On View: Community Circles
Mar
1
to Dec 31

On View: Community Circles

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We are excited to partner with the Boston Children’s Museum to present the BCNC Community Circles exhibit! Children and staff from BCNC created a community art piece led by artist Shaina Lu that will be on display at Boston Children's Museum from March - December 2019. Join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony on March 1st at 5:15pm!

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Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu
May
23
to Aug 10

Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu

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Over the past six months, more than 150 community members have participated in the Leavings/Belongings project with  Yu-Wen Wu, artist-in-residence at the Pao Arts Center.

Participants created symbolic cloth-wrapped bundles while sharing stories about their own and their family’s immigration journeys. These bundles represent what is left behind and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope and dreams. Collected throughout Wu's residency, the exhibition Leavings/Belongings at the Pao Arts Center includes photographs, video, and a site-specific sculptural installation of the bundles. Through the act of making together, participants share their narratives of migration, generating dialogue that bridge across experience, generations, and ethnicity. 

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Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Lilies
Jul
13
to Aug 3

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Lilies

Loved by many, lilies are delightfully fragrant flowers that come in different colors. They bloom every summer and are instantly recognizable in their elegant stature and strong stems. Come practice your hand at Chinese watercolor and have something to bring home or share as a gift!

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturdays, July 13, 20, 27, and August 3.

Register for the series by Saturday, June 29 at the following link:

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Community Karaoke Nights
Jul
25
to Nov 21

Community Karaoke Nights

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Photo credit: Tina Xu

Take the mic, push your friends to the stage front, and belt out some old favorites or catchy new songs with your neighbors! Gather at the Pao Arts Center on the last Thursday evening of each month from 6-7:30pm to sing and share time with community members in Chinatown. Dates are listed below in the registration form.

This free event is supported by the Barr Foundation and ArtPlace America.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street, and is wheelchair accessible. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Anju Madhok | 617-635-5129 x 2017

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Silent Flight - Dance Performance Reprise
Jul
27
2:00 PM14:00

Silent Flight - Dance Performance Reprise

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Silent Flight is a site-responsive and improvisational dance piece directed by Wendy Jehlen, Artistic Director of ANIKAYA Dance Theater, in collaboration with an international ensemble of professional dancers from Asia, Africa, South America and the United States.

Through community workshops, the dancers collaborate with seniors from the Chinatown community who practice folk dance weekly at the Pao Arts Center. The performance incorporates elements based on the flocking behavior of birds, exploring similarities between the movements found in human cultures, with relatable content about migration and immigration. The dance piece uses creativity and culture to improve community health and well-being.

The performance will take place at the Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park, and is funded in part by Boston Cultural Council; Eastern Bank; and the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Youth & Recreation Program Reunion
Aug
3
2:00 PM14:00

Youth & Recreation Program Reunion

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If you’ve been a teacher, staff, alum, volunteer, or parent at BCNC’s Youth Center or Recreation programs, come reconnect with old friends at this event! We will be playing volleyball at the Quincy School gym and having a social at the Youth Center at the same time.

2-5pm: Social at the Youth Center Lounge at BCNC, 38 Ash St.

2-3pm: Volleyball at the Josiah Quincy School gymnasium

3pm: Refreshments served at the Youth Center Lounge

Please register by July 30th for this free event so we know you are coming.  The first 50 people to register will get a small thank-you gift from BCNC.  Follow this event on Facebook to get updates.

Contact: Julia Deng | 617-635-5129 x1098

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Leavings/Belongings: Final Drop-in Bundle Making
Aug
8
4:00 PM16:00

Leavings/Belongings: Final Drop-in Bundle Making

Credit: Yu-Wen Wu

Credit: Yu-Wen Wu

Join Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu in the Leavings/Belongings project at the Pao Art Center.

Inspired by the tradition of storytelling while making, the bundle-making project engages women from various immigrant and refugee communities in the making of symbolic “bundles.” Through the act of making together, participants can share stories. These anomalously shaped cloth wrapped bundles may represent what is left behind, and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope, dreams. Throughout these sessions, these bundles will be exhibited collectively in public spaces to generate conversation, dialogue, and bridges across experiences, generations, and ethnicity. The bundles will contribute to the project Leavings/Belongings.

The final workshop will be held from 4-6pm on Thursday, August 8th.

Materials are provided. Feel free to contribute to the project by bringing fabric meaningful to your personal or your family's journey.

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About the Artist:

Yu-Wen Wu is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist. Born in Taipei, Wu came to the United States at the age of seven. Her work is informed by this bi-cultural upbringing — the eastern and western influences in life and art.

Wu’s current work explores the issues of Displacement, Assimilation and Individual and National Identity. Through video, installation, drawing and sculpture she challenges our impressions of accuracy and storytelling. Compositing imagery, she draws together the natural world and social movement, on both a personal and global scale. She approached her own experiences of immigration and other culturally specific happenings by presenting them as a series of inevitable occurrences. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards, exhibiting museums and galleries nationally and internationally, and in many public and private collections.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices

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Join us for SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices, a free concert of new songs based on the stories and experiences of Boston area immigrants. Presented by White Snake Projects in partnership with Pao Arts Center, Sing Out Strong features composers from Peru, Latvia, India, China, Taiwan, and Mexico and writers from Haiti, Vietnam, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and China. Composers and writers have been paired up to amplify stories of the immigrant experience through song and to celebrate the contributions of immigrant artists to our city and culture. Join us in celebrating these new American songs!

