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Shadows and light

In Spanish artist Eva Navarro's world, it's not necessarily the bigger picture that matters, but rather the minutiae. In ''Solar Time," her exhibit at MPG Contemporary that ends tomorrow, Navarro paints an abstract landscape of solitary images lifted out of context and awash in sunlight and vibrant pinks, blues, yellows, and greens. In each one, she explores the concept of time, with long shadows lingering across paintings such as ''Steps on Green" and ''Bicycles." It's the first time Navarro is exhibiting individually in the United States, and the show's 20 paintings span the past five years of her work. Navarro explains on her website, ''As background themes, I express solitude, and lack of communication in our society, the stress and rush of life, but also peace, meditation and calmness through the characters that appear on my canvases." It's free, and gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
450 Harrison Ave., 617-357-8881.

Don't bring the kids

It's hard to imagine some of the instructional films shown in schools in the 1960s and '70s making the leap to our modern times. How, for instance, do you think parents would react to a film about Goldilocks and the Three Bears made with a real girl and real bears? Hmm. We smell school counseling for the traumatized kiddies. By today's standards, the 16mm classroom films of yesteryear are wildly entertaining and prime fodder for Skip Elsheimer, founder and curator of the A/V Geeks film archive. Tonight and tomorrow, culling from their library of 14,000 films, the A/V Geeks bring their treasures to the Coolidge Corner Theatre at midnight. Tonight's ''Blackboard Bungle" series will feature films that relayed the perils of school life in the '60s and '70s, including such gems as ''Lunchroom Manners" and ''How Quiet Helps at School." Tomorrow night, it's ''Kids and Kritters," with films that show schoolchildren interacting with live animals. We can only guess what ''Skipper Learns a Lesson" and ''Kitty Cleans Up" might entail. Tickets: $6.
290 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-734-2500.

Bring your cha-cha heels

From the very first time we laid eyes on him, we knew Rick Berlin could throw a fabulous party. It was 2003, and Berlin, fronting the now-on-hiatus Shelley Winters Project, was opening for the B-52's at Brockton's Campanelli Stadium. As he shimmied across the stage and yelped his vocals, we wondered how Fred Schneider was going to compete with this man. Of course, we're incredibly late to the Berlin game; he's been a fixture on the local music scene since the early '70s. Tonight, you can catch him in action as he hosts the Cha Cha Club II at the Lizard Lounge. Get ready for an all-encompassing lineup that includes music (by the Mittens, the Weistronauts, Dru Toews, and Berlin), film clips by Dana Moser, scan art by Ben Mauer, a reading by Globe correspondent Sarah Tomlinson, and actor Hal Fickett doing whatever actors do at these kinds of shows. The evening begins at 8 with a set of tragicomic indie folk songs by Milo Jones, Boston's answer to Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra, all in one. Tickets: $10.
1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-0759.

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Yes, New Bedford and Fall River may be closer than the Cape, but they're certainly not your only options for a slice of Portuguese life. The Provincetown Portuguese Festival is in swing this weekend, with library and gallery exhibits, food tastings, live music (including tomorrow night's fado concert), street performances, and puppet shows for the kids; most events are free. For a full events schedule, visit And if you're staying over, be sure to visit the Thanassi Gallery tomorrow, when it inaugurates a new exhibit by Portuguese-American impressionist painter João de Brito.
234 Commercial St., Provincetown, 508-487-0233.

We were hoping that in honor of the upcoming ''Dukes of Hazzard" remake, tonight's Chefs in Shorts benefit would include some snug Daisy Dukes. Alas, from the photo we've seen, it seems this is a dignified lot more prone to khakis. From 7 to 9:30 at Eastport Park at the World Trade Center East, chefs such as Todd Winer (Olives), Jim Solomon (The Fireplace), Paige Retus (Metropolitan Club), and Andy Husbands (Rouge) are among several local culinary maestros who are raising funds for Boston MedFlight, an organization that provides air and ground transportation to critically ill patients throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Tickets are $60 and include beer, wine, and food tastings.
2 Seaport Lane, 617-385-5955.

Mia Anderson's Drag Kings, Sluts, & Goddesses, Jamaica Plain's premier women's, er, womyn's cabaret troupe, are in a festive mood. All this weekend they're channeling the spirit and sensuality of the African goddess Oshun, and best of all, you're invited to the party. Performances are tonight and tomorrow at 8, and Sunday at 7 p.m., at Eliot Hall. Tickets: $25 at the door.
7A Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, 617-983-2321.

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