Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
The Boston Street Railway Association will present a talk “Electric Transit in the 1960s” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.
Leonard Bachelder will present a slide show on electric transit in the 1960s and early 1970s, featuring many systems in North America that have since undergone great changes or disappeared entirely.
The program is free and open to the public.
Visit www.thebsra.org or call 508-673-3047 for more details.
The 17th annual GospelFest, New England’s largest gospel showcase, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6 at City Hall Plaza, North Stage, 1 City Hall Plaza.
Dozens of the country’s finest gospel choirs and soloists, including The Kingdom Builders, Margaret Holmes and the Gospel T’s; the Mayor Walsh Community Gospel Choir and Anthony Brown and Group Therapy will be on hand to entertain on the plaza.
Admission is free. For more information, call 617-635-3911 or visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts.
The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting Dine Out Boston from Aug. 6 to 11 and Aug. 13 to 18.
Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.
Participating downtown restaurants will include Back Deck, Central Bistro, the Merchant Kitchen and Drinks, Q Restaurant, the Palm Restaurant, Serafina Boston, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and more.
Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going the nonprofit Boston Parks Beautification Fund.
For more information and reservations, visit www.DineOutBoston.com.
Folk to funk
Berklee College of Music will present a free Berklee Summer in the City concert with from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 8 and 10 at 100 Summer St.
Moxie, the duo of vocalist Dalia Marina and cellist Parker Mosley, will entertain the crowds with styles ranging from folk to funk, with a splash of comic relief.
Visit www.berklee.edu for more information.
Concerts in the park
The Norman B. Leventhal Park summer acoustic music series will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 8, 10 and 11 at the park on Franklin, Pearl and Milk streets.
Vocalist Valerie Walton will entertain on Tuesday, guitarist Mark Leighton on Thursday and harpist Mary Jane Rupert will return to the park on Friday/
Admission is free. Visit www.normanbleventhalpark.org for more information.
Echoes of the past
The Old State House, 206 Washington St., will offer a free, fun interactive history game that places visitors in the middle of the Stamp Act protest of 1765, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12.
Participants will experience an 18th century marketplace, converse with historic interpreters in period garb and join in a raucous reenactment of the infamous protest marches through the streets of Boston.
“Echoes of the Past” is a fusion of interactive theater and puzzle solving where participants will unravel the true story of politics and intrigue and Boston’s history.
Registration for the game will be held at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Further information can be found by calling 617-720-1713 or online at www.bostonhistory.org.
The Boston GreenFest 2017 will be held from noon to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 and 12, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, at Boston City Hall Plaza, Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Sam Adams Park.
The weekend will offer music, dance, food and drink, solar energy workshops, testing an electric car, a Green Film Fest for kids and adults, forums and fitness classes as well as lots of children’s fun with the Museum of Science, robots, face painting, juggling, inflatables and puppet shows. Musical entertainment with dozens of groups and soloists will take place on three stages throughout the weekend. A beer and wine garden will be available for those ages 21 plus.
The Native American Drum and Dance Ceremony will open the festival at noon Friday on the main stage.
For a complete schedule, call 617-477-4840 or visit www.bostongreenfest.org.
The Boston Fisheries Foundation invites the community to the sixth annual Boston Seafood Festival on the historic Boston Fish Pier from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13.
This family-friendly day will feature seafood tastings, fish cutting contests, clambakes and chef demonstrations, educational programs and family fun with face painting, games and more.
The Boston Seafood Festival is a celebration created to enrich the cultural, economic and social vitality of Boston by promoting all aspects of the local seafood economy.
For more information, visit www.bostonseafoodfestival.org.
Art at City Hall
Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, is hosting three new art exhibits from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 18.
The Scollay Square Gallery is hosting the work of eight Boston and Cambridge based artists who have created pieces using various mediums including film, sound, video, ceramic and painting. Inspiration for their work came from the architectural design of the building, constructed in 1968. The show is part of an ongoing series of exhibitions featuring guest curators from Greater Boston’s leading cultural organizations.
“Saturn’s Transit” features cut paper organized into imagery as a result of the artist’s process of mindfulness. The work is excerpted from a larger series of journal pieces based on current events and the artist's personal experiences The exhibit is curated by Jeremy Hetherington, a Boston-based industrial designer and artist, and is on display in the Mayor’s Gallery.
In “Sail Boston,” photographer Kevin Davis showcases images from Sail Boston 2000, 2009 and 2012, Sail Philadelphia 2015, the Gloucester Schooner Festival, the Camden Windjammer Festival and the Boothbay Windjammer Festival, in the Mayor’s Neighborhood Gallery until Aug. 20.
For more information, visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts-and-culture.
The Bostonian Society is presenting “Blood on the Snow” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays to Sundays, now through Aug. 20 at the Old State House, 206 Washington St.
The story of the Boston Massacre is well known, but few know of the events that took place the day after, on March 6, 1770. This new play by Patrick Gabridge, set and staged in the Council Chamber of the Old State House, tells how the leaders of Boston struggled to heal their town and unwittingly placed Massachusetts on the road to revolution.
Playgoers will experience an intimate face-to-face encounter with one of the formative events of the American Revolution in the very room where it happened.
Tickets are $35. Call 617-720-1713 or visit www.bostonhistory.org for tickets and further information.
Boston by Foot is offering a guided walking tour “Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays during August.
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 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.
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Kneeland St., is displaying works by Wen-Ti Tsen and Mei Ching now through Saturday, Aug. 26.
Tsen’s work is “Inside/Outside: Portrait of Vivian Lee.” Since the mid-1970s, he had been engaged in making art the explores cultural connections, with paintings and mixed media installation and large-scale works in public spaces, as well as community arts projects working with grassroots organizations.
“Fantasies of Spring” are Ching’s traditional Chinese brush paintings featuring birds and flowers. Born in Guandong, China, he moved to Boston in 1980.
Visit www.bcnc.net or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.
The Boston Society of Architects is displaying “The New Inflatable Moment,” a new exhibition exploring inflatable installations and their role in utopian visions, now through Sept. 3 at the BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Suite 200.
The exhibition will explore inflatable structures used in architecture, art and engineering since the emergence of the hot air balloon, focusing on the role some of these revolutionary works of imagination have had in envisioning utopia.
Visit www.architects.org or call 617-391-4039 for further details.
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.