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Paintings by three generations of Indian artists are side by side with works by international artists including Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, and Andrew Wyeth at “Midnight to the Boom: Painting in India After Independence.” The paintings are from the Peabody Essex Museum’s Chester & Davida Herwitz Collection. Pictured (from top): Ranbir Singh Kaleka’s “Family 1’’ and M.F. Husain’s “Lighting Horses.’’ Tue-Sun and holiday Mondays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through April 21. $15, $13 seniors, $11 students, free under 17. Peabody Essex Museum,
East India Square, Salem. 978-745-1876.


Learning with laughter Remember the TV show “What's My Line?” where a panel of celebs guessed contestants’ unusual occupations? At “You’re the Expert,” comedians try to guess what guest experts do in their “somewhat obscure” fields. You’ll learn the “what” and hopefully more by the end of the night. 8 p.m. $12. Oberon,
2 Arrow St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-495-2668. www

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Miniature maritime After you find out how to get a ship into a bottle and why the USS Constitution is called “Old Ironsides,” go impress your friends. The USS Constitution Museum and members of the USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild will provide the answers, and there will be more than 50 models to take in at this commemoration of the War of 1812. Daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through March 23. Donations encouraged. USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22. 617-426-1812.

Switching hats As an associate professor in the guitar department at the Berklee College of Music, Bruce Bartlett teaches students who are the same age he was when he started his music career as a session guitarist in New York. The jazz-funk-blues guitarist switches from teacher to performer Tuesday night with his Bruce Bartlett Trio. 8:30 p.m. $7, $5 students. Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330.


For Good Will locals wonder where Marblehead native Ann Leary got the material for her latest novel? “The Good House” is set in Wendover, a fictional North Shore town, where Hildy Good carries on with her psychiatrist and drinks a lot of wine to deal with her loneliness. Leary lives in Connecticut with hubby, Denis, the actor. Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.

From soup to nuts Students at the Berklee College of Music get roll-up-your-sleeves experience in the record biz during Heavy Rotation Records class. The music business and management majors run every detail of their label and present their Heavy Rotation Records Epic Event concert of students and alums performing from the upcoming Dorm Sessions Volume 8 compilation of rock, pop, funk, hip-hop, and electronica. Feb. 6 at 8:15 p.m. $8, $12 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261.

Spin city This year’s DJ Magazine “Top 100 DJs” list includes DJ Arty at number 28. The 23-year-old spinner and producer visits the Estate Wednesday for an evening of music, dancing, and partying. Feb. 6 from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $30. 21+. The Estate, 1 Boylston Place, Boston. 617-351-7000.

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