It makes sense that April here is always so rainy, because April showers bring May flowers. The state flower of Massachusetts? Epigaea repens, also known as, yup, the mayflower. Our flowers in May are so pretty that the pilgrims retroactively named their boat after them when they arrived here to invent America. So we get a little rain this month. Small price to pay for a nation, I’d say, and no reason to miss out on this week’s event picks.

Monday, April 6 – Kentucky Breakfast Stout Release Party
Founders Brewing Company stops by the Independent in Somerville to host an exclusive annual release party for their Kentucky Breakfast Stout, cave-aged in oak barrels for a year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Because nothing means breakfast quite like drinking a beer with “undertones” of all the whiskey you had the night before, I guess.(6 p.m., FREE, 21+)

Tuesday, April 7 – Jazz Lounge at the Bristol
The Four Seasons is teaming up with Berklee College of Music for the new Jazz Lounge at the Bristol live performance series, showcasing emerging artists in the hotel’s iconic Bristol Lounge restaurant and bar. Tuesday night features Carlos Carpacho, noted player of the cuatro — a guitar-like instrument and the national instrument of Venezuela. Now, if you’re like me, you read “The Four Seasons” and thought “Wait, I’m not even sure I’m allowed in that place.” But it’s fine. Throw on some recently laundered nice clothes and drink some expensive drinks and no one will know you ate a Pop Tart for dinner, not even toasted or microwaved, just straight out of the wrapper raining crumbs and tears into the kitchen sink. (5:30 p.m., FREE, 21+)

Tuesday, April 7 – Food Fights 2: Neighborhoods Battling to End Hunger
Want to watch two local chefs literally fight each other in the name of ending childhood hunger? They’ll do it. You think those tattoos didn’t hurt? OK, so it’s not a fist fight. It’s even better, it’s a fooood fiiiiiiiiggghh — it’s just a cooking competition, it’s two chefs (from Commonwealth and State Park) trying to cook the best food, at the Lincoln Tavern in South Boston. But still, you get to taste the results, drink cocktails and support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. (7 p.m., $30, all ages)

Wednesday, April 8 – Science by the Pint
Harvard’s Science in the News organization brings their long-running Science by the Pint series to Aeronaut Brewing Company, itself founded by a bunch of MIT and Yale scientist guys. Cue Jesse Pinkman: Yeah, science! MIT Professor Scott Hughes and his group from the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research will discuss the phenomenon of gravitational waves, how they arise from the movements of supermassive objects, and the great lengths to which physicists go to detect them. Grab a beer and if you’re lucky, a real scientist will explain the plot of Interstellar for you. (7 p.m., FREE, 21+)

Wednesday, April 8 – Rory Cuddyer
Newbury Street coworking space Oficio hosts a meet and greet with Boston’s “Startup Czar” Rory Cuddyer, recently hired by Mayor Walsh to oversee StartHub, a new initiative designed to support entrepreneurs and the launching of new business. He’ll share details about the initiative and engage in a Q&A session, a few of which Qs better be, “What’s it like to be Czar of something?” and “Did you consider going with the ‘Tsar’ spelling?” and “What’s up with that, anyway? Pick one spelling and stick with it, is what I always say.” (5:30 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Thursday, April 9 – Work Nightmares: Epic Tales from 9-5
The Master Slam storytelling night is back at WeWork South Station with Work Nightmares: Epic Tales from 9-5, an evening of funny and embarrassing stories from the 9-5 life. Featured guest storyteller Malia Lazu, executive director of the Future Boston Alliance, and others will share hidden (and hilarious) tales from their work archives. Probably stuff like “I worked with a guy with the title of ‘czar’ and then it turned out to be a silly nickname. Wasn’t even Russian.” (6 p.m., $20, all ages)

Thursday, April 9 – Unusual Pairings
When you’re chowing down on some international cuisine, you probably reach for the traditional pairing of a mass-market light lager, right? No? You fill a coffee mug with lukewarm water from the bathroom sink because it’s a little closer than the kitchen? You don’t need to do either of those things anymore. Unusual Pairings with Downeast Cider House and Craft Beer Cellar pairs four unique courses by Olde Magoun’s Saloon chef Howard Haywood with Downeast ciders, Mystic Brewery beers, and GrandTen Distilling cocktails. Three drinks for one course? That’s my kind of “pairing”! Hey we should order some Chinese foo — oh, right. This is a dinner. (6 p.m., $20, 21+)

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