Aug
29
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Last Pat Loomis and his Friends' Jazz & Blues Concert of the 2017 Summer Season To Be Held in Library Park on Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM

At the August 15 concert, with drummer Benny Benson and bass player Christoff Glaude in the background, saxophonist Pat Loomis, trumpeter Scott Aruda, Sarah Seminski and Nephtaliem McCrary sang their hearts out with Louis Prima's Just a Gigolo and I Ain't Got Nobody

At the August 15 concert, with drummer Benny Benson and bass player Christoff Glaude in the background, saxophonist Pat Loomis, trumpeter Scott Aruda, Sarah Seminski and Nephtaliem McCrary sang their hearts out with Louis Prima's Just a Gigolo and I Ain't Got Nobody

After a blast of a concert on August 15 with no less than four fabulous vocalists celebrating the 17th birthday of bandleader Pat Loomis's son Aidan, another fine Jazz & Blues session is coming up in Library Park for Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM. Titled The Quiet Storm: An Evening Of Smooth, Seductive Grooves, it will feature Pat Loomis as both the saxophone player AND the fine vocalist who joined the performance on August 15, as well as Antonio Loomis, guitar; Amy Bellamy, keyboards; Aaron Bellamy, bass; Joaquin Santos, drums; and Zayra Pola, percussion. It will be the final concert of the season; we hope that our incredible luck of three  previous bookings with mostly dry weather will hold. If not, the fun will move indoors into the library itself.

The Jazz & Blues concert series, now in its seventh year, was originally funded by a generous five-year grant from the Ann H. Symington Foundation. It is currently paid for jointly by the Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL), that means YOU, and the BPL branch of the South End Library. Thank you. 

All concerts are free and welcome to all. The South End Library is open to the public on concert nights and fully handicapped accessible. FOSEL serves slices of delicious watermelon at the concerts. Some seating is made available but feel free to bring your own chairs and snacks.

The previous concerts were held on July 18 (Return To Forever: A Salute To The Music Of Chick Corea);  August 1 (In The Tradition: An Evening Of Jazz Standards); and August 15 (Aidan's Choice: A Birthday Tribute to the great Aidan Shiell-Loomis). 

 

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The Fall South End Writes Authors Series Will Begin on Tuesday September 12, Featuring Local History Scribe and Poet Lynne Potts, Followed by Laura Gold (10\10), Sam Allis (11/ 28), Jody Adams (12/5)
Sep
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Fall South End Writes Authors Series Will Begin on Tuesday September 12, Featuring Local History Scribe and Poet Lynne Potts, Followed by Laura Gold (10\10), Sam Allis (11/ 28), Jody Adams (12/5)

The South End Writes author series, now in its seventh year, will start the 2017-18 season of local literary, culinary and otherwise exemplary luminaries on Tuesday September 12 when long-time South End resident Lynne Potts will talk about her recent Faces of a Neighborhood. The sequel to A Block in Time: History of Boston's South End Through a Window on Holyoke, published four years ago, Faces describes the South End lives of 24 residents she interviewed, newcomers, long  timers, the rich and the poor. 

Both Faces and A Block in Time were successfully self-published, but Potts is also a poet whose 2013 book of poems, Color of Water Inside, was brought out by the National Poetry Review Press and won its prize for publication in 2013.   Potts has been a poetry editor for both the Columbia Journal of Art and Literature and AGNI, and was selected a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in 2012. Her second book, Mame, Sol, and Dog Bark was released by the same press recently.

The South End Writes will host the following speakers after Lynne Potts talk: author/pediatrician Laura Gold (The Silenced Child) on October 10; veteran Time magazine correspondent and its former Rome bureau chief, Sam Allis (A Hero of Two Worlds) on November 28; and the James-Beard award-winning chef Jody Adams (In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking with Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant) on December 5

The authors' books will be available for sale, signing and borrowing. The South End library is fully handicapped accessible. 

