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Fondazione Sella and the Decanea


From different angles

Photographer Vittorio Sella shot from the ground up and included people in his mountain images. Bradford Washburn captured snow-covered peaks from the open door of an aircraft and shot peaks without people. The work of these photographers and climbers is on view at “A View From the Top: Photographs by Bradford Washburn and Vittorio Sella.” Pictured: Sella’s “Big Crevasse, Glacier Blanc, Grand Sagne and Ecrins, August 13, 1888.” 24/7 through Feb. 25. Free. Panopticon Gallery at the Hotel Commonwealth, 502c Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-267-8929. www.panopticongallery.com


Framed Comic book illustrators Don Mathias Jr., Brian McFadden, Norm Feuti, and Elena Steier make us laugh . Their work is the subject of “Stripped.” Mathias pens the webcomic “Peanizles”; McFadden draws “The Strip” for The New York Times Sunday Review; Feuti’s strips are “Retail” and “Gil”; Steier’s work has been on Nickelodeon. Mon-Fri from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Feb. 15. Free. The Chester F. Sidell Gallery at the Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence. 978-685-2343. www.essexartcenter.org

Boil and balance According to Tamar Adler, cooking is about basics like “how to boil water,” “how to have balance,” and “how to live well,” all outlined in the former Harper’s magazine editor’s book “An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace.” Meet the author and enjoy a three-course dinner by executive chef Josh Lewin. 7:30 p.m. $50 (reservations required; optional wine pairing available). Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Boston. 617-723-7575. www.beaconhillhotel.com

The garage door is open If you like garage rock and the music
of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Rage Against the Machine, check out the Young Rapscallions . 7 p.m. doors. $12, $20 (6:30 p.m. meet and greet). All ages. The Middle East Upstairs, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-468-7619. www.ticketweb.com

A new order Works by these 10 artists should hang on the walls of Congress to see if the artistic “mayhem, humor, exaggeration, and compassion” succeeds in its goal to “undo the dynamics of power.” “Upsodown” celebrates the carnival spirit where rebirth and reinvention replace restrictions. Monday hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Feb. 22; Jan. 18 reception 6-8 p.m.). Free. The New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville. 617-964-3424. www.newartcenter.org

It started with lunch In an hour and a half, Harvard biology professor William (Ned) Friedman will cover the first 3 billion years of plants during his talk, “Plants, the First 3 Billion Years: A Reflection on the Nature of Evolutionary History,” at Arnold Arboretum (of which he is director). 7-8:30 p.m. Free (registration recommended). Hunnewell Building at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Boston. 617-524-1718. www.arboretum.harvard.edu


The 20 percent Six people made it to “30 Under 30: Spotlight Six” from a fall exhibit by 30 Boston-area artists. Painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture include “composite animals” in watercolor and pen by Sean Dunstan-Halliday and “chaotic webs of interconnected cables” by Rachel Hammerman. Jan. 15 from noon-6 p.m. (through Feb. 8; Jan. 17 reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m.). Free. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100. www.arsenalarts.org