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Regina Pizzeria

Long before the advent of Otto’s, Blaze, Oath, and even Domino’s, there was Regina Pizzeria, which claims to be “Boston’s original pizzeria.” A mainstay of the North End since 1926, today there are 14 Regina’s, but the original, on Thacher Street, is the most popular, a huge draw for students, tourists, and locals. Regina’s is famous for its brick oven pizzas (there are dozens to choose from). The Giambotta is a must-try: it has every traditional topping the restaurant has to offer: pepperoni, sausage, salami, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and Regina’s trademark whole milk mozzarella. You’ll also find calzones, pasta dishes, and classic Italian fare like eggplant parmesan and chicken piccata. Expect to wait at least 20 minutes during weekend peak dining hours. But trust us, it’s worth it.

Regina Pizzeria, 11 1/2 Thacher St. in Boston’s North End, is open 11 am to 11:30 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11 am to 12:30 am Friday and Saturday. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to North Station.

Primark

This Irish-based department store chain began in Dublin in 1969. Since then, Primark has become a major name on the European clothing scene, with nearly 200 stores in the UK alone. Primark opened its US first store three years ago, at Boston’s Downtown Crossing (eight more have opened around the country since). The store was an instant hit with college students, largely because of  its discount prices and high standards (an emphasis on ethical trade and environmental sustainability). It sells men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel, beauty products, and home decor. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your fall wardrobe or your dorm room, this is the place.

Primark, 10 Summer St., Boston, is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 9:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am to 9:30 pm, and Sunday, 10 am to 9:30 pm. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Park Street.

Boston Fuzzstival 2018

Music fans will want to head to Cambridge and Somerville Thursday through Saturday for the sixth annual Boston Fuzzstival, showcasing performances by some of the region’s best psychedelic/fuzz/garage/surf rock musicians. The three-day festival features 31 artists, like What Cheer? Brigade, the Monsieurs, Wendy Eisenberg, Blue Ray, Lady Pills, and Olden Yolk. Whether you want to support the Boston music scene or find your new favorite artist, Fuzzstival is a bargain at just $31 for a three-day pass; tickets for Thursday’s lineup only are $12, and tickets for Friday’s and Saturday’s lineup are $15 each.

Boston Fuzzstival 2018 runs from Thursday, September 27, through Saturday, September 29. Thursday’s performances are at LilyPad Inman, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge, starting at 7 pm. Take an MBTA Red Line train to Central Square or the 83 bus to Hampshire Street at Cambridge Street. Friday’s and Saturday’s performances are at ONCE Somerville, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville, starting at 6 pm. Take an MBTA Red Line train to Porter Square. Purchase tickets here.

BU Cinemathèque Presents: An Evening with Jim Beaver

The College of Communication kicks off its annual Cinemathèque series Friday with an appearance by actor Jim Beaver, best known for his television roles as Bobby Singer in the CW show Supernatural and Whitney Ellsworth in HBO’s Deadwood, the show that garnered him a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Over a 40-plus-year career, Beaver has appeared in such well-known TV shows as Breaking Bad, Dexter, and That 70s Show, and he has a Twitter following of more than 900,000 people. On Friday, he’ll present episodes of Supernatural and Deadwood that he appeared in.

BU Cinemathèque Presents: An Evening with Jim Beaver is  Friday, September 28, at the  College of Communication, 640 Commonwealth Ave., Room 101, at 7 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The newest exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic, showcases nearly 200 artifacts relating to A. A. Milne’s beloved bear. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at the Museum of Fine Arts

The world’s most famous bear has just arrived in town. Yes, it’s Winnie-the-Pooh, the subject of a brand-new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts titled Winnie-the -Pooh: Exploring a Classic. Inspired by A. A. Milne’s timeless books, with original illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard, the exhibition invites viewers to explore the relationship between children and literature through early editions and original drawings of Winnie-the-Pooh. Milne first introduced readers to his enchanting bear in 1926. Since then, the books, with Shepard’s drawings, have been translated into more than 50 languages. There are 200 original drawings, letters, early editions, photographs, and more, most on loan from the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. They demonstrate how Milne and Shepard brought Pooh and his friends Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga and Roo, Tigger, and Christopher Robin to life and help explain their enduring appeal. Milne’s writings were mostly based on his own experience of fatherhood; Christopher Robin was named after his son, and the animals were inspired by the stuffed animals he played with. According to curator Meghan Melvin, the exhibition explores this combination of the real and the imagined. The exhibition promises hundreds of artifacts from the series’ 92-year history, relating to its creation and legacy. Admission is by timed entry; purchase or reserve tickets ($23 for students, free for MFA members) in advance or the same day, pending availability.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Ave., through January 6. Find hours, admission prices, and directions here. General admission is free for BU students.

Harry Jones (COM’19) can be reached at joneshj@bu.edu.

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