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This wood engraving by Homer Winslow shows the corner of Winter, Washington and Summer streets as it was in 1857. Check the Boston Public Library for many more old photos of the city.

Traka: Story and Movement Workshop

Explore how dance, culture, and community can be pathways to healing through story and movement from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St.

Currently in residency at Boston Center for the Arts, Jean Appolon’s newest work Traka (“Troubles” in Haitian Kreyo) explores the impact of his father’s murder in Haiti in 1991 and the healing capabilities of dance, culture, and community. As part of his residency, Appolon will lead a community workshop with a focus on connecting the immigrant, refugee, and dance communities.

Workshop participants are invited to contribute to the creative process of this new work by sharing and moving at their level of comfort through written or movement communication. Elements shared may be woven into the premiere performance in May.

All abilities are welcome at this free and open public workshop.

Visit to learn more about the artist and for other details.

Learn to Curl at Snowport

Learn to curl with the North End Curling Club from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22 at Snowport, 65 Northern Ave.

At Learn to Curl, you will learn the basics of the sport and practice with real games on the iceless curling lanes.

These lessons will occur in 30-minute increments throughout the time period. No experience is required. Warm, loose-fitting, comfortable clothing is recommended.

Visit for other details.

Little Big Town ‘Nightfall Tour’

The country music group Little Big Town will present their “Nightfall Tour” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St.

Visit for tickets (starting at $29) and other information.

‘Parsons Dance’

Global Arts Live will present “Parsons Dance” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre 219 Tremont St.

Founded in 1985 by artistic director David Parsons and Tony Award‒winning lighting designer Howell Binkley, the New York City-based company is known around the world for choreography and dancers bursting with unstoppable energy.

For more information and tickets, visit

New England Boat Show

The New England Boat Show will be held from Feb. 8 through Feb. 16 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St.

There will be something for everyone to enjoy, from educational programs to kids’ boating fun; and of course, a showcase of your favorite brands of boats.

Saturday hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday through Friday hours: noon to 8 p.m.

Visit for tickets and other details.

ICA Gallery talk

Patricia Davis will offer her reflections on the Tschabalala Self’s Out of Body exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 in the context of her own work on Black women’s representation in both historical and contemporary media and performance.

She will discuss the ways in which Self’s artistic vision centered on “avatars” of Black femininity may be situated within broader discourses of race and gender, as well as its implications for the politics and poetics of pubic representation of African American womanhood in the past and present.

The Tschabalala Self: Out of Body exhibition will be on view through July 5.

Free with museum admission. Visit for other information.

‘Entre les rangs’ interactive art

Take a sensory stroll through an urban field of some 28,000 flexible stems capped with white reflectors that oscillate, sparkle and resonate under the effect of wind and human walks from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. through Feb. 9 at Seaport Common, 85 Northern Ave.

“Entre les rangs,” a new interactive outdoor art installation, is a tribute to fields of wheat that shimmer in the wind as the seasons pass. The installation’s changing nature – depending on wind, precipitation, light (both natural and artificial) and human interaction – encourages visitors to return multiple times.

Visit to learn more.

2020 Oscar-Nominated Short Films

For the 14th consecutive year, the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. will present the Oscar-nominated live-action, animated, and documentary shorts you always wished you’d seen come Oscar night (Feb. 9).

The films will be on view through Feb. 9.

Visit for a list of films, show times, tickets and other information.

The Great Open Office Debate

The Great Open Office Debate will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Poppin, 285 Summer St. #12.

join Poppin and Avinash Rajagopal, Editor in Chief of Metropolis, for wine and hors d’oeuvres while they discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the open office and what it means for the future of the workplace.

In the age of open office, public opinion on its design implications has shifted from celebratory to contemptuous and back again. A design strategy originally meant to increase a sense of community and collaboration has recently been described as a hinder to productivity and, in some cases, happiness. Find out where they currently stand.

Visit for registration and other information.

UNITE Panel Discussion

Design Museum Foundation will present Design Museum UNITE: The Business Behind Design from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at Wayfair, 4 Copley Place, Second Floor.

We can all see the tangible outcome of impactful design, but what goes on behind the scenes to ensure that work is profitable, marketable, and legal? What’s the secret sauce that allows creative companies to thrive? Spend an evening in conversation with leaders behind the curtain of design.

Visit for registration ($30) and other information. Become a member to attend this event for free. Membership starts at $5 a month.

Ladies Lounge: Celebrating You

This Valentine’s Day, fall in love with yourself at the Ladies Lounge experience from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at GA Boston, 125 Summer St. 13th Floor.

