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Here is the Hancock Tower with the old John Hancock building as seen from Copley Square.

‘Esto es Puerto Rico: The Musical’

“Esto es Puerto Rico: The Musical” will be presented at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at CRMA @ Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.

This musical-theater-dance presentation that brings a broad cultural picture of the Island will include presentations of Sankofa Hip Hop Theater, Danza Orgánica, Raíz de Plena, Música Jíbara, and Bombazo Boricua.

Tickets start at $20 at agora.eventbrite.com.

‘Late Night at Emmanuel’

Emmanuel Music will present “Late Night at Emmanuel” on Saturday, Nov. 16 and May 2 at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St.

The one-hour performances at 8 and 10 p.m., curated by members of the ensemble, will be presented in a cabaret setting with food and drink.

Visit emanualmusic.org, to learn more about the performances – “Renaissance Men – On This Island” (Nov. 16) and Weill and Britten Cabaret (May 2) – and purchase tickets.

‘A Night at the Disco’

The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester will host “A Night at the Disco” with Booty Vortex on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 Saint James Ave.

The Gala will include dinner, dancing and the Grand Drawing.

Visit bgcdorchester.org for tickets and other information.

Pindell exhibition/opening reception

A solo exhibition of Pamela Pindell will be on view now through Dec. 7 at the Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St.

Pindell presents various landscapes and still life paintings. She also creates “suites,” arrangements that combine sculpture with a preliminary charcoal sketch or a completed oil painting of the same subject matter.

An artist demonstration will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Visit guildofbostonartists.org to learn more.

Circle of Caring

Are you battling illness, struggling with isolation, caring for someone who is sick or dying, or coping with grief after a loss?

Visit the Circle of Caring at the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St. at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 and join the community of support, peace, healing, and love.

Facilitator, Maureen Peterson calls on her significant personal experience to create a safe space for sharing stories and supporting one another through the crises of life.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held through Nov. 17 at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St.

A special event to benefit the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Benevolent Fund will be held on opening night from 4 to 9 p.m. where guests can browse the collections of U.S. and international dealers and mingle with other bibliophiles, collectors, museum curators, and curious special collections librarians. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the event or online.

On Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. the exhibition halls will be open (free to the public). More than 130 dealers from around the world will exhibit and sell rare collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, plus fine and decorative prints.

The Ticknor Society Collector’s Roundtable will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday. From 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, there will be free appraisals from expert book appraisers.

For more information, visit bostonbookfair.com.

Uncomfortable Conversations about Race

Concerned about the rise of overt racism in our communities? Does talking about race make you uncomfortable? The Transformation Team for Racial Justice holds space for facilitated discussions about developing an antiracist worldview.

The next meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St.

All are welcome; no reservations are needed.

For more information, email transformation@ascboston.org.

Book Club at the Consulate

The November Book Club will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Consulate General of Ireland, 535 Boylston St. 5th floor.

TransAtlantic, by Colum McCann, tells the story of three iconic crossing connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history.

Visit eventbrite.com for more information and registration.

‘The Invisible Presence’ exhibition

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St. will present the work of local visual artist A’Key, Agbokey Denis Abounan with an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.

Originally from the Ivory Coast, A’Key paints scenes inspired by daily life in West Africa using recycled materials: newspaper cut-outs, cardboard, and even coffee.

The display of 11 of his pieces “The Invisible Presence” which celebrates women in Africa will be on view through Dec. 16.

To learn more about the artist and the artwork and to reserve a space at the reception, visit frenchculturalcenter.org.

Light bites and refreshments will be provided. The evening with be in English and en francais.

‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” will be performed Wednesday through Sunday from Nov. 22 through Dec. 22 at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St.

Just after midnight, a snow storm stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The famous train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by morning it has one less passenger. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. With a locomotive full of suspects and a killer on board, it’s the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas?

Visit lyricstage.com to learn more.

For tickets, email boxoffice@lyricstage.com or phone 617-585-5678.

Queer board game night

Queer board game night is back by popular demand on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Trident Booksellers & Café 338 Newbury St.

All queer-identifying folks and allies are welcome to gather to play board games (and grab dinner/drinks) from 6 to 8 p.m., at which point the evening will move into a mingling, hang-sesh with all your new friends.

For other information, visit tridentbookscafe.com.

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.

Make and take craft

A make and take craft program will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 for all ages in the Children’s Room of the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square.

Visit bpl.org/events for other information.

Children’s Candy Cane Tea

The Boston Public Library and The Catered Affair will host the annual Children’s Candy Cane Tea from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.

The fun-filled afternoon that celebrates all the joyful traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa will include a variety of festive holiday-themed crafts, book readings dedicated to the season, and a true tea experience.

