Five things to do this weekend: July 5-6
Mount Auburn is a National Historic Landmark and certainly one of the most famous cemeteries in the country, the final resting place of nearly 100,000 people – including famous ones such as poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and cookbook author Fannie Farmer – 700 species and varieties of trees, beautiful sculpture and landscaping and gloriously gloomy tombs and mausoleums. This 1.5-mile walking tour gives you its history as well as tales of the monuments and lives of the buried, which is good stuff to know for anyone who lives in Cambridge and wants to sound smart boasting about it. What could be more appropriate than boasting about history on Fourth of July weekend?
It’s not Dylan covering Depeche Mode (which really should happen) or Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails, but if you’re into roots music and the local scene or just want a good, quick survey of some top talent, this is a can’t-miss event: The record release of “Locals Covering Locals” at legendary Passim with performances by Chuck Melchin, Eva Walsh, Ian Fitzgerald, Mark Whitaker, Mark Kilianski and surprise guests. Each will do short sets with the song – crafted by another local performer – they chose for the project, an 11-song CD.
“Locals Covering Locals” was launched by Brian Carroll, creator and curator of the Red Line Roots music site, and brought to life with funding from the Passim Iguana Music Fund. Everyone at the CD release show will get a hard copy of the record as part of the admission, but the show will also be streamed on Concert Window. Information is here.
“Red Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” comedy show, from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave., Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $6.77 (or $8 with a service fee) in advance or $10 at the door.
Geek Comedy Night takes on “Planet of the Apes” and dumb 1980s favorite “Red Dawn” all at once, with its heroes pitted against the forces of Che-guerilla and his Guerrilla Gorillas. The comedy features R.A. Bartlett, Wes Hazard, Matt Kona, Steven Lyons, Tom Majkut, “The Nanobots,” Nick Ortolani, Anthony Scibelli and more, as well as the return of trivia game show “It Was Earth,” hosted by the amazingly revived writer and creator of “Planet of the Apes,” Rod Serling. Information is here.
The Zero Gravity Tour from 8:30 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at The Lizard Lounge. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
Four avant-garde acts perform oddities and musical magic, including “peculiar” songwriter Kathryn Dearborn of New Hampshire at 9 p.m.; The Rose Mortician, a project of Philadelphia- and Boston-based industrial cabaret artist Minerva Divine at 9:40 p.m.; Jaggery, a Boston five-piece band working the edge of a genre-defying musical style (darkwave jazz? ethereal avant-rock? chamber art-pop?) at 10:30 p.m.; and Victoria and the Vaudevillains, a zombie punk cabaret band from San Francisco, at 11:30 p.m. Fronted by Victoria Victrola, the Vaudevillains give a visually stunning performance with a sound ranging from soft and pretty to clanging, banging piano rock. Information is here.
If you’re in a meditative mood at the end of the weekend, stroll solemnly to The Sinclair to see Glass Animals out of Oxford, England, and Hundred Waters out of Los Angeles (with origins in Gainesville, Fla.), with Glass Animals giving off a Steely Dan/Donald Fagen kind of super-cool funk vibe and Hundred Waters a good complement from a completely different direction. How different? Hundred Waters, which has toured with The xx, was named after Austrian painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser, member Trayer Tryon told Vice magazine.