From trolls to goats ‘‘12 Sketches on the Impossibility of Being Still’’ and ‘‘The Last Norwegian Troll’’ are two of the films screening at the Best of the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival. If these titles aren’t enough of a tease, how about ‘‘I’m Fine Thanks’’ and ‘‘The Goat and the Well’’? Jan. 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. $10, $8 students and seniors (not suitable for children). The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103. www.icaboston.org


Ad man plus During his career at the Fannell Studio advertising company on Newbury Street, folks didn’t know that Ronald Walsh was also a painter. From 1952 to 1962, he created pieces influenced by Picasso and other avant-garde artists which are on view at “Ronald Walsh: A Painter Rediscovered.’’ Today from 3-8 p.m. (through Feb. 18; opening recpetion Jan. 28 from 5-7 p.m.). Free. AIB Gallery at University Hall, Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-585-6656. www.lesley.edu

More than Facebook In addition to brainiacs and Facebook, Harvard University produces as much trash as a small city. How does the university deal with all the refuse from residences, dining facilities, offices, clinics, and research laboratories? At “Stuff by the Yard: Campus Materials Management.’’ Rob Gogan, manager of Harvard Recycling and Waste Services, will talk about the school’s recycling and compost collection systems. Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. 6 p.m. Free. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3397. www.peabody.harvard.edu


Get real Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing’’ is a good play about a bad play. The Tony winner includes elements of romantic idealism, worthy causes, and an acting career are all thrown in for laughs. Presented by the Salem Theatre Company. Tonight at 7:30 (through Feb. 18). $22, $18 seniors, $12 students (name-your-own-price tickets for Jan. 26 and 27 previews). Salem Theatre Company Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-790-8546. www.salemtheatre.com



Paula Deen, are you listening? Emerson College professor Robbie McCauley wrote and performs in her one-woman show, “Sugar,’’ presented by ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage. The theater artist takes you on her life’s journey from Southern comfort foods to New York’s ’60s and ’70s avant-garde theater, and explores the pains and triumphs of living with diabetes. Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. (through Jan. 29). $25-$49. The Jackie Liebergott Black Box at the Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400. www.artsemerson.org


Icing Early New Englanders wanted cold, icy winters so they could cash in on their cash cow, ice. Historians at “Fire & Ice’’ at Old Sturbridge Village will demonstrate ice harvesting. Jan. 28 and 29 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $20, $18 seniors, free under 18 through Jan. 31 (admission includes free second-day visit within 10 days). Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830. www.osv.org

A wing and a prayer The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has a new wing and an old wound. In 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers broke in and stole 13 works of art. Author, stolen-art expert, and director of security for the Gardner Museum Anthony Amore will talk his book, “Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists.’’ Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. Free. Willowbend Country Club, 130 Willowbend Dr., Mashpee. 508-539-5461. www.willowbendcountryclub.com


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