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Great Scott

For his long-awaited return to Boston (it’s been 20 years), English pianist Graham Scott tackles a difficult program of César Franck’s 1884 Prelude, Chorale and Fugue and Alexander Scriabin’s Piano Sonata No. 9 (known as the Black Mass Sonata). Other pieces on the Piano Masters Series setlist are Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major (Op. 109) and Schumann’s Piano Sonata No. 1 in f-sharp minor (Op. 11). March 11 at 8 p.m. $15, $10 seniors, free students. The Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall, 8 the Fenway, Boston. 617-912-9222.


Taking a stand According to playwright Melinda Lopez: “The protagonists of each are cut from the same cloth. They are smart, scrappy, and practical survivors who are at their most vibrant when faced with impossible obstacles and who make a stand against tyranny.” The “each” are the Cuban zombie comedy “Juan of the Dead” and Lopez’s “Becoming Cuba.” Part of the Stage & Screen collaboration between Coolidge Corner Theatre and Huntington Theatre Company, the screening is followed by a talk with Lopez and “Becoming Cuba” director M. Bevin O’Gara. 7 p.m. $10.25. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500.

Still life Eight international films share this year’s Belmont World Film theme of “Home Is Where . . . ” The cinematic door opens with Jean-Paul Salomé’s “Playing Dead,” a whodunit shot in the Alps about an unemployed former movie star who plays a dead victim in a crime scene reenactment. Mondays through May 5 at 7:30 p.m. (except April 14). $11, $9 students and seniors. Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont. 617-484-3980.


The uncommon cold We have a few names for this frigid winter, but none is as good as what early-19th-century folks called the winter of 1816: “Eighteen-Hundred and Froze-to-Death.” The exhibit “Over the River and Through the Wood: An Uncommonly Cold Season” displays winter clothes, a farm journal, and a restored sleigh. Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat noon-3 p.m. through March 31. Free. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798.

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Photographic history While she managed United Nations programs in Burkina Faso, and after, Dr. Brenda Gael McSweeney took lots of photos. Images at “Brenda Gael McSweeney: West African Women’s Empowerment” cover education, workloads of women and girls, and the impact of technology. Monday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (through April 12). Free. Boston Public Library Faneuil Branch Gallery, 419 Faneuil St., Brighton. 617-782-6705.


R&R In 2006, after 14 years on the road together, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines added marriage to their musical union. Newton-bred harmonica player Raines and Brooklyn-born vocalist-guitarist Rish-ell bring some of her Berklee College of Music students to their Johnny D’s show. March 11 at 8 p.m. $12, $14 at the door. Johnny D’s,
17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004.

Solving a mystery Dizzy spells, hearing loss, and strange dreams bring Jimmy Picard, a Native American Blackfoot and WWII vet, to a military hospital where Georges Devereux, a French anthropologist and Native American researcher, is charged with figuring out what’s going on. The men become friends in director Arnaud Desplechin’s “Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian.” March 11 at 4:30 and 7 p.m. (through March 13). $8, $7 seniors and kids. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837.

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