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BOSTON -- On the first Friday of each month, a social scene unfolds amid the priceless collections of the Museum of Fine Arts. Though open to anyone over 21, 'mfafirstfridays' are attended mostly by young singles. On one recent Friday, while a samba band played, snippets of cocktail party banter could be heard in the Koch Gallery: 'I don't do blind dates.' 'I'm sorry I forgot your name.' 'Are you wearing Shalimar?' From left, John Abbruzzese, Julie Himmelwright, and Michael Terry, chatted under Bernardo Strozzi's 17th-century painting of St.Sebastian tended by St. Irene and Her Maid. Museum officials say they hope such events encourage young adults to return to the institution where they begin to explore the galleries and special exhibitions on their own. (Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter) audio: Click the play button below to hear guests at a recent 'mfafirstfriday' <object classid='clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B' width='200' height='30' codebase= 'http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab'> (Audio by Scott LaPierre, Boston.com)
BOSTON -- On the first Friday of each month, a social scene unfolds amid the priceless collections of the Museum of Fine Arts. Though open to anyone over 21, "mfafirstfridays" are attended mostly by young singles. On one recent Friday, while a samba band played, snippets of cocktail party banter could be heard in the Koch Gallery: "I don't do blind dates." "I'm sorry I forgot your name." "Are you wearing Shalimar?" From left, John Abbruzzese, Julie Himmelwright, and Michael Terry, chatted under Bernardo Strozzi's 17th-century painting of St.Sebastian tended by St. Irene and Her Maid. Museum officials say they hope such events encourage young adults to return to the institution where they begin to explore the galleries and special exhibitions on their own.

(Globe Staff Photo / Suzanne Kreiter)

audio: Click the play button below to hear guests at a recent "mfafirstfriday"
(Audio by Scott LaPierre, Boston.com)