A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: Shakespearean tragedy, comedy for a cause
Redbones 22nd annual Bike Party from 5 to 9 p.m. at Redbones, 55 Chester St., Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $15. (Rain date: June 25)
This annual block party offers free valet bike parking so you can enjoy the food, drink and the anticipation of winning with the raffle ticket granted as part of admission. (Additional raffle tickets will be available.) Information is here.
“We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories” reading and conversation with C. Robert Cargill from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free, but register here.
The screenwriter behind “Sinister” and co-screenwriter of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” (and former film critic who’s just launched a podcast called “Junkfood Cinema”) arrives with a book of short stories illuminating the strange, humorous, fantastical and diabolical. Horror novelist Joe Hill (“The Fireman,” “Strange Weather” and the comic book series “Locke & Key”) – who, if you think about it, has solid reasons for going with that pen name instead of his birth name of Joseph Hillstrom King – will share the stage for a talk with Cargill. Information is here.
B-Movies & Burgers with “Rock ’n’ Roll High School” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Friendly Toast, 1 Kendall Square. Free seating, but first-come, first-served starting at 6:30 p.m.
We don’t have an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, but at least you can enjoy the eclectic Friendly Toast menu while watching the anarchic cult classic “Rock ’n’ Roll High School” (1979). Information is here.
The future of opera is being written (and sung) right here, and Boston-based Guerilla Opera – that’s not a typo, that’s how the company opted to spell “Guerrilla” – is giving a first listen to its “A Dead Body,” based on the short story by Anton Chekhov with music by Mischa Salkind-Pearl and a libretto by Franny Zhang. It’s packaged with revivals of “Rumpelstiltskin” by Marti Epstein and “Pedr Solis” by Per Bloland with a libretto by Paul Schick. Information is here.
While The Comedy Studio’s own space is still under construction at the new Bow Market, host Rick Jenkins brings a lineup of comedians to the outside beer garden of its soon-to-be neighbor, which will serve its own lineup of freshly hopped beer. Comedians include Dan Boulger, Josh Day, Etrane Martinez, Arty Przychodzki, Kate Procyshyn, Carrie Ross (pictured) and Mike Roy Whitman.
The show, done in conjunction with comedian Nick Ortolani, benefits the Mystic Learning Center, where children need summer supplies – so patrons are asked to bring towels and water bottles to fill the children’s backpacks.Information is here.
Five-minute stories about the gadgetry that propels our lives – smartphones, pacemakers, GPS and Google, bionic limbs, instant messages, spaceships and laser surgery – power this edition of the classic true-stories show. Information is here.
MASS Leap: Louder Than a Bomb youth poets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free.
The spoken word nonprofit presents the five-member 2018 Brave New Voices Team, which will represent the state at the 21st annual Brave New Voices International Festival in Texas in July. (Last year, Mass LEAP’s slam team took second place in front of 3,200 people at the San Francisco Opera House.) Information is here.
“Othello” Shakespeare in the park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (and running with four more performances through Sunday before moving next weekend to North Cambridge) at Longfellow Park, 175 Mount Auburn St., near Harvard Square. Free.
Dream Role Theater performs Shakespeare’s bloody tragedy about a murderously ambitious couple who discover too late that they’re still vulnerable, including to their consciences and karma. Information is here.
David Lynch Weekend and “Twin Peaks Social” starting at 7:30 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. General admission tickets are $15.
Just binged the reboot of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” on Showtime and want more? Or preparing to read Lynch’s memoir, “Room to Dream,” available in hardcover June 19? The Brattle has you covered with this weekend event. For the kickoff “Twin Peaks Social,” folks are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite “Peaks” character. There will be coffee and doughnuts and lots of trivia and “Peak” footage to add to the surreal vibe. Other trippy Lynch staples on the docket for the the weekend include 1986’s “Blue Velvet,” which gave new meaning to Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams,” the very aurally freaky “Mulholland Dr.” (2001) and, for Fathers’ Day, the granddaddy of Lynch’s CV of surreal specialties, “Eraserhead” (1977) on a double bill with the movie prequel to the TV series, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” (1992). Information is here.
