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Five things to do this weekend: Jan. 10-11

Five things to do this weekend: Jan. 10-11

School open house and Flip Flops family concert; Aeronaut’s Winter Seasonal party; “Marvin Gilmore: Crusader for Freedom” reading; CRLS Dance|Works show; and Pamangan! Filipino Pop-Up Dinner.

Only natural: ‘Drowning Cactus’ reading on Friday is in bookstore that’s in the book

Only natural: ‘Drowning Cactus’ reading on Friday is in bookstore that’s in the book

There’s a good chance for a meta moment Friday at Porter Square Books as Carrie Russell reads from her debut novel, “Drowning Cactus”: The novel includes scenes within Porter Square Books itself.

What #BlackLivesMatter protests look like from Cambridge and Somerville

What #BlackLivesMatter protests look like from Cambridge and Somerville

There have been no black people killed by police here as there have been recently in Ferguson, Mo., and many other places, and white faces account for many among protest marchers.

Five things to do this weekend: Nov. 29-30

Five things to do this weekend: Nov. 29-30

Three big holiday shopping markets; Indies First Day with local authors; Charles Hotel tree lighting; Old School Game Show’s Headbanger’s Balls to the Wall Free-For-All; Progressive string concert.

‘Lowriders in Space’ kids graphic novel ready for launch by artist on Wednesday

‘Lowriders in Space’ kids graphic novel ready for launch by artist on Wednesday

Somerville’s Raúl Gonzalez will be in Porter Square to introduce “Lowriders,” an introduction to science and a subculture with Oregon’s Cathy Camper.

After ‘Red Pencil’ brings her to Sudan, talk brings author Pinkney here tonight

After ‘Red Pencil’ brings her to Sudan, talk brings author Pinkney here tonight

A talk with author Andrea Davis Pinkney – such as tonight’s – is likely to be as inspiring a literary time as one could imagine.

What happened to America? ‘Unwinding’ author Packer gives answer Wednesday

What happened to America? ‘Unwinding’ author Packer gives answer Wednesday

The New Yorker’s George Packer talks about the new America in his ‘The Unwinding’ and at a free lecture Wednesday at Lesley University.

Monday reading: Ryan’s ‘Truth Be Told,’ Flora’s true crime comes to Porter Square

Monday reading: Ryan’s ‘Truth Be Told,’ Flora’s true crime comes to Porter Square

Boston reporter and thriller author Hank Phillippi Ryan is coming with the latest in her Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan series, and Kate Clark Flora is with her.

Reasons behind squeezing in bus stop don’t help pedestrians squeeze past it

Reasons behind squeezing in bus stop don’t help pedestrians squeeze past it

A new bus stop stretches across more than 60 percent of the sidewalk, is an eyesore and seems little used. Here’s why it’s here to stay.

Five things to do this weekend: Oct. 4-5

Five things to do this weekend: Oct. 4-5

Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo; MIT Press Loading Dock Sale; Pipeline! band reunion show No. 9; “Smoke This” Rib Fest; and punk rock Upstart Fest.

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