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    In chorus

    We’ve heard composer-conductor Eric Whitacre’s haunting, ethereal “Lux Aurumque” sung in real time, but tuning into his wildly popular YouTube virtual choir version was also fun (more than 3 million views and counting at Whitacre stops in Boston with his Grammy Award-winning Eric Whitacre Singers for a program that includes other Whitacre works (“Lux Aurorum,” “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine,” and “Animal Crackers,” to name a few), plus pieces by Morten Lauridsen, John Corigliano, Monteverdi, and Bach.  March 19, 8 p.m. $21-$111. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston.


    Spice for life Boston area chefs cook for the Joslin Diabetes Center’s “A Spoonful of Ginger” benefit for the Asian American Diabetes Initiative. Taste dishes prepared by Joanne Chang, Andy Husbands, Ming Tsai, and others in the MFA’s Art of the Americas Wing. March 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $250. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-309-2512,

    Bear building What do Cornell, football, and bears have to do with each other? Author John Foote (“Touchdown: The Story of the Cornell Bear”) and sculptor Brian Caverly have the answer in a Text & conText talk about their roles in a Cornell University public sculpture project. March 18, 7 p.m. Free. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100, ext. 309;


    Ready to roll He knows how to play defense on the soccer field, but can New England Revolution player A.J. Soares make a good burrito? Pick up one of his creations to find out at the monthly Celebrity Roller Series. Proceeds support the charity of the roller’s choice, which in this case is Boston Children’s Hospital. March 18, 6-8 p.m. $10 per burrito. Anna’s Taqueria, 446 Harvard St., Brookline.

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    Keeping stills Miriam Weissenstein, 96, lives in Tel Aviv, where she and her grandson Ben are doing their best to preserve her late husband’s negatives chronicling Israel’s history. The award-winning Israeli documentary “Life in Stills” is part of the Boston Jewish Film Festival.  March 18, 7 p.m. $12, $15. West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St., Newton.

    Aural communication Things aren’t always obvious to aging metal heads Nigel, David, and Derek, but what they lack in brains they make up for in volume. The Science on Screen series features a showing of Rob Reiner’s cult classic, “This Is Spinal Tap,” preceded by a talk on sound and hearing by auditory physiologist Christopher Shera.  March 18, 7 p.m. $10, $8 students. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500,


    Meal and a movie When creative chefs apply their talent to dreaming up menus based on their fave flicks, we imagine the results can only be crazily delicious. The inaugural event in Reel Chefs: Inspired Gourmet Pairings of Food & Film features Jamie Bissonnette and his three-course menu dreamed up in honor of ’80s classic “The Goonies.” Bissonnette will introduce the film and the food, which includes ingredients like whipped feta, celeriac, pheasant, and fluff.  March 19, 7 p.m. $50. Theatre 1, Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston Common. 617-457-2618,