The concert is free but seating is limited; please reserve your tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sing-out-strong-immigrant-voices-tickets-64271329276?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices is a free public program in support of the new, DACA-themed opera, I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, produced by White Snake Projects and composed by Jorge Sosa with libretto by Cerise Lim Jacobs, directed by Elena Araoz and conducted by Maria Sensi Sellner, premiering at the Paramount Theater, Robert J. Orchard Stage, in Boston September 20-22, 2019.  Sign up for complimentary tickets through TAP, White Snake Projects’ Ticket Access Program, here.

More about the event: 

When the president of the United States revoked the protections of DACA in September of 2018, White Snake Projects embarked on the creation of a new opera focused on immigration and the immigrant experience, I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. Cerise Lim Jacobs, creator + librettist and founder of White Snake Projects, is an immigrant from Singapore, and Jorge Sosa, composer, is an immigrant from Mexico. Their experiences, along with the experiences of many other immigrants, inform and shape the project. To further amplify the stories of Boston-area immigrants, White Snake Projects created Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices, a free concert of new songs by immigrant writers and composers, using art to create dialogue and empathy within our communities.

The audience will see and hear an hour-long concert of 13 short songs that express the personal experiences of Boston-area immigrants, as well as two songs from the new opera, I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. The songs will be accompanied by piano and cello.

Composers:
Anais Azul
Oliver Caplin
George Lam
Avik Sarkar
Marina Lopez
Jorge Sosa
Sheela Ramesh
Shuying Li
Kate Pukinskis
Michele Cheng

Writers:
Heloiza Barbosa
Eva Chrusciel
Jonathan Figueroa
Helen Huang
Joel Louis
Melody Maduro
Rute Pires
Ramin Raza
Daniela Sanchez
Huiquing Shao
Jorge Sosa
Irene Da Silva
Ivette Souza
Firorella Valle

Musicians
Musicians from Juventas New Music Ensemble
Melissa Joseph, soprano
Vera Savage, mezzo

Video Links
Workshop Video: I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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In the Kitchen: Baigan Choka and Oil Roti
Aug
10
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Baigan Choka and Oil Roti

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Experience the flavors of two popular Caribbean foods with East Indian influences: Baigan choka - mashed roasted eggplant - and oil roti - thin, flaky flatbread that melts in your mouth! In this workshop, Dharani will lead us in bringing these recipes to life while connecting these foods to stories of Indo-Guyanese-American identity.

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

This season’s other workshops in the In the Kitchen series are July 13: Fried Tofu & Seafood Tofu and October 12: Pakoras & Chai.

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About the Artist: Dharani Persaud is a queer Indo-Guyanese-American writer, activist, and archival enthusiast from Minnesota. She currently works in Boston at GrubStreet as their Youth & Community Programs Coordinator. She has writing published or forthcoming in Kajal Magazine, 2040 Review, Brown Girl Magazine, and Hobart. In her free time she enjoys experimenting with recipes from her ancestors or lying in the sun.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street, and is wheelchair accessible. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Anju Madhok | 617-635-5129 x 2017

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Horses
Aug
10
to Aug 31

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Horses

Humans and horses have had a unique relationship since ancient times. These beautiful and loyal animals have worked with mankind on fields and stood by us as companions in times of adventure or battle. Learn how to paint these elegant and spirited creatures in their element while practicing your hand at Chinese watercolor!

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturdays, August 10, 17, 24, and 31.

Register for the series by Saturday, August 3.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Residence Lab Kick-Off
Aug
23
5:30 PM17:30

Residence Lab Kick-Off

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6 Chinatown residents + 4 artists + 1 abandoned lot = Residence Lab!

Four Boston-based Asian American artists from various backgrounds including film, illustration, photography, sound art, poetry, and architecture spent the summer collaborating with and learning from Chinatown residents. The artist-resident collective aimed to address one core question through their work: How might residents take ownership of Chinatown’s physical space in a way that preserves and fosters neighborhood identity?

Come discover the creative results of bringing artists and residents together to shape a rapidly changing Chinatown and reimagine an empty lot next to the Chinatown Gate.

Residence Lab’s space activation opens on Friday, August 23, 2019, during ACDC’s Films at the Gate and closes on Saturday, September 28, 2019, during BCNC’s Experience Chinatown Festival.

This program is created in partnership with the Asian Community Development Corporation. Residence Lab is generously funded by the Barr Foundation and ArtPlace America and supported by Sasaki’s Fabrication Studio. Click here to learn more about residencies at the Pao Arts Center.

Contact: Anju Madhok | 617-635-5129 x 2017

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Chinatown Presents: When Body becomes Voice - an Evening of Dance
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Presents: When Body becomes Voice - an Evening of Dance

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Our first Chinatown Presents performance of the season will kick-off with an evening of dance. We will be presenting classical and contemporary works from local artists in Boston questioning: How can we embody our identity through dance? Featuring works by Chhandika Dance group, Prakriti dance, Jennifer Lin and Yosi Karahashi, we will question how different cultures use dance to tell their stories.

Suggestion donation: $10

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chinatown-presents-when-body-becomes-voice-an-evening-of-dance-tickets-64308541579

Artist Bios:

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The Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance (Chhandika) is dedicated to Kathak dance. Based in Massachusetts, Chhandika is affiliated with the Chhandam Chitresh Das Dance Company in San Francisco as well as the Nritya Bharati Institute in Kolkata, India. Chhandika provides a stimulating, supportive and multi-cultural environment in which to explore the physical, intellectual and spiritual benefits of Kathak dance as a student, professional practitioner or curious observer.

