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The Societies of Arts and Crafts will host an artist demo with potter Elizabeth Cohen from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at 100 Pier Four Blvd.
Cohen will demonstrate her process of creating porcelain pottery and share her artistic practice. She works with wheel-thrown pots and vessels, and glazes and fires her pieces to create a glowing, crystalline finish.
Admission is free.
Call 617-266-1810 visit www.societyofcrafts.org for more information and to register.
Connecticut Valley electric railways
The Boston Street Railway Association will present a talk “Electric Railways of the Connecticut Valley” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.
Leo Sullivan will give a vintage tour of trolley systems going down the Connecticut River, from Greenfield to Hartford.
The program is free and open to the public.
Visit www.thebsra.org or call 508-673-3047 for more details.
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, July 17 and 19 at the park on Franklin, Pearl and Milk streets.
Guitarist Mark Leighton will entertain on Tuesday and the Val Walton Trio will return to the park on Thursday.
Admission is free. Visit www.normanbleventhalpark.org for more information.
Best of Boston
In honor of the 45th anniversary of Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston,” the legendary Best of Boston event will return at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza.
The evening will bring together up to 1,500 of the city’s best chefs, passionate residents and influential tastemakers. It will feature live music, beverages and craft cocktails, lawn games, photo experiences and delicious food from more than 20 past and current “Best of Boston” winners.
A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.
To purchase tickets and for more details, visit https://www.bostonmagazine.com/bestof.
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will welcome educators from the New England Aquarium from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 20
The educators will set up tanks of live local tidepool animals for youth to see, touch and ask questions about. These animals can be found along many local beaches and kids can learn how to spot them on their next day at the beach.
Admission is free. Limited spaces are available; call 617-807-7186 to register.
Celebrating Latin music
The Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment will host the 11th annual “Caliente: A Celebration of Latin Music” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.
Festivities will include a celebration of Latin music and culture featuring local music and dance troupes performing the best of Latin music and dance.
For more information, call 617-635-3911 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/calendar.
The Societies of Arts and Crafts is displaying “The Cover Up,” artwork by Donna Rhae Marder, and “Infinite Vibration,” works by Niho Kozuru, at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.
Marder creates textiles using resurrected garments from her own family. In this solo exhibition, her work reverberates with issues of identity, tradition, authority and comfort. This exhibition will close on Aug. 18.
Kozuru’s buzzing resin sculptures and wall pieces feature layers of visual intrigue created by glossy materials and high-key color. This exhibit is open until Sept. 29.
Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for more information.
Boston by Foot is offering a guided walking tour “Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays during July and August. Participants will meet the guide at the corner of Tremont and Court Streets, at the Government Center MBTA station.
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.
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 July and August. 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.
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.