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Jazz on the Common

The last in the Berklee Summer in the City concert series will feature Noé Zagroun in free concerts at noon from Sept 24 through 28 underneath the fountain at the Brewer Plaza, Boston Common.

Zagroun, a native of Nice, France, is a jazz pianist, composer and producer. In 2014, he participated in the Berklee at Umbria Jazz Clinics and was considered the best pianist among more than 200 international students, earning a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music.

He has thrived in this creative environment, collaborating with some of the major jazz artists of his generation, including Jacob Collier and Federico Malaman.

Visit for further information on this free program.

Author visit

The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., will welcome author Karma Kitaj in a free reading of his latest novel, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Kitaj is the author of “Beguiled,” the story of Miriam Levine, the feisty daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants in Boston’s West End in the early 1900s. Influenced by her father’s love of the theater, she pursues her dream of being a star on New York City’s stages. The evening will include a short reading of passages from the book followed by an author interview and audience Q&A session.

Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for sale and autograph.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-723-2125.

Renaissance woman

The Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., will welcome Ramie Targoff, author of “Renaissance Woman: The Life of Vittoria Colonna” at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

This new biography tells of the rich life of Vittoria Colonna, Marchesa of Pescara, a close confidante of Michelangelo and friend of Charles V, Pope Clement VII, Pope Paul III, Queen Marguerite de Navarre and Reginald Pole amongst others, and a member of a powerful family in Rome during the city’s most creative period. She was at the heart of nearly every major development during this period, in the arts and also as a critical political player and negotiator. She was also the first woman to publish a book of poetry in Italy, which launched a revolution for women’s writing.

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

Visit or call 617-227-0270 to register and for more details.

Medieval music

A lunchtime recital will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at King’s Chapel, corner of School and Tremont streets.

Na’ama Lion, medieval flute, Jussi Reijonen, oud, Nancy Hurrell, medieval harp, and Mike Williams, percussion, will perform medieval dance music.

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

Visit or call 617- 227-2155 for further information.

Naples during WWII

Author Carmine Vittoria will be the guest speaker from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge St.

Vittoria will discuss his book, “Bitter Chicory to Sweet Espresso: Survival and Deliverance from WW II in the Naples, Italy, Area 1940-49,” which relates events of World War II as witnessed by a child and his family.

Admission is free. Call 617-523-3957 for further details.

English cream ware

The China Students’ Club of Boston, America’s oldest ceramics study group, will host a free presentation at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St.

Daniel Sousa will look at “Real or Repro: Identifying Authentic English Transfer-Printed Creamware for the American Market.” Sousa is the curatorial intern at Historic Deerfield.

All are welcome to this free program.

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