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Choice offerings

With more than 60 events to choose from, the Highland Street Foundation is wreaking havoc with our decision-making process for Spring ArtWeek . Do we attend the “Photos and Hair-Dos” event at Anita Kurl Hair Salon, Boston (1-5 p.m. $50) and then book it over to the “Illuminating the Underpass” (above; 5 p.m. registration required)? The latter repeats on May 4 (8 p.m.), phew. April 25 at 1 p.m. (through May 4). Free-$50. Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Lowell. www.artweekboston.org


A pigeon hole There’s a website about it
(www.passengerpigeon.org), a song about it (“Martha [Last of the Passenger Pigeons]”), and now an exhibit about ectopistes migratorius, “Final Flight: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon.” What was once the most abundant bird in North America is no more, and the exhibit marks the 100th year of its extinction. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through February. $12, $10 students and seniors, $8 ages 3-18. The Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045. www.hmnh.harvard.edu

The pinstripe suits Music, solitude, humor, motorcycles, and urban decay are artistic engines for Kenji Nakayama. The Boston-based artist shows off his pinstriping technique at “Études,” 49 abstract works done with black paper, acrylic line work, and a white enamel finish. Thursday hours are 1-6 p.m. (through May 18). Free. Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave., Boston. www.fourthwallproject.com


Keystrokes You’ll recognize some of the tunes at
“Dizzy Fingers — Piano Pyrotechnics and Delectable Ditties.” “Come On-a My House,” “Whistle While You Work,” and “I Love a Piano” are a few of the “novelty” pieces to be performed by American Classics. April 25 at 7:30 p.m. $25, $20 students and seniors. Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington (April 27 at 3 p.m. at Pickman Concert Hall in Cambridge). 617-254-1125. www.amclass.org

Gail force If this excerpt isn’t enough to pique your interest in Gail Caldwell’s memoir, “New Life, No Instructions,” you’re on your own: “Most of all I told this story because I wanted to say something about hope and the absence of it, and how we keep going anyway. About second chances, and how they’re sometimes buried amid the dross, even when you’re poised for the downhill grade.” The Pulitzer-winning New York Times bestselling author and former chief book critic for the Globe is in Cambridge. April 25 at 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515. www.harvard.com/event/gail_caldwell2

A number of siblings Which sister are you? We’re sister 2, the one who dances in Lila Rose Kaplan’s black comedy “123.” The numbered sisters go to different foster families when their parents go to prison. Sister 1 is a history buff; sister 3 is never without her video camera. April 25 at 7:30 p.m. (through May 3). $20 (3 p.m. shows are pay-what-you-can at the door). The Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. www.freshinktheatre


Flower power These folks who know how to do more than snip the ends and fill a vase with water work their design magic at “Art in Bloom.” Garden club members and professional designers create floral arrangements inspired by pieces in the Museum of Fine Arts collection. The show also offers tours and demonstrations. April 26-28 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $25, $23 seniors and students 18 and older (additional discounts available; check website for ticketed events and additional programs). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/artinbloom

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