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In 73 minutes you’ll feast your eyes on TV, outdoor, online, and movie commercials by British advertising agencies and production companies. “The British Arrows” features “minute masterpieces” (according to the New York Times), including one about a couple whose relationship is saved by Ikea. (Pictured: Ikea’s “Playing With My Friends.”) 7 p.m. (through Jan. 4). $10, $5 students. The Institute of Contemporary Art,
100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3100.


Waxing encaustic Today’s word is encaustic, an art technique in which pigments are mixed with hot wax. See how 22 local and national artists execute their craft at “65°: An Exhibition of Contemporary Encaustic Art.” The title refers to the process of heating the beeswax to about 65 degrees Centigrade. Thursday hours are 6-8 p.m. (through Dec. 22). Free. Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St., Somerville.

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Words to live by Isabella Stewart Gardner was an avid art collector and reader, and the latter is the focus of “Word Play” in partnership with Grub Street, a center for creative writing. Create a piece of book-based art and a short poem, attend a talk about Gardner and her museum, and listen to the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. 5:30-9 p.m. $15, $12 seniors, $5 college students, free for students in the University Membership Program (includes museum admission). Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 the Fenway, Boston. 617-278-5156.


See and hear Pick your literature poison at Stonecoast Reading Series: A Night at the Theatre . Norah Bird will perform “Stolen Girl Song” by Elizabeth Searle and there will be poetry, fiction, memoir, and nonfiction readings. Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. $10. The Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.


The short and long of it Until the summer solstice arrives we’ll make do with the Scandinavian “Legend of the Mistletoe,” the Greek legend “The Coming of the Days of Peace,” and instrumental melodies that celebrate the shortest day of the year. Storyteller Diane Edgecomb is accompanied by Margot Chamberlain and Tom Megan at The Winter Solstice in Legend and
Dec. 21 8-10 p.m., Dec. 22 4-5 p.m. $25 (Dec. 21 for adults and ages 12 and older), $20 (Dec. 22 family event for 8 and older). Loring-Greenough House,
12 South St., Jamaica Plain. 617-522-4335.

Sailing Printmaking in Japan became an art form in the 20th century, and “The Creative Process in Modern Japanese Printmaking” shows off the MFA’s collection of shin hanga (collaborative method) and sosaku hanga (solo artist). Don’t miss the “Sailboats” 1926 collection of large prints by Yoshida Hiroshi. Dec. 21 from 10 a.m.
-4:45 p.m. (through Aug. 17). $25, $23 seniors and students 18 and older, $10 ages 7-17 (free times also available), free under 7. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300.

Two mysteries The Harvard Film Archive solved a mystery for film distributor StudioCanal UK when it found in its collection a rare, 91-minute 35mm print of the US release version of Robin Harvey’s 1971 cult classic “The Wicker Man.” An investigator heads to a Scottish island to look for a missing girl and finds Celtic pagan rituals, agricultural conspiracies, and a spiritual crisis. Get in on the horror at “The Wicker Man” Resurrected. Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge.

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