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When the trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts met for the first time in 1870, there was no building, inventory, or bankroll. Enter the Boston Athenaeum, which had been in the collecting and exhibiting biz since 1827. The latter became the former’s lender, landlord, mentor, and senior patron, and you can learn more about this collaboration at “Brilliant Beginnings: The Athenaeum and the Museum in Boston.” Pictured: Chinese cloisonné vase. Feb. 13 from 9 a.m.-7:45 p.m. (through Aug. 3). $5. Boston Athenaeum Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery, 10½ Beacon St., Boston. 617-227-0270.


Love potion Celebrate your love Tuesday at the four-course Cupid’s Wine Dinner. The menu features hearts of bibb, butter-bathed half Maine lobster, prime “hunk” of sirloin, and a spicy hot chocolate torte. Feb. 12 and 13 from 5:30-10 p.m. $75 (reservations required). UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-864-1933.

A full cage In 1987, to celebrate the 75th birthday of John Cage, 45 artists contributed anecdotes, poems, images, games, essays, and scores. This tribute to the composer, artist, and experimentalist is the subject of “Prepared Box for John Cage.” Contributors included Allen Ginsberg, Robert Rauschenberg, and more. (See review Page 8.) Tues. hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (through June 9). Free. Davis Museum at Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-2051.


Slithering sounds It’s Fat Tuesday, a time to eat, drink, and be merry New Orleans style. The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble will help you with the merry when they bring their funk and street beats to the Regattabar. Special guest soloist is saxophonist Charles Neville. True to its name, the band also celebrates the Chinese Year of the Snake. 7:30 p.m. $20. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757.

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Let the good times roll The BT New Orleans 2nd Line Brass Band brings N’Orleans to Boston’s South End for the Mardi Gras Celebration at the Beehive. Chef Rebecca Newell will indulge your cajun cravings with NOLA-style dishes. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. (live music
8 p.m.- midnight). No cover (dinner reservations recommended). The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069. www.beehive

The King James version When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with the Miami Heat, the NBA superstar left a team and his devoted hometown fans. Emerson graduate students Nicole Prowell Hart and Allyson Sherlock chronicle the impact of LeBron’s departure in their documentary feature, “Losing LeBron.” 7 p.m. Free. Paramount Center Bright Family Screening Room, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8500.


Cover story We can’t include the film’s funny phrase that completes the “Argo” film title, but that’s not the meat of the matter anyway. Tony Mendez, the mastermind behind the real-life rescue of six American hostages in Tehran, might not include it either, but the former CIA agent will be interviewed by his wife, Jonna Hiestand Mendez, a retired CIA officer, at “The Iranian Hostage Crisis and the Canadian Caper.” Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m. Free. Middlesex Community College, 591 Springs Road, Bedford. 781-280-3633.