Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:

Pride Parade, celebrations

Boston Pride Week will celebrate its 48th anniversary with a Pride Parade and Festival at noon on Saturday, June 9, starting at the intersection of Boylston and Clarendon Streets.

The Pride Parade is one of the largest public parades in New England and will feature more than 350 contingents, 45,000 participants and over 500,000 spectators. This year’s theme is Rainbow Resistance.

The parade route will winds its way from the Back Bay, through the South End, by the Boston Common, up Beacon Hill and to Government Center, ending at City Hall Plaza where the Boston Pride Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will include a free concert featuring headliners Martha Wash and Big Freedia.

Pride Week will culminate with a block party in the Back Bay from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 on St. James Avenue. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

World of Charles Gibson

The Gibson House Museum, 137 Beacon St., will host an encore presentation of “A Discreet Society: The World of Charlie Gibson” with John Burrows at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 11. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with the lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Burrows, a past president of the Gibson Society and longtime friend of the museum, will explore the world of Anglo-American gay men and women of the Victorian and Edwardian eras in which Charles Gibson Jr. came of age.

Burrows is nationally recognized for his knowledge of 19th century architecture and interior design. His recent projects include manufacturing reproductions of the Gibson House Museum's red and blue carpets.

Admission is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

Pre-registration is required, through or by calling 617-267-6338.

Food history

The Jewish Heritage Center will welcome award-winning food writer Michael Twitty in conversation at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12.

Twitty, a food writer, independent scholar and culinary historian, is the author of “The Cooking Gene” about his personal mission to document the connection between food history and his family history from Africa to America, from slavery to freedom. He champions what he calls “identity cooking,” how we construct complex identities that we express through food and taste.

Book sales, signing and light reception will follow.

Admission is $20. Register through the Jewish Arts Collaborative,

Further information can be found at or by calling 888-296-3447.

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, June 13.

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 $15 donation ($10 for senior citizens and students) is requested to help with the ongoing restoration costs.

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

Concerts in the courtyard

The Berklee College of Music will present outdoor concerts in the courtyard at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 and 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 15 in the McKim courtyard at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Triple Tea will perform on Wednesday. They are a cinematic/progressive jazz trio influenced by a variety of styles, from pop and electronic to jazz and film music.

Friday’s show will feature Emm Gryner and Bea. Folk and rock prodigy Gryner has performed at Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair and sung backup for David Bowie. Bea has opened for Norah Jones, John Mayer, James Taylor and more. Her songs feature strong hooks and evoke a range of emotions.

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

‘Champagne and Caviar’

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., will host a “Champagne and Caviar” wine-tasting from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.

This epicurean experience is organized in collaboration with the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, marrying the most luxurious treats from France and Russia. The tasting lineup led by a sommelier and Anna Winestein from Ballets Russes Arts Initiative will include five different champagnes and crémants and three different caviars. Tickets are $70 for members and $85 for non-members.

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

‘Midsummer Magic’

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will host “Midsummer Magic” from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 14.

This story and music celebration of the Summer Solstice draws from cultures around the world, bringing to life ancient legends of transformation, tree-spirits and fireflies.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-5400 for further details.

First American cookbook

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will present “United Tastes: The Making of the First American Cookbook” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14. There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 p.m.

“American Cookery” (1796) by Amelia Simmons is known as the “first American cookbook” and has attracted a modern audience of historians, food journalists and general readers, yet until now the tome has not received the sustained scholarly attention it deserves. In their book “United Tastes,” Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald’s fill this gap by providing a detailed examination of the social circumstances and culinary tradition that produced this American classic.

Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required, online at or by calling 617-536-1608.

Summer concert

The Berklee College of Music will start its summer series with a free concert at noon on Thursday, June 14 at the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St.

Percussionist Santanio Jackson will perform. He is studying drum performance and education at Berklee College of Music.

Visit for more information

Victorian Back Bay

Boston by Foot is offering 90-minute guided, walking tours of the Back Bay at 2:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays, now through 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 for adults, $8 got children from 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.

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.