Try Out a Free Class with Boston City Singers Jan. 11

Do you have or know a child that loves to sing? Try out a class with Boston City Singers for Free! On Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. the organization will be offering just that. For children ages 4 to 7, there is the Kodály Singing Class, and a Training Chorus Program for children in grades 2 - 6. The class will be held at All Saints Ashmont at 209 Ashmont Street in Dorchester. For more information, check out Boston City Singers' website. You can also email or call 617.825.0674 for more information. Attached is a 4 x 6 announcement for the event.

First Night Boston: New Year's 2012!

First Night is an annual festival celebrating art and community in Boston and the coming of the new year! The event is the oldest and largest of its kind in North America, typically attracting about one million people! The day long celebration is from 1 pm to midnight on December 31st. First Night activities include a Family Festival at the Hynes Convention Center, a Grand Procession down Boylston Street, colossal ice sculptures and a fireworks display at midnight. The event showcases the work of 1,000 artists in 200 performances and exhibits at 35 venues both indoor and outdoor throughout downtown Boston on New Year's Eve - admission to these and to museums and other fun activities is free to those who buy and wear a First Night pin (cost: $15) - buy one by clicking here. Check the schedule here. All proceeds benefit First Night, Inc. a private non-profit organization.

The Presidency and Civil Rights @ JFK Library Feb. 20

On February 20, 2012, The Presidency and Civil Rights, a John F. Kennedy Library Forum will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The conference will examine key moments in the civil rights movement during five American presidencies, from Roosevelt to Johnson, with a final panel examining contemporary civil rights struggles in the years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act. For more information about this and other upcoming forums, and to register, visit the JFK Library's website. You can call the library at 617.514.1600.

The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jan. 23

On January 23, a John F. Kennedy Library Forum, The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Colleagues and writers will speak at the event, including Joe Armstrong, Betty Sue Flowers, Harriet Rubin, and David Stenn. These figures will share their memories of working with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis during her time as an editor in New York City. Greg Lawrence, author of Jackie as Editor, will moderate. The John F. Kennedy Library is located at Columbia Point in Dorchester. For more information about this and other forums, and to register, please visit the John F. Kennedy Library here. You can contact the library by phone at 617.514.1600.

America's Next Top Rapper @ The Strand Dec. 30

The Strand Theatre will be hosting Reality TV series America’s Next Top Rapper, as the competition films on location at the Strand Theatre! At 10:00 a.m. on December 30th, join the nation-wide search kickoff at the Boston Auditions with iconic rapper judges Trina, Director Lil X and Rockwilder! Think you can rap? Want to register for a chance to be America's Next Top Rapper? Visit: for contestant information and registration, cheer on contestants, and reserve online audience seating! Audience admission to this event is $15 to $50. The Strand Theatre is located at 543 Columbia Rd. You can contact the theatre at 617.302.7340, or on the web at

Assessing Obama's Presidency @ JFK Library Jan. 15

Jonathan Alter, author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One, and Hendrik Hertzberg, columnist for The New Yorker, will participate in a discussion at a John F. Kennedy Library Forum, Assessing Obama's Presidency. Alter and Hertzberg will analyze the Obama presidency as the 2012 presidential race begins with former Boston Globe Editorial Page Editor Renee Loth. The forum will be held at the JFK Library on January 15, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information on upcoming JFK Library Forums, and to register, visit the JFK Library by clicking here. This event is currently full. To get on the waiting list, call 617.514.1600.

Jim Lehrer at JFK Library Jan. 25

In the January 25th John F. Kennedy Library Forum, Jim Lehrer, former host of PBS Newshour, will be discussing his book, Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain, with PBS Newshour senior correspondent Ray Suarez. The forum will be held on January 25, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. but it is now FULL - please visit the website to see the live webcast. All forums are free and open to the public. For more information, a list of upcoming forums, and to register, visit the JFK Library Forums site here.

"Sunflowers for Vincent" Celebration at UMass Boston Dec.19

Another major sculpture will be added to Arts on the Point, UMASS Boston's Public Arts Initiative! On Thursday, December 15, the University will add another major sculpture by the internationally acclaimed artist Mark di Suvero. On Monday, December 19, at 2:00 p.m. there will be a celebration at the sculpture location - refreshments will be served! The piece, Sunflowers for Vincent, is a brightly painted steel and aluminum interactive sculpture that pays homage to Vincent Van Gogh and his paintings of sunflowers.

The sculpture will be installed between University Drive and the Harborwalk near the bend at the campus's entrance from Morrissey Boulevard. Workers and cranes will arrive on campus beginning at 8 a.m. to put the sculpture in place. The piece will join another monumental work by di Suvero - Huru, which stands nearby at the front of the Integrated Sciences Complex. Columbia Point is the only location in New England where the public can see two examples of the artist's achievements. Other artists featured in Arts on the Point are Dennis Oppenheim, Roy Lichtenstein, William Tucker, Luis Jimenez, and Willem de Koonig.

Approximately 30 feet long and 10 feet high, Sunflowers for Vincent was formerly at the deCordova Sculpture Park.

Painters Rags @ Howard Art Project Opens Dec. 9

Howard Art Project, Dorchester's newest gallery, will be hosting an opening for their second show: Painter's Rags and Other Artists Clothing. The show asks exhibiting artists to look at their own wardrobe with the same criticality one would look at art. The opening will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The gallery is located at 1486 Dorchester Ave. in Fields Corner, and is also open on Saturdays during exhibitions from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or by appointment. For upcoming happenings, calls for work, and more information, check out Howard Art Project's wordpress blog!

Write on the DOT Reading @ Blarney Stone Dec. 11

On Sunday, December 11, Write On The DOT will host a poetry reading at Blarney Stone in Fields Corner. The reading will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30, and feature UMass-Boston MFA candidates, and writers in the Dorchester community, including Sam Cha, Aaron Devine, Johnny Diaz, Mariya "Morie" Deykute, and Christopher Kain. A summary of Write On The Dot's mission from their blog: "Write on the DOT is a reading series presented by students in UMass-Boston's Creative Writing MFA Program. The series seeks to create a space in which UMass writers and Dorchester writers can meet, mingle, and check out what each other are up to." For more information about Write On The DOT, check out their website here!

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