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Every year we write about the Student Loan Art Program Exhibition and Lottery, and every year we are amazed that MIT entrusts important works of art to college students. This year’s collection of prints and photos (more than 500) is by artists including Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Sol LeWitt, and Shepard Fairey. Aug. 29-Sept. 7 daily noon-8 p.m. (closed Labor Day; free brunch Sept. 7 at 11 a.m.). Free. MIT List Visual Arts Center, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4680. listart.mit.edu
Points of view The group exhibit “Abstract (Photo) Expressionists” shows what happens when artists offer their individual takes on line, shape, texture, design, and color. Tues-Sat 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through Sept. 9.
Free. Panopticon Gallery, Hotel Commonwealth,
502c Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 781-718-5777. www.panopticongallery.com
Marilyn moments Michael Phillips shares how his play “Goodbye Marilyn: A Love Letter” came to be: “I was walking in Harvard Square and saw a book in a window about Marilyn Monroe, and I was struck by how sad and alone she looked in the cover picture. The more I read about Marilyn the more I realized how utterly alone she was in those the last moments of her life. . . . This is our attempt to say goodbye properly . . . not to the icon but to the real person.” The reading is presented by Boston Actors Theater. 7 p.m. Free (donations welcomed). Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St., Boston. 617-267-8688. www.tridentbookscafe.com
Schooner than later It starts with the arrival of the vessels and ends (for the public) with the departure of the US Coast Guard Barque Eagle. In between, the Gloucester Schooner Festival offers the Parade of Sail, Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day, concerts, Parade of Lights, fireworks, and the Mayor’s Race. Aug. 29 arrival of vessels throughout the day (through Aug. 31; rain date Sept. 1). Gloucester Harbor and nearby waters. 978-281-0470. www.gloucesterschoonerfestival.net
The end We never imagined a reimagining of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” but the thought occurred to Laz Diaz who directed “Norte, the End of History.” Characters include a law student who commits a double murder, and a mother who wanders with her kids to seek redemption. Aug. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (through Sept. 6). $11. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/film
Faire play It’s that time of year when all thoughts turn to jousting knights, spit-roasted turkey legs, the King and his court, and wenches. No, we’re not talking about a typical day in Congress, it’s King Richard’s Faire. The Renaissance festival weighs in with eight stages of music, dance, and storytelling, plus the King and his court, and more. Aug. 30-Oct. 19 Sat., Sun., and Mon. holidays from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $29, $16 ages 4-11. 235 Main Street (Route 58), Carver. 508-866-5391. www.king
On the Lam Everyone lays claim to Cuban surrealist Wifredo Lam, the primitivists, Latin Americanists, magical realists, surrealists, modernists, and postmodernists. The retrospective “Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds” is more than 40 paintings plus works on paper by the artist who was born in 1902, the year Cuba won independence from Spain. Aug. 30 noon-5 p.m. (through Dec. 14; Aug. 31 reception 7-9:30 p.m.). Free. The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Devlin Hall 101, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill.