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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN The Huntington News, April 11, 2013

Compiled by Sara Tucker, News Staff 

Entry of the Week: Monday, April 15
With the city basically shut down for Patriots Day, what better to do than cheer on the runners of the Boston Marathon? Participants will wind their way 26 miles through the city, starting in Hopkinton and ending near the Hancock Tower in Copley Square. The race begins at 9 a.m., but since it will take runners anywhere from two to seven hours or more, spectators can show up any time during the day to cheer runners on. The Cityside Restaurant and Bar will be open with an upstairs patio where spectators can watch the race. For those 21+, $3 Bud Lights and Coors Lights will be served all day. But get there early, the restaurant will likely fill up quickly. 1960 Beacon St., Brighton; 11:30 a.m.; price of food; citysidebar.com.

Thursday, April 11
Life Alive is an organic café in Cambridge that caters to those interested in a nutritious and eco-friendly meal. All items on the café’s menu are organic, from salads to sandwiches, and most are locally grown. In addition to the good-for-you appeal, Life Alive also hosts live music every Thursday night. This week, The Splinters, a local acoustic band, will be playing from 8-10 p.m. Try out some organic goodness or just sip some coffee while you listen to some local tunes. 765 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 8 p.m.; free; lifealive.com.

Friday, April 12
Northeastern University Symphony Orchestra (NUSO) will finish off its season with its spring concert. NUSO is a student-run ensemble open to all Northeastern students, staff and faculty. It rehearses once a week and is known for playing a variety of pieces, from symphonies to film scores to never-before-heard arrangements. For the spring concert, the group will play Beethoven’s “Symphony #7,” Bernard Herrmann’s “Soundtrack from Vertigo,” Dukas’ “Fanfare pour preceder La Peri” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol.” Tickets can be found on myNEU for free, but interested parties must have a ticket to enter. 77 St. Stephen St.; 8 p.m.; free; nuweb9.neu.edu/orchestra.

Saturday, April 13
The Specialty Coffee Association of America will host the “Caffeine Crawl,” which will have coffee lovers buzzing from shop to shop on a caffeine high. The crawl will take participants to coffee shops all over the city, with 18 possible options. Three routes with designated times are set up, and each route will visit six coffee shops in specific areas of the city. Participants will all receive a goody bag with several samples and coupons, and prizes will be hidden in several of the bags from different coffee shops and companies. All routes will start at the Boston Convention Center. 415 Summer St.; 11 a.m.; $30; caffeinecrawl.com.

Sunday, April 14
The Boston International Film Festival (BIFF) is back for its tenth year. Hosted at the AMC Loews next to the Boston Common, the BIFF is known for showing films from the popular to the insane and obscure. Six sessions will be held Sunday, and the price of one ticket allows buyers to sit in on a whole session, which usually lasts about an hour and a half. The day’s features include “Demi Pointe,” “Golden Illuminations” and “Ménage à Trois,” all award-winners from the US and Brazil. Sessions start at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets for each session are $12. 175 Tremont St.; see schedule; $12; bifilmfestival.com.

Tuesday, April 16
The Cambridge Science Festival is a city-wide, week-long exhibition of all things science. The festival includes archeological site visits, a robot zoo, bridge tours, a pub crawl and a “Party for the Planet,” and caters to people of all ages. This Tuesday, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum will host a “You’re the Expert” comedy show, where comedians will have to guess a doctor’s obscure specialization. The show is all laughs, but after the professions are unveiled, doctors will discuss what they do and the misconceptions about their job. Laugh a little, learn a little. 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 7 p.m.; free; cambridgesciencefestival.org.

Wednesday, April 17
Northeastern’s Resident Student Association (RSA) will host “Club NU” as the semester comes to a close. The event will take place at the Estate on Boylston Place for undergraduate students. Like any other night at the club, there will be a DJ and a cash bar for those 21+. But even if you aren’t of age, all undergrads are welcome. The event is advertised as “Neon Night,” so sport bright colors and bring friends – tickets can be purchased on myNEU for $5 (for both students and guests.) The purchase price includes the entrance fee, free soda and a chance to win prizes all night. 1 Boylston Place; 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.; $5; facebook.com/NortheasternRSA.

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