The deadline for Hill Agenda listings is noon, Tues. Jan. 2 for the Jan. 5 issue. Email listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.
Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services board of directors, first Monday of every month, 6-7:30pm, Mission Church Parish Center, 1545 Tremont St. Info: 566-6565.
Mission Main Tenant Task Force, the task force board requests residents’ help and input, third Monday of each month, 6-8pm, Mission Main Community Room, 43 Smith St. Info: 708-8515.
Mission Hill Neighborhood Crime Committee meets on the last Thursday of each month at 7 pm, Mission Church Music Room, 1545 Tremont Street.
$2 bag of produce, $1 freshly baked loaves of bread, offered by Mission Hill Health Movement, no questions asked; as many bags as anyone wants to take, Wednesdays, 4-6pm, Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. Info: 427-6919.
Walking for Our Health Group, Thursdays 10 AM. Departs from 1534 Tremont St. Join the Mission Hill Health Movement’s Walking Group for a weekly walk; for both beginner and advanced walkers. Call 427-6919.
Boston Brakers power soccer, practices 1st, 2nd, 3rd Saturdays of the month, noon-2pm, Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. Info: facebook.com/bostonbreakers.
Recording Studio, Sociedad Latina’s Music Clubhouse has a high-quality recording studio and beatmaking lab available for the community. Tremont St. Info/Scheduling: Joe Stephen, 442-4299/sociedadlatina.org.
Ballroom dancing, offered by RTH, Sundays, 7:30-9pm, 2 New Whitney St., 1st floor. Info: 232-0400/[email protected]
Museum of Fine Arts
The MFA is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Regular hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 am–5 pm, and Wednesday through Friday, 10 am–10 pm.
MASTERPIECES OF DUTCH AND FLEMISH PAINTING On view through January 15, a celebratory installation commemorates one of the largest donations of European paintings in the Museum’s history. In addition to Rembrandt’s moving Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh (1632), the display includes winter landscapes, luxurious still lifes and humorous genre scenes.
DECEMBER VACATION WEEK Parents can keep kids full of cheer during December Vacation Week (December 26–31), where they can learn how the New Year is celebrated around the world through art making and other activities.
SHOPPING In conjunction with the exhibition Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics, A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, an assortment of playful merchandise from the artist’s studio, Kaikai Kiki, is available at the MFA’s Gund Gallery Shop—providing perfect gift ideas for art lovers. Additionally, special discounts are offered at the MFA Signature Shop and Main Bookstore & Shop during Museum Store Sunday (November 26) and Member Shopping Days (November 30–December 3).
DINING From brunch to dinner, the MFA’s dining locations offer a variety of options for a festive meal. As a special treat, the Museum’s Murakami exhibition is providing culinary inspiration at the New American Café, Bravo restaurant, Taste Café and Garden Cafeteria.
MUSIC AND POETRY On December 3, the MFA and New England Conservatory present “Hope Is the Hardest Love We Carry,” a special program featuring a chamber composition by Linda J. Chase—who will perform alongside NEC faculty members and students—and poetry by Jane Hirshfield.
Celebrating Hanukkah, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), celebrates Hanukkah with a free evening of musical performances, tours and activities on Wednesday, December 13, presented in partnership with the Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) and Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP). Free admission starts at 4 pm. The celebration includes welcome remarks by Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director, followed by community blessings and the illumination of a one-of-a-kind menorah installation created by Somerville-based artist Ariel Basson Freiberg, to mark the second night of Hanukkah. Throughout the evening, visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy festive musical performances by Klezperanto, acoustic duo Book of J, and award-winning musician and author Sarah Aroeste. Cynthia Eid, an award-winning artist, will discuss her creative work as a jeweler/silversmith and the MFA’s recent acquisition of her Miriam’s Cup. Spotlight Talks will explore the MFA’s holdings of Judaica, including works from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Collection, which represents one of the largest and most varied Judaica collections in a major American museum. Additional activities include art making, a family-friendly scavenger hunt with local artist Tova Speter and face painting presented by Vilna Shul. For more information, contact Ashley Bleimes at [email protected]
DEC 1–9: Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial, Beloved French director Jean-Pierre Melville (1917–1973) was best known for his cool, noir-inspired gangster films and political thrillers about the French Resistance. To commemorate the centenary of his birth, cinemas around the world are screening Melville’s films to be discovered and rediscovered by film lovers.