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Prakriti Dance is an innovative performing company that showcases the Indian classical dance form Bharata Natyam. Founded by Co-Artistic Directors Kasi Aysola and Madhvi Venkatesh, Prakriti Dance takes the ancient movement vocabulary of yesteryears and interprets modern day themes bringing relevance and context to the ever evolving Indian art. Drawing inspirations from nature, philosophy, poetry, and other genres of art, Prakriti Dance weaves a multi-layered tapestry to transcend cultural boundaries and communicate the human experience.

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Jennifer Lin is a classically trained contemporary dancemaker and teaching artist of Euro-American and Korean descent. Her work intersects between dance, culture, and identity. Her mission is to investigate the nature of art and dance in the human experience and inspire creative inquiry in others.

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Yosi Karahashi left Japan to study flamenco in Spain at the legendary flamenco school Amor de Dios in Madrid. She started her professional career performing in many tablaos around Spain and other countries such as Japan, Morocco, Portugal, France, Cyprus and Canada. Yosi moved to Boston in 2012, and since then has been a very active teacher and performer, collaborating with many participants of the Greater Boston dance scene.

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Chinatown Presents is funded by the Boston Cultural Council:

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Chavi Bansal | 617-863-9072

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Gongshi (Scholar's Rocks)
Oct
5
to Oct 26

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Gongshi (Scholar's Rocks)

Gongshi, known as Scholar's rocks in English, are naturally occurring or shaped rocks that are historically favored by Chinese Literati. These fantastically-shaped stones, often placed in traditional Chinese gardens, can be any color, shape and size, and have inspired poets, painters and writers.

Come and try your hand at painting these erratics in Chinese watercolor as they are accompanied by the Four Gentleman flowers: the plum blossom, the orchid, the bamboo and the chrysanthemum.

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturdays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Register for the series by Saturday, September 28.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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In the Kitchen: Pakoras and Chai
Oct
12
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Pakoras and Chai

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Warm pakoras, cool coriander chutney, and hot spiced chai - a perfect complement to a crisp October weekend. Join Chavi in making and tasting these classic Indian treats!

This season’s other workshops for the In the Kitchen series are July 13: Fried Tofu & Seafood Tofu and August 10: Baigan Choka & Oil Roti.

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

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About the Artist: Born and brought up in India, Chavi Bansal is an artist, educator, personal trainer, and yoga teacher. Her passions include: seeing people happy and healthy, building communities, and sharing nutritional information about everyday food. She has conducted many workshops including: Eating healthy under a budget, Nutritional cooking, and Healthy Simple Indian food.

She has been teaching classes at Roxbury tenants of Harvard in Boston and would love to bring some of her successful recipes to BCNC. To know more about Chavi please check out : https://www.chavibansalyoga.com/  and https://www.chavibansal.org/.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street, and is wheelchair accessible. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Anju Madhok | 617-635-5129 x 2017

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Adult Education Program Reunion
Oct
19
2:00 PM14:00

Adult Education Program Reunion

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Join us for our Adult Ed program reunion! If you’ve been a teacher, staff, alum, volunteer, or parent at our Adult Ed program, we’d love to see you there! More details TBD.

Please register by October 14th for this free event so that we know you are coming. The first 50 people to register will get a small thank-you gift from BCNC. Follow this event on Facebook to get more updates.


Contact: Julia Deng | 617-635-5129 x1098

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Squirrels
Nov
2
to Nov 30

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Squirrels

We are no stranger to squirrels, but did you know that there are over 250 species of squirrels in the world?

Easily recognizable in parks and woodlands with their large, bright eyes, slender bodies and bushy tails, tree squirrels - the most commonly recognizable type of squirrels - are often seen darting and leaping across grass and branches, looking for nuts, acorns, and berries.

Capture these cute, animated creatures as they hunt for food in Chinese watercolor.

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturdays, November 2, 9, 16, and 30.

Register for the series by Saturday, October 26.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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In the Kitchen: Fried Tofu and Seafood Tofu
Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Fried Tofu and Seafood Tofu

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It’s a tofu extravaganza! Join Forra in making and learning about fried stuffed tofu and seafood tofu. These are two tasty dishes you won’t want to miss!

This season’s other workshops for the In the Kitchen series are August 10: Baigan Choka & Oil Roti and October 12: Pakoras & Chai.

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

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About the Artist: Forra Yee Ngor Yu is currently employed as a Tax Compliance Officer. She immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in 1978.

One of her greatest passions is serving her community. She is currently Treasurer of the Malden Lions Club. Also, she served in the Chinatown Lions Club Chapter as President (2013-14). In the past several years, she has volunteered at many events including the Christmas celebration and fundraising events for the YMCA of Greater Boston, New Year’s celebration for Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) (2008-18), and for Bread of Life in Malden during which she distributes Thanksgiving meals during November. The volunteer work has been very rewarding and for filling at a personal level for her.

Her many interests include: cooking, red envelope art, decorating the office during the holiday seasons with handmade arts and crafts, Zumba, kickboxing, jewelry design, and traveling.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street, and is wheelchair accessible. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Anju Madhok | 617-635-5129 x 2017

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Bamboo Circle Reunion
Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

Bamboo Circle Reunion

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Are you a former member of BCNC’s Bamboo Circle? Reconnect with old friends to celebrate BCNC’s 50th Anniversary at our Bamboo Circle reunion! The event will take place on July 13th at a private residence in the Boston Seaport area. Food and drinks will be provided. RSVP below by July 5th; the exact address will be sent by email to those who RSVP and are confirmed.

Contact: Ally Ang | 857-415-5964

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Quincy Family Fun Fair
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Quincy Family Fun Fair

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About the event:

Bring your family members of all ages to BCNC Quincy's second annual Family Fun Fair! 

