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Steve Briggs


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You might have seen works by Warhol, Matisse, Dali, Mondrian, and other famous artists, but have you laid your eyes on photos of the artists themselves? More than 60 “Portrait Photographs of Artists” are on view, part of the Worcester Art Museum’s permanent collection. Pictured: Robert Doisneau’s photograph “Picasso and His Loaves.” Wednesday hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (through July 14). $14, $12 seniors and college students, free under 18 and for everyone first Sat of the month 10 a.m.-noon. Worcester Art Museum,
55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508-799-4406.


No nukes It took only 11 months for John F. Kennedy to slow the proliferation of nuclear arms and create better relations with the Soviet Union. In his new book, “To Move the World," Jeffrey Sachs writes about how the effect of the Cuban Missile Crisis on Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev expedited their new relationship. The author will talk with radio host Christopher Lydon at “JFK’s Quest for Peace.” 6 p.m. Free. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. 617-514-1643.


Arts smarts Before you feast your eyes on art projects and performances at the Boston Public Schools City-Wide Arts Festival, attend the 9 a.m. opening where a report will be read about arts education and school improvement. Then celebrate the students and their talents at this first annual festival. June 6 and 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (June 6 9 a.m. opening at Ritz Carlton Boston Common, 10 Avery St.). Free. Boston Common Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common (also at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St., Boston on June 6). 617-635-9653.

Their roots and roots music Thanks to Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans wetlands need even more help, and getting the word out is Voice of the Wetlands All Stars headlined by Tab Benoit. Cyril Neville, Corey Duplechin, Johnny Vidacovich, and others lend their voices. June 6 at 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$47.50. The Wilbur Theatre,
246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Here’s to the ladies The guys from the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus are on a first-name basis with the ladies they honor at “Divas Unleashed!” There’s Barbra, Cher, Judy, Britney, Lady Gaga, Adele, Whitney, and Donna. June 6 and 7 at 8 p.m., June 9 at 7 p.m. $16-$46. John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley St., Boston. 617-542-7464.

Heart of hearts Béatrice Martin uses the stage name of Coeur de Pirate (French for pirate heart), and the French-Canadian singer collaborated on “Open Happiness,” the Coca-Cola theme song for the Vancouver Olympics. The only thing sweeter is Thursday’s show of pop tunes combining cabaret music, French lyrics, and indie sounds. June 6 at 8 p.m. $20. 18+. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275.

Oh Mario On tour to show off his new album, “Beautiful Things,” Mario Frangoulis will show off his skills at covering everything from rock anthems to opera arias. June 6 at 7:30 p.m. $25-$125, $12.50 students (a portion of the proceeds support the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans). Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.

In an earlier version, the price for Mario Frangoulis’ show was incorrectly listed.