Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
The second annual Boston Night Market will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Boston City Hall Plaza.
Inspired by night markets in Asia, the market will be a spectacular evening of lights, food, games, and entertainment. It will feature delicious food; photo-ops; a Beer Garden; DJ and music; live performances; lawn games; carnival games; prizes; local merchandise; and food contests.
Admission is $10 per person.
Further information can be found at www.nightmarketboston.com/2019-thespringedition.
History of Boston’s Chinatown
The Chinatown Public Library, 2 Boylston St., will present “Boston Chinatown History” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14.
The Chinese Historical Society of New England will present this free lecture.
Call 617-807-8176 for more details.
Preservation Month open house
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host the Boston Preservation Month open house at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15.
The community is invited to join OSMH staff and neighbors for light refreshments, a short lecture at 5:15 p.m. on the site’s historic preservation history and a chance to explore the exhibition “Voices of Protest.”
For further information, call 617-482-6439, ext. 13 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinatown history tour
The Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) will host a 90-minute walking tour of the history of Chinatown from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17, meeting at the China Trade Center, 2 Boylston St.
The tour will explore the history of Chinatown and track the changes the community has undergone over the decades.
This is an outdoor walking tour and participants should dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for members. Space is limited, registration in advance is highly recommended.
This tour is part of Boston Preservation Month activities. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e-chinatown-history-tour-tickets.
Further information can be found at www.boston.gov/chinatown-history-tour.
Bike to work day
Boston will celebrate the National Bike to Work Day with a festival for cyclists from 7 to 9 a.m. on Friday, May 17 at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza.
Cyclists can join a commuter convoy as it rides through dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. Convoys will be guided by experienced ride leaders and follow a fixed schedule and route. Upon reaching City Hall Plaza, cyclists will enjoy a free breakfast and coffee amid an expo on the plaza.
Registration is encouraged so organizers can plan for the breakfast and free T-shirts.
To register and for a schedule of locations, visit www.boston.gov/calendar-bike-work-day-festival-2019, send an email to Tristan.email@example.com or call 617-635-0018.
Musical at the Waterfront
The Brown Box Theatre Project will present “The Broadway Jukebox,” a musical theater cabaret event, 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 17 to 19 at the Waterfront Plaza at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St.
In this free outdoor performance, theatergoers will enjoy 30 Broadway songs that they have chosen, as each performance is based on the selection of that evening’s audience. Upon arrival each audience member will vote for their top three choices from a series of different musical theatre categories, including “The Golden Age,” “Contemporary Musicals,” “Written by Rockers” and more. Brown Box will curate that night’s show on the spot in this interactive, family friendly evening.
For further details, visit www.brownboxtheatre.org.
Children’s chorus to perform
The Boston Children’s Chorus will present “Lift Every Voice: Her Song” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St.
This concert celebrates the achievements of women who transcended obstacles and barriers to raise their voices against injustice, create great art and make new discoveries about the planet. From Nina Simone’s “I Wish I Knew” to “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by the Eurythmics, the choirs will present a program that highlights inspiring stories of women’s empowerment.
Guest artist Melinda Doolittle will perform with the choir as well as singing her own hit song “That's Life.” The concert concludes with all of BCC’s singers performing moving anthems which encourage the audience to recognize the strength of unified voices in striving for a more equal society.
Tickets start at $17.75. Visit www.bostonchildrenschorus.org or call 617-778-2242 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Youth Pride Festival
The 24th annual Massachusetts Youth Pride Festival will be celebrated from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza.
The celebration is Boston’s largest Pride event dedicated to LGBTQ+ youth. The community festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Pride march and rally at noon.
For more details, visit www.bostonpride.org.
Boston’s literary scene
Boston by Foot is offering tours featuring Boston’s literary scene from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays during May. 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 www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-367-2345 for more details.
New art exhibit at City Hall
Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, is displaying “We Need the Storm,” paintings by Matt Brackett, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays through May 31.
Brackett's paintings combine ice-locked landscapes and quotations of American leaders, philosophers and activists.
For more information, visit www.cityofboston.gov/arts/visual/galleries.
Power and privilege in art
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying the “Power and Privilege Art Exhibit” now to through May 18.
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.
New art exhibition
The Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd., will host the newest exhibition “PRIED” now through June 30.
The exhibition highlights LGBTQI-plus individuals who create works that may or may not be made based around the image of a queer person just as any other maker is not limited to creating works about their own identity. This exhibition highlights the hands, minds and voices of LGBTQI-plus artists in the greater Boston area and beyond, while also challenging the viewers and craft connoisseurs who seek it out.
The opening and exhibition are free but reservations are recommended.
Call 617-266-1810 or visit www.societyofcrafts.org for more information.
The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun activities for children during May.
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 to Thursdays, for the summer hours.
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.