This FREE event brings children and families together for an afternoon of outdoor summer fun and entertainment. Activities and attractions include arts and crafts, family competitions, a bouncy house, a petting zoo, and more. 

The day will also feature a reunion for BCNC Child Care Programs.

Volunteers needed to help with this event. Please click here to register.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Jean Quintal, 617-603-2540.

Special thanks to our 50th Anniversary sponsors:

Nancy Wang Adams and Scott A. Schoen * Bank of America * The Blossom Fund * Capital One * Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation * Larry and Atsuko Fish * Harvard Pilgrim Health Care * Liberty Mutual Insurance * Ong Family Foundation * Eleanor and Frank Pao * Riemer Braunstein LLP * South Cove Community Health Center * State Street Corporation * TA Realty * TJX * Tufts Medical Center

Special thanks to our Quincy Family Fun Fair sponsors:

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Acorn, Red Oak, and Family Child Care Program Reunion
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

Acorn, Red Oak, and Family Child Care Program Reunion

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Join us for our Acorn, Red Oak, and Family Child Care program reunions! If you have been a teacher, staff, alum, volunteer, or parent at any of BCNC’s childcare programs, we’d love to see you there!

Our reunion will take place at the Quincy Family Fun Fair.

Please register by June 21st for this free event so we know you are coming. The first 50 people to register for one of our program reunions will get a small thank-you gift from BCNC. Follow this event on Facebook to get updates.

Contact: Julia Deng | 617-635-5129 x1098

Host Committee: Lai Chan, Kathy Cheng, Peter Kiang, Denise Lau, Jeff Wong, Sheila Wong, Victoria Yue

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Grand Opening of New BCNC Quincy
Jun
21
3:00 PM15:00

Grand Opening of New BCNC Quincy

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You are invited to the ribbon cutting and open house for our new location in Quincy Center. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. This event will serve as BCNC’s 2019 annual meeting.

Please use the form below to register for this free event.

Contact: Julia Deng | 617-635-5129 x1098

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Dragon Boat Racing with the Bamboo Circle
Jun
8
to Jun 9

Dragon Boat Racing with the Bamboo Circle

Bamboo Circle is recruiting a team of 20 paddlers to participate in the 40th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival on June 8 - 9, 2019. Meet new friends while getting a killer workout and supporting a great cause! No experience is needed.

Eligible team members will:

  • Attend the Dragon Boat Festival on June 8-9. 2019

  • Commit to raising $250 for BCNC's Youth Center

  • Attend at least three practices

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Reminder: No experience required to participate.
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Are you an employee of Wells Fargo?

Contact: Julia Deng | 617-635-5129 x1098

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Chinatown Presents: Company One Theatre (C1) PlayLab Reading
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Presents: Company One Theatre (C1) PlayLab Reading

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Join us for a staged reading of C1 PlayLab Pao Fellow Greg Lam's new play THE LAST SHIP TO PROXIMA CENTAURI, followed by a conversation and reception on Saturday, June 1st from 7-9pm! This is the culminating event of the expansive season-long partnership between Pao Arts Center and Company One Theatre.

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0nav8fhV22jjOpvzHCihkaIrTxF2776ZHFBl2_36VkjaPQQ/viewform

About the Play
THE LAST SHIP TO PROXIMA CENTAURI
by Greg Lam
directed by Pascale Florestal

The world has become uninhabitable. The last escape ship from Earth arrives to their new home centuries after all the others. They are not prepared for what they find there. Greg Lam's THE LAST SHIP TO PROXIMA CENTAURI asks us examine 21st Century America through the lens of futurist neo-colonialism, 2500 years after "Friends" is finally off the air for good.

Cast List:
Emerson: Gabe Graetz 
Paz: Jecenia Figueroa 
Henry: Jude Torres
Achebe: Michael Ofori 
Russell: Veronica Wiseman

About Greg Lam
Greg Lam is an Asian-American playwright, screenwriter, and board game designer who lives in Boston, MA. He is the creator and host of the "Boston Podcast Players" Podcast (bostonpodcastplayers.com) which presents excerpts of new full length plays by Boston playwrights and playwright interviews in a monthly podcast format. His full length play Repossessed received readings at Fresh Ink Theatre in Boston, Pork Filled Players in Seattle, and The Depot in Connecticut in 2017. Greg was a member of the 2016 Company One PlayLab Unit for the development of Boston area playwrights. His works have been produced by Company One, Fresh Ink Theatre, Aching Dogs Theatre Company, The Boston Theatre Marathon (6 times), The Pulp Stage, Malarkey Films, Argali Films, Suffolk University Theatre, Shadow Boxing Theatre, and others. You can read a selection of his plays at the New Play Exchange or see works of his that have been filmed including the webseries he created, on YouTube (@stripeyg). For more information about Greg, visit his website: pair-of-dice.com.

Directions
The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Albany Street. If you are navigating to the Pao Arts Center via GPS driving directions, please use address 66 Hudson Street, Boston rather than the building's street address on Albany Street, which would lead you onto the Mass Pike. Street parking should be available nearby, and there is a parking garage on Hudson Street.

If you are travelling via public transportation, the Pao Arts Center is a 5-7 minute walk from the Chinatown or Tufts Medical Center stops on the Orange Line, or a 10 minute walk from Boylston on the Green Line.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Vegetables
Jun
1
to Jun 22

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Vegetables

Vegetables are a key part of our diet and an important source of nutrients. For our June series, we will be painting particular veggie favorites in the Chinese diet: Bok Choy Cabbage, Chinese Broccoli, Carrots, Turnips, Corn, and Eggplants. Take advantage of the opportunity to paint these Chinese Greens using Chinese watercolor techniques.

