Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:

Film festival

Magic 106.7 is hosting a family film festival at sundown on Saturday, Aug. 19 and 26 at the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St.

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

The movies will include the blockbuster live action film “Beauty and the Beast” on Aug. 19 and the animated feature “Secret Life of Pets” the following week.

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. 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. 22.

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.

Opera in the courtyard

The Berklee College of Music will present free outdoor concerts in the courtyard at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23 and at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 in the McKim courtyard at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Wednesday’s concert will feature songstress Abby Carey, a singer-songwriter from North Attleboro whose influences range from Bruce Springsteen to The 1975.

Members of the Boston Lyric Opera will perform works from the upcoming season on Friday.

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

Lineage societies

The New England Historical Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will present a Lineage Society Summit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Representatives from several lineage societies, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, Society of the Cincinnati, the Mayflower Society, Sons of the American Revolution and more, will be on hand to help visitors learn about the societies, the application process and requirements.

This is a free, drop-in activity open to the public with a brief presentation at 11 a.m. and repeated at 2 p.m.

Registration is recommended, online at or by calling 617-536-5740.

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.

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 now through Aug. 25 at the gallery at 75 Arlington St.

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.

Introduction to genealogy

The New England Historical Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a new visitor tour at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Attendees will learn about the resources available at the research facility as they tour the building and meet the expert staff. The NEHGS is the largest and oldest genealogy library and archive in the country, with more than 15 million artifacts, records, books, manuscripts, photographs and more. Attendees are welcome to use any of the resources after the tour. Registration is not required.

Visit or call 617-536-5740 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.

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.