New MFA Wing Open House Sep. 18

Linde Family Wing Open HouseThe Museum of Fine Arts is unveiling their newest addition this Sunday, the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. To celebrate, there will be an open house featuring a variety of activities. The open house will be an all day event - starting at 7 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m., there will be free events, including hands-on art activities, performance art, film, music, and yoga. The wing will feature seven new galleries that explore innovative approaches to contemporary art.

For more details, visit the event's page here.

Opera at the Open Market, Sep. 16


Boston Opera Collaborative presents "Opera goes to Market," a concert series celebrating the union of food and music. During September at local farmers' markets explore how opera is a part of everyday life. These concerts were made possible through funding from the Free for All Concert Fund. They will be held:

Thursday, September 15, from noon to 3 p.m., at Boston Public Market, South Station.
Friday, September 16, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Ashmont/Peabody Market in Dorchester.
Sunday, September 18, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Harvard Square Market in Cambridge.

DAC Breakfast, Sep. 30

The next Dorchester Arts Collaborative breakfast will take place on September 30th at The Sugar Bowl (857 Dorchester Avenue, back room). Bring your questions, suggestions and ideas for this year's Open Studios and meet and greet your fellow exhibitors and performers. If you want breakfast, order a la carte and arrive a little early - meeting starts at 8 a.m. 

Move the Planet with DEHC, Sep. 24 (Art Party Sep. 22)

Hundreds of Bostonians will be marching, rolling, hollering, hooting, and otherwise merry-making through the streets on Saturday, September 24th to raise awareness about climate change, and your help is needed!

DotBike and the Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition (DEHC) will be organizing a group of people biking through Dorchester to the waterfront in downtown Boston for the Moving Planet rally ( The group will meet at Peabody Square at 2:15 p.m. and leave by 2:30, stopping at Columbia Road and Dorchester Ave, and continuing on by 3:00 to bike into downtown Boston. Join the group at one of these stops, or at anywhere along the route! Those taking public transportation can hop on the Red Line and get off at South Station, where parade marshals will be directing festival-goers to the waterfront.

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"Chocolat" at Dot 2 Dot, Sep. 9

It's time for another Dinner and Movie Night at Dot 2 Dot Café (1739 Dorchester Avenue Dorchester, MA 02124)! Come by no Friday, September 9 to fill your belly while watching "Chocolat," starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. To make a reservation please call the cafe on 617 436 2368. Dinner from 6 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Continue on for the menu! >> Read More

Audition for The Nutcracker, Sep. 11

Tisn't the season just yet... but some Christmas shows have to get prepped far in advance! Children’s auditions for José Mateo’s Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker will take place at 10 a.m. on September 11, at the Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road) in Uphams Corner. Ages 6 to 18 are invited to try out. For more information, call 617-354-7467 or visit

(Photo Credit: Mie Journal)

Gideon Ansell at Flat Black, Sep. 9

This Friday, September 9, from 5 to 7 p.m., Flat Black Coffee Company's Ashmont location (1906 Dorchester Ave.) will be hosting an Opening Reception for Gideon Ansell. This work is really dynamic: photography inspired by the rich symbolism and color of Mexican art, in a series based on the Mexican card game, La Lotería. Please join the community in supporting this local artist! The espresso bar will be open, coffee will be abundant, and pastries and other refreshments will be served.

The show is already hanging at Ashmont. You can also check out Gideon's work at And speaking of Dot Coms: if you haven't visited Flat Black's website in a while, be sure to check out They are currently giving a 10% off discount on online orders when you create an account.

Caribbean Sounds of Steel Pan Music at Nightingale, Sep. 7

Close out the summer in Caribbean style! Enjoy the sounds of Trevor Comma’s steel pan music originated in the West Indian Island of Trinidad and Tobago. Invite family and friends for a relaxing evening at Nightingale Community Garden (512 Park Street, Dorchester) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. This event is free and open to the public!

For more information, please call Boston Natural Areas Network at 617.542.7696 or online at You may also email Grantley Payne, Project Manager, Boston Is Growing Gardens (BIGG) at

National “Dot Day” Story and Artsy Afternoon, Sep. 15

Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind. You, too, can discover how the mind can foster beautiful artistic creation! Come to the Grove Hall Branch Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 to celebrate Peter Reynolds' book, The Dot, and learn about art and imagination. Then, make your very own dot to be displayed in the library! Meet in the Grove Hall Children's Activity Room. 

The Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library is located at 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester and can be reached at (617)427-3337. View a schedule online at

Dorchester Open Studios Invites Performers, Application Deadline Sep. 2

Interested in performing or showing unique art forms during the annual Dorchester Open Studios event? This year's Open Studios 2011 (October 22 and 23) will include not only the largest collection of visual artists in Open Studios history, but also two days of performance art. Dancers, singers, poets, actors, writers, filmmakers, and musicians are all invited to participate. Write the Dorchester Arts Collaborative at by September 2 with a brief description of your presentation; include video, website links, etc., to give us an idea of your art. Venues include the Great Hall at Codman Square and the chapel at Pilgrim Church in Uphams Corner, from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Call 617-839-6734 or 617-922-1396 for more information.

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