A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: The Sheila Divine, Campfire. Fest and more
Cocktail Disco with Brother Cleve from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at A4cade by Area Four, 292 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridgeport near Central Square. Free. This seems like too much fun for a Monday, but Boston cocktail legend and international lounge DJ/Combustible Edison keyboardist Brother Cleve will play disco jams for costumed arcade gamers being served cocktails by the estimable Moira Costello Horan – heavy on rum, rye and bourbon whiskey from the event’s sponsoring distiller. Information is here.
The Sheila Divine Play the Hits from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Plough & Stars, 912 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Holy shit! The Sheila Divine – “playing for free on a Monday night in a tiny bar because we want to.” Information is here.
Armory Pub Sing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. This event is based on a traditional English pub sing and encourages chorus-based songs that are easy to learn and fun to do as a group. Information is here.
Outdoor movie night in Central Square from 7 to 10 p.m. at University Park Commons, in Cambridgeport near Central Square. Free. Catch “The Wiz,” the cooler, 1970s walk down the Yellow Brick Road, after an hour performance by Wayne Potash and the Music Fun Band. Information is here.
“Parks & Recreation” Trivia from 4 to 8 p.m. at Glass House, 450 Kendall St., Kendall Square. Free. Shots fired: After Somerville Brewing held its “30 Rock” trivia in July, this tech hipster haven has innovated a way for people to show off their hometown pride for Pawnee, Indiana. Information is here.
Screening of “The Spook Who Sat by the Door” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave., Spring Hill, Somerville. There is a $5 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Small-shop screenings of forgotten flicks are something of a trend, but this is kitsch with a purpose: Uhuru Solidarity Movement Boston shows a 1973 film about a CIA-trained op who uses his skills to fight for the black people of Chicago. Vegan snacks will be served at this benefit for the Days of Reparations to African People campaign and the work of the African People’s Socialist Party. Information is here.
Justin Gest reading and discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. You may never have heard of him, but he’s the George Mason University assistant professor of public policy who knows America is having a heart attack because his finger is on its pulse. His recent works include “Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change”; “Roots of the Radical Right: Nostalgic Deprivation in the United States and Britain”; and “The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality.” Ask him anything. Information is here.
Mural celebration and parade from 6 to 8 p.m. at Taco Loco Mexican Grill, 44 Broadway, East Somerville. Free. Load up on tacos under the work of artist David Zayas; join a parade led by local Brazilian band and activist group Grooversity; see Angurria’s mural at Ola Cafe; and end outside the East Somerville branch library with free refreshments and more music. Information is here.
Outdoor movie night in Cambridge Crossing from 7 to 10 p.m. on the common, 30 North Point Blvd., Cambridge Crossing. The outdoor movies are coming fast and furious as summer slips away, but don’t expect to see “The Fast and the Furious” – tonight is the classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” preceded by an hour performance by Jenny the Juggler, with lawn games and free pizza, popcorn and candy while it lasts. There’s limited seating, so bringing a chair or blanket isn’t a bad idea. Information is here.
Park Sounds VI from 6 to 11 p.m. at Winthrop Park in Harvard Square. Free. There are free lawn games and bands – this last-Friday-of-the-month lineup is Josh Knowles; June Bloom; and Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas – and parkside food service from Grendel’s Den. Information is here.
Campfire. Festival runs through Sunday – 6 p.m. to midnight today; noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday; and noon to 11 p.m. Monday at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 for daily passes or $25 for a weekend pass. Passim’s twice-a-year, four-day homegrown festival of Americana, bluegrass, blues, Celtic, country, folk and related musical styles is now in its 20th year and brings 20 Passim first-timers to the stage as well as veteran artists such as Ralston, Hayley Sabella, Dietrich Strauss, Jim Infantino, Dave Godowsky and David Champagne. (For a best bet that falls way outside the typical fare, be sure to catch Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys do an appropriately late set at 11:15 p.m. Saturday.) A full schedule is here.
“The Black Clown” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. (and recurring) at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Available tickets are $25 to $35. There are still seats available for Zack Winokur’s staging of the poetry of Langston Hughes, fusing vaudeville, opera, jazz and spirituals in an adaption by Davóne Tines and Michael Schachter. T.S. Eliot only wishes he got this instead of “Cats.” Information is here.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” from 8 to 10 p.m. (and continuing weekends through Sept. 16) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $15. Why would you want to pay the MIT Musical Theatre Guild this much when you can just wait to see your kids do it in middle school? We don’t know either. Information is here.
Pop-Up Storytelling Booth from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Union Square Farmers Market, 66-70 Union Square, Somerville. Share a story with the Somerville Media Center team about your hopes and fears for the future of water in the city – possibly to be included in an October public art installation – or just a favorite city story or memory, thought about how Somerville has changed or why it’s lovable, or a general message of hopefulness. Information is here.
Dire Literary Series with Larson, Keith and Bouvard from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Curator Timothy Gager’s 18-year-old monthly reading series has moved out of Cambridge as it heads to its final date Oct. 12. Reading this time are Somerville’s Sonya Larson, director of Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace literary conference and subject of recent literary soul searching; Boston College’s Michael Keith, author of more than 20 books focused on electronic media, as well as a memoir and 10 books of fiction; and Brandeis University poet and nonfiction writer Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard, author of “Social Justice: The Power of Compassion.” After the featured readers come four 15-minute open-mic slots. Information is here.
The Boston Rap Race Preliminary Round at 8 p.m. at The Middle East Downstairs, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the door 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 Lenny Dortch, Crimespree, Stein, Gio Mage (pictured), YoDaddyDoe, Freeparty121, aafir and Trece Vee against each other in 15-minute sets. Information is here.
Campfire. Festival from noon to midnight today and Sunday; and noon to 11 p.m. Monday at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 for daily passes or $25 for a weekend pass. For a best bet falling way, way outside the typical festival fare, be sure to catch Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys do an appropriately late set at 11:15 p.m. – worth the full price of admission on its own. A full schedule is here.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” from 8 to 10 p.m. (and continuing weekends through Sept. 16) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $15. Information is here.
Housedance With Jane Duan from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Green Street Studios, 185 Green St., Central Square. The experience costs $10. It’s the rare class that merits attention on a “things to do” list, but this low-cost peek at a style that emerged in the 1970s from underground clubs in Chicago and New York draws attention not because it’s a chance to learn dance steps, but because attendees are invited to ask experts about topics related to historical house/club culture – it’s history with a beat you can dance to. Information is here.
Campfire. Festival from noon to midnight today and Sunday; and noon to 11 p.m. Monday at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 for daily passes or $25 for a weekend pass. A full schedule is here.
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” from 2 to 4 p.m. (and continuing weekends through Sept. 16) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $15. Information is here.