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Red Sox in the park

The Highland Street Foundation and Boston Parks and Recreation will bring the excitement of Fenway to Boston Common, corner of Charles and Beacon streets, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12.

The community is invited to bring a blanket and watch the Red Sox away game against the New York Yankees on the big screen. Other activities will include balloon artists, face painting, caricaturists, free carousel rides, giveaways, refreshments, musical entertainment by the Hot Tamale Brass Band and more. Wally the Green Monster, Tessie and special guests will be in attendance.

For more information, visit or call 617-969-8900.

Piano on the Common

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature pianist Hari Kim in concert underneath the fountain at noon from Monday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 18 at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common. An additional concert will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Kim will present some contemporary music with her piano trio influenced by Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarret.

Admission is free. Visit for further information.

Summer meeting

Mayor Martin J. Walsh will be the guest speaker at the West End Civic Association summer meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14 in the Amy Lowell Community Room, 65 Martha Road. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.

All are welcome.

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Music of Gershwin

A lunchtime concert will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

The ensemble Tunefooler will play the music of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and more.

A donation of $3 is requested; all contributions are given directly to the musicians.

Visit or call 617-227-2155 for further information.

Charles Street jail

Historic New England will present “From Lockup to Luxury Hotel: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Charles Street Jail” on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at the Otis House and Museum, 141 Cambridge St. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., with the lecture at 6 p.m.

Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Joe McMaster will take the audience through the history of one of Boston’s most colorful and infamous institutions, the Charles Street Jail, from its idealistic, forward-thinking design in the middle of the 19th century; to its court-ordered closure in the late 20th century; to its 21st century renovation into a luxury hotel. The audience will meet some of the many surprising, historically significant and sometimes unsavory inmates who called the Charles Street Jail home during its nearly 150 years of continuous use.

Tickets are $10 for members of either group or $12 for non-members. Registration is recommended. Victorian Society members must call to register, at 617-994-5920.

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Organ recital

The Old West Organ Society will present the next in the 2017 Summer Concert Series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at the Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St.

Providence-based Gigi Mitchell-Velasco will make her debut at the Old West Church.

A freewill donation is requested.

Call 617-739-1340 or visit for more information.

Oscar winners

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen Academy Award-winning Best Pictures from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during August.

Featured will be “Birdman” with Michael Keaton on Aug. 16; Boston filmed “Spotlight” on Aug. 23; and this year’s Oscar winner “Moonlight” on Aug. 30.

Admission is free. Call 617-523-3957 for further information.

A night in Vienna

The Landmarks’ Festival at the Shell will welcome the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

Named after Boston’s Longwood medical area, the LSO compises primarily of health-care professionals who are also highly trained musicians. The orchestra will perform “A Night in Vienna” with works by Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, and Johann Strauss, Jr.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-987-2000 for more information.

Drums in the park

A free summer program for children will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 at Myrtle Street Playground, Myrtle and Irving streets. The rain location will be Hill House, 74 Joy St.

Mystic Drumz will perform.

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Friday flicks

The 32nd annual free Friday flicks will be held at sunset at 8:40 p.m. on Fridays, Aug. 18 and 25 at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

The schedule will include Marvel’s “Dr. Strange” starring Benedict Cumberbatch on Aug. 18 and the Star Wars blockbuster film “Rogue One” the following week.

Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. WBZ News Radio will provide food samples, games and giveaways.

Call 617-787-7200 or visit for more information.

Children’s festival

The West End Community Center will host the 12th annual West End Children’s Festival from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, along Thoreau Path, Staniford Street. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 21.

The festival will include food, games and activities that promote healthy living. It will feature live performances by members of North End Music and Performing Arts and Music, as well as cultural experiences, games, arts and crafts, face painting, free food and beverages.

Admission is free, and parking is available.

For more information, visit or call 617-670

Spray pool is open

The Frog Pond spray pool on Boston Common is open for the summer. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day.

In addition, a carousel at the Frog Pond is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hours are extended until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Call 617-635-2120 or visit for more information.

Swan boats summer hours

The famous swan boats have returned to the Public Gardens. Summer hours of operation (now to Labor Day) are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting.

Established in 1877, the swan boats are a family-owned and -operated business with a unique tradition and place in the history and beauty of the city. A ride on a swan boat lasts about 15 minutes and provides a picturesque voyage on the waters of the lagoon.

Tickets are $3 or $2 for seniors and $1.50 for children. For more information, call 617-522-1966 or visit

Contemporary art in Boston

A new exhibition that sheds light on contemporary art in Boston is on display at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., now through Sept. 3.

This exciting exhibition will showcase contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs by New England artists. The works on display, drawings, watercolors, linocuts, lithographs, hand-toned silver gelatin prints, digital photographs, and more, reflect artistic interpretations of New England’s built and natural environment.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Photographs of the West End

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., is displaying a new exhibition “Under the Wrecking Ball: A West End Landlord” now to Aug. 31.

The exhibit features photographs from a collection donated by Ira Tarlin that depicts the West End at the time of demolition. Eli Tarlin, Ira’s father, was an original resident who came to own numerous properties in the neighborhood. The demise of the community, says the family, was also Eli’s demise.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Call 617-416-0781 or go online to