Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:
‘Show Me the Money’
Despite the progress that has been made over the last few decades, women as a whole still get paid less than men - 81 cents on the dollar, to be exact.
In the GA presentation How to Have Hard Conversations About Equal Pay which will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 8, participants will walk away with the following: Strategies for researching and preparing for the conversation; communication techniques for uncomfortable situations; a framework and steps for how to design hard conversations; tips for dealing with rejection; and techniques to hold yourself (and your boss) accountable.
Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/show-me-the-money-how-to-have-hard-conversations-about-equal-pay/boston/181051 for more information and Zoom registration.
Gender Equality & International Women's Day 21
The United Nations Associate of Greater Boston (UNAGB) and Impact Hub Boston will host the U.N. Perspective Series from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9.
Focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5: Gender Equality and how the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated challenges for working womxn (all those who identify as female), this event will also commemorate the UN's International Women's Day on March 8: a day dedicated to the celebration and advancement of females around the world.
Visit https://unagb.org/events for more information and registration.
‘A Brimful of Asha’ live post-show conversation
Following the 7:30 p.m. premiere of A Brimful of Asha on Tuesday, March 9, Ravi and Asha Jain will join moderator David Howse in a live conversation and Q&A about the making of the show. This conversation will be ASL interpreted and will be recorded and available on demand with the show through Monday, March 22.
About the film: With sold out runs across the world, A Brimful of Asha is a critically acclaimed hit and a favorite with audiences everywhere. Real-life mother and son, Asha and Ravi Jain, share the stage and tell this true (and very Canadian) story of generational and cultural clash. When Ravi takes a trip to India, his parents decide it's the perfect time to introduce him to potential brides. Ravi isn't sold on the idea of getting married - at least not yet - but Asha panics that time is running out.
Full of laughs and heartache, this delightful family tale perfectly illustrates how, though both parents and children want the best future possible, they often can’t agree on the way forward. As Asha explains to her son, “You don’t get to choose your family, why should you choose your wife?”
Visit https://emersontheatres.org/Online for more information.
Lecture: Boston's Historic Omni Parker House
What do Harvey Parker, Mark Twain, Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Dickens, Boston Cream Pie, John F. Kennedy, French opera, Emeril Lagasse, John Wilkes Booth, Ho Chi Minh and Parker House Rolls all have in common? The iconic and historic Omni Parker House – the subject of House Historian Susan Wilson’s fascinating slide lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 11 via Zoom.
Go to https://marbleheadmuseum.org/upcoming-programs-page for more information and registration ($10 - museum members | $15 - future members).
Womxn at Work virtual conference
GA's Womxn at Work, a virtual conference of free workshops, panel discussions, and interactive events aimed to elevate and celebrate womxn professionals in tech and business will be held from Wednesday, March 10 through Friday, March 12.
Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education for more information and registration.
Virtual tour: Lower East Side & A history of immigration in New York City
Phil and Reese Fram will present a virtual tour of this historic New York City neighborhood, which has been shaped by immigrants for more than a century. Hosted by HI USA, this event will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11.
The Lower East Side (LES) of New York City was the landing place for wave after wave of immigrants from the early 1800’s to the late 20th Century. The tour explains the reasons why the LES became that landing point.
The stops include key historical sites such as the African American Burial Ground, Chinatown, Five Points, Little Germany, Little Israel, and Little Italy. Along the way you will learn about each wave of immigration: the why, how and what each wave faced when they landed in the United States and specifically the Lower East Side of New York City.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/hi-usa-30268700044 for more information and registration on this and other HI events.
Emerson Stage will stream Everybody at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 11 through Saturday, March 13 and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14.
In celebrated playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' "very meta and saucy adaptation" (TONY) of Everyman, the 15th Century morality play, an unprepared Everybody must make sense of life's greatest mystery, the very meaning of living, before their time runs out.
Visit https://emersontheatres.org/Online for more information and tickets ($12 GA | $8 Emerson).
MassHire Career Center
The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center is currently offering all services remotely, including webinars, coaching, and employment services.
Visit https://masshiredowntownboston.org for more information.
