Compiled by Sara Tucker, News Staff
Saturday, March 2
When one thinks of Boston, the city’s history often comes to mind first, anything from the Boston Massacre to the Boston Tea Party. Boston is indeed a historic city, and will be celebrating its history this weekend with a reenactment of the Boston Massacre in honor of its anniversary in March. Almost 250 years ago, in 1770, a few years before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, British troops were stationed in Boston to oversee activities in the colony. In protest to this foreign rule, a rally was organized in front of the State House before a group of soldiers who felt provoked by the mob. The soldiers then fired into the crowd, killing five men and wounding others, but the event sparked even more resentment among the colonists, who began organizing their revolution shortly after. The reenactment will take place in front of the Old State House, the same location where it happened in 1770, and will offer a glimpse into the city, as well as the country’s history. It’s also a great opportunity for those not native to the city to get to know Boston better. 206 Washington St.; 7 p.m.; free; revolutionaryboston.org.
Thursday, Feb. 28
Northeastern’s Tastemakers Magazine was first published in 2006 to allow students to share their opinions about music and the music industry. This week, the magazine will be hosting the Battle of the Bands at afterHOURS, the winner of which will open for the soon-to-be announced headliner of the magazine’s spring show. Six out of the eight competing bands, including Blackbutton, Strange Mangers and AudioMatter are groups from Northeastern. afterHOURS, Curry Student Center; free; 7 p.m.; tastemakersmag.com.
Friday, March 1
The Galatea Gallery presents the opening night of its newest exhibit: Steve Barylick’s “Sensate Focus.” Barylick is a Boston native who has a background in art and music. When he was younger, he was a member of several bands, and the varying sounds, beats and textures of the music he played inspired him to create his newest pieces. All of the paintings in the “Sensate Focus” exhibit represent different types of music, or individual songs. As Earth, Wind & Fire played in the background, Barylick commented that he would paint the sounds he heard: the bass, the trumpet and the lyrics. He strives to communicate deeper feelings and emotions in his art through the common language of music. 460 Harrison St.; 6 p.m.; free; galateafineart.com.
Sunday, March 3
The Brookline Symphony Orchestra has been around for decades, bringing the community and its musicians together. But in 2001, the group went on a hiatus, as a result of lost musicians and funding. However, a few years ago, a group of friends got together and vowed to bring the orchestra back, and to again make it an integral part of the Brookline community. This week, the group will make its 2013 debut, playing Norman’s “Regatta,” Elgar’s “Sea Pictures” and Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 3.” The group is comprised of musicians from Brookline and Boston, ranging from students to professionals, all of whom volunteer their time to make the orchestra possible. 1773 Beacon St., Brookline; 8 p.m.; $5 for students, $10 general admission; brooklinesymphony.org.
Monday, March 4
For those staying in Boston over spring break, now’s your opportunity to make a little money, win prizes or just have fun, with The Big Quiz Thing! (BQT) coming to Cambridge. The BQT is a game show targeted to trivia lovers and those trying to escape from the usual, sometimes boring pub quizzes. It’s free, and players are invited to bring friends and play on teams of four to eight to answer questions about anything from companies, quotes, food, TV shows and politicians to foreign countries and grammar. The winning team will score $200, and other great prizes are available to win all night. 2 Arrow St., Cambridge; 8 p.m.; free; bigquizthing.com.
Tuesday, March 5
Known as one of the best venues in Boston to see up-and-coming rock artists according to the Boston Phoenix, Great Scott in Allston shed its frat boy reputation a few years ago and has been rocking hard ever since. This week, the venue will feature Andre Obin, AVOXBLUE, DJ Leah V and Stereo Telescope. Obin is a musician, singer and producer known for mixing sounds from all different types of music to create techno, folk and indie numbers. AVOXBLUE is a solo endeavor mixing experimental beats with hypnotizing textures that first became popular in the early 90s. DJ Leah V was named DJ of the Year at the Boston Music Awards in 2011 and keeps the crowd on their feet with house, funk and the occasional Top 40. Stereo Telescope, an electropop duo, is direct from Boston, and first enchanted fans here before touring the country. Named Best Electronic Band in 2010 at the Boston Music Awards, Stereo Telescope and its touring mates are a sure hit for a Tuesday night. 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston; 9 p.m.; $10; greatscottboston.com.
Wednesday, March 6
Lee Herrick is an author and poet born in South Korea, but raised in California. He is the writer of all the poems compiled in his two collections of works: “Gardening Secrets of the Dead” and “This Many Miles from Desire.” His poems focus on issues like adoption, growing up in a foreign land, natural disasters and love. He will present a few of his poems in Cambridge this week, along with a group of writers he gathered specifically for this event. The writers and poets include Sun Yung Shin, Leah Silvieus, Tim Hernandez and Aimee Suzara, several of whom are winners of the American Book Award. In addition to a reading of powerful poetry and selected texts, the event will also be a launch for six new books by writers in attendance. 45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge; 7 p.m.; free; leeherrick.com.