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

Kids’ concert

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will welcome “Toddlerbilly Riot!” with Matt Heaton at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17.

Children, ages two and older, will enjoy Heaton’s songs, a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots and Irish traditional music, delivered with a sense of humor and sincere sense of fun.

Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Jazz at the fountain

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature Eunike Tanzil in free concerts at noon from Sept 17 through 21 underneath the fountain at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common.

Eunike (Eunice) Tanzil from Indonesia likes to blend elements of jazz, classical and Indonesian music in her writing and playing. She grew up playing the Electone, an electric organ from Yamaha, and won several international awards in Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Visit for further information on this free program.

Nichols family talk

The Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., will present a free talk, “Before Beacon Hill: The Nichols Family in the Warren House, 1869-1885,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Research Fellow Madeline Webster will discuss her recent research and writing, focusing on the Nichols family’s first residence on Warren Street in Roxbury, which is still standing near Dudley Square. The family rented this historic home from the prominent Warren family (built on the site of the birthplace of General Joseph Warren.)

Webster is a PhD candidate in the American and New England Studies program at Boston University.

Tickets are free, but advance registration is required, by calling 617-227-6993 or by email to

Guitar recital

A lunchtime guitar recital will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

Classical guitarist Robert Bekkers will perform works by Bach and Sor.

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

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

Climate change at the movies

In honor of Climate Preparedness Week, the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen films about the results of climate change from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 and 26.

The library will screen “Downsizing” starring Matt Damon on Sept. 19; and the award-winning documentary “Chasing Coral” on Sept. 26.

Call 617-523-3957 for more details.

Frog Pond movie night

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Night will be held at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 with a screening of the family-friendly movie “Karate Kid” at the Frog Pond, Boston Common.

Participants can bring low beach chairs or blankets and a picnic supper. Free popcorn will be provided. Admission is free. This is the final movie in the popular series.

For more information, call 617-635-4505 visit

Museum Day

The Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., will participate in the annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.

The Museum of African American History is New England’s largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of people of African descent, and those with whom they found common cause in the struggle for liberty, dignity and justice for all.

The museum will offer free admission for one person plus a guest.

Go to to download a ticket for free admission to the museum and a 10 percent discount in the museum stores.

Puritans in Boston

The Partnership of the Historic Bostons will present a walking tour, “The First Three Generations of Puritan Boston,” a free program as part of the annual Boston Charter Day celebrations, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, meeting at the Park Street MBTA Station.

Participants will discover what daily life was like in Boston from 1636 to 1686, as the first generations of English settlers – and the natives they encountered – shaped their surroundings. As they explore the old streets, participants will learn about the pressing issues of 17th Boston, from the founding of the Third Church to smallpox and the right to baptism, and the colorful personalities of the time.

Registration is recommended for this tour, at

For more information and a schedule of further programming during the Charter Day celebrations, visit

Nichols House collections

The Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., is displaying “Their Objects, Their Stories: The Nichols Women as Collectors, 1870-1960” now through Oct. 13. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The museum explores two generations of art collecting and the treasured objects that tell stories that are at once both familiar and unique. Mother and daughter Elizabeth and Rose Nichols are celebrated for their autonomy and individualism in what they chose to collect and their collections were in step with the aspirations of the Gilded Age and the women’s rights movements of the early 20th century.

The collections spans nearly 400 years of art across three continents and include a 16th century Flemish tapestry and 20th century bronze works by sculptor Paul Manship.

Visit www.nicholshousemuseum or call 617-227-6993 for further information.

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