February 5 and February 7
HER HORROR STORY
What natural phenomenon occurred in 1815 that helped influence Mary Shelley’s writing
of Frankenstein? (Scroll to bottom to see answer.)
b. Meteor shower
c. Volcanic eruption
In her new book, The Lady and Her Monsters, Boston author Roseanne Montillo reveals this detail and other fascinating stories behind the writing of Shelley’s masterpiece. Montillo reads and signs copies at Brookline Booksmith (617-566-6660; brooklinebooksmith.com) on Tuesday and Concord Bookshop (978-369-2405; concordbookshop.com) on Thursday, both at 7 p.m.
STRAIGHT TALK ON GUNS
John Rosenthal, a founder of the nonprofit Stop Handgun Violence (you’ve seen its gigantic billboard along the Mass. Pike near Fenway), will speak on common-sense gun control Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck in Gloucester. Suggested donation $10. 978-758-1210; rockyneckartcolony.org
Shen Yun, a vivid spectacle of traditional Chinese dance through the centuries, colorful costumes, and music, comes to the Boston Opera House for five shows Friday through Sunday. Tickets start at $50. 617-259-3400; bostonoperahouse.com
You may recognize him as the host of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, but Emerson grad Justin Willman has another career as a comic magician. He’ll perform at the Wilbur Theatre on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $22. Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000; thewilburtheatre.com
YEAR OF THE SNAKE
Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum celebrates the lunar New Year on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. with lion dance performances, a Chinese yo-yo show, storytelling, art activities, and more. Free with museum admission. 978-745-9500; pem.org
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