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Fuller Craft Museum



Baskets are good for carrying things like picnics, and they can be works of art, too. “All Things Considered VII: National Basketry Organization Juried Exhibition” features 44 pieces of traditional and sculptural basketry in a variety of shapes, colors, materials, and styles, like Josh Simpson’s “Grandfather’s Basket” made from blown glass and copper wire, and Elizabeth Whyte Schulze’s “Shooting Star” made with coiled pine needles. Artist and NBO president Lois Russell will offer a lecture at the opening reception on Sunday. Pictured: Kari Lonning’s “Sea and Beaches.’’ Through Feb. 23. Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8, $5 seniors and students,
under 13 free. Thurs 5-9 p.m., free for all. Reception Dec. 15, 2-5 p.m., $14 for lecture.
Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton. 508-588-6000, www.fullercraft.org



Lay of the promised land Using interviews, historical documents, diaries, letters, and his family story, Ari Shavit examines Israel’s past and present in his book “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.” Shavit appears in the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Boston Jewish Literary Series. The discussion will be moderated by former Globe Middle East bureau chief Charles Radin. Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. $8. Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-965-5226, www.bostonjcc.org/bookfair

Two artists Paintings and drawings spanning the years from childhood to adulthood, including some “Inkies” (ink drawings), are featured in “Susan Loomis: An Artist’s Progression.” Oil paintings exploring themes of life and death are shown in “Amy Kelly: Transitions.” The exhibitions are presented by Unbound Visual Arts Inc. and the Harvard Allston Education Portal. Through Feb. 21. Mon-Thurs 3-7 p.m. (closed Dec. 20-Jan. 1). Harvard Allston Education Portal, 175 North Harvard St., Allston. www.edportal.harvard.edu

Movies on parade Filmmakers with Hollywood ambitions (or more modest goals) are invited to bring their work to Open Screen. The open mike night for movies shows films under 10 minutes long. Dec. 10, 7 p.m. $7. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500, www.coolidge.org


Legendary town James Joyce had his Dublin, Bruce Springsteen had his Asbury Park, and Circa Survive vocalist Anthony Green has Avalon, N.J. Singer-songwriter Green’s debut solo recording, “Avalon,” was recorded in the beach town of Avalon at the home of his fiance’s parents. He plays in Cambridge with Dave Davison of Maps & Atlases, and Psychic Babble. Dec. 11, 8:30 p.m. $20, $17.50 advance. 18+. Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

Words from the streets The Pilgrim, a literary magazine produced by Boston’s homeless community and edited by Atlantic columnist James Parker, comes out 10 times a year. Celebrate the second birthday of the volume of memoir, poetry, protest, prayer, and news from Boston’s streets and shelters at a reading with James Parker and the Pilgrims. Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660, www.brooklinebooksmith.com

Bern notice Prolific singer-songwriter Dan Bern has written a lot of baseball songs. Some of them fill his 18-track, 2012 release, “Doubleheader.” When he performed at Club Passim a few weeks ago, he played one for the hometown crowd. Bern returns to Cambridge for another gig, and maybe another rendition of “(Whatever Happened to) The Curse” starring Koji, Big Papi, and other key Red Sox personnel. Dec. 11, 8 p.m. $30. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org