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Spectacle fundraiser

Boston Harbor Now’s annual fundraising event, Spectacle on Spectacle, will take place from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20. Spectacle on Spectacle will feature a cocktail cruise to Spectacle Island, a scenic sunset over the Boston skyline, New England clambake- inspired plates and a private fireworks display. The evening will celebrate Boston Harbor Now’s ongoing efforts to: expand public access throughout Boston Harbor; promote climate resilience through well-designed parks, infrastructure and mixed-use development; grow Boston’s maritime industry; and activate the Harbor through exciting programming and educational opportunities. This year’s event will honor Mayor Martin J. Walsh for his commitment to climate resilience and will be hosted by CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Group art show

The Distillery Gallery, 516 East Second St., is displaying the group art show “You Must Not Stand in One Place,” now through June 21. The exhibition brings together artists who tap into alternative worlds by creating grand and radical meta-narratives of society. Through a variety of mediums, they investigate global concerns of today: identities, markets, machines and environments to arrive at value systems that challenge what we can strive for in our current world. The artists include: Ryan Aasen, Kamal Ahmad, Autumn Ahn and Camille McOuat, Dennis Congdon, Marissa Cote, Medar de la Cruz. Evelyn Eastmond, Tory Fair, Lina Maria Giraldo, Nash Glynn, Duy Hoàng, Kathya Landeros, Jason Lin, Jonathan Mildenberg, Peter Pa, Sheida Soleimani, Jess X. Snow, Keith Washington and Chien-Ying Wu. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays to Saturdays and by appointment. Further information is available at

Pop-up art talk

A pop-up talk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays in the fourth floor galleries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. The talk will introduce visitors to a different perspective of contemporary art from individuals who study the exhibitions every day. The visitor assistants (VAs), wearing “Ask Me” buttons, will give 15-minute talks in front of works of art. Tickets are free with museum admission. Visit or call 617-478- 3103 for further details.

Berklee concert series

The Berklee College of Music’s “Summer in the City” free concert series is now underway. Music ranges from jazz to classical, Latin to funk and folk to world. They will perform at the South Boston Waterfront on Atlantic Wharf, at noon on Thursdays through Aug. 31 and at the Institute of Contemporary Art at 6 p.m. on Thursdays from July 5 through Aug. 30 (no performances Aug. 9 or 16). Visit for more information.

Free Thursdays at ICA

Every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., general admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art at 100 Northern Ave. is free. The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists and the creative process. For more information, go to

Fenway Challenge

The Fenway Challenge will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 30 at Lee Playground, 775 East First St. The free series gives children, ages 7 to 14, the opportunity to test their pitching accuracy, swing in a batting cage and practice base stealing. The Fenway Challenge, featuring the Red Sox Showcase, will have food and entertainment including virtual reality, a replica Green Monster and Red Sox mascots Wally and Tessie. Participants will also have the opportunity to win Red Sox tickets. This event is sponsored by the Boston Red Sox, Highland Street Foundation and Boston Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, contact Cheryl Brown at 617-961-3085 or To register, go to

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.

Ironsides’ summer hours

The USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, offers tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays. Visitors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free. All guests, age 18 and older, are required to show a valid state or federal photo I.D. or a passport to board the ship. For more information, call 617-242-7511 or visit information.