Here are the latest Back Bay - Midtown neighborhood notes:

Traditional Indian dance

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will host an afternoon of traditional dance from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

Students of the Triveni School of Dance will perform traditional Indian dances. Admission is free.

Call 617-564-5400 for more information.

Walking tour

A special walking tour of the Katharine Gibbs School and Gibbs College will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 as part of the Boston Preservation Month activities. Participants will meet outside the Boston Public Library, Dartmouth Street entrance.

The Gibbs School was the most famous school of its kind from 1911 to 2011. Katharine Gibbs made sure all the campuses from Boston to Providence to New York were in beautiful buildings in elegant parts of their cities. What could be more elegant than the Back Bay in spring?

A former Gibbs dean will conduct the tour of the Gibbs sites in the Back Bay. Admission is free.

Send an email to or call 781-449-3175 to register and for more details.

Two to tango

Emmanuel Music will present “Tango!” with two performances at 8 and 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St.

The program will explore the various stylistic connections that connect the classical and jazz idioms in the dance music of the tango as it has evolved through the ages. The Arneis Quartet will collaborate with Julien Labro, whose musical roots lie in the improvisatory nature of folk and jazz music. They will play selections by Astor Piazzolla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luis Enriquez Bacalov and Labro.

Tickets are $30 general admission and $10 for students.

For more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit

Musical treasures

The Trinity Church Choir will perform “Anglican Musical Treasures from America and England” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at Trinity Church Boston, 206 Clarendon St.

This concert will feature works by American composers – Amy Beach, Joseph Jennings, Roland Martin and Richard Webster – as well as beloved classics from the English repertoire – Herbert Howells, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton and Charles Wood.

Proceeds from this concert will help launch the Trinity Choirs on their August tour of the United Kingdom, where they will serve as choir-in-residence at Wells and Salisbury Cathedrals.

Tickets are $40 general admission, $20 for students and artists and $60 for patrons ($20 of which is tax-deductible.)

Visit for further information and to purchase tickets.

Bach cantatas

Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., is presenting its 42nd season of the J. S. Bach Cantatas at 10 a.m. on Sundays now through May 20.

The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music will present weekly performances of the cantatas and motets of J.S. Bach and others, conducted by Ryan Turner.

For more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit

U.S. and Mexico

Roberto Dominguez will be the guest speaker in a free talk “The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

The U.S and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas.

The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. Dominguez, professor of international relations at Suffolk University, will address what the impact of the new leadership in both countries will be on this crucial partnership.

Registration is required, online at or by calling 617-536-5400.

Handbell festival

The 13th annual Boston Handbell Festival will be held from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.

Sponsored by the Back Bay Ringers and Old South Church, the festival will feature area handbell choirs – Back Bay Ringers, Merrimack Valley Ringers, New England Ringers and Old South Ringers – and special guest choir, the Shoreline Ringers, in a program that ranges from classical works to popular favorites.

The Back Bay Ringers will donate its portion of the evening’s free will offering to its chime donation program that will purchase a two-octave set of Malmark Choirchimes for a Boston area school.

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

Introduction to genealogy

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a New Visitors Day at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22.

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.

Story of 9/11

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will welcome author Mitchell Zuckoff in conversation with NPR/WBUR’s Jeremy Hobson, co-host of “Here and Now,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22.

They will discuss Zuckoff’s new book, “Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11.”

As a reporter for The Boston Globe, he wrote the lead news story on 9/11 and led a team of reporters investigating the worst terrorist attacks in American history. Now he has written the first comprehensive, character-driven nonfiction narrative about 9/11.

The book covers the four hijackings; the events at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and outside Shanksville, PA; and the chaotic initial military and government response, including never-before-told stories of heroism, tragedy and survival.

Admission is free. Call 617-564-5400 for more information.

Coffee hour

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks and Recreation Department will host the 20th annual neighborhood coffee hours from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23 at the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

Residents will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats from Dunkin’ Donuts and Whole Foods Market while they discuss open space and recreational needs with the mayor.

There will be prizes, including gift certificates, swan boat rides, free downtown parking and gift baskets. Attendees will receive a flowering plant grown in the city’s greenhouses.

Call 617-635-4505 for more information.

French fashion innovations

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., will present “From the Royal Court to Active Textiles: French Fashion Innovations,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.

Fashion plays a significant cultural, societal and economic role in France. This program will explore this French staple, from the fashion of its royal courts to the country’s status as a pioneer in fashion and luxury innovation today. Gwen van den Eijnde will talk about French contributions to the world of fashion and Christophe Guberan will introduce his Active Shoes research project, which explores the future of shoe production and performance with self-transforming textiles.

Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. To register and for more details, visit or call 617-912-0400.

Collections tour

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will host tours of the collections of the society at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the 90-minute tour focuses on the history and collections of the MHS.

The tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Parties of eight or more should contact the MHS.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-646-0560.

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.