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Music in the park

Childe Hassam Park, Chandler Street, is hosting a children’s music series from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Children can experience the joy of creating and exploring sound through movement, song and play. Admission is free.

For more details, visit www.childehassampark.com.

Steel drums

The Friends of Titus Sparrow Park will host a free musical evening with Pan Neubean Steel at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 on the  main meadow of the park on West Newton Street, between Columbus and Huntington avenues.

Boston’s premier steel drum band Pan Neubean Steel will perform in a variety of music genres including reggae, jazz, soca, classical, calypso, contemporary and soul.

The performance will consist of two 40- minute sets of live music with a short break in between. Blankets and low beach chairs are welcome.

Further information can be found at www.titussparrowpark.org or at 617-262- 1120. Cancellations due to weather will be posted online.

Gangsters in film

The South End Branch Library, 685 Tremont St., will host the “Original Gangster” film series from 2 to 5 p.m. on Fridays during August.

The library will screen “White Heat” starring James Cagney on Aug. 10; “I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang” with Paul Muni on Aug. 17; “Touch of Evil” with Charleton Heston and Orson Welles on Aug. 24 and “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” starring Jason Robards and George Segal on Aug. 31.

Admission is free. Call 617-536-8241 for further details.

Contemporary dance fest

The sixth annual Boston Contemporary Dance Festival will be held at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the

The afternoon Boston showcase will feature local ensembles and troupes and the evening national showcase will feature professional dance companies carefully selected from across the country. A host of talented dance companies will perform, including Alexander Davis, the Boston Community Dance Project, Kariography, Paula Meola Dance, Urbanity Dance, Ariel Rivka Dance, Ballet Clasico Alina Abreu, the LV Dance Collective of San Francisco and many more.

Camille A. Brown and Dancers will headline the evening performance.

For a complete list of artists and further information, visit www.bostoncontemporarydance.org or call 617-572-3727.

Historic South End tour

The South End Historical Society will sponsor a walking tour with John Neale from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Walkers will join SEHS historian Neale for a walking tour down Washington Street to discuss its history from a narrow isthmus to a major thoroughfare. The starting location will be given upon RSVP, by e-mail to admin@southendhistoricalsociety.org.

Admission is free.

Further information is available at www.southendhistoricalsociety.org or by calling 617-536-4445.

Sculpture and poetry

The Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., is displaying “Breath and Matter,” poet and sculptor collaborations, from now through Aug. 12.

A concert will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12.

Participating poets are Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate; Mary Bonina of the Writers Room of Boston; Danielle Legros Georges, current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston; Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont; Ernestine Hayes, Writer Laureate of Alaska; Anaïs Duplan, founder of the Center for Afrofuturist Studies; and Dany Crosby Baez.

Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays.

Further information can be found at www.bostonsculptors.com or by calling 617- 482-7781.