Virtual Harpoon Shamrock Splash
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s first ever Virtual Harpoon Shamrock Splash will be held through Friday, March 12.
They’re challenging everyone to come up with creative ways to “splash” from wherever they are. So, grab a bucket of cold water, a cup of ice, fill up your bathtub, or find another fun, safe and creative way to polar plunge – all of the money raised goes to the Better Beaches Program.
With registration, people get Harpoon beer, a Splash koozie and entry into a raffle to win round trip flights on JetBlue.
Get cold for a great cause… Visit shamrocksplash.org/default.asp for more information and registration.
The second semester of SpeakEasy University will be held from 5 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays through March 30 via Zoom.
They will explore an in-depth analysis of theatre producing and arts administration by walking through the production process of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Each week, a different part of the theatre industry will be covered, illustrated through the lens of Curious Incident.
People can sign up for any or all of the sessions. All sessions are ‘Pay What You Can.’
Go to speakeasystage.com/speakeasy-university for more information and registration.
Critical Shortage - Donate blood to ARC
Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.
Give blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. The Center is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.
Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
ICA Art (Co) Lab
Art (Co) Lab is a weekly virtual program for youth in grades 6-8 focused on contemporary and visual art making. Inspired by installations and projects in the Bank of America Art Lab, participants will explore various art materials, methods, and ideas to grow as artists and create a creative online community.
Create art and work with ICA staff, teaching artists and assistants, along with special guest artists from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays through May 26 (13 sessions; no class on April 21).
Art Materials Kit will be provided and scholarships are available.
Visit icaboston.org for more information and registration (Free for BPS students with code BPS2020 | $168 for members | $210 for nonmembers).
Mindful Minis (for ages 6 through 9) will be held from 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays through April 1 hosted by the Boston Public Library.
The Mindful Mini program is a series of classes designed to introduce children to mindfulness-based tools helpful for stress-reduction, self-management, and emotional awareness.
Classes are centered on relaxation, creativity, imagination, gratitude and awareness, all of which are scientifically proven to aid in children’s success in school, in relationships and developing a connecting with themselves.
Activities include yoga, breathing techniques, drawing, mindful movement, sharing experiences with emotions and other interactive mindfulness games including sensory descriptions.
Visit bpl.org/events for Zoom registration and other relevant information.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/virtual
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.
Chinese brush painting for adults: Four seasons
Learn to paint the four seasons, each distinguished by its own temperature, weather patterns, plants and animals.
Relax, create and meditate with Chinese brush painting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 and April 24.
The online classes will be taught in Mandarin, English-friendly.
Go to www.paoartscenter.org/events/2020/chinese-brush-painting-for-adults-fourseasons for more information and registration ($15 per class without supplies | $35 per class includes supplies picked up at Pao Arts Center or mailed at additional cost).
Go anytime, anywhere with your all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth.
Get the full YMCA GO experience for free!
Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.
BPL Reading Challenge
As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”
In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.
The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.
Visit bpl.org for more information.
Black Seed Writers Group + ‘The Pilgrim’
The Black Seed Writers Group meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in Upper Sproat Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage.
The Pilgrim literary magazine features the works of hundreds of homeless, transitional and recently-housed writers.
Visit www.stpaulboston.org and/or www.thepilgrim.org for more information.
Young Adults Cafes Zoom gatherings
The Park Street Church offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9:15 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, open to all young adults in the Greater Boston area.
The Tuesday café is comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s.
The Cafes meet virtually to help people stay connected in a healthy and safe way during these challenging times. The participants meet in a large group for worship, bible study and/or and fellowship and then break up into a variety of small groups, including ones for newcomers.
For more information, visit www.parkstreet.org or email email@example.com.
College Worship Communities
Gather with fellow undergraduates at the Park Street Church as they stream church services together and then spend time in fellowship, reflection and prayer. Students of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome.
Join the morning community to stream the 11 a.m. (traditional with choir & organ) or the evening community to stream the 4 p.m. (Contemporary with Sunday Night Band). The groups hope to grow together in wisdom as they develop a deeper understanding of who God is on an intellectual and personal level.
