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Funk and soul sounds

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free musical evening with Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 on the main meadow of the park on West Newton Street, between Columbus and Huntington avenues.

Local favorites Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket, featuring Sarah “Lil Shrimp” Seminski, will play their crowd-pleasing funk and soul tunes.

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 or at 617-262- 1120. Cancellations due to weather will be posted online.

Craft workshop

A free artists-in-residence craft workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 26 at Peters Park, Thayer Street and Harrison Avenue.

Children, ages 3 to 10, can make masks, jewelry, paintings and treasure bottles. Materials will be provided. Local artists will host the sessions.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more must register in advance.

Further information can be found at or 617-635-4505.

Hollywood legends

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will screen “Dark Passage” starring Hollywood legends Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 27.

In this 1947 film noir, a man convicted of murdering his wife escapes from prison and works with a woman to try and prove his innocence.

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

Sculpture and poetry

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying “Breath and Matter,” poet and sculptor collaborations, from now through Aug. 12.

A First Friday reception and readings will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. There will also be a concert from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12.

The gallery has invited poets to partner with artists to create collaborative works combining both of their voices. Each sculptor and each poet has created a new work in response to his or her partner’s art or writing. The exhibit is about the essence of inspiration and is a unique collaboration between two art forms: poetry, which is ephemeral and sculpture, which is concrete. The sculptors interpret in form what the poets have alluded to in words, using materials as varied as silk, steel, bronze, rawhide, granite, wood, wax, glass, light and sound. The wide range of poetry encompasses hip-hop, free verse, rhymed couplets and ekphrastic poetry, which is a tradition of vivid verbal descriptions of works of art.

Participating poets are Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate; Mary Bonina of the Writers Room of Boston; Danielle Legros Georges, current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston; Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont; Ernestine Hayes, Writer Laureate of Alaska; Anaïs Duplan, founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies; and Dany Crosby Baez.

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

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

Dog portraits

Artist Jessica Perry Lang will create dog portraits in the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 at Childe Hassam Park, Chandler Street.

Visit or send an email to for more information.

Open market

The 15th season of the Sowa Open Market is open at 460 Harrison Ave. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 28.

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 first ever 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. Admission and parking are free.

Visit for more information.