Saturday, July 20, 2024


Aggregation No. 1The First (and Probably Last) Annual Boston Feline Film and Video Festival for Humans at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square.

Hosts Mike Keegan and Jay Wertzler travel the country doing this: squeezing all of the trappings of a tony two-week film festival into two hours around playing locals’ cat videos. Come check out the local talent – if you’re the sort of person who likes consuming cat videos two hours at a time.


Aggregation No. 2Pipeline! Show Nos. 12 and 13 at 6 p.m. Saturday at Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville (This show is sold out, but standby tickets may be available for $25 each at 6 p.m. at the door) and at 6 p.m. Sunday at The Middle East Downstairs, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. (Tickets are $18 in advance, or $20 day of show.)

Great Boston area bands reunite as part of the monthlong “50 Years of Boston Rock 2014” commemoration of the inaugural broadcast of “Pipeline,” the local-rock show at Massachusetts Institute of Technology radio station WMBR.

Saturday starts with The Dambuilders and Gramercy Arms’ Dave Derby & friends at 6:30 p.m.; The Natives play at 7:20 p.m.; Drumming on Glass at 8:10 p.m.; The Rising Storm at 9 p.m.; Flying Nuns at 9:55 p.m.; Gigolo Aunts at 10:45 p.m. and The Cavedogs at 11:35 p.m.

Sunday starts with Ed’s Redeeming Qualities and The Breeders’ Carrie Bradley at 7 p.m.; The Underachievers play at 7:55 p.m.; Kenny Chambers and Electric Ears (playing Moving Targets songs) are at 8:50 p.m.; The Voodoo Dolls play at 9:45 p.m.; The Bags play at 10:40 p.m.; and The Gizmos (Kenne Highland’s ’70s Indiana band) play at 11:35 p.m.



Aggregation No. 3“Egyptomania: A Love Affair with the East” vintage belly dance fundraiser at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cambridge YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $20 (or $21.50 online) or $25 for priority seating ($26.50 online.)

Inspired by America’s fascination with Egypt and Egyptian adaptations of Hollywood style and western music, the Snake Dance Theater Co. shares a mélange of dances from the 1890s to the 1950s in a fundraiser for The Bantwana Initiative, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of families affected by HIV, AIDS and poverty in Africa.

This sequin-studded night includes performances by some of New England’s most acclaimed soloists and companies from the world of Middle Eastern and Tribal Fusion belly dance, along with live Middle Eastern music by Club Mediterranean. Featured are: Johara & Snake Dance Theater; Naraya, of Vadalna Tribal Belly Dance; Bevin Victoria, of Hybrid Belly Dance; and more. Information is here.


Aggregation No. 4Soul Clap & Dance-Off at 10 p.m. Saturday at The Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $10.

Jonathan Toubin will be DJing uncommon original 1960s soul 45s and have a guest selector (DJ Ty Jesso) and judges, with the winner of a dance-off earning a $100 prize. Judges are Saucy Lady, a singer, songwriter, DJ and roller-skater; DJ Paul Foley; Oliver Mak, also known as DJ Gucci Vuitton from Boston’s Bodega and the Fourth Wall Project; Avery Appleton, also known as DJ Savory Avery from Central Kitchen and Brick & Mortar; and Dann and Martha Paquette, of the Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project.



Aggregation No. 5Harvard Square’s 36th Annual Oktoberfest at noon Sunday in Harvard Square. Free.

Attended annually by more than 200,000 people, Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest features food from all over the world, arts, crafts, vintage goods, sidewalk sales and one-of-a-kind gifts. In addition to food, music, dancing, children’s activities, street vendors and lots of sampling, Harvard Square’s Oktoberfest boasts five beer gardens hosted by Alden & Harlow, Charlie’s Kitchen, Fire + Ice, Grafton Street and  John Harvard’s Brew House. New this yearL an authentic beer hall inside of Beat Hotel.

A noon to 2 p.m. Honk! Parade brings street bands from Davis Square to Harvard Square (a parade route is here.) so the activist marching bands can join the fun with the Harvard Square Oktoberfest & All Band Concert from 2 to 6 p.m. all around Harvard Square, with an all band concert to be held on the Main Stage and other bands playing sets on smaller stages around Harvard Square throughout the afternoon. A full schedule is here and a complete schedule of all Oktoberfest entertainment is here.