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Crafting Your Own Game

Get a crash course in game design theory and make your very own analog game with Northeastern professor Brandon Sichling from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd. Suite 200.

Participants will get an overview of non-computer/video games and the special design considerations, and how designers make prototypes. Then, make and test your game prototype and learn about iterative design (editing and refining them).

Dice, game chips, markers and cardstock will be provided for your designing pleasure. Guidance will be given on how to integrate your own craft and thematic elements into your game while designing for specific objects, experiences and narratives.

This workshop is presented in conjunction with SA+C’s exhibit “Child’s Play” which will be on view through Jan. 18.

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Visit for tickets ($40).

Foster Prize Exhibition

The 2019 installment of the biannual James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition highlighting the work of Boston-area artists will be on view through Jan. 5 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

This intergenerational group of artists works across media including painting, sculpture, film and video to explore questions of place, portraiture and belonging and demonstrates the breath and ecology of contemporary art practices in Boston.

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Volunteer with SLM

Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) at 727 Atlantic Ave. (3rd floor) will host a Volunteer Informational Session from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, and Mar. 3 and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, Feb. 20, Mar. 12 and Mar. 26.

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.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “CATS” will be presented by Lexus Broadway in Boston from Jan. 7 through Jan. 19 at the Citizens Bank Opera House, 539 Washington St.

“CATS” tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

The original score, scenic and costume design, plus all-new choreography, lighting and sound design make this production a new “CATS” for a new generation.

Visit for show times and tickets.

‘Architecture of Time’ Exhibit/Opening Reception

The Opening Reception for “The Architecture of Time” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at the Boston Society for Architects (BSA), 290 Congress St. Suite 200.

This special event is an opportunity to celebrate the work of all 36 artists featured in the photography exhibition showcasing creative perspectives on the built or designed environment dealing with time or history through an architectural lens. All displayed artwork will be for sale for the duration of the exhibition at the BSA Space Photo Galleries.

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‘Child’s Play’ Artists’ Talk at SA+C

Two artists from the “Child’s Play” exhibition will talk about their work and process from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd. Suite 200.

Kirk Tegelaar (Skunkadelia) makes TIG welded astrobots out of steel scraps in his studio in Somerville and teaches a monthly TIG welding class.

Michael Stasiuk creates playful multimedia sculptures in his Portsmouth, NH studio.

The “Child’s Play” exhibition will be on view through Jan. 18.

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Cooking Indian Cuisine

Hostelling International (HI) Boston, 19 Stuart St. will host Cooking as a Second Language: On-the-go-food from India from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Journey through time and culture as you learn how to cook what was once considered “working class” foods of India which overtime have evolved into delicacies enjoyed by all.

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Snowport Sweat/Ice Flow

Ice Flow will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 and 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.

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‘…first in thought, then in action’ at ICA

The Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. will premiere “…first in thought, then in action,” a new sculpture and sound piece that engenders a series of public talks, conversations and performances that touch on gentrification, housing and displacement as follows:

“…first in thought, then in action: Stable Ground: Anti-Displacement Lab with NuLawLab” will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11; and “…first in thought, then in action: East Boston in Focus with Lydia Edwards” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16.

The culminating performance and celebration of “…first in thought, then in action” with the creator Anthony Romero and collaborators of the related exhibition, “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art” will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.

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Friends Anniversary Party/Fundraiser

Friends of Fort Point Channel has been working hard for the past 15 years to make Fort Point-Seaport a great place to work, live and play. The Friends invite you to celebrate the community, founders, sponsors and friend with a night of music, auctions, food and drinks from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 15 at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum at 306 Congress St.

Visit for tickets ($150).

‘Child’s Play’

The “Child’s Play” exhibition that celebrates the joy and amusement of handcrafted toys, collectibles, and games through interaction, shared memories and imagination will be on view through Jan. 18 at the Society of Arts + Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd. Suite 200.

From board games and dolls to computer games, this exhibition of self-assembled and handcrafted toys encompasses playthings from previous generations right up to today.

Visit for more information.