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COLONIAL CHOCOLATE

Thursday > February 13

Get a free education on chocolate in Early America at Boston’s Old North Church on Thursday starting at 7 p.m. Historian Timothy Walker of UMass Dartmouth describes how it was made and consumed in the 18th and 19th centuries, including being issued as a restorative for wounded or exhausted soldiers. 617-523-6676; oldnorth.com/speakers 

31book "The Kept" by James Scott. James Scott Credit: Taylor Scott
31book "The Kept" by James Scott. James Scott Credit: Taylor Scott(Taylor Scott)

WINTER READS

Thursday > February 13

James Scott, who lives in Western Massachusetts and earned his MFA at Emerson, reads from his genre-busting novel “The Kept” at Brookline Booksmith at 7 p.m. He’s joined by novelist Rachel Urquhart, author of “The Visionist,” set in 1840s New England. 617-566-6660; brooklinebooksmith.com/events/

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BRINGING THE AWKWARD

Thursday-Friday > February 13-14

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Cambridge’s Oberon Theater has a reminder that you are not the only one who’s failed at romance. Prepare to cringe as true tales of love at its most embarrassing take the stage at Mortified’s Doomed Valentines show at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $15. 617-547-8300; americanrepertorytheater.org/oberon

BRIDGES, LARGE AND SMALL

Starting Friday > February 14

Among the five exhibitions opening in Waltham at Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum on Friday is a series of small-scale Erector-set bridges by Boston-born artist Chris Burden, on view until June 8. In April, a two-story Erector-set skyscraper by Burden will go up in the Rose’s atrium. 781-736-3434; brandeis.edu/rose

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SIP THIS

Saturday-Sunday > February 15-16

Tastes of everything from cabernet franc to zinfandel from some 300 producers, as well as cooking demos by Ming Tsai, Barbara Lynch, Jody Adams, and other culinary stars, a host of wine-friendly food samples, and ticketed seminars are on the menu for the Boston Wine Expo from 1 to 5 p.m. both days. Tickets start at $85. 617-385-5368; wine-expos.com

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