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

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 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 19 and 21 at the park on Franklin, Pearl and Milk streets.

Guitarist Mark Leighton will entertain on Tuesday and the Peter Bloom Duo will perform on Thursday.

Admission is free. Visit for more information.

Before the Revolution

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will present “100 Years before the Revolution: 17th century Resistance in Massachusetts Bay” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20.

In 1662, Charles II, newly restored King of England, demanded that the Massachusetts Bay Colony alter their laws to align with imperial priorities. When his commissioners arrived to enforce this edict, colonial men and women mobilized to protect their liberties and local institutions. Historian Adrian Chastain Weimer will share the story of the 17th century New Englanders who spoke out against the threat of arbitrary rule.

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

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Sock monkey circus

The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will present “The Sock Monkey Circus” at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20.

Families of all ages will discover the magical talents of the host "Funny Honey" and her clever monkeys, who are trained to juggle, dance, and swing on a flying trapeze. These silly monkeys continue to outsmart our host, while performing a variety of circus routines.

Admission is free.

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

Textile exhibition

The Societies of Arts and Crafts will display “The Cover Up,” artwork by Donna Rhae Marder, from June 21 to Aug. 18 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. Wine and snacks will be served.

Marder creates textiles using resurrected garments from her own family. In this solo exhibition, her work reverberates with issues of identity, tradition, authority and comfort.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

Roller disco party

The fifth annual celebration of summer to honor Boston native and disco legend Donna Summer will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at Boston City Hall Plaza.

Festivities will include a free roller disco with a custom dance floor. DJ Joey Carvello will play Summer's biggest hits and other popular disco songs. O'Mega Red, Donna Summer's nephew, will perform in tribute to her. There also will be live art and interactive exhibits.

Skates will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis and refreshments will be on sale.

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Chefs in shorts

The 21st annual Chefs in Shorts fundraiser will be held rain or shine from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd.

The evening will bring together more than 40 of Boston’s best chefs who will fire up the grills and create their favourite dishes during this outdoor “summer-in-the-city” fundraiser.

Tickets are $90 and include grill tastings and desserts and complimentary beer and wine. Tickets should be purchased in advance. This is a 21-plus event.

Proceeds will benefit Future Chefs, a local non-profit school-to-career program focused in culinary arts.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

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 June and July. Participants will meet the guide at the corner of Tremont and Court Streets, at the Government Center MBTA station.

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

New exhibition, performance

Fort Point Theatre Channel is hosting “Her Story Is,” an exhibition and presentations, now to 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.