The Must List: February Events

By Matthew Reed Baker | Boston Magazine |

REOPENING: STAR TRAVEL
After last year’s $9 million renovation, the Museum of Science unveils its space theater on February 13. Highlights include the new Zeiss Starmaster — which can show more than 9,000 stars and their movement over the past 10,000 years — and the Sky-Skan Definiti System, which simulates space travel and climate change. $10.

SHOW: CARDILLAC
Bless Opera Boston for avoiding the usual Verdi or Bohème. This month it hosts Cardillac, an opera by 20th-century German composer Paul Hindemith. Based on an E.T.A. Hoffmann story about a Parisian goldsmith who can’t bear to let his clients keep his pieces, it’s a 24-karat Sweeney Todd. $29–$165, 2/25–3/1.

EVENT: SPOKEN WORDS

There’s no better marketing medium for Boston University’s creative writing program than the annual faculty reading at the School of Management Auditorium. This year’s list includes poet laureates Leslie Epstein and Robert Pinsky, National Book Award winner Ha Jin, and Pulitzer-winning poet Louise Glück. Free, 2/1.

EXHIBIT: EDWARD GOREY
Fans of the ghoulish, witty Yarmouth Port artist already have his books, or his posters…or at least his coffee mugs and tote bags. Now the Boston Athenaeum is showing his original art: 180 illustrations, sketches, and unpublished drawings, including pieces from such famous works as The Gashlycrumb Tinies. $5, 2/9–6/3.