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Joe Crookston (handout photo)

New York-based singer-songwriter, guitarist and fiddler Joe Crookston returns to the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield this Saturday night, April 15. Crookston was a 2005 contestant in the Rose Garden's songwriting competition and last performed at the venue in 2008. Opening the show will be Pittsburgh-based songwriter-poet Ben Shannon. Tickets are $18 in advance at www.rosegardenfolk.com, $22 at the door. Show starts at 8.

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The James Montgomery Band is playing at 8 p.m. Friday, April 14, at The Black Box, 15 West Central St., downtown Franklin. Montgomery formed the band in 1970 while attending Boston University and has since recorded six albums. He's also toured with the likes of Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. Tickets are $25. (www.theblackboxonline.com, 508-528-3370)

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Starting Saturday, April 15, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is presenting the largest exhibition of paintings by Sandro Botticelli ever shown in the United States. "Botticelli and the Search for the Divine" assembles 15 paintings by the master - loans from museums and churches in Italy and three works from the MFA, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Harvard Art Museums. Many of the international loans are on view for the first time in the US, including the life-size Venus (about 1484-90, Galleria Sabauda, Turin). It runs through July 9 in the Torf Gallery and also features a number of paintings by Botticelli's key contemporaries. (www.mfa.org)

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The 4th Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival runs from Saturday, April 15, to Sunday, April 23. The festival kicks off with the Newport Rhode Races through the city's daffodil-lined streets. There will also be a Daffy Dressed Doggie parade, Easter Sunday Tour de Jonquilles Bike Ride, Dabbling & Doodling the Daffys on Newport's Cliff Walk, a special NewportFILM Earth Day garden party and film screening, the first annual Sidewalk Parade of Hope and BBQ with costumes, music and dance, and a Driving Miss Daffodil Car Rally & Classic Car Display. Full schedule: www.NewportDaffyDays.com

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The Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove in Fall River is marking the anniversary of the Titanic sinking with a showing of the 1953 film "Titanic" at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15. Visitors can also check out the museum's 28-foot model of the Titanic used in the film, and each guest will receive a free Titanic model with paid admission. The RMS Titanic sank the early morning of April 15, 1912, and 1,500 people perished. It remains one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. (battleshipcove.org, 508-674-3533)

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Wheaton College in Norton is hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary "Do Not Resist" at 7 p.m. Monday, April 17, in Hindle Auditorium, Science Center. The feature-length film examines the militarization of police forces and its impact on American communities. It won the jury prize for Best Documentary Feature at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Director Craig Atkinson will be on hand for the free screening, as will Wheaton students and the college's police chief. (www.wheatoncollege.edu/arts, 508-286-3300)

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Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Ave., North Easton, is hosting a reptile program at 10 a.m. Monday, April 17. Naturalist Marla Isaac from New England Reptile and Raptor will explain the adaptations that make reptiles special, and you can take photos up close of the creatures. Reservations are not needed. The program is free but there is a parking fee of $5 per car. (508-238-6566, www.FriendsofBorderland.org)

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The 2017 Roving Eye International Film Festival runs Monday through Sunday, April 17 to 23, at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. The festival features more than 70 films from across the world, premiere works, professional panels, visiting actors and filmmakers. It's free for film-related events. At 5 p.m. Monday there will be a screening of the award-winning documentary "Pell," and a Q&A with the film's director, Steven Feinberg, in Global Heritage Hall, Room 01. The film examines the life and career of legendary Rhode Island Sen. Claiborne Pell. More info: www.film-festival.org/RovingEye.

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Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, 108 North St., Norfolk, is hosting a presentation on purple martins from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. The birds have always had a tenuous existence in Massachusetts, but within the last few years a colony is becoming established at Stony Brook. The presentation is free but pre-registration is required. Call 508-528-3140, email stonybrook@massaudubon.org, fax 508-553-3864 or do so in person. More info: www.massaudubon.org.

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