Saturday, March 2, 2024


Aggregation No. 1Take in the “Before …” trilogy in a Brattle triple feature starting at 3:15 p.m. Saturday at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square.

Richard Linklater’s 1995 open-ended love story  “Before Sunrise” got a surprise sequel and a bit of resolution in 2004’s “Before Sunset,” but few were expecting Linklater and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy to collaborate on bringing the story into its third decade in this year’s “Before Midnight.” Filmgoers who’ve grown up with Jesse and Céline since they met cute on a train to Vienna, and smart romantics in general, will want to get reacquainted at this $20 general admission triple feature. The historic theater also sells individual tickets to the films. “Sunset” starts at 5:30 p.m., and “Midnight” plays at 1 and 7:15 p.m.


Aggregation No. 2Catch Mary Bichner’s beautiful music in a beautiful setting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Bigelow Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St.

Composer/vocalist Mary Bichner performs with theTriple Strung Trio (violinist Yu-Wen Chen, violist Christopher McClain and cellist Nick Dinnerstein) and special guest violist Anna Stromer for a magical afternoon amid the singing stones and rainbow stained-glass windows of Bigelow Chapel in Mount Auburn Cemetery, among Cambridge’s most beautiful settings. Bichner promises a lively program of original classical-meets-pop works, beloved rock hits reimagined for a vocalist and string quartet and a cherished repertoire with a modern indie twist.

Classicists will recognize that this is not the typical two violin/one viola/one cello string quartet lineup; Bichner’s works are arranged for double-viola string quartet, creating a rich, warm musical palette with unique low harmonies sure to ring throughout the chapel.

The afternoon also features performances by vocalists Mali Sastri and Molly Zenobia and modern dancer Porcelain Dalya. Tickets are $15.



Aggregation No. 3Eat all the cookies you want and feel good about it at the Comicazi Cookie Clash, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave., Davis Square, Somerville.

This is the Davis Square comic book shop’s fifth annual bake-off where more than two dozen bakers make two dozen cookies each in three categories – chocolate chip, a bar cookie and a wildcard of their choice – resulting in up to 1,500 cookies, lines out the door and between $1,300 and $1,400 for Boston Partners in Education, a nonprofit supporting struggling students in Boston Public Schools. (The bakers compete for prizes in each category and an overall prize.) You can also get to-go bags of cookies. With all-you-can-eat cookies and coffee and milk to help them go down for $8 (kids under 10 get in for $4), you can imagine that lines into the shop get long. Salivate accordingly.



Aggregation No. 4Launch the Harvest Hoedown tradition in Inman Square at noon Sunday in Inman Square’s Springfield Street parking lot, just off Cambridge Street.)

The Inman Square Business Association is introducing a Harvest Hoedown to show off seasonally inspired dishes from the square’s many great chefs and bakers, including those at All Star Pizza Bar, Atwoods Tavern, Bukowski Tavern, City Girl Cafe, Hit Wicket, Olé Mexican Grill, Puritan & Co., Rosie’s Bakery and 1369 Coffee House. There will also be live music, activities for kids and a beer garden for the grown-ups. Organizers hope to see visitors in “Hoedown” duds such as cowboy hats, boots and plaid, with prizes going to the best-dressed. Tickets, which include a tasting sample from each participating restaurant and adult admittance into the beer garden for a pair of free 8-ounce pours, are $15 online or $20 at the gate.



Aggregation No. 5Hear the symphonic tragic beauty of “Leaving Home: Music of World War II” at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.

It’s hard to imagine anything of beauty coming out of a concentration camp, but two of the pieces at this inaugural show of the Cambridge Symphony’s 39th season were composed in the World War II camp at Terezin – and Béla Bartók wrote his contribution to the performance, his final work, after fleeing his homeland of Hungary.

The pieces: Antonín Dvořák’s “Violin Concerto in A minor,” with returning guest soloist Irina Muresanu, with Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra,” Viktor Ullmann’s “Overture to Der Zerbrochene Krug” and Pavel Haas’ “Study for Strings,” including a performance of David Post’s recent “Fantasia on a Virtual Chorale for String Orchestra,” commissioned by the event’s co-sponsor, the Terezin Music Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the musical legacy of composers lost in the Holocaust “and filling their unrealized artistic and mentoring roles with new commissions by emerging composers.”

The performance, music director Cynthia Woods said, “explores the powerful legacy of composers influenced by Dvořák’s generation, whose music responded to a world overtaken by war.”

The concert is $15, or $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online.


And there’s actually much more to do, including: A bake sale (with Iggy’s, Sweet Melissa’s and home-baked goods) to benefit the Deborah Mason School of Dance going from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 32 Cottage Park Ave.; The Big Queer Show with What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, two other bands, a DJ and emcee poet Jade Sylvan for $10 from 6:30 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday at Radio, 381 Somerville Ave., Union Square, Somerville; free original one-act plays at 8 p.m. Saturday at MIT’s Kresge Little Theater; and the Nameless Coffeehouse All-Stars Night at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Nameless Coffeehouse in the First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church St., Harvard Square, with multiple great poets and singer-songwriters for a $10 donation.