Contribute to a Marathon fundraiser or MGH blood drive this week and take a bite out of your karmic debt — and some tasty treats.

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1. Monday, Feb. 24 – MacGyver, Martinis & Mac-n-Cheese
Help Daddy Jones owner Dimitra Murphy (running the marathon for the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary) reach her fundraising goal while enjoying MacGyver-themed cocktails and mac-n-cheese from some of the city’s best bartenders and chefs. Admission to the event
at the Magoun Square bar is $25, or two paperclips, a gum wrapper and a bungee cord. (7 p.m., $25, 21+)

2. Monday, Feb. 24 – Laverne Cox
The transgender “Orange is the New Black” star discusses her film and television career at Harvard’s Artist in Residence series. Cox plays an imprisoned credit-card fraudster with a heart of gold on the Netflix series, and more importantly might be the only former “I Want to Work for Diddy” contestant who doesn’t currently live under a bridge somewhere. (3 p.m., FREE, all ages)

3. Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Creed Bratton
Speaking of living under a bridge, I’m pretty sure “The Office” actor Creed Bratton just showed up on set one day, assumed the role of “Creed Bratton” and no one told him to go home because he’s kind of scary/potentially unhinged. That worked for nine seasons (even if you only watched five) and now he brings his music/comedy/storytelling tour to Johnny D’s. (7:30 p.m., $25, 21+)

4. Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Chips and Hops
What goes great with beer? Chips, right? Eat enough chips, and you’re going to get thirsty. Go ahead, grab another beer. Repeat until drunk/full at Chips and Hops, presented by Food Should Taste Good chips and Sam Adams at the Jamaica Plain brewery. (5:30 p.m., FREE, 21+)

5. Tuesday, Feb. 25 – Trash Night Video: “The Dirt Bike Kid”
The Brattle’s monthly F-grade, sub-cult cinema showcase screens the 1985 “Jack and the Beanstalk” adaptation in which the kid from “A Christmas Story” battles bankers and biker gangs aboard a magical flying dirt bike. (7:30 p.m., $7, rated PG)

6. Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Matthew Quick
The “Silver Linings Playbook” author talks about his new book “The Good Luck of Right Now” at the Boston Public Library. I’ll save you the trouble of asking: Yes, he knows Jennifer Lawrence; yes, she’s just as cool as you want her to be; and yes, her hair smells like strawberries. (6 p.m., FREE, all ages)

7. Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Bent Shapes
The jangly, jaunty indie-pop trio headlines this Boston Hassle show at Tasty Burger in Harvard Square, with Philadelphia’s Bleeding Rainbow and locals Fat Creeps, which is the name of a band but also what everyone’s calling you and your friends because you keep pounding burgers and scamming on college girls at these Tasty Burger shows. (8 p.m., $5-10, all ages)

8. Thursday, Feb. 27 – MGH Blood Donor Center Cupcaking Tasting
Mass General Hospital is giving out cupcakes from Flour Bakery, Panificio and Sweet Cupcakes! The catch: They want your blood (not all of it, silly, just a donation). It’s a pretty good deal but aren’t cupcakes a little played out at this point? I’m holding out for a cronut before I give up this sweet, sweet hemoglobin. (7:30 a.m., FREE, 17+/16 with parental permission)