Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes
Newfest Rod Parker Production: ‘Going to California’
The Newfest Rod Parker Playwriting Award Winning Production of Going to California, presented by Emerson Stage, will be held at 8 p.m. through Sunday, April 4.
The student winner of this award will see their play taken from page to virtual stage in this fully produced performance.
Visit https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/45249 for more information and tickets ($12 - GA | $8 - Emerson).
Film Noir Discussion: ‘The Prowler’ (1951)
Join the Boston Public Library and Barry Marshall, Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, for an online film discussion about The Prowler (1951), available for viewing on YouTube.
People are encouraged to view the film prior to attending the event from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6 so that the conversation may be active.
Visit https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/604949c86fb99b2e009589ed for more information and registration.
Chinese Mandarin Conversation Group for Beginners
A Chinese Mandarin Conversation Group for (Adult) Beginners will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from April 7 through April 28. This is a fun, casual environment for Chinese Mandarin learners.
To join the group, register at https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/6054e7aa1eedf024007fb713.
Leadership sharing experiences
Join the Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7 for an exciting, inspiring virtual program celebrating contributions being made to life and culture in art, science, service and commerce - the words etched around the Labyrinth’s Circle.
Six thought leaders – each leading by extraordinary example – will speak about their professional experiences and commitment to social good and making a difference.
Registrants will hear their individual stories and listen to their conversations and responses to your submitted questions.
Visit https://www.armenianheritagepark.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.
Bright Lights: ‘Her Socialist Smile’
In his new film, Gianvito meditates on a particular moment in early 20th-century history: when Helen Keller began speaking out passionately on behalf of progressive causes. Beginning in 1913, when, at age 32, Keller gave her first public talk before a general audience, Her Socialist Smile is constructed of onscreen text taken from Keller’s speeches, impressionistic images of nature, and newly recorded voiceover by poet Carolyn Forché.
The film is a rousing reminder that Keller’s undaunted activism for labor rights, pacifism and women’s suffrage was philosophically inseparable from her battles for the rights of the disabled.
Her Socialist Smile will be available to view at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7 until the discussion begins.
A live 45-minute moderated discussion with director and VMA professor John Gianvito
will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform and on Zoom.
Visit https://emersontheatres.org for more information and registration.
ICA Free Thursday Night
The ICA is free for all visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.
Tickets for Free Thursday Nights will be available at icaboston.org/tickets at 10 a.m. on that Thursday morning.
A New Space for Our Ideals
Revolutionary Spaces will hold a moderated discussion at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 about the role that Revolutionary-Era sites monuments play in society and how they can lead to conversation about our national values.
Go to https://www.revolutionaryspaces.org/2021/03/04/revolutionary-monuments for more information and Zoom registration.
Pajama Storytime with the BPL Children’s Room
Grab your coziest PJs and a favorite stuffed animal and join Librarian Julia and special guest BLO (Boston Lyric Opera) Teaching Artist Lydia for end-of-day stories, songs and movement – that are opera-themed.
This story time, which takes place from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays through April 29, is ideal for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary kids.
Visit https://blo.org for more information and reservations.
Opera Night at the BPL: Blackness and Identity in Opera
Join Dr. Naomi André, scholar and author of Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 to explore themes of voice, race and gender entwined deep within the rich history of the art form of opera and how it frames the moment of today.
BLO artists will present works by opera composers exploring the Black experience in this one-hour lecture performance presented by Boston Lyric Opera in support of the Boston Public Library’s “Repairing America: Racial Equity and Recovery” initiative.
Visit https://bpl.bibliocommons.com/events/603fc33ba400e845001c404a for more information and Zoom registration.
The BIG question: Virtual Family Feud
Complete with authentic visuals, sound effects and music - survey says - this is sure to be a fun, virtual event to kick off the spring. Join Big Sister Boston for a night of fun, competition and teamwork from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8.
All funds raised through this first-ever partnership between Big Sister Boston's Diversity Board and Young Professional Board directly benefit their mentoring and enrichment programs for Greater Boston's girls.
Go to https://www.bigsister.org for more information and tickets (Individual: $30 | Team: $250).
Immigrant Opportunity Job Fair 2021
BCNC (Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center) will host a virtual job fair targeted towards English language learners from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 9 and April 16.
Many diverse companies will be available to offer positions and opportunities to ESOL students in the Greater Boston area.
