PICK OF THE DAY
Isabella Stewart Gardner was a patron of the arts and of Swedish artist Anders Zorn. “Anders Zorn: A European Artist Seduces America” features paintings, drawings, photographs,
letters, and gifts from Zorn to Gardner. Included is his “Night Effect” from 1895 (pictured).
Feb. 28 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (through May 13). $15; $12 seniors; $5 college students;
free under 18, those named Isabella, US military and their families. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston. 617-566-1401. www.gardnermuseum.org
What a PigPen
Fresh from its off-Broadway production “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” the seven-member PigPen Theatre Co.
indie-folk band comes to Cafe 939 in support of its debut album,
“Bremen.” The band began at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and uses puppetry, movement, and lighting to create theatrical fables.
8 p.m. $12. The Red Room @ Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston.
Changing times When Mary Beth Meehan was growing up in Brockton in the ’70s and ’80s, the city was a melting pot for Irish, Lithuanian, Italian, Lebanese, and Greek immigrants. The Providence resident returned to her hometown to meet the new immigrants, and, according to the photographer, photos at “City of
Champions” are “meant to push past headline, nostalgia, and
stereotype and humanize this changing place.” Noon-4 p.m. (through March 3; March 2 talk at noon). $7, $3 seniors, free under 12 and
for everyone on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. The Griffin Museum of
Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester. 781-729-1158.
From Southie to Santa Monica Here’s another book about the guy in the orange jumpsuit. Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill penned “Black Mass,” and Lehr is in Newton to talk about their new James Bulger book, “Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss.’’ Using family records, letters, and prison files, the authors start in ’40s Southie and finish in Santa Monica, Calif. Feb. 28 at
7 p.m. Free. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Road, Newton Centre. 617-244-6619. www.newtonvillebooks.com
Pluckin’ and truckin’ Their music styles vary, but not their instruments. Bowfire is all about strings, and the ensemble covers jazz, classical, bluegrass, Celtic, and rock with choreographic and vocal support. Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. $34-$48. Symphony Hall, 34 Court St., Springfield. 413-788-7033. www.citystage.symphonyhall.com
The bells are ringing Hacking is not new. In the mid 20th century, the telephone system was the victim of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws who discovered and used its flaw to avoid the feds, roam around electronically, and pull the wool over the eyes of Ma Bell. Phil Lapsley will talk about the “phone phreaks” at
“Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell.” Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515. www.harvard.com/event/phil_lapsley
Brassy Let’s hang on to Mardi Gras a bit longer with heavy funk off the streets of N’Orleans from the 30-year-young Rebirth Brass Band. Feb. 28 doors at 7 p.m. $25. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St.,
Cambridge. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com