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FOCUS ON SOUTH END/BAY VILLAGE: NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES
Student recital

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

Voice students will perform in an end-ofyear recital.

Admission is free.

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

Smartphone workshop

Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., will host a workshop “Get the Most Use of Your Cellphone” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 4.

This workshop covers the basics of smartphone use, demonstrating how to turn the phone on and off, making and receiving calls, adding and searching contacts and changing the ringer volume. It will also introduce apps — what they are, how to download them and their associated costs.

Admission is free.

Visit www www.ibaboston.org or call 617- 399-1964 for more information.

Preventing gun violence

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome guest author David Hemenway from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 as part of the South End Writes series.

Renowned Harvard University health policy professor Hemenway will discuss gun violence’s public health implications. He is the author of “Private Guns, Public Health” and “While We Were Sleeping: Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention.”

He is also the director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center.

Introducing Hemenway will be Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for more information.

‘Pride Lights’

The Boston Center for Arts, 539 Tremont St., will host “Pride Lights” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, in the Cyclorama and the BCA Plaza.

BCA and The Theatre Offensive will team up for the annual tree lighting and celebration of the beginning of Boston Pride, with performances by Samantha Love, Eddie Maisonet, Quisol, Tatiana Gil and Danny Harris. When the sun starts to set, the tree will be illuminated and the fun will keep going with members of Palaver Strings performing in the Mills Gallery. A champagne toast will follow the tree lighting for those 21 and older.

In the event of bad weather, the party will go inside to the Black Box Theatre.

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

Jazz and rock concert

The community is invited to a concert given by the Jazz, Rock and Pop Department at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6 at the Community Music Center of Boston, 34 Warren Ave.

Five to six bands will perform, with musicians with ages ranging from 11 years old to adult. Performances will include a wide range of jazz styles plus pop. Admission is free.

Further information can be found online at www.cmcb.org or by calling 617-482-6267.

Concert in the meadow

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will present a free musical evening at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6 on the main meadow of the park on West Newton Street, between Columbus and Huntington avenues.

The concert will feature the Pete Kilpatrick Band performing folk and pop tunes. Kilpatrick has been named Maine’s best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards and has performed over 1,400 shows. He and his band have shared the stage with the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam’s Mike Mccready, David Gray, Jason Mraz, Barenaked Ladies and many more world-renowned artists.

The performance will consist of two 40- minute sets of live music with a short break in between. Blankets and low beach chairs are welcome.

Further information can be found at www.titussparrowpark.org or at 617-262- 1120. Cancellations due to weather will be posted online.

Children’s musical

“Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8 and 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at the Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

The musical follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first polkadot in all the Square school, she faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. Her quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polka dot skin blooms into an unexpected friendship.

Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, the show serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts.

The Create. Inspire. Change. Theater Company is performing this musical adventure.

Visit www.bcaonline.org or call 617-426- 5000 to purchase tickets or for more information.