Here are the latest Beacon Hill - West End neighborhood notes:

Cool jazz

A lunchtime concert with Racha Fora will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

The quartet of Hiro Honshuku, flute, EWI, composition and arranging, Rika Ikeda, violin, Andre Vasconcelos, guitar and Harvey Wirht, cajon, will play cool jazz and Brazilian infusion music.

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

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

Debut performance

The Old West Organ Society will present the last in the 2017 Summer Concert Series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St.

Rising star organist Clara Gerdes will conclude the series with her debut performance.

A freewill donation is requested.

Call 617-739-1340 or visit for more information

Oscar winner

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen this year’s Academy Award-winning Best Picture “Moonlight” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

The film, starring Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali, chronicles the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

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

Ice cream social

Children can enjoy ice cream with J.P. Licks at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug.31 at the Myrtle Street Playground, Myrtle and Irving streets. The rain location will be Hill House, 74 Joy St.

The program will also include crafts and games.

For more information, visit

Gallery talk

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will present a docent-led gallery talk at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31.

A docent will lead a discussion-based exploration of the exhibition “New England on Paper: Contemporary Art in the Boston Athenaeum’s Prints and Photographs Collections” discovering a range of artistic responses to New England’s varied landscapes, built environments and communities.

Gallery talks are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call 617-720-7600 or visit for further details.

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

Beacon Hill walking tour

Historic New England will present a tour of Beacon Hill from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2. Participants will meet at the Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge St.

The tour will focus on the development of Beacon Hill in the Federal era, and how the ambitions and struggles of the early residents, both wealthy and working class, shaped the architecture and character of the neighborhood.

The program begins with a tour of the Otis House, the earliest intact Beacon Hill mansion, and continues through the historic streets.

Registration is recommended, by calling 617-994-5920. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

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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.