Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:

Women write about war

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will host “Women’s Voices in War Narratives” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18.

In journalistic and literary work on the subject of war, women writers are often marginalized and underrepresented. This panel of four esteemed writers, Olivia Kate Cerrone, Lauren Kay Halloran, Lee Sharkey and Alisa Sopova, will discuss their writing on the culture and consequences of war, and how they see their work in the context of contemporary war narratives.

Admission is free. For more information, call 617-536-5400

The battle heard ’round the world

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will present a talk on the beginnings of the American War for Independence from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 p.m.

Author George C. Daughan will discuss his new book “Lexington and Concord: The Battle Heard ’Round the World” that shows how the mounting political tensions that ignited the battles of Lexington and Concord are critical to the narrative of the American Revolution. However, the economic forces that propelled these iconic battles are another vital part of this history. This threat inspired the vast turnout of Patriot militiamen that so shocked the British and led the colonists to victory in the first armed conflicts of the War of Independence.

Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members.

Registration is required, by calling 617-646-0578 or online at


The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will welcome Paula Peters in a free lecture from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18.

Peters, a Mashpee Wampanoag, will explore the pre-colonial and colonial history of New England through an indigenous lens and provide a fresh and unique analysis of the period. The lecture compliments toe exhibit “Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History” on display until April 25.

To register for this free lecture, call 888-296-3447 or visit

Mansion tour

A public one-hour tour of the Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Ave., which showcases the striking interior and exterior embellishments designed and created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, will be offered at noon on Wednesday, April 18.

Built between 1899 and 1902 for businessman and art collector Frederick Ayer, the mansion is the only surviving residence created by American artist and designer Tiffany. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 2005.

Reservations are required and a $10 donation is requested to help with the ongoing restoration costs.

To make a reservation, send an email to or call 617-536-2586.

Fashion and music

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., will present an evening of fashion and performance inspired by the European Salon from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 20.

Fashion designer Luke Aaron and the Autumn Salon will come together to create a beautiful and inspiring evening of fashion and performance. Featuring a runway show of Aaron’s latest pieces, a social hour with refreshments, gypsy jazz and performances of French art songs and ballet, this collaboration brings the spirit of the European Salon to Boston.

Tickets are $40 for members and $60 for non-members.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 617-912-0400 or visit

Boston on a budget

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will present “Boston on a Budget” from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

There are many ways to explore Boston’s museums and attractions. Participants can discover how to obtain museum passes and other discounts for fun things to do and see in Boston.

This program is part of the 2018 Money Smart Week series. Registration is recommended, by calling 617-536-5400 or online at

Chocolate tour

The Back Bay chocolate tour will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, starting and ending at the Flour Bakery, 131 Clarendon St.

The two-and-a-half-hour tour will highlight the architecture of the Back Bay, the history and life of chocolate and how gourmet chocolates are made. Participants will pick up tips on tasting, buying and storing chocolate, as well as be offered plenty of samples.

Advance reservations are required as space is limited, and can be made at

Chamber music

The Chameleon Arts Ensemble will perform the fifth concert in the season, “darers and dreamers” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 at the First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St.

The program will feature selections by musical dreamers including Claude Debussy, Bela Bartok, David Bruce, Arnold Schoenberg and Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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

Graphic design show

The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University is displaying works by the students of the Graphic Design Senior Show now through April 22 at the gallery at 75 Arlington St.

This gallery show will exhibit the print, digital, multimedia and three-dimensional work of the undergraduates in the Graphic Design program, a presentation of visual design solutions that inspire, engage and provoke, utilizing various print and electronic communication mediums.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Call 617-573-8785 or visit for more information.

Art of the revolution

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., is displaying “Art of the Revolution: Protest Posters from May ’68” now through May 1.

In 1968, student protesters relied on a centuries-old communications medium to broadcast their message: protest posters pasted on walls throughout Paris. Created by art students, the posters are remarkable works that combine satire, irony and verbal and visual punning to create humorous yet powerful political statements. The exhibit includes 10 original posters, along with smaller reproductions, that illustrate major themes and rhetorical techniques.

The exhibition is free, but reservations are required. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information and to make a reservation, call 617-912-0400 or visit

Bach cantatas

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., is presenting its 42nd season of the J. S. Bach Cantatas at 10 a.m. on Sundays now through May 20.

The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music will present weekly performances of the cantatas and motets of J.S. Bach and others, conducted by Ryan Turner.

For more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit

Collections tour

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will host tours of the collections of the society at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

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.

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.