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Year of the Dog


The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.10 and hold several special events to ring in the Year of the Dog, highlighting Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese art and traditional ceremonies.


The day will include lion dances performed by the Gund Kwok Asian Women Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy, drop-in art-making activities including printmaking and bok jumani, exhibitions of Gong Fu, Chinese martial arts, a demonstration of a Korean New Year ceremony and stories and celebrations of the Vietnamese Tet. The Korean Traditional Arts Academy will also perform.


There will also be tours conducted in English, American Sign Language and Mandarin. Tickets are required for the free programs. For more information, visit


The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, the Korean Cultural Society of Boston, Vietaid and the Chinese Culture Connection are co-sponsoring the celebration.


Musical fundraiser


Music for Food will host a benefit concert for the Women’s Lunch Place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 at New England Conservatory of Music, Brown Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.


Musicians including Damien Francoeur- Krzyzek, piano; Matt Haimovitz, cello; Yoojin Jang and Peter Zazofsky, violins; Kim Kashkashian, viola; and David McFerrin, baritone; will perform works by Franz Schubert, Luna Pearl Woolf, J.S. Bach and Amy Beach. The suggested donation is $25 or $10 for students.


Further information can be found at


Garden party


The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will host a “Garden Party,” the next Third Thursday event, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15. Attendees can step inside the warm galleries and reconnect with friends by the balmy, flower-filled courtyard, listen to dreamy music, create a horticulture project and rejuvenate.


Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $5 for students and free for members. Students in the University Membership Program are admitted free. Call 617-566-1401 or visit for more information.


Youth orchestra


Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras will present the annual winter concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave. The Repertory Orchestra under the direction of Mark Miller and the Preparatory Winds under the direction of Janet Underhill will perform. Tickets are $15 general, $12 students and seniors. Children, ages 5 and under, are admitted for free.


Visit or call 617-353- 3348 for more details.


Chamber music concert


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform in concert from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway. The ensemble will perform “Duo in E minor for Violin and Viola” by Spohr; Mozart’s “Quintet in A Major for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello;” and “Quintet in B flat Major for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 34” by Weber.


Tickets include museum admission. Visit or call 617- 566-1401 for further information and to purchase tickets.


Taiko drumming


World Music/CrashArts will present “Tao: Drum Heart” at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave.


This performance offers a breathtaking, modern twist on a tradition art form, with explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography.


Tickets are from $30 to $58. For more information, visit or call 617-747-2261