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Celebrating Latin music

The Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment will host the 11th annual “Caliente: A Celebration of Latin Music” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

Festivities will include a celebration of Latin music and culture featuring local music and dance troupes performing the best of Latin music and dance.

The Dominican-American musical group Fulanito will headline the celebration. The band combines traditional merengue with other styles such as hip hop, bachata and especially house. They have received two Grammy nominations, three Billboard awards, a Premio Lo Nuestro Award, an ACE Award and voted ASCAP Song of the Year and BMI Song of the Year.

For more information, call 617-635-3911 or visit

Dance festival

The 2018 Boston Youth Dance Festival will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday,  July 22 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.

Co-produced by Urbanity Dance and the museum, the festival will highlight dance performances and workshops of different genres as youth dancers from across Boston celebrate Boston’s dance community. Performers will include dancers from Chhandika, the Chu Ling Dance Academy, Hyde Square Task Force, Jean Appolon Expressions and Urbanity Dance. Panel discussions with youth dance leaders will follow the performances.

The cost of the performance is included in the museum admission.

Visit or call 617- 572-3727 for further details.

‘Dance Free’

Children and families are invited to “Dance Free” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 22 and Aug. 19 at the Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress St.

Children will dance, play and create art in a free program organized by Channel Dance. Water and light snacks will be provided. In case of rain the program will move inside.

Visit for more information.

Sounds of Sinatra

ParkARTS will host a free concert with Strictly Sinatra featuring Michael Dutra at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at City Hall Plaza as part of the Dorothy Curran Concert Series.

Dutra has been hailed as one of the finest interpreters of the Sinatra sound in the world. His true passion comes out when he is performing with his own Strictly Sinatra Band that appears with him touring in summer season in New England.

He regularly performs from Maine to Miami approximately 275 nights a year in all types of venues.

Series sponsors include Bank of America and New England Coffee, with support from Interstate Rentals, which will provide a dance floor for the shows.

For more information, call 617-635-4505 or visit

Film, discussion at Old South

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will present “,” a film screening and director’s talk with filmmaker Roberto Mighty, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25.

Mighty, Mount Auburn Cemetery’s inaugural artist-in-residence, will present his original film “,” an immersive meditation on the life cycle, culture, history and nature.

The film incorporates sights, sounds and stories from the 174-acre cemetery, including portraits of 19th century African-American sculptor Mary Edmonia Lewis, animal rights advocates George Thorndike Angell and Emily Appleton and Jewish-American author Bernard Malamud.

Also featured are interviews with surviving family members of individuals buried at this National Historic Landmark. A discussion with the filmmaker will follow screening of the 45-minute film.

Registration is requested for this free program, by calling 617-482-6439 or going online

For further information, visit or call 617-482-6439.

Puerto Rican festival

The 51st annual Puerto Rican festival and parade will be held July 27 through 29 at Boston City Hall Plaza.

The biggest outdoor cultural event in Boston is free to the public.

Festivities will include three days of family fun, over a dozen friendly amusement rides, traditional music, typical Puerto Rican food and local arts and crafts for the entire family.

Musical entertainers will include Amara La Negra, Lumidee, Fabian Torres, Pirulo y Tribu, Patty Padilla, Pete Perignon y la Generacion del Presente and many more.

The parade will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, starting at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St.

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Arts festival

The ninth annual FIGMENT Boston Arts Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Park.

The festival is a celebration of participatory art and culture. Guests are invited to bring along art supplies to create their own artwork or just enjoy viewing the public collaborative artwork. Featured will be works in every medium, including sculpture, installation, performance, music, workshops, games, experiences, site-specific pieces, social experiments and more.

“After Dark in Dewey Square” will be held on Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. Visitors can dance to music and enjoy spontaneous roving performances as well as some special installation art perfect for nighttime.

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Textile exhibitions

The Societies of Arts and Crafts is displaying “The Cover Up,” artwork by Donna Rhae Marder, and “Infinite Vibration,” works by Niho Kozuru, at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

Marder creates textiles using resurrected garments from her own family. In this solo exhibition, her work reverberates with issues of identity, tradition, authority and comfort. This exhibition will close on Aug. 18.

Kozuru’s buzzing resin sculptures and wall pieces feature layers of visual intrigue created by glossy materials and high-key color. This exhibit is open until Sept. 29.

Visit or call 617- 266-1810 for more information.

Reinventing Boston

Boston by Foot is offering a guided walking tour “Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays during July and August. Participants will meet the guide at the corner of Tremont and Court Streets, at the Government Center MBTA station.

From the first subway to Long Wharf through the Big Dig, Boston has led the nation in transforming its cityscape. Tour-goers will discover all the layers of the city and look at how and why it changed – to accommodate a growing population, the needs of industry, public and private transportation and public health and safety.

Tickets purchased online are $13 for adults and $8 for children or $15 for adults and $10 for children if purchased on the day. Members are free.

To purchase tickets, call 617-367-2345 or visit

Boston’s literary scene

Boston by Foot offers tours featuring Boston’s literary scene from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays during July and August. Participants will meet at the plaza at School and Washington Streets.

By the 19th century, Boston had earned the nickname “The Athens of America”, as an important center for literature and as home to many of the country’s greatest writers. It was the launch pad of American Romanticism, Transcendentalism, the Fireside Poets and American Realism.

This literary tour will highlight the homes and haunts of such prominent writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Henry James, Charles Dickens and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. These great minds gave rise to philosophical discussions that greatly influenced not only their own literary work, but also 19th century society at large and our culture today.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased online in advance or from the guide.

Visit or call 617- 367-2345 for more details.

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.