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

Pop and soul concert

Berklee College of Music will present a free Berklee Summer in the City concert with Stephanie James from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 5 and 7 at 100 Summer St.

James, a pop and soul singer-songwriter, uses her powerful vocals and poignant lyrics to inspire and unite her audiences.

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New arts center open house

The community is invited to an open house at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the One Greenway Building, 99 Kneeland St.

Visitors can check out the new theater and gallery and learn about discounted rental opportunities. Light refreshments will be provided.

Visit or call Cynthia Woo at 617-635-5129 to register and for more information.

Boston Charter Day

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host Boston Charter Day celebrations from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 to celebrate Boston’s 387th birthday and the historic naming of Boston, Dorchester and Watertown.

The 1801 Paul Revere bell will chime at 4:30 p.m. in chorus with other bells – Old North Church, King’s Chapel (which has a Revere bell), Old South Church and First Church. Other churches participating will be First Parish, All Saints Episcopal and St. Mark’s, all in Dorchester, and the Redeemer Fellowship Church in Watertown.

Immediately following the bell ringing, a free, guided walk focusing on the first English settlers and founders of the city, the Puritans, will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The tour will leave from Boston Common, corner of Park and Tremont Streets. Registration is required for this free tour.

As part of the birthday party, Massachusetts residents will be admitted free to the OSMH.

Call 617-482-6439 or visit for more information.

Buddhism in the modern world

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will present a Partners in Public Dialogue “Fearless Compassion: Buddhism in the Modern World” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Lama Ole Nydahl will give his first lecture in Boston in his 40 years of traveling the world teaching Buddhism and starting more than 650 Buddhist centers with his late wife Hannah Nydahl. He will share his deep understanding of practical ways to access the timeless wisdom of Buddhist teachings in the context of our modern lives.

Admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased at

Further information is available at or by calling 617-482-6439.

Early Boston railroads

The Boston Street Railway Association will present a talk “Early Railroads Serving Boston’s Inner North Shore” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.

Bill Lieberman will present a visual summary of steam railroads that served Winthrop, Orient Heights and Revere Beach in the 1870s and ’80s. He is the author of “The Train on the Beach.”

The program is free and open to the public.

Visit or call 508-673-3047 for more details.

Art installation

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Kneeland St., will display “Resilient Current” from Sept. 9 to Oct. 7.

The community is invited to an opening reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22.

The exhibition embraces the past and present immigrant communities that have transformed Chinatown. A printmaking installation in the shape of a fan contains over 130 original relief prints from the fifth graders of the Josiah Quincy Elementary School. Since the Chinese character for “fan” and the character for “kindness” share the same sound (Shàn), lead artist Salvador Jimenez-Flores thinks of kindness and generosity as a central to the project, using it to speak against hatred, misogyny and xenophobia.

Jimenez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised is Jalisco, México. He was recently selected to be a 2016-2017 Boston Artist in Residence through Mayor Martin J. Walsh's office.

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

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

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.