By Sophie Cannon, deputy A&E Editor
Thursday, Feb. 2
Politics are not reserved just for politicians anymore, so come brush up on the local agenda with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) during its event “GBIO Action!” Along with some Massachusetts elected officials, address key issues pertinent to students, Boston and Massachusetts as a whole. Topics on the dossier for the evening include mandatory sentences for drug offenses, excessive bail amounts, affordable housing acts, MassHealth and health care and new gun safety policies. Be informed on the new legislation coming to Boston and hear firsthand from the officials elected not too long ago to effect real change. 7 – 9 p.m.; 38 Walk Hill St., Jamaica Plain; free.
Friday, Feb. 3
Live long and prosper, Trekies. This is your chance to meet and greet the legendary George Takei. An actor and activist who once played Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek,” Takei will be hosting an on-stage interview where he will share behind-the-scenes secrets of the “Star Trek” saga. After the interview and an audience Q&A session, there will be a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” For those who do not love “Star Trek” but appreciate Takei’s other works, he will also be discussing his long career in films, television and theatre. For an additional fee, receive a signed poster, premium seating and a photo op after the movie screening. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.; 270 Tremont St., Boston; ticket prices vary.
Saturday, Feb. 4
Ring in the new year all over again in February with the Lunar New Year celebration. Join the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in welcoming in the Year of the Rooster. Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultural activities will take place all over the museum, so make sure to wander around and experience them all. Activities will include a hands-on art project, guided tours of new Asian exhibits, a panel discussion surrounding the new year traditions and a live performance of Gong Fu: Chinese martial arts. No celebration is complete without music, so throughout the day there will be performances by the Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe and other performers yet to be announced. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; free.
Sunday, Feb. 5
Down, set, hype! Get ready for the Super Bowl game of every Bostonian’s dreams with the Patriots versus the Atlanta Falcons. Surround yourself with Super Bowl super fans at the Playwright Bar’s Super Bowl Party 2017. Come early to grab a barstool and a football-themed drink, as the Super Bowl specials menu will be making its return by popular demand. Getting there early is key to not only reserve your seat, but the first 100 customers will get a square in the Super Bowl pool. Winners are announced each quarter and will take home $50 gift cards to the Playwright. It’s sure to be a game you’ll remember for years to come. Go Pats! 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.; 658 E. Broadway, Boston; free.
Monday, Feb. 6
People always say that the future of America is in its youth, and this event proves just how smart we really are. Come find out who the Einsteins of Northeastern are at the annual NU Talk 2017. NU Talk gives the science community at Northeastern a chance to show the rest of the university what they are passionate about. The speakers this year include Patrick Glover, a behavioral neuroscience student speaking about neuroscience; Emma Kaeli, speaking on solar panels; Mike Bangert-Drowns, discussing the future of transportation; and the first partner talk by Brandon Yip and Derek Schuster about data and improving health care. Don’t miss out on your chance to learn.6 – 9 p.m.; Blackman Auditorium; free.
Tuesday, Feb. 7
Step aside, Ariel, and listen to a different tale under the sea. Explore the deep blue sea with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in a new exhibit, “The Ocean After Nature.” Curated by Alaina Claire Feldman, this exhibit aims to explain just how important the ocean is for globalization, and to determine the impacts of the ocean on civilizations and vice versa. A published work written by a collection of authors including Negar Azimi, Övül O. Durmusoglu, Jordan G. Teicher and Sarah Wang, accompanies the exhibit. Explore the sea as the exhibit tries to share just how important the oceans surrounding us are to our culture and existence. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Grossman Gallery at School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts 230 Fenway, Boston; free.
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Bring Sundance Film Festival to Boston this Wednesday with an indie film by an amazing indie band. The band Cloud Cult has released a full length movie titled “The Seeker.” The film is about a girl named Grace and her life after a tragedy hits. Follow Grace and her male counterpart, played by Josh Radnor of the hit TV show “How I Met Your Mother.” The beautiful soundtrack to the film is composed of all original songs and arrangements by Cloud Cult and can be found on their album of the same name. The film debuted in Minnesota and is only here for one night before it goes back to the Twin Cities, so make sure to make this hump day a movie night. 7:30 – 9 p.m.; 201 Brookline Ave., Boston; tickets sold here.
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