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Boston walking tour

The community is invited to join the Old North Foundation for a special walking tour examining the historic development of Boston’s ever-changing landscape at 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.

The tour will start at the Old State House, 206 Washington St., travel down State Street to the waterfront at Long Wharf and then continue down the Rose Kennedy Greenway to the North End. Participants will trace the evolution of Boston’s shoreline and its relationship to the history of the city as well as look at contemporary developments like the Big Dig and their impact on modern day Boston. The tour will end at the Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem St., for a discussion of historic changes in the North End neighborhood and place Old North within the context of Boston’s evolving landscape.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 617-858-8231 on online at

Restaurant Week

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching Dine Out Boston – a new approach for Restaurant Week Boston – hosted from March 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

Basketry in the 21st century

The Societies of Arts and Crafts and American Mosaic Artists will display “All Things Considered: Basketry in the 21st Century” presented by the National Basketry Organization from March 29 through June 9 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 29.

The exhibition is the ninth in a series of juried biennial exhibitions intended to show the full spectrum of work currently being executed by well-known and emerging artists in the United States. From black bamboo to reclaimed plastics, these 40 artworks represents a broad range of approaches by artists working within the field of contemporary basketry and showcase excellence in creative exploration, technique and craftsmanship. It is juried by Lloyd Herman, the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for further details.

Music at the meetinghouse

New England Conservatory of Music will present a musical program at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St.

Soprano Erica Petrocelli will perform. She recently won first place in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Program.

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

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

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 31 at 100 Pier Four Blvd.

Martha Bird will present on basketry as a tool for healing and empowerment in this talk “Reclaiming Basketry: Working through Stigma to Reach Creative Potential.” She will share basketry from past to present, including the impact of stigma on creative expression within the field. She uses her own personal experiences as well as research on the topic to challenge the everyday references that often are shrugged off and contribute to perpetuating stereotypes of the medium.

Admission is free.

For more information, call 617-266-1810 visit


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

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.