Bits & Bytes: ‘Animals of the North’; ‘Haydn Seek’ at Saint James Place; neuroscience lecture at Simon’s Rock; ‘ESCAPE’ art talk; ‘Agriculture as the Heart of Environmentalism’

Three Haydn string quartets, including his “Joke” Quartet, will provide an evening of ambiguous beginnings and fake-out endings, mismatched dialogues between instruments, misunderstandings, musical pratfalls, pretend memory lapses, and digressions.