To learn more, visit bpl.org/events.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall Lighting

Mayor Walsh and The Friends of the Public Garden will light up the Boston Commonwealth Avenue Mall at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, immediately following the tree lighting on Boston Common. See thousands of sparkling lights transform this tree-filled parkway into an enchanting holiday forest. The ceremony takes place near 15 Commonwealth Avenue, according to the city. See https://www.boston.gov/calendar/2019-lighting-commonwealth-avenue-mall for more information.

Season of Music

The 2019-2020 Season of Music at Trinity Church Boston (206 Clarendon St.) will include the following performances by the Trinity Choirs and orchestra:

Handel’s “Messiah” (Advent and Christmas portions) on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. and

Vivaldi’s “Gloria in D Major” and Mozart’s “Requiem” on Friday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be available starting in October, email jmerrill@trinitychurchboston.org.

Candlelight Carols Benefit

The Candlelight Carols Benefit Service – which celebrates the birth of Christ through Scripture readings, carols and anthems offered by the Trinity choirs and instrumentalists – will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St.

Tickets are now on sale via email at trinitychurchboston.org or by phone at 617-536-0944, ext. 210.

Choral Evensong

A Choral Evensong will be held at 5:45 p.m. every Wednesday at Trinity Church Boston, 206 Clarendon St.

Choral Evensong, Rite 1, offers 30-minutes of worship, prayer, scripture and reflection led by the Trinity Choristers youth singers.

To learn more about the Choristers, visit trinitychurchboston.org.

Trinity organ recitals

The Trinity Organ Recital Series will take place at 12:15 p.m. on Fridays through June 5 at Trinity Church Boston, 206 Clarendon St.

This (almost) weekly series of 30-minute organ concerts featuring innovative programs by recitalists from across the United States and abroad.

There is no charge for admission; however, they invite a donation of $10.

For a schedule, visit trinitychurchboston.org.

Stitching in the Spirit

The Stitching in the Spirit group will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month in the PH angel Room at Trinity Church Boston, 206 Clarendon St.

The Stitching in the Spirit group is a monthly gathering open to stitchers from all disciplines (knitting, quilting, needlepoint, etc.) as well as those who want to learn.

They come together to create scarves, mittens, prayer shawls, and other items for those in need of special care from within the parish as well as from the broader Boston community and across the country.

For more information, visit trinitychurchboston.org.

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.

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 oldsouth.org.

MS Run Club

Join the Marathon Sports Boston Run Club every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a run around the Charles River.

The MS Run Clubs are free, all inclusive weekly events that begin at the store at 671 Boylston St. They’ll track your mileage, and as you hit significant milestones you’ll become eligible for a MS Running Group discount, unique members-only gear, and other great kickbacks.

For more information, visit marathonsports.com.

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 emmanuelboston.org.

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 www.masshist.org or by calling 617-646-0560.

Bach Cantata Series

The Bach Cantata Series will be held on Sundays at 10 a.m. through May 10 at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St.

Continuing their 49-year- old tradition, The Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music will present Bach’s astounding human document, in the liturgical setting for which it was intended, as well as other sacred works.

To learn more about the history of Bach cantatas and how Emmanuel Music presents them, visit emmanuelmusic.org.

‘Women of the White Buffalo’

Leica Gallery Boston, 74 Arlington St. in the Back Bay, will present the New England premiere of Deborah Anderson’s photo exhibition, “Women of the White Buffalo” now through Jan. 12.

The photographs are images shot during the creation of Anderson’s feature documentary “Women of the White Buffalo” about the Native Women from the Ogala Lakota Nation, the backbone of the community and keepers of their ancient wisdom, and the ongoing rising up against the forces that continue to suppress them.

The gallery is located within the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

For more information and registration to any of these events, visit leicagalleryboston.com.

Storytime

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, ages 5 years old and younger with adults.

No registration is needed.

For more information about this and other programs, visit marybakereddylibrary.org.

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 www.bpl.org/central/tours.htm.

For tours by appointment, call 617-536-5400.

Freedom Trail Tour

The Freedom Trail Tour will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Mar. 31.

Join Boston by Foot and stroll the Freedom Trail’s ancient streets, past historic cemeteries and colonial stone houses all the while hearing tales of rebellion, war, and independence of a nation.

It is the epic stories of Boston’s rise and America’s birth.

The tour will meet outside the Park Street MBTA station on the Park Street side of the Boston Common and end at Faneuil Hall.

For more information and to reserve a spot on this “name your price tour,” visit freetoursbyfoot.com.

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 Emmanuelchurchboston.org for more information.

Email parishassist.emmanuel@gmail.com 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 marathonsports.com.

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

BTU homework help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. every day through May 28 at the Central Library in Copley Square.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit bpl.org/events.

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 bostonplans.org.

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

For groups larger than 15 people email bpda@boston.gov 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 bpl.org/visit-central-library/art-tours.

Mapparium

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 www.marybakereddylibrary.org/events-programs 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 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.