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturdays, June 1, 8, 15, and 22.

Register for the series by Saturday, May 25.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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API Arts Network Presents: The Slants
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

API Arts Network Presents: The Slants

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API Arts Network will be presenting The Slants for an interactive discussion and concert at the Pao Arts Center.

Simon Tam is founder and bassist of The Slants, often credited as the world's first and only all-Asian American dance rock band but he's probably best known for winning a landmark case at the US Supreme Court.

Now debuting a new memoir, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court, he'll be joined by Slants guitarist Joe X. Jiang for an evening of storytelling and music. Gripping, funny, enlightening, and ultimately uplifting, the event will prove that no obstacle is too difficult to conquer –as long as you have a little heart and a lot of rock n’ roll. It’s an irrepressible story that is fresh, alive, and defines what it means to be American...Asian American!

All ages welcome.

About the Artists:
Simon Tam is an author, musician, activist, and self-proclaimed troublemaker. He approaches activism through the arts and encourages people to challenge their perceptions of how we connect with others we normally don’t get along with. In 2017, he won a landmark case at the U.S Supreme Court, unanimously, helping to expand civil liberties for marginalized groups. His work has been highlighted in over 3,000 media features across over 150 countries, including Rolling Stone, TIME, NPR, BBC and the New York Times.

The Slants have been featured on Conan O'Brien, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Rolling Stone, and 3,000+ media features across 150 countries. The band has performed at some of the largest festivals in North America and Asia, including DragonCon, San Diego Comic-Con, SXSW, TED talks, and more. In 2017, they joined President Barack Obama, George Takei, and Jeremy Lin to launch an anti-bullying program. In 2018, they started The Slants Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships and mentorships to artists looking to incorporate activism into their work.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Opening Reception: Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: Leavings/Belongings - An Exhibition by Pao Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu

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Over the past six months, more than 150 community members have participated in the Leavings/Belongings project with Yu-Wen Wu, artist-in-residence at the Pao Arts Center.

Participants created symbolic cloth-wrapped bundles while sharing stories about their own and their family’s immigration journeys. These bundles represent what is left behind and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope and dreams. Collected throughout Wu's residency, the exhibition Leavings/Belongings at the Pao Arts Center includes photographs, video, and a site-specific sculptural installation of the bundles. Through the act of making together, participants share their narratives of migration, generating dialogue that bridge across experience, generations, and ethnicity.

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Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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In partnership with Company One Theatre (C1): VIETGONE at the Gate
May
4
2:00 PM14:00

In partnership with Company One Theatre (C1): VIETGONE at the Gate

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As part of Artweek, join us on May 4th at 2PM outdoors at Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park for excerpts from Company One Theatre's production of Qui Nguyen's Vietgone, plus special open-mic-style performances from Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston! The performances will be followed by cake and refreshments at the Pao Arts Center in celebration of its second birthday.

Please note that in the event of rain, the performances will be moved to Pao Arts Center.

After the event, head over to Pao Arts Center for an interactive workshop with Artist-in-Residence Yu-Wen Wu, part of the Leavings/Belongings project.

In addition, at 8pm that evening, you can join us at the Boston Center for the Arts for a full performance of VIETGONE! Get your tickets here!

About Company One Theatre
Company One Theatre builds community at the intersection of art and social change. Founded in 1998, Company One has situated itself as a home for social justice and artistic excellence by connecting Boston’s diverse communities through live performance, the development of new plays and playwrights, arts education, and public engagement programming. By establishing a dedicated space for marginalized and alternative narratives to thrive and working with partners and collaborators across the city, Company One has become a local leader in the ongoing conversations that continue to define the era of social change in contemporary America.

About Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston
AATAB is a collective formed to connect and empower the Asian American, MENA American, Kanaka Maoli, and Pacific-Islander American Boston theatre artists.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Pandas
May
4
to May 25

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Pandas

Pandas have been admired lumbering around and eating bamboo in the mountains of China. Because of how people are changing the way they live, this species’ survival is dependent on conservation efforts. Take advantage of the opportunity to paint these lovable animals using Chinese watercolor techniques in May.

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Register for the series by Saturday, April 27.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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In the Kitchen: Vegetarian/ Vegan Beancurd Rolls
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Vegetarian/ Vegan Beancurd Rolls

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Wrap beancurd (also known as tofu skin) around shredded vegetables to create delicious Chinese vegetarian/ vegan rolls to please your palate. Mmm!

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

This season’s other workshops in the In the Kitchen series are: March 2: Wontons & April 6: Chicken Curry.

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About the Artist: Forra Yee Ngor Yu is currently employed as a Tax Compliance Officer. She immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in 1978.

One of her greatest passions is serving her community. She is currently Treasurer of the Malden Lions Club. Also, she served in the Chinatown Lions Club Chapter as President (2013-14). In the past several years, she has volunteered at many events including the Christmas celebration and fundraising events for the YMCA of Greater Boston, New Year’s celebration for Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) (2008-18), and for Bread of Life in Malden during which she distributes Thanksgiving meals during November. The volunteer work has been very rewarding and for filling at a personal level for her.

Her many interests include: cooking, red envelope art, decorating the office during the holiday seasons with handmade arts and crafts, Zumba, kickboxing, jewelry design, and traveling.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Welcoming Reception: Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Welcoming Reception: Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show

Shrouded, Julio S. Flores, 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

Shrouded, Julio S. Flores, 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

POWER and PRIVILEGE — This exhibition explores the extant tension and structural limitations of the concepts of “power” and “privilege” as they are commonly perceived in historically determined meanings and contemporary, socially conscious interrogations. These works are intended to both expand and challenge awareness of current issues, institutions and individualized paradigms which restrict, impair or otherwise confine equity, justice and liberty, both locally and globally.

