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September 12, 2011

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TODAY Music fit for a king Sit back, relax, and pretend you’re French royalty while Old City Music gives you “French Baroque Theater Music Tailored to the Salon.’’ Baroque violins, oboes, recorders, viola da gamba (Laura Jeppesen, pictured), and a harpsichord are used in a performance of works by Lully and other composers who served Louis XIV. Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. $30, $25 seniors, students free. Christ Church, Zero Garden St., Cambridge. www.csem.org

Eating red In China when families celebrate September’s harvest, red means good luck, joy, and happiness. Looking at Fóumami Asian Sandwich Bar’s menu in honor of the autumn Moon Festival makes us feel lucky and happy. It includes Red Tomato Chili Prawns, Red Salmon Inari, Chinese mooncakes, and iced red pomegranate tea. Sept. 12-16, 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. New lunch specials daily. Fóumami, 225 Franklin St., Boston. 617-426-8858, www.foumami.com

TOMORROW Taste for variety Food prepared by a dozen regional chefs in one place? Sounds good to us. Participating restaurants for the American Liver Foundation’s Flavors of Boston event include Sweet Basil, Gaslight, and Aquitaine. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a five-course dinner with wine pairings prepared tableside. Sept. 13, 6 p.m. $250. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. 617-527-5600, www.liverfoundation.org

For what it’s worth Ever go to the theater and wish you could be a part of the show? Then check out “How Much Is Enough: Our Values in Question’’ presented by New York’s the Foundry Theatre. In it, they pose questions about value to the audience and incorporate the answers into the performance. As ArtsEmerson director Rob Orchard describes it in the press release, “There’s a theatrical body in place to provide the overall shape and profile, but the guts, organs, nervous system, and funny bones will be supplied by the audience.’’ Sept. 13, 7 p.m. (through Sept. 25). $15-$49. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

World according to Irving Novelist John Irving has written many beloved bestsellers, and his latest, “Last Night in Twisted River.’’ On his website, he says he fashions his stories by starting with a last sentence and working backward. Will he read that way, too? Go to Salem State to find out. Sept. 13, 8 p.m. $65 includes post-lecture reception, $40 reserved, $20 general, $10 students. Salem State University, O’Keefe Sports Center, 225 Canal St., Salem. 978-542-7555, www.salemstate.edu

Vera’s verse Looks like all the time Russian poet Vera Pavlova spent studying music (graduate of the Schnittke College of Music and Gnessin Academy of Music) was good preparation for the writing career she began at the age of 20. Her work has been translated into 20 languages, and her poem “If There Is Something to Desire’’ has been displayed on posters in New York City subways and LA buses. Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m. Free. Wellesley College, Newhouse Center for the Humanities, 106 Central St., Wellesley. www.wellesley.edu


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