Boston-area to do list

Asian Art Museum


Magnificent seven

Today’s phrase is nanban art, which refers to works influenced by Nanban, the European missionaries and merchants (also called “southern barbarians”) who arrived in Japan during the 16th and 17th centuries. Nanban gems on view at “Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods” include seven folding screens showing Japanese encounters with visiting Portuguese traders and Jesuit missionaries. Noon-
5 p.m. (through June 2; Feb. 18 reception 7-9:30 p.m.). Free. The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Devlin Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill. 617-552-8587.


Unaccompanied Without hearing these college a cappella groups, which name floats your boat: the Rusty Pipes (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), PowerChords (Olin College), or the LowKeys (Harvard)? These are three of the groups competing at the Collegiate A Cappella ICCA Northeast Region Quarterfinals. 8 p.m. $17, $15 students. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261.

All hands on deck Until it warms up, fulfill your boating fantasies at the New England Boat Show, where you can play a remote-controlled boat docking game and the kids can be skippers of a radio-controlled sailboat regatta. Oh, and of course there will be plenty of power and sailboats, gear and accessories, seminars, and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (through Feb. 24). $15, free under 16. Boston Convention & Exhibition Center,
415 Summer St., Boston. 617-954-2000.



Rough rider The guy who inspired the teddy bear, was our 26th president, and received the Nobel Peace Prize is channeled through actor Ted Zalewski at “Mind, Body and Spirit: An Historical Interpretation of Theodore Roosevelt.” Check out the museum’s exhibits “Presidents on Stamps” and “Presidential Inaugurations Postal Memorabilia.” Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. $8, $5 seniors, $3 kids. Spellman Postal Museum, 235 Wellesley St., Weston. 781-768-8367.

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No filter Every family has a Thelma Harper, the woman who speaks her mind without a filter (yikes, we are our family’s Thelma). If you want to know how to cultivate your very own filterless femme, learn from the Emmy-winning pro at “Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show.” Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. $34-$54, $25 ages 5-18, $3 senior discount. Reagle Music Theatre, Robinson Theater, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. 781-891-5600.

A rockin’ anniversary This LA band with the lower case “d” celebrates its 20th anniversary. The adventurous dada encompasses prog rock, harmonies, and experimental/psychedelic rock . Give an uppercase welcome to singer/guitarist Michael Gurley, singer/bassist Joie Calio, and drummer Phil Leavitt. Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. $23. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston.

Long on shorts Animated shorts, live action shorts, and documentary shorts make up the Academy Award-nominated Short Films, which starts screenings Sunday with animation (11 a.m.), live action (2 p.m.), and documentary (5 p.m.). Feb. 17 at 11 a.m., 2, and 5 p.m. (through March 17). $10, $5 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103.