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The New England Conservatory of Music will perform Mozart’s comic opera “The Magic Flute” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 9 to 12 at the Emerson College’s Paramount Center, 550 Washington St.
In this tale about love, truth and the pursuit of enlightenment, Prince Tamino embarks on a quest to rescue the daughter of the Queen of the Night, who has been captured by the noble Sarastro. The bird catcher Papageno joins him on his quest to save the princess and battle the forces of darkness.
Tickets are $20 general admission and $16 for students and seniors.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.necmusic.edu or call 617-585-1100
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 www.societyofcrafts.org or by calling 617-266-1810.
Play songs and games
Castle of Our Skins will be the guests in a free performance “Play Songs and Games” at 12:30 and 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.
Families can participate in a workshop exploring African American and Caribbean play songs and games, led by Castle of our Skins artistic director and violist Ashleigh Gordon.
The songs and games range from traditional call and response to hand clapping and ring circle songs designed to get your whole body moving.
This program is part of the Museum’s celebration of Black History month – Living in Colors: Celebrating Black Life.
Visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/calendar/black-history-month or call 617-426-6500 for further details.
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 www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org or by calling 617-750-8900.
Fleeing Mao’s revolution
The Pao Arts Center and the Chinese Historical Society of New England will present activist and author Helen Zia at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Zia will discuss her latest book, “Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution.”
On May 25, 1949, the People’s Liberation Army marched into Shanghai, completing Mao’s victorious takeover of China. Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of that revolution, Chinese-American journalist Zia vividly chronicles the lives of several individuals caught in the violent revolution in the port where throngs of Chinese rushed to escape. In a narrative gleaned from more than 100 interviews, Zia focuses on four exiles whose stories represent “the voices, viewpoints and character of the Shanghai diaspora.”
Reservations are recommended. Admission is $5. An audience Q&A session and book signing will follow the program. Pre-sale books will be available at www.bcnc.net or by calling 617-863-9080.
Talking about slavery
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host “Talking About Slavery at Historic Sites and Museums” from at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Museum educators will share strategies for teaching students and other visitors about slavery. Participants will include educators from Old South Meeting House, the Paul Revere House, the Museum of African American History and the National Park Service, as well as graduate students in education and history from Boston University and Northeastern University. Martin Blatt of Northeastern will be the moderator.
The audience is invited to bring their questions, ideas and curiosity and learn from this panel of experts about the challenges and rewards of engaging the public in conversations about slavery in Boston and New England.
Registration is required for this free program, by calling 617-646-0579 or online at www.masshist.org.
Letters of John and Abigail
The Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, 306 Congress St., will present “Unconditional Love: The Letters of John and Abigail Adams” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 through 16.
Timed for Valentine’s Day, the program celebrates historic love with an hour-long performance bringing to life the intimate correspondence between America’s second President John Adams and his wife Abigail and providing a picture of 18th century American life in Boston.
The letters reveal the intellectually and emotionally fulfilling relationship between John and Abigail that lasted 54 years and withstood historical upheaval, long periods apart and personal tragedies.
Tickets are $39 per person or $69 per couple. Advance ticket purchase is recommended by calling 617-338-1773 or stopping by the museum’s ticket booths. Tickets include a glass of champagne, cider, tea, wine or beer and selections of fruit and cheeses.
Further information can be found at www.bostonteapartyship.com or by calling 617-338-1773.
Chinese New Year parade
Chinatown Main Street will celebrate the New Year of the Pig with a parade and cultural village from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 on Beech Street.
Visitors can enjoy lion dances, traditional drumming and firecrackers. The Cultural Village will be held at the China Trade Building at the corner of Washington and Boylston streets with free fun activities including calligraphy, dough characters, origami, balloons and more.
Visit https://cmstreasurer1.wixsite.com/boscms or call 617-350-6303 for more information.
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 www.bcnc.net.
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 http://www.bostontaxhelp.org.
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 www.societyofcrafts.org 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 www.rosekennedygreenway.org 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 www.fortpointarts.org for more information.