Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes

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The Irish Famine Memorial is located between Washington Street and School Street near Downtown Crossing and Midtown. The park contains two groups of statues to contrast an Irish family suffering during the Great Famine of 1845–1852 with a prosperous family that had immigrated to America. The park was opened in 1998.

Craft talk, demonstration

The Societies of Arts and Crafts and American Mosaic Artists will host “Crafter Hours” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at 100 Pier Four Blvd.

Visitors can explore mosaic arts with Pam Stratton of Rockport as she demonstrates process and technique. She will be in the galleries working on a project to show visitors the many materials and techniques of mosaics. She will be there for the day – attendees can come as they wish, ask questions, be nosy and see a work in process.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-266-1810 visit

Poetry recitation

“Poetry Out Loud,” the annual national recitation contest, will host the 13th annual Massachusetts state finals from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St.

“Poetry Out Loud” encourages high school students to memorize and recite poems and explore the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater.

The public is invited to hear the top talented student semi-finalists compete in the state finals, sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Huntington Theatre.

Admission is free.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-482-6439.

Ancient mosaics

Amy Brauer of the Harvard Art Museums will be the guest speaker from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at the Societies of Arts and Crafts and American Mosaic Artists, 100 Pier Four Blvd.

Since early in the 18th century, farmers and archaeologists have been discovering remnants of ancient cities and civilizations. Found at sites across the Mediterranean basin, the mosaics pavements that have been unearthed at these excavations reveal valuable information about the lifestyles, status, preferences and technological expertise of ancient cultures.

By the 20th century, some of these mosaics were making their way across the Atlantic and entering collections throughout the United States. Brauer will look at who was collecting them and how were they getting to the New World.

Brauer is curator of the Collections in the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at the Harvard Art Museums.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

Music for kids

The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra will present a fun exploration into the world of mallet percussion at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.

The Philharmonic’s own Michael Zell will play exciting music on the marimba.

Admission is free with museum admission.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-426-6500.

Music at the meetinghouse

New England Conservatory of Music will present a musical program at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 16 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St.

Cellist Brannon Cho, NEC Artist Diploma student and prizewinner of Queen Elisabeth, Naumburg, Cassadó and Johansen International Cello competitions, will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann and more.

This concert series features performers from NEC’s prestigious Artist Diploma program. Admission is free.

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

Mosaics on exhibit

The Societies of Arts and Crafts and American Mosaic Artists is displaying works by Sophie Drouin now through March 17 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

Drouin’s mosaic collection will be on view at the society, ahead of the Mosaic Society’s 2018 conference. She is a second-generation, classically trained mosaic artist. Drouin studied mosaic techniques first with her father, who was trained in Italy, and later travelled to Europe to study in Italy and France.

Residing in Canada, she has studied, practiced and exhibited in Italy, France and beyond.

For more information, visit

Community chamber concert

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will present a community chamber concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St

The one-hour concert will be followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians.

Artists will include Si-Jing Huang, violin; Victor Romanul, violin; Michael Zaretsky, viola; and Owen Young, cello, performing “Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3” by Beethoven; “Duo for violin and viola” by Sibelius and Brahms’ “String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat, Op. 67.”

Registration is required for this free event, online at or by calling 617-863-9080.

Restaurant Week

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching Dine Out Boston – a new approach for Restaurant Week Boston – hosted from March 18 through 23 and 25 through 30.

Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.

Several restaurants in Downtown are participating, including Back Deck, Blu, Ocean Prime, Boston Omni Parker House, Union Oyster House, Q Restaurant and more.

Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charitable partner, Boston Parks Rangers.

For more information and reservations, visit


The exhibition “March Four Women” will be on display at the Scollay Square Gallery at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Sq. now to March 31.

Prints by four prominent Boston artists will be on display: lithography by Carolyn Muskat; relief by Debra Olin, etching by Emily Lombardo; and monotype by Clara Lieu.

For more information, visit

Group art exhibition

The Gallery at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St., is hosting the group art exhibition “How Do I Look?” now through April 21.

Within the hierarchy of the five senses, sight reigns supreme. Ancient Western philosophy associates vision with knowledge and linking visual perception with truth lingers in our contemporary society. Yet while sight is often the primary mode of apprehending the world, people are at the same time aware of the pitfalls and deficiencies of visual perception. This exhibit invites 11 artists to reflect on the flaws in the theory of sight as truth and the subjective nature of visual perception.

Call 617-423-4299 or visit for more information.

Fun at the library

The Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., will offer free, fun programming for children during March.

The programs will include Mother Goose on the Loose, an interactive story time using puppets, songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers, at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays; Artsy Afternoons at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, where kids, ages 5 and older, can explore arts and culture through fun, engaging projects and activities; and STEAM stories at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, when children, ages 3-5 years old, can enjoy stories and songs about science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Caregivers must accompany children to these programs.

For more details, call 617-807-7186.

Art exhibition

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Kulap: New Works by Bren Bataclan” now through April 28.

Cambridge-based Filipino-American artist Bren Bataclan will present artwork inspired by his own immigration to California in 1981. His minimalist, hyper-stylized compositions are immediately accessible to viewers of all ages and backgrounds, even as they convey themes of estrangement and belonging, discovery and confusion. The exhibition invites recognition, reflection and contemplation of what it means to be an immigrant, a citizen and an evolving human being.

Admission to the exhibition and reception is free.

For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit

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.