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Talk and walking tour

 

The Friends of the Boston HarborWalk will host a virtual tour and walking tour to commemorate the centennial of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Fort Point Arts Center, 70 Sleeper St.

 

Mike Manning of the Friends will lead this free tour. The first hour will be a talk on the Flood, its causes and its impact on the North End neighborhood. Weather permitting a complimentary trolley tour bus will take the group to the site of the Great Molasses Flood. At the end of the tour guests are invited to re-board the trolley as it continues on its tour route to Charlestown and back to Boston. If the weather does not cooperate, the entire tour will be virtual and be held at the FPAC space.

 

Reservations are requested for this free program, as space is limited.

 

Visit www.bostonharbornow.org/events or call 617-223-8667 to register and for more information.

 

 

 

 

Family design day

 

The Boston Society of Architects will host a family design day “Skyscrapers” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at BSA Space, 290 Congress St.

 

Boston, the home to the Hancock and Prudential towers, is taking steps to elevate the city’s skyline. Families will learn more about the architecture, science and art behind what keeps the world’s tallest buildings standing and then, using a kit of parts, design and build their own skyscrapers.

 

This family program is designed for parents and children, ages 5 to 13 years old. Admission is $10 or $8 for members.

 

Pre-registration is required. Visit www.architects.org or call 617-391- 4039 for further details and to register.

 

 

 

 

Dr. King in Boston

 

The Boston Children’s Museum, Wee the People and the Josiah Quincy School will celebrate the life and leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a free program from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21 at the Boston Common. Families will learn about American history and how people can come together to make meaningful change through art, language and other activities.

 

The day will include arts and crafts activities, collaborative music making with the Josiah Quincy Orchestra, programs with Wee the People and much more.

 

Admission is free.

 

For a full schedule of activities, visit www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org or call 617- 426-6500.

 

 

 

 

Jewelry in Boston

 

The Societies of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd., will welcome Museum of Fine Arts curator Jeannine Falino in a talk and book signing from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

 

Falino’s lecture “Jewelry: Boston and Beyond” will explore why Boston has been such an important center for jewelry since the early days of the arts and crafts movement, beginning with the educational initiatives that nurtured its artists and made the city an exciting center of this ornamental art form. She will also share the achievements of the city’s most renowned contemporary artists included in the Society’s exhibition, who represent a wider community of jewelers working at the forefront of the field, both in Boston and from across the country.

 

After the lecture, curators Nonie Gadsen and Emily Stoehrer will sign their book, also written with Meghan Melvin, “Arts and Crafts Jewelry in Boston: Frank Gardner Hale and His Circle.” The book accompanies the exhibition “Boston Made: Arts and Crafts, Jewelry and Metalwork” on view at the MFA.

 

Admission is free.

 

Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617- 266-1810 for more information and to register.

 

 

 

Journeys of refugees

 

 

 Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University will present “Babylon: Journeys of Refugees,” created and performed by the acclaimed Sandglass Theater and presented by Puppet Showplace Theater and Suffolk University, from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at the Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St.

 

This new production looks at the relationship of refugees to their homelands, lost and new, and the conflicts that exist within the American communities where they have fled. Using puppets and moving panoramic scrolls, Sandglass tells the refugees’ stories in original four-part choral songs. Following the performance, Ford Hall Forum will host a discussion featuring Eric Bass, Sandglass co-artistic director and “Babylon” director; Ragini Shah, Suffolk University professor of law and founder and director of Suffolk’s Immigration Clinic; Rev. Amy L. Fisher, director of the Suffolk University Interfaith Center and the University’s chaplain and contributing author of “Displaced Persons: Theological Reflection On Immigration, Refugees And Marginalization;” and moderator Dr. Iani Moreno, associate professor, Suffolk University.

 

Tickets are free, but registration is required as seating is limited.

 

For more information, call 617-305-3616 or visit www.fordhallforum.org.

 

 

 

 

Open house

 

The Wang YMCA of Chinatown, 8 Oak St. West, will host a summer camp open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. New and returning campers are invited to meet camp counselors and staff for some camp fun. Kids will sample activities, meet the counselors and enjoy a special camp treat while parents preview all camp offering and meet camp staff who will answer all questions. Summer learning, including literacy and STEM activities, are part of the Y summer experience, as well as arts and crafts, swimming, field trips, exploring nature and learning about other cultures.

 

Overnight camp opportunities and financial assistance are also available.

 

Visit www.ymcaboston.org/camps or call 617- 426-2237 for more information.

 

 

 

Play reading

 

Fort Point Theatre Channel will perform “Leftovers” by Amy Oestreicher, a reading of a full-length play with music, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St.

 

The play explores the physical and psychological impact of PTSD, conveying the pain, the losses and ultimately the gifts of transformation that stem from trauma. It follows a high school senior whose physical and emotional battle with recovery through surgeries and the battle to reclaim her voice from the abuser who took it away.

 

Refreshments will be served.

 

Admission is free.

 

Further information can be found at www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org or by calling 617-750-8900.

 

 

 

Asian American art

 

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Beyond Expectations” now through March 30.

 

Organized by Dan Jay and Mary Y. Lee, this exhibit showcases works of art from community members regardless of professional training, and tells the stories of how they have worked beyond the expectations of their family or society to fulfill their personal passion for art.

 

The exhibition features works that investigate Asian American and Asian immigrant cultures and engages with the Boston Asian American communities. A variety of artistic media are represented.

 

Admission to the exhibition is free.

 

For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bcnc.net.

 

 

 

Haitian culture and art

 

The Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts is displaying a new art exhibition, “Who We Are, What We Bring,” at Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Plaza. HAAM is a volunteer group of Haitian artists, created in 1995 to foster fellowship among the artists, promote Haitian culture in New England and build cultural bridges across different communities.

 

This exhibition will feature paintings of Boston’s cultural landmarks, historical figures with ties to New England such as Toussaint L’ Ouverture and Frederick Douglass and social themes relevant to Boston.

 

The exhibition will be in City Hall through Jan. 30.

 

Further information can be found at www.cityofboston.gov.

 

 

 

Carousel is open

 

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through January.

 

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10.

 

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.