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Museum of Fine Arts


Arms and the men

If John Belushi’s SNL samurai skits are your only familiarity with Japanese warriors, take in the new exhibit at the MFA. “Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection” covers the styles and history of the equipment from the 12th-19th centuries. More than 140 items include helmets, full suits, weapons, and horse armor. Monday hours 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (through Aug. 4). $25, $23 students and seniors, $10 ages 7-17 (free for ages 7-17 weekdays after 3 p.m. and weekends), free under 7. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300.


Simon says Simon Tofield writes what he knows, and what the British cartoonist knows is his cats. The popular YouTube animated series, “Simon’s Cat,” chronicles the feline fun of his four furry pets, and in Tofield’s latest book, “Simon’s Cat in Kitten Chaos,” a new kitten joins the family. 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.

More bark than bite It will be hard to miss the main attraction at “Learning From Leaves” by David Valbracht. The landscape architect’s 30-foot mural of more than 100 species of trees is arranged to follow the Arnold Arboretum’s landscape plan. Daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through June 9 (closed Wednesdays; call to confirm availability). Free. Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard
University, 125 Arborway, Boston. 617-384-5209. www.arboretum


Great Scott Here’s a way to get in the mood for next month’s release of “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and the Emmanuel Music concert at Jordan Hall on May 12. Pianist John Harbison, soprano Kristen Watson, and tenor Ryan Turner salute the Roaring Twenties with tunes from John Harbison’s opera, “The Great Gatsby” at “The Great Gatsby Salon & Dinner.” 6 p.m. $75 (performance and dinner; reservations recommended). UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-864-1933.

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Beethoven marathon After you finish your taxes and cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon, relax at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s all-Beethoven program. Assistant conductor Marcelo Lehninger conducts the musicians and guest pianist Gabriela Montero in Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) and Symphony No. 5. 7 p.m. $30-$114. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200.


Listen my children What happened on April 18, 1775? Brush up on your history at “From North Square to Old North Church: A Paul Revere Walking Tour” of the North End covering sites affiliated with Paul Revere. The tour ends at the Old North Church’s bell-ringing chamber and includes the story of Revere’s ride. April 16 from 2-3:30 p.m. $10, $6 ages 5-17 (reservations required; includes self-guided tour of Revere House). Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston. 617-523-2338.

Long and short of it This British folk singer/songwriter can thank his buddy, Robert Pattinson, for introducing “Let Me Sign” on the “Twilight” soundtrack. And, as luck would have it, the latest release by Bobby Long is “Wishbone.” April 16 doors at 8:30 p.m. $13. 18+. T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. 617-492-0082.