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Tour of Fort Point

A walking tour of the Fort Point Channel will be held at noon on Saturday, May 19 starting at the Hood Milk Bottle Park, 308 Congress St.

The tour in honor of Boston Preservation Month will feature the industrial waterway area, now a centerpiece of the neighborhood’s revival. This tour will focus on the architecture and history of the district, a center for production and distribution of various goods. Admission is free.

Call 617-635-3850 or send an email to for more details and to register.

Basket weaving demonstration

The Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., will host a basket weaving demonstration with the North East Basket Makers Guild from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 19.

Peggy Thrasher, Debra Rolfe and Beverly Shafner will demonstrate basket weaving techniques and answer questions about materials, history and basket weaving opportunities.

Admission is free. For more information about the guild, visit

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for further details.

Musical at the Waterfront

The Brown Box Theatre Project will present “The Broadway Jukebox,” a musical theater cabaret event, 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the Waterfront Plaza at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St.

In this free outdoor performance, theatergoers will enjoy almost 30 Broadway songs that they have chosen, as each performance is based on the selection of that evening’s audience. Upon arrival each audience member will vote for their top three choices from a series different musical theatre categories, including “The Golden Age,” “Contemporary Musicals,” “Disney on Broadway” and more. Brown Box will curate that night’s show on the spot in this interactive, family friendly evening.

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The Ladder Blocks tour

Boston by Foot and the Boston Preservation Alliance will offer a tour of The Ladder Blocks from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays, May 20 and 27. Participants will meet at the Boylston Building, 22 Boylston St.

Boston’s Ladder Blocks are bounded by Washington and Tremont Streets south of School Street. The streets that connect them create a street grid shaped like a ladder, giving the district the name by which it was once known.

This walk will trace the architectural and social history of the Ladder Blocks as a seedbed of Boston’s intellectual identity and the nexus of its cultural character. Connecting the Theatre District and the central business district, this walk includes the Temple Place Historic District; arts venues from the Paramount Theatre to the Orpheum; and historically significant buildings from the Masonic Temple to the Parker House Hotel.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased online in advance or from the guide.

Visit or call 617-367-2345 for more details.

String performance

Members of the Boston String Academy will perform in a free recital at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22 at Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St.

The academy’s Chinatown morning program will showcase its two string orchestras. Students ages 5-10 year old will present a variety of music from classical to folk tunes. Audience members are invited to explore the instruments after the performance.

Admission is free. Groups should call in advance, at 617-807-8176.

Financial District walking tour

The Boston Landmarks Commission will host a free, guided walking tour of the Financial District at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22. Walkers will meet at the Government Center MBTA station.

The Financial District has been a powerhouse of industry for centuries. The tour will look at the neighborhood’s architecture and history spanning colonial days to modern times.

Registration is recommended for this free tour, by email to or by calling 617-635-3850.

Craft talk

The Societies of Arts and Crafts and American Mosaic Artists will host a gallery talk with Sharon Stafford at noon. on Thursday, May 25 at 100 Pier Four Blvd.

Stafford creates beautiful metal vessels, jewelry and other fine art objects, with one of her pieces currently on display as part of the “All Things Considered.”

Admission is free.

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New performance

Fort Point Theatre Channel will present “Passover” by Obie-winning writer and composer Rick Burkhard, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 27 at the Midway Artist Studio, 15 Channel Center St.

“Passover” is a piece for six singing/speaking performers, seated at a dinner table on which there lies a double bass. Written specifically for thingNY”s unique blend of chamber music, theater and improvisation, this tabletop work explores the vocalizing instrumentalist in disjointed modes of storytelling.

Performing will be Jeffrey Young, voice and violin; Dave Ruder, voice and clarinet; Erin Rogers, voice and tenor sax; Paul Pinto, vocals and hand percussion; Andrew Livingston, voice and double bass; and Gelsey Bell, voice and metallophone.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

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Celebration of crafts

The North Bennet Street School, 150 North St., is hosting the annual Celebration of Craft, an exhibition of works by students and alumni, now through May 23 at 2 International Place.

The exhibit will feature hand-carved chairs and cabinetry, jewelry in silver and gold, ornate leather-bound books, violin making and more by alumni and students. Additionally, select artisan pieces from the Trustees of Reservations’ recent “Conversations in Craft” exhibit will be included among the masterful works.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibit hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, visit or call 617-227-0155.

Student art on display

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Heartful Creations,” the Josiah Quincy Elementary School show, now through June 2.

The Josiah Quincy Elementary School K-5 students will showcase their rich diversity and culture in this exhibition that highlights their rich thinking, imagination and creativity with a series of paintings, collages, prints and sculptures. The students put their heart on display with their stories, expression and talent for all to see.

Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.

For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit

Art at City Hall

The Boston Public Schools Art Month exhibit is on display from to now May 31 at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Sq.

Each year, this district-wide art exhibition shares exemplary artwork created by Boston Public Schools students. The 2018 exhibition celebrates student artists’ work created throughout National Youth Arts Month. More than 400 works by students from 35 schools will brighten up the walls of Boston City Hall as teachers display the visions and expressions of these talented young artists.

The Patricia Thaxton exhibit will also be displayed until May 31 in the Mayor’s Gallery. She is a Boston-based visual artist, fashion designer and educator who taught in Boston for 35 years, retiring as the last Home Economics teacher in the Boston Public Schools. Her work is a collection of ideas and images from sketchbooks from the last 40 years. She has a unique process as well as an interesting mix of media, using cloth, cut pieces of paper, chalk pastels, pencil, watercolor and acrylic paint.

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Boston’s literary scene

Boston by Foot will offer tours featuring Boston’s literary scene from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays during May and June. 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 or call 617-367-2345 for more details.

Sculptor exhibition

The Societies of Arts and Crafts is displaying Nathalie Miebach’s “The Little Ones” now through June 9 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

Award-winning sculptor Miebach translates science data into sculpture, principally using weaving and musical notations as a way of expressing her observations in a three-dimensional space. The exhibit includes one of her data sculptures “The Last Show Was For the Bleachers” as well as a new series “The Little Ones.”

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

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 or call 617-266-1810 for further details.

Fun at the library

The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun programming for children during May.

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.

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 for more information.