A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: Dance with Soul Clap, a jazz open mic, more
Shakespeare Slam from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. There is a suggested donation of $5 for admission. A Shakespeare open mic? That’s a must-see just for curiosity’s sake. There will be community theater groups, Shakespeare team trivia with prizes, Shakespeare sing-alongs and the chance to sign up to read a sonnet or monologue on stage. The event benefits the Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s youth education programs. Information is here.
Debut novelists Joanna Luloff and Heather Abel read from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Luloff’s “Remind Me Again What Happened” is the tense, haunting tale of a woman piecing together the mystery of her relationships after waking from a coma; Abel’s “The Optimistic Decade” looks satirically at the Reagan-Bush years and explores the spirit of idealism. There’s not much linking the two … aside from being two rising young writers with acclaimed first novels. Information is here.
Pajama Storytime and BYOPIcnic from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Pack a picnic, grab a favorite bedtime friend, put pajamas on and settle in for a nature- and garden-themed story time (geared for 3- to 6-year-olds, but all ages are welcome). Stories will be told from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and people are invited to hang around afterward for a summer night in the garden. Information is here.
Bill T’s Jazzy Open Mic & Vocal Showcase from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at La Fabrica Central, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free, but donations to the Musicians Economic Recovery Program are encouraged. There are tons of indie-style, singer-songwriter open mics out there; La Fabrica has something different – a house trio backing singers and instrumentalists who want to perform jazz, swing, funk, and R&B. Information is here.
NorthBeast Regional Team Slam II at the Boston Poetry Slam from 7:15 p.m. to midnight at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. There’s a $5 cover. This four-round poetry slam night is the second of two with teams bound for national competition, including Slam Free Or Die of Manchester, New Hampshire; Pulp Slam, based in Easthampton; the Mill City slam crew of Lowell’s Untitled Open Mic; and hometown heroes Boston Poetry Slam. There will also be an hour of open mic starting at 8 p.m. Information is here.
Game Night from 7 to 9 p.m. at CultureHouse, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Free. CultureHouse, called the “indoor public park” and “communal living room” of the new Bow Market center, hosts a weekly night of board and card games for friends, family and local strangers. Information is here.
Eat it Nerds: A “30 Rock” Quiz! from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Somerville Brewing, 15 Ward St., East Somerville. Play is $5 per person. We don’t usually hype trivia nights, but this one is so wonderfully specific and unique – about the great Tina Fey show that went off the air in 2013 after seven cultish seasons – that it merits mentioning. You’ll want to go to there. Information is here.
Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., in Neighborhood 9 just east of Fresh Pond. Free. Praxis Stage and director Jessica Ernst presents a tragedy that asks: How do you know if a ruler’s power is legitimate? Who makes the call, and what happens if the answer is no? When you find yourself in a destabilized world, what part do you play? Any relevance you detect is no accident – Praxis was founded in out of outrage over the election of Donald Trump as president “with the goals of linking theater with activism and producing plays that enter contemporary political crisis points and ongoing cultural conversations.” Information is here.
MicroChefs: An Evening for Curious Adults from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., in the Agassiz neighborhood near Harvard Square. Tickets are $15, including a drink ticket, four food tastings and free parking at the 52 Oxford St. garage. This 21-plus event looks at the microbiology behind making wine, beer, sake, coffee, kombucha, yogurt, cheese and chocolate. Information is here. Update on July 17, 2018: This event has sold out, and no tickets will be available at the door.
Mind Myths from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., in The Port neighborhood. Tickets are $15. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? Will playing Mozart to babies make them smarter? Researchers and brain enthusiasts share insights and bust a few long-standing myths in an evening of short presentations and fast-paced conversations about the mind. Information is here.
Resist(D)ance: Under Construction from 7 p.m. to midnight at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $20. The first two hours will be a forum for local artists and community leaders to engage in conversation and art making; at 9 p.m. comes a performance featuring poetry, dance and live music. The evening ends with a dance party at 10:30 p.m. All three parts of the evening aim to increase feelings of belonging for folks of color in the city and uplift its artists of color. Information is here.
Boston Festival Orchestra performs Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at University Lutheran Church, 66 Winthrop St., Harvard Square. Free, but register here. The first of two concerts in the summer’s inaugural Boston Bruckner Festival (the next is Aug. 17) inspired by what conductor Nathaniel Meyer calls exciting new musicological research into the historical interpretation of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies. Information is here.
“Moriarty’s Mysteries!” radio play from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boston Brunch Church (formerly Responsible Grace), 204 Elm St., Davis Square, North Cambridge. Tickets are $15. The Post-Meridian Radio Players present three mysteries in old-timey radio show style with sound effects created onstage, including tales of Vera Wolfe in “The Boy Who Cried Wolfe”; gentleman thief Arsène Lupin in “Sherlock Holmes Arrives Too Late”; and Sherlock Holmes in his duel against Moriarty, the evening’s host, in “The Final Problem.” Information is here.
“Risk!” podcast live show from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $26 (or $28.34 with the online fee). This show hosted by Kevin Allison of“High Maintenance,” “Reno 911!” and MTV’s “The State” features startling true stories from people around the world. This recording session features Tori Weston; Matthew Dicks; John Ball; Lucas Brooks; and Roy Lazorwitz. Information is here.
Find Waldo! search party and activities from 1 to 4 p.m. starting at Palmer and Brattle streets, Harvard Square. Free, but register here. Mark three decades of wondering “Where’s Waldo” by finding him hiding in various businesses or on landmark buildings throughout Harvard Square. Check in at 1 p.m. to pick up a “Waldo passport” to start the search. Turn it in by 4 p.m. to be eligible for prize drawings. (And the books are on sale at sponsors The Harvard Coop.) Information is here.
Dancing on the Charles from 2 to 11 p.m. in the parking lot by the American Legion Marsh Post, 5 Greenough Blvd., West Cambridge. Admission is $30 (or $33.75 with the online fee), by reservation only. This 21-plus dance party features seven sets by DJs that culminates with a hometown spin by Soul Clap (Eli Goldstein, 29, the Cambridge-born member, and Charles Levine, 30, of Brookline, who honed their skills at MIT tunnel parties and regular performances at Phoenix Landing and the Middlesex Lounge). Information is here.
“Moriarty’s Mysteries!” radio play from 8 to 10 p.m. at Boston Brunch Church (formerly Responsible Grace), 204 Elm St., Davis Square, North Cambridge. Tickets are $15. Another performance by the Post-Meridian Radio Players of three mysteries in old-timey radio show style, with sound effects created onstage. Information is here.