Back Bay-Midtown neighborhood notes

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Irish genealogy

The Irish genealogy study group will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 8 at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St.

The Irish genealogy study group will gather to talk about research problems and share solutions. Everyone is welcome and attendees are invited to stay and use the library resources afterwards. No registration is necessary.

Contact Mary Ellen Grogan at for more information.

Building genealogical skills

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a seminar building genealogical skills from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, April 8 and 15.

Whether you are new to genealogy, want to refresh your skills or learn best practices, this course will show attendees how to get the most out of family history research. Topics will include how to record findings, strategies for analyzing records, online research and more.

Admission is $50. Call 617-226-1226 or visit for more information and to register.

Poetry festival

The 17th annual Boston National Poetry Month Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8 and from 1:15 to 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 9 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

More than 50 major and emerging poets, including Poet Laureate Danielle Legros George, Sam Cornish, Jan Schreiber, Toni Bee and more, will talk about the poetic process.

Book signings, workshops, open mics, live music and more will be held during the weekend.

Admission is free. For more details and schedule, visit or call the library at 617-536-5400.

Songs of Broadway

The First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St., will offer a special musical program at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 9.

The Choir of First Church and volunteer singers will perform music from Broadway by Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz and Leonard Bernstein.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-267-6730.

Acadia National Park

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will present a talk, “Creating Acadia National Park” with author Ronald H. Epp at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 10.

A pre-talk reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Epp is the author of “Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr,” the story of Dorr’s pioneering role in the American environmental movement. Dorr adopted Maine’s Mount Desert Island as his home and the setting to apply the practical lessons of “Boston Brahmin” philanthropy. Through the creation and management of Acadia National Park and through his collaborations with park co-founders Charles W. Eliot, John D. Rockefeller Jr. and others, he transformed an elitist social inheritance into an all-consuming commitment to conservation.

Registration is required for this free program, by calling 617-646-0578 or online at

Mansion tour

A public one-hour tour of the Ayer Mansion, 395 Commonwealth Ave., which showcases the striking interior and exterior embellishments designed and created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, will be offered at noon on Wednesday, April 12.

Reservations are required and a $10 donation is requested to help with the ongoing restoration costs.

To make a reservation, send an email to or call 617-536-2586.

John Singer Sargent

Authors Daniel Williman and Karen Corsano will be the guest speakers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St.

Williman and Corsano, authors of “John Singer Sargent and His Muse: Painting Love and Loss,” will share lively illustrated stories of Sargent’s life and work in Boston. Boston was a true hometown to him, from his very first solo exhibition in 1889 to the last installation of his murals in 1925. Sargent honored the city by painting monumental murals, which he considered the highest form of his art, only in Boston.

A book signing will follow the free program, and books will be available for purchase.

This program is co-sponsored by the Nichols House Museum. Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Call 617-226-1226 or visit for more information and to register.

‘Julia Child’

The Delvena Theater Company will present “Meet Julia Child: The Beloved French Chef “ from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.

Actress Lynne Moulton will portray the legendary Julia Child, from her privileged childhood to becoming one of the culinary legends of all time.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-5400 for more details.

Graphic design show

The New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University will display works by the students of the Graphic Design Senior Show from April 9 to 23 at the gallery at 75 Arlington St.

A reception open to the public will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14.

This gallery show will exhibit the print, digital, multimedia and three-dimensional work of the undergraduates in the Graphic Design program, a presentation of visual design solutions that inspire, engage and provoke, utilizing various print and electronic communication mediums.

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.

Good Friday concert

Music for All at Trinity Church will present the annual Good Friday concert at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14 at Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St.

The critically acclaimed vocal ensemble the LaFarge Ensemble will offer a concert of choral masterpieces for Holy Week.

Tickets are not required, but a donation of $20 is suggested.

For more information, visit or call 617-536-0944.

Organ concerts

Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St., will present organ concerts featuring innovative programs by recitalists from across the nation and abroad at 12:15 p.m. on Fridays in April.

Performers will include Alcee Chriss, Amanda Mole and Mary Jodice. There will be no recital on April 14. There is no charge for admission, but donations are welcome.

Call 617-536-0944 or visit for more information.

Portraits of artists

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., is hosting “RAW: Portraits of Artists,” photographs by Bernar Venet, now through May 2.

This intimate exhibit features a selection of previously unpublished photographs of icons of art in the 1960’s, such as Warhol, Rauschenberg and Indiana, taken by Venet almost all by chance, a mix of historical evidence and friendly instantaneous moments. Throughout the years, Venet collected works by these artists who he knew and with whom he socialized, many of whom were his friends.

The exhibition is free, but reservations are recommended. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information and to make a reservation, call 617-912-0400 or visit

Bach cantatas

The Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., is presenting the J. S. Bach cantatas at 10 a.m. on Sundays through May 21.

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

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

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, ext. 2216.