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    Claude Monet wanted to be close to the water, so the artist built his own studio boat that allowed the founder of the French Impressionist movement to capture the river environment in his paintings. More than 90 paintings, prints, models, and photos at “Impressionists on the Water” paint a picture of how proximity to France’s waterways informed their maritime-related work. Pictured: Auguste Renoir’s “Oarsmen at Chatou’’ (left) and Monet’s “Boats Moored at Le Petit-Gennevilliers.’’ Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Feb. 17 (third Thurs of the month until 9:30 p.m.; Opening Festival Nov. 10 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). $18, $15 seniors, $10 students, free under 18. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 866-745-1876.


    The short of it There are several categories, many films, and a lot to see at the Glovebox Short Film & Animation Festival. Animation, documentary, drama, narrative, music video, zombie, dance and performance, conceptual fine art, and family are represented by more than 50 short films by up-and-coming filmmakers. Included are the animated “Mr. Hublot” and the narrative “Noah.” 2 p.m.- midnight (2 p.m. family section). $6 per section, $30 all-day pass, free under 12. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.


    Green Hawaii If you’re not used to a chant for an opening track, give a listen to “Hawai‘i ’13” by Hawaii’s the Green. The reggae band’s JP Kennedy has said: “From the times of ancient Hawai‘i and even up to present day, chanting has been a part of our culture. It’s a way to start something important. When we chant, we ask for blessings, knowledge, and guidance . . .” Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. $18, $20 day of show. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.


    From and to An exploration of the state of black culture is wrapped up in films screening at “The Black Radical Imagination.” Discussions with curators follow screenings of “Afronauts,” “Reifying Desire 2,” “Mae’s Journal,” “Split Ends, I Feel Wonderful,” “The Changing Same,” “Quiescence Interrupted . . . Adumbrate,” and “Golden Chain.” This last film asks “Where will we go, given where we came from?” Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. $11, $9 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975.

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    Glitz and glamour Move over, Michael Douglas, because Martin Preston has paid tribute to Liberace for more than four decades (including a performance at the premiere of HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra” starring Douglas). At “Liberace!” the Las Vegas showman and pianist is accompanied by a rhinestone-studded grand piano, crystal candelabra, furs, a feathered cape, and more. Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. $35-$50, 32-$47 seniors, $25 ages 5-18. Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. 781-891-5600.

    Playing for change We caught a performance by Eden MacAdam-Somer who created wonderful sounds from her violin, voice, and feet (yes). The NEC faculty member brings her stuff to “Songs for Change, Songs for Peace” with Nedelka Prescod, Eric Lane, and others. Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. $10-$15 suggested donation (proceeds benefit Afghan band White Page). Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191.

    Meet and greet Sunday’s XX PlayLab: Meet the Artists gives you a preview of what’s in store for the upcoming season of the program that supports female playwrights. In attendance will be Boston-based Obehi Janice and Miranda Craigwell, and Washington, D.C.-based Natsu Onoda Power. Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Free. Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-426-5000.

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