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THURS 3.31

Jacqueline Springer Lecture at 4 p.m., Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston St., Steve Heck Room, Boston. 617-747-2150. Free. Have a sweet tooth for Lil' Kim? Ever wonder what her popularity means for women in pop music? British music journalist, broadcaster, and cultural critic Jacqueline Springer talks about how the emergence of rap music is affecting the role of women in the popular music landscape, as part of Women's History Month events.

''Artisan Cheeses of the World With Ihsan Gurdal'' Lecture at 6 p.m., Boston University, 808 Commonwealth Ave., Room 117, Boston. 617-353-9852. $75, registration required. Batman had his bat cave, and this local superhero (at least when it comes to cheese making) has his own cheese cave. The owner of Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge and the South End shares secrets of traditional cheese making and aging methods. This is the first of a seven-part Cheese Certificate Course, offered through the culinary arts division of BU's Lifelong Learning Program.

FRI 4.1

Violinist Stefan Jackiw Music performance at 12:15 p.m., New England Conservatory, Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. 617-482-6439. Free. The final concert in the ''Music at the Meeting House: The Artist Diploma Series,'' cosponsored by WGBH 89.7, features the luminous talent of this 19-year-old NEC student, who is already considered one of the greatest talents of his generation.

SAT 4.2

10th-Anniversary Studio School Celebration Shindig at 6 p.m., Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext. 1. $10. Celebrate local artists at this fete honoring the Cambridge Center Studio School, which provides rigorous, affordable classes for artists at all levels. Work by the program's alumni will be shown, with music provided by former Jonathan Richman backup singer Ellie Marshall.

MON 4.4

''The Funambulist and the Two-Year Old'' Artist's talk at 4 p.m., Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Living Room, Cronkhite Graduate Center, 6 Ash St., Cambridge. 617-495-8212. Free. Exhibit (in the Baker Room, Agassiz House, 13 James St.) runs Mon-Fri noon-6 p.m. Through April 22. Sculptor and Radcliffe Institute Fellow Wendy Jacob discusses the adaptive spaces she creates for people with specific physical attributes, from toddlers to high-wire artists.

''Breaking Ranks: Iraq, Two Views From the Trenches'' featuring a debate between Iraq War veterans at 6:30 p.m., Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market Building, Boston. 617-373-5800. Free. Expand your consciousness of the Iraq War at this Ford Hall Forum event, sponsored by Northeastern University. Speakers include Iraq War veteran Mike Hoffman, who founded Iraq Veterans Against the War; and Paul Rieckhoff, who founded Operation Truth, an organization that wants to provide Americans with an accurate picture of what's happening in the war in Iraq. 

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