Onward to the Uni Project

We’re hard at work on the Uni now, and you can read all about it on the Uni web site, which picks up where this blog leaves off.

Below, the Street Lab blog looks back at our previous projects, like a community film series in a vacant lot, performing arts rehearsals in public space, and the Storefront Library. It also includes some posts about the early development of the Uni.

Read on, and see you in the Uni.

Films at the Gate 2016

Don’t miss Films at the Gate this year! Back for an eleventh year on Friday – Sunday, August 26 – 28. Schedule available at ACDC. Or take a look back at years past here.


Films at the Gate 10th Anniversary

Films at the Gate returns for the tenth time! More details over at ACDC. Come out and watch films under the stars.


Films at the Gate: 9th year!

Time again for Films at the Gate!

What began nine years ago as an effort to transform a vacant lot in Boston’s Chinatown has become an enduring tradition: a free, outdoor series of Chinese-language films under the stars. Learn about the project here. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 12-14, 2014. Schedule here. See you by the Gate!


Films at the Gate 2013: schedule is here!

FATG2011photosIt’s time again for Films at the Gate!

What began in 2006 as an effort to transform a vacant lot in Boston’s Chinatown has become an enduring tradition: a free, outdoor series of Chinese-language films under the stars. Learn about the project here. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15.

Curator Jean Lukitsh has provided the film choices for 2013, and we’ve posted them at the Films at the Gate event site here. See you by the Gate!

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Films at the Gate: on to the weekend

The first two nights of Films at the Gate have been wonderful—not an empty seat in the “house.” If you are coming down this weekend, feel free to bring your own seating so we can offer more chairs to seniors and kids.

For the first time in seven years, Leslie and I will have to miss the weekend finale, but you’ll be in the very capable hands of Jean Lukitsh, Iris Tan, ACDC staff, and some wonderful community volunteers. Have a great time, and please send us photos!


Also this weekend, enjoy some performances by Wah Lum Kung Fu Athletic Association and Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association. Here’s some background on Bow Sim Mark from Jean Lukitsh, our curator:

In 1975, Grandmaster Bow Sim Mark established the Chinese Wushu Research Institute in Boston’s Chinatown. She was the first to use the term Wushu for teaching in the U.S. For several decades, Master Mark concentrated on the areas of teaching, publication, performance and choreography. She was named as the 1994 and 1996 “Woman of the Year” by Inside Kung Fu magazine, and Black Belt magazine has called her one of the “Most Influential Martial Arts Masters of the Twentieth Century.” The Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association (1995) has twenty-three branches in the US, Europe, Hong Kong, and other countries. It has been Grandmaster Mark’s objective to emphasize the artistic aspect of Tai Chi Chuan. It is her passion to promote Tai Chi as an art and to continuously refine this art form. Her son Donnie Yen is one of the biggest action stars in China. On June 19 2011, she was featured in a cover story by the Boston Globe magazine: The Way of the Ribbon and the Sword.

Films at the Gate 2012: starts Thursday!

What began on a vacant lot continues on the Greenway: Films at the Gate returns, starting tomorrow, Thursday 8/23. Join us as we create a free, outdoor theater, showing Kung-Fu and classic Chinese-language films under the stars, next to the Chinatown Gate.

Film schedule and details here. Movies roll at 8PM, and there are walking tours and performances beforehand.

On Saturday night, for example, check out a performance by Wah Lum Kung Fu Athletic Association, under the direction of Master Bob Rosen. Here’s some background on Wah Lum Kung Fu form Jean Lukitsh, our curator:

Wah Lum Kung Fu of the U.S.A. was started by Grandmaster Chan Pui in Boston’s Chinatown over 35 years ago. Sifu Bob Rosen has been instructing in the martial arts since 1972 and is the Chief Instructor of the Wah Lum Kung Fu Athletic Association, established in 1984. He is the first non-Asian instructor to operate a school in Boston’s Chinatown, and he has been a 7th generation student of Grandmaster Chan since 1976. In 1989 he was a member of the first non-Asian group to study Kung Fu in the Shaolin Temple. In 1994 he won a Gold Medal in the Open Weapons division at the Beijing International Tournament in China. In 2001 he was the senior coach for the Wah Lum team at the Shaolin Wushu competition in Zhenghou, China, which won numerous awards. He has coached many students who have been successful in fighting, forms, and weapons at local, national and international events.

In addition to establishing himself as a traditional instructor of the Wah Lum System, Sifu Rosen has studied Tai Chi Chuan, Iron Palm (breaking), and Lion Dance from Grandmaster Chan and other U.S. and China based Masters. He has been invited to participate as a judge and to demonstrate at various Martial Arts events around the country.