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Feb21 THRU Feb 26

Art

Invisible Fractures

As we draw nearer to Valentine’s Day, it bears reminding that relationships aren’t all heart-shaped Mylar balloons and long-stemmed roses. Sometimes, love hurts—and sometimes when it hurts, it isn’t love at all. That’s the idea behind local photographer Rachel Tine’s new exhibit Invisible Fractures: The Enduring Trauma of Emotional Abuse. On view at the Piano Craft Gallery through Feb. 26,  it combines stirring photographs of 22 victims of emotional abuse with audio clips of the survivors’ stories. Profits from sales of Tine’s prints will benefit local domestic violence shelter Casa Myrna, and staff will be on hand to provide information and resources at the opening on Feb. 3, which also includes booze and bites from Lord Hobo Brewing Co., Bantam Cider, Emma’s Pizza and Sofra Bakery & Cafe, plus an after-party at Hojoko.

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Piano Craft Gallery

793 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118 United States

(617) 595-5638

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Feb21 THRU Feb 26

Art

LOVE/LUST

Who says you can’t buy love? Beginning Feb. 8, all 37 Boston Sculptors Gallery members will share nearly 100 works of art in LOVE/LUST—and each piece is up for grabs, with those smitten able to walk away with whatever they fancy for five Benjamins or less. The works include Steve & Alison, which had artist Christina Zwart getting up close and personal with two pals to create a plaster cast of the couple embracing. And Vixen is struck by Cupid in Dennis Svoronos’ Reindeer Games (pictured), featuring a pair of motorized lawn ornaments. Love is in the air through Feb. 26, but you should mark your calendar for Feb. 12, when the Boston Conservatory Honors String Quartet drops by the gallery for a new monthly collaboration with other local musicians.

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Boston Sculptors Gallery

486 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118 United States

(617) 482-7781

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Feb21 THRU Feb 26

Theater

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

  • $20-$80

Contrary to what Gilmore Girls would have you believe, mother-daughter relationships aren’t all brainy banter and mixups that can be resolved with quick-fire quips over coffee. Consider Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a drama that centers on a twisted mother-daughter duo whose dysfunctional relationship is heightened by their isolation in a small Irish village. Marie Mullen won a Tony Award for her portrayal of the lonely spinster daughter Maureen nearly two decades ago—and now she’s starring in the Druid Theatre Company’s 20th anniversary production, only this time she’s stepping into the shoes of Mag, the manipulative matriarch out to thwart Maureen’s chance at romance. Original director and fellow Tony winner Garry Hynes is likewise returning to helm the mama drama, which finds new life on ArtsEmerson’s Robert J. Orchard Stage through Feb. 26.

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Emerson/Paramount Mainstage

559 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111 United States

(617) 824-8000

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Feb21 THRU Mar 4

Art

DRAW/Boston

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then we’re betting that the ones on display in MassArt’s DRAW/Boston write one hell of a memoir. The new exhibit compiles personal sketches from more than 40 artists from around the globe to explore their creative processes and most intimate thoughts. Originally curated for Beijing’s Inside/Out Museum, the exhibit also features Demonstration Drawings, an interactive, live mural by Argentinian artist Rirkrit Tiravanija that explores hot-button political issues. Visitors are welcome at weekly group drawing nights in the galleries, so take a peek inside the artists’ sketchbooks for inspiration when the exhibit makes its North American debut at MassArt from Jan. 23 toMarch 4.

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Bakalar & Paine Galleries

621 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 879-7337

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Feb21 THRU Mar 4

Theater

'Really'

  • Tickets start at $25

Company One’s latest production comes with stage directions for the audience: Start your night with cocktails and eye candy at Gallery Kayafas, the South End spot that’s hosted cutting-edge photography for more than a decade. Then head downstairs to Matter & Light, a destination for contemporary art that opened in April. It’s also serving as the stage for Really, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s intimate drama set in the studio of a charismatic photographer, absent from the scene, whose mother and girlfriend are sorting through the images he left behind. Receiving its New England premiere and running through March 4, the play explores the limits of art and the truths a camera can’t capture—but with just 45 seats, you’re guaranteed a good vantage point.

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Matter and Light Fine Art

63 Thayer St.
Boston, MA 02118 United States

(857) 990-3931

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Feb21 THRU Mar 4

Festival   |   Food + Drink

Extreme Beer Fest

  • $62.50

Guests sample more than 250 creatively brewed craft beers and enjoy a number of food vendors. 21+.

Seaport World Trade Center

200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston , MA 02210 United States

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Feb21 THRU May 7

Art

Chocolate: The Exhibition

  • $25

Beginning Jan. 29, the Museum of Science is giving visitors something they can sink their teeth into. Its latest temporary exhibit investigates an ancient Aztec currency, intercontinental slave trade and a modern $90 billion business as it traces the harvesting, transit, marketing and consumption of Forrest Gump’s favorite boxed good and the stuff of dentists’ nightmares. Chocolate: The Exhibition spans 5,000 square feet and 200 objects, allowing visitors to stroll through a rainforest with a life-size cacao tree replica, learn about a chili-spiked, frothy drink invented by the Mayans, relive the moment when the bitter morsel met its sugary match in 16th-century Spain and peek at today’s Ghanaian and Mexican farmers and their equatorial plantations. Perch on a bonbon (pictured above) to get a taste yourself—Chocolate is on display in the museum’s Blue Wing through May 7.

