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After the French and Indian War (1754-1763), Britain wanted accurate charts of its empire in Atlantic Canada and along the Eastern Seaboard from New England to the West Indies. Joseph Frederick Wallet Des Barres and his Atlantic Neptune were the GPS for maritime navigation for almost half a century. “Charting an Empire: The Atlantic Neptune,” a two-part exhibit, starts with “Atlantic Canada” and features nautical charts, navigational instruments, and ship models from the 18th century to the present. Monday hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Part one through July 27, Part two Aug. 1-Nov. 3). Free. Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400. www.bpl.org



The wonder of it all We vividly remember seeing Stevie Wonder perform at our college campus as Little Stevie Wonder. That was 1967, and the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and musician recently celebrated his 63d birthday. To honor the occasion, “A Night of Music Celebrating Stevie Wonder” features music by the Funky ABs and food by executive chef Rebecca Newell. 8 p.m. (menu from 5 p.m.-1 a.m.). No cover (reservations recommended). The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069. www.beehiveboston.com

Seasonings If you’re in the mood for traditional tunes or a little Charles Mingus, Abbey Lincoln, and Wayne Shorter, take in the season closer of JAZZ @ The Arsenal. Diane Richardson & Friends pre-sents the jazz vocalist with pianist John Kordalewski, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Yoron Israel. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 students. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487. www.arsenalarts.org/music

Hasta la vista, baby For 20 years Thad Starner has had a tiny monitor mounted over the left lens of his eyeglasses showing pictures, e-mails, appointments, and other information the MIT Media Lab alum and Georgia Tech associate professor might need. It’s called wearable computing, the stuff featured in James Cameron’s 1991 “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Before the screening, Starner will talk about the influence the Terminator films have had on his work. 7 p.m. $10, $8 students and seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2501. www.coolidge.org/science

Pedal power It’s National Bike Month, so dust off your wheels and helmet and pedal over to Arlington for the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival. One of the dozen shorts is “The New Woman: Annie ‘Londonderry’ Kopchovsky” about a 23-year old Boston mother who tried to cycle the globe in 15 months back in 1894. 7 p.m. (6-7 p.m. social hour). $10, $15 at the door (benefit for MassBike). Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.


Movable feet Leave the bike at home and stroll around at A Walking Tour of the South End. This first of four interactive tours includes an 1810 burial ground, 1830 wooden house, and the gorgeous townhouses in the ’hood. May 21 from 6-8 p.m., rain or shine. $20 (registration required). Meet at the BCAE, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 6 17-267-4430. www.bcae.org

Riding the ‘Tide’ Slide guitarist and vocalist Luke Winslow-King is in Somerville to spread the word about his new release, “The Coming Tide.” The New Orleans music maker offers delta-folk, classical composition, ragtime, and rock ’n’ roll. May 21 at 8 p.m. $10. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com