Food, movies and more (but mostly food) in this week’s Scout Picks.
“The Search for General Tso”
The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St.
We see General Tso’s chicken on the menu at nearly every Chinese-American restaurant around the country, but what do we actually know about the general? Who was he? “The Search for General Tso,” which Variety calls “a kind of culinary ‘Searching for Sugar Man,'”explores the origins of this ubiquitous, tasty dish. The film premiers this weekend at the Brattle, and you can catch director Ian Cheney and producer Amanda Murray at Friday’s 7 p.m. show.
Girls’ Day at the MIT Museum
11 a.m.-4 p.m., $5-10
265 Mass. Ave.
This Saturday at the MIT Museum, hear women makers talk about their creative processes and participate in hands-on activities throughout the building. Featuring guest presentations from a wide range of awesome women, including MIT scientists, Gretchen Greene of Artisan’s Asylum and Kiran Gandhi, drummer for M.I.A. Free with museum admission.
Microchondria II Launch Party
7 p.m., Free
Harvard Book Store
1256 Mass. Ave.
Back in February of 2010, Harvard Book Store celebrated the arrival of their new book making machine with an ambitious project: The store successfully created a brand new collection of 42 short stories in just 28 days. This year, to put their updated book machine to the test, they did it all over again. Stop by the bookstore on Friday to commemorate this unique accomplishment and hear readings from authors anthologized in this latest collection of 500-word “short short” stories.
10:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Price Varies
502 Mass. Ave.
Viale debuted their brunch menu back in January, and if you haven’t yet had a chance to stop by you miiiight want to make that a priority this weekend. Scotch eggs, smoked pork hash, duck egg carbonara, Sicilian style breakfast pizza, a salted caramel sticky bun… all that and more have us salivating onto our keyboards over here.