Beacon Hill-West End neighborhood notes

Staff Writer
Link Boston Homes

Memoir writing

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St, will host a free memoir-writing workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.

Kim Kerrigan of Corporate Classrooms will discuss memoir writing based on his own experiences. Attendees will learn how to record their personal histories in a clear, simplified and interesting way, discover their own writing voices and create memorable and distinct memoirs.

To register, email or call 617-523-3957.

Boston Ballet story time

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will offer story time with Boston Ballet from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 24.

Children and families are welcomed to hear stories about a famous ballet or dancer. The story time is also supplemented with a movement experience that highlights major themes of the story. Boston Ballet faculty dance educators will lead the program, which is for children, ages 2 and up. Younger children will need parental supervision.

Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

Civic engagement

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will host a panel discussion “Civic Engagement: Purposeful Contributions to a Greater Good” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

Seana Moran of Clark University, Helen Haste of Harvard University, Scott Seider of Boston University and Adam Reilly, reporter at WGBH News, will talk about ways to sustain the Founding Fathers’ legacy of civic engagement in an increasingly diverse, nuanced and pressure-driven America whose economic and political ideals have worldwide impact.

Admission is $15 for members and $30 for non-members.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-227-0270.

Music of Boccherini

King’s Chapel, located at the corner of School and Tremont streets, will welcome members of the Handel and Haydn Society in concert at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

The musicians will play Luigi Boccherini’s “Swing Quintet, Op. 11, No. 5.”

A donation of $3 is requested; all contributions are given directly to the musicians. Visit or call 617-227-2155 for more information.

Organ recital

Members of the Boston Organ Studio will perform in concert at the Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

Admission is free.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Historic home

Historic New England will host a lecture on Henry Davis Sleeper’s bachelor house at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at the Otis House and Museum, 141 Cambridge St.

Beaufort was the Gloucester home of interior decorator and antique collector Sleeper, who decorated the 56 rooms to evoke different historical and literary themes. Sleeper’s design influence extended across the wealthy elite of the eastern United States.

Tripp Evans, professor of art history at Wheaton College, will give an illustrated talk exploring Beaufort as Sleeper’s bachelor house and the role that memory, collecting and theater played at Beaufort and other bachelor houses of the period.

Beaufort is operated by Historic New England as a house museum. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the lecture.

Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-994-6678

Native American pottery

The China Students’ Club of Boston, America’s oldest ceramics study group, will host a free presentation at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St.

Merry Glosband, a consultant to museums and non-profits, will discuss innovation and tradition in Native American Southwestern pottery. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served preceding the talk.

For more information, visit

Classical guitar

The Boston Classical Guitar Society will present classical guitarist David Russell in concert from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 28 at the First Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley St.

Russell’s brilliant technique, beautiful tonal colors and legendary interpretations are well known from his acclaimed recordings, including the Grammy-winning “Aire Latino.” He recently received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the University of Arizona.

Visit or call 617-420-2247 to purchased tickets or for more information.

Author talk

Comedian, character actor and author Stephen Tobolowsky will be the guest speaker at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 1 at the Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips.

Tobolowsky is currently on “The Goldbergs,” “Silicon Valley,” “Fuller House” and “One Day at a Time,” and has appeared in over 200 other shows, as well as roles in the films “Mississippi Burning,” “Groundhog Day” and “Miss Congeniality 2.” He will read from his new book, “My Adventures with God, A Personal Pentateuch,” a funny, introspective collection about love, triumph and catastrophe, told through the lens of his evolving relationship with the mystery that is “God.”

Tickets are $25 and include a signed copy of the book.

Visit or call 617-523-2324 to register and for more details.

Swan boats

The famous swan boats have returned to the Public Gardens. Spring hours of operation (now to June 20) are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting.

Established in 1877, the swan boats are a family-owned and -operated business with a unique tradition and place in the history and beauty of the city. A ride on a swan boat lasts about 15 minutes and provides a picturesque voyage on the waters of the lagoon.

Tickets are $3 or $2 for seniors and $1.50 for children.

For more information, call 617-522-1966 or visit

Contemporary art in Boston

A new exhibition that sheds light on contemporary art in Boston is on display at the Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., now to Sept. 3.

This exciting exhibition will showcase contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs by New England artists. The works on display, drawings, watercolors, linocuts, lithographs, hand-toned silver gelatin prints, digital photographs, and more, reflect artistic interpretations of New England’s built and natural environment.

Further information can be found at or by calling 617-227-0270.

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” now to Aug. 31.

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

Picturing Douglas

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 July 31.

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