Downtown, Fort Point, Leather District, Seaport neighborhood notes

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David Bowdre entertains shoppers in Downtown Crossing with his outstanding drumming. He has been bringing joy to people with his musical skills for many years. To learn more about him, visit www.daveybeatz.com.

Extremely-Critical Shortage – Donate Blood at ARC Boston Blood Donation Center            

Donate blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. (inside the Tufts Medical Center) to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross:

– Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

– Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 8:15 p.m.

– Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

– Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

Winter Dance Festival

The Winter Dance Festival series will be held at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St. at 8 p.m. on Saturdays as follows:

– Jan. 15: Malpaso Dance Company

Cuba’s stunning contemporary dance company, Malpaso Dance Company, is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban

dance. The company’s passionate, fluidly athletic dancers will perform Indomitable Waltz by Aszure Barton, the North American premiere of Lullaby for Insomnia by Daile Carrazana, the 

North American premiere of woman with water by Mats Ek, and Tabula Rasa by Ohad Naharin.

– Jan. 22: Dorrance Dance

MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance is “the most exciting and original choreographer in tap 

today" (The New York Times). She honors tap dance’s unique American tradition while pushing the form rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the company performs SOUNDspace, which explores what is most thrilling, brilliant and beautiful about tap dancing—movement as music.

– Jan. 29: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company

Donald K. Brown and his extraordinary EVIDENCE, A dance company explore dance idioms from across the African diaspora, mixing Cuban, Caribbean, West African, and contemporary American dance forms to create high-energy works that joyously blend complex rhythms with a deep spirituality.  They perform the Boston premiere of Brown’s latest work, The Equality of Night and Day, co-commissioned by Global Arts Live. The work features an original score by acclaimed jazz pioneer Jason Moran set to spoken word by educator and activist Angela Davis. The program also includes Come Ye, inspired by the music and sociopolitical legacies of artists-activists Nina Simone and Fela Kuti, and the Boston premiere of Mercy, a collaboration with composer Meshell Ndegeocello. 

Go to www.globalartslive.org/calendar-node-field-eventdate/month for more information and tickets (Festival Pass: $120 | Individual Shows: $65, $50, $40).

NAWA: National Association of Women Artists Group Show

National Association of Women Artists Group Show will be on view at the Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St. from Saturday, Jan. 15 through Saturday, April 30.

Visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Free Admission at the ICA

The ICA is offering free admission for all from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 17. Celebrate the legacy of MLK at the ICA.

For a list of exhibitions, go to https://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions.

Visit www.icaboston.org for other information and reservations.

How to Re-Skill for Career Transition 

What's changed during Covid for career transition?

Corey Kossack, CEO of Aspireship, will teach people how to re-skill for their career from 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Past experience plays a part, but there are many other factors to consider. He will discuss training and job placement strategies that will help you land your next role.

For more information and registration, go to https://generalassemb.ly/education/how-to-re-skill-for-your-career-transition/boston/195154.

Paint Nite: Customize Your City Skyline!

Experience the original paint and sip party at a Yaymaker Paint Nite event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Aloft Boston Seaport District, 401-403 D St.

The facilitator will take people step-by-step through the canvas painting while Aloft provides food and drink for purchase at WXYZ® Bar. All experience levels welcome.

Go to www.yaymaker.com/us/ma/boston/10355/events/aloft-boston-seaport-district/january-19/paint-nite-city-on-the-water-10286611 for more information and registration ($35).

‘There Once Was Parking’ art show/celebration 

A look at how the convergence of people and place can bring about the beauty that is art, this show is a celebration of culture and the ability to come together to celebrate ethnic and cultural diversities.

As neighborhoods become more gentrified and there is a rise of “affordable luxury living,” the loss of free parking and the ever-growing unattainable cookie-cutter lifestyle, people naturally seek a mosaic that gives a voice to inclusion and a place of gather.

“There Once Was Parking” turns the gallery setting into a creative space to explore art, music and food through a multitude of free events and thoughtful conversation.

Several gallery artists have been awarded exhibition and program space through the Fort Point Arts Community to create a community art show, curated by Jodie Baehre, at Assemblage Gallery in the Envoy Hotel, 70A Sleeper St. from Monday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 27.

– Free community concert from classical musicians Jason Amos and Javier Caballero is slated from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

– An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22

– An evening of art, music and community conversations with the musicians of Project STEP and the artists from the exhibit “There Once Was Parking” will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4 (family-friendly; donations encouraged).

– Enjoy a relaxing yoga session and delicious chocolate from Noel! from classical musicians Jason Amos and Javier Caballero at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6 (family-friendly; donations encouraged).

Visit thereoncewasparking.com for more information and reservations.

Beginner Knitting Workshop

Jump start the New Year by learning this useful new craft. This hands-on, online workshop with Ana Campos from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20 will teach the basics of knitting like casting on, the knit stitch, and binding off. 

Part of the CraftBoston Holiday Online 2021 collection by Society of Arts + Crafts.

Visit eventbrite.com/e/beginner-knitting-workshop-with-ana-campos-tickets-173012012587 for more information and registration.

