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American masterpiece

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will present “Discovering an American Masterpiece in a Beacon Hill Basement” at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Interior designer Heidi Pribell discovered a mantelpiece in a pile of rubbish in the basement of a client’s brownstone in 1999. Her research of the caryatid mantelpiece led her to the designer of the mantelpiece, visionary Thomas Appleton, a close friend of Thomas Jefferson. He was intent upon defining an “American Aesthetic” and Pribell makes a compelling case for him as America’s first art dealer. Pribell will talk about the riddle of the caryatids, how it impassioned her scholarship and her journey from Revolutionary America to Paris and back.

The mantelpiece will be installed at the Museum of Fine Arts as part of its 150th anniversary in 2020.

Call 617-720-7600 or visit www.bostonathenaeum.org for further details.

Polyphonic favorites

The Quilisma Consort will perform in concert at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets. The ensemble will play polyphonic favorites by Ciconia and Desprez.

A donation of $3 is requested; all contributions are given directly to the musicians.

Visit www.kings-chapel.org or call 617- 227-2155 for more information.

Longwood Symphony

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra will join the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

Boston’s medical community orchestra has been a leader in innovative programming and community engagement for 35 years. The orchestra will perform works by John Williams, Georges Bizet, Hector Berlioz and Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Admission is free. Visit www.landmarksorchestra.org or call 617-987-2000 for further information.

Musical instruments on view

A free summer program for children will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9 at Myrtle Street Playground, Myrtle and Irving streets. The rain location will be Hill House, 74 Joy St.

Children will enjoy an instrument petting zoo.

For more information, visit www.myrtlestreetplayground.org.

Museum open house

The Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon St., will open the museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday programming.

The museum will activate and enliven its outdoor garden and five historic period rooms through hands-on activities, craft demonstrations and multi-sensory experiences. Each room will feature a different activity or demonstration running intermittently throughout the day. The museum’s 2018 exhibition will be on view featuring a tour specially designed for Free fun Friday visitors. Admission is free.

Further information can be found at www.nicholshousemuseum.org or by calling 617-227-6993.

Friday flicks

The 33rd annual free Friday flicks will be held at 8:40 p.m. on Fridays during August at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive.

The schedule will include the Oscar-winning animated feature “Coco” on Aug. 10; Disney’s live action film “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson on Aug. 17; and Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” starring Chris Hemsworth, on Aug. 24.

Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. WBZ News Radio will provide food samples, games and giveaways.

Call 617-787-7200 or visit www.mass.gov/dcr for more information.