Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:

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 Disney’s animated feature “Mulan” on Aug. 11, Disney’s “Tarzan” on Aug 18 and the recent release of “A Wrinkle in Time” starring Chris Pine and Oprah Winfrey on Aug 25.

Picnic baskets and blankets are welcome.

Visit for more details.

Open Newbury Street

For the third year, Open Newbury will be celebrated on Sunday, Aug. 12 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

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, Aug. 12.

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.

Children’s movies

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will screen movies for children and families from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays during August.

Screenings will include Disney’s “The Lion King” on Aug. 12; the animated feature “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” on Aug. 19 and the recently released “A Wrinkle in Time” starring Oprah Winfrey and Chris Pine on Aug. 26.

Admission is free.

For more details, call 617-536-5400.

Summer sings

The annual Chorus Pro Musica Summer Sings series will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 and 20 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.

Participants will spend the first half of the evening rehearsing and then perform with Chorus Pro Musica’s soloists with piano accompaniment. The program will feature Mozart’s “Requiem in D minor” on Aug. 13 and “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff the following week.

Experience is not necessary.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is $10 at the door with discounts for seniors and students and those who would just like to listen to the rehearsals and performance. Reservations are not required.

Call 617-536-1970 or visit for further information.

Concerts in the courtyard

The Berklee College of Music will present free outdoor concerts in the courtyard at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15 and at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 in the McKim Courtyard at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Drummer Tyson Jackson will entertain on Aug. 15. Throughout his musical career, he has been studied with world-renowned artists including Ron Blake, Carl Allen, Terence Blanchard, Darren Barrett, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller and Nona Hendryx among others.

The Aug. 17 performance will feature the Boston Saxophone Quartet, whose members have performed with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestra and leading theaters throughout New England. They play music of the Beatles, swing, ragtime, jazz and Renaissance.

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

Music of 1968

Musician, journalist and Boston native Ryan Walsh will be the guest of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Walsh will read from and discuss his book “Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968,” a dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown and many more.

Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks” is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. Walsh unearthed the album’s fascinating back story along with the secrets of the time and place that birthed it: Boston 1968.

Admission is free. For more details, call 617-536-5400.

Community Day

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 Newbury St., will offer a free community day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17.

This program, part of the Free Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, will offer free admission to the genealogical society for all ages. There will be special youth activities, introductory lectures, access to the resources and databases and consultations.

Visit or call the society at 617-536-5740 for more information.

Interior architecture exhibit

The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University is displaying the Graphic Design Graduate Thesis exhibit at the gallery at 8 Ashburton Place, now through Aug. 24.

This gallery show exhibits the thesis work of the graduate students in the Masters in Graphic Design program. The culmination of the MAGD degree requires a project of the student's own research, development and documentation. Through design, students solve problems evident in our cultural marketplace.

Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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.