Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:

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 Pixar’s recent release “Finding Dory” on July 29; Disney’s “Moana” on Aug. 5; 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.

Fenway tour

The Massachusetts Historical Society and the Emerald Necklace Conservatory will host a tour on the “Fabricated Fenway” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, meeting at 1154 Boylston St.

Harper Grace Mills will lead the tour of the Back Bay and Fenway areas. From the early 19th century, Mill Dam that “made” the Back Bay out of tidal marshland currently buried beneath Beacon Street, to the landmark advances of the Esplanade, Storrow Drive, Emerald Necklace and Kenmore Square, Boston’s made environments have been riddled with surprising and sometimes perplexing consequences, for both the physical and social spaces.

Registration is required for this free program, online at or by calling 617-536-1608.

Art and architecture tour

The New England Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host an art and architecture tour from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 29.

The society has been collecting unique items of Americana and fine art since its founding in 1845, including a mid-18th century easy chair belonging to John Hancock, a mahogany slant lid desk made by prominent cabinetmaker Elijah Sanderson, early family registers and portraits of some of New England’s prominent citizens. Attendees can learn the story behind these pieces and use the society’s resources following the tour.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-536-5740 for more information and to register.

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. 1.

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.

19th century history

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will present “The Year 1800: The Union of the Personal and the Political” at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Paul Gilje of the University of Oklahoma will focus on the elections of 1800 and reveal the extensive intriques of a year that historians have often reduced to a single political contest. The personal and the political were inseparable among women and men in New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, where power, prejudice, servitude, insiders and foreigners converged to alter electoral outcomes.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-536-1608 for further 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. 2 and at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 in the McKim courtyard at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Wednesday’s concert will feature Harshitha Krishnan, a musician who has created her own unique sound fusing Indian and contemporary Western elements.

The Kenn Morr Band will headline Friday’s show. They are known for vocal harmonies, fiery instrumental interplay and Morr’s rich baritone.

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

Isabella Stewart Gardner

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will welcome actress Jessa Piaia in a one-woman show about Isabella Stewart Gardner from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3.

Piaia will portray Gardner, a leading American art collector, philanthropist and patron of the arts. She will discuss her construction of Fenway Court, now the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and share anecdotes on her luminous social circle and friends such as noted artists and writers John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, Henry James, Okakura Kakuzo and Francis Marion Crawford.

Admission is free. For further details, call 617-536-5400.

Genealogical research

The New England Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will present a free program on using with Claire Vail and Don LeClair at noon on Friday, Aug. 4.

Vail and LeClair will explain what online resources exist and how to navigate the website, perform effective database searches and browse the collections online.

Visit or call 617-536-5740 for more information and to register.

Book sale

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will host a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5.

The library will offer a great variety of gently used adult and juvenile books, audio-visual, DVDs and more at low prices. Proceeds will benefit the community programming of the library.

For more details, call 617-536-5400.

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.