May 19 - Jun 01

IKEA Home Makeover Tour

Does your home need a makeover? IKEA's Home Tour Squad is coming to Charlotte to tackle common home furnishing and design problems. If you just want to meet the Squad and get some personalized design advice, head over the the Whitewater Center Memorial Day Celebration on May 25. Apply here.

May 03

Novel Talk: Bittersweet Legacy

Come join noted author and historian Janette Greenwood as she speaks about her novel Bittersweet Legacy, which discusses the roles of race and class in Charlotte, at the public library. 11 am-12:30 pm. 2412 Beatties Ford Rd., 704.416.0150. Free, registration required.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Questioning Your Senses

Lisa K Polacheck

Five installations that don’t seem very museumlike comprise “The Five Senses” exhibit at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. One’s an arrangement of 40 loudspeakers, each playing one voice of a 40-member choral composition (Janet Cardiff’s “...

May 15

Building the Future Spacesuit

At Harvard College Observatory, visitors can explore the heavens during Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics’ public Observatory Nights and this month's free themed lecture, “Building the Future Spacesuit” with MIT’s Dava Newman. 7:30 pm. 60 Garden St., Cambridge, 617.495.7461,

Mar 07 - May 30

Public Women, Private Lives

America’s first municipally-funded public library, the Boston Public Library is free and open to all. Among millions of books, manuscripts, music scores and art, find this great exhibition that celebrates distinguished female writers including Emily Dickinson, Louis May Alcott, Julia Ward Howe and others. Open M-Th 9 am-9 pm, F-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. 700 Boylston St., Boston, 617.536.5400,

Apr 24 - Aug 09

Collecting for the Boston Athenaeum in the 21st Century: Rare Books and Manuscripts

One of the city’s largest and oldest membership libraries and its first museum of fine arts, Boston Athenaeum hosts this exhibition that features stunning 'new' acquisitions of rare books and manuscripts since 2000. Open M-W 9 am-8 pm, Th-F 9 am-5:30 pm, Sa 9 am-4 pm. Free admission to museum; donation of $5 requested for special exhibitions. 10 1/2 Beacon St., 617.227.0270,

A Beautiful Night on Broadway

Lois Levine

Jesse Mueller Lights up the Life of Carole King in "Beautiful"

May 01 - Oct 02

The Tipsy Tour: Dram Shops & Drunken Sailors

Boston by Foot hosts this once-monthly walking tour that divulges Boston's boozy past. Learn about the importance of alcohol to the city, fun anecdotes about historic figures like John Hancock, and about Boston's role in the creation of the first cocktails. First Thursday of every month. 6 pm. Tickets: $10-20. 617.367.2345,

May 17 - Oct 25

Beacon Hill Walking Tour

Hosted by Historic New England, this walking tour has history buffs traversing Beacon Hill. A focus on the Federal Era spotlights both the Hill’s wealthy and working class residents, and how certain factors like money and ambition physically and socially shaped the neighborhood. Departs Saturdays at 11 am from the Otis House and includes a tour of the historic home. Tickets: $12. Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., 617.994.5920,

Apr 07 - Jun 14

Theater of War: Paul Endres Jr’s Tales of the American Burden

Childs Gallery hosts this exhibition of contemporary painter Paul Endres. M and Sa 10 am-5 pm, Tu-F 9 am-6 pm. 169 Newbury St., 617.266.1108,