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    Under the sea

    The world’s coral reefs are disappearing at five times the rate of rain forests and could be defunct in our lifetime. These shapers of shorelines are the subject of the IMAX film “The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea,” a glimpse into a living city beneath the sea. Noon, 2, 5, and 7 p.m. (ongoing; recommended for grades 3 and up). $10, $9 seniors, $8 kids. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500.


    Pug and smug When his sixth-grade teacher didn’t believe that he and his friends could form a band in time for the school dance, Joe Pug rose to the challenge. When carpentry was no longer required to pay the bills, the country-folk musician said goodbye to his day job. The latest release by the Maryland-raised singer, songwriter, and guitarist is “The Great Despiser.” 9 p.m. $14. 18+. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000.

    A Rose is a Rose Peter Rose, the film, video, performance, and installation artist said: “Some of us work in a proximate relation with our intended audiences, speaking familiar languages so that the archetypes of our culture may be recognized; and some work out a self-creating interiority from which, if we are lucky, we bring back the shape of a newly imagined alphabet of feeling. I find myself oscillating between these two agendas and find the dialectic a productive one, a reflection of the complex, contradictory nature of our times.” Rose will be at “The Poetic Semiotics of Peter Rose,” screenings of his short films and videos. 7 p.m. $12. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700.


    Artistic diversity Black History Month is the perfect time to dispel cultural assumptions that black artists work only in figurative and representational styles. Six local artists at “Black By Popular Demand” also work in the geometric and lyrical abstract world through photography, mixed media, and painting. Mon-Sat from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through March 6 (reception Feb. 21 4-7 p.m.). Free. Northeastern University Gallery 360, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-373-2000.

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    Winter lovin’ Get in touch with your inner greaser with a skinny tie, product-infused hair, and black leather jacket. “Sing-a-long Grease” is the one that you want. 7 p.m. (through Feb. 22; costumes encouraged). $15, $12 seniors and kids. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.


    New works, old themes The artist’s palm, a recurring visual theme, represents the shift in his life when his partner exhibited signs of AIDS in 1981. “Lifelines: Recent Work by Avram Finkelstein” is a collection of collages, digital prints, photographs, and wood sculptures by the Brooklyn-based artist. Feb. 19 from 1-7 p.m. (through March 14). Free. UMass-Boston’s Harbor Gallery, McCormack Hall, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston. 617-287-7988.

    Action Get your adrenaline rush at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour when you watch action, environmental, and adventure films shot in remote and exotic locations. Feb. 19-21 at 8 p.m. $20. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-625-5700.