Downtown-Fort Point-Leather District-Seaport neighborhood notes
Healthy kids day
The Wang YMCA at 8 Oak St. West will host a healthy kids day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.
Kids can enjoy fun games, crafts, Chinese dance performances, a magic show, kids’ yoga, family zumba, snacks and activities that promote health and wellbeing. There will be visits from District 1 Boston Police, Boston University Child Cognition Lab, Berkshire Natural LLC, Microsoft Store and Tufts Medical Center.
Admission is free. Call 617-426-2237 or visit www.ymcaboston.org for more information.
Alvin Ailey performances
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will return to Boston for five performances at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, from April 29 and 30, at the Wang Theater, 270 Tremont St.
Program highlights will include dancer Hope Boykin’s “r-Evolution Dream,” inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.; “Untitled America” by Kyle Abraham; “Ella,” a duet set to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Airmail Special;” a new production of “The Winter in Lisbon” that pays tribute to Dizzy Gillespie; and “Walking Mad,” a take on Ravel’s “Bolero.” The signature piece “Revelations” will cap each performance.
For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.celebrityseries.org or call 800-982-2787.
Eating New England
The Trustees of Reservations will host “Eating New England: Cider and Cheese” with foodie and author Adam Centamore at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 at the Kitchen at Boston Public Market, Hanover Street.
Attendees will taste finger foods and sip succulent beverages from purveyors in Boston Public Market. They will also learn the basics of buying, storing, serving and pairing their favorites. The fare will feature local ciders from Hopsters Alley and cheeses from Appleton Farm.
Centamore is the author of “Tasting Wine & Cheese - An Insider’s Guide to Mastering the Principles of Pairing.”
Tickets are $24 for members and $30 for non-members.
Visit www.thetrustees.org or call 617-904-7757 to register and for more information.
The Boston landmarks Commission and the Bostonian Society will host a kick-off to Boston Preservation Month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1 at the Old State House, 206 Washington St.
The evening will celebrate Boston history with a short program featuring preservation planner Lynn Smiledge highlighting some of her recent experiences as BLC’s chairman.
Volunteers will be recognized for their role in preservation, with a new Citizen Preservation Award recognizing individuals who further local preservation efforts. This year’s honorees are Rob Dinsmore for the updated Charlestown survey and Charles Deknatel, archaeological dig volunteer.
There will be light refreshments, a cash bar and a chance to tour the Old State House tower.
Registration is requested for this free program, online at www.eventbrite.com/kick-off-boston-preservation-month.
Call 617-635-3850 for further information.
New arts center
The community is invited to a sneak peek of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 at the One Greenway Building, 99 Kneeland St.
There will be free tours and art-making activities for all ages. A musical performance of “From Across the Seas” will be held at 4 p.m.
Visit www.bcnc.net or call Cynthia Woo at 617-635-5129 to register and for more information.
Omni Parker tour
ArtWeek Boston will offer an Omni Parker House literary tour at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2, meeting at Parker’s Bar in the Omni Parker House, 60 School St.
Participants will be given a private talk and tour of the hotel, retracing the steps of renowned writers, including those of the golden age of American literature such as Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Longfellow as well as Mark Twain, Willa Cather and Britain’s Charles Dickens.
A $10 donation is requested to confirm registration – proceeds will benefit the Boston Literary District. This interactive tour will include the famous Parker House rolls.
To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/omni-parker-house-literary-tour-artweek-boston-tickets.
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host the annual quiz night at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3.
Participants will be able to celebrate Downtown Boston and the rich diversity of at the heart of the city in this fun event. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by local businesses, including the Omni Parker House, home of the world-famous Boston cream pie. A cash bar with beer and wine also will be available.
Participants will be able to compete for prizes or watch as Susan Wilson, author, historian and quizmaster, challenges the audiences with questions.
Tickets are limited and are on sale now at $15 for general admission or $10 for students or $5 for members of Old South Meeting House, who use a code.
For tickets, visit celebrateboston2017.bpt.me or call 1-800-838-3006.
The Furniture Trust will present the sixth annual Eco-Carpentry Challenge from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave. The public is invited to this free event.
The challenge recognizes the creative carpentry skills of local high school students who have reinvented new products by recycling office furniture donated by local corporations. Students will showcase their projects on May 4.
The Furniture Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, reinvests unwanted office furnishings back into the community in a socially and environmentally responsible way. They have provided furniture and financial support to many schools and charities, including Boston public schools, Roxbury Youthworks, the United Way and several Boys and Girls Clubs.
For more information, visit www.thefurnituretrust.org or call 617-921-7443.
Zumix art center talk
The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St, will present “From Firehouse to Art Center: Zumix East Boston” at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, May 5.
The Engine Company 40 Firehouse in East Boston's Jeffries Point neighborhood operated from 1924-1977, after which it stood vacant for almost 30 years. Today the historic firehouse contains an inspiring cultural and performance space for participants in Zumix music programs and the East Boston community at large. Executive director Madeleine Steczynski will reflect on how the nonprofit transformed a long-abandoned firehouse into a Gold LEED certified youth development center with award-winning programs, featuring a state-of-the-art recording studio, radio station and performance hall.
Admission is free for members and $6 for non-members.
For more information, visit www.osmh.org or call 617-482-6439.
Musician Kevin So will return to his Boston roots in celebration of the opening of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the center, 99 Kneeland St.
So will talk about the history of the blues and how this genre kept him grounded. It will be part performance, part discussion and a multimedia lecture about the concept of roots and the intersection of music and identity.
This free event is part of ArtWeek Boston programming.
Visit www.artweekboston.org for more details.
Boston’s literary scene
Boston By Foot will offer 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.
Road to Cuba exhibition
The exhibit “Road to Revolution: A 30 Day Journey Across Cuba” is on display at the BSA Space, 290 Congress St., through July 23.
For 30 days last summer architectural designer Abby Gordon traversed the island of Cuba. Her photos document her course of travel and her investigation into the 1959 Cuban Revolution’s impact on the country’s infrastructure. The architectural language of Cuba is rich with Native, African, European, Asian and American influence and the photos presented aim to provide insight into the forces that shaped Cuba’s architecture and the way its diverse community lives and engages with the physical environment.
Admission is free. Further information can be found at www.architects.org or by calling 617-391-4000.
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.