Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District neighborhood notes:

Chinese film festival

Films at the Gate will present free films from 6 to 19:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26 and 27 at Chinatown Park, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the paved lot on Hudson Street between Beach and Kneeland streets, south of the Chinatown Gate.

The cultural arts performances will begin at 7 p.m. with live performances, martial arts demonstrations and children’s activities, followed by a feature film in Chinese with English subtitles at the Chinatown Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway at 8 p.m. Films will include “My Life in China” with an introduction by the director Kenneth Eng on Friday; “Ip Man 3” on Saturday; and “Butterfly Sword” with guest speaker Klyster Yen, Donnie Yen’s father.

Folding chairs will be available on a first-come, first served basis. Participants are encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs and picnics.

The Asian Community Development Corporation is offering this program. For more details, visit

Chinese art

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 or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.

Fermentation festival

The Trustees of Reservations will host the fifth Boston Fermentation Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Kitchen at Boston Public Market, Hanover Street.

Boston Ferments will host the daylong festivities that will include speakers, demonstrations, small fermenting businesses and author visits. The centerpiece of the fest will be the communal crowd-sourced Kraut Mob sponsored by Boston Organics, where everyone will be invited to make sauerkraut together under the guidance of local fermentation experts.

Admission is free.

Call 617-904-7757 for more information.

Shakespeare in the park

The Brown Box Theatre Project will host its seventh annual Shakespeare in the Park program from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Waterfront Plaza at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St.

In this free outdoor performance, theatergoers will see Shakespeare’s pivotal work “Hamlet.” Hamlet, prince of Denmark, must navigate a treacherous political landscape of murder and betrayal and struggle with the consequences of his actions or inactions.

For further details, call 443-808-1215 or visit

Song competition

Fort Point Theatre Channel will welcome singer Olivia Brownlee in her Songography Tour at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28 at the Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St.

The evening of music will feature Brownlee on vocals and guitar, accompanied by Nick Thorkelson on keys and Tim Lewandowski on trombone. Olivia is recording and/or releasing in a different studio each month and the audience will vote on which song gets recorded/released next month.

Admission is free.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-750-8900.

Latin concert

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. 29 and 31 at 100 Summer St.

Puerto Rican cuatro player Fabiola Méndez crosses over lines of genres such as folkloric, jazz, and Latin music. She was the winner of the 2011 National Cuatro Player Competition hosted by the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture.

Visit for more information.

Guitar, harp concerts

The Norman B. Leventhal Park summer acoustic music series will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 29 and 31 at the park on Franklin, Pearl and Milk streets.

Harpist Mary Jane Rupert returns to the park on Tuesday, with guitarist Tim Garland providing the entertainment on Thursday.

Admission is free. Visit for more information.

Countdown to kindergarten

The 18th annual citywide Countdown to Kindergarten celebration will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.

Countdown to Kindergarten is a model classroom that invites children and their parents to have a typical kindergarten experience. They can visit the classroom, see the “DW Goes to Kindergarten” play, tour the museum’s exhibits, climb aboard real school buses, meet the Mayor and Superintendent, get information about community resources, have free dental and eye screenings and enjoy free refreshments and goodies.

Limited transportation will be provided from Forest Hills, Ashmont, Maverick and Ruggles MBTA stations.

Admission is free. More information can be found at

Philly soul sounds

ParkARTS will host a free concert with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at City Hall Plaza, as part of the Dorothy Curran Concert Series.

The popular Philadelphia R&B and soul band leapt to stardom in the ’70s with hits such as “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “The Love I Lost” and “Wake Up Everybody.”

Series sponsors include Bank of America and New England Coffee, with support from Interstate Rentals, which will provide a dance floor for the shows.

For more information, call 617-635-4505 or visit

Fiddle music

Berklee College of Music will welcome fiddle player Kathleen Parks in a free concert at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31 at Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St.

Parks’ sound incorporates influences from musicians such as Paul McCartney, Harry Nilsson and Paul Simon.

Visit for more information.

Hub of literacy

Boston by Foot will offer tours “The Hub of Literacy America” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays during September. 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.

Reinventing Boston

Boston by Foot is offering a guided walking tour “Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays during September.

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

Inflatable exhibition

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 or call 617-391-4039 for further details.

Art market

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 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 for more information.