Through their distinct technical skill and conceptual fluency, each artist celebrates individual form and personal interpretation. No one subject, medium, technique or style is duplicated or subjected to a confrontational hierarchy; each artist has chosen to engage in an often uncomfortable dialogue between diverging perspectives and potent expressions/experiences of power and privilege.

Curated by Julio S. Flores, Associate Professor in the Visual and Media Arts Department.

Featuring twelve Visual and Media Arts Department faculty members, Bunker Hill Community College. Participating faculty artists include Yong Chen, Gary Duehr,  Erica Flores, Julio S. Flores, Tamblyn Griffiths, James Lambert, Liza Lynch, James “Ari” Montford, Claire Roll, Marc Schepens Abigail Wamboldt and Katie Wild.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Meet the Artists: Chef Jason Wang & Floral Designer Teresa Fung
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Meet the Artists: Chef Jason Wang & Floral Designer Teresa Fung

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Ever want to learn how to reach your creative dreams? Come meet two local stars, US MasterChef finalist and TV food personality Jason Wang and floral designer and Instagram star Teresa Fung. These talented artists will share their journeys and demonstrate their craft.

$75 ticket includes wine plus dinner from a local Pan-Asian restaurant. Seating is limited, so register today!

Deadline for registration is Thursday, April 25, 2019. All proceeds support arts programming at the Pao Arts Center.

Special thanks to our hosts: SooJin and Dan Chu, Cindy Liu

 
 
 
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About the Artist: Jason Wang travels nationally and internationally as a chef, television host, food personality and educator.  Born and raised in the Boston area by parents who immigrated from Taiwan and China, Jason is best known for his nature-inspired plated dishes that fuse Western techniques with fresh Asian-themed flavors. In 2017, Jason was Runner-Up on the FOX Network’s ‘MasterChef US’ Season 8 hosted by celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez, and Christina Tosi. Judges made special note of Jason’s innovative flavors & artistic presentations and commended him for bringing an important global food awareness to American audiences.

Praised by Gordon Ramsay for having an encyclopedic food knowledge, Jason currently travels around the world giving lectures, holding classes and appearing as a frequent television guest on food-related programming. His ongoing projects include hosting his own show ‘Jason on Mission - 傑出任務’ on the FOX Taiwan Networks and other food and travel programs throughout Asia. Jason’s passion is to teach people how to incorporate unfamiliar ingredients into everyday cooking with an artistic eye for presentation.

When not working in the food world, Jason can be heard as a classical vocalist with Boston Baroque and other professional music ensembles in the Boston area. For more information: @jasonjangywang

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About the Artist: Teresa Yang Fung is principal & owner of Mimosa Fresh Flower Design located in Boston’s South End. Twice-named by Boston Magazine as Best of Boston Wedding Florist and also one of the top 10 Best Wedding Instagrammers, Teresa is known for bringing lush, textured, and organic floral design to high-end weddings and events in Boston. Teresa also has a heart for helping at-risk girls in Boston and gives 10% of Mimosa’s proceeds to organizations helping these girls. She also employs at-risk girls in her business, and is currently in the midst of connecting other small businesses with similar interns. As a child Teresa studied classical piano and voice for many years. She majored in International Relations at Tufts University and holds an M.Ed in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Floral arranging was a hobby she picked up after college, doing flowers for friends' weddings. She is mostly self-taught, but has taken classes over the years with: Sarah Winward, Amy Merrick, Amy Osaba, and Michael George. Her most recent floral work can be seen here: @mimosaboston

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Jean Quintal | 617-603-2540

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Opening Night: VIETGONE
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Opening Night: VIETGONE

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Join us for the opening night of VIETGONE!

In collaboration with Company One Theatre (C1), we proudly present:

VIETGONE
by Qui Nguyen (She Kills Monsters)
Directed by Michelle Aguillon

Qui’s parents always told him they fell in love at first sight—but really, it was just a hook up. After the fall of Saigon. In a refugee camp. In Arkansas.

A kinda-true love story with a hip-hop heart, Vietgone is a hilarious ride from Marvel Studios writer Qui Nguyen, who mixes music and memory to pin down his own origin story.

Exuberantly youthful... a punch-drunk mash-up of hip-hop, road movies, sex farce and Vietnamese-American history. Oh, also kick-ass fights…” — Time Out New York

Check out C1’s website for more about the production:

https://companyone.org/production/vietgone/

You can purchase tickets here:

https://www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/vietgone/

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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VIETGONE
Apr
27
to May 25

VIETGONE

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Company One Theatre (C1), in collaboration with Pao Arts Center presents:

VIETGONE
by Qui Nguyen (She Kills Monsters)
Directed by Michelle Aguillon

Qui’s parents always told him they fell in love at first sight—but really, it was just a hook up. After the fall of Saigon. In a refugee camp. In Arkansas.

A kinda-true love story with a hip-hop heart, Vietgone is a hilarious ride from Marvel Studios writer Qui Nguyen, who mixes music and memory to pin down his own origin story.

Exuberantly youthful... a punch-drunk mash-up of hip-hop, road movies, sex farce and Vietnamese-American history. Oh, also kick-ass fights…” — Time Out New York

Check out C1’s website for more about the production:

https://companyone.org/production/vietgone/

You can purchase tickets here:

https://www.bostontheatrescene.com/season/vietgone/

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Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy

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Acclaimed songwriter musician Julian Saporiti brings his No-No Boy project, an innovative blend of music and scholarship, to Pao Arts Center. Working from years of doctoral research at Brown University, Saporiti has transformed Asian American histories into an immersive multimedia concert using original folk songs and archival projections to create what NPR has called "an act of revisionist subversion." This concert will focus on a selection of songs from Saporiti's vast catalogue that highlight his family's history as Vietnamese refugees, as well as a suite of songs that look at diverse stories from North America's Chinatowns. 

