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“Ernie Gehr: Picture Taking’’ is a series of three videos focusing on “verticality,’’ urban sightseeing, and the possibilities of the HD digital format.

“Ernie Gehr: Picture Taking’’ is a series of three videos focusing on “verticality,’’ urban sightseeing, and the possibilities of the HD digital format.


Digital discoveries Ernie Gehr has said that ‘‘Film is a variable intensity of light, an internal balance of time, a movement within a given space.’’ The avant-garde filmmaker started working with film in 1967 and digital media in 2000. ‘‘Ernie Gehr: Picture Taking’’ is a series of three videos focusing on ‘‘verticality,’’ urban sightseeing, and the possibilities of the HD digital format. Pictured: a still from one of the videos. Tue-Sun from 1-5 p.m. through April 1. Free. Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Sert Gallery, Harvard University, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-3251.


From blog to book In 2011, Chris Faraone blogged daily about Occupy Wall Street. The Boston Phoenix staff writer gained the trust of occupiers as he traveled across the country meeting people and reporting. At “99 Nights,’’ Faraone will read from his new book, “99 Nights With the 99 Percent: Dispatches From the First Three Months of the Occupy Revolution.’’ 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660. (March 1 at 8 p.m. at Good Life Bar, 28 Kingston St., Boston).


He said, she said We don’t have enough celebrity dirt, so here’s more at “Celebrity Autobiography,’’ presented by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Broadway’s Mario Cantone and Boston actors will read from Justin Bieber’s backstage confessions, Suzanne Somers’s poetry, and other tell-all tales. 7:30 p.m. (April 2 at 7:30 p.m. with a different cast). $25-$75. The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678.


Doing time and digging James Jiler is former director of the GreenHouse Project, a horticultural job training program for inmates at New York’s Rikers Island prison. At “Growing Potential: Gardening Behind Bars,’’ the author of “Doing Time in the Garden’’ will discuss horticultural therapy, the role of gardens inside and outside prison walls, and the transformations he’s seen. Cosponsored by Trinity Church and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. $20. Registration recommended. Trinity Church, 206 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-536-0944, ext. 225.

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From one shore to another As a child of Czech actors who moved from city to city behind the Iron Curtain, Marta Topferova was drawn to our country’s diversity when she came here at age 11. Czech, American, and Hispanic cultures influence her life, and tomorrow the multilingual singer-songwriter celebrates her new release, “The Other Shore.’’ Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. $22, $64 dinner and show. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Boston, 400 Soldiers Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.

Lots of shorts In 2000, Jeff Silva and Alla Kovgan founded the screening series Balagan to showcase fringe cinema in Boston. Tomorrow’s program of short films is from the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. (music at 7 p.m.). $10, $8 students and seniors. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6838.

The visitor “A Visit From the Goon Squad’’ won a Pulitzer Prize for Jennifer Egan. In her novel of redemption, Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha is his passionate, troubled employee. Egan visits Wellesley College. Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Free. Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-1000.

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