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Poetry recitation

“Poetry Out Loud,” the annual national recitation contest, will host the 14th annual Massachusetts state finals from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St. “Poetry Out Loud” encourages high school students to memorize and recite poems and explore the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater. The public is invited to hear the top talented student semi-finalists compete in the state finals, sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Huntington Theatre. Admission is free. Further information can be found at www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-out-loud-2019-massachusetts-state-finals-tickets.

Industrial accidents

The Massachusetts Historical Society and the Old South Meeting House will host “Immigrants in an Industrial Accident” from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at the Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30 p.m. Nearly 60 percent of Italian immigrants living in the North End in the early part of the 20th century lacked legal citizenship, so when a 50-foot steel tank with 2.3 million gallons of molasses collapsed on the waterfront, killing 21 and injuring 150 people, they had no political voice to help them with resettlement and reparations. This important event in Boston history still elicits questions as to the rights of non-citizen residents and the responsibility of government to protect vulnerable communities. Historians and authors Stephen Puleo and Jim Vrabel, professor Marilynn Johnson of Boston College and moderator Peter Drummey will explore the social and political dimensions of immigration in Boston’s past, present and future. Registration is required for this free program, by calling 617-646-0579 or online at www.masshist.org.

Aluminum sculptures

The community is invited to the opening of “Peter T. Bennett: The Lure of Aluminum” in the Trustees Gallery of the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. In this exhibit, Maine-based artist Bennett brings a survey of his work from the past 12 years, including pieces from the new “Strangeman- Everyman” series created in response to the 2016 Presidential election as well as earlier abstract works. All pieces in this solo exhibition are created primarily from aluminum, his material of choice. Bennett has worked with the medium for much of his career, inspired by its ubiquity, its versatility and the change in thinking that its proliferation fostered between the late 19th century and the modernist period. The exhibition will run until May 5. Admission is free. Visit www.societyofcrafts.org or call 617- 266-1810 for more information.

Restaurant week

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching Dine Out Boston – a new approach for Restaurant Week Boston – hosted from March 10 through 15. Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38. Several restaurants in Downtown are participating, including Back Deck, Boston Chops, Pabu, the Oceanaire Seafood Room, the Q Restaurant, the Palm Restaurant and more. Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going to the charitable partner, King Boston. For more information and reservations, visit www.bostonusa.com/visit/dineoutboston.