Suggested donation for the event: $10. All proceeds support arts programming at the Pao Arts Center.

About the Artists:

No-No Boy is a multimedia concert featuring the music of singer/songwriter Julian Saporiti. Inspired by his doctoral research at Brown University, as well as his experiences growing up as the son of a Vietnamese refugee in Tennessee, Saporiti’s original songs, interwoven amongst stories he has collected through the years, are performed against a backdrop of projections displaying archival photographs and films. No-No Boy creates an immersive experience which shines a light on diverse but interconnected histories: WWII Japanese Incarceration, southeast Asian refugees, and kids in middle-America making sense of hyphenated identities.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show
Apr
10
to May 18

Looking at Power and Privilege - A BHCC Visual Media Arts Faculty Show

Julio S. Flores,  Shrouded , 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

Julio S. Flores, Shrouded, 22”x30”, Gouache & Conte

POWER and PRIVILEGE — This exhibition explores the extant tension and structural limitations of the concepts of “power” and “privilege” as they are commonly perceived in historically determined meanings and contemporary, socially conscious interrogations. These works are intended to both expand and challenge awareness of current issues, institutions and individualized paradigms which restrict, impair or otherwise confine equity, justice and liberty, both locally and globally.

Through their distinct technical skill and conceptual fluency, each artist celebrates individual form and personal interpretation. No one subject, medium, technique or style is duplicated or subjected to a confrontational hierarchy; each artist has chosen to engage in an often uncomfortable dialogue between diverging perspectives and potent expressions/experiences of power and privilege.

Curated by Julio S. Flores, Associate Professor in the Visual and Media Arts Department.

Featuring twelve Visual and Media Arts Department faculty members, Bunker Hill Community College. Participating faculty artists include Yong Chen, Gary Duehr,  Erica Flores, Julio S. Flores, Tamblyn Griffiths, James Lambert, Liza Lynch, James “Ari” Montford, Claire Roll, Marc Schepens Abigail Wamboldt and Katie Wild.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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In partnership with Company One Theatre (C1): VIETGONE Studio Session
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

In partnership with Company One Theatre (C1): VIETGONE Studio Session

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Part happy hour, part exploration of the rehearsal process, this is your chance to get a first look at Company One Theatre (C1)'s production of VIETGONE prior to opening night.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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AATAB Staged Reading: This is Not a True Story
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

AATAB Staged Reading: This is Not a True Story

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Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston (AATAB) and API Arts Network proudly present a FREE staged reading of THIS IS NOT A TRUE STORY by Preston Choi, followed by a post-show conversation at the Pao Arts Center. Light refreshments will be provided!

"The heroine of Madame Butterfly completes her tragic suicide, only to wake up trapped in a never-ending loop of her story. Then Miss Saigon is born thrusting another heroine into the deadly cycle, until a mysterious office woman throws the world out of balance. ‘This Is Not A True Story’ unravels the history of Orientalist art, theatre, and the danger of fiction becoming reality." (from New Play Exchange)

Directed by Audrey Seraphin and Michael A. Rosegrant.


Cast:
CIOCIO | Khloe Alice Lin
KIM | Lisa Nguyen
KUMIKO/TAKAKO | Sarah Shin
CHRIS/PINKERTON/ROBERT | Thomas Mitsock

Additional support from the Boston University College of Fine Arts Social Impact Seed Grant.

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Silent Flight - Dance Performance
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Silent Flight - Dance Performance

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Silent Flight is a site-responsive and improvisational dance piece directed by Wendy Jehlen, Artistic Director of ANIKAYA Dance Theater, in collaboration with an international ensemble of professional dancers from Asia, Africa, South America and the United States.

Through community workshops, the dancers collaborate with seniors from the Chinatown community who practice folk dance weekly at the Pao Arts Center. The performance incorporates elements based on the flocking behavior of birds, exploring similarities between the movements found in human cultures, with relatable content about migration and immigration. The dance piece uses creativity and culture to improve community health and well-being.

The performance will take place at the Rose Kennedy Greenway - Chinatown Park, and is funded in part by Boston Cultural Council; Eastern Bank; and the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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In the Kitchen: Chicken Curry
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

In the Kitchen: Chicken Curry

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Savor a flavorful batch of chicken curry that is sure to warm your stomachs and learn the labor of love that goes into making and feeding oneself and others. In this workshop, Chavi will be sharing her family recipe of curry chicken using healthy ingredients while about the benefits of ingredients and spices used.

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

This season’s other workshops in the In the Kitchen series are: March 2: Wontons & May: Vegetarian/ Vegan Beancurd Rolls.

About the Artist: Born and brought up in India, Chavi Bansal is an artist, educator, personal trainer, and yoga teacher. Her passions include: seeing people happy and healthy, building communities, and sharing nutritional information about everyday food. She has conducted many workshops including: Eating healthy under a budget, Nutritional cooking, and Healthy Simple Indian food.

She has been teaching classes at Roxbury tenants of Harvard in Boston and would love to bring some of her successful recipes to BCNC. To know more about Chavi please check out : https://www.chavibansalyoga.com/  and https://www.chavibansal.org/.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Meet the Author: Vanessa Hua
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Meet the Author: Vanessa Hua

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Pao Arts Center is proud to present author of A River of Stars, Vanessa Hua, on Thursday, April 4th.

