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    Five things to do, Jan. 29-Feb. 4

    Joe Biden discusses his recent memoir, “Beauty & the Beast,” free chili in Harvard Square, and more.

    CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: Former vice president Joe Biden speaks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on November 1, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Biden addressed the consequences of U.S. disengagement from world leadership at the event. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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    Joe Biden will be in Medford on February 1 to discuss his recent memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.”

    BIDEN’S BACK

    Thursday, February 1

    Joe Biden hasn’t made his plans for 2020 public, but he might let some hints slip when he visits Medford’s Chevalier Theatre. On his American Promise Tour, the ex-VP is discussing his recent memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. 7 p.m. Tickets from $42 (includes book). chevaliertheatre.com

    BE OUR GUEST

    Opening Friday, February 2

    Warm up with the Wheelock Family Theatre’s production of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, starring Boston Conservatory grad Jared Troilo as the Beast. Before or after every performance, activities with cast members reveal how the magic is made — check ahead for details. Tickets from $20. On Wheelock College’s Fenway campus through March 4. wheelockfamilytheatre.org

    BELIEVE YOUR EYES

    Opening Saturday, February 3

    M. C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions will turn heads at the Museum of Fine Arts as 50 original prints by the Dutch artist go on display for the first time in Boston. Included in the show is Metamorphosis II, a 13-foot-long woodcut of bees transforming into fish (among other things). Through May 28. Included in museum admission ($25). mfa.org

    SING IT ON

    Saturday, February 3

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    Ten a cappella groups from around Massachusetts head to the Berklee Performance Center to see whose pitch is perfect. The ensembles face off in a 2018 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Northeast Quarterfinal, competing for a spot in the semifinal (at Symphony Hall on March 4). 7 p.m. Tickets from $20. berklee.edu

    CHILI CON BEANTOWN

    Saturday, February 3

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    The forecast for Super Bowl weekend is chili. Pick up ideas for Sunday’s menu at the 10th annual Harvard Square Business Association Some Like It Hot Chili Cook-Off, where local restaurants provide free chili samples and compete for your vote for fan favorite. On Brattle Plaza, outside Crema Cafe. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. harvardsquare.com

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