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These hungry seagulls are hoping to get something to eat at the Boston Fish Pier.

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.

Call 617-266-1810 visit for more information.

Mosaic arts

Curator Debora J. Ald will present an inside look of the 17th Mosaic Arts International Exhibition, currently hosted at BSA Space, 290 Congress St., from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.

The tour will focus on the two-juried segments of the Mosaics Art International Exhibition on view: Fine Art and Architectural & Site Specific. Visitors will learn about the multiplicity of the mosaic medium and its unlimited applications and how all the works speak an ancient language with a contemporary translation.

After the tour, there will be time for a Q&A session. The exhibition is open until April 27.

This free program is being held as part of Boston Design Week.

For more details, visit

Confronting racism

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University will present “Confronting Racism and Disparities: What’s Next?” from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 at Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont St.

Members of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team will talk about their groundbreaking seven-part series that examines the city’s pervasive and persistent national image as a place unwelcoming to black people. Spotlight attempts to answer whether this reputation is still deserved.

Tickets are free, but registration is required as seating is limited. For more information, call 617-305-3616 or visit

Asian American film

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., will screen “Sunday Beauty Queen” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.

In this film, a Filipina maid dreams of becoming Hong Kong’s most beautiful queen, not for self worth but to save lives, change the abusive system and be happy inside out. It offers a glimpse on how the migration phenomenon affects the Philippines, culturally and economically. It shows the real story on how overseas Filipino workers cope with the difficulties working abroad and how they uplift the Filipino spirit around the world. A Skype Q&A with the filmmaker Babyruth Villarama Gutierrez will follow the program.

It is co-presented by the Filipino Festival in Malden and the Boston Asian American Film Festival.

Admission is free, but a donation would be welcome.

Visit or call 617-863-9080 for more information and to register.

Author visit

Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University will welcome author Arlie Russell Hochschild at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at the Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St.

Dr. Hochschild is the author of the National Book Award finalist “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.” She will share her five-year journey from the liberal bubble of Berkeley, CA to the highly conservative bubble of Lake Charles, LA, and address the question of where a divided America goes from here.

For more information, call 617-305-3616 or visit

Evening with Michael Wolff

An evening with Michael Wolff, author of “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” will be held at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the Boch Center, Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St.

Wolff will talk about his best-selling book about the most controversial presidency in the nation’s history. He is a frequent television news commentator and writes columns for Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, USA Today, the Guardian and British GQ. He is the author of six previous books and has received two National Magazine Awards.

Tickets start at $45.50 and are available at or by calling 866-348-9738.

Transit in Philadelphia

The Boston Street Railway Association will present a talk “Buffalo, Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.

Donald Nevin will share photos of the Buffalo Metro Rail in 1987, followed by views of the transit system in Philadelphia and the nearby part of New Jersey.

The program is free and open to the public.

Visit or call 508-673-3047 for more details.

Basketry in the 21st century

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

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.

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.