Five things to do this weekend: July 21-23
Toast & Moondream Tea open-air open mic from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville, Free, but contributions are welcome.
This open-mic event for the twee takes place the third Friday of the months between July and September, with Fallon’s Daily Toast and MoonDreamTea CloudBased Teahouse collaborating to share toast and tea along with stories, poetry, film and music. Participants are invited to bring instruments, poetry, stories and ideas to share – if they want. (The image above of the Growing Center is by SCATV. See the original here.) Information is here.
Fourth Annual Harvard Square Salsa Sampling and Latin Beats Dance Party from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday on Brattle Plaza, Harvard Square. Free.
Take a dance lesson and salsa the night away to Latin tunes from DJ D. Martinez, as well as sipping mocktails from Beat Brasserie and sample chips and a variety of the other kind of salsa from Harvard Square restaurants such as El Jefe’s Taqueria, Charlie’s Kitchen and others. Information is here.
“Marina” historical drama at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. Free, but tickets are first-come, first-served; reserve here and arrive 15 minutes before a performance to claim seats.
While adapted from Shakespeare’s “Pericles” and telling the tale of a child born on a storm-tossed ship, a princess abducted by pirates and enslaved in a brothel, and a long-lost daughter reunited with her parents, the story of Marina, princess of Tyre in ancient Greece, also acts as a preview of a new nonfiction account of Marina’s life by narrator professor John Gower. The show is also meant to interrogate how our stories are shaped by those who tell them, in Marina’s world and in ours. Information is here.
Haley Bryant outdoor concert from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday on the East Lawn at Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free.
Texan Haley Bryant is a second-year student at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and an extraordinary soprano – and she and fellow students will present an afternoon of songs and arias, part of a summer of free events, some more connected to the house’s role in history (i.e., as Gen. George Washington’s headquarters) than others. This one is just a sunny day listening to music on a lawn, and visitors are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Information is here.
Exceptional Minds’ Summertime Session 2 variety show from 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday at Out of the Blue Art Gallery Too, 541 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Admission is $10.
Live rap and hip-hop, stand-up comedy and dance party are combined in this summer blast with Andrew Cokebuntin, Fuzion, Gio DaVinci, L.U.C.C.I., Meraculous and J. Reed, S7ven Sinz, ’Vid the Visonary and Young Gwop (above). Information is here.