Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Aggregation No. 1Funktoberfest from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $8 presale (or $9.43 including the online service fee) or $10 at the door.

This celebration adds DJ Brotherwayne’s spins of soul and funk 45s and vegetarian food options to an otherwise more traditional Oktoberfest celebration. It’s all here: polka sets by the Oktober Brass Boys, long tables set Bavarian style, German food and beer. The meal, including currywurst, sauerbraten, roast pork with sauerkraut and giant pretzels, is made with local, direct-from-the-farm ingredients, which is Cuisine en Locale style. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 2Sixth Annual Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lesley University’s University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square. Free.

Adults and kids who love independent and alternative comics, graphic novels and other visual arts flock to this weekend event – more than 2,200 people attended last year, setting a record and helping add an hour to this year’s schedule – presented by the Boston Comics Roundtable and Lesley University’s College of Art and Design. Also coming are more than 150 local comic creators, including special guests Gene Luen Yang, Ryan North, Lucy Knisley and Dustin Harbin. There’s an exhibition area with art and books, handmade mini-comics and ’zines, anthologies, graphic novels, prints and sketches, panel discussions and workshops for all ages and skill levels – for the first time, all translated with American sign language – in which artists share techniques, tips and tricks for creating your own comics. Sunday is geared toward younger comics fans and budding artists. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 3Sixth Annual Filmshift Film Festival starting at 1:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the screening room of The Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. It’s $10 to reserve tickets for a screening; pay-what-you-want at the door on a first-come, first-served basis; or free if the ticket cost is out of your budget, with 10 percent of gross ticket sales to be donated to Christopher’s Haven, an organization that finds no-cost or low-cost housing for families visiting Boston for childhood cancer treatment.

This indy-film festival accepts entries from around the world but has its share of local stuff, including by directors from Cambridge, Somerville and Boston and animation from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. There are more than 25 feature-length and short independent films in the festival, including a feature-length comedy about trying to make it as a bald actor in Hollywood and a documentary about the struggles of female soccer players in Zanzibar. A lineup of film and other information is here.

(Also this weekend is the even bigger Arlington Film Festival, starting at 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Landmark Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney St., Kendall Square. Information is here.)



Aggregation No. 4Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cambridge YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. General admission is $12, or $8 for students and seniors.

The full Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra will be at this first concert of the season to fulfill the organization’s mission: performing new and recent compositions, this time by David Harris, Darrell Katz, trombonist Bob Pilkington, Mimi Rabson and guitarist Norm Zocher. Since its founding in 1985, the JCA Orchestra has premiered more than 120 pieces by its resident composers, and it’s commissioned works by Muhal Richard Abrams, Marty Ehrlich and Wayne Horvitz as well as collaborated in performances with major jazz recording artists. The Montreal Gazette calls its work “music for mind and soul.” Information is here.



Aggregation No. 5Old School Game Show’s “Freaky Deaky, Creepy Crawly, Halloween Hellraiser in 3-D” trivia variety show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $15 to $25.

Old School Game Show – a live, interactive theatre experience in the style of a 1970s television game show, with audience members able to play and win prizes – opens its fall season with a house band, the spandex-clad Cubic Zirconia Dancers and a Halloween-time costume contest to liven things up even beyond the series’ usual level of vim. “The show combines elements of pub trivia, variety specials and comedy sketches to produce a completely unique trivia experience,” organizers say. “It’s all the fun of an afternoon spent rolling around in the rumpus room – without the rug burn.” Information is here.