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Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

Summer Restaurant Week returns, “I Have a Dream” turns 50, Pat Benatar tours again, and more things to do the week of August 18.

A selection of events to keep you busy the week of August 11 in Boston and beyond.

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THE RETURN OF RESTAURANT WEEK(S)

  • STARTING SUNDAY > AUGUST 18

  • Two hundred restaurants — running the gamut from A Tavola to Zocalo — are participating in the 2013 Summer Restaurant Week(August 18-23 and 25-30). Prices range from $15.13 for a two-course lunch to $38.13 for a three-course dinner. Reserve at restaurantweekboston.com.


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THE MEANING OF THE MARCH

  • SUNDAY > AUGUST 18

  • From 1 to 5 p.m., Boston’s John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum will host historians and former administration officials for a forum on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legendary “I Have A Dream” speech. Congressman John Lewis, who made a powerful speech of his own that day as leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, will keynote. Reserve tickets, or catch the live webcast at jfklibrary.org. 617-514-1600

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TUMBLIN’ FOR YA

  • MONDAY AND TUESDAY > AUGUST 19-20

  • The group resume of the fledgling FAQ Circus includes such skill sets as trapeze, aerial straps, tight wire, contortion, Chinese hoops, and clowning, and its 10 limber members will demonstrate them all on their first touring show, stopping at the Arlington Center for the Arts. Tickets to the Monday and Tuesday night shows at 7:30 are $15; the 1 p.m. Tuesday show costs $5 . 781-648-6220; acarts.org

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’80S QUEEN ROCKS ON

  • WEDNESDAY > AUGUST 21

  • Boston’s House of Blues sets its time machine to the 1980s, when Pat “Love is a Battlefield” Benatar hits the stage with husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo. Tickets to the 7:30 show start at $36. 888-693-2583; houseofblues.com

GARDEN GREATS

  • SATURDAY AND SUNDAY > AUGUST 24-25

  • Are your heirloom tomatoes the envy of your neighbors? Your sunflowers a standout this season? Put those crops and more up against other contenders at the Flower & Vegetable Show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston. The cash prizes are only a few bucks, but the horticultural bragging rights are enormous. Tickets for spectators cost $12; show competitors enter free. Call 508-869-6111 or go to towerhillbg.org for entry rules.

  • SHARE YOUR EVENT NEWS. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least three weeks in advance to week@globe.com.

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