Boston-area to do list


Health, hearts, and history

In the early 18th century, Boston pharmacists promoted chocolate as a medicinal remedy.
But in the 19th century when milk and more sugar were added, chocolate switched from a health tonic to a confection. Learn more about chocolate plus the history of Valentine cards at “Be Mine: Chocolate and Valentines.” There will be ice skating, sledding, and sleigh rides, weather permitting. Feb. 9 and 10 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $8 ages 3-17 (includes free second-day visit within 10 days). Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. 800-733-1830.


A cut above Former librarian David Fair used pages from old Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books to create portraits of Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields, Robert Johnson and the Devil, King Kong and P.T. Barnum, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, and other celebs. You can see the page turners at “Ex-Librarian Cuts Up Children’s Books.” Thursday hours are 2-7 p.m. (through Feb. 10). Free. J.P. Art Market, 36 South St., Jamaica Plain. 617-522-1729.

Flesh and bone Art and medicine meet at “Teaching the Body: Artistic Anatomy in the American Academy,” an exhibit about the history of anatomy in America told through art, anatomy charts, body casts, and scientific notes. Included are works by John Singleton Copley, Thomas Eakins, and Paul Revere. Thursday hours are
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (through March 28; Feb. 7 guided t
our 4-5 p.m.). Free. Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-353-3329.



Friday Mardi Gras Cambridge gets a jump on Mardi Gras with “Wolf’s Mardi Gras Ball,” a benefit for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. The Legendary Vudu Krewe band parties with guests including Boston Babydolls, Jesse Dee, Rick Berlin, Sal Clemente, Jen D’Angora, Mike Gent, Andrea Gillis, Jellyrollers, Suzi Lee, Yolanda Scott, Jordan Valentine, plus a few surprises. Feb. 8 and 9 at 8:30 p.m. $12, $20 (both nights). 18+. T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St., Central Square, Cambridge. 617-492-2327.

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Journeys Johnny, Tunny, and Will are buddies on that eternal mission to find meaning in life. With help from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy-winning album, the rock opera “American Idiot” follows their tumultuous journey with “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday,” and the title track. Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. (through Feb. 10). $43-$65 (for mature audiences). Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-421-2787.


North and south North American dance teams show off their South Asian dance skills at the South Asian Showdown. Competing styles include South Asian Fusion and Hindi-Film/Bollywood. Feb. 9 from 6-9:30 p.m. $20-$100. John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley St., Boston. 617-687-9181.

Au natural You won’t be naked like the subjects in the Museum of Fine Arts pieces you’ll look for on the Watson Adventures “The Naked at the Art Museum Scavenger Hunt.” Wander around the MFA looking for nudes in paintings, sculpture, and more. Feb. 9 and 16 from 1-3:30 p.m. $39.50 (includes museum admission). Museum
of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 866-811-4111.