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

Jazz on the Common

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature Fryderyk Hoang in a concert underneath the fountain at noon from July 16 through 20 at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common.

Pianist Hoang was born in Poland to Vietnamese parents. He is majoring in piano performance at Berklee College of Music, working on an original repertoire that draws from jazz, soul, fusion and minimal music.

Visit for further information on this free program.

Brass quintet to perform

The Gabriel V Brass Quintet will perform in concert at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

The quintet will play works by Bach, Calvert, Ewald, Mathias and Scheidt.

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

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

Organ recital

The Old West Organ Society will present the next in the 2018 Summer Concert Series at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 at the Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St.

Organist Evan Wesley Currie will perform “Prelude in E minor” by Nicolaus Bruhns; “Prelude and Fugue in E minor” by J.S. Bach; “Scherzo in D minor, Op 65. No 10” by Max Reger; and “Chorale Varié sur le thème du Veni Creator, Op. 4” by Maurice Duruflé.

A freewill donation is requested.

Call 617-739-1340 or visit for more information.

Art and film

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., is showing films celebrating the lives of artists from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 18 and 25.

Featured will be “Lust for Life,” the story of brilliant and tortured Vincent Van Gogh starring Kirk Douglas, on July 18 and “An Angel at My Table,” the story of New Zealand novelist Janet Frame, on July 25.

Call 617-523-3957 for more details.

Music for a summer night

Boston Landmarks Orchestra will kick off its annual Landmarks Festival at the Shell with a perform of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive. The rain date will be Thursday, July 19.

In the centenary year of “The Planets,” the orchestra will welcome the St. Paul’s Girls’ School Choir, for whom its spellbinding finale was composed. Holst’s masterpiece explores the astrological influence of the planets on human personality and behavior.

Young musicians of Zumix in East Boston will perform an original work echoing Holst’s fascination with the human psyche.

Admission is free. Visit or call 617-987-2000 for further information.

The Bard on the Common

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s 23rd annual production will be performed at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and at 7 p.m. on Sundays from July 18 through Aug. 5 at the Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common. There will also be a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.

The company will perform “Richard III,” Shakespeare’s drama chronicling the ruthless ascension of a king and the devastation he leaves in his wake as he gains power over the realm. This production will feature film, stage and television actor Faran Tahir as Richard III.

Admission is free.

Visit or call 617-426-0863 for more details.

Dancing on the docks

The Esplanade Association and Community Boating will host the eighth annual “Dancing on the Docks” from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 at the Community Boating docks, 21 David G. Mugar Way.

The fundraiser will feature beer, wine, a barbecue dinner and dessert, striking views of Boston and the Charles River and dancing under the stars with DJs of Boston spinning the tunes.

Tickets are $80 for members and $100 for non-members. Attendees must be age 21 and older. Proceeds will fund important park improvements and community enriching programs for the enjoyment of the park’s millions of visitors.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-227-0365.

Face painting fun

A free summer program for children will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 at Myrtle Street Playground, Myrtle and Irving streets. The rain location will be Hill House, 74 Joy St.

Children will enjoy a visit from Color Me Funky Face Painters.

For more information, visit

Friday flicks

The 33rd annual free Friday flicks will be held at 8:40 p.m. on Fridays during July at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

The schedule will include 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.

Spray pool is open

The Frog Pond spray pool on Boston Common is open for the summer. Regular hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day.

In addition, a carousel at the Frog Pond is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The hours are extended until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Call 617-635-2120 or visit for more information.

Swan boats summer hours

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