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Women’s voices

The Boston Center for the Arts, Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St., will host a free theatrical performance in recognition of International Women’s Voices Day from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21.

Some of Boston’s finest female playwrights, directors and actors will present a marathon new play reading event of plays by women in the Black Box Theatre. This program is part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

Members of the Fresh Ink Theatre, Theatre At First, New Repertory Theatre, Flat Earth Theatre Company and more will be performing.

Visit www.bcaonline.org or call 781-4265000 for a complete schedule of performances and more information.

Local author to visit

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome Russ Lopez in a free talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 as part of the South End Writes series.

Local historian Lopez will read from his new book “Boston 1945-2015: The Decline and Rise of a Great World City,” the story of how the city, seemingly in an unstoppable downward spiral, righted itself into something new and vastly better.

Lopez is also the author of “Boston’s South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood.” Copies of the book will be available for sale. This program is sponsored by the Friends of South End Library.

Visit www.friendsofthesouthendlibrary.org or call 617-536-8241 for more information.

Community concerts

The Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave., will present two free concerts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 and 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26.

Wind, brass and percussion department students will perform in an end-of-semester recital on Tuesday and on Friday, CMCB string students will perform chamber music.

For more details, visit www.cmcb.org or call 617-482-6267.

Cocktail party benefit

The Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., will host the annual “Movers and Shakers” cocktail benefit from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 in the Cyclorama.

Some of Boston’s best bartenders will compete to craft the BCA’s signature cocktail.

Guests are encouraged to vote for a favorite while sampling the cocktails and enjoying fabulous food from area restaurants. This event is for those 21 and older.

The winning cocktail, selected by a panel of judges, will be the featured drink at the BCA’s summer extravaganza. Oliver Mak of Bodega, Mikko Nissinen of Boston Ballet, Lydia Shire of Scampo and Lecolion Washington of Community Music Center of Boston will be the judges.

Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door.

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

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. 2 for First Friday programs.

Visitors can see the guild artists in their element and view their latest works, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry design, ceramics, glass and furniture.

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

Starring Eddie Murphy

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen a series of free movies starring comedian Eddie Murphy from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays during February.

The library will show “Coming to America” on Feb. 2; “Trading Places” with Dan Aykroyd on Feb. 9; “The Nutty Professor” with Janet Jackson on Feb. 16; and “Beverly Hills Cop” with Judge Reinhold on Feb. 23.

Call 617-536-8241 for more information.

‘Shakespeare in Love’

The SpeakEasy Stage Company is presenting “Shakespeare in Love” now through Feb.

10 at the Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film, “Shakespeare in Love” tells the story of young Will Shakespeare, who is suffering a case of writer’s block. Viola, a headstrong noblewoman and admirer of Will’s, disguises herself as a boy so she can skirt the law and appear in his play. When the playwright and his muse fall in love, they find themselves living the play.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays, 4 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Further information can be found at www.speakeasystage.com or by calling 781426-5000.

Latina art

La Galleria at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., is displaying a new art exhibition “Marca X” now through Feb. 15.

An artist talk and panel discussion will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8. This exhibition will offer a platform of self expression for LGBTQIA Latinx artists. Often marginalized by the dominant culture even within their own communities, this show celebrates the intersectional identities of these artists, offering a space for empowerment, community, representation and visibility. This exhibition will contain several unique, distinctive voices that also function as part of a larger collective conversation.

Featured artists will include Anais Arias

Aragon, Izzy Berdan, Ethel Calderin, Jay Calderin, Maynor Campos, Nathaniel Devarie, Rixy Fernandez, Eddie Maisonet, Audrey Rodriguez and Ming Li Wu.

Admission to the exhibition and reception are free.

For more information, visit www.ibaboston.org or call 617-927-1722.

Break beat play

Company One Theatre is performing “Hype Man: A Break Beat Play” by break beat poet and playwright Idris Goodwin now through Feb. 10 at the Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St.

The play follows a hip-hop group on the verge of making it big, until the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager on the eve of their globetrotting tour shakes the trio and forces them to navigate issues of friendship, race and privilege.

Tickets are $20 to $38 or $15 for students. Visit www.bcaonline.org or call 617-4265000 for a complete schedule of performances and to purchase tickets.

New sculptures

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying works by Kirsten Reynolds and Waldo Evan Jespersen now through Jan. 28.

Reynolds’s new installation, “Spin,” her debut exhibition at Boston Sculptors, features a baroque cascade of architectural structures tumbling through the gallery. She transforms ordinary materials into playful exaggerations of the real to complicate the installation’s physical presence.

“Stretched” is Jepersen’s inaugural solo exhibition of new work at the gallery. It is comprised of three large luminous works, each a construction of planes, twisted and bent into irregular volumes. The combination of disparate characters and forms provide for endless interpretations of the scenes laid out before them, whether tense, intimate, comic or tragic.

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

Further information can be found at www.bostonsculptors.com or by calling 617482-7781.