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Poetry at the library

 

Dr. Melaine E. Hall will be the guest speaker from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

 

Hall is the author of “Poetry with a Purpose,” a blend of poetry and prose. She created these poems to inspire, empower, encourage and provoke thoughts about life’s experiences and overcoming problems victoriously. She will read from her book and answer questions.

 

For more details, call 617-536-8241.

 

Student recital

 

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present a student recital at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19.

 

Friends and neighbors are invited to see students of all ages perform in a free recital concert of seasonal music.

 

Visit www.cmcb.org or call 617-482-6267 for more information.

 

Opera concert

 

The Luigi Pirandello Lyceum of Eastern Massachusetts will host the 22nd annual Italian opera concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Dante Alighieri Italian Cultural Center, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge.

 

Sopranos Lisa Correnti and Meredith Hansen, tenors Giovanni Formisano and David Rivera-Bozon from Boston Bel Canto Opera, under the direction of South End resident Bradley Pennington, will perform favorite arias and duets from Italian operas.

 

Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for seniors and students.

 

Send an email to bbco@comcast.net for more information.

 

Open house

 

The BCA Plaza Theatres open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.

 

BCA’s director of Theatre Arts Lyndsay Allyn Cox and members of the Venue Services team will host a tour of the two Plaza Theatres and introduce the theatre team. This drop-in event is intended to give potential renters an opportunity to tour the theatre spaces and to ask questions about producing at BCA.

 

Further information is available by calling 617-426-5000 or online at www.bcaonline.org.

 

Benefit party

 

The Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., will host the “Prism” benefit party from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Jan. 25 in the Cyclorama. The snow date will be Feb. 1.

 

Winter’s hottest ticket will light up the Cyclorama with art and music from Boston’s most innovative artists. This immersive art experience and dance party will feature live performances, art installations, DJ sets, trademark cocktails and food from the hottest restaurants. Soul, funk and R&B band Soulelujah will headline the evening.

 

Tickets are $75 or $125 for VIP tickets. Parties of six or more can purchase discounted tickets.

 

All proceeds will support Boston Center for the Arts.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 617-426-1119 or visit www.bcaonline.org.

 

 

Broadway cabaret

 

The Huntingdon Theatre will host Broadway star Christine Ebersole in conversation with radio DJ Seth Rudetsky at 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St.

 

Two-time Tony Award winner Ebersole (star of “Grey Gardens,” “War Paint’ and “42nd Street”) will perform alongside Rudetsky as music director and host. The evening will feature a mix of intimate behind-the-scenes stories prompted by Rudetsky’s insightful and revealing questions, and the music from Ebersole’s career. It will also include unforgettable songs by Stephen Sondheim, Lerner and Loewe, Scott Frankel and more.

 

To purchase tickets and for further information, visit www.bcaonline.org or call 617-426- 5000.

 

Starring Clint Eastwood

 

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen the award-winning drama “Gran Torino” starring Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.

 

In this film, Eastwood plays a disgruntled Korean War vet who tries to help his young neighbor escape the clutches of local gangs.

 

Call 617-536-8241 for more information.

 

String quartet at the library

 

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra in partnership with the Boston Public Library will present the MOSAIC (Musical Opportunities Supporting Arts In Communities) Concert Series from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St.

 

MOSAIC concerts are free, fun and educational musical experiences for everyone. Each session includes discussion of the music, opportunities to ask questions, meet the musicians and a chance to try to play these instruments in the instrument petting zoo.  This week will feature a string quartet.

 

Further information can be found at www.bostonphil.org or by calling 617-536- 8241.

 

 

First Friday

 

The SoWa Artists Guild, 450 Harrison Ave., and the Boston Center for the Arts, Artist Studio Building, 551 Tremont St., will open their studios to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 for First Friday programs.

 

Visitors can see over 80 guild artists in their element and view a wide variety of original contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture.

 

Admission is free and parking is available. For more information, visit www.sowaartistsguild.com.

 

New sculptures

 

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Jessica Straus and David A. Lang now through Jan. 27.

 

Straus’s new work “Trans Atlantic” commemorates the long and strong alliance between France and the United States. The installation is both political and personal. Her parents met as a result of her American father’s participation as a soldier in the Normandy invasion and march into Paris, where he met the artist’s mother, a French student.

 

For this exhibition, the walls and floor are clad in a room-sized World War II era map. A fleet of airplanes and an ocean liner crisscross the Atlantic carrying correspondence between the artist’s American and French families. Lang’s exhibit “Flights of Fancy” includes Lang’s signature kinetic pieces which, when set off by motion detectors, come to life when closely inspected by viewers. Cunning wit and word play defining much of the work and many of the pieces reference classical mythology.

 

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

 

Further information can be found at www.bostonsculptors.com or by calling 617- 482-7781.