Immigrants and English language learners bring a wide range of skills and experience to the workforce, including language skills in some of the most commonly spoken languages in Boston: Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Vietnamese and French.
Visit https://bcnc.net/events/bcncjobfair2021 for more information and registration.
Chinatown Presents: How to Maybe Get into an Ivy League College
Growing up Asian American these days means different things to different people. BCNC Youth Center participants will join Ed Lin, author of David Tung Can’t Have A Girlfriend Until He Gets Into an Ivy League College in a lively conversation about what it is like to be a certain type of an Asian American high school student in the 2020s.
Join them from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 9 for readings, sharing and more.
Go to https://www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/edlin for more information and registration.
Eighth Annual Artemis Circle Spring Luncheon
Artemis Circle, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston’s women’s leadership group, will come together virtually from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 12 to support Club members and families this spring.
Join them for a virtual Club tour, hear from inspiring speakers and connect with like-minded women.
Visit https://www.bgcb.org/artemislunch for more information, including sponsorships, donations and tickets.
CraftBoston: ‘Studs + Drops’
The Society of Arts + Crafts (SA+C) will present four new themed CraftBoston shows that include workshops, artist studio tours and informative blogs along with a diverse selection of gift-centric works.
The first of the events is “Studs + Drops,” a show that focuses on the ancient art of earrings. This online event will be held through Friday, May 28.
Visit https://societyofcrafts.org for more information.
Artists for Humanity has a limited-edition collection – in addition to one of the largest collections of teen-created fine art in Boston and perhaps the nation – that amplifies AFH teen artists' creative expression during these pivotal times, providing them a platform for shaping how society moves forward to create a better, more equitable world.
Visit www.afhboston.org for more information, including links to purchase their artworks. Reduced shipping rates are available.
You can also peruse your daily dose of art on Instagram @AFHBoston.
Bank of America Museums on Us
Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket to the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (ICA) during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us.
Visit https://www.icaboston.org for more information.
The Greenway Carousel
The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Take a spin on an animal native to Boston: lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, butterfly, skunk, oarfish, whale, rabbit, owl and harbor seal.
The Greenway Carousel participates in the EBT Card to Culture program; present your EBT card for up to 4 free rides.
The Greenway Carousel Coloring Books are also available for purchase online.
Visit https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/carousel for more information and tickets.
Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ – two more available
The Walking Plays is a new free audio play series of six short plays by Boston-based playwrights which unfold on a continuous route around the Back Bay, Downtown and Theatre District neighborhoods.
The Walking Plays explore the private moments that we experience in public. Rediscover Boston through new eyes as you walk alongside intricate characters or experience these intimate stories in the comfort of your home.
The first four plays – On Paying Attention by David Valdes; Monster in the Sky by Ginger Lazarus; Kill the Dogs, Knock Them Over! by Liana Asim; and In Any Face by Miranda Austen ADEkoje – are available to stream with two more being released later this spring.
Visit www.lyricstage.com/to-go/walking-plays for more information and access to the plays.
Critical Shortage - Donate blood to ARC
Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.
Give blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. The Center is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.
Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
MassHire Career Center
The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center is currently offering all services remotely, including webinars, coaching, and employment services.
Visit https://masshiredowntownboston.org for more information.
Operation ABLE (174 Portland St.) provides employment services and training programs to job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds.
All services at Operation ABLE are being conducted remotely, including distance learning, coaching, and wrap-around services. Class enrollments are open for computer skills training and Health Care and Social Services training, among others.
Visit operationable.net for more information and registration.
ICA Art (Co) Lab
Art (Co) Lab is a weekly virtual program for youth in grades 6-8 focused on contemporary and visual art making. Inspired by installations and projects in the Bank of America Art Lab, participants will explore various art materials, methods, and ideas to grow as artists and create a creative online community.
Create art and work with ICA staff, teaching artists and assistants, along with special guest artists from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays through May 26 (13 sessions; no class on April 21).
An art materials kit will be provided and scholarships are available.
Visit icaboston.org for more information and registration (Free for BPS students with code BPS2020 | $168 for members | $210 for nonmembers).
Boston Sustainability Breakfast
Net Impact Boston will host a virtual informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals for networking, discussion and moral support from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month through June.
It's important to remind ourselves that we are not the only ones out there in the business world trying to do good!
Go to www.netimpactboston.org/events/2020/9/16/boston-sustainability-breakfast-edceb-shjjc for tickets.
