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New Wave Films


On the run

Kicking off the The Boston Festival of Films From Iran is “Closed Curtain,’’ a 2013 film by Jafar Panahi (banned by Iranian officials from filmmaking until 2030) and Kamboziya Partovi. When a woman on the run joins a screenwriter in hiding with his illegal dog (considered “unclean” under Islamic law), he thinks she is a spy. Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. (through Jan. 26). $11, $9 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/film


A bridge not too far Lisa Young’s inkjet print “Bridge” is a collage of bridges made from from travel postcards; Allison Bianco’s panoramic print “Mantunuck!” shows a rainbow over an eroding beachfront village. Kevin Thrasher’s Brown’s Island photos are of an out-of-use bridge and swimmers. “Bridge” connects the three artists. Noon-4 p.m. (through Feb. 22). Free. Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring St., Watertown. 617-835-8255. www.drive-byprojects.com

The stuff of life We’re all surrounded by stuff, and the artists of “Life of Materials” ask good questions. Emily Brodrick, Dena Haden, Emily Manning-Mingle, and Will Whelan ask: “Why do we keep certain materials and discard others? What do everyday materials tell us about their origins, how they have been used and by whom? How do artists interpret and rework the material within their lives to make meaning?” Wed-Sat noon-7 p.m. through Feb. 1 (Jan. 18 reception 6-8 p.m.). Free. Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridge. www.gallery263.com


His dream As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, take this opportunity to watch Dr. King deliver his iconic 1963 speech in its entirety. “I Have a Dream” also features footage of 1960s civil rights protests. Jan. 17 at 3:30 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Lower Mills Branch, 27 Richmond St., Dorchester. 617-298-7841. www.bpl.org

When the moon hits your eye . . . Our idea of making pizza involves a packaged crust and a can, but it’s different at the hands-on course “Making Pizza at Home” with Culinary Institute of America grad Sebastian Nava. The professional pizza maker will show you how to make the dough, shape the pie, and bake it up. Jan. 17 6:30-9:30 p.m. $80 (reservations recommended). Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext. 1. www.ccae.org


Send in the concert Ingmar Bergman’s film “Smiles of a Summer Night” was the inspiration for a 1973 Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler musical about the struggles of love. Emmanuel Music soloists and orchestra present “A Little Night Music” in Concert and welcome IRNE-winning actress Bobbie Steinbach in the role of Madame Armfeldt. Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. $30. Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-536-3356. www.emmanuelmusic.org

Totally awesome Bring your big hair, shoulder pads, leg warmers, and parachute pants to Norwell for “I Want My MTV: Featuring Rubix Kube.” Videos of Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, and Cyndi Lauper are accompanied by music from the ’80s tribute band Rubix Kube. Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. $29. The Company Theatre Centre for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. 781-871-2787. www.companytheatre.com

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.