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Open studios

The 39th annual Open Studios for the Fort Point artists’ community will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14.

The studios of 150 artists in waterfront warehouses throughout the Fort Point Channel area, the largest concentration of visual artists in New England, will be open to the public.

Visitors will be able to glimpse into the living and working spaces of artists and buy artwork directly from painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, fashion designers, printmakers, book artists, photographers and more. In addition to galleries, studios and participatory art, the weekend will highlight Fort Point’s public art installations, including a new temporary floating project in the Fort Point Channel.

Visitors also can explore 14 buildings in the neighborhood as well as galleries and creative design shops, all in walking distance of each other. Free participatory art-making activities for all ages will take place Saturday and Sunday. Performances and special events will also be part of this year’s festivities.

Maps and directories of the venues will be available. Free parking will also be available.

For more information, visit or call 617-423-4299.

1960s through 1980s Boston

The Boston Street Railway Association will present “Boston in the 1960s through the 1980s” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.

Paul Shackford will project his own version of “Lost Boston,” Kodachromes he tool of different transport scenes in the Boston area from the mid ’60s to recently, including the Elevated Railway, Harvard Station before the Red Line was extended, the New Haven Railroad from Back Bay to Forest Hills before the Southwest Corridor project, Central Artery and the Lechmere elevated section in the West End.

The program is free and open to the public.

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

Reflections on Frederick Douglass

Historian and author David W. Blight will be the guest speaker at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15.

Blight is the author of “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” a new biography of the great American orator and abolitionist, the first major biography of Douglass in 25 years. He has drawn on new information from both a private collection and recently discovered issues of Douglass’s newspapers to tell the fascinating story of Douglass’s two marriages, his complex extended family and his support of the Republican Party and black civil and political rights. A talented orator, Douglass became the most famed and widely traveled American orator of his time.

Registration is requested for this free program, online at

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

Bostonians behaving badly

Boston by Foot will offer a special tour “Bostonians Behaving Badly” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, meeting at the Park Street MBTA station, corner of Tremont and Park Streets.

Walkers will experience a most riotous tour through four centuries of protests, social violence and at times downright bad behavior. Known for the protests of the Stamp Act and Boston Tea Party, rebellions and uprisings have taken place throughout the city’s history. The tour will examine many of the lesser known riots and street violence often fueled by the powerless who sought a voice over social, political, religious and economic oppression.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased online in advance or from the guide.

Visit or call 617-367-2345 to purchase tickets and for further information.

Asian American films

The 10th annual Boston Asian American film festival will be held from Oct. 18 to 28 in the ArtsEmerson Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Theater, 559 Washington St., the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., and the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St.

Films to be screened include “The Joy Luck Club,” “Deported,” “Fiction and Other Realities” and “For Izzy.” Included will be documentaries, comedies, shorts and family films. Several actors and directors involved with the films will be guests of the festival.

A 10th anniversary celebration will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Pao Arts Center, with food and drinks and performances by Lenora Lee and LuDow.

For a complete schedule of films and venues, visit or call 617-426-5313.

Archaeology fair

The 12th annual Archaeological Institute of America and Museum of Science archaeology fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.20, at the museum, 1 Science Park.

The fair will feature a wide range of hands-on activities and demonstrations ranging from learning about stratiography to mock digs and atlatl (a kind of spear) throwing. They can learn about underwater shipwrecks, Roman legionaries, Native American technology, ancient languages and more.

Admission is $25 for adults, $21 for senior and $20 for children.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-353-9361.

Black owned businesses

The September Boston Black Owned Business pop-up market will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 in the heart of the Seaport area at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.

The community is encouraged to shop and support local black owned businesses while enjoying raffles, music and community building.

Further information can be found at

Achievement awards

The Boston Preservation Alliance will present the 30th annual Preservation Achievement Awards at a celebration to be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at the State Room at 60 State St.

The awards are bestowed annually to honor achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston neighborhoods and Downtown.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 617-367-2458 or visit

Ceramic works on display

The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., is welcoming a new exhibition, “Lifecycle” by Elizabeth Cohen, now through Oct. 31.

“Lifecycle” presents work by Wellesley-based studio potter Cohen whose work speaks to themes of family, security, comfort and aging. Her organic and sculptural ceramic work will be on view in the Spotlight Gallery during a month-long run at the society.

Admission is free.

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

Family identity explored

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is presenting “The Sound: from roots grew branches ” from Beau Kenyon at 6 p.m. now until Nov. 8.

The second of three-movements, “The Sound” explores family identity as the root to generating one’s own hopes and success. It gathered voice recordings from immigrant students of the Boston International Newcomers Academy and connected them throughout the city of Boston in a three-movement interdisciplinary installation of sound, sculpture and movement. The Pao Arts Center is hosting part of Movement II. This collection of five sculpture + sound installations is located in five different Boston neighborhoods including Chinatown, Egleston Square, Jamaica Plain, Uphams Corner and West Roxbury.

Visit for more information about this and the next movement that will be placed throughout the city.

Hub of literacy

Boston by Foot will offer tours “The Hub of Literacy America” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays during October. 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.

Textile exhibition

The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., is displaying “Landscapes, Crafted.”

The exhibit, guest curated by Luiza deCamargo, presents an exploration of the land by five craftspeople: Kathryn Clark, Kat Cole, Josh Copus, Peter Houk and Tania Larsson. Each of these artists responds to landscape – natural, built and social – and the intersections of people and the world around us. This exhibit closes on Oct. 27.

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

Carousel is open

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through December.

This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit for more information.

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 October.

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

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.