NEW AT THE ROSE As students flock back to colleges throughout the Boston area, that sense of new beginnings can be felt inside campus museums as well. In the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, a range of exhibits opening this month greet incoming students, visitors, and the public.
“The Brood” represents a rare solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed American artist Lisa Yuskavage, covering the past 25 years of her work as an oil painter. “Multiple Deviations” showcases the sprawling installations made from the debris of popular culture by the late Jason Rhoades.
And “The Undisciplined Collector” is an attempt to evoke the year of the museum’s founding in 1961 by showcasing objects from the museum’s permanent collection, the university library’s special collections, the Department of Anthropology, the university’s Classical Artifact Research Collection, and even trophies from the school’s athletics department.
“We rotate the museum space fully and completely twice a year,” said museum director Christopher Bedford. “So there’s a kind of alchemy that goes into it, an intuitive and creative process.”
All three exhibits headlining at the museum will be open by Sept. 13. The museum, at 415 South St., Waltham, is free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m., with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 781-736-3434 or go to www.brandeis.edu/rose.
FOOD CLOSE TO HOME Australian-born executive chef Alastair Mclean of the restaurant Pantry in Natick is teaming up with Natick Organic Community Farm to celebrate the farm’s 40th anniversary of organic farming by serving a Farm-to-Table Feast on Friday, Sept. 11. With the exception of wine, everything on the menu will be sourced from within 3 miles of the restaurant. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m., with a welcome reception beginning at 7. Pantry is located at Verve-Crowne Plaza Natick, 1360 Worcester St. The prix fixe cost is $70 per person, not including tax and gratuity. For additional information or to make a reservation, call 508-416-1352 or go to www.thepantrynatick.com
CLASSIC CARS Kidde-Fenwal Fire Systems is hosting a car show on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 400 Main St., Ashland, featuring 200 vehicles including motorcycles, trucks, hot rods, muscle cars, and classic cars. Admission is free. Other attractions include live music, a 50/50 raffle, and food for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 508-231-2583.
POETRY THROUGH PAINTING “Poetry of Light,” a Framingham exhibition of recent paintings in oil, pastel and watercolor by Wellesley artist Roy Perkinson, will be on view at Fountain Street Fine Art Sept. 10 through Oct. 4, with a public reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and an artist talk and demo at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. The gallery is at 59 Fountain St., Framingham. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and by appointment. For more information, call 508-879-4200 or go to www.FountainStreetFineArt.com.
A MEMOIR OF RENT The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents “Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent,” a one-man musical theater performance starring Broadway and film actor Anthony Rapp and based on Rapp’s memoir of his experience acting in “Rent,” at Babson College’s Carling-Sorenson Theater, 231 Forest St., Wellesley. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Tickets are $25 - $60 and available at www.commshakes.org or by calling 866-811-4111.
CONSIDERING WATER The Belmont Citizens Forum, in conjunction with citizen groups in Arlington and Watertown, will hold a free, public, educational forum on stormwater called “Water Trouble: A Neighbor-to-Neighbor Dialogue about Storms, Floods, and Water Quality,” 7 to 9 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Winn Brook School in Belmont. Registration starts at 6:45 p.m. A panel of experts will discuss stormwater projects and issues relevant to all three communities, as well as green infrastructure, water quality and rivers, and infiltration strategies for urban soils. For more information, go to www.belmontcitizensforum.org, or e-mail email@example.com.
BRASS AT THE LIBRARY The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library present a free concert by the Quintessential Brass Quintet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, The library is at 35 Main St. For more information, go to www.mpl-friends.org.Send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.