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Instagramable Beacon Hill

Historic New England will offer a tour of “Instagramable Boston” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. The tour will leave from the Otis House, 141 Cambridge St.

Matthew Dickey will lead this walk around Beacon Hill highlighting the best architectural photo opportunities.

Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Advance registration is recommended, by calling 617-994-5920 or online at www.historicnewengland.org.

The Bard on the Common

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s 23rd annual production is being performed at 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturday and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5 at the Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common.

The company will perform “Richard III,” Shakespeare’s drama chronicling the ruthless ascension of a king and the devastation he leaves in his wake as he gains power over the realm. This production features film, stage and television actor Faran Tahir as Richard III.

Admission is free.

Visit www.commshakes.org or call 617- 426-0863 for more details.

Jazz on the Common

The Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature Eric Fells in a concert at noon from Aug. 6 through 10 underneath the fountain at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common.

Fells is a professional arranger, producer and music director. He loves all genres, including jazz, classical, gospel, soul, R&B, hip-hop, rock and pop. Although his main instrument is piano, he also plays six additional instruments.

Visit www.berklee.edu for further information on this free program.

Organ recital

The Old West Organ Society will present the next in the 2018 Summer Concert Series at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St.

Sarah Johnson will perform “Praeludium in G Major” by Nicolaus Bruhns; “Kyrie (Messe pour les Couvents)” by François Couperin, Variations on “Mijn God, waar zal ik henengaan” by Klaas Bolt; “Te Deum, Op. 11” by Jeanne Demessieux; and “Sonata No. 3 in A Major” by Felix Mendelssohn.

A freewill donation is requested.

Call 617-739-1340 or visit www.oldwestorgansociety.org/summerseries for more information.

Twilight talk

Historic New England will present “Dining Out in Victorian Boston” on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Otis House and Museum, 141 Cambridge St. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the lecture at 6 p.m.

Historian Jim O’Connell will analyze historic menus from the Parker House, Union Oyster House, Durgin Park, Locke-Ober, Café Marliave, Jacob Wirth and some long-forgotten eateries to explore how 19th century Boston restaurants reflected Victorian culture. Topics will include the influence of French and British cooking, ostentatious multi-course banquets, working-class oyster bars and eating houses, ladies’ tea rooms and ice cream parlors and the emergence of ethnic eateries.

The program is co-sponsored with the Victorian Society of America/New England Chapter.

Tickets are $12 for members of either group or $17 for non-members. Registration is recommended. Victorian Society members must call to register, at 617-994-5920.

For more information, visit www.historicnewengland.org.

Art in the movies

The West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St., will screen films that explore the lives of composers, authors and painters from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays during August.

Featured will be “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle” about writer Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Club on Aug. 8; the Oscarwinning “My Left Foot” starring Daniel Day Lewis on Aug. 15; “Capote” with Philip Seymour Hoffman in his Best Actor Oscar-winning role on Aug. 22 and “Frida,” the life of Frida Kahlo starring Selma Hayek, on Aug. 29.

Call 617-523-3957 for further details.