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The MFA Boston has activities for all on its extended Friday night hours. (Courtesy MFA)
The MFA Boston has activities for all on its extended Friday night hours. (Courtesy MFA)
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Fridays are about to change — especially at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which will stay open late on Friday nights.

Starting March 18, the MFA will welcome visitors until 10 p.m., allowing more time for art, dining and fun with friends and family.

Need inspiration and ideas?

How about dinner at the New American Cafe, a full-service restaurant in the Shapiro Family Courtyard that resumes dinner service during the new evening hours. On March 18, keep up the St. Paddy’s Day spirit with shepherd’s pie and Guinness.

On March 25, the cafe and the MFA’s other eatery, Taste, a cafe and wine bar in the Linde Family Wing, will debut food and drink specials connected to the MFA’s upcoming exhibition “Turner’s Modern World” on view March 27 through July 10.

In the offing are Art in Tune, April 8, 6-8 p.m., an evening of performances highlighting the MRT’s musical instrument collection.

Visitors are invited to take advantage of reduced general admission of $5, available on-site the day of Art in Tune, starting at 5 p.m. Come wander the galleries and discover music from all over the world.

And save the date for Art in Bloom. Kicking off on April 28, the popular festival of fine art and flowers returns to the MFA galleries for the first time since 2019 and features 50 floral interpretations of artworks by New England designers.

For info and other programs, visit mfa.org.

Gallery notes

ARTIST RECEPTIONS: Gallery Z on Market Street in Lowell celebrates Jack Kerouac’s centennial with an exhibition of selected works by David Martsolf, inspired by the life, words and spirit of Kerouac. It is on view through March 27 with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. … The nearby Brush Art Gallery and Studios, also on Market Street in Lowell, hosts an artist reception on from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday for the North of Boston Print Collaborative show. It continues through April 9.

ARTIST OF MONTH: Lowell-area artist Glenn Szegedy is Artist of the Month for March at the Whistler House Museum of Art. Making art for the last 20 years, he retired early from a human services career, returned to school at age 40 and earned a bachelor’s in fine art in drawing and sculpture from the University of New Hampshire. He works from his Dracut home studio after being a resident artist at Western Avenue Studios for 10 years. He has exhibited throughout New England and his work is in many private collections. He is also a curator and teacher. He has spent the last three years creating portraits, a genre that has led him to see the importance and beauty of individuals — the everyday people who create the rich, diverse communities around here. “Lowell has a wonderful, varied community with faces that create beautiful portraits,” he says. An avid gardener and landscaper, Szegedy will continue to divide his time between working outside and creating art. His art is on view at whistlerhouse.org.

SAVE THE DATE: Loading Dock Arts, the nonprofit based at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, will host a campuswide multicultural event at Western Avenue Studios and Lofts the weekend of July 16-17. On tap are local, culturally diverse art, music, food, fashion, film and the spoken word. There will be a month-long exhibit at Loading Dock Gallery featuring work by area BlPOC artists. A planning meeting was held recently, and more info is soon to come. But save the dates and get ready to sample the city and region’s diversity.

Nancye Tuttle’s email address is nancyedt@verizon.net.

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