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In the Nick of time Ship’s captain and electrician are former jobs held by Nick Flynn. Writer and professor are current ones. The writer gig resulted in ‘‘Being Flynn’’ starring Robert De Niro, a film based on the author’s memoir ‘‘Another [expletive] Night in Suck City.’’ De Niro plays Flynn’s father whom the younger Flynn met while working in a homeless shelter 18 years after his father left the family. Flynn will read from and discuss his work as guest editor for Emerson College’s literary magazine, Ploughshares. April 4 at 4 p.m. Free (Q&A followed by 6 p.m. reading). Emerson College, 80 Boylston St., Boston. 617-824-3757. www.pshares.org

TUESDAY

How to The subjects of personal identity and racial politics made it to The New York Times Bestseller List in “How to Be Black.’’ Baratunde Thurston is in town to read from his book and entertain as a guest of ImprovBoston’s IB Presents series. Thurston is the cofounder of the black political blog Jack & Jill Politics, and director of digital for the Onion. 7:30 p.m. $12-$16. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253. www.improvboston.com

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Kind of awesome Journey through the bebop-to-cool-blues catalog of a jazz genius at A Night of Music Celebrating Miles Davis. The tribute is brought to you by trumpeter Phil Grenadier, saxophonist George Garzone, keyboardist Tim Ray, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Luther Grey. 8 p.m. No cover (reservations are recommended). The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069. www.beehiveboston.com

Boston brushstrokes At the turn of the last century, the Fenway Studios in the Back Bay were the artistic home to women pioneers in Boston and beyond. Erica Hirshler, Croll senior curator of American painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, will discuss them at “Studios of Their Own: Boston’s Women Artists and the Fenway Studios.’’6 p.m. $50 (talk and reception). Lenox Hotel, 61 Exeter St., Boston. 617-695-9720. www.friendsoffenwaystudios.org

Wonder-ful How do you feel about the overabundance of stimuli in today’s culture? Students from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts have a better approach at “Wonder Channel,’’ an exhibit of digital imagery and installations. Pictured: Still from Ali White’s “Prometheus 2.0.’’ April 3 and 4 from noon-6 p.m. (reception April 3 from 6-8 p.m.). Free. Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave., Boston. www.vimeo.com/wonderchannel

Bee positive The next time you think about ending the life of an insect, remember that they affect the environment and human life as plant pollinators and potential indicators of climate change. There’s negative stuff too, but let’s be positive. At “Learning From Insects: How Our World Is Shaped by Bees, Ants and Other Social Insects,’’ Tom Seeley and Bernd Heinrich will talk about their research. 6 p.m. Free. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045. www.hmnh.harvard.edu

WEDNESDAY

Stay connected Waves become the sky and land becomes ocean in Kathryn Frund’s “Interwoven Intimacies’’ at the Chase Young Gallery. The solo exhibit of new paintings is about connections great and small, and the fluidity of form and color. April 4 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (through April 29; reception April 6 from 6-8 p.m.). Free. Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-859-7222. www.chaseyounggallery.com

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