Typically in survival films we are shown the worst of humanity, but “The Martian” is an unabashed crowdpleaser based on great source material and gifted with one of the most dynamic casts of the year.
Two restaurants from big names are headed toward spring openings, including Jamie Bissonnette’s Little Donkey, coming as part of the Mass+Main construction on the outskirts of Central Square, and an oyster bar with lots of takeout expected from The Grafton Group.
Lesley University hosts photographer and multimedia artist Carrie Mae Weems on Thursday as the latest presenter in its free Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
Central Square is getting a music venue to replace the closed T.T. the Bear’s Place, albeit one that will at least temporarily serve up its bands without also serving up beer, wine or booze.
What Tom Acitelli did for beer in “The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution” two years ago – explain how craft beer turned around U.S. industry quality – he now does for wine with “American Wine: A Coming-of-Age Story.”
Add another film festival to the list of those calling for attention in Cambridge and Somerville’s crowded calendar: The GlobeDocs Film Festival, celebrating nonfiction works, takes place Oct. 7-11 and includes screenings in Boston, Brookline and Cambridge.
For those looking for more than a Wikipedia regurgitation of the facts, even-keeled director Ed Zwick’s film takes off with a Cold War chess champ who looks played out, transitioning from a per-usual, plodding biopic into something more reflective and refreshing.
Cuban poet Emma Romeu reads for free Friday from her latest book of poems, “Ahora Que Me Deja Un Minuto La Vida” (“Now That Life’s Given Me a Minute”), joined by her translator, Michael L. Glenn.
The Comedy Studio’s 20th year in an attic over Harvard Square brings some change, taking steps toward maturing its comedic anarchy: pay for more experienced comics, and a benevolent association for the troubled ones. For owner Rick Jenkins, it’s all become possible.
Singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey plans to play a marathon 12-hour Sunday set on the streets of Harvard Square – or, more specifically, a dozen 45-minute sets stretching from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.