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    We’re used to hearing about millions and billions of budget dollars, but at the Earth & Planetary Sciences gallery (the former Mineral gallery), these amounts refer to the ages of some of the specimens. Harvard’s Francis A. Macdonald gives Thursday’s opening lecture, “Geological Exploration of the Arctic.” April 4 lecture at 6 p.m. Free (lecture only; 24 Oxford St.). Gallery opening April 6 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $10 students and seniors, $8 ages 3-18. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045.


    Universal characters Publishers Weekly described the collection of short stories by Luis Negrón as “Slender but never slight.” In “Mundo Cruel,” the Puerto Rican author focuses on life in a Puerto Rican community and its gay subculture. 7 p.m. Free. Villa Victoria Arts Center, 85 W. Newton St., Boston. 617-927-1737.

    Ink well What’s the history of Black and Grey skin art? In the feature film, “Tattoo Nation,” artist Corey Miller, featured in the TV series “LA Ink” and known for his Black and Grey portraits and dragon art, narrates the story of this revolutionary style and how it became mainstream. 7:30 p.m. (April 5 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.). $8 (in advance), $10. Regent Theatre , 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.


    What’s the buzz? At Thursday’s “Follow the Honey — Hear a
    Poem: A Honey and Honey Spirits Dinner,”
    Caneen Canning from Follow the Honey in Harvard Square works with folks from UpStairs on the Square to create a dinner that will cause lots of buzz. Todd Hardie from Vermont’s Caledonia Spirits talks about his 47 years of beekeeping. 6:30 p.m. $75 (dinner and pairings), $48 (without alcohol). UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-864-1933.


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    Veteran, vet? Walter and Marjorie adopt a veteran with PTSD to help him make the move from military to civilian life. But, falling somewhere in the family hierarchy between a pet and a child makes for quite the satire in Ethan Lipton’s “Luther.” April 5 at 8 p.m. (through May 4). $25. Chelsea TheatreWorks, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea. 617-887-2336.

    Sam and her fam It’s hard enough to be 16, and when you try to save your parents’ marriage, 16 isn’t so sweet. Fresh Ink Theatre presents “Girls’ Sports” by Emily Kaye Lazarro, where we meet Sam who trades her fantasy world for the tough reality. April 5 at 8 p.m. (through April 20). $20. The Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. 866-811-4111.


    Walk and talk Pound the pavement with Boston By Foot guided tours. “Heart of the Freedom Trail” introduces you to the historic sites of our city; “The Dark Side of Boston” covers the Molasses Flood, the Brinks Job, and more. Check website for schedule. April 6 at 2 (“Heart”) and 6 p.m. (“Dark”). $12, $8 kids. For 2 p.m. walk, meet at the statue of Samuel Adams, in front of Faneuil Hall on Congress Street. For 6 p.m. walk, meet at the corner of Hanover and Cross streets, in front of the Tony DeMarco boxer statue. 617-367-2345.