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Five things to do, April 30-May 6

The Beautiful Brain exhibit, Lexington Tattoo and Muster, Pugs Take Boston, and more.

Top: Santiago Ramon y Cajal, glial cells of the mouse spinal cord, 1899. Above: Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman, cerebellar Purkinje neurons, 2007.
from the Weisman Art Museum
Science and art collide in the Beautiful Brain at the MIT Museum. Amond the featured images, Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman, cerebellar Purkinje neurons, 2007 (above).

Opening Thursday

Brain Storm

Science and art collide at the MIT Museum, which showcases 80 rare freehand drawings by Santiago Ramon y Cajal (plus contemporary renderings from MIT labs) in The Beautiful Brain. The trailblazing Spanish neuroscientist (1852–1934) won a Nobel Prize in 1906 for his research on the brain and nervous system. Through December 31. Adults $10, youth and seniors $5. mitmuseum.mit.edu

Friday-Saturday

Fife Goes On

Jump into the Lexington Tattoo and Muster by marching the kids to the Battle Green to hear four fife-and-drum corps play 18th-century selections on Friday at 7 p.m. The event continues on Saturday at Minute Man National Historical Park, with a parade at noon and performances by more than two dozen uniformed corps from around the country. Both events are free. williamdiamondjrs.org

Friday-Sunday

Pug Out

Join Pugs Take Boston for an eye-popping weekend of curly tails galore. Head to the Boston Common Carousel, near the Frog Pond, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and meet the pugs of Greater Boston (free). Pug owners and their furry friends can support Pug Rescue of New England at dog-friendly activities including a Freedom Trail tour, two parties, and a Boston Harbor cruise. Ticket prices vary. pugtakeovers.com

Sunday

Marathon Sunday

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From musical to drama to comedy, sample the work of 50 New England playwrights at the Boston Theater Marathon, organized by the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. A series of 10-minute performances kicks off at noon at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Calderwood Pavilion. Audience members are welcome at the afterparty. Tickets $35, $25 in advance. bu.edu/bpt

Sunday

Seis de Mayo

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“Cinco de Mayo Plus 1” is the theme of the 35th annual Harvard Square MayFair. Join tens of thousands of revelers for a seasonal celebration with a Mexican twist. Mariachi bands and Mexican food highlight the event, which also includes art vendors, street performers, and family activities. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. harvardsquare.com

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