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Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston this week

Check out celebrity portraits, learn coffee-brewing secrets, hobnob with Boston’s literati, and more.

Mario Testino; books, vegetables, and coffee by iStockphoto

Tom Brady and friend

October 21 into 2013

UP CLOSE, BUT PERSONAL?

The trick of photographer Mario Testino’s work — his portraits in particular — is the fact that so much of it looks like snapshots taken casually at somebody else’s photo shoot. His images say: This is the real thing. Large and hung on the walls at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, photos of the British royal family and other boldfacers from around the world feel personal, revealing, and unposed. But are they? 617-267-9300; mfa.org

October 26

BREW U

Which of the following determines home-brewed coffee’s taste (Scroll down for answer):

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a) grind size

b) water temperature

c) water pressure

d) all of the above

Learn this and more at Coffee Brewing 101, taught by the founder of Clover Food Lab in Cambridge and a roaster from Barismo Coffee Roasters in Arlington (or by checking below, or both). It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Clover and costs $15 (including coffee and filters to take home). brownpapertickets.com/event/281332

October 27

THE PLEASURES OF READING

The Boston Book Festival’s more than 40 free discussions and seminars focus on fiction and nonfiction in their many forms — sci-fi, true crime, satire, kids’ books, graphic novels, biographies, essays, and more. At some sessions, audience members can bring their own work to read or be critiqued by the pros. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at venues in and around Copley Square. 617-252-3240; bostonbookfest.org

October 27-28

Annakiya the bongo.

ORANGE CRUSH

What happens when you give a tiger a pumpkin? Find out at Zoo Howl, the annual Halloween-themed weekend at the Franklin Park Zoo. 617-541-5466; franklinparkzoo.org

HERBIVORE’S HEAVEN

If such treats as vegan quesadillas, coconut milk ice cream, sweet potato brownies, and hibiscus flower juice set your mouth to watering, the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival is for you. It takes place at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury, and admission is free. 617-424-8846; bostonveg.org/foodfest

Quiz answer: All of the above

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