While devoting time to all the pressure of the flowers, the candies, and finding someone special to be with is wonderful; sometimes devoting time to your self is more important. No matter what your relationship status, spend this Valentine’s celebrating you!

Self-love is essential to our success in life, but it’s not always easy to feel. For a lot of women, self-doubt can get in the way of happiness. Join them for a discussion on self-care and learn how to prioritize yourself, boost your self-esteem and become your fiercest advocate. At this event, you’ll gain the tools you need to truly empower yourself and find success both in your career and in your life.

Visit for other details.

Sundance Film Festivals Shorts

The 2019 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour will be presented from Feb. 13 through Feb. 16 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

This tour is a 96-minute theatrical program of seven short films selected from the 2019 festival, widely considered the premier showcase of short films and the Launchpad for many now prominent independent filmmakers for more than 30 years. Including fiction, documentary, and animation from around the world, the 2019 program offers new audiences a taste of what the festival offers, from sharply written comedy and drama to edgy genre films and an intimate family saga.

$5 ICA members/students; $10 nonmembers. Gallery admission sold separately.

Visit for other information, including the program and viewing times.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Snowport

Create customized painted hearts by @moniqueaimee while enjoying a playlist sure to make your heart throb from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 at Snowport Winter Village, 65 Northern Ave.

Visit for registration and other details.

‘Good Grief’

“Good Grief” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Emerson Tufte Performance & Production Center, Greene Theater, 10 Boylston Place.

Everett’s dynamic multimedia dance theater enters an unburdening process: the minds and bodies of individuals after enduring trauma.

The artists utilized the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy and performances to explore healing for their own life experiences. Onstage, they dive inward, uncover their parts of the self, slip into the unconscious, and look at the body made foreign and disconnected – all in search of a true self. In “Good Grief,” Everett presents a journey of fragmented memories, exiled parts, and hopes that dwells in a thriving imagination.

Visit for tickets (from $25) and other information.

Chili, Hot Dogs, & Peace Supper

A Peace Supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14 in the Lower Hall of St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston.

The Peace Ministry offers monthly Peace Suppers where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices, and healthy food nourishes the body.

For more information, to volunteer and/or to make a financial donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at

BCNC’s Lunar New Year Banquet

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s (BCNC) annual Lunar New Year Banquet will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 6 at the Hei La Moon Restaurant, 88 Beach St.

Join the BCNC’s family for a festive celebration that also serves as an important fundraiser to provide essential family-centered services to more than 13,000 Asian and new immigrants each year.

Have food, fun and festivities for a great cause.

5:30 p.m. – Reception and Cultural Activities

6:30 p.m. –Traditional 10-course Chinese Banquet and Entertainment

Contact Jean Quintal at 617-603-2540 to reserve your seat or table of 10 by Friday, Feb. 14.

‘Detroit Red’

Emerson Paramount Center (559 Washington St.) presents “Detroit Red” through Feb. 16.

This world premiere of “Detroit Red” uplifts Malcolm X’s under-examined, life-shaping experiences as a young man who called Boston home.

For tickets and show times, visit

Snowport Sweat/Children’s IceFlow

Children’s Ice Flow will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 20 at Snowport, 65 Northern Ave.

Ice Flow is a gentle, yoga-inspired class designed specifically for skaters of all skill levels. This special skating class is designed for fun. Skaters will play, glide, giggle, and dance their way to discover the joy of skating outdoors.

Visit for other details.

Volunteer with SLM

Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) at 727 Atlantic Ave. (3rd floor) will host a Volunteer Informational Session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, Mar. 12 and Mar. 26 and from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mar. 3.

SLM empowers youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential skills.

Some of the volunteer opportunities include mentoring youth, joining the Board of Ambassadors, supporting annual events and fundraisers plus skills-based positions to lend expertise to SLM.

These opportunities range in commitment from one-off projects or consulting to multiple years of committed mentoring.

The session will include information about the organization, the range of opportunities available and ways to identify best fits.

For more information, contact

To register, visit

Snowport Sweat/Ice Flow

Ice Flow will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 22 at Snowport, 65 Northern Ave. in Seaport.

Ice Flow is a gentle, yoga-inspired class designed specifically for skaters of all skill levels. Skaters stretch, breathe, and glide together to music doing simple skating ovesm. Similar to yoga, the focus is on the breath – how it connects to movement, and helps us enjoy the present moment.

IceFlow encourages people to discover the joy of skating.

Visit for other details.

Opera Gala 2020

The Opera Gala 2020 will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the State Room, 60 State St.