Free ICA admission for families
When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under and up to two adults per family are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month (except December).
Go to https://www.icaboston.org for more information.
Go anytime, anywhere with your all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth.
Get the full YMCA GO experience for free!
Go to ymcago.org for more information and registration.
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.
Visit bostonteapartyship.com for more information.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. has reopened following safety guidelines and with advanced timed tickets.
ICA will continue to provide virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families as well as online shopping at the ICA Store.
Go to https://www.icaboston.org for more information.
BPL Reading Challenge
As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”
In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.
The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.
Visit bpl.org for more information.
Black Seed Writers Group + ‘The Pilgrim’
The Black Seed Writers Group meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in Upper Sproat Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul at 138 Tremont St. to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage.
The Pilgrim literary magazine features the works of hundreds of homeless, transitional and recently-housed writers.
Visit www.stpaulboston.org and/or www.thepilgrim.org for more information.
Young Adults Cafes Zoom gatherings
The Park Street Church offers Young Adult Cafes from 7 to 9:15 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, open to all young adults in the Greater Boston area.
The Tuesday café is comprised of young adults in their late 20s and 30s while the Wednesday café is designed for youth in their early 20s.
The Cafes meet virtually to help people stay connected in a healthy and safe way during these challenging times. The participants meet in a large group for worship, bible study and/or and fellowship and then break up into a variety of small groups, including ones for newcomers.
For more information, visit www.parkstreet.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Worship Communities
Gather with fellow undergraduates at the Park Street Church as they stream church services together and then spend time in fellowship, reflection and prayer. Students of all spiritual backgrounds are welcome.
Join the morning community to stream the 11 a.m. (traditional with choir & organ) or the evening community to stream the 4 p.m. (Contemporary with Sunday Night Band). The groups hope to grow together in wisdom as they develop a deeper understanding of who God is on an intellectual and personal level.
Visit parkstreet.org/ministries/college for more information, including other college student-related events and groups.
‘CROSSING CULTURES: Family, Memory and Displacement’ exhibition
Crossing Cultures is a photo-based art exhibit about family, memory, displacement and identity from the point of view of four visual artists with roots in four continents: Europe (Germany), Asia (India), South America (Peru) and North America and the Caribbean (Mexico and Cuba). Through the use of vintage family photographs and different mediums: photography, mixed media and video, these artists uncover their family stories and create complex, multidimensional narratives to reflect upon what they have left behind while shifting countries and at the same time honoring and remembering family traditions and vanishing ways of life.
The exhibition will be on view at FPAC Gallery, 300 Summer St. and online at www.fortpointarts.org through Thursday, April 15.
Gallery hours: Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.
‘The Fall of the House of Usher’
BLO (Boston Lyric Opera) moves from stage to screen for this brand-new, cinematic version of Philip Glass’ opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, based on the spellbinding, short story by Edgar Allan Poe.
William is summoned by his desperate friend Roderick to visit him and his dying sister Madeline in their mansion. A shroud of murder, deceit and the supernatural covers everything in this disturbing story inspired by a Boston family and their gothic home.
An opera in two acts with libretto by Arthur Yorinks, this reimagined version will be available through Wednesday, June 30 exclusively on operabox.tv.
Go to https://blo.org/usher for more information.
Ghost Light Series
All previously recorded episodes of the Ghost Light Series, a live half-hour music program filmed to an empty Wang Theatre illuminated only by the Ghost Light, are available to enjoy, including The Best of the Ghost Light Series One Hour Special which premiered at 7 p.m. on March 13 on NECN.
Visit bochcenter.org for more information.
Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed
There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.
If you are in need of anything – or are willing to assist them in outreach – please email email@example.com or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email, and a list of items needed, or availability to serve.
Bulfinch Crossing projection ‘Float’
“Float” is a visual animation (with color, light and sound) that seamlessly integrates onto the beams and ceiling of the underpass of Bulfinch Crossing (Government Center Garage underpass at 1 Congress St.), transforming the underutilized space into an art exhibit.
The art installation can be viewed on foot, bike or from the safety of your car from dusk to dawn through Spring 2021. All visitors should practice city and state recommendations on social distancing.
Additional information can be found at: www.bulfinchcrossingprojections.com.
