Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:

Children’s author to visit

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will welcome Ralph Masiello in a free program for kids, ages 5 and older at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.

Award-winning author Masiello will lead children in a series of baseball-themed drawing techniques. Materials will be provided. Registration is required as space is limited, by calling 617-859-2476.

Film festival

Magic 106.7 is hosting a family film festival at sundown on Saturdays at the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St.

Entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways will begin at 6 p.m.

The movies will include the animated feature “Sing!” on July 14; the Oscar-winning “Coco” on July 21; and “Wonder” starring Julia Roberts on July 28.

Picnic baskets and blankets are welcome.

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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 animated feature 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.

Girls’ choir to perform

St. Paul’s Girls School Choir will perform in concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 16 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.

The choir, Paulina’s Voices, from the United Kingdom is performing in Boston in celebration of the centenary of “The Planets,” by Gustav Holst, for whom its spellbinding finale was composed. Holst was Director of Music at the school during the period he composed his orchestral suites, including “St. Paul’s Suite” and “The Planets.”

The choir will also perform at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, July 16.

For more information, visit or or call 617-536-1970.

Concerts in the courtyard

The Berklee College of Music will present outdoor concerts in the courtyard at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 and at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 20 in the McKim courtyard at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

“One Drop: A Bob Marley Tribute” will perform on Wednesday. This large band featuring local musicians and Berklee College of Music students and alumni faithfully presents the repertoire of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Friday’s performance will feature award-winning ensemble Jah Spirit, which melds an African-reggae beat with elements of calypso jazz, blues and rock.

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

Back Bay through time

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will welcome author and historian Anthony M. Sammarco discussing his new book, “Back Bay through Time,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.

In this photographic history of the Back Bay, Sammarco, with the contemporary photographs of Peter B. Kingman, has created a fascinating book that chronicles the neighborhood from the late 19th century through to today. This neighborhood is not just a quintessential Victorian neighborhood of the 19th century, but is one that was in-filled and planned as a premier residential and institutional development.

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

Registration is required, by calling 617-646-0560 or online at

Music of Brazil

The Berklee College of Music will continue its summer series with a free concert at noon on Thursday, July 19 at the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St.

Brazilian singer Mirella Costa will sing classics of her country’s music, along with her own contemporary arrangements.

Visit 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 21.

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.

Interior architecture exhibit

The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University is displaying the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture Graduate Exhibition at the gallery at 8 Ashburton Place, now through July 31.

The MAIA Thesis is the culmination of graduate studies in interior architecture. It requires students to propose and develop a focus of study, select an appropriate site, consult precedents, conduct research and develop a design that addresses issues of social and environmental awareness, contributes to the welfare and well-being of its occupants, while making a positive and meaningful contribution to the built environment.

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

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.