Janice Zarro Brodman has been collecting tidbits about strange cultural practices – strange to us, anyway – since her time at Harvard, and has just published them as “Sex Rules! Astonishing Sexual Practices and Gender Roles Around the World.”
Jeffrey Eugenides reads from “Fresh Complaint”; The Future Arts Festival; Strindberg’s “The Ghost Sonata”; Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands; and 39th Annual Oktoberfest.
Cambridge held about one-third of roughly 350 countercultural organizations and businesses in 1970s-era Greater Boston, and Inman Square was home to about a dozen on its own. Author Tim Devin will reveal them Saturday during a free walking tour.
Four-day Campfire. Festival at Club Passim; Dire Literary Series with Himes, Salisbury and Page; Harvard Square Ghost Tours; Bread & Puppet Theatre’s “Our Domestic Insurrection Circus”; and Toni Bee at the Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam & Slam.
Dire Literary Series reading; “Fingersmith”; Philharmonic Funk presents “Under the Cherry Moon”; the No-Pants Subway Ride; and the silent Film “Metropolis” with live music.
Quilt and Widowspeak with opener Doug Tuttle; The Festival of Us & You & We & Them; Summer Readings (and screenings and writing); Dan Boulger comedy album release show; and the Cambridge Symphony’s Pops on the Lawn.
Gender equality advocate Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of “Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family,” implored a sold-out Brattle Theatre audience this week to stop upholding breadwinning over caregiving.
Dr. Gasp’s 13th Annual Halloween Extravaganza; Sarah Vowell reads from “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States”; Community Football Day; Speakers’ Circle with Art Collins and Neiel Israel; and Patsy Cline Tribute with Niki Luparelli.
What Tom Acitelli did for beer in “The Audacity of Hops: The History of America’s Craft Beer Revolution” two years ago – explain how craft beer turned around U.S. industry quality – he now does for wine with “American Wine: A Coming-of-Age Story.”
The Quay Brothers animation in 35mm (and Švankmajer’s “Alice”); the fourth annual Boston Teen Author Festival; East Meets West Block Party fundraiser; VivaLatino Cambridge festival; and the What the Fluff? Marshmallow Festival.