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If a fix of flowers combined with the beauty of words sounds appealing, head over to the Church Exhibition Gallery in the Lyman Plant House at Smith College. “From Petals to Paper: Poetic Inspirations from Nature,” features contemporary poetry of Li-Young Lee, Jean Valentine and Louise Gluck. Daily through Sept, 2, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ANOTHER GOOD BET
Serious writers say that the arrival of the Beatles in February 1964 marked a pivotal moment in American cultural history. For teenagers, it was simply the greatest thing that had ever happened. “The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes,” at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, looks back at those heady days. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15 general admission; www.springfieldmuseums.org.