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Poetry recitation

“Poetry Out Loud,” the annual national recitation contest, will host the 14th annual Massachusetts state finals from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St.

“Poetry Out Loud” encourages high school students to memorize and recite poems and explore the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater.

The public is invited to hear the top talented student semi-finalists compete in the state finals, sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Huntington Theatre.

Admission is free.

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Immigrants and industrial accidents

The Massachusetts Historical Society and the Old South Meeting House will host “Immigrants in an Industrial Accident” from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at the Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 p.m.

Nearly 60 percent of Italian immigrants living in the North End in the early part of the 20th century lacked legal citizenship, so when a 50-foot steel tank with 2.3 million gallons of molasses collapsed on the waterfront, killing 21 and injuring 150 people, they had no political voice to help them with resettlement and reparations.

This important event in Boston history still elicits questions as to the rights of non-citizen residents and the responsibility of government to protect vulnerable communities.

Historians and authors Stephen Puleo and Jim Vrabel, professor Marilynn Johnson of Boston College and moderator Peter Drummey will explore the social and political dimensions of immigration in Boston’s past, present and future.

Registration is required for this free program, by calling 617-646-0579 or online at

Aluminum sculptures

The community is invited to the opening of “Peter T. Bennett: The Lure of Aluminum” in the Trustees Gallery of the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

In this exhibit, Maine-based artist Bennett brings a survey of his work from the past 12 years, including pieces from the new “Strangeman-Everyman” series created in response to the 2016 Presidential election as well as earlier abstract works. All pieces in this solo exhibition are created primarily from aluminum, his material of choice. Bennett has worked with the medium for much of his career, inspired by its ubiquity, its versatility and the change in thinking that its proliferation fostered between the late 19th century and the modernist period.

The exhibition will run until May 5. Admission is free.

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

World of podcasting

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will host an orientation to podcasting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

In this orientation, PRX Podcast Garage will equip attendees with the knowledge and lingo to begin a podcast journey. More than 650 people have attended PRX’s popular orientation with the intention of starting their audio journey. Topics will include the landscape of podcast makers, distributors, and listeners; hHow to identify different podcast styles; the seven steps of producing a podcast - including gear, software and setting up a RSS Feed; and what support the PRX Podcast Garage can offer.

Admission is $10.

Registration is required, online at or by calling 617-863-9080.

Creativity and dyslexia

The Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., will welcome artist Eric Standley in “Technology, Dyslexia and Chromatin Packing” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16.

Standley’s presentation will weave together the broadly diverse influences, conditions and beliefs that drive his studio practice. He attributes much of his creativity and visual sensitivity to being dyslexic, and how growing up in a household of engineers shaped his artistic curiosity.

Standley is currently working with two scientists who study chromatin architecture. As a result, he is creating a series of layered paper-cut artifacts that borrow geometry and fractal architecture found at the most profoundly fundamental building blocks of all lifeforms. He is an associate professor of studio art at Virginia Tech. His work is on view in the current exhibit “ Pulp + Process.”

Admission is free.

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

Restaurant week

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching Dine Out Boston – a new approach for Restaurant Week Boston – hosted from March 10 through 15.

Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.

Several restaurants in Downtown are participating, including Back Deck, Boston Chops, Pabu, the Oceanaire Seafood Room, the Q Restaurant, the Palm Restaurant and more.

Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charitable partner, King Boston.

For more information and reservations, visit

Calligraphy across cultures

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will offer a calligraphy workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 14 and 21.

Students will learn how to shape words, language and culture in this three part series with Arabic, Chinese and English language calligraphers. Materials will be provided.

This series is “pay what you can.” The center supports the arts and enriches the community and any contributions go to support a fair wage for the teaching artists, materials and facility costs as well as other students.

Registration is required, by calling 617-863-9080 or online at

Metal sculpture and collage

The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd, is hosting two new exhibitions, “ Pulp + Process” and Rebecca Welz’s “Inner and Outer Spaces” now through March 30.

“Pulp + Process,” curated by Sam Aldrich, is displaying a variety of paper-made works ranging from stunning cut paper to charming miniatures. Viewers are invited to discover how the craft of making paper by hand is being carried on by artists today and to see how makers are using the medium to produce a massive variety of forms.

The Spotlight Gallery features metal sculpture, collage and more by New York City-based artist Rebecca Welz. She draws inspiration from Japanese design and aesthetics, as well as her experiences of scuba diving in clear, turquoise water.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 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

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.

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Library fun

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

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.

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.