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

Jazz on the Common

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature Tommaso Taddonio in concert underneath the fountain at noon from Monday through Friday, June 18 through 22 at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common.

Taddonio, a pianist and composer from France, is the leader of the Triple Tea Trio and an accompanist for artists and bands of many different styles.

Visit for further information on this free program.

Meet Simon Winchester

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will welcome Simon Winchester, author of “The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World,” at noon on Tuesday, June 19.

Winchester’s book locates the origins of precision in Industrial Age England and introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production. Thomas Jefferson and others brought their discoveries to the fledgling nation, setting it on course to become a manufacturing titan.

Winchester is the author of several books, including “The Professor and the Madman,” “The Man Who United the States,” “A Crack in the Edge of the World” and “Krakatoa.”

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

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

Traditional Chinese music

A lunchtime concert will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

Yun Thwaits will play traditional Chinese music on the pipa.

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

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

Three notables

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host an up close tour of three notable New Englanders at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20.

Docent Susan Ostberg will lead a discussion around John Adams, Nancy Graves Cabot and Thomas Handasyd Perkins and the complex social and historical questions they raise.

Reservations are recommended, as space is limited, at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Film festival

In celebration of Pride Month, the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen films from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 20 and 27.

Featured will be the award-winning “Pariah” with Adepero Oduye on June 20 and Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks” on June 27.

Call 617-523-3957 for further information.

Crossing the peninsula

Boston By Foot will offer a new tour “Crossing the Peninsula” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, meeting at the entrance to Boston Common, corner of Beacon and Charles Streets, near the kiosk.

Until land filling started in 1796, Boston was a peninsula running north to south in Boston harbor. It was surrounded on the west by the large estuary of the Charles River, “Back Bay,” and on the east by the smaller estuary of the Neponset River, “Front Bay.”

On this tour, visitors will see how Boston evolved over its 400-year history, as the hills were shorn to build Charles Street and the North End, the city invented and secured its water supply, the subway was dug, government and its buildings sprang up and smallpox was eradicated and Boston become an international medical center.

Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 for members.

To purchase tickets and for more details, call 617-367-2345 or visit

Music festival

As part of the fifth annual Make Music Boston Festival, a concert will be performed from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 on the Charles River Esplanade. The rain date is Friday, June 22.

“Water Music” is a site-specific, environmental work inspired by the Charles River being performed at sunset on the summer solstice. Almost 60 musicians including brass players, percussionists and singers will perform newly commissioned work by Marti Epstein, C. Neil Parsons, Maria Finkelmeier, Anthony Green and Manuel Garcia, along the Esplanade walkway.

Make Music Boston is a program of Kadence Arts, a Boston-based non-profit organization.

Further information on this free festival can be found at

Summer evening at Otis House

The Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., will offer “Summer Evening at the Otis House” from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. The rain date is June 22.

The community is invited to celebrate the start of summer by spending the evening on the front terrace of Otis House, where Harry and Sally Otis were known to be some of the best hosts in early 19th century Boston. They can enjoy light food and drinks while hearing about drinking in Federal-era Boston.

The Beacon Hill Civic Association and Historic New England is presenting this program. Attendees must be ages 21 plus.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members and must be purchased in advance. Beacon Hill Civic Association members should call to register.

Call 617-227-1922 or visit to purchase tickets and for more details.

Friday flicks

The 33rd annual free Friday flicks will kick off at sunset at 8:40 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

The schedule will include the animated feature films “Despicable Me 3” on June 22 and “The Emoji Movie” on July 13; the life action film “Elf” starring Will Ferrell on July 20; and Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” on July 27.

Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. WBZ News Radio will provide food samples, games and giveaways.

Call 617-787-7200 or visit for more information.

Swan boats summer hours

The famous swan boats have returned to the Public Gardens. Summer hours of operation (June 21 through 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

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.”

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

Coloring for adults

“Color Your World,” coloring for adults, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on Fridays during June at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Studies have shown the relaxing benefits of coloring for adults as well as children. Patrons are invited to drop in and enjoy a relaxing afternoon coloring. Coloring pages, pencils, crayons and markers will be provided.

For more details, call 617-523-3957.

Picturing Douglass

The Museum of African American History is presenting a new public exhibition “Picturing Frederick Douglass” at the African Meeting House, 46 Joy St., now through December.

Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th century, more frequently photographed than Abraham Lincoln, and was immediately recognizable to millions in his own lifetime. Douglass used photography as a tool of reform and to elevate the image of the African-American in contradiction to the demeaning depictions of black life often seen in the 19th century.

Based on the book of the same name by Drs. John Stauffer and Zoe Trodd, co-curators of the exhibit, it features more than 90 objects, including historic photos, books, newspapers articles and original letters by Douglass.

Further information can be found by calling 617-725-0022, ext. 222 or online at