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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

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 and 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.

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An Apollo memoir

Fort Point artist and author Don Eyles will be the guest at an author talk at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 14 at Barlow’s, 241 A St.

Fort Point Theatre Channel and Fort Point Arts Community will welcome Eyles, author of “Sunburst and Luminary: An Apollo Memoir,” a complex insider’s story about the development of the onboard software for the Apollo spacecraft. Eyles was a junior engineer just getting his feet wet in the new field of flight software during the Apollo years. Attendees can meet the author and enjoy an evening of space exploration. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Admission is free.

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

Storytelling performance

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host “Mother and Father Wit: Life Lessons,” a storytelling performance with Boston Elders, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17.

Elders’ knowledge, common sense and life lessons are threads that strengthen the tapestry of communities, yet their voices often go unheard. This performance, directed by Boston-based performance artist Valerie Stephens, is part of a community theater project designed to bridge that disconnect and give elders a voice throughout the city.

Registration is requested for this free program, by calling 617-482-6439 or going online to

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Craft talks

The Societies of Arts and Crafts and American Mosaic Artists will welcome artists Nathalie Miebach and Lynne Francis Lunn at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at 100 Pier Four Blvd.

Basket maker Miebach will present a gallery talk in conjunction with her project “The Little Ones” currently on display at the society. She will speak about her work in general and the studio practices that let to this series of artwork. Basket artist Lunn will follow Meibach, to talk about her eye-catching work that weaves hand-painted paper to create complex forms in her basketry.

Admission is free.

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Scavenger hunt

Staff of the Boston Landmarks Commission will host a not-so-scary graveyard scavenger hunt in some of Boston’s oldest cemeteries from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 18, meeting at Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, Hull Street entrance.

Stops on the scavenger hunt will include Copp’s Burying Ground, King’s Chapel Burying Ground and Granary Burying Ground. Admission is free.

Registration is encouraged, by calling 617-635-3850 or online at

Tour of Fort Point

A walking tour of the Fort Point Channel will be held at noon on Saturday, May 19 starting at the Hood Milk Bottle Park, 308 Congress St.

The tour in honor of Boston Preservation Month will feature the industrial waterway area, now a centerpiece of the neighborhood’s revival. This tour will focus on the architecture and history of the district, a center for production and distribution of various goods. Admission is free.

Call 617-635-3850 or send an email to for more details and to register.

The Ladder Blocks tour

Boston by Foot and the Boston Preservation Alliance will offer a tour of The Ladder Blocks from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. Participants will meet at the Boylston Building, 22 Boylston St.

Boston’s Ladder Blocks are bounded by Washington and Tremont Streets south of School Street. The streets that connect them create a street grid shaped like a ladder, giving the district the name by which it was once known. This walk will trace the architectural and social history of the Ladder Blocks as a seedbed of Boston’s intellectual identity and the nexus of its cultural character. Connecting the Theatre District and the central business district, this walk includes the Temple Place Historic District; arts venues from the Paramount Theatre to the Orpheum; and historically significant buildings from the Masonic Temple to the Parker House Hotel.

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.

Celebration of crafts

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

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.

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.

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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.

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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.