IN 1975, JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS:
> Wrote a piece for the New Yorker’s Talk of the Town;
> Tried to laugh it off when Hustler published nude pictures of her;
> Took a job as an editor for $10,000 per year at Viking Press.
Those and other surprising details of the former first lady’s life during a pivotal year are the subject of Tina Cassidy’s new book, Jackie After O, out Tuesday. Cassidy, a former Globe reporter, zeroes in on Jackie’s midlife crisis, when her second husband, Aristotle Onassis, died, and as the book’s subtitle puts it, she “defied expectations and rediscovered her dreams.”
Congressman Barney Frank isn’t running for reelection, and that means his comments at the Ford Hall Forum “Dysfunctional Democracy” breakfast at Suffolk University, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., are bound to be particularly frank. Admission is free. 617-557-2007, fordhallforum.org
Tuck into some serious Italian eats at the 18th annual Taste of the North End, this year at the DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday. 617-643-8105; buy tickets ($99 each) at tasteofthenorthend.org
Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich opens its “Norman Rockwell: Beyond the Easel” exhibition on Saturday, featuring more than 150 works by the famed Saturday Evening Post illustrator. Museum admission is $15 for adults. 508-888-3300, heritagemuseumsandgardens.org
Artists in two towns, Brookline and Somerville, show off their work from noon to 6 p.m. at Open Studios next Saturday and Sunday.
New features at Somerville’s event this year: A wearable-art fashion show and cinema festival join the lineup, and visitors will be entertained with spoken-word performances aboard one of the trolleys that run from site to site. In all, 401 artists are participating, and some studios will get the party started a day early, with hours on Friday night. 617-398-0346, somervilleopenstudios.org
Brookline’s event features more than 150 artists displaying their works at some 30 locations. 617-997-3680, brooklineartists.com