02/06–02/14 DATE MOVIES, MINUS THE SAP
Hand it to the Brattle: Staging a mini fest of romantic films while steering clear of saccharine fare is some feat. The offerings span the gamut from Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in Sabrina to Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly in Bound. It all wraps up with the peerless—if a little sentimental—Casablanca (penned, as every trivia geek will remind you, by Theo Epstein‘s granddad). "
40 Brattle St., Cambridge, brattlefilm.org.
Dirty Dancing arrives for its pre-Broadway run. Get seats now (lest you get put in a corner).
Boston Opera House, bostonoperahouse.com
02/11 CITY HALL GOES NETWORKING
Envisioned as an economic development tool to bring together Hub-connected people, the mayor’s Boston World Partnerships goes live today at bostonworldpartnerships.com. City Councilor Michael Flaherty, who’s likely to run against Menino later this year, has been blasting the project as wasteful (the Boston Redevelopment Authority ponied up a million bucks for it), particularly the online component, saying a Facebook page would have done just fine. He ought to know: Flaherty’s got himself a Facebook page that lists some 1,500 friends and reveals an affinity for the Black Eyed Peas.
02/12 VIRGIN AMERICA, NOW BOARDING AT LOGAN
Virgin debuts its service from Boston to San Francisco and L.A. today, flying on spiffy new Airbus A320s with slick features like touchscreen TVs and on-demand music. Virgin brass are mum on what else is in store for passengers on the maiden departure, a 1 p.m. flight to LAX. Founder Richard Branson officiated an en route wedding when the carrier made its first trip to Vegas, and the airline held a rock concert when it began flying to Seattle. Here’s hoping we see Sir Richard decked out in a colonial getup. " Virginamerica.com.
02/19 THE PATS CALL A QB KEEPER…OR NOT
If they haven’t yet, today’s the last day for the Pats to slap the NFL’s "franchise tag" on QB Matt Cassel. The move would give the free agent a $14 million, one-year contract, while denying him the right to seek a long-term deal from another team until next year. With Tom Brady, why would the Pats sink so much money into a presumed backup? Time will tell, but here are two theories: Either Tommy Terrific’s recovery is going even worse than reported, or sneaky Bill Belichick sees a chance to sign and then trade Cassel, thus handpicking Cassel’s next team (not the Jets) while still getting something in return.
HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF THE CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT PANEL FOR ECONOMIC STABILIZATION
The Cambridge bankruptcy-law expert heads the committee that’s keeping Congress honest with that $700 billion in bailout cash. She issues her next monthly report on 2/9, but that’s not all she’s got lined up for February.
My husband and I are looking forward to a special visit from our three-year-old granddaughter, Lavinia Annapurna Elizabeth Tyagi. She’ll fly in from L.A. with her mom, Amelia Warren Tyagi, a finance expert who’s attending a workshop at Harvard Business School. We’re planning lots of dress-up and a trip to the New England Aquarium.
We’re longtime members of the Museum of Fine Arts and go every month or so. I’m a fairly democratic art enthusiast: I love rich paintings, sculpture, paper—everything, really—so I always find the exhibits engaging. I’m looking forward to the display of 1930s Japanese paintings. ["Showa Sophistication," debuts 2/11]
Spending Valentine’s Day at the ballet is a tradition. We have season tickets and I didn’t even write down the name of the ballet in my calendar this year because we go no matter what’s scheduled. [Black and White at Boston Ballet, 2/12–2/15] AS TOLD TO BRIGID SWEENEY