Boston-area to do list

Alisha Keshavjee


Closer to home

The winners of Design Biennial Boston have earned their design stripes from projects including a 50-foot foam tower in Atlanta, a community park in Somerville, and an installation on the US prison system for an Italian exhibition. “Boston is a city with a growing talent pool that should be given opportunities to build in their hometown,” according to juror Shauna Gillies-Smith, so let’s hope we see more local projects from Brandon Clifford of Matter Design; Kiel Moe AIA; Wilson Martin and Eden Dutcher of GroundView; and Ana Miljacki and Lee Moreau of Project_. Monday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (through May). Free. BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Boston. 617-391-4039.


Stew about it It’s still comfort-food season, so if you’ve had your fill of canned soups and takeout meals, learn how to ladle your own creations at “Want to Cook With Celebrity Chefs?” Monday’s class with Sweet Basil’s Dave Becker is “Stewed: Soups, Stews, & Braises.” 6-9 p.m. $70 plus $15 for materials (costs vary for this ongoing series; registration required). Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430.

Tragic timeliness Dr. Peter Langman’s recommendations for preventing school shootings were presented to President Obama by the American Psychological Association. The psychologist and author will talk about his book, “Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters,” as part of the Gun Series at Lesley University. 5 p.m. Free. Lesley University’s University Hall Amphitheater, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge. 617-349-8515.


La. ‘Law’ In Jim Jarmusch’s 1986 film “Down by Law” an unemployed disc jockey (musician Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (jazz­man John Lurie), and an Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni) share a Louisiana prison cell. Part of Big Screen Classics. 7 p.m. $10, $8 seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500.

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From start to finish The viola and guitar join forces for Boston’s Thalia Zedek who begins a Monday residency in Cambridge. Every week, the indie vocalist and her band will perform an entire album and welcome a special guest. This Monday the album is “Been Here and Gone” and the guest is Drew O’Doherty, who will perform his record “Starts.” 8:30 p.m. doors (March Mondays). $10. 18+. T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St., Central Square, Cambridge. 617-492-2327.


Celtic, Canadian style With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, get your Celtic groove on with Canadian musicians Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher. The former has fiddled for David Letterman and performed with the Chieftains. The latter has sung and played guitar all around the world. March 5 at 8 p.m. $12. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-776-2004.

South End sampling You still have plenty of time to worry about fitting into your bathing suit, so don’t miss an opportunity to fill your winter-size self with treats from more than 40 restaurants at Taste of the South End. The benefit for AIDS Action Committee also features cooking demonstrations, wine and beer tastings, and a silent auction. March 5 from 7-9:30 p.m. (6 p.m. VIP admission). $100, $150 (VIP). 21+. Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-450-1566.