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According to Wikipedia, the Paramount Theatre opened in 1932 as a large 1700-seat, single-screen movie theatre. It was one of the first movie houses in Boston to play talking motion pictures. The theatre was named after its original owner, Paramount Pictures.

Family Design Day

The Boston Society of Architects will host a Family Design Day from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at BSA Space, 290 Congress St.

Mosaics have been used in architecture since ancient times as decoration and artwork, and as indoor and outdoor floor surface. This month, participants will learn about and mosaics through a tour of the Mosaic Arts International Exhibition at BSA Space and use the exhibition to design their own mosaic façade.

This family program is designed for parents and children, ages 5 to 13 years old. Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required.

Visit or call 617-391-4039 for further details and to register.

Craft beer tasting

The Trustees of Reservations will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a craft beer tasting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 at the Kitchen at Boston Public Market, Hanover Street.

The event will feature the best craft beers of New England. Hopsters Alley is hosting the tasting and more than 15 local breweries, plus other Boston Public Market vendors, will be in attendance. There will also be a Taza chocolate pairings with many of the beers, plus a cheese board provided by Appleton Farms, purveyor of over 100 Massachusetts cheeses.

Tickets are $9 for Trustees members and $15 for general admission. Each ticket receives a take-home glass. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

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

Mosaics on exhibit

The Societies of Arts and Crafts and American Mosaic Artists is displaying works by Sophie Drouin on Saturday, 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

Children’s concert

The Boston City Singers will perform in concert at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.

The Cambridge Children’s Training Chorus will entertain. Admission is free with museum admission.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-825-0674.

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 Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will host the annual Fifth of March anniversary orations from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21.

Each year from 1772 to 1775, large groups of men, women and children gathered at the Old South Meeting House to commemorate the anniversary of the Boston Massacre with rousing speeches by patriots John Hancock, Benjamin Church and Dr. Joseph Warren.

An inter-generational group including students, actors and historians will perform selected excerpts of these speeches in the grand hall where the orations took place 250 years ago.

The audience will learn about the orations and their significance with special guests, Bostonian Society executive director Nathaniel Sheidley, historian Robert Allison and Dr. Joseph Warren biographer Dr. Samuel Forman.

The history department at Suffolk University and the Bostonian Society are co-sponsoring this program.

Registration for this free program is requested at

Call 617-482-6439 for more information.

Author talk

Chinatown Presents will host an evening with authors Anelise Chen and Q.M. Zhang at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23 at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St

Kaya Press authors Chen and Zhang will come together to discuss trauma, memory and writing. Both authors push the boundaries of genres with their hybrid and experimental text that refuses to be placed in simple categories such as memoir, novels, self-help and more.

This program will be moderated by author, educator and playwright Proshot Kalami.

A donation of $10 is suggested.

Registration is required, online at or by calling 617-863-9080.


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.