Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes

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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 or by calling 617-635-5129 to register and for more information.

Coffee hour

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 19th annual neighborhood coffee hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23 at A Street Park, Fort Point.

Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.

There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.

Call 617-635-4505 for more information.

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.

Boston-based mandolinist Ethan Setiawan will entertain on May 23 and 25. Visit 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 or call 617-695-6955.

Government and community

The next presentation in the Resilience and Racial Equity Speaker Series will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 at Boston City Hall, Room 801, 1 City Hall Plaza.

Karen Abrams, a Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellow, will examine “The Role of Government in Community Engagement in the 21st Century.” During her Loeb Fellowship year, she is developing community development education tools for a Boston neighborhood organization, and is mentoring two urban design start-ups at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s DesignX accelerator.

Admission is free. Call 617-635-0739 or visit

Historic preservation

Old South Meeting House and Boston Preservation Alliance will host a program on historic preservation in Boston from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, at the Meeting House, 310 Washington St.

Boston voters overwhelmingly supported the Community Preservation Act last November. Now the challenge of turning concept into reality is here. A panel of local experts will look at what types of preservation work the CPA can fund; how historic resources benefited from CPA funding in other communities; which historic buildings, artifacts or other resources should be prioritized; and what historic properties could make affordable housing or include historic park space. The audience is encouraged to bring ideas and questions to this lively discussion about improving the city with preservation.

Registration is requested for this free program, by calling 617-482-6439 or going online

For further information, visit

Art at City Hall

Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza, is hosting two new art exhibits curated by professionals from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Institute for Contemporary Art from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays until June 27.

“Stare” will be displayed in the Scollay Square Gallery. This exhibition focuses on the work of emerging photographers from the Greater Boston area. All photos are inspired by Walker Evan’s quote "Stare. It is the way to educate your eye and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop” and will explore the many ways the camera allows for staring.

The exhibit in the Mayor’s Gallery, “I Am. You Are. We Can.” is a teen digital photography project where students explored the life of photographs at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Through discussions, gallery visits and their own photography practices, students investigated the contexts which give photographs meaning, defined a sense of self, explored perceptions of others and inspired collaborative action toward common goals through the photographic image

For more information, visit

Tavern nights

The Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, 306 Congress St, will offer “Huzzah! Tavern Nights,” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 26.

Participants can take part in Boston’s only colonial tavern experience. They can join John Hancock, Paul Revere and Samuel Adams in a night of spirited merry making, feasting on rustic fare and joining in colonial songs and games.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-338-1773.

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 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 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 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 for more information.