Wednesday, July 24, 2024



Aggregation No. 1“Annabel Lost” at 8 p.m. today and Sunday at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.

If you expected Cambridge to be a bastion of challenging, experimental theater by new voices, your moment has arrived. Chameleon’s Dish Theatre’s “Annabel Lost” is an original work by writer-director Frances Kimpel that combines visual art and performance poetry with a montage of dramatic scenes to tell the story of Quetzal, an orphaned refugee of colonial wars, and an otherworldly companion. The four-person play looks at that relationship “as they try to build meaning for themselves within a foreign and destabilized framework,” and not much sounds more Cambridge than that. Still, as choreographer Charlotte Oswald says of the play, “I think that I am struck most by the deeply universal way that it explores love. Love of self, love of heritage, love of life and – most of all – love for another being, that intense, unshakably deep romantic love between two people for which English has no words.” Information is here.


Aggregation No. 2Boston LGBT Film Festival starting at 8 p.m. today, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $12.

Now in its 31st year, the festival showcases international, U.S. and local film, video and other media aimed at fostering awareness and community among LGBT and LGBT-friendly audiences. Tonight’s “Winning Dad” feature (with director Arthur Allen on hand) puts a dad and boyfriend together for a camping trip. Saturday brings feature films “Nerdgasm” (actor and comedian Tom Lenk will be on hand with this part-“dorkumentary,” part-concert film) and “Wasp,” about a weekend in the south of France filled with sexual tension, and two short-film anthologies, one with a “slice of life” theme, the other with a drag theme. Sunday includes a series of French short films and the feature “Xenia,” in which 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus go in search of their Greek father. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 3Caitlin Corbett Dance presents New and Recent Work from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $20 general admission (with a $2.09 online service fee), or $15 for students and seniors (with a $1.82 online service fee).

Choreographer Caitlin Corbett’s celebration of human quirkiness and challenging of traditional notion of beauty are on display at this night of works, including her newest, “smashnightinfinity” (a collaboration with dancers Leah Bergmann, Jimena Bermejo, Maggie Husak, Erin Koh, Rebecca Lay, Kaela Lee and Meghan McLyman) and a reworking of the 2006 “Flutter” a piece for 25 non-dancers set to the music of Marvin Gaye.

While “n.o.p.e.” (from 2010) and an excerpt from “Quiet Line” (2009) are included in the program, the centerpiece is “smashnightinfinity,” a set of disconnected vignettes about the random nature of human interaction. Corbett calls it “a collection of fully formed half-thoughts” intended to distill ideas to an essential emotional resonance. Information is here.


Aggregation No. 4Calamity #9 modern pop art variety show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free, but donations are appreciated and reserved space has already sold out.

This casual, fun traveling variety show includes a sideshow by Dr. Bones’ Circus of Marvels; comedy by Jenny Chalikian; theater by Kristina Spinney; music by Andrew Eckel and Jonah Sacks; dance and music by Amy Mastrangelo  and Meghan Riling; and dance from Rosella Calabrese, Cassandre Charles, the Costasis Arts Collective, Molly Hess and Amyko Ishizaki. There will be snacks – and of course, Aeronaut beer. Information is here.


Aggregation No. 5Kodak To Graph, Big Wild and Obesøn at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets for this 18-plus show are $10 in advance, or $12 the day of the show.

Iranian-Floridian producer Kodak to Graph, whose real name is Michael Maleki, makes meticulous electronic music with hints of the East and hip-hop as well as natural elements such as recordings of birds, flowing water and even ticking clocks that both captures the intensity and excitement of modern-day Los Angeles (Maleki’s current home) and at times is the closest you’ll come to living inside “Blade Runner.” At least it is on his debut LP, “ISA”; he’s also known to let those nature sounds inspire him into great, swirling bursts of wildness, such as on his meditative “House Plants.” Fresh from the South by Southwest music and technology festival, Kodak to Graph plays on a bill with the ambient pop of fellow Los Angeleno Big Wild and Toronto’s Obesøn. Information is here.