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

Love your block

Love Your Block, formerly Boston Shines, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, meeting at the Beach and Hudson streets.

Volunteers are needed to help cleanup community gardens, pocket parks, public schools and sidewalks.

To signup online, visit

Taco festival

The inaugural Boston Taco Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6 at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Sq.

The event will feature a great variety of restaurants dishing out fantastic tacos and Mexican cuisine as well as beverage stations serving beer, water and soft drinks. Entertainment will include live music, including a mariachi band, lucha libre wrestling, a taco eating contest and more.

Tickets are $15. Tacos and beverages are pay as you go.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 339-674-0920.

Gala fundraiser

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus will host “Encore,” its annual gala event, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Omni Parker House, 60 School St.

This year the chorus will celebrate music director Reuben M. Reynolds’ 20th anniversary with a 1920's style speakeasy with a live five-piece band playing music of the era. The evening will include a buffet dinner, silent and live auctions and musical entertainment.

The centerpiece of the evening is the signature live and silent auction, with travel opportunities, surprises and amazing and unique baskets from BGMC members in the silent auction.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Celebration of crafts

The North Bennet Street School, 150 North St., will host the annual Celebration of Craft, an exhibition of works by students and alumni, from May 7 to 23 at 2 International Place.

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 10. Festivities will include live musical entertainment, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and demonstrations by talented students. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit student scholarship at the school. Tickets can be purchased at the website.

The exhibit will feature hand-carved chairs and cabinetry, jewelry in silver and gold, ornate leather-bound books, violin making and more by alumni and students. Additionally, select artisan pieces from the Trustees of Reservations’ recent “Conversations in Craft” exhibit will be included among the masterful works.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibit hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, visit or call 617-227-0155.

Youth concert

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will present the Young People’s String Orchestra in a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.

This young orchestra performs major repertoire from the standard string orchestra literature while learning the skills needed for excellent orchestral playing.

Admission is free. Tickets to the museum are $1 on Friday evenings.

Visit or call 617-353-3348 for further details.

Musical at the waterfront

The Brown Box Theatre Project will present “The Broadway Jukebox,” a musical theater cabaret event, 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, Sunday, May 20 at the Waterfront Plaza at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St.

In this free outdoor performance, theatergoers will enjoy almost 30 Broadway songs that they have chosen, as each performance is based on the selection of that evening’s audience. Upon arrival each audience member will vote for their top three choices from a series different musical theatre categories, including “The Golden Age,” “Contemporary Musicals,” “Disney on Broadway” and more. Brown Box will curate that night’s show on the spot in this interactive, family friendly evening.

For further details, visit

Celebrating the art center

The Pao Arts Center is turning one year old and the community is invited to celebrate with a free program from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 99 Albany St.

Festivities will include the opening reception of the latest exhibit, “Heartful Creations,” featuring works from Josiah Quincy Elementary School students, interactive art activities and cake cutting.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit

Transit in Japan

The Boston Street Railway Association will present a talk “Electric Transit of Kyoto” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.

Nick Tomkavage will share photos and videos of the forms of electric transit in greater Kyoto, including scenes of the Keifuku Electric Railroad’s Randen tramline, street running on the Keihan Keishin line, the Japan Railway’s Osaka Loop Line and Japan Railway’s other inter-urban lines.

The program is free and open to the public.

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

Student art on display

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Heartful Creations,” the Josiah Quincy Elementary School show, now through June 2.

An opening celebration will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.

The Josiah Quincy Elementary School K-5 students will showcase their rich diversity and culture in this exhibition that highlights their rich thinking, imagination and creativity with a series of paintings, collages, prints and sculptures. The students put their heart on display with their stories, expression and talent for all to see.

Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.

For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit

Art at City Hall

The Boston Public Schools Art Month exhibit is on display from to now May 31 at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Sq.

Each year, this district-wide art exhibition shares exemplary artwork created by Boston Public Schools students. The 2018 exhibition celebrates student artists’ work created throughout National Youth Arts Month. More than 400 works by students from 35 schools will brighten up the walls of Boston City Hall as teachers display the visions and expressions of these talented young artists.

The Patricia Thaxton exhibit will also be displayed until May 31 in the Mayor’s Gallery. She is a Boston-based visual artist, fashion designer and educator who taught in Boston for 35 years, retiring as the last Home Economics teacher in the Boston Public Schools. Her work is a collection of ideas and images from sketchbooks from the last 40 years. She has a unique process as well as an interesting mix of media, using cloth, cut pieces of paper, chalk pastels, pencil, watercolor and acrylic paint.

For more information, visit

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 May. 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.

Sculptor exhibition

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 or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

Hyde Park art on display

Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, is hosting a new exhibition from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The Scollay Square gallery is displaying the Hyde Park Art Association’s 29th annual exhibition until May 10. The exhibition features a broad range of art, including photography, watercolor, oil paintings and sculpture. The Hyde Park Art Association is a nonprofit organization that believes that art is a necessary part of human life. They conduct programs that make art readily available in the neighborhood.

For more information, visit

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 or call 617-266-1810 for further details.

Fun at the library

The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun programming for children during May.

The programs will include Mother Goose on the Loose, an interactive story time using puppets, songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers, at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays; Artsy Afternoons at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, where kids, ages five and older, can explore arts and culture through fun, engaging projects and activities; and STEAM stories at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, when children, ages 3-5 years old, can enjoy stories and songs about science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Caregivers must accompany children to these programs.

For more details, call 617-807-7186.

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.