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The Chinese Historical Society of New England and the University Archives and Special Collections Department at UMass-Boston will present a free community event to document Chinese American experiences in Massachusetts by digitizing family photos and stories for researchers and future generations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St.
All those with a connection to the Chinese community in Massachusetts, including Chinese immigrants, Chinese Americans, international students and adoptees, are encouraged to attend and bring one to three photos, either print or digital (CD, USB, or cell phone) that reflect Chinese American experiences. These can include snapshots or formal portraits of family moments, celebrations, ancestors and local businesses or organizations that are important to their owners.
For more information and to register, visit www.bcnc.net or call 617-863-9080.
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will offer “Dancing with Colors” art classes from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25.
This course introduces contemporary use and techniques of Chinese ink and watercolor. Materials will be provided.
This series is partially funded to provide affordable arts classes to the community. These are pay -what-you-can classes. The suggested contribution for each class is $50 to cover the expenses, however participants are invited to pay what they can afford. Contributions will support arts programming and Asian and Pacific Islander American artists.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bcnc.net.
The 36th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 5 to 7, at City Hall Plaza.
More than 40 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet from Bart’s Ice Cream, Baskin-Robbins, Breyers, Edy’s, Friendly’s, HP Hood and more will be served, rain or shine.
In addition to ice cream, the festival will feature musical acts, games and prizes.
New this year is the after-work happy hour Scoop@Night from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, presented in partnership with Harpoon and UFO Beers, 90+ Cellars and Martignetti.
Tickets are $30 and will include unlimited ice cream as well as two adult beverage tickets. Attendees must be 21 or older. IDs will be checked at the entrance.
Advance tickets for the all-you-can-eat festival are $10 for people, ages 10 and older; $5 for children, ages 3 to 9 and free for kids under age 3. Scooper passes for three entrances are available for $20. Discounts for groups are available. Tickets will also be available on the day, at $15 and $10. Proceeds will help support cancer care and research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.scooperbowl.org or call 800-525-4669.
Concerts in the park
The Norman B. Leventhal Park summer acoustic music series will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, June 5 and 7 at the park on Franklin, Pearl and Milk streets.
Guitarist Mark Leighton will entertain on Tuesday and blues bassist Rick Maida will perform on Thursday.
Admission is free. Visit www.normanbleventhalpark.org for more information.
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host the annual quiz night at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6.
Participants will be able to celebrate the history and culture of Boston’s biggest neighborhood, Dorchester.
Complimentary refreshments will be provided by local businesses, including the Omni Parker House, home of the world-famous Boston cream pie. A cash bar with beer and wine also will be available.
Participants will be able to compete for prizes or watch as Naheem Garcia, Dorchester resident and notable actor, challenges the audience with questions.
Tickets are limited and are on sale now at $15 for general admission or $10 for students or $5 for members of Old South Meeting House, who use a code.
For tickets, visit https://celebrateboston2018.bpt.me or call 1-800-838-3006. Further information can be found at www.osmh.org.
The Boston Ballet School will present the ninth annual Next Generation performance at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6 at the Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St.
The program will include “Les Passages,” choreographed by Boston Ballet School faculty and showcasing the pre-professional program. The evening will also include “The American” by Christopher Wheeldon, a world premiere by Igor Burlak and will close with “Raymonda Act III” by Marius Petipa and Mikko Nissinen.
Featured will be students from all levels of the pre-professional program, dancers from Boston Ballet II and members of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Tickets start at $29. For more information, visit www.bostonballet.org or call 617-695-6955.
The Societies of Arts and Crafts and American Mosaic Artists will host a gallery talk with Lois Russell from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at 100 Pier Four Blvd.
Acclaimed basket maker Lois Russell will present a gallery talk in conjunction with the exhibit “All Things Considered.” Attendees will get a chance to see the exhibition through her eyes as she shares details about her career, experience and work in this juried exhibition. As a long-time maker and teacher, Russell will walk visitors through the exhibition and talk about the other pieces on exhibit, including introducing many other craftsmen and their various materials and techniques.
Admission is free.
Call 617-266-1810 visit www.societyofcrafts.org for more information.
Fort Point Theatre Channel will host “Her Story Is,” performances, an exhibition and presentations, from June 8 to 27 at Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress St.
“Her Story Is” supports artistic conversations, exchanges and creation among female U.S. and Iraqi artists. This project continues work begun in The Basra-Boston Project, which presented exhibits and performances in 2016.
A performance and presentations will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15.
Visit www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org/her-story-is for more details.
New art exhibition
On With Living and Learning, the Midway Gallery and Fort Point Theatre Channel are collaborating on a new art exhibition “More Than a Docket Number: Still Life” from now until June 29 at the Midway Artist Studios, 15 Channel Center St.
This exhibit features the work of incarcerated artist Lisa Wisor-Serratore. The art is accompanied by messages of hope from the incarcerated women represented in many of the works on display.
Visit www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org for more details.
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 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 www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345 for more details.
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 www.societyofcrafts.org 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 www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for further details.
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.