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Electrics of Portugal

The Boston Street Railway Association will present “The Electrics of Portugal” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.

Nick Tomkavage will present a photo and video tour of electric traction in Portugal, one of Europe’s richest streetcar countries.

He will show scenes of Lisbon’s famous yellow cars moving the masses through the narrow streets; Porto’s historic streetcar lines and the contemporary light rail system. He will also explore the comprehensive tramway museums of Lisbon and Porto, as well as a few surprises.

The program is free and open to the public.

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

Freedom of the press

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University will present “The Enemy of the People? Freedom of the Press and Democracy,” a conversation with Suffolk University English department chair Bryan Trabold and Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor at the Boston Globe, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St.

In response to President Trump’s vilification of the media, the Boston Globe recently coordinated an initiative with newspaper editorial boards from across the country to promote the vital role that a free press plays in sustaining democracy.

This forum will examine why they felt compelled to respond to the president’s attacks, the public response to this editorial initiative and the challenges for journalists operating in this current climate.

It will also situate this resistance within broader historical and international contexts.

Tickets are free, but registration is required as seating is limited. For more information, call 617-994-6899 or visit

Valentine’s silver crafts

The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., will host “Couples, Cocktail Sticks and Stirrers,” a new workshop for Valentine’s Day, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

Attendees can celebrate the holiday with a handcrafted cocktail and their own handmade cocktail pick or stirrer to go with it. They will learn how to hammer, forge, shape and embellish a set of sterling silver cocktail picks or stirrers with instructor Wendy Jo New.

The evening will begin with a demonstration of making a cocktail pick and stirrer, then a practice session and then attendees will create a set in sterling silver. Handcrafted cocktails will be served.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information and to register.

State of solar

The Climate Action Business Association will host the fourth annual Massachusetts State of Solar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Prince Lobel Tye. LLP, 1 International Place.

The program will explore current trends and future outlooks for the solar industry and will feature a networking reception followed by a panel discussion on the political climate, accomplishments and challenges for solar energy in Massachusetts. Panelists will include Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz; Jess Brooks of Sunwealth Solar; Deborah Donovan, senior policy advocate and Massachusetts director of the Acadia Center; and moderator Allison Mond of Greentech Media.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at

Poetry, playwriting and music

Fort Point Theatre Channel will present “Her Story Is” coordinated by Jennifer Jean and Amy Merrit at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St.

“Her Story Is” highlights the process of “translation” in the poetry, plays and music between and among several artists living in Iraq and the United States.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

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

Craft talk

Guest curator Heather White will talk about the current exhibition “Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then and Now” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

White will explore the work of artists shown in the current exhibition, and how mid-20th century jewelry artists influenced their work. The majority of the jewelers in this exhibit have deep ties to the Northeast, and many lived, worked or studied in Boston. Several artists on view will be present to speak with attendees after the lecture.

Registration is recommended for this free lecture, online at or by calling 617-266-1810.

Asian American art

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Beyond Expectations,” now through March 30.

Organized by Dan Jay and Mary Y. Lee, this exhibit showcases works of art from community members regardless of professional training, and tells the stories of how they have worked beyond the expectations of their family or society to fulfill their personal passion for art. The exhibition features works that investigate Asian American and Asian immigrant cultures and engages with the Boston Asian American communities. A variety of artistic media are represented.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

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

Tax help

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 38 Ash St., the JVS Center for Economic Opportunity, 75 Federal St., and ABCD: Robert M. Coard Building, 178 Tremont St., are hosting free tax clinics now until April 13.

Taxpayers who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 can have their taxes prepared and claim important tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The BCNC is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and the JVS is open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call ABCD at 617-348-6583 for an appointment.

The free tax preparation is offered in partnership with the Boston Tax Help Coalition.

Further information can be found at

Library fun

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

Mother Goose on the Loose for babies and toddlers will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays.

This interactive story time uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Artsy Afternoons will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. when children, ages 3 and older, can explore culture and art through activities and projects.

At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, kids, ages 2 to 5, can listen to STEAM stories – stories and songs about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.

Adults must accompany children. Call 617-807-7186 for more information.

Ceramic works on display

The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., is welcoming two new exhibits, “Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then and Now” and “Our Cups Runneth Over,” the sixth biennial Ceramic Cup exhibition and sale. Both exhibitions will be on view through Feb. 17.

“Adorning Boston and Beyond” features the contemporary artistic heirs of seminal artists working in and around Boston from the mid 20th century. Artists such as Alexander Calder and Margaret De Patta established the Northeast as a hub of innovation and creativity in studio jewelry.

Contemporary artists who have lived, worked and been educated primarily in Boston continue this thread of innovation in contemporary studio jewelry that focuses on one-of-a-kind handmade pieces that emphasize creative and expression and design, making the genre ideal for experimentation in form, material and concept. More than 30 artists, working throughout mediums, will be on view.

“Our Cups Runneth Over” explores the notion of a cup as more than a vessel. The sixth iteration of this biennial Society exhibition, with guest curator Mary Barringer, gives audiences the opportunity to expand upon their understandings of these objects that serve a function in their daily lives.

Through vignettes and curatorial storytelling, viewers will examine how they define a cup and evaluate its quotidian role. Cups as well as representative portfolio pieces from upwards of 25 artists will be showcased and sold during this special exhibition which has come to be a destination for collectors.

Admission is free.

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 February.

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.

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.