Friday, July 12, 2024


Aggregation No. 1The Nineteenth Annual! Bugs Bunny Film Festival starting at noon Saturday and Sunday at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $7 to $10.

The Brattle Theatre hosts its 19th annual school vacation treat marathon of classic Warner Bros. cartoons, starting at noon Saturday with its “All Bugs Revue,” followed by a “Looney Tunes Revue” at 1:30 p.m. and “Daffy Duck and Friends” at 2 p.m. On Sunday, the “All Bugs Revue” starts at noon and goes every two hours through midnight, while the “Looney Tunes Revue” screens at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. (with a few promised surprises). Tickets are $10 for general admission (or $8 for matinees before 5 p.m.); or $7 for children under 12 and seniors. (Tickets are $8 for students and Brattle members.) The theater is at 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Event information is here.


Aggregation No. 2“Who’s sorry now? Songs of love, regret and revenge” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free.

Celebrate the flotsam and jetsam of Valentines Day with vocalists Robin Burrage, Pamela Enders, Marilyn Dake, Catharine David, Jennifer Lawrence, Gail Leondar-Wright and Marva Wooden, accompanied by Bill Duffy. “It’ll be fun, really,” organizers promise. Event information is here.



Aggregation No. 3“Lovecraft’s Unnamable Tales: A Live Radio Drama” from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Pandemonium Books & Games, 4 Pleasant St., Central Square. Free, but donations are encouraged.

Flat Earth Theatre promises that its live radio staging of four tales by horror author H.P. Lovecraft will “exemplify the horror of something unknown” – just  the way Lovecraft, creator of Cthulhu, would have wanted it. Set in the legendary city of Arkham, the troupe brings to life the Lovecraft tales “Hypnos”; “From Beyond”; “The Statement of Randolph Carter”; and the semi-eponymous story, “The Unnameable.” “Unnamable Tales: An evening of indescribable horrors” adapted by A. Lehrmitt and directed by James Hayward with sound effects from designer Kyle Lampe and foley artist Caitlin Mason. Event information is here.


Aggregation No. 4The Either/Or ensemble performs the music of Alvin Lucier at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Building W15, also known as the Chapel, at 48 Massachusetts Ave. Free.

Either/Or, an avant-garde music ensemble from New York City, has found an equally challenging composer in Alvin Lucier. Science and the physical properties of sound itself form the basis for much of the work of Lucier, 83, whose compositions often examine the acoustics of the building in which his works are performed. In this case, that’s MIT’s perfectly circular chapel, which is worth a visit in its own right. Lucier has used brain waves in live performance, generated images from sound in vibrating media and used close tunings with pure tones to cause sound waves to spin through space. Whatever Either/Or does with the chapel and Lucier’s work, it’s bound to be astonishing. Event information is here.



Aggregation No. 5“Celebrating Ella” at 3 p.m. Sunday at Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center at Tufts University, 20 Talbot Ave., Somerville. Free.

Maybe Lucier is a little farther afield than where you want your ears wandering. You can choose to also or instead get a glimpse into the life of the queen of swing, Ella Fitzgerald, through the performance of her most memorable songs by Tufts faculty vocalist Patrice Williamson with Mark Shilansky on piano; Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass; and Steve Lagone on drums. Event information is here.