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Cecilia’s Circle presents “The Isle of Delos: Music of Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre” along with instrumental works by Jacquet, a favorite of Louis XIV.

Cecilia’s Circle presents “The Isle of Delos: Music of Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre” along with instrumental works by Jacquet, a favorite of Louis XIV.


Musical mythology If a 17th-century woman composer imagined the ancient island where the twin deities of the sun and the moon came into being, what might it sound like? Hear for yourself in ‘‘The Isle of Delos: Music of Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre.’’ Cecilia’s Circle presents the cantata along with instrumental works by Jacquet, a favorite of Louis XIV. Performers include soprano Janet Youngdahl, harpsichordist Vivian Montgomery, flutist Sarah Paysnick, and Sarah Mead on viola da gamba. March 5, 7:30 p.m. $15, students/low income $9. Brandeis University, Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library, Waltham.


Fantastic four The musicians of Ethel all went to Juilliard, but don’t expect the standard classical repertoire from them. Billed as “America’s premier postclassical string quartet,’’ the ensemble focuses on music from the past four decades. Tonight’s program features their arrangement of Philip Glass’s score from “The Hours,’’ Julia Wolfe’s “Early That Summer,’’ and David Lang’s “Wed.’’ March 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston.


Importance of Ernie Prolific avant-garde filmmaker Ernie Gehr is celebrated in a two-part series beginning tonight with “A Program of Early Cinema Selected by Ernie Gehr.’’ Gehr’s “Recent Video Work’’ is the subject for a March 22 program. The filmmaker will be in attendance for both events. March 5 and 22, 7 p.m. $12. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700,

Bicycle built for food There’s no time like the present to get ready for the Tour de France, and no better way to do it than with authentic French cuisine. From now through July, “Le Tour de France - Bistro Style’’ presents rotating prix fixe menus focusing on rider Eddy Merckx and showcasing food from regions of France covered by the race. March 5-15 focuses on Alsace, with Torchon of Foie Gras, warm sauerkraut with house-made sausages and meats, and French cheesecake. Mon-Thurs 5:30-11 p.m. $33, $39. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Boston. 617-723-7575,

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Ordinary people The lives of Irish country folk are depicted in “Rural Ireland: The Inside Story.’’ The exhibit features 65 paintings of 19th and 20th century rural scenes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.(through June 3). McMullen Museum, Boston College, Devlin Hall 101, 140 Comm. Ave., Chestnut Hill. Free. 617-552-8100,

Newbies of verse When you need a little poetry in your life, the Blacksmith House Poetry Series is there to provide it. This week’s edition, “New Voices: Emerging Writers,’’ features Kirsten Andersen, Kerrin McCadden, and Hyejung Kook. March 5, 8 p.m. $3. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext. 333;


Eat up Dishes from more than 40 South End eateries in the same place sounds good to us. Taste of the South End offers cooking demos, a silent auction, wine and beer tastings, and unlimited food sampling. Proceeds go to the AIDS Action Committee. March 6, 7-9:30 p.m., VIP admission at 6 p.m. $95, $150. Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston.

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