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    When you drive by Southie’s Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, look for art on the 80-foot-tall LED marquee. That’s right, you don’t have to step inside a museum and pay admission because works by seven college students are right there at “Art on the Marquee.” Depending on when you do your drive by, you’ll see John Lafirira’s “Slow,” Hannah McGrath’s “Sunken Cities,” Youjin Moon’s “Landscape,” JiaYi Lin’s “Disappearing Horse,” and more. Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m. through June 23 (May 1 reception at 415 Summer St. 6:30-8:30 p.m.). Free. Outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., South Boston.


    In the nick of time The Consulate General of Israel to New England welcomes you to this year’s Jewishfilm.2014 , which kicks off with “Before the Revolution” (5:30 p.m.) and “For a Woman” (7:30 p.m.). The former is Dan Shadur’s documentary featuring interviews with diplomats and families who escaped Tehran before the Iranian Revolution. 5:30 p.m. (through May 11). $12, $10 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston (see website for films and venues). 781-736-8600.


    Bird man You might feel like you’re in a 1947 New York City bar at “Live Bird” when Jeff Robinson performs his one-man play about jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker. According to Robinson: “Charlie Parker was sort of a one-man show. He did revolutionize and define modern jazz.” May 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. $20, $15 students and seniors (table seating, cash bar). 21+. Multicultural Arts Center, 41 2nd St., Cambridge. 617-577-1400.


    It’s a dog’s life We are coming back as a dog so we only have to think about our next meal. For “A Dog’s World,” Brazilian painter Jose Luiz Carlomagno asked dog owners “How do you see your pet?” to artistically convey dogs’ awareness of their world. May 2 at 3 p.m. (reception 5-8 p.m.; through May 21). Free. Alternative Art Space, 450 Harrison Ave., Suite 309, Boston. 777-242-9567.

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    Mangiare We are also coming back as a pasta addict who eats her way through every Italian restaurant on the planet. We’ll start with “Taste of the North End” featuring more than 35 eateries including Antico Forno, Ducali, Filippo, and Taranta. May 2 7-11 p.m. $99 (proceeds benefit North End nonprofit organizations). DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, 561 Commercial St., Boston. 617-643-8105.

    Black and white The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda is on a mission to save the giant panda from extinction. At “Pandas: The Journey Home” you’ll see the team in action. May 2 at noon, 3, and 6 p.m. (through the summer). $10, $9 seniors, $8 ages 3-11. Museum of Science Mugar Omni Theater, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500.


    And they’re off We can’t guarantee you’ll become a winner at the races, but you will learn about the mint julep, Southern-style finger foods, and how to watch the races and host a Kentucky Derby party. Derby enthusiast and artist Dustin Todd Rennells presides over “Off to the Races: a Kentucky Derby Party.” May 3 5-7 p.m. $39 (registration required). Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430.

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