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Pride Week schedule

Boston Pride Week continues the celebration of LGBTQ communities with multiple festivities, parties and celebrations around the city. Two block parties are slate for June 9: The Back Bay Block Party on St. James Ave. is from 1 to 8 p.m. and the JP Block Party at 1 Perkins St. (entrance is at Hyde Square) is from 1 to 8 p.m. Other highlights include: Pride Remembrance Memorial at the New England Holocaust Memorial (Garden of Peace Plaza at 100 Cambridge St.) Pride Night at Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m. on June 11, (Red Sox ticket information); and “If You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It” Open Mic from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on June 13 at Bela Luna Milky Way in Jamaica Plain. For more events and information visit

Author talk

Join Tina Cassidy for an author talk – “Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?” – from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10 at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) at 1154 Boylston St. A pre-talk reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. In 1913, on the eve of his presidential oath of office, Woodrow Wilson landed in Washington, D.C., to witness 8,000 protesting suffragists, led by Alice Paul. From solitary confinement, hunger strikes and mental institutions to sitting right across from President Wilson, this narrative reveals the inspiring near-death journey, spearheaded in no small part by Paul’s leadership, it too to grant women the right to vote in America. There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Visit to register.

MFA ‘First Fridays’

The Museum of Fine Arts’ “First Fridays” festive cocktail and music event is held on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Join is for fine art, music, bars featuring signature cocktails and tapas available for purchase. Advanced tickets are strongly suggested as the event can sell out. Tickets are $25 for adult, $23 for students and seniors and free for museum members. Call 1-800-440-6975 to order tickets by phone ($6 processing fee applies). Or get tickets in person at any MFA ticket desk. The museum is located at 465 Huntington Ave. The next event is in July. To learn more, visit

Early Music Festival

The Boston Early Music Festival is the largest early music festival in the world and Boston is the early music capital of the country. This week-long celebration of 17th and 18th century music features a fully-staged Baroque opera: Steffani’s Orlando, plus hundreds of other performances, master classes, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, children’s programs, and even a sort of trade show of instruments. Concerts will be held at multiple Boston locations – mostly Downtown, Back Bay, Fenway and the Theatre District, plus a few in other locations. A major venue is the Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory from June 9-16. On many days, the concert schedule starts at 9 a.m. and goes until midnight. Ticket costs vary from free to inexpensive to pricey, with packages available; check for details.

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 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. Others will follow: 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29 and Aug. 12; 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and 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.

Teen Takeover

The Gardner’s Teens Behind the Scenes are putting together a free night of art, music, food, dance and more, just for high school and college students from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way. For more information, follow @isgm_teens on Instagram.

Fenway Porchfest

Fenway Porchfest will take place throughout the Fenway neighborhood (1200 Boylston St. area) from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15. (Rain date is June 16.) is a partnership of Fenway Civic Association, Fenway Alliance and the Fenway Community Development Corp.

Underground Mural

The Street Theory Underground Mural Project Launch will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at 25 Evans Way. Street Theory is a creative agency transforming more than 100,000 square feet of Boston’s underutilized walls into a unique urban park and visual playground between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods. Street Theory will present a panel talk-back, DJ and multi-media installation in Calderwood Hall. Join the discussion with locally and internationally renowned street-artists, Massachusetts-based mural festival organizers and city stakeholders on the impact of street art on the urban landscape, communities and the people who live in them. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit to register. For more information, visit

'Why They Marched’

Join Susan Ware for an author talk – “Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote” – from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) at 1154 Boylston St. A pre-talk reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. The history of how American women won the right to vote has been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native born. But there is a much broader and more diverse story waiting to be told. This talk is a tribute to the many activists who worked tirelessly out of the spotlight in communities across the nation, protesting, petitioning and insisting on their right to full citizenship. There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders). Visit to register.

‘Line to Freedom’

Crossing the Line to Freedom: A Musical Narrative” will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, at 465 Huntington Ave. at 6, 7 and 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. This is a family-friendly event. In celebration of Juneteenth, Boston Lyric Opera and Castle of Our Skins reprise this impactful concert series showcasing the lives and stories of legendary liberators through the music of opera. Paired with spoken word, art song, spirituals and history, these inspiring lives take center stage: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., Marian Anderson, Roland Hayes, and Paul Robeson. Music of composers such as Nkeiru Okoye, Adolphus Hailstork, Dorothy Rudd Moore, and Undine Smith Moore will be featured. For more information about this event, visit Free admission to MFA and all Juneteenth events begin at 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Free nights at MFA

Admission to the Museum of Fine Arts at 465 Huntington Ave. is complementary on Wednesdays from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Voluntary contributions (suggested donation $25) are welcomed. The MFA also holds a free “Drawing in the Galleries” program from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information, visit