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Movie matinee

 

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will screen the 2018 blockbuster comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

 

This comedy follows three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the largest fortunes in Asia brings home his Chinese-American girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

 

For more information, call 617-536-5400.

 

Cabaret night

 

The 10th annual Cabaret Night and Auction will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St.

 

The professional staff singers of the choir will host a fun-filled evening of “Global Travels” with music from around the world. The evening will include a festive party with wine, cocktails and appetizers and a silent auction.

 

Tickets are available at three price points from $30 to $90 to make this event affordable to all while helping to cover costs, and can be purchased online.

 

Proceeds will benefit the choir’s 2019 England tour where they will serve as choir-in-residence at Salisbury and Wells Cathedrals.

 

Call 617-536-0944 or visit www.trinitychurchboston.org to purchase tickets and for more information.

 

Portraits and landscapes

 

The French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., will display “French Eyes on Boston,” portraits and landscapes by Marguerite Wibaux, from Jan. 25 to Feb. 28. An opening reception with light refreshments will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.

 

Wibaux’s landscapes marry the Renaissance perspective tradition with an American expressionist approach. The paintings engage with the artist’s perceptions of various points of view in Boston. The landscape series explores various mediums and techniques, mixing oil and spray paint with acrylic and collage. Wibaux’s work also explores Boston’s youth through portraiture.

 

These paintings aim to pay tribute to a rich diversity of styles, personalities, genres, origins and cultures in a visually thriving and energizing series. Wibaux will host a workshop at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, walking participants through the process of painting alla prima.

 

The cost is $45 for members and $65 for nonmembers. The exhibition and reception are free, but reservations are required.

 

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 www.frenchculturalcenter.org.

 

Great Migration

 

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will present “Thirty Years of the Great Migration Study Project” from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

 

In 1988, work began on a new study project regarding the earliest immigrants to New England. Robert Charles Anderson and colleagues Ian Watson and Peter Van Demark will host a seminar on the past, present and future of this influential body of work. Topics will include: an examination of English research pre-dating the Great Migration Study Project, a discussion of possible avenues for new research, the reveal of a new interactive map that explores the geographic origins of Great Migration immigrants and a look at the third series of project that covers immigrant arrivals between 1636 and 1638.

 

Morning refreshments and lunch will be included. The seminar will end with a book sales and signing of the newest book in the series, “Puritan Pedigrees: The Deep Roots of the Great Migration to New England” by Anderson.

 

The fee is $85.

 

Visit www.americanancestors.org or call 617-536-5740 for more information and to register.

 

Celebrating John Harbison

 

Emmanuel Music will present a celebration of composer John Harbison’s 80th birthday with two performances at 8 and 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St.

 

The evening will feature the Lydian String Quartet and an all-star lineup of Emmanuel Music singers performing the Boston premiere of Harbison’s “String Quartet No. 6;” “Thanks, Victor,” a medley of popular Victor Young tunes arranged for string quartet; and the world premiere of “Towards a New Popular Song.”

 

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

 

For more information, call 617-536-3356 or visit www.emmanuelmusic.org.

 

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 www.emmanuelmusic.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.