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Introduction to meditation

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St, will offer a four-week introduction to meditation class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 6.

All are welcome to attend this progressive introduction class. Admission is free.

Call 617-536-8241 for further details.

Concert in the park

The Union Park Neighborhood Association will host an Afternoon in the Park from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 in Union  Park.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, blanket or low chairs and enjoy the musical sounds of the Carl Eisman Group from 3 to 5 p.m. Davey the Clown will entertain and make balloon animals with the kids from 2 to 4 p.m.

There will be appetizers from Kavo Neo Taverna, pizza and ice cream from J.P. Licks.

Admission is free.

Call 617-262-1614 or send an email to for more information.

Local author to visit

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will welcome author Randy Susan Myers in a free talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 as part of the South End Writes series.

Myers, the prize-winning author of domestic drama, will read from her new work “The Widow of Wall Street” which was inspired by the Bernie Madoff case.

Copies of the book will be available for sale. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of South End Library.

Call 617-536-8241 or visit for more information.

Wine tasting

The Ellis South End Neighborhood Association will host their fall wine tasting event “Tango Back to Reality” from 6:30 t 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Movimiento Gallery, 350 Harrison Ave.

Attendees will taste a creative selection of Argentine wines complemented with appropriate fare. There will also be a tango demonstration by Ana Linda Marcus and her partner Paul Walcott in this fine arts gallery and tango studio in the SoWa arts complex.

Space is limited.

Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Puppet theater

The Puppet Showplace Theater will perform “Meet Fred” by the Hijinx Theatre Company from Wales, at 8 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 27 to 29 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St.

Hijinx Theatre’s production caused a stir when it was revealed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It features puppet Fred, who just wants to find a job, meet a girl and live a normal life, but things go awry at a trip to the Unemployment Office. This darkly comedic show is a biting satire of the bureaucratic and social hurdles commonly faced by people with disabilities.

Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 617-731-6400.

Beantown Jazz Festival

The 18th annual Beantown Jazz Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 on three stages along six blocks of Columbus Avenue, between Burke Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

This free, annual, outdoor public concert has delighted hundreds of thousands of music lovers over the years with its host of jazz, Latin, blues, funk and groove performances, The afternoon will feature performances by up-and-coming artists from Berklee College of Music. Other performers will include the Berklee City Music All Stars Big Band Jazz; Jason Palmer; Marco Pignataro Almas Antuguas Quartet; the Gregory Lewis Organ Monk Trio; Catherine Lewis; Diego Joaquin Ramirez and SULA and many more.

KidsJam will provide kids’ interactive musical activities and an instrument petting zoo and vendors will offer a variety of food and drinks from local restaurants.

For a complete schedule of performances and other information, visit

Harvest festival

The annual Harvest Fest at Hayes Park will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 at the park at 166 West Canton St.

Festivities will include cider and cookies, music from the Stacey Peasley Band and a visit from a fire engine. Participants are asked to bring a dessert to share.

It may be a bit early for Halloween, but costumes are welcome.

Admission is free.

Send an email to or call 617-536-5557 for more information.

Award-winning drama

The SpeakEasy Stage Company is performing “Between Riverside and Crazy” now to Oct. 13 at the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St. 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.

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ dark urban comedy explores, with street-smart wit and disarming tenderness, the slippery nature of justice and the grit it takes to move on. In an effort to hang on to one of Manhattan’s last great rent-stabilized apartments, ex-cop Walter “Pops” Washington does battle with a dazzling array of outlandish characters.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-426- 5000.

Local focus

The new Local/Focus exhibit in the South End Branch Library’s Tremont Street window features an installation about the Ayer Mansion on Commonwealth Avenue, the only surviving building designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Longtime South End resident, community activist and former Friends of the South End Library board member, Jeanne Pelletier, has been instrumental in its restoration.

Call 617-536-8241 for further information.