Morningstar Access at Boston Children’s Museum         

To accommodate different needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boston Children’s Museum will offer two different versions of the Morningstar Access Program for all staff and visitors, ages two and older:

– Mask Exceptions Considered! from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21

Mask exceptions will be considered in advance at registration for children who have sensory needs or other types of needs that prevent them from keeping their masks on.

– All Masks On! from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5 and March 5

Families with any needs are welcome as long as they can follow this strict mask rule, which is in place to create a medically safer environment.

Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/morningstar-program-registration-form for more information and registration.

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Bamboo and Sparrows in Snow

Express the spirit and rhythm of bamboo using black ink in Chinese brush painting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Bamboo defies cold and snow and remains green in all seasons. Painting bamboo gives participants of all levels the opportunity to learn or hone basic brush skills. Practice using the pressure of the brush to create lights and darks and a variety of textures that make bamboo both simple and complex. Classes taught in Mandarin, English-friendly.

Go to www.paoartscenter.org for more information and registration ($15 plus supplies).

Passing the Edge exhibition

Passing the Edge, an exhibition of works on paper by Kim Carlino, Michele Lauriat, and Jane Sherrill will be on view through Thursday, Feb. 24 at FPAC Gallery, 300 Summer St. (M1).

An Opening Reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27.

Visit www.fortpointarts.org for more information.

CraftBoston Holiday Online

Join Society of Arts + Crafts to shop the artists’ handmade wares and participate in virtual events and artist-led workshops streamed from their studios through Sunday, Jan. 30 at https://societyofcrafts.org/craftboston-holiday-online-2021.

Artists will showcase one-of-a-kind and limited-edition pieces perfect for gift-gifting, including ceramics, decorative fiber, art-to-wear, furniture, toys, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood.

Snowport                              

Escape to a winter wonderland filled with safe, seasonal activities. Try your hand at ice-less curling and other complimentary winter games on Seaport Common, book a rooftop igloo, and keep an eye out for Seaport’s friend, Betty the Yeti. 

Curling is a free activity and open to the public through Sunday, Feb. 27. Reservations are encouraged. Curling lessons are available on Saturdays with reservations.

Visit www.bostonseaport.xyz/snowport-2021 for more information.

AFH's virtual/onsite open studio

In addition to their popular and inspiring, in-person monthly open studio, Artists for Humanity also has a new, virtual open studio platform. Travel through their studios and event venue - meet their teen artists and designers, hear from AFH mentors, view teen artwork and their recent client commissions.

Designed in partnership with Northeastern University students, new content will be updated periodically, allowing people to return for a new experience at https://afh-open-studios.vercel.app/studios/painting-studio.

Singing Tree Concerts at The Rocks

The Seaport Singing Trees will sing in concert from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays at The Rocks at Harbor Way.

A new audio installation – powered by PlantWave and sponsored by Delta Air Lines – will transform ordinary trees into master musicians. Listen as the biorhythms of several Sugar Maples – and a few Sassafras backup singers – are translated into music

Learn more at www.bostonseaport.xyz/venue/rocks-harbor-way.

MA: Climate Action Call

Make a difference for the climate by taking action at the statewide Climate Action Call – at noon on the third Thursday of each month. Join Mothers Out Front for this 45-minute online “actionar” to learn about a specific climate issue and take focused and impactful action together.

People don’t have to be experts to advocate for just solutions to the climate crisis. At these events, seasoned volunteers will provide the background information and clear instructions for actions you can take with others during the call.

Visit www.mothersoutfront.org/events/ma-action-call-2021071 for more information and registration.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an 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.

BCYF programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, 

recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families for more information and registration.

MassHire Career Center

The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center, 75 Federal St. is currently offering all services, including webinars, coaching and employment services, by appointment only, both virtually and in person.

Visit https://masshiredowntownboston.org for more information.

Boston Children’s Museum onsite/online                          

Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays and timed ticketing (purchased online) will be required for the two time slots: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Virtual tours and a host of resources are also available online.

Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information and reservations.

ICA onsite/online perks                                                                   

– The Institute of Contemporary Art is open - advanced timed tickets and face masks required.

– When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under, up to two adults per family are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month (except December). 

– ICA is free for all visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays – Tickets available at 10 a.m.

– ICA is free for all visitors on select holidays

– Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us

– ICA provides virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families, including Virtual First Fridays

– ICA online Store is open

Go to www.icaboston.org for more information.

Old State House and Old South Meeting House open                 

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House are open for general admission. One ticket grants entry to both sites.

Go to www.revolutionaryspaces.org for more information.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will be open on select days and times and will hold virtual events as well.

Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.

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 https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.

Food access and resources information                             

The Mayor's Office of Food Access works to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food that reflects the diversity of the residents of Boston.

– Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

– Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

– Visit www.projectbread.org/get-help or contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

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 office@stjosephboston.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.

Help Support MANNA Community Program      

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 serving individually-packaged meals at the Monday Lunch Program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., they are also serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays to a larger number of people in need which comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this 30-year program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit www.stpaulboston.org/manna-donations for more information.

Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)    

From 5:30 to 7:45 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.

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, visit www.parkstreet.org/events/home.

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 monetary donation

–  Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist

–  Volunteer and/or attend events

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.