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Regional Juried Exhibition

The 2019 Regional Juried Exhibition will be on view from through Sept. 28 in the President’s Gallery at the Guild of Boston Artists at 162 Newbury St.

The exhibition will feature the best of representational paintings by New England artists who work in the realist tradition.

An Opening Reception and Awards Presentation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 and an Award Winners Panel will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21.

For more information, visit or phone 617-536-7660.

‘Playthings: The Drag-A-Zine Launch’

“Playthings: The Drag-A-Zine Launch” will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 at Trident Booksellers & Café, 338 Newbury St.

The evening will include a unique drag show and a conversation with the zine’s artistic director Nadya Plaything and some of the contributors.

A copy of the drag-a-zine which features essays, poems, illustrations, collages, thought pieces, photography and more in celebration of the drag scene in Boston and beyond will be available for all guests in attendance.

For more information, email or visit

Family film festival

With free, family-friendly movies shown under the stars, the Prudential Center Family Film Festival is a great summer night out.

Entertainment, children's activities and giveaways start at 6 p.m. and movies will begin at sundown every Saturday through August.

Rain dates will be held the following Tuesday.

The movie lineup includes: “Dumbo” [2019] (Aug. 31).

Bring a picnic, blankets and beach chairs.

Closed captioning will be provided for all movies.

261 Fearless group run

The 261 Fearless Boston Run Club of Back Bay meets from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

Women, ages 18 and older, are invited to an hour of social, fun running. Come to inspire or be inspired.

Walkers wanting to learn how to run, beginners and experienced runners are welcome.

There will be fun games and/or drills for warm-up and a group run led by one or more of the 261 certified coaches. The group runs focus on proper running technique for efficiency and injury prevention in a non-competitive, non-judgmental way.

Experience a group run for free; then have the opportunity to join for a minimal yearly fee thereafter. Locker room use (restroom, lockers, showers, towel, bodywash and blowdryer) is included.

The group meets at Healthworks Back Bay, 441 Stuart St., 2nd floor.

‘Little Shop of Horrors’

“Little Shop of Horrors” will be performed Wednesdays through Sundays through Oct. 6 at Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St.

This award-winning sci-fi pulp musical is about nebbish Seymour who haplessly pines after his coworker Audrey. Suddenly, opportunity falls into his lap in the form of a mysterious, carnivorous, conniving – not to mention singing – plant that promises to fulfill Seymour’s every wish.

Visit to learn more.

For tickets, email or phone 617-585-5678.

Variety of services

The Old South Church at 645 Boylston St. holds a variety of church services to meet the needs of the community. Here are a few of them:

First Worship (informal and vibrant) will be held at 9 a.m. and the Festival Worship (grand and expressive) will be held at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

A Healing Service (gentle and tender) will be held at 10 a.m. on the second Sunday and Jazz Worship (with sax and soul) will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

There are also a variety of children and youth programs from Godly Play and Children’s Music (interactive programs that include singing, playing music and play-acting) to youth groups (exploring life, faith and service).

Bible studies, small groups and special events are also held throughout the year.

To learn more, visit

‘Crazy secrets’

Emerson College’s Professor Weiko Lin will discuss and sign copies of his newest book, “Crazy Screenwriting Secrets,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Trident Booksellers and Café, 338 Newbury St.

The book provides a roadmap to finding the unique stories each person has to tell and creating screenplays that resonate with a universal audience.

For more information along with the link to reserve a seat and a book for signing, visit

Recovery Eucharist

Recovery Eucharist will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays in the Lindsey Chapel at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St.

A healing service will include prayer, Eucharist and laying on of hands with a simpler service without the Eucharist being held on alternating Fridays.

These welcoming services are open to everyone, especially those who struggles with addiction and behavioral issues.

For more information, visit

‘Buy Me, Boston’

Author/historian Brian Coleman and media/archivist David Bieber will present a talk and slideshow based on Coleman’s “Buy Me, Boston: Local Ads & Flyers, 1960s-1980s” book, with audience participation from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 at Central Library in Copley Square (700 Boylston St.) as part of the Boston Public Library’s “Never Too Late” series.

A discussion of Boston cultural (and countercultural) history during the late 20th century centered on ads and event posters from local venues like the Boston Tea Party, the Sugar Shack and the Jazz Workshop & Paul’s Mall to groundbreaking media outlets.

To learn more, visit

Autumn Salon

The Autumn Salon will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4 in Gordon Chapel at the Old South Church, 645 Boylston St.

Curated by Christos Vayenas, “Sacred Voices” draws together the mediums of music, storytelling and performance to honor the beauty and power of the human voice and its unique ability to dissolve stigma, restore dignity and inspire authentic self-expression.

For more information and tickets, visit Tickets are $40 for both concerts or $25 for each.

Cleveland and Dayton, Then and Now

The Boston Street Railway Association, Inc. will meet at the Midtown Hotel (South Beacon Room) at 220 Huntington Ave. from 7:30 to 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Following the short business meeting, which is open to all and free of charge, Len Bachelder will present scenes from Ohio in the old days and in modern times, featuring Cleveland and Dayton.

The BSRA is also looking for presenters and presentations of historic or recent-event subjects, especially involving cities in the Northeast.

To learn more, visit

Brother Thomas: Tall Forms

“Tall Forms” by Brother Thomas will be on view from Sept. 7 through Oct. 13 at Pucker Gallery (240 Newbury St. 3rd floor). An opening reception will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.

All proceeds from any sales will support the Brother Thomas Fund. The fund was established to honor the legacy of Brother Thomas, who wanted the sale of his work to support struggling Greater Boston artists. To learn more, visit

The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For reservations, visit

‘Boston in 100 Words’

Join the Boston Public Library for the launch of “Boston in 100 Words” featuring the Tyson Jason Trio from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8 at Central Library in Copley Square (700 Boylston St.).

