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Opera for children


The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will welcome members of Boston Lyric Opera performing “The Barber of Seville” by Gioachino Rossini at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.


Two professional singers, a pianist and a teaching artist will bring the classic comedy to life through music, acting and movement in this interactive introduction to opera.


This free production is best suited for children, ages 6 to 12. Younger children are welcome with supervision. Families will be admitted on a first come, first served basis the day of the program.


Call 617-536-5400 for more information.


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 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.


Built between 1899 and 1902 for businessman and art collector Frederick Ayer, the mansion is the only surviving residence created by American artist and designer Tiffany. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 2005.


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.


Bollywood dance


The 10th annual South Asian Showdown will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley St.


The best Fusion and Bollywood/Hindi-Film dance teams from all over North America and Canada will compete to be crowned the showdown champion. Fusion is a combination of any dance style set to a majority of Indian music. Bollywood/Hindi-Film is based on the Bollywood film style of dance featuring expression, theme and storyline.


This is one of the largest South Asian events held in the northeast region of America and one of the top dance competitions in North America.


Tickets range from $25 to $100 for VIP seating. 821 Washington St. Tickets are $25.


To purchase tickets, visit or call 617-448-2508.


Watercolor exhibit


The New England Watercolor Society is presenting its 2019 signature members’ show and sale at the Guild of Boston Artists, 162 Newbury St., now through March 4. Gallery hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.


Gallery talks will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturdays, with Ann Hart on Feb. 23 and Kristin Stashenko on March 2.


Ann Trainor Dominque will give a painting demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.


The New England Watercolor Society was founded in 1885 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious watercolor societies in America.


For more information, visit


Ghanaian novelist at library


Author Ayesha Harruna Attah will join Zoe Gadegbeku in conversation from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St.


Attah is the author of “The Hundred Wells of Salaga,” the story of two resilient women. Set in pre-colonial Ghana, it is a story of courage, forgiveness, love and freedom that offers a view of internal slavery in Africa and how the scramble for Africa affected the lives of everyday people.


Attah grew up in Accra and was educated at Columbia University. She is the author of “Harmattan Rain” and “Saturday’s Shadows.”


Admission is free. Registration is encouraged. Visit or call 617-536-5400 for further information.


Women’s perspectives


The Seraphim Singers will perform in concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1 at St. Cecilia Church, 18 Belvedere St.


The program “Women’s Perspectives,” will feature the world premiere of Richard J. Clark’s “Woman of No Distinction,” as well as selections by Edie Hill, Hilary Tann, James Woodman and Renaissance works.


Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.


To purchase tickets and for further information, visit or call 617- 536-4548.