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Five things to do in and around Boston, Feb. 8-14

Picasso at the MFA, snowboarding and skiing at Fenway, valentines and chocolate at Old Sturbridge Village, and more.

Pablo Picasso photo by Yousuf Karsh
Yousuf Karsh
“Pairing Picasso” starts at the Museum of Fine Arts on February 13.


Starting Saturday, February 13

See the evolution of Pablo Picasso in “Pairing Picasso” at the Museum of Fine Arts. The dossier exhibition — a small selection of pieces — features 11 works, including four paintings on loan from the Fondation Beyeler in Switzerland that have never been shown in New England. The latest installment in the MFA’s Visiting Masterpieces series, the exhibition runs through June 26. Admission is $25. 617-267-9300;


Thursday and Friday, February 11-12

Ah, the slopes of . . . Fenway Park? Snowboarders and skiers will tackle a 140-foot-tall snow ramp during Polartec Big Air at Fenway, a US Grand Prix and FIS World Cup event bringing Olympic and world champions and hopefuls to the frozen tundra of Brookline Avenue. Snowboarding begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, freeskiing at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $30. 877-733-7699;


Starting Thursday, February 11

Excellent classical music, exquisite architecture, and exceptional acoustics make the annual Lindsey Chapel Series at Emmanuel Church in Boston a jewel of the winter arts season. This year’s program features Bach’s Cello Suites. The series runs Thursdays at noon through March 17; admission is free, but registration is requested. 617-536-3356;


Saturday and Sunday, February 13-14


Learn about the origin of American Valentine’s Day cards — and the history of the chocolate that accompanies them — at Old Sturbridge Village’s Chocolate & Valentines Weekend. “Meet” the woman who popularized sending valentines in the US, view antique valentines and make your own, and partake in other winter activities such as sledding (snow permitting). Admission is $28. 800-733-1830;


Next Sunday, February 14

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Welcome the Year of the Monkey with the Lion Dance Parade in Boston’s Chinatown on February 14. Opening ceremonies start at 9:30 a.m. at Beach Street and Harrison Avenue. Chinatown Main Street’s Cultural Village features free family-friendly activities in the China Trade Building from noon to 4 p.m.

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