Monday

bullet-gray-smallWet Hot American Summer Party from 8 p.m. to midnight at A4cade by Area Four, 292 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridgeport. It’s free to get into this 21-plus party. The instant cult classic “Wet Hot American Summer” plays all night accompanied by free s’mores and less free summer cocktails by guest bartenders Mellie Wiersma and Josh Mazza, from New York. Information is here.


Tuesday

bullet-gray-small GrownUp StoryTime from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Remnant Brewing, 2 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville. Favorite stories about “the road of life” come from local writers and are read aloud by local performers – these being some of the favorites from the past year ,chosen to inaugurate the event’s first show at Remnant. Information is here.

bullet-gray-smallWill Rap for Art Tour at 8 p.m. at The Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door for this 18-plus show. Switchback Brewing Co. runs this 11-night tour around New England where a local artist does a live painting throughout the performance – raffled off at the end, with proceeds going to a local art program. Participating hip-hop artists include DillonJarvMister BurnsEyenine, Philly G (pictured) and Baylen. Information is here.


Wednesday

bullet-gray-small “We’re Doomed. Now What?” book reading and discussion from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. University of Notre Dame English professor Roy Scranton, author of “War Porn” and “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene,” comes in to talk about his latest book of essays on war and climate change, joined in conversation by historian, author and emeritus Boston University professor Andrew Bacevich. Information is here.

bullet-gray-smallEight O’Clock at 730 Vol. 37: Teenage Love Edition from 8 to 10 p.m. at 730 Tavern, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Parents wondering “how do I help my teenager navigate puberty/adolescence/love?” will undoubtedly want to turn to comedians Liam McGurk and Rob Crean for advice. More help with your child is offered by guests Mairead Dickenson (pictured), Zach Fisher, Sam Ike, Abbie Richards and Zach Russell. Information is here.


Thursday

bullet-gray-small Youth Film Festival from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. See youth-produced videos while enjoying some free pizza on a cozy lawn – bring chairs or a picnic blanket to spread out – for the Somerville Media Center’s third annual Out Takes Youth Film Festival. Information is here. 

bullet-gray-smallOutdoor movie night in Harvard Square from 7 to 10 p.m. on Palmer Street, Harvard Square. Free. Organizers are hinting they they’ll be showing some version of “Beauty & The Beast.” (A second shot at the film for free comes at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park, 300 Grand Union Blvd. at Assembly Row, Somerville.) Information is here.

bullet-gray-small The Boston Rap Race Preliminary Round at 8 p.m. at The Middle East Downstairs, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $13 for this 18-plus show. There are six preliminary rounds in a competition to find the hip-hop act that will win $500, studio time, bragging rights and an opening slot on a national touring show. This round pits 4whytri, DC., Sayku, Yung Wave Legend, Brevin Kim, Brim Boys, Brandie Blaze and Caz against each other in 15-minute sets. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Party Cruise Comedy: A Good Hang from 8 to 10 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. There’s a suggested donation of $5 – or $10, if you’re especially suggestible. Hosts Katie McCarthy and Nick Ortolani bring in fellow comics Shawn Carter, Allison DickRich Karski, Parvo and Chris Post. Information is here. 

bullet-gray-small [email protected]’s 10th Short Play Festival from 8 to 10 p.m. (and repeating five times through Aug. 25) at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. General admission is $15 (or $16.52 with the online service fee). Ten new plays, each just 10 minutes long and on the theme of “Heroes and Villains,” from Patrick Gabridge’s “Beatrix Potter Must Die” to “The Maltese Walter,” by John Minigan, in which we meet Noir-Man, able to transform any moment into film noir. Information is here.


Friday

bullet-gray-small“Mortified” comedy readings from 7 to 9 p.m. (and repeating Saturday) at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $15. Playing off the idea that comedy is tragedy plus time, the “Mortified” franchise has been asking people since 2002 to excavate artifacts of teen angst – journals, poems, letters, lyrics, home movies and schoolwork – and share them with the strangers in the audience. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small [email protected]’s 10th Short Play Festival from 8 to 10 p.m. (and repeating four times through Aug. 25) at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. General admission is $15 (or $16.52 with the online service fee). Information is here.


Saturday

bullet-gray-smallSomer Fest 2018 from noon to 5 p.m. at ARTFarm, 10 Poplar St., near Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $10 (or $12.61 with the online service fee) for this 21-plus event. Live music, comedy and magic (Zoë Reiches is pictured) celebrates community art, served up with locally sourced, organically grown food and beer. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Outdoor movie night from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park, 300 Grand Union Blvd. at Assembly Row, Somerville. Free. See “Beauty & The Beast” – also apparently showing earlier in the week at 7 p.m. Thursday on Palmer Street, Harvard Square. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “Mortified” comedy readings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $15. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small [email protected]’s 10th Short Play Festival from 8 to 10 p.m. (and repeating four times through Aug. 25) at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. General admission is $15 (or $16.52 with the online service fee). Information is here.


Sunday

bullet-gray-small Pop-Up Perceptions: Literary Graffiti Walls from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Take part in poetry activities (including a “pop-up graffiti wall”) inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at this historic home that’s hosted everyone from Charles Dickens to Gen. George Washington. Information is here.

bullet-gray-smallFresh Pond Monarch Butterfly Release Parade from 2 to 3:30 p.m. starting at the Water Department Treatment Facility at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond. The city’s Fresh Pond Monarch Watch program has been raising monarch butterflies to help stem the species’ worldwide decline. With the monarch caterpillars now butterflies, this family-friendly parade (costumes and noisemakers welcome) is planned to release them and wish them luck on their migration to Mexico. Information is here.