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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 Saturday, May 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.

Norton awards

The 35th annual Elliot Norton Awards recognizing excellence in Greater Boston theater will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 15 at the Huntington Theatre Company’s Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.

Tony Award-winning actress Cherry Jones will be the guest of honor. “Alternative Acts” is the theme of this year’s ceremony, from which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Boston Arts Academy to support the region’s next generation of artists.

Tickets are $35 and include a post-ceremony party.

Call 617-824-8000 or visit http://www.bostontheatrescene.com/season for more information and to purchase tickets.

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.

Summer in the city

Berklee College of Music will present free Berklee Summer in the City concerts from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 100 Summer St.

Soulful Latin singer Paloma Menendez will entertain on May 16 and 18. Visit www.berklee.edu for more information.

Tour of Fort Point

A walking tour of the Fort Point Channel will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 18 starting at James Hook & Co., 440 Atlantic Ave.

The tour, sponsored by Boston By Foot in honor of Boston Preservation Month, will feature the industrial waterway area, now a centerpiece of the neighborhood’s revival. This tour will focus on the Channel itself, from how it came to be through the activities of the Boston Wharf Company, Central Artery Tunnel project, South Station development and recent activation efforts. It will feature the workings of its three remaining historic bridges, plus the memories of the Mount Washington, the rolling bridges at South Station and the ambitious cofferdam.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for Boston By Foot members and can be purchased at www.bostonbyfoot.org.

Call 617-637-2345 for more details.

Youth conference

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center will host the 2017 Asian Pacific American Youth Conference from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at One Greenway Building, 99 Kneeland St.

The theme is “Learn and Act,” with free workshops, performances and food for high school youth.

Contact Jeffrey Lau at www.bcnc.net or by calling 617-635-5129 to register and for more information.

Ballet performance

The Boston Ballet School will present its annual Next Generation performance at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 at the Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St.

The program will include the pas de deux in “Giselle;” “Strut,” a world premiere by Harvard dance director and choreographer Jill Johnson; George Balanchine’s “Walpurgisnacht” and Jaime Sierra’s “Legion.”

Featured will be students from all levels of the pre-professional program, dancers from Boston Ballet II and members of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Tickets start at $29. For more information, visit www.bostonballet.org or call 617-695-6955.

Inflatable exhibition

The 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.

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 and June. 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.