DEC 1–31, Harry Dean Stanton: Say Something True. With a career spanning more than six decades, Harry Dean Stanton was beloved for his weathered face, his sweet tenor voice, and his candid approach to acting and life. In December, we remember this American legend with a survey of his acting work—in roles big and small.
DEC 3–16: Nowhere to Hide. Follow medic Nori Sharif through five years of dramatic change after the American retreat from Iraq in 2011. While filming stories of survivors, Nori finds himself trapped between ISIS and Iraqi militias. In trying to save his own family, he is soon forced to turn the camera on himself.
SAVE ON FILMS, Save with a Three-Film Pass. Passes grant admission to three regularly priced films ($11 or less) at a discounted rate during a calendar month. Buy a December pass now—it makes the perfect gift for your favorite cinephile (or yourself)!
SAVE MORE ON FILMS, Sweet Deal! Discount at Coolidge Corner Theatre. In December, bring a ticket stub from any December MFA film to our friends at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for a $3 discount on regularly priced feature films (subject to availability).
Sociedad Latina’s Academy for Latinos Achieving Success (ALAS), a program which provides students with transition coaching through their first two years of college. 1530 Tremont St. Contact Jade Franco, 442-4299 or [email protected]
Weekly Bilingual Mandarin-English chat, practice Mandarin language skills with native speakers and others, must request Harvard building access permission 2 days in advance, Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm, HSPH, 677 Huntington Ave. Info: 615-9672 / [email protected].
Weekly Bilingual Cantonese-English chat, practice Cantonese language skills with native speakers and others, must request Harvard building access permission 2 days in advance, Friday evenings, 6-9pm, HSPH, 677 Huntington Ave. Info: 615-9672 / [email protected].
ESOL and citizenship classes, offered by RTH. Beginning ESOL, Mon. & Fri., 7:30-9pm. English for workplace, Tues. & Thurs., 7:30-9pm. Advanced ESOL, Fri 6-7:30pm, Sat. 7:30-9pm. Flynn conference room, 805 Huntington Ave. Citizenship class, Tues. & Thurs., 2:30-4pm, 2 New Whitney Street, 2nd floor. Info: 232-0400/[email protected]
Congressman Mike Capuano, members of Capuano’s staff, 4th Tuesday of the month, 4-5pm, Ula Café, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain. Info: [email protected]
Neighborhood Coordinator from The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Shaina Aubourg, 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, 3:30-5:30pm, Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont St. Info: 635-2679.
Tobin Community Center
1481 Tremont St., yearly membership: seniors 55+ free, family & adults $20, teens 13-17 $10, 12 and under $5. Info: 635-5216/ TobinCommunityCenter.org.
After-school, ages 6-12, M-F, Sept.-June, $60 per month plus membership. Homework help, tutoring, sports, arts, computers. Info: 635-5216.
MissionSAFE, leadership program for teens. Info: 319-0679.
Sports Camp, licensed sports for kids 6-13, M-F, 8am-4pm, $65/week. Register: 635-5217.
Adult/Family Fitness, Family kung-fu: ages 6+. Info: 635-5216. Adult tai chi: Mon., 6:30-7:30pm. Info: 635-5216.
Computer Lab, Open Access, Wed., 10am-1pm. Info: 635-5216.
Senior Activities, free for adults 55 and over. Tues. & Thurs.,10-11am. Info: Carmen Pola, 820-1089.
BRA Board Meetings, broadcast live on Boston’s government access channel, Comcast 24/RCN 13, and available for streaming video at www.cityofboston.gov/cable/live.asp.
$5 Million Reward, for information leading directly to the return of 13 works of art stolen two decades ago from the Gardner Museum. Anonymous tips can be mailed to 280 The Fenway. Info: Anthony Amore, Director of Security: 278-5114.