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Galerie Anita Beckers


Silent memoir

Lillian Gish was serious enough about her craft to experiment with starvation, intense heat, and bitter cold to get into character. The silent film star is the subject of “Stacy Steers: Night Hunter,” a series of collages from engravings, illustrations, photos, and silent films. In some cases, Gish is cut out of scenes and inserted into the collages; in others, the collage materials are applied to printed film frames. March 12 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (through April 21; closed March 16-24). $3 suggested donation. Tufts University Koppelman Gallery, 40 Talbot Ave., Medford.


A music arsenal Darcel Wilson and the Rhythm & Soul Project kick off the JAZZ @ The Arsenal series. Wilson, a Berklee College of Music instructor in the Ear Training Department, will fill your ears with original music plus tunes by Bill Withers, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, and others. 7:30 p.m. (additional concerts April 8 and May 20). $20, $15 students. Black Box Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487.

Gone a Stray Maya de Vitry returned to Pennsylvania from France after busking as a fiddler. Oliver Craven returned to Pennsylvania after traveling around North America as a vocalist, fiddler, and guitarist. The two joined voices and added bassist Charles Muench to form the Stray Birds . The acoustic trio celebrates its self-titled debut album. March 11 and 12 at 10 p.m. $7 suggested donation. 21+. Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-354-2685.


The world in Belmont The wide lens for Belmont World Film’s “Found in Translation” features international films covering fertile ground from Argentina to Zambia. The former is represented by “Chinese Take-Away” about a reclusive collector of freakish news events who reluctantly takes in a young Chinese immigrant.
7:30 p.m. (through April 29). $11, $9 students and seniors. Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont. 617-484-3980. www.belmont

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Planted paintings Alexandra Rozenman has said: “I am strongly inspired by my personal reinterpretation of everyday life — a family dinner, a flea market, or just looking out the window of my studio. . . . My paintings are imagined spaces with stories implanted in them like plants into the earth.” The Russian-born artist’s playful paintings are on view at “transplanted” . Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. through April 8. Free. The Multicultural Art Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge. 617-577-1400.


From banks to Bob and B.B. As a kid traveling with her musical father, Jewel sang at veterans clubs, bank openings, biker bars, and honky-tonks all over their home state of Alaska. Fast forward and the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet has sung for Pope John Paul II and President Clinton, and with Bob Dylan and B.B. King. March 12 at 8 p.m. $55-$75. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

All paths lead to Masada About 2,000 years ago, 900 Jews tried to escape from the Roman armies and survive on the mountain of Masada. In “The Dovekeepers,” Alice Hoffman tells the story of four brave women who arrive from different paths. March 12 at 7:30 p.m. $8. Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-965-5226.