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Contemporary basketry

The Societies of Arts and Crafts and American Mosaic Artists will host a gallery talk with Pat Hickman from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at 100 Pier Four Blvd.

Hickman will give the closing lecture for the exhibit “All Things Considered,” on view at the Society on Saturday, June 9.

It is impossible to understand contemporary basketry without knowing of its beginnings in Berkeley, Calif. in the 1970s. Hickman will remind the audience of the long-term impact on the field by artists Ed Rossbach, Lillian Elliott, Joanne Segal Brandford and others.

Hickman is professor emeritus of the Art Department, University of Hawaii, where she taught for 16 years. Her work is in major collections, including the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Hawaii State Art Museum.

Admission is free.

Call 617-266-1810 visit for more information.

Dairy Day

The Boston Public Market Association will offer a Dairy Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at 100 Hanover St.

Attendees will celebrate Massachusetts dairy farmers and producers at the free Dairy Day. They can taste local cheeses, milk, ice cream and classic dairy-based recipes as well as meet local farmers. Festivities will also include a sundae bar, ricotta, butter and mozzarella demonstrations, a mac ‘n’ cheese demonstration, children’s book readings, a scavenger hunt and milk and cookies in the Kids’ Nook.

Visit or call 617-973-4909 for more information.

Art classes

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will offer “Dancing with Colors” art classes from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on June 11, 18 and 25.

This course introduces contemporary use and techniques of Chinese ink and watercolor. Materials will be provided.

This series is partially funded to provide affordable arts classes to the community. These are pay -what-you-can classes. The suggested contribution for each class is $50 to cover the expenses, however participants are invited to pay what they can afford. Contributions will support arts programming and Asian and Pacific Islander American artists.

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

Concerts in the park

The Norman B. Leventhal Park summer acoustic music series will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, June 12 and 14 at the park on Franklin, Pearl and Milk streets.

Guitarist Joe Weinberg will entertain on Tuesday and the Valerie Walton Duo will perform on Thursday.

Admission is free. Visit for more information.

Children’s theater

In honor of Pride Month, the Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will present “The Pineapple Project” at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13.

Actor Mal Malme and colleagues Becca Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt have created a theater piece for children, ages 3 to 8, that looks at gender, creativity and each child’s freedom to be who they are.

Admission is free.

For more details, visit or call 617-807-7186.

Benefit party

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston will host the ninth annual summer benefit party “A Night with Friends” from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the Hyatt Regency, 1 Avenue de Lafayette.

Friends will enjoy a celebratory evening of dancing, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, an auction, prizes and special performances by club members.

Proceeds will support summer camp for more that 3,500 Boston and Chelsea youth. The Friends Council, the BGCB’s young philanthropy group, is hosting this fundraiser.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit or call 617-994-4750

Drum and bugle performance

New England’s Inspire & Music will present the fifth annual celebration of arts and music in the Norman B. Leventhal Park at Franklin, Pearl and Milk streets at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14.

The concert will feature the best youth performing groups of New England headlined by the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps as they prepare for their summer tour.

Inspire Arts & Music is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and “inspire” children, teens and young adults in the performing arts via both scholastic and non-scholastic activities. It has evolved from a neighborhood youth performing drum and bugle corps, the Boston Crusaders, to a larger nonprofit that serves Boston youth initiatives, supports more than 20,000 students annually via scholastic music festivals throughout New England, creates performance opportunities for local artists and operates an elite national touring performing ensemble.

Admission is free. Call 617-268-4600 or visit for further details.

New exhibition, performance

Fort Point Theatre Channel is hosting “Her Story Is,” an exhibition and presentations, now through June 27 at Atlantic Wharf, 280 Congress St.

“Her Story Is” supports artistic conversations, exchanges and creation among female U.S. and Iraqi artists. This project continues work begun in The Basra-Boston Project, which presented exhibits and performances in 2016.

A performance and presentations will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15.

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New art exhibition

On With Living and Learning, the Midway Gallery and Fort Point Theatre Channel are collaborating on a new art exhibition “More Than a Docket Number: Still Life” from now until June 29 at the Midway Artist Studios, 15 Channel Center St.

This exhibit features the work of incarcerated artist Lisa Wisor-Serratore. The art is accompanied by messages of hope from the incarcerated women represented in many of the works on display.

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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 June. 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.

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.