Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes

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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.

Atileo Tedoli will perform on May 30 and June 1. He has blended his roots in vocal jazz and musical theater, along with his love for popular music, to create a fresh, new sound.

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Dinner and a show

Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host a dinner and a show, “Old South Abbey,” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.

Downtown Abbey comes to Downtown in an evening of dinner and theater as “Lady Mary” and “Matthew Crawley” celebrate their engagement with other favorite characters from the PBS series, such as the Dowager Countess, Lord and Lady Crawley, Mrs. Padmore the cook and Carson the butler. Staff and family will join in a whirlwind of entertainment, songs, dancing and laughs presented by The History At Play ensemble.

Tickets are $40 for members and $50 for non-members and include a light supper and dessert. There will be a cash bar.

Purchase tickets online at

For more information, visit or call 617-482-6439.

Art exhibitions

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Kneeland St., is displaying works by Wen-Ti Tsen and Mei Ching now through Saturday, Aug. 26.

Tsen’s work is “Inside/Outside: Portrait of Vivian Lee.” Since the mid-1970s, he had been engaged in making art the explores cultural connections, with paintings and mixed media installation and large-scale works in public spaces, as well as community arts projects working with grassroots organizations.

“Fantasies of Spring” are Ching’s traditional Chinese brush paintings featuring birds and flowers. Born in Guandong, China, he moved to Boston in 1980.

Visit or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.

New play

The Bostonian Society will present “Blood on the Snow” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays to Sundays, from June 1 to Aug. 20, at the Old State House, 206 Washington St.

The story of the Boston Massacre is well known, but few know of the events that took place the day after, on March 6, 1770. This new play by Patrick Gabridge, set and staged in the Council Chamber of the Old State House, tells how the leaders of Boston struggled to heal their town and unwittingly placed Massachusetts on the road to revolution.

Playgoers will experience an intimate face-to-face encounter with one of the formative events of the American Revolution in the very room where it happened.

Tickets are $35.

Call 617-720-1713 or visit for tickets and further information.

Eating New England

The Trustees of Reservations will host “Eating New England: Mead, Nuts and Cheese” with foodie and author Adam Centamore at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 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 mead from Mass Wine Shop, nuts from Q’s Nuts and cheeses from Appleton Farms.

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 or call 617-904-7757 to register and for more information.

Celebrate Boston

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host the annual quiz night at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7.

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 or call 1-800-838-3006.

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

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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 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.