Chamber music

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble will present an up close recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon St.

Flautist Deborah Boldin and pianist Vivian Choi will perform works by Samuel Barber, Francis Poulenc, Jeremy Gill, Claude Debussy and Franz Schubert.

The concert will be held in intimate cabaret seating.

Call 617-427-8200 or visit yo purchase tickets and for more details.

Gallery tour, talk

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host a docent talk at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13.

The talk will focus on a new exhibition, “Daniel Chester French: The Female Form Revealed.” Although best known for his monuments such as the marble “Abraham Lincoln” statue at the Lincoln Memorial, sculptor French also used the female form to memorialize actions, events and emotions in works such as “Alma Mater,” Mourning Victory” and “Spirit of the Waves.”

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

Classical afternoon

King’s Chapel, located at the corner of School and Tremont streets, will present an afternoon of classical music at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Sopranos Cassandra Extavour and Jessica Petrus, joined by Carol Lewis on the viola da gamba and Olav Chris Henriksen on the theorbo, will perform selections by Couperin, Monteverdi and Purcell.

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

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

Celebrating romance

Films celebrating love and romance will be screened from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 15 and 22 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

The films will “The Wedding Singer” with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore on Feb. 15 and the teen classic “Say Anything” with John Cusack the following week.

Call 617-523-3957 for more details.

Arts and climate change

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will welcome author Laird Christensen at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Christensen is the author of “Stories From the Great Transition: How the Arts Prepare Us for Life in the Time of Climate Change.” He will reflect on how works by artists and writers depict the personal and collective implications of climate change, bearing witness to the destruction of the planet while encouraging humanity to rise to the challenges ahead.

Dr. Christensen is a professor of English and environmental studies at Green Mountain College.

Admission is $15 for members and $30 for non-members. A reception will follow the program.

To register, visit or call 617-227-0270.

Documentary screening

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen the documentary “Love Between the Covers” from 6:16 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.

The film is an insightful look into the romance industry, following the lives of five published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with changes in publishing and earn a living doing what they love. Admission is free.

The film is shown in conjunction with the romance fiction panel to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

Visit or call 617-523-3957 for further information.

Annexation of Hawaii

The Congregational Library and Archives, 14 Beacon St., will present Owen Miller in a free lecture “Missionary Back Stories: the Imperial Annexation of the Kingdom of Hawai'i ” at noon on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Miller will examine the work of U.S. missionaries, in particular the Goodell family, in the history of Hawaii. Over the course of the 19th century, the missionaries in Hawaii invested heavily in sugar plantations and helped take over the islands including the coup that overthrew Queen Lili'uokalani. They eventually led the movement for U.S. annexation of the island nation.

Registration is requested for this free program by visiting or by calling 617-543- 0470.

Wealth in the Gilded Age

Author Stephen T. Moskey will be the guest speaker at noon on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St.

Moskey is the author of “Larz and Isabel Anderson: Wealth and Celebrity in the Gilded Age,” an account of the extraordinary lives of these wealthy Bostonians whose estate is now Larz Anderson Park in Brookline. Mrs. Anderson was not only the wife of a wealthy businessman; she was the writer and editor of more than 40 titles, a librettist of popular music and a nurse who served on the battlefields of France during World War I. Moskey’s talk will focus on her literary and theatrical accomplishments, particularly her wartime novel “Zigzagging.”

Admission is free.

Call 617-227-0270 or visit for further details.

Athenaeum exhibit

A new exhibition that sheds new light on renowned sculptor Daniel Chester French is on display at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., through Feb. 19.

French was one of the nation’s foremost sculptors of public monuments, best known for the bronze “The Minute Man” statue at Minute Man National Park in Concord and his colossal marble “Abraham Lincoln” statue at the Lincoln Memorial. However, as a classically trained artist, feminine beauty and the female form were at the forefront of his work, which has previously received little attention from scholars.

This exhibit “Daniel Chester French: The Female Form Revealed” focuses on this aspect of French’s work with more than 40 preliminary works for some of his most famous works, such as “Mourning Victory” and “Spirit of the Waves” as well as rarely displayed works. It will also mark the public debut of “Wisdom,” recently acquired by the athenaeum.

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

African American patriots

The Freedom Trail Foundation is offering African American Patriots walking tours at 12:45 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, now to Feb. 26. The tours will leave from the visitor information center on Boston Common, 139 Tremont St.

Led by costumed guides, the 90-minute tours will take visitors through the historic events of the American Revolution and highlight the contributions of African Americans such as Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Prince Hall, Peter Salem and others who played a significant role in the country’s formation.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-357-8300.

Frog Pond skating

The Frog Pond on Boston Common is open for skating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays (except Mondays when the rink closes at 3:45 p.m.) and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission is $6 for people, ages 14 and older and free for kids, ages 13 and under. Skate rentals are $5 for children, ages 13 and under, $12 for 14 and older. Lockers are available.

The Frog Pond continues freestyle skating on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m. for $12 a session. There are no rentals during this time.

For more information, call 617-635-2120 or visit

Picturing Douglas

The Museum of African American History is presenting a new public exhibition “Picturing Frederick Douglass” at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy St., now through July 31.

Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th century, more frequently photographed than Abraham Lincoln, and was immediately recognizable to millions in his own lifetime. Douglass used photography as a tool of reform and to elevate the image of the African-American in contradiction to the demeaning depictions of black life often seen in the 19th century.

Based on the book of the same name by Drs. John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd, co-curators of the exhibit, it features more than 90 objects, including historic photos, books, newspapers articles and original letters by Douglass.

Further information can be found by calling 617-725-0022, ext. 222 or online at