RESTAURANT WEEK REVAMP
Sunday-Friday > March 16-21
and Sunday-Friday > March 23-28
The twice-yearly event formerly known as Restaurant Week has a new name and variable pricing this time around. The more than 175 establishments — from Abe & Louie’s to Zocalo — participating in Dine Out Boston set their prix fixe at $15, $20, or $25 for lunch and $28, $33, or $38 for dinner and can vary the number of courses they offer. See menus and make reservations at dineoutboston.com.
IN THE GAME?
Starting Sunday > March 16
Will UMass (for the first time since 1998) or UConn grab spots in the NCAA tournament? We’ll find out today, Selection Sunday. March Madness tips off with first-round games on Tuesday and Wednesday — the championship game is set for April 7. See the schedule at ncaa.com/march-madness.
Pictured, UMass head coach Derek Kellogg wants in to March Madness.
THE GREEN MACHINE
Sunday > March 16
Hundreds of thousands of lads and lasses flock to Southie today for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a Boston tradition since 1901. Stepping off at 1 p.m. from the corner of Dorchester Avenue and West Broadway, the parade wends its way to Andrew Square. southbostonparade.org
DEVOTED TO DESIGN
Starting Thursday > March 20
Tours of new public spaces, talks by interior designers and architects, art exhibitions, craft and carpentry demos, workshops, family activities, cocktail hours, and retail open houses are among the more than 80 events that make up the first Boston Design Week through March 30. Most events are free; some require preregistration. 617-363-0405; bostondesignweek.com
Pictured, Kinetic Sculpture “A Garden Here on Earth,” 2009 by Mark Davis at Fuller Craft.
FOR FANTASY FANS
Friday-Sunday > March 21-23
Epic fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss, now at work on the final book of his best-selling “Kingkiller Chronicle” trilogy, keynotes Vericon XIV at Harvard’s Lowell Lecture Hall on Saturday at 5:20 p.m. The weekend-long convention for science-fiction, fantasy, and speculative-fiction fans includes demonstrations by local game developers, book signings at Harvard Book Store, live geek rock and Norse-themed music, a costumed dance, a panel on writing science fiction, Mystery Science Theater—style movie screening, and more. Tickets start at $10. vericon.org
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