Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:

MLK walking tour

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will offer the “Martin Luther King in Boston” walking tour from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

As a doctoral student at Boston University’s School of Theology, King spent some of his formative years walking the streets of Boston and living in the South End. His life in Boston was his first immersive experience outside of the segregated South and while he experienced the de facto racism of the North he also enjoyed the acceptance of the college and Boston area communities.

This tour will guide visitors through areas of Boston where King lived and socialized, where he met and courted Coretta Scott and where he returned later at the height of the Civil Rights Movement to deliver powerful speeches on the struggle for racial and economic equality.

Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required, by calling 617-646-0560 or online at

Children’s movies

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will screen a series of family-friendly films from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays during July.

Featured will be the musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” starring Dick Van Dyke on July 1; the award-winning “Song of the Sea” on July 8; the animated feature “Sing” with the voice talents of Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon on July 15; Pixar’s “Big Hero 6” on July 22 and the first in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” starring Daniel Radcliffe, on July 29.

For more details, call 617-536-5400.

Summer concert

The Berklee College of Music will continue its summer series with free concerts at noon on Thursdays, July 5 and 12 at the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St.

Percussionist Tyson Jackson will entertain on July 5 and jazz pianist Rina Yamazaki will perform the following week.

Visit for more information.

Prince Edward Island records

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will present a program on Prince Edward Island’s repositories and records at noon on Friday, July 6 as part of the First Friday lecture series.

This lecture will review the different databases, repositories and record collections available to research ancestors who lived in Prince Edward Island, Canada. This session will focus on Irish immigrants and the records they left behind.

Admission is free.

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

Concerts in the courtyard

The Berklee College of Music will present outdoor concerts in the courtyard at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 6 and at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 in the McKim courtyard at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

The Venezuelan Project, a Latin jazz group of Venezuelan musicians who met while studying at Berklee, will perform on Wednesday and the traditional folk music band Lula Wiles, with Ellie Buckland, vocals/guitar/fiddle; Isa Burke, vocals/guitar/fiddle; and Mali Obomsawin, vocals/bass, will perform on Friday.

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

Art and nature

The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University is displaying “How Nature Instructs Us” at the gallery at 75 Arlington St., now through July 6.

Artists and citizens all over the globe are voicing their concerns about environmental issues, especially climate change. The artists in the exhibit are part of this chorus of concern, and use their work to express both their critique and hope for our future.

Participating artists include Heather Theresa Clark, Madge Evers, Peat Duggins, Jane Marsching, Nathalie Miebach, Allison Maria Rodriguez and Evelyn Rydz.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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

Best of apps

A free program on the best apps will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 7 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Patrons can explore and check out new apps or return to some apps they just really love. They can bring tablets or smartphones to class, and share any apps they enjoy.

Call 617-536-5400 for more information.

Introduction to genealogy

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a new visitors day at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7.

This free orientation and tour will introduce resources available at the NEHGS research facility, home to more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs and records to help research family histories. Tour attendees are welcome to use the resources following the tour. Registration is not required.

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

Open Newbury Street

For the third year, Open Newbury will be celebrated on Sunday, July 8 when Newbury Street will once again close to vehicular traffic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. so pedestrians can roam freely along the iconic stretch in the Back Bay. Newbury Street will be pedestrian-only from Arlington Street to Massachusetts Avenue.

The public is encouraged to utilize the several different MBTA routes that service the area in addition to bicycling and walking.

Further information can be found at

Bastille Day

The French Cultural Center of Boston will present the 43rd Bastille Day celebrations from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 13 on Marlborough Street, between Berkeley and Clarendon streets.

The party will be in true French style, with live music and dancing. The line-up will showcase two Francophone acts – Sidi Touré, an award-winning singer/songwriter from Bamako, Mali and acclaimed practitioner of Songhaï music and blues, and Lakou Mizik, a multigenerational collective of musicians from across Haiti blending Troubadou, Vodou, Rara and Urban soul into danceable modern roots music.

Delicious French food and drink will be available for sale. There will also be children’s activities from 6 to 8 p.m. so the whole family can join in. The party will be held rain or shine.

Tickets are $33 in advance and $40 on the day, subject to availability. Children under 10 are admitted for free.

Call 617-912-0400 or visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Life of Phillis Wheatley

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will welcome Camille Owens of Yale University discussing “Notes on Phillis Wheatley: Prodigy, Poetics and the Science of the Human 1761-1800” at noon on Friday, July 13.

Owens will reflect on Wheatley’s significance to the history of black prodigy, focusing on her education as an enslaved child. She will reconstruct Wheatley’s education in relation to early American philosophy and pedagogy of childhood, looking to primers, tract literature and the influence of Locke.

Admission is free. Call 617-646-0560 or visit for further 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 for 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.

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.