Boston-area to do list


Roses are red, violets are blue

If you were around before the mid-1800s, you might have been off the hook on Valentine’s Day because the holiday was not a big deal for Americans. At “Victorian Valentines: From England to America,” feast your eyes on 15 handmade cards produced by Esther Allen Howland’s New England Valentine Co. Wed-Sat 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through March 5. Free. The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum and Library, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington. 781-861-6559.



Funny fakers Fifty-five years ago, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis put on high heels, makeup, and girly outfits to disguise themselves in Billy Wilder’s “Some Like It Hot.” The Chicago musicians had witnessed the St. Valentine’s Day massacre and concocted Josephine and Daphne to escape. Watch what happens when one falls for Sugar Kane (played by Marilyn Monroe) and the other is pursued by a millionaire. 7 p.m. $11, $9 seniors and kids. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500.

Pasta and paints Artist Lauren Perron might create her own competition when she teaches you how to paint your version of “Rainbow Meadow” at PaintNite . And since food feeds the soul, see if it feeds your creative juices by purchasing some of Chef Angelo DiGirolamo’s dishes including “Mom’s Pasta” and pork loin stuffed with figs, spinach, goat cheese, and red wine sauce. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45 (menu items are additional). Ristorante Olivio, 201 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. 781-648-2300.

Up to the challenge Marginalization and discrimination are explored by Alison Saar who is informed by her mixed-racial upbringing and artistic traditions from all over the world. At “Still . . .” you’ll also see influences from Greek mythology and German Expressionism that help the sculptor challenge stereotypes. Monday hours are noon-6 p.m. (through March 8). Free. Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-879-7000.

Pierce-d players Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Art Farmer, Hank Jones, Art Blakey, Branford Marsalis, and Stevie Wonder are some of the music greats with whom Bill Pierce has shared the stage. The sax player brings his own group to Watertown as part of the Jazz @ the Arsenal series. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 students. Arsenal Center for the Arts Black Box Theater, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487.


Hops to it How does the current number of Boston breweries compare with those at the beginning of the 20th century? Well, at least two dozen of ’em lined the banks of the Stony Brook area of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain in 1900. The Roxbury History Speaker Series presents Michael Reiskind who will talk about the suds at “The Lost Breweries of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.” Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. (dinner available for purchase starting at 5 p.m.; Percival Beer Co. tastings available for purchase) Free. Haley House Bakery Cafe, 12 Dade St., Roxbury. 617-445-0900.

Forever funny Boston-born Liz Prince, creator of the “Alone Forever” webcomic about being single, will talk with Tim Finn, owner of Somerville’s Hub Comics. Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.

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