Boston-area to do list

Daniel Gordon’s “Still Life With Cherry Blossoms and Zucchini”
Daniel Gordon/Private collection
Daniel Gordon’s “Still Life With Cherry Blossoms and Zucchini”


The real thing

We couldn’t live without our digital camera, but there’s something to be said for airbrushing and other painstaking techniques of old. “Reality Check” presents work by seven artists who alter their images the old-fashioned way, using nondigital processes. According to the exhibit description, the works on view “. . . challenge our preconceptions of contemporary photographic processes, and celebrate that, even as the digital world occupies more of our lives, there are innumerable strange, surprising, and magical quirks left to be discovered in the real world.” Pictured: Daniel Gordon’s “Still Life With Cherry Blossoms and Zucchini” (top) and Gaston Ugalde’s “Flying Weavings II.” Through Dec. 7. Mon-Sat, noon-6 p.m. Wed, noon-
8 p.m. Reception Sept. 30, 6-8 p.m. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-879-7337,


Amazingly funny Comedian Paul Nardizzi returns to his hometown to headline the shenanigans at the fall kickoff of the Amazing Comedy Mique Show. Nardizzi offers a 30-minute set, and open mikers fill out the rest of the evening. Bring your best jokes to tell, or just sit back and laugh. Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m. $6. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazing

Beer in your pot Beer expert John Holl gathers 155 recipes that work with the beverage so you can enjoy the pub experience at home. How do American wheat beer steamed clams, beermosas, beer ice cream floats, and chocolate Jefferson Stout cupcakes sound? Holl will be at a reading and beer tasting to promote the book.
Sept. 9, 7 p.m. Free. Trident Booksellers, 338 Newbury St., Boston. 617-267-8688,



What if We know that Anne Frank and her older sister, Margot, died in the Holocaust. Author Jillian Cantor imagines how things might have turned out differently in her new novel, “Margot.” It tells the story of Margie Franklin, a young woman with secrets living in 1959 Philadelphia. Sept. 10, 7 p.m. Free. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton. 617-244-6619,

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Warm comfort Exit season of watermelon, berries, and corn on the cob. Enter season of apples, pumpkins, and cranberries. The Boston Center for Adult Education ushers in the fall with a series of harvest-themed cooking classes that begins with “Autumn’s Best Dishes.” Leah Dickerson will teach you how to make comfort foods that won’t pack on the pounds. Sept. 10, 6-9 p.m. $55. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430,

What’s the buzz Learn about the good (honey) and the bad (colony collapse disorder) when it comes to the current state of the honey bee. Bee Day features organic honey tasting, tours of Harvard’s beehives, and a screening of “More Than Honey.” Sept. 10, 1-2 p.m.
honey tastings at the plaza in front of the Harvard University Science Center, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge. 4 p.m., tours, registration required. 7 p.m., movie at the Science Center, Hall C. All events free.

Doctor who? He saved the USS Constitution from the scrap heap, named the Atlantic Monthly, and fathered a Supreme Court justice. The Lowell Bicentennial Lecture Series presents Scott Podolsky in “From ‘Old Ironsides’ to Harvard Medical School (and Back): Oliver Wendell Holmes, Physician and Man of Letters,” a talk about
Holmes. Sept. 10, 6 p.m. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown. 617-426-1812, www.ussconstitution

Correction: Because of a reporting error, an earlier version of this article gave an incorrect title for an exhibition at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery. The correct title is “Reality Check.”