Remembering the Gardner heist
APPETIZING IMAGES 6 Bridges Gallery presents “Food as Art” by Julie L’Heureux, now through April 14. L’Heureux’s artistic influences in this examination of food and how to depict it include Georgia O’Keeffe, photographers Irving Penn and Don Giannatti, and the Dutch masters. 6 Bridges Gallery is located at 77 Main St., Maynard. For hours or for more information, call 978-897-3825 or go to 6bridges.gallery
RECALLING THE HEIST Powers Gallery announces “A Time and Place,” a group showing of paintings that evoke personal and public memories. Highlighted within this exhibition is “Out of Sight: Grief, Hope & Mourning,” a triptych of assemblage art in remembrance of the 13 works stolen exactly 28 years ago from the Gardner Museum, created by New Hampshire artist Robert Hauser. The exhibition will run from March 17 through April 21, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. On Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. Stephen Kurkjian, former Boston Globe Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of “Master Thieves, The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist,” will speak about the crime. (Snow date Saturday, March 24.) The Powers Gallery is located at 144 Great Road, Acton. For more info, call 978-263-5105 or go to www.powersgallery.com.
WOMEN AS ARTISTS Artist and educator Jane Blair presents a series of art talks on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 at St. Irene Church, 181 East St., Carlisle. Topics for upcoming talks include “Women Artists of the 20th Century” on March 14 and “Portraits in Art” on March 21. Admission is free; the program is sponsored by the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. To reserve a space, call 978-369-4898 or go to gleasonlibrary.org/calendar.
SURREAL EXHIBIT “You’re Only as Surreal as You Feel,” an exhibit of surrealist art, runs now through April 30 at ArtScape/Bradford Mill at 33 Bradford St., West Concord. For gallery hours and more information, e-mail email@example.com.
CINDERELLA FOR ALL Open Door Theater of Acton presents “Cinderella” March 16 to 25 at the Dragonfly Theater at RJ Grey Junior High, 16 Charter Road, Acton. With a cast and crew of over 150 people from Acton and surrounding towns, the production reflects Open Door’s inclusive philosophy to make theater accessible on both sides of the curtain. The cast includes people from age 9 to 76, spanning all ranges of abilities. The schedule includes three ASL-interpreted performances; an audio-described performance; and a sensory-friendly performance. All performances will be open-captioned using projections. Tickets for general performances of “Cinderella” are $12 each. For a complete schedule of performances, go to www.opendoortheater.org. For information specific to the sensory-friendly performance, go to www.opendoortheater.org/autismfriendly.
FOR BACH LOVERS The Peregrine Consort, a professional period-instrument musical ensemble dedicated to performing the cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, presents “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” (My heart swims in blood) BWV 199, written for soprano, oboe, strings, and continuo, with soloist mezzo-soprano Thea Lobo, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm St., Concord. Admission is free.
OPERATIC PREMIERE Opera del West performs the New England premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s “Second Nature,” an environmental fable set as a contemporary one-act opera at The Center for Arts in Natick on Sunday, March 18, at 7 p.m. This work follows two teenage dreamers through their exploration of what global warming has created, and how they convince the adults around them to make it right. Sung in English, the opera features Andrea Wozniak, Alyssa Weathersby, Nathan Rodriguez, and Emily Harmon. Before the opera, the performers will sing a prelude of art songs about nature in five languages. Tickets are $30 general admission and $25 members, and can be ordered at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 508-647-0097.