Monday, May 20, 2024


Aggregation No. 1“Imaging & Reimagining” art reception and talk from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and performance event from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport. Friday’s reception and talk are free; the Saturday performance event has a $5 to $10 suggested donation.

This exhibit goes beyond photographs by Chelsea Scudder – it calls for public engagement to address the same questions considered by her photographs: How, in this age of a quickly changing climate, must individuals and communities creatively reimagine their relationship to places rural and urban, local and global. The reception cover the artist’s cross-country bicycle ride, which produced the photographs of bare feet on beloved ground, conveying literal connections to the earth, and video footage of interviews with her subjects. A recording booth will be set up to capture locals’ stories and reflections on place. The Saturday event adds classical and folk music and conversation, including a poetry reading, artist talk and open-mic storytelling, for a full evening curated by Scudder. The event showcases artists whose work is inspired by connection to place and environment. Music is by Floyds Row, Adrian Zemor and The Omaha Folk; poetry is by Kathleen Aguero; and conversation includes discussion with artist Leslie Bartlett. (To participate virtually, submit photos of your feet upon a beloved place in and around the city for incorporation into the exhibit and projected in an Instagram feed. Connect using #1000places1earth, turn on geotagging and write a bit about the place. See everything at Information about Friday’s event is here, and Saturday’s event is here.



Aggregation No. 2“Footloose! The Musical” performed by the CRLS Department of Visual and Performing Arts  at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s Fitzgerald Auditorium, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Tickets are $10. At least 100 tickets will be available at the box office the night of each show.

This musical based on the 1980s movie resurrects the tale about the small farming town where dancing is forbidden, adding Broadway-style, Tony award-winning songs to the existing soundtrack (which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts and sold more than 15 million copies). The show is put on by the always impressive performing arts team at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, where you can pretty much forget you’re watching high school performers save for the stunning amount of energy and enthusiasm poured into every performance. Runtime is about 2 hours, 20 minutes, including intermission. There are two more 7 p.m. shows Nov. 21-22, and a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 22. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 3Freezepop EP release show with Math The Band, The Lights Out and Madaila from 7 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday at Thunder Road, 379 Somerville Ave., Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $12.

Guys! Freezepop is back. The too-cool synthpop quartet out of Allston (members are Liz Enthusiasm, The Other Sean T. Drinkwater, Robert John “Bananas” Foster and Christmas Disco-Marie Sagan) with a thing for science, tech and math and calling out bike thieves has new tunes to play and a bunch of fellow bands to play with. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 4Growing Up and Growing In: A Dance Party from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $10 in advance (with a 30 cent online service fee) or $12 at the door.

This premiere performance by V5 Dance includes a half-hour performance of seven short pieces drawing on inspiration from everything from confronting mental health challenges to battling the monsters under the bed (some movement is inspired by children’s drawings of monsters, shown off by the dancers, above), aiming to immerse the audience by encouraging interaction with the professionals before opening the floor to a more traditional dance party. Doors are at 8 p.m. and the show is at 9:30 p.m., leaving plenty of time for fun and socializing before and after the performance. Tickets includes a free drink, and there’s a cash bar. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 5“Mahler’s Symphony No. 5” performed by the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. Tickets are $20 general admission, or $15 for students and seniors.

In addition to Mahler’s electrifying Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp major, the orchestra will be joined by acclaimed soprano Indra Thomas for Ravel’s haunting song cycle “Shéhérazade,” based on “The Arabian Nights,” launching a yearlong exploration of 20th century music ranging from Gershwin to Russian composers Prokofiev and Shostakovich and culminating in a June presentation of a unique ballet experience: Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” with world-class dancers and newly commissioned choreography in tandem with NorthEast ArtsSpace, a new performing arts collaborative. The orchestra works with a charity for each show; Sunday’s show spotlights the work of Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services and Mystic Valley Elder Services. Information is here.