Shakespeare in Love

On Tuesday, January 13th at 4 PM, we will attend a performance of Shakespeare in Love, put on by the SpeakEasy Stage Company. They are located at the Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston in the South End. The closest T stop is Back Bay Station and it is about an 8 minute walk on Clarendon St. across Columbus Ave. From Park St., the 43 Bus has a stop in front of the Pavilion. Parking can be a bit of a problem. I know the theater validates at the Clarendon St. Garage at Back Bay Station.

In order to qualify for the group discount, we would need 10 or more members to attend. The price will be $35. It would be a great way to spend an afternoon with your group members. There are many restaurants near the theater as well as Club Café which is about 10-12 minutes away.

If you are interested in going, please fill out the tear sheet and return it to the office by December 29th. If we do not receive enough for the show, we will refund the money.

JP Jubilee December Concert

On Saturday, December 2nd at 3:00 PM, JP Jubilee (who performed at October’s meeting) will host a concert at Hope Central Church (85 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain) with the Parkway Community Orchestra. Please support Boston Prime Timer Jim Flavin and the rest of the chorus who graciously entertained us!

The easiest way to get to the show by MBTA is via the Orange line; get off at Green St. and go northeast on Gordon St. which becomes Seaverns Ave. after you cross Elm St. The church will be on the right, just after Elm.

JP Jubilee is a class for all seniors who want to learn new songs and musical skills, make friends, promote good health and perform for the community. They meet weekly at the JP branch (at 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain) of the Boston Public Library (Fridays 10:30 AM-noon). There are no auditions, nor fees required. After the December concert, further performances start again in February for another 12 weeks. Contact lizanker@comcast.net or visit her website for more information.

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, “Believe”

Do you believe? The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates the joy of the season with traditional favorites (Ave Maria, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Oh Holy Night) and modern classics (Spirit of the Season, Believe, North Pole Rock n’ Roll). BGMC puts the Merry into Christmas!

With performances in December, starting on Sunday the 10th (at 3 PM and 7 PM), Friday the 15th (at 8 PM), Saturday the 16th at 8 PM and ending on Sunday the 17th (at 8 PM), there are a lot of options to attend. While at time of printing, the prices are not available, tickets go on sale on November 1st. All shows are at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02116).

For more information see the show’s website. Please call (617) 542-SING (7464) to order tickets with any special needs. This includes: wheelchair accessibility, service animals, proximity to the sign language interpreter.

Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla

On Saturday, September 9th, the Provincetown Community Compact invites you to this quintessential Provincetown tradition.

Come immerse yourself in the cleansing waters of Provincetown Harbor and help raise funds for AIDS, women’s health and for the community.

When people gather with passion and vision great things are accomplished. For three decades, in one of the largest natural harbors in the world, thousands of swimmers have braved its unpredictable waters–its chilly currents, surging tides, and their deep fears−raising $4 million for AIDS, women’s health and the community. Please be a part of it.

Celebrating its 30th year, the swim symbolizes the heroic efforts of a community devastated by the pandemic and its unequivocal response to it. The Swim for Life & Paddler Community Compact, has become a catalyst for a nurturing community, offering connectedness, healthy exercise and continuity for those who return year after year.

Join the Provincetown Community Compact for this spirited and invigorating event. For info, e-mail thecompact@comcast.net or go to swim4life.org.

Take the plunge!

Out & About in March

The New England Conservatory continues its tradition of free evening concerts at Jordan Hall through the spring, most of which start at 7:30 PM.

On Monday, March 7th, the NEC presents First Monday at Jordan Hall with the Borromeo String Quartet featuring a Hungarian program of Bartók and Kodály, starting with the Kodály Serenade and ending with Bartók’s String Quartet № 4. For info, see the event page.

On Wednesday, March 9th, the NEC Philharmonia and Jeffrey Kahane (piano) will perform works from BSO’s guest conductor and composer Thomas Adés, as well as music from Ravel and Elgar at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Jeffrey Kahane will conduct from the keyboard, as in his previous NEC conducting visits. For info, see the event page.

On Tuesday, March 16th, the NEC Philharmonia and Hugh Wolff will bring you a lovely evening featuring “Whisper, Echo, A Cry” by Aaron Jay Kernis, a leading American composer who won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for music composition. Also on the menu are works by Elgar and Shostakovich. For more info, see the event page.

Towards the end of the month, on Tuesday, March 29th, the Jazz and Wildcard groups will be featured in Jordan Hall. For more info, see the event page.

For more NEC events, see the events calendar.

The Green Briar at 304 Washington St., Brighton hosts the longest running traditional Irish Seisiun in Boston. Every Monday from 7-11:30 PM join local musicians in an open musical seisiun. Bring your own instrument & join in! All are welcome! For more infomation, see their website.

The Boston Public Library offers free tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The tours last about an hour. They are led by volunteers and begin at the Dartmouth St. entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. Tours start on Mondays at 2:30 PM, Thursdays at 6 PM, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 AM. For other BPL events, visit their site.

Painting at Club Café

At Club Café—Paint Nite! Tuesday March 29th, 7:00 PM and Tuesday April 26th, 7:00 PM. “Paint Nite® events invite you to break away from the typical night out with a potent cocktail of creativity and social connection. Guided by a local artist, you’ll spend two hours laughing with friends and painting your masterpiece at a popular local bar. And the best part is, you don’t have to be Picasso; you just have to be inspired. So put down your phone and pick up a paintbrush—the night is your canvas.”

For more information, see the event page.