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In the beginning

Before “Spartacus,” “Lolita,” “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” “The Shining,” “A Clockwork Orange,” and other Kubrick gems, there was 1953’s “Fear and Desire.” The director’s rarely seen existential war film is the first out of the gate at “The Films of Stanley Kubrick.” Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. (through Feb. 7; series through Feb. 24). $11, $9 students and seniors (matinee prices available). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975.


Intercontinental Mary Dinkle is a lonely, overweight, 8-year-old girl from Melbourne who has a 20-year correspondence with New Yorker Max Horovitz, a 44-year-old obese, Jewish guy with Asperger’s syndrome. The claymation feature “Mary and Max” kicks off the ReelAbilities Boston Disabilities Film Festival. 7 p.m. (through Feb. 5 at several venues). $11. West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St., West Newton. 617-964-8074.

What’s in your closet? Ugly sweaters are not the exclusive right of the holiday season. Prove us right by wearing yours to the Ugly Sweater Party benefit for the Esplanade Association. Your ugly sweater will help prettify the Charles River Esplanade, and you will benefit from free apps, music, dancing, and a chance to win prizes. 7-10 p.m. $25. House of Blues Foundation Room, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 617-227-0365, ext. 103.


Flower power Before the Boston Flower Show plants itself at the Seaport World Trade Center (March 13-17), go gaga at Worcester Art Museum’s “Flora in Winter.” Arrangements include a Worcester Garden Club piece inspired by Paul Revere Silver Cases. Thursday’s “Flora Euphoria!” opening takes you back to the ’60s and ’70s. 5:30-8 p.m. (through Feb. 3). “Flora Euphoria!” admission is $25-$50 (reservations recommended). Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. 508-799-4406, ext. 3025.

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Have a seat Instead of couches, photographer Saul Robbins shot chairs in Manhattan psychotherapists’ offices for his exhibit “Initial Intake.” The clients’ points of view interest Robbins, whose series developed from a therapeutic relationship of his own. 1-6 p.m. (reception 6-7:30 p.m.; through March 17). Free. Griffin Museum at the Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-729-1158.


Truth be not told A rich young gentleman wants to impress the ladies in 17th-century Paris, so he makes up stories including ones about his military prowess. Things spin out of control in “The Liar,” David Ives’s adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s farce. Feb. 1 preview at
7 p.m. (through March 24). $15-$50 (discounts available). Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Shakespeare &
Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353.


The gentleman caller Amanda Wingfield wants what most mothers want for their daughters, a gentleman caller. In American Repertory Theater’s production of the Tennessee Williams classic, “The Glass Menagerie,” Amanda is played by Tony- winning actress Cherry Jones. Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. (through March 17). $25-$50. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300.