Visit parkstreet.org/ministries/college for more information, including other college student-related events and groups.
Operation ABLE (174 Portland St.) provides employment services and training programs to job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds.
All services at Operation ABLE are being conducted remotely, including distance learning, coaching, and wrap-around services. Class enrollments are open for computer skills training and Health Care and Social Services training, among others.
Visit operationable.net for more information and registration.
Lyric Stage To-Go ‘The Walking Plays’
The Walking Plays is a new free audio play series of six short plays by Boston-based playwrights which unfold on a continuous route around the Back Bay, Downtown, and Theatre District neighborhoods.
The Walking Plays explore the private moments that we experience in public. Rediscover Boston through new eyes as you walk alongside intricate characters or experience these intimate stories in the comfort of your home.
The first two plays - On Paying Attention by David Valdes and Monster in the Sky - by Ginger Lazarus are now available with four more being released in the spring.
Visit www.lyricstage.com/to-go/walking-plays for more information and access to the plays.
‘The Fall of the House of Usher’
BLO (Boston Lyric Opera) moves from stage to screen for this brand-new, cinematic version of Philip Glass’ opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, based on the spellbinding, short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
William is summoned by his desperate friend Roderick to visit him and his dying sister Madeline in their mansion. A shroud of murder, deceit and the supernatural covers everything in this disturbing story inspired by a Boston family and their gothic home.
An opera in two acts with libretto by Arthur Yorinks, this reimagined version will be available through Wednesday, June 30 exclusively on operabox.tv.
Go to https://blo.org/usher for more information.
Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed
There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.
If you are in need of anything – or are willing to assist them in outreach – please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email, and a list of items needed, or availability to serve.
CraftBoston Mentor Program: Artist conversation
Meet J. Shannon Floyd and Christina Vincent, two remarkable artists who participated in the CraftBoston Mentor Program in 2019, in an artists’ discussion at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLXwXDfc1WQ&feature=youtu.be.
See more of J Shannon Floyd's (glass) work on her website: www.jshannonfloyd.com.
See more of Christina Vincent's (wood) work on her website: www.christinamvincent.com.
Bulfinch Crossing projection ‘Float’
“Float” is a visual animation (with color, light and sound) that seamlessly integrates onto the beams and ceiling of the underpass of Bulfinch Crossing (Government Center Garage underpass at 1 Congress St.), transforming the underutilized space into an art exhibit.
The art installation can be viewed on foot, bike or from the safety of your car from dusk to dawn through Spring 2021. All visitors should practice city and state recommendations on social distancing.
Additional information can be found at: www.bulfinchcrossingprojections.com.
‘i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times’
On view at the Institute of Contemporary Art through May 23, i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times celebrates the power of experiencing art in person. This exhibition, which borrows its title from a Henry Taylor painting in the ICA collection, is conceived as an invitation to visitors to create a personal connection with works of art.
Comprising unique encounters with new acquisitions and iconic works from the ICA’s collection, the exhibition’s groupings, or scenes, address a range of topics, including ideas of home and history, social and material transformation and frames of identity in portraiture and sculpture.
Including works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Kader Attia, Firelei Báez, Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin, Simone Leigh, Doris Salcedo and many others, i’m yours sparks wonder, encourages questions, challenges assumptions and provides a space for reflection.
Wen-hao Tien: ‘Home on Our Backs’
Through five works, Pao Arts Center’s Artist-In-Residence Wen-hao Tien explores concepts of nomad and home in-flux through the lens of past, present and future. Do they exist all at once?
Tien’s year-long research, community conversation and reflection cumulate in a body of poetic work that will continue to evolve post residency.
With this exhibition, inspired by local Asian American history, Tien and the Pao Arts Center welcome community conversations during this unprecedented time. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, June 26.
Go to www.paoartscenter.org/events/2020/homeonourbacks for more information.
Liberty Bell Boston A/R artwork
Boston was chosen for its role in one of the most complex and formative moments in U.S. history – the Boston Tea Party. Focused on early U.S. history, this location asks people to consider those who were granted rights, those who were excluded and the subsequent legacy of colonization.
