If the Patriots lost last night, today you’d probably be reevaluating your life and why you put so much time and energy into caring about the outcome of a game that has no impact whatsoever on your life. This week you would be inspired to learn how to start your own business, or even give blood to help others. But that Pats did win so you can go to the duck boat parade tomorrow and do some day drinking! And sure, why not do that other stuff, too.

Monday, February 2 – Maps from Fiction
In the Boston Public Library’s new Literary Landscapes: Maps from Fiction exhibition of 40 items, visitors will discover maps from a variety of fictional genres, learn how authors create imaginary worlds, and appreciate why descriptive geography is essential to the story. The exhibition is open through October 25 but you probably want to get in there sooner rather than later just in case they have some Game of Thrones maps and you can figure out where the hell everybody is walking and sailing to next season. (10 a.m., FREE, all ages)

Tuesday, February 3 – Awake Boston
Postponed from last Tuesday, tomorrow’s Awake Boston morning rave was, when it will take over The Button Factory in Fort Point with DJ Sudo’s pumping beats plus coffee, tea, and snacks. The party also celebrates National Chocolate Cake Day by, why not, serving it for breakfast, and now that you’re eating cake on a Tuesday morning you might as well go all out and pretend it’s Saturday night. I mean, an average Saturday night for someone who’s a little bit cooler than you and goes to really cool dance parties, dance parties with other people, not just you in your jammies playing Robyn on your phone and eating chocolate cake. (7 a.m., $16, all ages)

Tuesday, February 3 – What Really Killed the Dinosaurs?
About 66 million years ago, 70 percent of all the species that existed at the time, including the non-avian dinosaurs, became extinct in an apocalypse thought to have been caused by a meteor or comet impact in Mexico. Around the same time, a series of volcanic eruptions in Western India discharged large amounts of carbon dioxide and sulfur gas into the atmosphere. In this illustrated lecture at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, UC-Berkeley geologist Mark Richards will review these concurrent events and explain a radical new theory suggesting they may be causally related. My radical new theory? Gronk picked up a brontosaurus and spiked it and the rest of the dinosaurs were like it’s cool man, we’ll go extinct. (6 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Tuesday, February 3 – Patriots Duck Boat Parade
Mayor Marty Walsh will host the duck boat parade to celebrate the Pats’ Super Bowl win tomorrow, leaving from Prudential Center at 11 a.m. and making their way down Boylston to Tremont and stopping to bring joy to the frozen dystopian hellscape that is City Hall Plaza. I’ll be there and me and Tommy are going to share a moment where we make eye contact and I just try to convey how grateful I am for all of his hard work and at the same time he’s silently thanking me for sticking with the team through thick and thin and we point at each other and then raise our fingers to the sky: We’re number one. (11 a.m., FREE, all ages)

Wednesday, February 4 – Wicked Good Business Advice
You ever cook something so good it’s like you’re eating in a restaurant? I know every time I make my signature spicy black bean soup, it’s like scoring a table for one at the new hotspot Casa Jimbo. But actually translating your culinary chops to a successful business isn’t that easy. Tracey and Scott Noonan and Danielle Vilagie of Boston’s own Wicked Good Cupcakes stop by the Green Briar in Brighton to share some Wicked Good Business Advice and talk about starting a small business in their kitchen that skyrocketed to international success through hard work, and with a little help from an investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” (5:30 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Wednesday, February 4 – Pasty Making Workshop
“Want to look in the mirror and feel like a superhero?” asks Rogue Burlesque. Well, one thing all superheroes have in common is you can’t see their nipples. Luckily the geeky burlesque troupe is hosting a Pasty Making Workshop and community craft night at the Out of the Blue Too gallery in Cambridge. They’ll teach you the art of creating fabulous, sturdy pasties for your very own bits — or someone else’s (hey, Valentine’s Day is coming up). It’s been 11 years since the pasty’s most famous moment in mainstream society: Janet Jackson’s controversial Super Bowl halftime show which was christened “Nipplegate” even though no one actually saw a nipple but it forced parents to acknowledge that nipples do in fact exist and how do you explain that to your children? (7 p.m., $15, presumably 18+)

Thursday, February 5 – MGH Blood Donor Center Cupcake Event
You’re not going to get anywhere in life giving stuff away for free. Even when you donate stuff to Goodwill you get the tax write-offs, and when you volunteer you get something to casually mention on dates and make yourself seem less like the selfish misanthrope you really are. Every Thursday in February, the MGH Blood Donor Center Cupcake Event is rewarding your blood donations with freshly baked cupcakes from a variety of local bakeries. As an added bonus, and there’s no medical evidence for this whatsoever, but I’d like to think the patient who gets your blood could take on some small part of your personality. Like they never used to like coconut but then one day after the transfusion they break into a Whitman’s sampler and take a big bite of a coconut chocolate but instead of spitting into a napkin they’re like hey this is pretty good, guess I like coconut now. (7:30 a.m., FREE, all ages)

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