Monday

bullet-gray-small “Stuff You Missed in History Class” live show from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $26 (or 28.34 with the online service fee). The popular podcast about weird, wonderful, scary or sad history that hasn’t gotten enough attention comes to the stage to talk about Anne Royall, credited as the first professional U.S. female journalist. Holly Frey and Tracy V. Wilson host. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small“Brother Nat: Rise. Revolt. Redemption.” play reading from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Nat Turner’s historic 1831 slave insurrection gets the musical/opera treatment in this show being brought together by director Tonasia Summer with book and lyrics by Jabari Asim and Liana E. Asim (music by Allyssa Jones won’t be performed at this event). Information is here.


Tuesday

bullet-gray-small “Choose Your Own Misery: Dating” from 7 to 8 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. Author Jilly Gagnon leads participants through an interactive reading in her series gently mocking the “Choose Your Own Adventure” YA series of the 1980s. On this date night, you might wind up in an underground fight club, living out the worst version of “Harold and Maude” the world has known or offending a man you’re almost certain is Jaleel White. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small“The Lion King” movie night featuring Pasy Dance with “The Crazy One” from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lechmere Canal Park, East Cambridge. Free. It’s fine to settle down with Disney’s “Lion King” again, but the real treat here is the dance performance piece “Kanassu,” or “The Crazy One,” choreographed and directed by Senegal-born, U.S.-based artistic director Papy Sy in his original style of West African contemporary dance, resulting in a combination of dance, song, acting and poetry that’s reminiscent of 1980s French opera. His work explores the question of craziness and belonging: What do we name as crazy, and what kind of everyday craziness do we accept? After the performance, the audience will be invited to join the company on stage to see the difference between traditional and contemporary West African dance. The movie starts at 8 p.m. Information is here.


Wednesday

bullet-gray-small Charles River Herb Walk from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. starting at the Weld Boathouse, 971 Memorial Drive, Riverside. There’s a $5 fee. There are more than 40 species of medicinal plants growing along the river between Harvard Square and Central Square. These walks, scheduled through early fall to show them in all of stages of growth, are meant to restore the once commonplace ability to identify and use them. Information is here.

bullet-gray-smallEight O’Clock at 730 Vol. 37, now with psychics from 8 to 10 p.m. at 730 Tavern, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Should you take that job? Is grandpa in heaven? Will you ever find true love? Does your mother resent you for being away during her final moments? Hosts Liam McGurk and Rob Crean promise psychic insight into such questions with help with guests R.A. Bartlett, Kathryn Gironimi (pictured), Zachary Brazao and Dan Hall. Information is here.


Thursday

bullet-gray-smallMassenet’s “Cinderella” experience at 7:30 p.m. (and repeating throughout the weekend) at The Space Studio, 438 Somerville Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Regular tickets are $40, and there’s a limited number of $20 low-income tickets as well as an $80 “real cost” option, with every tier getting the same experience. Massenet’s retelling of the classic fairytale gets an unconventional, immersive opera production (in French) that caters to all of a theatergoer’s senses – including their taste buds, as light hors d’oeuvres are served during performances – while characters move from location to location. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small [email protected]’s 10th Short Play Festival from 8 to 10 p.m. (and repeating Friday and Saturday) 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“Lexo And Ecca Find Free Will,” a new play, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. (and repeating Saturday) at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free, though donations are encouraged. Amanda Hurley and Megan Ward star as hotel service robots who find they have free will, but have no idea how to deal with it – will they learn to get along? Will they blow up Cleveland? Will they ever leave the hotel? Director Dan Strom brings a play by Scott Kremer to life for the first time. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Graffiti Alley Cypher from 8 to 10 p.m. in Graffiti Alley, across from Pearl Street on Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square. Free. Local hip-hop artists perform for the public in Central Square’s most colorful and iconic location. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Massenet’s “Cinderella” experience at 7:30 p.m. (and repeating throughout the weekend) at The Space Studio, 438 Somerville Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Regular tickets are $40, and there’s a limited number of $20 low-income tickets as well as an $80 “real cost” option, with every tier getting the same experience. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small [email protected]’s 10th Short Play Festival from 8 to 10 p.m. (and repeating Saturday) 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-small Gender-Swapped “Star Trek”: “Amok Time” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Boston Brunch Church, 204 Elm St., near Davis Square, Somerville. Free, but donations are appreciated. The classic episode of the classic television science fiction show gets a classic Camberville twist: Kirk, Spock and the boys will be girls, and vice versa. A chance to see a show premiered at the year’s Arisia science fiction convention. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small“Live Bird” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. (and repeating Sunday) at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Porter squares. Tickets are $10 (or $11.34 with the online service fee). Playwright, director, actor and saxophonist Jeff Robinson plays the music of Charlie Parker on solo saxophone and fills the stage with characters from his life in a trip back to a small jazz club in Harlem in 1954 – authorized by the Charlie Parker estate. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Off-Mic comedy night from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport. There is a suggested donation of $10 at the door, with the month’s charity to be announced. This neighborhood art gallery is so intimate that amplification is often unnecessary – and without a microphone, a barrier between performer and audience is knocked down, helping give audience members a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of performing. Comics coming to the stage include Jiayong Li; Dan Crohn; Kylie Alexander; Alex Giampapa; Terence Pennington; Owen Linders; and Kindra Lansburg. Beer and wine will be available. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small [email protected]’s 10th Short Play Festival from 3 to 5 p.m. 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.

bullet-gray-small “Lexo And Ecca Find Free Will,” a new play, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free, though donations are encouraged. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Massenet’s “Cinderella” experience at 7:30 p.m. (and repeating Sunday afternoon) at The Space Studio, 438 Somerville Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Regular tickets are $40, and there’s a limited number of $20 low-income tickets as well as an $80 “real cost” option, with every tier getting the same experience. Information is here.


Sunday

bullet-gray-small“Beethoven’s Wig” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Regattabar, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $12 (or $13.50 with the online service fee). Richard Perlmutter has staged this solo show throughout North America, sharing facts and stories about classical music and composers with wit, songwriting skills and vocal acrobatics that have drawn comparisons to Victor Borge, Tom Lehrer and Danny Kaye. As part of a Kids’ Summer Music Series, this show includes song and music from Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and more on piano, classical guitar and mandolin. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Massenet’s “Cinderella” experience at 2 p.m. at The Space Studio, 438 Somerville Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Regular tickets are $40, and there’s a limited number of $20 low-income tickets as well as an $80 “real cost” option, with every tier getting the same experience. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “Live Bird” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Porter squares. Tickets are $10 (or $11.34 with the online service fee). Information is here.