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Film festival

Magic 106.7 is hosting a family film festival at sundown on Saturdays at the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St.

Entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways will begin at 6 p.m.

The movies will include the animated classic “The Little Mermaid” on Aug. 12; the blockbuster live action film “Beauty and the Beast” on Aug. 19 and the animated “Secret Life of Pets” on Aug. 26.

Picnic baskets and blankets are welcome.

Visit for more details.

Summer sings

The annual Chorus Pro Musica Summer Sings series will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, 21 and 28 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.

Participants will spend the first half of the evening rehearsing and then perform with Chorus Pro Musica’s soloists with piano accompaniment. The program will include Mozart’s “Requiem.” Experience is not necessary.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is $10 at the door with discounts for seniors and students and those who would just like to listen to the rehearsals and performance.

Call 617-536-1970 or visit for further information.

Folk dancing at the fountain

The Folk Arts Center of New England and ParkARTS will host folk dancing by the fountain in Copley Square from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn New England contra dancing, led by Nils Fredland with music by Cosmic Echo.

Visit or call 781-438-4387 for more information.

Graphic design exhibition

The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University will display the Master of Arts in Graphic Design Summer Thesis Show from Aug. 16 through 25 at the gallery at 75 Arlington St.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17.

The show features the thesis work of Emily Adams and Kim Judkins, a culmination of their graphic design master’s program. The projects invite the audience to be more present in the physical world and within their own minds.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Call 617-573-8785 or send an email to for more information.

Poetry open mic

A poetry open mic with GrubStreet Writers will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Teens, ages 12-18, can enjoy listening to and performing poetry and spoken word in this free program.

Call 617-536-5400 for further information.

Party on the lawn

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., will host a South of France summer night with friends, patis and pétanque from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25.

The community is invited to an evening of partie de Pétanque, a lawn game similar to boules, with a refreshing glass of lemonade or patis.

Tickets are $8 for members and $16 for non-members.

Call 617-912-0400 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

Americans in WWI

The New England Historical Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., is displaying the exhibit “Voices of War: Americans in World War I, 1917-1918 now until Oct. 31.

Using letters, diaries, photographs, ephemera and other special items from the collections of the NEHGS, Jewish Heritage Center and Historic Newton,

Visit or call 617-536-5740 for more information.

Concerts in the courtyard

The Berklee College of Music will present free outdoor concerts in the courtyard at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16 and at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 in the McKim courtyard at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Wednesday’s concert will feature the Venezuelan Project, which focuses on recovering traditional and folkloric Venezuelan styles and combining them with contemporary genres.

On Friday, Night Tree will perform. The band has its roots in the Celtic folk tradition and branches into Swedish, Jewish, and American folk music to find inspiration for their original works.

Call 617-536-5400 or visit for more information.

Collections tour

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will host tours of the collections of the society at 10 a.m. on Saturdays during August.

Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the 90-minute tour focuses on the history and collections of the MHS.

The tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Parties of eight or more should contact the MHS.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-646-0560.

Victorian Back Bay

Boston by Foot is offering 90-minute guided, walking tours of the Back Bay at 2 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays, now to October. Walkers will meet the guide on the steps of Trinity Church at Copley Square.

Visitors will discover how the Back Bay, once a body of water, was filled in and how the neighborhood was developed in the mid-19th century to become one of the nation’s richest collections of art and architecture. The treasures of the Back Bay tour include Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, Old South Church and the grand Back Bay townhouses.

Tickets are $13 adults, $8 children, ages 6 to 12, and free for members if purchased in advance or an additional $2 if purchased from the guide.

For more information, visit or call 617-237-2345.

Library tours

Boston Public Library volunteers will give art and architecture tours of the McKim Building, a National Historic Landmark, in its main building, constructed in 1895, throughout the week.

Highlights include the murals of John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey and the work of architect Charles Follen McKim.

Self-guided tours are available as well, and literature describing the architectural highlights is available on the web at

For tours by appointment, call 617-536-5400.