Liberty Bell invites viewers to reflect on one of the early struggles for American liberty and independence while questioning how the Boston Tea Party shaped the future of the country and the contested definition of freedom.
On site, the augmented-reality artwork’s ephemerality illuminates the fragile moment the country faces. In this location, accessible to a public audience, Liberty Bell invites viewers the opportunity to consider their own experiences of liberty, freedom, injustice and inequality.
The drawing floats over the water of the Fort Point Channel between the Congress and Seaport bridges on the Harborwalk.
Meet the Instruments series
Join the New England Philharmonic and the Boston Children’s Museum for their annual Meet the Instruments series – virtually.
In this virtual series, kids learn about the different families of musical instruments and how those instruments fit together to make an orchestra. Each segment will introduce to a new family of instruments – strings, brass, and woodwinds – as the talented musicians from NEP share their instruments and their passion for making music.
Visit the Boston Children’s Museum YouTube Page to enjoy the series.
BHN scavenger hunts
“Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-Wide Scavenger Hunt,” presented by Boston Harbor Now and their partners, will run through the winter in four locations: Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston.
Go to edventurebuilder.com/BHN to start the hunt.
BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)
The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).
Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats provides free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under. No ID or registration required.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.
Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources
Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.
Among the resources are BCM Home Edition weekly activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.
The “Big & Little” podcast for adults, about families, kids, and our world, explores relevant topics ranging from play, learning, creativity, resilience, and health through interviews with people from varied professions and who have different perspectives and experiences.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information.
While the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has temporarily closed its doors to the public, you can continue to connect to art and artists remotely with virtual programs, at-home art activities for kids and families, and by shopping online at the ICA store.
Visit icaboston.org for more information.
Boston Public Market
Boston Public Market is an urban, indoor, year-round marketplace at 100 Hanover St. featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers who offer locally-sourced fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items.
Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service.
BPM winter hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. following health and safety protocols.
Check Instagram for frequent updates.
Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more information, including special events.
Virtual Revolutionary Spaces
The Old State House and Old South Meeting House offer virtual experiences, including new exhibits and programs, readings, community conversations and performances on their new website: www.revolutionaryspaces.org.
Reflecting Attucks at the Old State House is a temporary exhibit exploring the life and legacy of Crispus Attucks, a man of African and Native descent who was the first to fall in the Boston Massacre, an act of protest widely viewed as a turning point on the road to American Revolution. This exhibit will be on view through March 31.
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The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.
Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.
The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.
All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at bostoncyclistsunion.org.
Help Support MANNA Community Program at Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.
In addition to the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Serving these individually-packaged meals to a larger number of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.
Visit www.stpaulboston.org for more information.
Park Street Church Warming Center open
The Warming Center at Park Street Church is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Neighbors are invited in for a 90-minute chance to get warm, eat a meal, charge their phone and use the restroom. The Warming Center also serves grab-and-go meals and hot drinks at the entrance to the church.
The Warming Center is seeking volunteers to make sandwiches from home and bring them to the church and/or become an in-person volunteer (two-hour shifts available). Financial donations and gift cards are also appreciated.
Visit www.parkstreet.org or email email@example.com for more information.
Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, the Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.) at Park Street Church prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them outside their church to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston.
The group is requesting donations of winter clothing (sizes M, L and larger) such as sweaters, jackets and boots for men and women.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries, gift cards, or clothing or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email email@example.com or visit www.parkstreet.org.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.
Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:
- Make a gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund
- Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks.
- Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist.
Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.
Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.
Artists for Humanity has a limited-edition collection – in addition to one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation – that amplifies AFH teen artists' creative expression during these pivotal times, providing them a platform for shaping how society moves forward to create a better, more equitable world.
Visit www.afhboston.org for more information, including links to purchase their artworks. Reduced shipping rates are available.
You can also peruse your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.
If you’ve enjoyed ICA’s free Thursday Nights, Holiday Mondays, talks, tours, film screenings and family programs – or would like to see more of them – consider a small donation of $5 or more today. Your support helps keeps programs such as these free and accessible to all.