Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
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 Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 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.
History of Boston City Hall
Dr. Brian Sirman will share the history of Boston City Hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 in the Piemonte Room at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Sq.
When City Hall opened in 1969 it was meant to express the ideals of a socially conscious, forward-looking government and many hoped that this distinctive, modern building would help reverse Boston’s image as a city suffering from mid-century “architectural sclerosis.”
In his book, “Concrete Changes: Architecture, Politics and the Design of City Hall,” Sirman examines the history, creation and reception of Boston City Hall and argues that City Hall is more than a symbol of Boston’s modernization; it acted as the catalyst for political, social, and economic changes.
This free lecture is part of Boston Preservation Month programming.
Call 617-367-2345 or visit www.boston.gov/calendar for more information.
#MeToo panel discussion
Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University will host a panel discussion on the #MeToo Movement from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 at Suffolk University, Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St.
The community is invited to a discussion on the #MeToo Movement, now in its 13th year, and how its anti-sexual harassment agenda has impacted American life in the workplace, in social situations and in the political arena.
The panel, hosted by Shirley Leung of the Boston Globe, will include top thought leaders in the business community, including Mohamad Ali, president and CEO, Carbonite, Frances X. Frei, professor of technology and pperations management at Harvard Business School, and Laura Peabody, chief legal officer and general counsel, Partners HealthCare. They will discuss the arc of the movement, how businesses are responding and its place in politics and the upcoming presidential election in particular.
Tickets are free, but registration is required as seating is limited. For more information, call 617-994-6899 or visit www.fordhallforum.org.
Artist in residence exhibition
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will display “Leavings/Belongings,” an exhibition by artist in residence Yu-Wen Wu, from May 23 through July 13.
An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.
Over the past six months, more than 150 community members have participated in the Leavings/Belongings project with Wu. Participants created symbolic cloth-wrapped bundles while sharing stories about their own and their family’s immigration journeys. These bundles represent what is left behind and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope and dreams.
The exhibition includes photographs, videos and a site specific sculptural installation of the bundles. Through the act of making together, participants shared their narratives of migration, generating dialogue that bridges across experience, generations and ethnicity.
Admission to the exhibition and reception are free.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bhcc.edu.
Technology and privacy
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will present “Technology, Privacy and Surveillance: Who is Watching the Watchers?’ from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.
Technology can be used by government agencies to take away civil liberties, but it can also be used in service of civil liberties. This lecture will cover policy and legal approaches to monitoring government use of surveillance and how citizens can use technology to monitor government.
This program is co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts.
Admission is free with museum admission.
Call 617-482-6439 or visit www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for further information.
Summer in the City
Berklee College of Music will present free Berklee Summer in the City concerts from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays at 100 Summer St.
Tadeo Kvitca will perform on May 24 and 25. A drummer and bombo legüero player, he is passionate about percussion and its application to music, from its roots in his native Argentine folklore to the influence of klezmer music to a modern approach to contemporary genres like rock, funk and pop.
Visit www.berklee.edu for more information.
A walking tour of Longfellow Bridge will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 starting at the CVS on Charles Circle, near the entrance to the bridge.
Bridge designer Miguel Rosales will conduct an in-depth tour of the restoration and rehabilitation of the landmark bridge and discuss the design goals and the overall process of restoring one of the most important historic bridges in the City of Boston.
The Longfellow Bridge over the Charles River, completed in 1908, has undergone a comprehensive five-year restoration to extend its useful life, comply with new safety codes and enhance its appearance while also preserving its historic integrity and original detailing. The bridge will also be reconnected to the historic park system along the Charles River basin.
Admission is free. For more information and to register, send an email to email@example.com or call 617-625-3850.
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.
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.