Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes

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New arts center opening

The community is invited to the grand opening of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the One Greenway Building, 99 Kneeland St.

The ribbon cutting will be held at noon with activities and entertainment for all ages from 1 to 4 p.m. At 4 p.m. musician Kevin So will talk about the history of the blues and how this genre kept him grounded. It will be part performance, part discussion and part multimedia lecture about the concept of roots and the intersection of music and identity.

Following the performance there will be an opening reception and an inaugural exhibition by Mei Ching.

Admission is free.

Visit www.bcnc.net or call Cynthia Woo at 617-635-5129 to register and for more information.

Musical at the waterfront

The Brown Box Theatre Project will present “Songs for a New World,” a musical by Jason Robert Brown, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 and Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13 at the Waterfront Plaza at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St.

In this free outdoor performance, theatergoers will enjoy this new song cycle that weaves together the stories and voices of a diverse cast of characters in a musical journey that transcends time and space. The soaring score will transport the audience through an exploration of the unknown world and the tough choices that follow.

For further details, visit www.brownboxtheatre.org.

West African art

The community is invited to celebrate the art and culture of West Africa and the Yoruba people from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at Martin Richards Park, 308 Congress St. (next to the Boston Children’s Museum.)

Stephen Hamilton, a Boston-based artist, will lead an Adire dye demonstration as a part of his workshop with local students who are creating a large-scale traditional textile installation based on West African weaving and dyeing traditions. After the demonstration, there will be a time to speak with the artists and enjoy traditional West African music and food.

This free program is part of the ArtWeek Boston celebrations.

For more details, visit www.artweekboston.org.

Summer in the city

Berklee College of Music will present free Berklee Summer in the City concerts from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at 100 Summer St.

Singer-songwriter Inga Maria from Iceland is working on her debut EP. She will entertain with plenty of music to dance to.

Visit www.berklee.edu for more information.

Youth symphony

The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra will host a community concert at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.

The Young People’s String Orchestra, with conductor Marta Zurad, will perform. The concert is free with the $1 Target Friday admission to the museum.

Visit www.bysoweb.org or call 617-353-3348 for further information.

Inflatable exhibition

Boston Society of Architects is displaying “The New Inflatable Moment,” a new exhibition exploring inflatable installations and their role in utopian visions, now through Sept. 3 at the BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Suite 200.

The exhibition will explore inflatable structures used in architecture, art and engineering since the emergence of the hot air balloon, focusing on the role some of these revolutionary works of imagination have had in envisioning utopia.

Visit www.architects.org or call 617-391-4039 for further details.

Concrete architecture

Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Sq., will present a discussion of the book “Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston,” followed by tours of City Hall from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 18.

Written by Mark Pasnik, Chris Grimley and Michael Kubo, the book looks the concrete buildings that transformed Boston during the 1960s and 1970s that were conceived with progressive-minded intentions by some of the world’s most influential designers, including Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Henry Cobb, Gerhard Kallmann and Michael McKinnell and The Architects Collaborative. Building with concrete was one of the major architectural movements of the postwar years, but in Boston it was deployed in more numerous and diverse civic, cultural and academic projects than in any other major U.S. city.

Public investment in Boston in the 1960s resulted in a generation of bold buildings that shared a vocabulary of concrete modernism. The book surveys the intentions and aspirations of this period and considers its legacies, both troubled and inspired.

Call 617-635-3914 or visit www.boston.gov/calendar for more information on this free program.

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.