PICK OF THE DAY
In the 1970s, while some folks were busy falling off their platform shoes, artist and educator Florence Ludins-Katz and psychiatrist Elias Katz were busy establishing three California centers for artists with disabilities. “Create” showcases more than 135 works made over the last 20 years by 20 artists at the centers. Pictured: “Lamps, 2007-2010’’ by Jeremy Burleson. Aug. 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Oct. 6; second installment Oct. 22-Dec. 8). Free.
Cantor Art Gallery, O’Kane Hall, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester.
Previews of coming attractions Before you order tickets for the dream-pop act Wild Nothing at the Brighton Music Hall
(Sept. 20) and electronic musician Dan Deacon at the Paradise Rock Club (Nov. 13), give a listen to their latest albums (“Nocturne” and “America,” respectively, reviewed on Page 6) at Emerald Lounge’s “Wicked New Music.” The Tuesday listening parties play new releases by up-and-coming and established artists, acts, and DJs, and also feature themed cocktails, artist trivia, and giveaways. 6 p.m. No cover. Emerald Lounge, 200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-457-2626.
Not Judy Baritone Andrew Garland is known for his runs and trills (coloratura for you music mavens) and the Brown University faculty member shows them off at “La Bonne Chanson: A Celebration of French Song.” Pianist Alan Murchie accompanies Garland in a program of French songs by Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, Faure, and Bizet.
7 p.m. Free. Plymouth Public Library, 132 South St., Plymouth.
Memoir and morality Two writers share their work at Brookline Booksmith. Anthony D’Aries’s “The Language of Men” is a memoir about his father who served in Vietnam. Richard Hoffman reads poems from “Emblem,” a writing genre popular from the Renaissance until the 19th century. 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660. www.brooklinebooksmith.com
90 and counting It’s been 90 years since artists first showed their work in the charming red building overlooking Gloucester Harbor, and you can see some of their pieces in the same space at “NSAA at 90.” The exhibit celebrates the 90th anniversary of the North Shore Arts Association. Tue hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Sept. 18). Free. North Shore Arts Association, 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester. 978-283-1857. www.nsarts.org
Guilty or not guilty As a member of the advisory board of Northwestern University Law School’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, Theodore Grippo knows a thing or three about folks who got a bum rap. In his book “With Malice Aforethought: The Execution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti,” Grippo talks about recently discovered evidence that supports a conspiracy to frame two Italian immigrants who were convicted of murdering a payroll guard in a Boston suburb. 6 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Orientation Room, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400. www.bpl.org/calendar
Dear diary Stellina Restaurant feeds you appetizers and a main course of “The Lincoln Letter,” the latest historical suspense novel by award-winning author William Martin. Treasure seekers Peter Fallon and Evangeline Carrington are on a mission in Washington to find Abraham Lincoln’s diary. Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. Free. Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown. 781-354-6617. www.stellinarestaurant.com