The Opera Gala will celebrate the tremendous achievements of Stanford General and Artistic Director Esther Nelson’s first decade of leadership and launch the next decade of bold, exciting music at Boston Lyric Opera (BLO).

Featuring elegant cocktails (at 6 p.m.) and delectable dining (at 7 p.m.) and tribute performances you can’t see anywhere else, this evening is not to be missed.

Visit for tickets and other information.

For sponsorship information or other inquiries, email or phone 617-702-8975.


The theatrical performance of “Sweat” will be held through Feb. 23 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.

“Sweat,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage weaves a tale of trust and doubt, longtime bonds and short-term possibilities while exploring what the American dream means today.

Visit for tickets and show times.

Boston Fight for Air Climb

Boston Fight for Air Climb will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Mar. 28 at One Boston Place, 201 Washington St. sponsored by the American Lung Association.

Participants climb solo or form teams to tackle the 789 stairs of One Boston Place. The first participant will start at 8 a.m. and every climber thereafter will start in 10 second intervals. The Firefighter Division will begin around 12:30 p.m. with firefighters across the country climbing in full gear.

Visit for more information and registration.

Winterfest 2020

The Spaulding Professional Council will present Winterfest 2020 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 100 Federal Street, 100 Federal St.

This seasonal celebration brings together a vibrant group of Boston-area professionals for an evening full of chilled cocktails and warm conversation. Slip into some festive party attire to savor tasty treats and enjoy live entertainment – all while supporting a very special life-changing cause. Proceeds from the 5th annual Winterfest will benefit Spaulding Research Institute, which is advancing rehabilitation science at a record-breaking pace to make impossible recoveries possible.

Visit to learn more and to purchase tickets: $100-$150.

Free English classes for adult immigrants

Catholic Charities Labouré Center, 275 West Broadway offers free English classes for adult immigrants.

Morning classes are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. four days a week and evening classes are held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. three days a weeks.

They also offer English, Math and Computer Classes.

Drop by Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. or call 617-464-855l for more information.


KidsJam, a monthly family dance party for children, ages 10 and younger, which features a live DJ, dance lessons, games and other fun, is held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the last Friday of the month through June at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. free with admission.

Visit for other information.

‘Kusama: Infinity’

“Kusama: Infinity” will be shown on select dates through Mar. 1 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

The film explores artist Yayoi Kusam’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in American during the 1960s (where she rivaled Any Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international acclaim she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 90s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan.

The “Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama” exhibition will be on view through Feb. 7.

For other information, visit

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and Meditation is held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Hyatt Regency Boston, One Ave de Lafayette.

Accessible to all levels, with a power class on the first Wednesday of every month, this is a great way to add some self-care and fitness to your weekly routine. Stretch, move, breathe, and get centered with YogaPro Anna Saluti. Your body will thank you.

Bring your own mat, and arrive early as the class starts promptly at the appointed hour.

Visit to sign up.

Mindful Monday

Mindful Monday will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at GA Boston, 125 Summer St.

Come for an evening of mindfulness activities – such as meditation and yoga. Start your week off right, clear your headspace, and recharge for the rest of your work/life week.

Visit for other information.

In the Kitchen: Spring 2020 Series

The Pao Center, 99 Albany St. will hold Spring 2020 In the Kitchen classes as follows:

Sizzle, simmer, and enjoy a delicious dinner that carries the flavors of home: egg and tomato stir fry, soy-braised pork belly, and seaweed egg drop soup at Homestyle Favorites from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 2.

At Family-Friendly Eats held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 learn how to make chicken fingers with sweet and sour sauce and stir-fried rice, two simple and tasty meals for kids and adults alike. Tickets are for one adult plus up to two children, ages five and up.

Visit for additional information and registration. Tickets are $30 for each class or $70 for the series.

Support St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry

The Good Samaritan Ministry at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston supports individuals and families who are often overlooked by others. Violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices often isolate victims and survivors from the blessings of a safe and welcoming community.

Their Peace Ministry offers monthly Peace Breakfasts, winter Pasta and Peace dinners, summer Peace Picnics and other gatherings where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, and healthy food nourishes the body.

Their Recovery Ministry offers a sanctuary of support and spiritual nourishment for those seeking recovery from addiction and for their families and friends.

Their Food Security Ministry provides monthly groceries and emergency food for nearly 300 individuals and families living with hunger a month.

For more information, to volunteer and/or to make a financial/food/supplies donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at

Cradle of Liberty

Discover the importance of Faneuil Hall as a meeting place and site of protest and debate from the 1740s to present. Free ongoing discussions and talks take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through May 24 in The Great Hall, Second Floor at Faneuil Hall when the Great Hall is not closed for other events.