ABOUT A RIVER OF STARS

In a powerful debut novel about modern-day motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman makes her way to California and stakes a claim to the American dream.

A River of Stars has been named as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, NPR and Real Simple.


Holed up with other mothers-to-be in a secret maternity home in Los Angeles, Scarlett Chen is far from her native China, where she worked in a factory and fell in love with the owner, Boss Yeung. Now she’s carrying his baby. Already married with three daughters, Boss Yeung is overjoyed because the doctors have confirmed that he will finally have the son he has always wanted. To ensure that his child has every advantage, Boss Yeung has shipped Scarlett off to give birth on American soil. U.S. citizenship will open doors for their little prince.

As Scarlett awaits the baby’s arrival, she chokes down bitter medicinal stews and spars with her imperious housemates. The only one who fits in even less is Daisy, a spirited teenager and fellow unwed mother who is being kept apart from her American boyfriend.

Then a new sonogram of Scarlett’s baby reveals the unexpected. Panicked, she escapes by hijacking a van—only to discover that she has a stowaway: Daisy, who intends to track down the father of her child. The two flee to San Francisco’s bustling Chinatown, where Scarlett will join countless immigrants desperately trying to seize their piece of the American dream. What Scarlett doesn’t know is that her baby’s father is not far behind her.

A River of Stars
 is an entertaining, wildly unpredictable adventure, told with empathy and wit by an author the San Francisco Chronicle says “has a deep understanding of the pressure of submerged emotions and polite, face-saving deceptions.” It’s a vivid examination of home and belonging, and a moving portrayal of a woman determined to build her own future.

Suggested donation for the event: $10. Doors will open at 6 pm, the event will begin at 6:30 pm. Vanessa Hua will read selections from her book, to be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for sale at the event.

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Photo credit: Andria Lo

About the Author:
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a novel, A River of Stars, and a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. A Bay Area native, she works and teaches at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080

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Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Trumpet Vine
Mar
30
to Apr 20

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: Trumpet Vine

Trumpet vine is a wild growth that rambles up structures and trees. The vibrant sunset flowers that bloom each year are unmistakable and truly a sight to behold. Create beautiful paintings to practice your hand at Chinese watercolor and have something to bring home or share as a gift.

Materials will be provided. The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC.

Class will be held on Saturdays, March 30 & April 6, 13, and 20.

Register for the series by Saturday, March 23.

PLEASE NOTE: APRIL 6 SESSION IS FULL. NO WALK INS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

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About the Artist: Xiaoyong Liu emigrated to the United States in 2008. In 2009, he started teaching children and adults Chinese painting of landscapes, flowers, and birds. In recent years, his students have exhibited their art and participated and won awards in the National Teenagers Calligraphy Contests. 

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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Hot Pot with Bamboo Circle
Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Hot Pot with Bamboo Circle

Come join our young professionals volunteer group for a fun hot pot lunch! All proceeds from this team-building event will support BCNC’s Youth Center programs. We will meet in BCNC’s fourth floor boardroom.

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RESCHEDULED: In the Kitchen: Wontons
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

RESCHEDULED: In the Kitchen: Wontons

Photos by Forra Yu

Photos by Forra Yu

This workshop has been rescheduled from March 2 to March 16.

Love mouthwatering dumplings? Come try a variety of dumplings filled with pork and shrimp known as wontons! Students will learn to prepare two variations: steamed and deep-fried. Mmm!

The fee is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by BCNC. Materials will be provided. 

This season’s other workshops in the In the Kitchen series are: April 6: Chicken Curry & May 4: Vegetarian/ Vegan Beancurd Rolls.

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About the Artist: Forra Yee Ngor Yu is currently employed as a Tax Compliance Officer at Wealth Manager Services. She immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in 1978.

One of her greatest passions is serving her community. She is currently Treasurer of the Malden Lions Club. Also, she served in the Chinatown Lions Club Chapter as President (2013-14). In the past several years, she has volunteered at many events including the Christmas celebration and fundraising events for the YMCA of Greater Boston, New Year’s celebration for Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) (2008-18), and for Bread of Life in Malden during which she distributes Thanksgiving meals during November. The volunteer work has been very rewarding and for filling at a personal level for her.

Her many interests include: cooking, red envelope art, decorating the office during the holiday seasons with handmade arts and crafts, Zumba, kickboxing, jewelry design, and traveling.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vania Chan | 617-863-9073

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PRX Podcast: Is This Thing On? An Orientation to Podcasting at Pao Arts Center
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

PRX Podcast: Is This Thing On? An Orientation to Podcasting at Pao Arts Center

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Ever wanted to learn about the world of podcasting? Or to start your own podcast? We have something for you! PRX Podcast Garage will be holding their podcast orientation at the Pao Arts Center in March.

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. In this orientation, PRX Podcast Garage will equip you with the knowledge and lingo to begin your podcast journey. 

More than 650 people have attended PRX’s popular orientation with the intention of starting their audio journey. After this orientation, you will know:

  • The landscape of podcast makers, distributors, and listeners

  • How to identify different podcast styles

  • The seven steps of producing a podcast - including gear, software, and setting up your RSS Feed

  • What support the PRX Podcast Garage can offer you

Tickets are $10.

To sign up, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/is-this-thing-on-an-orientation-to-podcasting-at-pao-arts-center-tickets-55000003491

About PRX:

PRX is a leading media company, shaping the future of audio by connecting talented producers with their most engaged, supportive audiences. PRX builds technology and creates cutting-edge content that reaches millions of listeners worldwide.

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA Green, Red, and Orange lines.

Contact: Vanessa Woo | 617-863-9080

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