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The 38th annual Open Studios for the Fort Point artists’ community will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15.
The studios of 150 artists in waterfront warehouses throughout the Fort Point Channel area, the largest concentration of visual artists in New England, will be open to the public.
Visitors will be able to glimpse into the living and working spaces of artists and buy artwork directly from painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, fashion designers, printmakers, book artists, photographers and more.
Visitors also can explore 14 buildings in the neighborhood, plus galleries and creative design shops, all in walking distance of each other. Free participatory art-making activities for all ages will take place Saturday and Sunday. Performances and special events will also be part of this year’s festivities.
Maps and directories of the venues will be available. Free parking will also be available.
For more information, visit www.fortpointarts.org or call 617-423-4299.
The Fort Point Theatre Channel will present “The Ghost Sonata,” a play in three acts by August Strindberg at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Cambridge YMCA Theater, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.
Strindberg’s most famous chamber play relates the adventures of a young student who idealizes the lives of the inhabitants of a stylish home in Stockholm. He makes the acquaintance of the mysterious Jacob Hummel, who helps him to find his way into the apartment, only to find that it is a nest of betrayal and sickness.
Tickets are $20 general admission and $14 for students and seniors.
Visit www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org or call 617-780-8900 for further details.
The 11th annual Archaeological Institute of America and Museum of Science archaeology fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.14, at the museum, 1 Science Park.
The fair will feature a wide range of hands-on activities and demonstrations ranging from learning about stratiography to mock digs and atlatl (a kind of spear) throwing. They can learn about underwater shipwrecks, Roman legionaries, Native American technology, ancient languages and more.
Admission is $25 for adults, $21 for senior and $20 for children.
Further information can be found at www.archaeologyday.org or by calling 617-353-9361.
The Boston Street Railway Association will present silent films made in the 1920s at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.
Donald Nevin will present three silent films made in the 1920s by the Chicago North and Milwaukee Railroad; “Along the Green Bay Trail,” “The Place of Progress” and “El Cars to the Eucharistic Congress” and one by the Chicago Surface Lines “Safe Highways” that how trolleys in stage accidents.
The program is free and open to the public.
Visit www.thebsra.org or call 508-673-3047 for more details.
The community is invited to a casino night fundraiser at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16 at the Royale, 279 Tremont St.
The Boston Medical Center and New England Patriots safety and two-time Super Bowl champion Devin McCourty will join together to host Tackle Sickle Cell Casino Night in support of BMC’s Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease. Guests will enjoy an evening of casino games, cocktails, networking and socializing alongside their favorite Patriots players. Proceeds will provide life-saving care for BMC’s patients who suffer from sickle cell disease research to find a cure for sickle cell disease.
Email email@example.com or call 617-638-8983 to purchase tickets and for more information.
Children and their families are invited to celebrate all things Halloween at the Fort Point Channel 13th annual pumpkin pageant from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Boston Children’s Museum HarborWalk, 300 Congress St.
This free afternoon will feature pumpkin carving and decorating, face painting, pumpkin bowling and fall treats. All pumpkins, child-friendly carving utensils, decorations and cider, popcorn and pretzels are free. Costumes are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, funniest, most original and crowd favorite pumpkins.
For more information, call 617-451-9239 or visit www.friendsoffortpointchannel.org.
Asian American films
The ninth annual Boston Asian American film festival will be held from Thursday, Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 22 in the ArtsEmerson Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Theater, 559 Washington St.
The festival theme is “Liberty and Justice” and will feature several New England and East Coast premieres. Films to be screened include “Jade Pendant,” “Finding Kukan,” the centerpiece film “Resistance at Tule Lake” and the closing film “Gook.” Included will be documentaries, comedies, shorts and family films. Several actors and directors involved with the films will be guests of the festival.
A free panel discussion, “Beyond Orientalism,” will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Paramount Theater.
For a complete schedule of films and venues, visit www.baaff.org or call 617-426-5313.
The inaugural Fort Point Fall Fling will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, 306 Congress St.
Attendees will enjoy festive drinks, specialty cocktails, light bites, live music by The Country Hits, press-your-own apple cider and more. The winners of the 13th annual Pumpkin Pageant will be announced.
Tickets are $20 online in advance, $25 at the door. Participants in the Pumpkin Pageant will receive one free ticket per pumpkin.
For more information, call 617-451-9239 or visit www.friendsoffortpointchannel.org.
Taste of Haymarket
Historic New England will host the Taste of Haymarket tour from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20. The tour will depart from the corner of Congress and Hanover streets
Haymarket, Boston’s centuries-old open-air market adjacent to Government Center, the North End and Faneuil Hall, offers a unique shopping experience. Vendors sell varieties of fruits and vegetables from open wooden stands and pushcarts. Specialty grocers selling cheese, fish, Halal meats, pizza, spices and other delicacies from small shops can be found in an adjacent building on Blackstone Street.
The tour will feature a behind-the-scenes tour of the market as it opens for the day. The president of the Haymarket Pushcart Association will discuss its history and how it has changed over time. Participants will visit vendors and sample fruits and vegetables, cheese and even pizza.
The tour is being presented as part of Historic New England’s Everyone’s History series, “The Haymarket Project.”
Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.historicnewengland.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Living in Color” now through Saturday, Dec. 16.
This is a collaborative mother-son photography project by David Kong and Wen Yuan Kong that celebrates the movement, color and light of the living world.
Wen Yuan Kong is a retired math professor who loves traveling and taking photographs. She is inspired by the interplay of light and reflections, by interesting perspectives of everyday objects and by the changing of scenery in sunlight. David Sun Kong is a synthetic biologist, community organizer, musician and photographer.
Visit www.bcnc.net or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.
Hub of literacy
Boston by Foot will offer tours “The Hub of Literacy America” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays during October. Participants will meet at the plaza at School and Washington Streets.
By the 19th century, Boston had earned the nickname “The Athens of America” as an important center for literature and as home to many of the country’s greatest writers. It was the launch pad of American Romanticism, Transcendentalism, the Fireside Poets and American Realism.
This literary tour will highlight the homes and haunts of such prominent writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Henry James, Charles Dickens and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. These great minds gave rise to philosophical discussions that greatly influenced not only their own literary work but also 19th century society at large and our culture today.
Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased online in advance or from the guide.
Visit www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345 for more details.
Boston by Foot is offering a guided walking tour “Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays during October.
From the first subway to Long Wharf through the Big Dig, Boston has led the nation in transforming its cityscape. Tour-goers will discover all the layers of the city and look at how and why it changed – to accommodate a growing population, the needs of industry, public and private transportation and public health and safety.
Tickets purchased online are $13 for adults and $8 for children or $15 for adults and $10 for children if purchased on the day. Members are free.
To purchase tickets, call 617-367-2345 or visit www.bostonbyfoot.org.
Summer Street Art Markets is being held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays along the pedestrian zone on Summer Street.
Selected artists will sell their original artwork, including paintings, handcrafted clay, blown glass, stained glass, furniture, photography, clothing, toys, jewelry and locally produced food. Live musical performances will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.
Visit www.downtownboston.org for additional information.
Made in Fort Point
The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.
Call 617-423-1100 or visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.