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The animation portion of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Academy Award-Nominated Shorts: Animation, Live Action, Documentary includes the short “Wild Life.”

The animation portion of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Academy Award-Nominated Shorts: Animation, Live Action, Documentary includes the short “Wild Life.”

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The short of it Ah, school vacation week. Keep the kids entertained with the animation portion of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Academy Award-Nominated Shorts: Animation, Live Action, Documentary. Animation shorts include ‘‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’’ and ‘‘Wild Life’’ (pictured). Today at 11 a.m., (animation), 1 p.m. (live action), and 3:15 p.m. (documentaries). Through March 11. $10, $8 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-478-3103. www.icaboston.org

TODAY

Presidents’ Day The president won’t be at the Concord Museum, but one of our former presidents is in attendance to read the Gettysburg Address and talk about the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil War, and campaign debates. Steve Wood handles the presidential duties at “A Visit With Abraham Lincoln.’’ 3 p.m. $10, $5 children (museum is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with admission of $10, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 6-18). Concord Museum, corner of Lexington Road and Cambridge Turnpike, Concord. 978-369-9609. www.concordmuseum.org

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Off the page The words that don’t make it onto the printed page make for a good read at “From Pen to Print: The Handwriting Behind the Book.’’ Manuscripts on view with their books include correspondence, letters, postcards, and more by Robert Frost, Henry Thoreau, Edgar Allan Poe, and others. Today from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (through March 30). Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400. www.bpl.org/calendar

F major for food Boston-based musicians support hunger relief at the Music for Food benefit for the Greater Boston Food Bank. New England Conservatory faculty members and young Boston musicians will perform Duos by Bartók and Berio and the Brahms F major String Quintet. 8 p.m. Food, cash, or check donations at the door. New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-585-1260. www.musicforfoodboston.org

TOMORROW

Penn and pen Sean Penn starred in the film about slain San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk. Emily Mann wrote about the Dan White trial following the 1978 assassinations (Mayor George Moscone was killed, too) in “Execution of Justice’’ presented by the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre. Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. (through Feb. 24). $12, $10 students and seniors. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.bostontheatrescene.com

It’s a ritual Unaltered ritual voice and hand drumming is uncommon for most Cuban music groups, but not for Los Hermanos Arango. The seven-piece Cuban ensemble will be joined by Berklee College of Music students, faculty, and alumni. Feb. 21 at 8:15 p.m. $8, $12 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261. www.berkleebpc.com

Let the good times roll We’ll wear our unlucky beads from that Super Bowl to celebrate Mardi Gras, but we recommend attending Le Mardi Gras. The Beehive serves the gumbo sounds of Danny Heath and Wali Ali, and Chef Rebecca Newell serves Cajun fare. Feb. 21 from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. (live music from 7:30-midnight) No cover (reservations recommended). The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069. www.beehiveboston.com

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