“Boston in 100 Words” is a writing contest that invites all Boston residents to write stories of no more than one hundred words depicting everyday life in their communities. A team of renown local authors will select winning stories, which will be published in large format and posted throughout the city for everyone to read and enjoy.

For more information, visit or

Second Saturday Crafts

Second Saturday Crafts will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Boston Athenæum at 10½ Beacon St.

Free and open-to-everyone, this drop-in craft time will have fun projects to make and take home.

Registration is not required.

For more information about this and other programs, visit

Visitor Story Time

Visitor Story Time will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays at the Boston Athenæum 10½ Beacon St.

The first half hour will include favorite stories, rhymes, songs and games. The second half will incorporate time for making a take-home craft, helping to feed the fish and meeting new friends.

Story time is a great opportunity to discover new books, try new activities and explore the Children’s Library.

All ages are welcome. This program is free for all children under age 13. Other non-members are free with admission ($10). Registration is not required.

For more information about this and other events, visit

Celebrate Newbury Street

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston invite everyone to experience a car-free Newbury Street (between Arlington and Mass Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 15.

For one day only each month, shoppers, diners and pedestrians can explore new restaurants, local boutiques, and international brands — or rediscover favorite Newbury Street gems from a different perspective.

Find meaning in the melodies of local musicians, challenge your friends to an outdoor game, or simply stroll along enjoying the festive atmosphere of Open Newbury Street.

For more information, visit

Prohibition Party Cabaret

The Prohibition Party Cabaret, SpeakEasy’s third annual roarin’ twenties bash, will be held on Sunday Sept. 22 at Carrie Nation Cocktail Club, 11 Beacon St. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

This one-night only celebration and cabaret performance will feature all the favorite SpeakEasy artists plus music from Amy Kucharik & the Four-String Serendaders.

The juice joint will be hoppin’ all night long.

For tickets and information, visit

Copley Square Farmers Market

The Copley Square Farmers Market at 139 James Ave. will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays through Nov. 26.

MA farmers and specialty food vendors will have an array of fresh produce, meat, fresh baked bread, cheese, pasta, vegan and gluten-free snacks, fresh caught and smoked fish.

The market accepts WIC checks and EBT cards.

Check Copley Square Farmers Market out on facebook for any upcoming special events.

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.


The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave. is hosting story time at the Book Nook from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Young visitors will listen to stories and engage in playful activities surrounding the theme of the book.

This event is recommended for bookworms 5 years old and younger with adults.

No registration is needed.

For more information about this and other programs, 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.

Tiffany stained glass windows

The Tiffany Education Center at Arlington Street Church (20 Arlington St) offers self-guided tours with an audio guide as well as docent-guided tours. Experience the resplendent beauty and history of the Tiffany stained glass windows.

The Visitors Center is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays (closed Tuesdays). Group tours are also available.

Emmanuel Church tour

For a taste of 19th-century Boston and an eyeful of fine architecture in the oldest building on Newbury Street, schedule a free-guided tour of Emmanuel Church at 15 Newbury St.

This church is the home to thriving communities from Emmanuel Church and Central Reform Temple, Twelve-Step programs, ministries to homeless and dozens of music and performing-arts events from Emmanuel Music and other organizations.

Check out for more information.

Email or phone Dylan Hillerbrand at 617-536-3355 x 21 to arrange a tour.

Esplanade run club

Marathon Sports, at 671 Boylston St., hosts a meet up every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to go running with others. All ages and levels are welcome to join and choose between a 3, 5, or 8-mile run along the Esplanade or Charles River pathways. Classes are led by Marathon Sports Run Groups.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged in order to participate.

For more information or to pre-register, visit

These meet ups are partnered with The Esplanade Association; for information, visit

Outdoor activity area

Tender Greens at Copley Place is hosting an Outdoor Activity Area featuring giant-size chess, checkers and cornhole, located on the Southwest Corridor across from Back Bay.

For more information, contact Tender Greens at 617-616-8700.

Model room tours

The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.

Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at

For groups larger than 15 people email to arrange a tour.

Art and architecture tours

Boston Public Library offers free public tours highlighting the celebrated art and architecture of the Boston Public Library’s McKim Building (1895), a designated National Historic Landmark. The hour-long tours explore the work of architect Charles Follen McKim and murals by John Singer Sargent, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Edwin Austin Abbey.

Led by volunteer tour guides, the art and architecture tours begin at the Dartmouth Street entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square from 11 a.m. to noon on most Wednesdays throughout the year for teens and adults, ages 13 and older.

No appointment is necessary for parties smaller than eight people. For more information and a full schedule of public tours, please visit


Since 1935, more than 10 million people have traversed the 30-foot glass bridge that spans the Mapparium, taking visitors to a unique spot: the middle of the world. This world-famous, three-story, painted-glass globe is one of the key attractions at the Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave.

The Mapparium’s three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 is enhanced by A World of Ideas, an original presentation that features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.

The Library is also showing a complementary exhibit, "The Mapparium: An Inside View," featuring never before made public letters, documents, and artifacts showcasing the construction, history, and significance of this magnificent architectural and artistic achievement.

The Mapparium® is available for view on a tour only. Tours of the Mapparium run every 20 minutes, lasting 15-20 minutes. The first tour of the day starts at 10:20 a.m., and the last tour starts at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit or phone 888-222-3711.

ASD workshop

Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Boston Children's Hospital offers a 90-minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child's diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips.

The next workshop is at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. Other workshops are at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.

The workshops are held at Boston Children's Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance).

For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999.

Parking validation is provided for the main Children's Hospital parking garage.