Your Week Ahead

5 things to do this week in and around Boston

Magic tricks that will make you laugh, Chinese culture on stage, Frankenstein’s beginnings, and more things to see and do.

Atrium Alive, Chinese Art and Culture

Walter Silver

Atrium Alive, Chinese Art and Culture

Shen Yun


Shen Yun

February 5 and February 7


What natural phenomenon occurred in 1815 that helped influence Mary Shelley’s writing

of Frankenstein? (Scroll to bottom to see answer.)


a. Tornado

b. Meteor shower

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c. Volcanic eruption

d. Blizzard

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; on Tuesday and Concord Bookshop (978-369-2405; on Thursday, both at 7 p.m.

February 7



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;

February 8-10


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;

Justin Willman

Justin Willman

February 9


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;

February 9


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;

Answer: C

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