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A couple of TV stars are in town for opening night of the Roxbury International Film Festival. Milton’s Elimu Nelson (above), from Showtime’s “House of Lies,” and Roxbury’s Michael Beach, from F/X’s “Sons of Anarchy,” will participate in a Q&A after the screening of Charles Murray’s “Things Never Said,” in which the local actors costar. 7 p.m. (through June 30). $10-$12 (at MFA and Massachusetts College of Art & Design). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.


One on top of the other At the new exhibit “Composite Landscapes: Photomontage and Landscape Architecture,” works by landscape architects and contemporary artists (including David Hockney), show how the old analog way of representing landscape architecture, the montage view, wins hands down in the diversity category. Wed-Mon 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs until 9 p.m. through Sept. 2. $15, $12 seniors, $5 students, free under 18. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston. 617-278-5156.

All things Cuban Here’s your chance to get the inside scoop on Ernest Hemingway, his work habits, moods, passions, and friendships. Author Raúl Villarreal talks about his book “Hemingway’s Cuban Son,” based on memories of his father, who was Hemingway’s confidant and friend. Part of “The Cuban Experience: Art, Literature and Dance.”6:30-10 p.m. Free. Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. 617-577-1400.


To thine own self be true Through their work, 28 artists deal with the powerful noun “self” and its powerful impact on society. Gender norms, ethnic identity, displacement, and more are examined in “Art/Identity.” Thursday hours are 1-6 p.m. (through July 20; reception July 11, 6-9 p.m.). Free. Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridge.


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Swear to it Do you have a favorite curse word? Do you feel better after you call someone a word we can’t use here? What’s with these two kinds of swearing: obscenities and oaths? What are the physiological effects of swearing? Melissa Mohr reads from her new book, “Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing.” June 28 at 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.

Paella party Leave Uncle Ben in the cupboard and learn how to make Spanish paella at this Friday Night Cooking Series. You and chef Rafael Pereira will prepare a pot full of scallops, shrimp, fish, mussels, chorizo, chicken, saffron, pimientos, peas, and tomatoes. We’re told that the evening includes sangria. June 28 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. $76. Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext. 1.


Movin’ out The retirement home just doesn’t cut it for three World War I veterans, so they plan their escape. Tom Stoppard’s translation of Gerald Sibleyras’s “Heroes” won the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for best new comedy. June 29 at 8:30 p.m. (through Sept. 1). $15-$50 (discounts available). Shakespeare & Company Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353.