 

 

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Aug
21
2:00pm 2:00pm

Join the Solar Eclipse Party for Children of All Ages at the South End Library on August 21 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

The South End library's staff has organized a Solar Eclipse Party for children of all ages at the library on August 21 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Where better to be than at your local branch, while awaiting the 2017 partial solar eclipse? It will be in maximum view at 2:46 PM in our fair city. Protective eclipse viewing glass will be provided by the library and you can make a sun craft to take home. 

 

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The next Jazz & Blues Concert in Library Park on August 15 will feature Pat Loomis and Nine of his Friends, including four vocalists, adding song to the birthday celebration of Loomis's son, Aidan.
Aug
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

The next Jazz & Blues Concert in Library Park on August 15 will feature Pat Loomis and Nine of his Friends, including four vocalists, adding song to the birthday celebration of Loomis's son, Aidan.

The third concert of the (fast-moving) summer season in Library Park will bring no less than four vocalists to the event, a musical celebration to pay homage to the 17th birthday of the bandleader's son, Aidan. The title of the August 15 musical bash is Aidan's Choice: A Birthday Tribute to the Great Aidan Shiell-Loomis.  Aiden Loomis indeed selected the musicians, who include Pat Loomis, saxophone, vocals; Antonio Loomis, guitar; Sarah Seminski, vocals; Nephtaliem McCrary, vocals; Scott Aruda;  trumpet, vocals; Angel Subero, trombone; Steven Higgs, keyboard; Steve Cuoco, bass; and Benny Benson, drums. 

The concerts are free to all. The park and the library are fully handicapped accessible. We serve delicious watermelon. Bring your own chairs to complement the ones set out by the library staff. 

The final concert of the summer will also include vocalists, details to be announced, and will be held on Tuesday, August 29. It has the moniker of The Quiet Storm: An Evening of Smooth, Seductive Grooves. The concerts begin at 6:30 PM and end by 8:00 PM.

The concerts are funded jointly by the South End branch and the Friends of the South End Library, which means..YOU. Thank you. 

 

 

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The First of the Four Summer Jazz&Blues Concerts with Pat Loomis in Library Park Will Start Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM
Jul
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

The First of the Four Summer Jazz&Blues Concerts with Pat Loomis in Library Park Will Start Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM

 

Yes, it's that time of the year again: four fantastic, themed Jazz and Blues concerts featuring local musicians will be playing with Pat Loomis and his Friends in Library Park, starting Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM. The theme of the first one is Return to Forever: A Salute to the Music of Chick Corea. Playing the first concert will be Pat Loomis, saxophone; Steve Hunt, keyboards; Antonio Loomis, guitar; Daniel Day, bass; and Zeke Martin, drums


Here's the line-up for the next three concerts:

July 18:  Return To Forever: A Salute To The Music Of Chick Corea

August 1:  In The Tradition: An Evening Of Jazz Standards

August 15:  Aidan's Choice: A Birthday Tribute to the great Aidan Shiell-Loomis

August 29: The Quiet Storm: An Evening Of Smooth, Seductive Grooves

We serve fresh watermelon. There will be some seating but please feel free to bring your own chairs. Restrooms are available inside the library.

The Jazz and Blues concert series was originally sponsored by a generous grant from the  Ann H. Symington Foundation, but is currently funded by the Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL) and the South End branch of the Boston Public Library. All concerts are free and welcome all. The South End library is fully handicapped-accessible. .

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Kathy Nichols presents her new thriller, " Deep Water," based on true events, Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 PM
Jun
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

Kathy Nichols presents her new thriller, " Deep Water," based on true events, Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 PM

Katherine Nichols, a former high school teacher, calls her new book, Deep Water, both a narrative non-fiction novel and a coming-of-age story. But even though it is published by Simon and Schuster’s Children’s Publishing Division and marketed to teenagers, it's a really good read for adults and a fun dive into a part of 1970s-1980s history that some Coronado, CA, residents would like to not remember. If you liked Breaking Bad, you may love this story because in Deep Water, published in early May, a high school teacher in Coronado, California, becomes part of a global marijuana smuggling  operation that has ensnared a number of his former students, one of them initially swimming with packages of drugs to and fro between Mexico and California in the depth of night, before the business expands exponentially and requires major boating and hauling equipment.