“Red Planet” talk with Kelly Beatty at 8:30 p.m. at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., Neighborhood 9, near Harvard Square. Free.
Mars gets an exploration up close and from afar with the help of 3-D imagery – glasses provided – as well as a discussion of the planet’s geologic history and the real odds of finding life there. The guide is Kelly Beatty, a retired Sky and Telescope senior contributing editor and center staff member since 1974. Information is here.
“Her Sylvan Ascent” premiere dance performance at 8:30 p.m. in Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Square, Somerville. (Standing room is open to the public; limited seating is available for advance purchase for $20.)
Jody Weber’s dance work is performed outdoors by Whitney Cover, Lizbie Harbison, Shannon Humphreys, Caitlin Klinger, Kristy Kuhn and Jennifer Roberts. Information is here.
Making clear that brains and sex can go together, “Get You a Girl Who Can Do Both” leaps from a successful run in Philadelphia to combine TEDx-style presentations with live burlesque in Boston. Honeytree Evileye (the burlesque moniker of human sexuality professor Timaree Schmit of Philadelphia) produces with Boston’s Elsa Riot, who has a background in human rights and development, primarily in the refugee field. Information is here.
“Othello” Shakespeare in the park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (and running with three more performances through Sunday before moving next weekend to North Cambridge) at Longfellow Park, 175 Mount Auburn St., near Harvard Square. Free. Information is here.
Joe’s Jazz and Blues Festival from noon to 6 p.m. in Nathan Tufts/Powder House Park, College Avenue and Broadway, Powder House Square, Somerville. Free.
The brainchild of Mayor Joe Curtatone (who played trumpet in the Somerville High School Jazz Band) returns – starting with the Somerville High School Jazz Band. The lineup also includes Sugar & the Essential Spice, Jan Marie and the Mean Reds, The David Arteaga Quartet, The Coffee Grinders and Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers (pictured), playing everything from American jazz to Delta blues. Information is here.
“Othello” Shakespeare in the park from 3 to 4:30 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. (and running with one more performances Sunday before moving next weekend to North Cambridge) at Longfellow Park, 175 Mount Auburn St., near Harvard Square. Free. Information is here.
New England Underground Music Festival 3 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Hardcore Stadium, otherwise known as the Massasoit Elks Lodge, 55 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, with a second day Sunday. Each day is $10 in advance ($11.34 with the online service fee) or a $15 to $20 sliding fee at the door.
Some three dozen bands from around the region take part in this two-day Boston Hassle event highlighting music and performance ignored by mainstream audiences and media. The outdoor Day 2 culminates with three Boston rappers – Ill Addicts, Brandi Blaze and headliner OG Swaggerdick (pictured). Information and a schedule is here.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dance” with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave.
The orchestra collaborates for the second time with choreographer Gianni Di Marco as well as the New England Conservatory Women’s Chorus in a ballet performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s impish and luminous incidental music for Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The program also includes Ravel’s luxurious Suite No. 2 from “Daphnis et Chloé” and a fanfare by British composer Philip Sawyers, highlighting the CSO’s brass section. Information is here.
Fine art from nine local women in the Hear Me Roar collective are featured – and available for sale – in the woman-owned Bantam Cider taproom. Information is here.
17th Annual Historic Bike Ride in Somerville from 2 to 4:45 p.m., starting at Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., in the Winter Hill neighborhood of Somerville. Free.
Somerville’s Historic Preservation Commission and Bicycle Committee will explore the city by bicycle, escorted by Somerville Police riders, and end at the newly opened Bow Market in Union Square for refreshments. Information is here.
New England Underground Music Festival 3 from 3:30 p.m. to midnight at ARTFarm, 10 Poplar St., near Union Square, Somerville (or, if it rains, at Hardcore Stadium, otherwise known as the Massasoit Elks Lodge, 55 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square). The day is $10 in advance ($11.34 with the online service fee) or a $15 to $20 sliding fee at the door. Information and a schedule is here.