Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
The Vilna Shul will welcome Israel’s critically acclaimed Batsheva Dance at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St.
Batsheva Dance Company has been hailed as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. The Tel Aviv-based ensemble is led by renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin, who is considered to be one of the great choreographers of his generation. Set to a wide range of music from Gregorian chant to tango to hip-hop, Naharin’s newest work, “Venezuela,” explores the relationship between movement and the content it represents and juxtaposes the familiar with the unfamiliar.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.vilnashul.org or call 617-523-2324.
Vintage area transit
The Boston Street Railway Association will present “Vintage Worcester Area Transit” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.
Worcester once operated more than 300 miles of track and had 550 streetcars. Leo Sullivan will show vintage photos of the through service to Springfield, Fitchburg, Spencer and Webster, extensive freight trains and a sampling of buses.
The program is free and open to the public.
Visit www.thebsra.org or call 508-673-3047 for more details.
Dance at the Greenway
“Silent Flight,” a dance performance, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Chinatown Park on Beach Street.
“Silent Flight” is a site-responsive and improvisational dance piece directed by Wendy Jehlen, artistic director of ANIKAYA Dance Theater, in collaboration with an international ensemble of professional dancers from Asia, Africa, South America and the United States.
The performance will incorporate elements based on the flocking behavior of birds, exploring similarities between the movements found in human cultures, with relatable content about migration and immigration.
Visit www.bcnc.net or call 617-863-9080 for further information.
Daffodils in the Seaport
Twenty-foot nylon daffodils will sprout up in the Seaport ahead of the Boston Marathon. The public art installation “20 Knots: Daffodils for Boston” running from April 8 through 29 will feature 20 enormous flowers that will spin in the wind.
The Seaport commissioned artist Daniele Frazier to create the orange, yellow and green flowers, to celebrate spring and the Marathon. Daffodils have come to symbolize the Boston Marathon after the program Marathon Daffodils planted 130,000 daffodils along the 26.2 mile route as a sign of hope after the 2013 marathon bombings.
Power and privilege in art
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will display the “Power and Privilege Art Exhibit” from April 10 through May 18.
An artists’ reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.
This exhibition explores the tension between historical and contemporary conceptions of “power” and “privilege.” These works are intended to both expand and challenge awareness of current issues, institutions and individualized views. No one subject, medium, technique or style is duplicated, and each artist has chosen to engage in an often-uncomfortable dialogue between diverging perspectives of power and privilege.
The work is by faculty members of the visual and media arts department at Bunker Hill Community College: Yong Chen, Gary Duehr, Erica Flores, Julio S. Flores, Tamblyn Griffiths, James Lambert, Liza Lynch, James “Ari” Montford, Claire Roll, Marc Schepens, Abigail Wamboldt and Katie Wild.
Admission to the exhibition and reception are free.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bhcc.edu.
Evening with Margaret Marshall
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host an evening with Margaret H. Marshall at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10.
Marshall, former chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1999 to 2010, is the first woman to serve in the position. During her tenure, she worked to ensure equal access to justice for all, including the most vulnerable populations.
Born and educated in South Africa, Marshall actively opposed the apartheid regime, and served as the President of the National Union of South African students, a leading anti-apartheid organization. In 1968, she came to the U.S. on an academic scholarship, and unable to return home because of her political activism, she graduated from Harvard University and Yale Law School.
From her early days in South Africa, Marshall has been a defender of human rights and equality for all individuals, as reflected in her judicial decisions. Margery Eagan, co-host of WGBH’s program “Boston Public Radio,” will serve as moderator.
Registration is requested for this free program, online at www.suffolk.edu/fordhallforum.
Crafts in Boston
CraftBoston Spring 2019 will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at the Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.
An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd. Patrons can enjoy beverages from regional craft breweries and hors d’oeuvres with the talented artists, see the newest exhibitions and shop the Artist Trunk Show.
Proceeds will support the society’s mission to provide opportunities for artists to sustain their creative livelihood. Tickets for this fundraiser are $75 and include weekend admission to the craft fair.
Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for further information.
Music at the meeting house
New England Conservatory of Music will present a musical program at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St.
Cellist Brannon Cho will perform. His recent and upcoming solo performance highlights include debuts with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Music Society, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, the International Cello Institute and the Matinée Musicale in Cincinnati.
Admission is free. For more information, visit www.osmh.org or call 617-482-6439.
One Boston Day
Mayor Martin J. Walsh will host once again host One Boston Day, a new tradition to honor the resiliency, generosity and strength of the city of Boston, on Monday, April 15 at City Hall Plaza.
In the morning the mayor will assist in raising honorary banners on Boylston Street to honor the victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. He will then visit multiple community sites throughout Boston's neighborhoods marking “One Boston Day.”
The day will be an opportunity to recognize the good in the community and reflect on the spirit of grace and resilience of the people of Boston that was exemplified in the response to the loss and the tragedies of April 15, 2013.
Visit www.cityofboston.gov for more information.
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 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.
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 www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617-266-1810 for more information.
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun activities for children during April.
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 April.
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.