Wednesday, July 24, 2024



Aggregation No. 1Maple Syrup Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free, with donations accepted.

Groundwork Somerville shows how sap from local sugar maple trees is boiled down into pure maple syrup over a warm fire, then lets attendees taste the syrup while enjoying music and activities. Past events have included waffles and hot chocolate. This time there’s pancakes and cider (and syrup and T-shirts to buy). Information is here.



Aggregation No. 2The Second Annual Empty Bowls Project from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Puritan & Co., 1166 Cambridge St., near Inman Square. Tickets are $30.

Nice, warm soup dinner cooked by 1369 Coffeehouse, City Girl Cafe, Nashoba Brook Bakery, East Coast Grill, Ole Mexican Grill, Puritan & Co., East by Northeast, Trina’s Starlight Lounge and others promises to warm your soul as well, even while it keeps homeless women in Cambridge literally warm. After eating, you take home handmade bowls donated by local potters (including those at the MIT Student Art Association), and the money goes to the On The Rise homeless day program. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 3Microchondria II Launch Party at 7 p.m. Saturday at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free.

The call for work from writers and artists for Harvard Book Store’s second print-on-demand book of 500-word fiction went out Feb. 1; one short month later, “Microchondria II: 42 More Short Short Stories” is ready to roll off the presses. Get a copy (with your choice of four covers)  and hear readings by selected authors. Information is here.


Aggregation No. 4The Lousy Smarch Spectacular at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. Admission is $5.

For the love of god, get out of your skanky little apartment and go hear some live music. For $5 you get an hour of soaring, sexy prog rock with Schooltree at 9 p.m.; bright alt-rock (“glam without the glitter; seventies without the beards”) from The Daily Pravda at 10 p.m.; indie rock with heaping sides of power pop and Americana from The Rationales at 11 p.m.; and fuzzy, noisy surf-pop from Zerobot at midnight. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 5Silent films galore Saturday and Sunday at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, for a $25 admission: The Alloy Orchestra plays its live musical score to the 1926 classic silent film “The Son of the Sheik,” Rudolph Valentino’s final film – a swashbuckling romance in a beautifully restored print. This is the Boston premiere of the orchestra’s soundtrack. Information is here.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, for a $15 admission (or $12 for seniors and student): The Silents, Please series brings a rare W.C. Fields double feature – the D.W. Griffiths circus melodrama “Sally of the Sawdust” (1925) and the family farce “Running Wild” (1927) – to the 35mm big screen with live organ by Jeff Rapsis. “People are often surprised to learn that W.C. Fields was a popular movie star during the silent film era. How could that be? Wasn’t his voice, that unmistakeable nasal twang, an essential element of his appeal?” Rapsis asks. “But he was popular in silent films. And you can see why by coming to a great double feature of two of his best surviving silents.”