Visit for other information.

District Hall tour

The District Hall Weekly Community Tour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on most Tuesdays throughout the year.

District Hall is the world's first freestanding public innovation center, designed to inspire innovation, foster collaboration and make great ideas come to life is located at 75 Northern Ave.

District Hall operates a free, public workspace, rentable event space and runs free programming that's open to everyone.

For event bookings, visit

To learn more about District Hall, visit:

Sustainability breakfast

Net Impact Boston (NIB) holds a monthly informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals on Wednesday mornings. Drop in anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at Pret a Manger, 101 Arch St. for networking, discussion and moral support.

NIB combines members’ talents, energy and commitment with the wealth of business, educational, nonprofits, public sectors and other resources to make a positive social, environmental and economic impact.

For more information, visit


“Who? What? Why?” The LI+TLE Lab at Emerson College, 216 Tremont St. wants to learn more about question-asking in young children. Bring your 3-, 4-, or 5-year old to their lab for some fun games and activities – at the end of the visit, your child will receive a small prize and parents will be offered a $40 Amazon gift card and reimbursement for travel. The lab visits last about 2.5 hours.

Visit to learn more and/or email to arrange a visit.

Fighting for Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad

Lewis Hayden was born enslaved in Kentucky and escaped with his family on the Underground Railroad. He settled in Boston and became one of the most active fighters in the abolition movement.

This free 20-minute film plays on-demand in the Find Your Park space, Lower Level, Faneuil Hall every day from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 18.

Visit for other information.

Walk to the Sea

The Walk to the Sea encompasses four centuries of Boston history.

Beginning at the State House on Beacon Hill, overlooking Boston Common, the Walk passes among historic landmarks and skyscrapers. The Walk crosses ground that, centuries earlier, was not ground at all, but an active harbor.

Boston's history is tied to the sea, whose smells and sounds once pervaded the town. The Walk from summit to sea, spanning one mile and descending 100 feet, brings that history to life.

Mayor Thomas Menino dedicated the Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea in 2008.

For more information, visit

Freedom Trail Tour

The Freedom Trail Tour will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Mar. 31.

Join Boston by Foot and stroll the Freedom Trail’s ancient streets, past historic cemeteries and colonial stone houses all the while hearing tales of rebellion, war, and independence of a nation.

It is the epic stories of Boston’s rise and America’s birth.

The tour will meet outside the Park Street MBTA station on the Park Street side of the Boston Common and end at Faneuil Hall.

For more information and to reserve a spot on this “name your price tour,” visit

South Station History Tour

The South Station History Tour is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month (at South Station, 700 Atlantic Ave).

The free South Station tour is a lively hour-long walk through the 20th century, glimpsing into the railroad past and peeking into its future. Points of discussion include: geography of the area, architecture, history of the railroad, and historic events that shaped the railroad and South Station Terminal in particular.

The tour covers three levels of South Station, accessed via escalator and elevator.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Meet at the tour sign inside the Grand Concourse, by Teddy Ballgames. No reservations are necessary. Private group tours can be arranged for a fee.

Visit for more information.

Boston Fire Museum

The Boston Fire Museum at 344 Congress St. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays or by appointment.

The Boston Fire Department is one of the oldest in the country and the Museum occupies the historic Congress Street Fire Station.

The Museum collection comprises fire alarm displays and artifacts, firefighting equipment, antique fire apparatus and photograph that were used in the Greater Boston area.

Sparky the Dalmatian, a real-life fire house dog, is always welcoming and ready to assist the guide during the tours.

Admission is free; donations are always welcome.

To learn more, visit

HUZZAH! Tavern Nights

HUZZAH! Tavern Nights – Boston’s only colonial tavern experience – will be held the first Friday of the month at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum at 306 Congress St. (on Congress Street Bridge).

Revel with Sam Adams, John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy and other prominent Bostonians as they lift their glasses in celebration, raise their voices in song and determine the fate of Colonial America. Sample rustic fare, play authentic games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dance in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. Let joy be unfettered and laughter unchained with the Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Freedom.

From April through October, the doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. From November through March the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Visit for details and tickets.

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.

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays through May 28 at the Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

Little free libraries

Little Free Libraries at Readers Park (School and Washington streets) and 175 Federal Street Plaza are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (weather permitting)

Anyone can take a book and leave a book.

Model room tours

The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.

Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at

For groups larger than 15 people email to arrange a tour.

$1 night at museum

Admission to the Boston Children’s Museum at 308 Congress St. is $1 per person every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit or phone 617-426-6500.