Boston-area to do list

International Poster Gallery


Up, up, and away

Air travel isn’t what it used to be. In 1939, Pan Am’s Boeing 314 flew from San Francisco to Hawaii with 36 passengers, who had gourmet food, dressing rooms, and bunk beds. More than 50 posters chronicle travel from 1890-1970 at “Timeless Journeys.” Daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Sept. 2 (Sun noon-6 p.m.). Free. International Poster Gallery, 205 Newbury St., Boston. 617-375-0076.


Out of Africa Expand your cooking horizons with instructor Diane Manteca who will show you how to create dishes from several areas at African Cooking: Ethiopia and Beyond . You’ll go home with recipe cards and the traditional Ethiopian Berbere spice mix. 6-9 p.m. $68 (registration required). Boston Center for Adult Education,
122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430.

A full chamber The four members of the Boston Cello Quartet (Blaise Déjardin, Adam Esbensen, Mihail Jojatu, and Alexandre Lecarme) get a workout at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival with their program of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and more. 7:30 p.m. (festival runs through Aug. 22 at several venues). $35, $15 students, free 18 and under. Orleans United Methodist Church, 73 Main St., Orleans. 508-247-9400.



Stacks of music If lunchtime music doesn’t work for your schedule, you can also attend Concerts in the Courtyard on Wednesday evenings. This Wednesday is Susan Cattaneo, a Berklee College of Music alum and songwriting professor who delivers a program of country, rock, soul, blues, and folk. July 30 at 6 p.m. (series runs Wed at 6 p.m. and Fri at 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 29). Free. Boston Public Library courtyard, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.

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Reggae beat The music of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Jimmy Cliff is in the capable hands of Boston’s Scotch Bonnet Band at the Reggae Legends Tribute . Caribbean-inspired cuisine is in the capable hands of executive chef Ignacio Lopez. Enjoyment is in your capable hands. July 30 at 8 p.m. No cover (reservations recommended; menu from 5 p.m.-midnight). Beat Hôtel, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge.

Change agents Learn about songs that raised social awareness and accompanied the civil rights movement and the African Diaspora at “The Power of Music for Change.” Nedelka Prescod, singer-songwriter, and faculty member at the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, will be accompanied by guitarist Ben Eunson and bassist Parker McAllister. July 30 at 6:30 p.m. $10, $5 seniors and ages 13-17, free 12 and under ( Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., Boston. 617-725-0022, ext. 222.

Brando and baseball Authors Susan Mizruchi and Lucas Mann cover Hollywood and Iowa in their respective books. The former’s “Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work” looked at the star’s personal library. The latter’s “Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere” looked at a year of Iowa’s Clinton LumberKings minor-league baseball team. Both are on the mound at Newtonville Books. July 30 at 7 p.m. Free. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton. 617-244-6619.

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