Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:
Regional art exhibition
The Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St., will host the annual Regional Juried Exhibition from Sept. 8 to 29 in the President’s Gallery.
More than 30 landscapes, portraits and still life paintings will be on display.
A reception and awards ceremony will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Registration is required for this event. Award winners will discuss their works at 2 p.m. with the public on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Admission is free.
Visit www.guildofbostonartists.org or call 617-536-7660 for more details.
Open Newbury Street
For the third year, Open Newbury will be celebrated on Sunday, Sept. 9 when Newbury Street will once again close to vehicular traffic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. so pedestrians can roam freely along the iconic stretch in the Back Bay.
Newbury Street will be pedestrian-only from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue.
The public is encouraged to utilize the several different MBTA routes that service the area in addition to bicycling and walking.
Further information can be found at www.boston.gov/news/third-edition-open-newbury-street-series.
The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will screen a series of free kids’ movies from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays during September.
Featured will be “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” on Sept. 9; the animated feature “Wreck-It Ralph” on Sept. 16; “Matilda” based on the best-selling book by Roald Dahl on Sept. 23; and “Paddington 2” starring Hugh Grant on Sept. 30.
Call 617-536-5400 for more information.
The 2018-2019 season of wine tastings will kickoff at a champagne tasting event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the French Cultural Center of Boston, 53 Marlborough St.
Sommelier Alexandre Sojfer will guide attendees in comparing five delicious champagnes on their sweetness, domains and balance of Chardonnay versus Pinot. Guests will also enjoy a special tasting of Crémant de Limoux, Domaine Collin, sparkling wine produced in Languedoc Roussillon.
Wines will be accompanied with light hors d’oeuvres and bites.
Reservations are required and may be made online at www.frenchculturalcenter.org or by calling 617-912-0400.
Author Anne Boyd Rioux will be the guest speaker at a free program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Little Women.”
Rioux is the author of “Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters,” the story of the beloved classic that has captured the imaginations of generations. Soon after publication on September 30, 1868, “Little Women” became an enormous bestseller and one of America – and the world's – favorite novels. Rioux will recount how Louisa May Alcott came to write this novel, drawing inspiration from her own life. She will also examine why this tale of family and community ties, set as the Civil War was tearing America apart, has resonated through later wars, the Depression and times of changing opportunities for women.
Visit www.bpl.org or call 617-536-5400 for more details.
Boston Massacre revisited
The Massachusetts Historical Society will host a free talk, “Boston’s Massacre,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 p.m.
Eric Hinderaker of the University of Utah will discuss the events of the night of March 5, 1770, when British soldiers fired into a crowd gathered in front of the Boston Custom’s House, killing five people. Denounced as an act of unprovoked violence and villainy, the Boston Massacre became one of the most familiar incidents in American history, yet one of the least understood.
Hinderaker will examine in forensic detail the facts of that fateful night, the competing narratives that molded public perceptions at the time and the long campaign to transform the tragedy into a touchstone of American identity.
Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members.
Further information can be found at www.masshist.org or by calling 617-536-1608.
Legacy of slavery
The Partnership of the Historic Bostons will present “Desire and the Body of Liberty,” a free program as part of the annual Boston Charter Day celebrations, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.
Public historian Elon Cook Lee will focus her presentation on the impact of the arrival of a ship named the Desire and its human cargo. She will lead a discussion on the histories and legacies of the charter generation of African bondservants and enslaved people, the increasing reciprocal trade to the West Indies and how rebelling Africans and colonial slave traders impacted the developing laws in the Massachusetts Bay Colony 1641 to 1670.
An RSVP for this event is requested but not required, at www.eventbrite.com/e/desire-and-the-body-of-liberty-registration.
For more information and a schedule of further programming during the Charter Day celebrations, visit www.historicbostons.
Fall season open house
The French Cultural Center of Boston, 53 Marlborough St., will host an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.
Participants can meet the staff, take a guided tour, enjoy a glass of wine and light snacks, listen to live music, visit the art gallery, take a free French crash course and learn about the cultural programs of the library. Admission is free.
Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 617-912-0400 or visiting www.frenchculturalcenter.org.
Chamber orchestra to perform
The Freisinger Chamber Orchestra will perform in concert at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.
The orchestra will play Mozart’s “Symphony No. 6,” Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” with soloist Bianca Oglice, Tubin’s “Estonian Dance Suite” and vocal selections by Donizetti and Leonard Bernstein. Soprano Hailey Fuqua and tenor Ethan Brenmer will be the guest soloists.
The suggested contribution is $16 for adults and $8 for students.
Visit www.oldsouth.org or call 617-536-1970 for further information
Victorian Back Bay
Boston by Foot is offering 90-minute guided, walking tours of the Back Bay at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays, now through 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 for adults, $8 for children from 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 www.bostonbyfoot.org or call 617-237-2345.
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 www.bpl.org/central/tours.htm.
For tours by appointment, call 617-536-5400.