‘i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times’
On view at the Institute of Contemporary Art through May 23, i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times celebrates the power of experiencing art in person. This exhibition, which borrows its title from a Henry Taylor painting in the ICA collection, is conceived as an invitation to visitors to create a personal connection with works of art.
Comprising unique encounters with new acquisitions and iconic works from the ICA’s collection, the exhibition’s groupings, or scenes, address a range of topics, including ideas of home and history, social and material transformation and frames of identity in portraiture and sculpture.
Including works by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Kader Attia, Firelei Báez, Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin, Simone Leigh, Doris Salcedo and many others, i’m yours sparks wonder, encourages questions, challenges assumptions and provides a space for reflection.
Wen-hao Tien: ‘Home on Our Backs’
Through five works, Pao Arts Center’s Artist-In-Residence Wen-hao Tien explores concepts of nomad and home in-flux through the lens of past, present and future. Do they exist all at once?
Tien’s year-long research, community conversation and reflection cumulate in a body of poetic work that will continue to evolve post residency.
With this exhibition, inspired by local Asian American history, Tien and the Pao Arts Center welcome community conversations during this unprecedented time. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, June 26.
Go to www.paoartscenter.org/events/2020/homeonourbacks for more information.
Meet the Instruments series
Join the New England Philharmonic and the Boston Children’s Museum for their annual Meet the Instruments series – virtually!
In this virtual series, kids learn about the different families of musical instruments and how those instruments fit together to make an orchestra. Each segment will introduce to a new family of instruments – strings, brass, and woodwinds – as the talented musicians from NEP share their instruments and their passion for making music.
Visit the Boston Children’s Museum YouTube Page to enjoy the series.
BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)
The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).
Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.
Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.
Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information
Boston Eats provides free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under. No ID or registration required.
Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.
Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.
If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.
Boston Children’s Museum virtual tour and resources
Children can plot their next museum adventure by navigating past fun spots like the three-story New Balance Foundation Climb on the first floor and the Construction Zone on the third floor.
Among the resources are BCM Home Edition weekly activities that families can do together and 100 Ways to Play – from cooking and crafting (such as origami, beading, paper dolls and accessories), to imagination and observation games, to exploring and movement activities.
The “Big & Little” podcast for adults, about families, kids, and our world, explores relevant topics ranging from play, learning, creativity, resilience, and health through interviews with people from varied professions and who have different perspectives and experiences.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org and/or follow their social media accounts for more information.
Boston Public Market
Boston Public Market is an urban, indoor, year-round marketplace at 100 Hanover St. featuring 35 New England artisans and food producers who offer locally-sourced fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items.
Boston Public Market also has online ordering and same or next day delivery service.
BPM winter hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. following health and safety protocols.
Check Instagram for frequent updates.
Visit bostonpublicmarket.org for more information, including special events.
The Boston Cyclists Union
The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.
Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.
The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.
All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at bostoncyclistsunion.org.
Help Support MANNA Community Program at Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.
In addition to the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
Serving these individually-packaged meals to a larger number of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.
Visit www.stpaulboston.org for more information.
Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)
From 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, the Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.) at Park Street Church prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them outside their church to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston.
The group is requesting donations of winter clothing (sizes M, L and larger) such as sweaters, jackets and boots for men and women.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries, gift cards, or clothing or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email email@example.com or visit www.parkstreet.org.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. – the largest day shelter in Massachusetts – continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.
Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:
- Make a gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund
- Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks.
- Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist.
Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.
Visit stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.
Liberty Bell Boston A/R artwork
Boston was chosen for its role in one of the most complex and formative moments in U.S. history – the Boston Tea Party. Focused on early U.S. history, this location asks people to consider those who were granted rights, those who were excluded and the subsequent legacy of colonization.
Liberty Bell invites viewers to reflect on one of the early struggles for American liberty and independence while questioning how the Boston Tea Party shaped the future of the country and the contested definition of freedom.
On site, the augmented-reality artwork’s ephemerality illuminates the fragile moment the country faces. In this location, accessible to a public audience, Liberty Bell invites viewers the opportunity to consider their own experiences of liberty, freedom, injustice and inequality.
The drawing floats over the water of the Fort Point Channel between the Congress and Seaport bridges on the Harborwalk.
If you’ve enjoyed ICA’s free Thursday Nights, Holiday Mondays, talks, tours, film screenings and family programs – or would like to see more of them – consider a small donation of $5 or more today. Your support helps keeps programs such as these free and accessible to all.