Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
A Patriot’s Day musical performance will be held at noon on Saturday, April 14 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St.
In celebration of Patriot's Day weekend, 65 students from Hawaii’s Emmaus High School Choir will entertain with an hour of a cappella singing. This program is free with admission.
Call 617-482-6439 or visit www.osmh.org for more details.
April Fools’ tour
Boston by Foot will offer the annual tour “True Lies and False Facts” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 meeting at the corner of Boylston and Tremont Streets, outside the Boylston Street MBTA station.
This questionable tour starts at the Boylston MBTA stop and winds its way around Chinatown and the Theater District, presenting some wild and amazing stories about local characters and unlikely events, some of which will be true, others not.
Participants can test their knowledge of Boston and decide fact from fiction. After the tour, participants are invited to come to Explorateur to have a drink at a cash bar, enjoy some snacks and get the real skinny on if what they heard was fact or fiction. Boston By Foot has some prizes for those who guess best.
Tickets are $20 for non-members and $10 for members. Reservations are recommended, as tickets will be limited.
Call 617-367-2345 or visit www.bostonbyfoot.org for more information.
Respite and reflection
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., welcomes visitors for respite and reflection on the fifth anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon, now recognized at One Boston Day, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.
Admission is free for Massachusetts residents and $6 general admission.
Further information can be found at www.osmh.org or by calling 617-482-6439.
One Boston Day
Mayor Martin J. Walsh will host once again host One Boston Day, a new tradition to honor the resiliency, generosity and strength of the city of Boston, on Sunday, April 15 at City Hall Plaza.
In the morning the mayor will assist in raising honorary banners on Boylston Street to honor the victims and survivors of April 15, 2013. He will then visit multiple community sites throughout Boston's neighborhoods marking “One Boston Day.”
The day will be an opportunity to recognize the good in the community and reflect on the spirit of grace and resilience of the people of Boston that was exemplified in the response to the loss and the tragedies of April 15, 2013.
Visit www.cityofboston.gov for more information.
Vacation week programs
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host school vacation week programs from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, April 16 to 20.
Families can explore Old South Meeting House and its maps – from a 100-year-old, 3-D table map of Colonial Boston, to floor plans that show where statesman-inventor Benjamin Franklin, poet Phillis Wheatley and patriot William Dawes sat during church services.
New this vacation week will be Old South Stories, short interpretive talks by staff on myriad subjects. Subjects and times may vary.
Activities are included with the museum admission. Admission is free for Boston residents ages 18 and under and an accompanying adult.
Call 617-482-6439 or visit www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for a daily activity schedule.
The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will present the Petit Ensemble in a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.
The Petit Ensemble is a small orchestra of up to 40 members for the younger string players, ages 7 to 10, who have successfully finished at least Suzuki Book One for violin, viola, cello and bass.
Admission is free. Tickets to the museum are $1 on Friday evenings.
Visit www.bysoweb.org or call 617-353-3348 for further details.
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will present “Occupying Words: A Poetry Month Performance” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20.
In honor of National Poetry Month, attendees can hear local verbal artists performing a variety of works in response to the ideas of “occupation” and what it means to occupy Boston.
General admission is $6 and free for members.
Call 617-482-6439 or visit www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for further details.
Boston’s sacred spaces
The Boston Athenaeum and the Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery at City Hall will host a “Boston’s Hidden Sacred Spaces” gallery visit and presentation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 20.
In addition to the historic churches, temples and mosques that dot the city skyline, there are smaller sacred spaces hidden around the edges of the city. Sociologist Wendy Cadge, architectural historian Alice Friedman and photographer Randall Armor have documented more than 60 sacred spaces in and around greater Boston, giving a glimpse into the life and history of the city and an appreciation of what these spaces offer both literally and symbolically.
Cage and Armor will start the program at 11 a.m. at the gallery at City Hall, 1 City Hall Sq., with a viewing of Armor’s photographs. Participants will then return to the Athenaeum at 10½ Beacon St. to discuss the project, and what these spaces can tell about the city, its residents and its visitors.
The program is free and open to the public. Call 617-720-7612 to register.
For more information, visit www.bostonathenaeum.org.
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will screen “The Day of Reckoning” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 20.
Xu Xing’s most recent work uses a heartbreaking love story between a husband and wife as a vehicle with which to confront the contortions of China’s political history since 1949. Fundamentally it is a story about personal survival in an oppressive state. The powerless are given a chance to tell their tragic story and leave a record to hold against the official narrative of the Chinese state, which passes over them in silence.
The screening is presented in partnership with BU Center for the Study of Asia and BU Arts Initiative. A donation of $10 is suggested.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bcnc.net.
Basketry in the 21st century
The Societies of Arts and Crafts and American Mosaic Artists is displaying “All Things Considered: Basketry in the 21st Century” presented by the National Basketry Organization now through June 9 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.
The exhibition is the ninth in a series of juried biennial exhibitions intended to show the full spectrum of work currently being executed by well-known and emerging artists in the United States. From black bamboo to reclaimed plastics, these 40 artworks represents a broad range of approaches by artists working within the field of contemporary basketry and showcase excellence in creative exploration, technique and craftsmanship. It is juried by Lloyd Herman, the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery.
Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for further details.
Group art exhibition
The Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St., is hosting the group art exhibition “How Do I Look?” now through April 21.
Within the hierarchy of the five senses, sight reigns supreme. Ancient Western philosophy associates vision with knowledge and linking visual perception with truth lingers in our contemporary society. Yet while sight is often the primary mode of apprehending the world, people are at the same time aware of the pitfalls and deficiencies of visual perception. This exhibit invites 11 artists to reflect on the flaws in the theory of sight as truth and the subjective nature of visual perception.
Call 617-423-4299 or visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.
Fun at the library
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun programming for children during April.
The programs will include Mother Goose on the Loose, an interactive story time using puppets, songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers, at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays; Artsy Afternoons at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, where kids, ages five and older, can explore arts and culture through fun, engaging projects and activities; and STEAM stories at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, when children, ages 3-5 years old, can enjoy stories and songs about science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Caregivers must accompany children to these programs.
For more details, call 617-807-7186.
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan” now through April 28.
Cambridge-based Filipino-American artist Bren Bataclan will present artwork inspired by his own immigration to California in 1981. His minimalist, hyper-stylized compositions are immediately accessible to viewers of all ages and backgrounds, even as they convey themes of estrangement and belonging, discovery and confusion. The exhibition invites recognition, reflection and contemplation of what it means to be an immigrant, a citizen and an evolving human being.
Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bcnc.net.
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.