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    Your Week Ahead

    5 things to do in and around Boston this week

    Check out celebrity portraits, learn coffee-brewing secrets, hobnob with Boston’s literati, and more.

    Mario Testino; books, vegetables, and coffee by iStockphoto
    Tom Brady and friend

    October 21 into 2013


    The trick of photographer Mario Testino’s work — his portraits in particular — is the fact that so much of it looks like snapshots taken casually at somebody else’s photo shoot. His images say: This is the real thing. Large and hung on the walls at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, photos of the British royal family and other boldfacers from around the world feel personal, revealing, and unposed. But are they? 617-267-9300;

    October 26

    BREW U

    Which of the following determines home-brewed coffee’s taste (Scroll down for answer):

    a) grind size


    b) water temperature

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    c) water pressure

    d) all of the above

    Learn this and more at Coffee Brewing 101, taught by the founder of Clover Food Lab in Cambridge and a roaster from Barismo Coffee Roasters in Arlington (or by checking below, or both). It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Clover and costs $15 (including coffee and filters to take home).

    October 27


    The Boston Book Festival’s more than 40 free discussions and seminars focus on fiction and nonfiction in their many forms — sci-fi, true crime, satire, kids’ books, graphic novels, biographies, essays, and more. At some sessions, audience members can bring their own work to read or be critiqued by the pros. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at venues in and around Copley Square. 617-252-3240;

    October 27-28

    Annakiya the bongo.



    What happens when you give a tiger a pumpkin? Find out at Zoo Howl, the annual Halloween-themed weekend at the Franklin Park Zoo. 617-541-5466;


    If such treats as vegan quesadillas, coconut milk ice cream, sweet potato brownies, and hibiscus flower juice set your mouth to watering, the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival is for you. It takes place at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury, and admission is free. 617-424-8846;

    Quiz answer: All of the above

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