Wednesday, April 24, 2024


Aggregation No. 1“Searching for Sanctuary” storytelling night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church St./1446 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free.

This is the inaugural edition of a live coffeehouse storytelling event called The Froth (inspired by National Public Radio’s “The Moth”) where people are invited to come listen to or tell true stories without notes – prepared or recalled on the spot. The starting theme is “Searching for Sanctuary,” meant to elicit stories of fumbling for belonging, safety and a place to call home, whether the attempt succeeded or not. People are encouraged to bring snacks, beverages or dessert to share, and storytellers should keep to a five- to eight maximum length for this noncompetitive event. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 2Knight Moves grand opening party from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday at 1159 Broadway, Teele Square, Somerville. Free.

This just-opened board game cafe with hundreds of titles to play (and friendly customers to play with, if you don’t come with your own crowd) will usually charge for game play and the coffee and tea drinks it sells, but Friday’s grand opening offers free play after 7 p.m. as well as free cake. Information is here. (The Somerville Curiosity Shop art gallery and vintage popup store – open this month only – also has a weekend grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its 251 Washington St., Union Square, Somerville, location. Owners promise fun drop-in activities along with its “unusual-usual selection of curiosities, natural artifacts and art.” Information is here.)



Aggregation No. 3Seventh annual World Naked Bike Ride Boston starts at 9 p.m. Saturday (gather at 8 p.m.) at North Point Park, 6 Museum Way, NorthPoint. Free.

Meet up at 8 p.m. clothed and ride out an hour later in body paint, glitter, pasties, tighty-whities and even full nudity to tour Cambridge, Somerville and Boston. “The goal of this ride is to focus on bike awareness. Our nudity will demonstrate our vulnerability out on the city streets and the freedom that riding a bike can give you,” organizers say. “We will ride obeying all traffic laws while having fun and feeling free at the same time.” (An afterparty is traditional, but no location has been announced.) Information is here.



Aggregation No. 4W.C. Fields’ silent double feature from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $15 general admission.

Two 1926 silent films from legendary comedian W.C. Fields – “So’s Your Old Man” and “It’s The Old Army Game” – come with some impressive pluses: 35mm prints straight from the Library of Congress; live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis; and the insight of special guest Dr. Harriet Fields, granddaughter of W.C. Fields. Information is here.



Aggregation No. 5Strip Zeppelin III at 8 p.m. Sunday at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $20 (but $5 off with use of the promo code “mistymountains”).

This blend of live Led Zeppelin tunes with burlesque and aerial artists comes from Niki Luparelli, producer of shows celebrating such icons as David Bowie, James Bond, Madonna and Prince. Burlesque performers include the Lipstick Criminals, formerly known as the Babes in Boinkland; Bettysioux Tailor; Malice in Wonderland; acrobatic aerial ecdysiast Fonda Feeling; Ginny Nightshade, Fem Bones, the duo Terrortits & Kid Vicious, and rope god Jack Silver. “Always sassy, brassy, and nigh to bursting from her bustier, Luparelli, cocktail in hand, leads her Zeppelin band the Misty Mountains and a breathtaking array of neo-burlesque performers eager to give you every inch of their love in tribute to the original Hammer of the Gods,” goes the  blurb for this event. Information is here.