The Weekender: February 2-4

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Happy Friday! We are looking forward to spending some time outside this weekend, doing some brunching, and a little relaxing. Plus, we are excited for the Super Bowl on Sunday — go Pats! Hoping you have a few fun plans lined up. If you are looking for something to add to your calendar, here are our picks for the weekend:

Japanese Film. The Boston Festival of Films from Japan kicked off last night at the MFA, and is ongoing throughout February. There are so many interesting titles on the calendar (see the full schedule here), plus the Takashi Murakami exhibition is still on view as well as Japanese prints from the 1970s, and special Japanese menus in the museum restaurants can complete your travel-from-home experience.

Chili Cook-Off. The Super Bowl always feels like a good reason to indulge in all kinds of comfort food (see our twist on spinach artichoke dip here!), and you can get a head start in Harvard Square on Saturday, 1-2:30pm. The 10th Annual “Some Like It Hot” Chili Cook-Off features samples from local restaurants and chance to vote for your favorites. See more and a list of participants here.

Black History Month on the Page. The Boston Public Library publishes an annual “Black Is” booklist each February. Compiled by their librarians, the list celebrates Black History Month by providing a guide to new literature that explores the African American experience. The list is available at all locations this week, as well as online.

The Phantom of the Opera Returns. Love Never Dies, a sequel to the hit musical Phantom of the Opera, is playing in Boston until February 11. With music from Andrew Lloyd Weber, the story finds Christine, Raoul, and their young son lured to Coney Island where the Phantom is living. I am intrigued! I adored the book when I was a pre-teen, and forced the whole family to listen to the tape over and over on every car trip. ;) Tickets and more info here.

Plus a few links.

I loved this home tour! This couple seem so wise and caring of one another, and their home is so lived in. Sometimes home tours like these feel a bit impersonal, or like everything was perfectly styled right before the photos. Love getting a window into peoples’ lives like this.

Is anyone else still thinking about the Asiz Ansari story? I keep turning it over in my head. This article on the female price of male pleasure is a thoughtful discussion of the larger context — definitely worth a read.

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  1. Thank you for sharing the piece on BPL! I didn’t know that! So awesome.