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Meredith Heuer

MARQUEE POETRY

Thursday, February 19

Got a stanza or two to share? Montserrat College of Art will host a poetry reading at the renovated Cabot theater in Beverly as part of its Improbable Places Poetry Tour. To take part, submit work — with a focus on movies or magic — to the writing studio director at colleen.michaels@montserrat.edu by February 16. The event is free and open to the public. 978-927-3100; thecabot.org

A FORTUNATE EVENT

Friday, February 20

Harvard Book Store presents best-selling author Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, at First Parish Church in Cambridge for a 7 p.m. reading/signing of his new novel, We Are Pirates, this one for grown-ups. Tickets are $5 in advance. 617-661-1515; harvard.com

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STACK ’EM UP

Saturday, February 21

Maple sugaring season is here, so gorge yourself silly at the February Flapjack Fling breakfast at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Hourly breakfast sittings include Ipswich River maple syrup over pancakes, along with fruit and beverages, for $6 per person. Sugaring tours, starting at $7, are also scheduled throughout the morning. To register, call 978-887-9264. massaudubon.org

Chinese New Year

Saturday, February 21

The Chinese Zodiac’s Year of the Sheep starts Thursday, so welcome it Saturday with this Spring Festival, or Chunjie, presented by WE-Contact, an East-meets-West cultural organization. The show features performers from China, including opera’s Guo Jun, and starts at 7:30 p.m. at John Hancock Hall in Boston. Tickets: $20 to $60. 978-600-8816; we-contact.org

AND THE WINNER IS  . . .

Sunday, February 22

The triply-named triple-threat talent Neil Patrick Harris (author of the 2014 memoir Choose Your Own Autobiography) will take his first stab at hosting the 87th annual Academy Awards on February 22. Despite the buzz over Selma’s snubbing and American Sniper’s flag thumping, oddsmakers are pitting the race for Best Picture between Boyhood and Birdman. oscars.org

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