Deep Water is based on a true story wherein, by the time it's over and the FBI, DEA and Mexican and Asian drug lords all have played their parts, the $100 million marijuana and hashish enterprise operates on both the east and west coasts of the United States. Told in large part from the point of view of Eddie Otero, a champion swimmer who knows the tides and currents of the ocean like the back of his hand, the book provides a very good insight into the immature but energetic minds of young adults and the hair-raising decisions they make. Easily swayed by the lure of big money and all it can bring, confused and uncertain about the legal but boring roles they can or want to play in the world of their parents and teachers, and driven by the overriding principle of wanting to have fun with your buddies, Eddie and his pals stumble into the treacherous world of drug lords and international crime syndicates. The question arises, "where were the parents" when Eddie buys a house at age 20, drives a Porsche, and pulls out wads of money to pay for dinners and wines in expensive restaurants without having an obvious legitimate source of money that can be determined? 

But that's perhaps asking too much. Nichols, a Boston resident who grew up in Coronado where her father had been a city council member and a state court judge, is a longtime  journalist, a very good swimmer, and  currently living in Boston while studying for a MBA at Yale University. 

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Stephanie Schorow's Talk Canceled Due to a Death in the Family
Jun
13
6:30pm 6:30pm

Stephanie Schorow's Talk Canceled Due to a Death in the Family

Stephanie Schorow, booked to discuss her exciting investigations of Boston history on Tuesday, June 13, had to cancel her talk due to the death of a close family member. FOSEL extends sincere condolences. We hope to reschedule her sometime next year. The long-time journalist and journalism teacher has written  a number of popular books about Boston’s amazing history, including The Crime of the Century: How the Brink’s Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston and The Cocoanut Grove Fire

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Mel King
May
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

Mel King

The iconic Mel King, former state legislator, school board member, community organizer, writer, poet, and the holder of perhaps the largest memory bank of South End’s turbulent history. Raised in the New York streets part of the South End by immigrant parents from Guyana and Barbados in the 1930s. Former adjunct professor in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and author of Chain of Change: Struggles for Black Community Development and collections of poetry, and founder of the South End’s Technology Center at Tent City. Tuesday, May 23

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Gish Jen: The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap
Mar
28
8:30pm 8:30pm

Gish Jen: The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap

Gish Jen, the acclaimed novelist, will talk about her new book of non-fiction, The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East West Culture Gap.It looks at the different ideas Easterners and Westerners have about self and society and how this “shapes everything from our ideas about copying and talking in class to the difference between Apple and Alibaba.”

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Stephen Kinzer,  "True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire"
Mar
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

Stephen Kinzer, "True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire"

Acclaimed Foreign-policy Journalist, Stephen Kinzer, Will Discuss His Widely Reviewed Book, "True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire" on Tuesday, March 14, With an Introduction by WBUR's OpenSource Radio Host, Christopher Lydon.

Award-winning foreign-policy journalist and former New York Times bureau chief in multiple locations, Stephen Kinzer, will talk about his new book, The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of American Empire,on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 PM. In his latest examination of the US role abroad, he reframes a perennial question raging again today: Should the US be an imperialist nation or take care of its own problems first? The author of numerous books about the unintended consequences of American military intervention, Kinzer, a senior fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute of Brown University, will be introduced by his admirer and friend, WBUR's OpenSource radio host,  Christopher Lydon. Lydon interviewed him on the subject on February 7.

Kinzer, a longtime South End resident, has been hosted by the South End Writes series twice before, in 2014 to discuss his acclaimed book, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War and, last year, to talk about his weeks-long trip through Iran, just before the controversial US-Iranian international nuclear agreement was approved. Kinzer's 1/22 world affairs column in the Boston Globe will give you a fine introduction to his upcoming talk, as will his January 24 interview with Terry Gross and the February 23 article about True Flag in the New York Review of Books. 

The South End Writes is sponsored by the Friends of the South End Library. All the events are free. Books by the speakers will be available for borrowing, sale and signing by the author. The branch is fully handicapped accessible. We serve refreshments. Seating is limited. Below are listed upcoming authors, whose bios will be more detailed as the date of their talk approaches.

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