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Museum of Science

1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114 United States

(617) 723-2500

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Feb26

Benefit   |   Food + Drink

Share Our Strength’s French Fry-Off

  • $20

Chefs Tony Maws of Craigie on Main and Kirkland Tap & Trotter, Steve “Nookie” Postal of Commonwealth, Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks Q and Tiger Mama, and Will Gilson of Puritan & Company will compete to serve up the best french fries in this food fight to benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. 2 to 4 pm.

Kirkland Tap & Trotter

425 Washington St.
Somerville, MA 02143 United States

(857) 259-6585

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Feb26

Food + Drink

Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen

  • $40

As we enter winter’s dreariest stretch, it’s tempting to stay in with Netflix and flannel PJs. But we suggest moving your tuchas for Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen. Presented by the Jewish Arts Collaborative, the celebration of Jewish food is taking a Sephardic theme in its eighth year, serving fresh takes on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors courtesy of spots like Mamaleh’s Delicatessen, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Juliet and the Fireplace, where chef Jim Solomon is working on a dish dubbed “The Spanish Inquisition Remembered” with garlicky cocido de garbanzo and spinach over couscous. Ruka, Backbar, Privateer Rum, Jack’s Abby and Citizen Cider will provide the booze, so head to the Back Bay Events Center for a nosh on Feb. 26.

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Back Bay Events Center

10 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 236-1199

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Feb27

Food + Drink   |   Talk

Above The Standard: The Rafanelli Experience

SERV (Society for Event Planners: Restaurant Venues) presents a special conversation between Bryan Rafanelli (founder and CFO of acclaimed event planning and design company Rafanelli Events) and Garrett Harker (restaurateur behind spots like Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard) that features a discussion, a Q&A session and a light breakfast. The event begins at 9:30 am.

Photo Credit: Allan Zepeda

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Hotel Commonwealth

500 Comm. Ave.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(617) 933-5000

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Feb28

Food + Drink   |   Party

Brazilian Carnival Celebration

  • a la carte

Beat Brasserie throws a Mardis Gras-themed party featuring Brazilian band the Nanny Assis Band, Latin libations and a special menu of South American-inspired dishes.

Beat Brasserie

13 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

(617) 499-0001

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Mar19

Education   |   Food + Drink

Trade Secrets French Cooking Class with Jody Adams

  • $150

This intimate cooking classes led by Trade chef Jody Adams features welcoming coffee and scones, followed by a class on cooking French cuisine and a3-course lunch with wine pairing. Attendees will receive recipe cards to take home to recreate the dishes.

Trade

540 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(617) 451-1234

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Mar25

Benefit   |   Party

The 2nd Annual NMO Awareness Gala

  • $175

This black tie, Roaring ’20s-themed gala to raise awareness of Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) aka Devic’s disease, hosted by the Sumaira Foundation, features cocktails and dancing. 8 pm-midnight. NMO patients are invited to attend free of charge.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

776 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199 United States

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Apr2

Taste of South Boston

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the 15th Annual Taste of South Boston at the Seaport Hotel. Sample culinary specialties, enjoy live entertainment and more. For tickets and more information go to tasteofsouthboston.com.

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Seaport Hotel

One Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(617) 385-4000

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Apr20

Benefit   |   Shopping

An Evening With Rachel Zoe

  • $250-$450

Newbury Street boutique Max & Riley hosts this shopping event where guests are invited to shop the Rachel Zoe Collection for a good cause, meet Rachel Zoe in person and enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks, as well as a fashion presentation. $50 from each ticket will benefit the Massachusetts General Hospital for Neurofibromatosis. Ticket price also includes a $50 gift card to be used to shop at the event.

Taj Boston

15 Arlington St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 536-5700

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Apr23

Education   |   Food + Drink

Trade Secrets Spanish Cooking Class with Jody Adams

  • $150

This intimate cooking classes led by Trade chef Jody Adams features welcoming coffee and scones, followed by a class on cooking Spanish cuisine and a3-course lunch with wine pairing. Attendees will receive recipe cards to take home to recreate the dishes.

Trade

540 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(617) 451-1234

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May10

30th Annual Beyond Shelter Benefit

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the 30th Annual Beyond Shelter Benefit. Sample fare from 20 Boston area restaurants, dance to music by the Berklee College Bob Marley Ensemble, play some games, win fun silent and live auction items, and try your luck with their raffle. For tickets and more information go to http://bit.ly/2klaQiN

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House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(888) 693-2583

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Oct7 THRU Oct 8

Bruno Mars brings his 24K Magic Tour to Boston

  • $45-150

Sponsored

Grammy Award winner and world-renowned, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer/director/musician, Bruno Mars, revealed details behind his massive upcoming global headline tour – The 24K Magic World Tour. This show comes to Boston for two shows, October 7 and 8, 2017.

You can buy tickets online at livenation.com.

The 24K Magic World Tour marks Mars’ first full-length tour since 2013’s hugely successful Moonshine Jungle World Tour, an international blockbuster that sold 2 million tickets worldwide across 155 sold-out dates.

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TD Garden

100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114 United States

(617) 624-1050

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