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".t-"" ' ". - -., , -   POST-GAZETTE, MAY 23, 2014 Page9 by d00ingela Cornacchio Lot F Gallery in Downtown Boston is currently featuring Percy Fortini-Wright's pieces Boston and Beyond also In Search of Beyond, a spray paint on panel pictured above. (Photo by Angela CornacchloJ Socially Scene Reviewed ... This past week a hidden treasure appeared and a new favorite Socially Scene spot has been found. Lot F Gallery in the Financial District of Boston is a one of a kind art gallery that was host to a "friendly" gathering. This literally tucked away gem was more than to be expected, It was a word of mouth invite to a gallery show that had media expo- sure, so curiosity was high. The room was already packed after only being open for an hour. There were established artists every- where, tasty complimentary beverages and a vibe that was oozing creativity. It seemed as if the cr6me de la cr6me of the art world had crammed in for this showing. A solo exhibition with Boston's own Percy Fortini- Wright will be on display through June 27 th. His work has plenty to say with many variations, but what caught Soc/a//g Scene was his Boston and Beyond pieces. The walls were splashed with creations by Fortini-Wright that told stories of our city in an earlier time. Fortini-Wrights work demonstrates home and city architecture of a different period, as well as many current pieces telling a story through abstract spray-paint style. As you move through the long room, you will find far in the back a private room filled with creativity by Lot F Gallery owners James and Kate. You could stay for days looking at the unique items displayed and pause in awe within the construction. Founded in 2009, Lot F Gallery represents emerging artists both locally and na- tionaUy. Located in a down- town Boston loft at 145 Pearl Street, #4 Boston, Lot F Gal- lery hos_ts monthly exhibi- tions and openings. Lot F Gallery also works with a number of local businesses to provide art that meets their needs. Open Saturdays 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm or by appointment by calling 617- 855-9420. Lot F Gallery fea- ( Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 tures a wide range of styles and mediums. See more of the current pieces on display or learn about Lot F Gallery at www.lotfgallery.com. Meet Mr. Chew ... A purser's party and collections open house on Thursday, May 29 th. The Museum's collection opens a window into how men and women lived, worked, and celebrated life both on board the USS Con- stitution and on shore. Join in for the USS Constitution Museum's Meet Mr. Chew: Purser's Party & Collections Open House where they will introduce you to Mr. Thomas Chew and unveil his early 19th-century portrait. This annual event brings together nearly 200 guests for an evening on Boston's Waterfront to kick-off the summer season. Enjoy sea- worthy libations from Priva- teer Rum and meet the man everyone is talking about -- Mr. Chew. Thomas J. Chew served Constitution's 1812 crew as purser; he bought their food, sold them clothing, and paid their wages. Explore Chew's extraordinary life through the museum's collections and recognize that his story is our story. Start off your summer with a trip back in time, Thomas Chew on Thursday, May 29 th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the USS Constitution Mu- seum Building 22 located in the Charlestown Navy Yard. For more information on tickets or directions call 617-426-1812 ext. 167. Concerts in the Courtyard ... Boston Public Library's Concerts in the Courtyard series returns June 4 th through August 29% show- casing a variety of artists and musical genres in the library's iconic courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. In ad- dition to Friday lunchtime concerts at 12:30 pm, this season the library now offers evening concerts on Wed- nesdays at 6:00 pm. All the concerts are free and last approximately one hour. The month of June fea- tures Berklee College of Music students and alumni performing everything from jazz, pop, and funk to works with Arab, Latin American, and Scottish influences: Daniel Rotem Trio, Wed- nesday, June 4% at 6:00 pm. The Trio performs original compositions that integrate I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold. Jewelers Exeh. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Catch budding Berklee star Jenna Moynihan Friday, June 13 th, at 12:30 pm with "Concerts in the Court- yard." (Photo by berklee.edu) world influences with impro- visation and the jazz tradi- tion. KeL, Friday, June 6 th, at 12:30 pm. KeL combines elements of jazz and pop with Brazilian melodies. Wambura Mitaru, Wednesday, June i i th at 6:00 pm. The artist's eclectic music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, and hip-hop as well as sounds inspired by her African background. Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul, Friday, June 13% at 12:30 pro. Rooted in tradi- tional Scottish and Appala- chian old-time music, Moy- nihan and Chaimbeul devel- oped a sound which cel- ebrates and explores beau- tiful melodies. The Western Den, Wednesday, June 18 th, at 6:00 pm. Deni Hlavinka and Chris West blend folk harmonies with ambient tex- tures to produce unique sounds and songs. Abroad El Haggar, Friday, June 20% at 12:30 pm. The Egyptia n singer-songwriter and oud player performs original songs and rearranges music from the Arab world to create modern sounds. 3 Sudacas, Wednesday, June 25 th, at 6:00 pm. Performers at the 2014 Latin Grammys with Alejandro Sanz, the group plays both traditional and unique compositions ar- ranged for voice, percussion, mandolin, guitar, and bass: Mariam Elhajli, Friday, June 27% at 12:30 pm. The folk singer-songwriter com- bines the sounds of Joan Baez and Buffy Sainte-Marie with the crudeness of Delta Blues. The sound of music will be roaring through Copley Square all summer and we will bring you up to date in a later column. The complete Concerts in the Courtyard schedule, which is gener- ously sponsored by the Boston Public Library Foun- dation (www.bplf.com), can be viewed at www.bpl.org/ concerts. Huntington Theater Pre- sents ... Huntington The- atre Company concludes its 2013-2014 season with Smart People, a sharp and provoca- tive new comedy by Hunting- ton Playwriting Fellow Lydia R. Diamond. Huntington Ar- tistic Director Peter DuBois (The Power of DufjO helms the newest play from the author of the Huntington's 2010 hit production of Stick Fly. Per- formances of Smart People begin May 23 ra at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Due to popular de- mand, the run has been ex- tended to Sunday, June 29 th. "Quick,witted, wildly intel- ligent, and as entertaining as it is unsettling, Smart People is Lydia Diamond's most ambitious play to date," says DuBois. "Her debut play at the Huntington, the wildly successful Stick Fly, was In-st and foremost about familY dynamics, whereas Smart People is about big, contro- versial ideas. Yet the two share electrifying interper- sonal relationships among surprising characters that in- fuse both stories with great humor and heart." Hear more from DuBois about the pro- duction at huntingtontheatre. org / peter-smartpeople. Smart People examines the big question of whether our beliefs and prejudices are hard-wired into us by explor- ing the intersecting lives of four Harvard intellectuals -- Brian, a white neuro- psychiatrist studying the brain's response to race; his Chinese-Japanese American lover Ginny, a tenured Har- vard professor of psychology who studies race and iden- tity among Asian-American women; Brian's friend Jack- son, an outspoken African- American surgical intern on rotation in one of Harvard's teaching hospitals; and Valerie, an African-Ameri- can graduate of ART's acting program. With barbed wit, Diamond explores the ines- capable nature of racism (Continued on Page 13) @ JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM wwwJ USTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM ,? ,