) will have its 3rd community meeting for its Vision125 plan on Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., in the South End House, 48 Rutland St. The meeting will discuss the strategic plan, an update on programming and the future of the Harriet Tubman House, Children’s Art Centre and the South End House. Tours will be offered at 6 p.m. for those interested.
  • Join the Boston Ward 4 Democratic Committee to discuss the ballot questions this November and to learn about how to get out the vote for Democratic candidates locally in the Back Bay, Fenway, and the South End. Learn more at The meeting will take place on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in the South End Branch Library.


  • New summer hours for Fenway Community Center. Monday through Saturday open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, also open 5-8 p.m. Closed Sunday.
  • Upcoming Fenway Park Events: Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11 — Spartan Race, 10,000 expected, times TBA

Saturday, Nov. 17 — “The Game” Harvard v. Yale, 35,000 expected, noon-3:30 p.m.

  • The Red Sox return to the playoffs this week on their run to the World Series. They will face either the Yankees or Athletics at home starting on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:32 p.m. Then they will play at home on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8:15 p.m. The rest is TBA.


  • Nov. 10 – Moonlight Masquerade, Aloft Boston Seaport

The night will include dancing, drinks and a raffle to raise funds for the League’s community programs.

  • February 28, 2019-March 2, 2019

LBDI (Little Black Dress Initiative), Kick off TBA.  LBDI is an advocacy campaign that seeks to raise community awareness on the issues of poverty in Boston. During the week, LBDI advocates will wear the same black dress for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her confidence and professional opportunities.

  • March 30, 2019 – Annual Charity Gala, JFK Museum.



Sphinx Virtuosi, one of America’s finest chamber orchestras, makes its long-awaited Boston debut at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1:30 pm.

Sphinx Virtuosi is comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists, primarily alumni of the renowned Sphinx Competition for junior high, high school, and college musicians. Each fall, these young soloists come together as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences on their annual tour. The ensemble had its Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 and has returned annually since 2006 to sold-out performances and rave reviews.

The October 7 program, “Music Without Borders,” features a selection of music from around the world, including Concerto for SV, a newly commissioned work by Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard.

The Weekend Concert Series takes place in the Museum’s Calderwood Hall, located at 25 Evans Way in Boston. Tickets, which are required and include Museum admission, can be purchased in advance or at the door.



Adults $36, seniors $33, members $24, students & children 7–17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted).



Adults $31, seniors $28, members $19, students & children 7–17 $15 (children under 7 not admitted).

Also participating in the concert series is Phoenix, featuring well-known flutist Paula Robison, will perform selections of American music in the group’s Gardner Museum debut Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

Entering its fifth season, Phoenix is a Boston-based orchestra committed to providing social and accessible concert experiences for all audiences. The ensemble performs everything from Beethoven to Backstreet Boys in a casual, welcoming atmosphere designed to break down the barriers of typical classical music concerts. During performances, the musicians dress casually in jeans and dress shirts, and mingle with audience members during breaks. Occasionally, audience members are invited to sit inside the orchestra while they perform.


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