Five things to do this weekend: Oct. 20-22 (For those not at the Head of the Charles)
House of Irreverence: A Night of Comedy, Community, & Debauchery from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Dante Club, 3 Dante Terrace off Craigie Street, in the Spring Hill neighborhood near Porter Square in Somerville. Tickets are $10.
This comedy party promises a casual and fun night out, broken up with sets by comics such as Shannon Connolly, Nate Lopez, Matt McLaughlin, Christine Cuddy, Mike Morrell, Jenna O’Brien, Ben Scuria, Bobby Smithney and Dana Jay Bein, with a cash bar, but free snacks and parking. (“Debauchery” and “surprises” are also promised. We’ll see.) Information is here.
Outdoor movie night in Harvard Square at 7:30 p.m. Friday on Palmer Street, Harvard Square. Free.
Bring a blanket. This time it’s the classic “The Princess Bride,” the inconceivably good and enduring 1987 meta-fairy tale of true love, pirate kings and tips on how to survive iocane poisoning, with the Harvard Square Business Association and Harvard Coop providing the chairs, fresh-popped popcorn and flick. Information is here. (For a deal second only to free, there’s a Cornetto Trilogy Marathon of “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Building 26-100, also known as the Compton Laboratories, at 60 Vassar St. for $7 for all three films, $5 for the later two and $3 for just “World’s End.”)
Halloween events, throughout the weekend, from free to $30.
People who love Halloween, check out Comicazi’s 17th Annual Halloweeniversary Party (all-ages, with food, music, games, a costume contest and raffle prizes from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the George Dilboy VFW Post 529, 371 Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville); the FEMS Spooky Open Mic & Costume Party (all-ages Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam event inviting costumed revelers to read spooky poems and enjoy music from DJ Black Venus from 10:30 a.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square); and the Boston Circus Guild’s fifth annual “Cirque of the Dead” (18-plus circus arts show with comedian Wes Hazard and Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square for $30).
People who love Halloween and might also have kids may especially want to check out the Free Pumpkin Decorating Day (a small pumpkin and decorations will be provided free to all ages from 10 to noon Saturday at Pemberton Farms, 2225 Massachusetts Ave., North Cambridge) and Odds Bodkin’s Halloween Performance (a professional storyteller and musician has “fun spooky tales for young families” – with children 4 and up – “to give you just enough chills for the Halloween season, but not too many,” for $10 in advance or $14 at the door from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the back room of The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville).
The 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.
This showcase for artists and writers of comics in Greater Boston has more than doubled in size since launching in 2010, adding a floor of attractions and a whole day of events. Look for an exhibition area with art and books from more than 200 vendors; special guests such as Liz Prince, Jason Shiga, Isabel Greenberg and Kazu Kibuishi; panel discussions; and workshops with techniques, tips and tricks for all ages and skill levels. (A free kickoff party takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Hub Comics, 19 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville.) Information is here.
A one-night-only glimpse at a new play in which big things happen. As playwright Kevin Kordis explains it, “An unexpected death upends the worlds of angels, demons and many exalted beings in between. Particularly affected is Lucifer M. Star, whose journey through the stages of grief for a friend he had thought immortal ignites a pursuit for the truth behind what really happened, even if it means literally bringing hell up to heaven.” Director Allison Choat and a cast of nine bring it to life. Information is here. (For a theatrical step up from staged reading to radio play, check out The Post-Meridian Radio Players’ “Tomes of Terror: Lenore,” a reading of Poe’s classic poem and three disturbing tales of ghosts, death and revenge for $15 at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Responsible Grace Church, 204 Elm St., near Davis Square, Somerville.)