Boston-area to do list

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City of Light, camera, action

Paris streets, bars, dancehalls, theaters, darkrooms, and studios were the bubbling cauldrons that fueled iconic photographers like Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ilse Bing, Lisette Model, and Dora Maar. Approximately 100 pieces shot between 1918 and 1939 are on view at “Paris Night & Day: Photography Between the Wars.” (Pictured: “Lovers, Bal Musette des Quatre Saisons, rue de Lappe,” by Brassaï.) Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. through June 8 (Feb. 17 reception at 7 p.m.). Free. The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Devlin Hall 101, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill. 617-552-8100. www.bc.edu/artmuseum



Comedy tonight If you go to ImprovBoston armed with ideas, the Improvised Shakespeare Company will execute one of them on the spot. Yesiree, the Chicago-based improv troupe converts one audience suggestion into a Shakespearean tale without a script or rehearsal. Let the games begin. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $18. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253. www.eventbrite.com

Other people’s treasures Who’d have thunk a Pez dispenser could be a museum piece, but it’s true. “Berkshire Collects” is a public peek at private items owned by more than 40 Berkshire County residents including motorcycles, wind-up toys, insects, vintage guitars, antique toasters, oil cans, Star Wars toys, brass shell casings from World War I, duck decoys, international currency, doorstops, pedal cars, miniature books, bicycles, fishing lures, presidential memorabilia, cookbooks, toy soldiers, vintage Santa Claus figures, and antique telephones. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. through May 11. $13, $6 kids, free under 4. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171. www.berkshiremuseum.org

Boomerang basement If college tuition doesn’t get under control, those kids will be in your basement even after you sell the house. Find out what‘s going on at “Challenging Trends in Higher Education.” Donald E. Heller, dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University, will talk about increasing tuition costs,
affordability, and government accountability. 4 p.m. Free (reservation recommended). Lesley University Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., Cambridge. 617-349-8622. www.lesley.edu/heller


He is the greatest “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” The outside-the-ring life of the man formerly know as Cassius Clay is the subject of director Bill Siegel’s documentary “The Trials of Muhammad Ali.” A discussion accompanies the screening. Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. Free. Clark University, Sackler 121, 950 Main St., Worcester. www.communitycinema.org

Harpe on it Everything that warms us up goes to the top of our list, and it’s hard to top Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers. Harpe provides the country delta blues on guitar and vocals; Jim Countryman handles the ukulele bass. You handle the enjoyment from the 2012 Blues Artist of the Year Boston Music Award winners. Feb. 18 at 8 p.m.
No cover. 21+. Centre Street Sanctuary, 365 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. 617-942-8951. www.centrestreetsanctuary.com

Crazy Kat Katriana Huguet started writing songs at 15, and at 18 traded her Miami home for New York. Cuban-American singer-songwriter Kat Dahlia just released her single, “Crazy,” which blooms before the rapper’s full-length debut album, “My Garden,” due out this spring. UPDATE: The Feb. 18 concert at Brighton Music Hall has been postponed. No further information is available at this time.

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