Best of the Week: Our Picks for February 8-12, 2016

Best of the Week: Our Picks for February 8-12

Welcome to Best of the Week, our recommendations for what to check out around town this week. If you’re wondering what to do in Boston this week, check out these events.

Blue Dragon Blue Dragon / Courtesy photo via Facebook

Monday, February 8
Jack’s Abby Beer Dinner

This week, Blue Dragon and Framingham brewery Jack’s Abby team up for a dinner to ring in Chinese New Year. Feast on miso-and-beer-cured hamachi tataki with jellyfish salad, beer-battered fish with longevity noodles, beer-and-bacon steamed Manila clams, and a whole suckling pig. Each course gets a beer pairing, with Hoponius Union, Smoke and Dagger, and Saxonator among the Jack’s Abby brews to make a cameo appearance.

$50, February 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Blue Dragon, 324 A St., Boston, 617-338-8585,

River Bar Absinthe service River Bar Absinthe service / Courtesy photo

Tuesday, February 9
Green Fairy Mardi Gras

Think you have to go to Bourbon Street to get a taste of Mardi Gras this year? Think again. There are plenty of special Fat Tuesday dining events happening in Boston this week. And you don’t have to go to New Orleans’s Old Absinthe House to chase the green fairy, either. Assembly Square’s River Bar is pouring Pastis and absinthe from their antique absinthe fountain—alongside Cajun fare like chicken and housemade chorizo jambalaya from executive chef Patrick Gilmartin.

February 9, River Bar, 661 Assembly Row, Somerville, 617.616.5561,

Koreatown dishes Koreatown dishes / Courtesy photo via Facebook

Wednesday, February 10
Feast to Celebrate the Debut of Koreatown: The Cookbook

For two years, chef Deuki Hong (whose recently launched restaurant has been drawing “all the badass chefs” around) and food writer Matt Rodbard have been sleuthing their way through Korean American neighborhoods throughout the US. The result: A new book full of Korean recipes, candid photos, and insightful interviews. Join the authors at one of our favorite neighborhood spots for an evening of Korean barbecue, including beef short ribs and kimchi and bacon fried rice. Your ticket price includes your meal, a cocktail, and a signed copy of the book.

$48, February 10, seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., The Kirkland Tap and Trotter, 425 Washington St., Somerville, 857-259-6585, Ticket info at Eventbrite.

Terry Gilliam's Brazil Terry Gilliam’s Brazil / Film still

Thursday, February 11
“Surveillance Cinema”

Just in time for Valentine’s Day (not to mention the American Repertory Theater’s new stage adaptation of the George Orwell dystopia 1984), the Brattle presents its “Surveillance Cinema” series, devoted to “different aspects of life under the watchful eye of a ‘Big Brother.’ ” Their lineup includes date-night classics 1984 starring John Hurt and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, along with lesser-known Scottish thriller Red Road and Oscar-winning film The Lives of Others. Should you need to chase all that bummer celluloid with a little levity, head back this weekend for their 21st annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival.

February 9-11, Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-876-6837,

Trevor Noah Trevor Noah / Courtesy photo

Friday, February 12
Trevor Noah

Back in September, South African comedian Trevor Noah took up the mantle of Daily Show host, after Jon Stewart gave up the throne. He’s been beamed into TV watchers’ living rooms every night for the last few months; now you can see him up close and personal at our favorite Boston comedy venue, where he’s doing three straight days of shows this week.
$37-$52, February 12-14, Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, 617-248-9700,