A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: Open Studios, Rib Fest, women’s film, more
The Immigrant Experience: Learning Through Art and Community Voice from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard. Free. Poetry and stories about the immigrant experience will be told within Teresita Fernández’s “Autumn (… Nothing Personal)” installation, brought to life by the Cambridge Community Foundation. Information is here.
Gotta Get Down to It: Conversations with musician David Crosby from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Free. Folk rock pioneer Crosby talks with student musicians and poets in an event sponsored by the Harvard Music Department and Harvard Arts. Information is here.
Resistance Mic! at 8 p.m. at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets range from $10. A second season of artist-activists telling stories on the theme of “resistance” and performing politically engaged works begins with author Jenna Blum; poets Anne Champion and Krysten Hill; Harvard professor of Christian morals Rev. Jonathan Walton; comedian (and recent “Jeopardy!” winner) Wes Hazard; singer-sensation Davone Tines (star of the A.R.T.’s “Black Clown”); and scholar, teacher and activist Timothy Patrick McCarthy.. Information is here.
“Contagion” screening with panel discussion from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. A screening of the 2011 film about a deadly worldwide epidemic gets opening remarks by screenwriter Scott Burns and a panel discussion afterward with Burns, former Department of Homeland Security exec Tara O’Toole and Columbia epidemiology professor Ian Lipkin, moderated by CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem. Sabrina Sholts, curator of the Smithsonian’s “Outbreak” exhibit, provides closing remarks and exhibition materials. Information is here.
Poet Martin Espada reads from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Brooklyn-born Espada, a former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston and now a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, reads from “Vivas to Those Who Have Failed” (2016) and previous works, which date back to “Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands” (1990). Information is here.
Emily O’Neill at the Boston Poetry Slam from 7:15 p.m. to midnight at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Admission is $3 and requires an ID; the event is 18-plus. Teacher and bartender O’Neill, author of “Pelican” and “A Falling Knife Has No Handle” (one of Publisher’s Weekly’s top 10 most anticipated poetry titles of fall 2018), reads at 10 p.m. after two hours of open mic. Information is here.
Cemetery Cinema: “Wild Strawberries” and “Stand by Me” from 8 to 11 p.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St., West Cambridge. Tickets are $23. In an unusual if not nonsensical double feature, Ingmar Bergman’s recounting of a road trip by an elderly medical professor is joined by Rob Reiner’s coming-of-age journey by kids who want to poke a corpse with a stick. But they’re screening in a gorgeous outdoor space. (Avoid touching or leaning against monuments or headstones.) Bring chairs, blankets and snacks, though light concessions will be on sale. Information is here.
The Boston Women’s Film Festival from 7 to 9:30 p.m. (and continuing through Sunday) at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Seventeen films over four days, from fashion documentaries to Molly Shannon playing a vivacious, irreverent Emily Dickinson. (“All About Nina,” playing Saturday at The Brattle, is pictured.) Information is here.
Pumpkin Spiced GrownUp StoryTime from 7 to 8 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free, but donations are requested. Autumn stories of chillier nights, cozier sweaters and leaves changing are the theme of this event – like storytime before bed, except this replaces a loved one with a weird stranger, warm milk with craft brews and your bedroom with Aeronaut’s tap room. Short fact, fiction and other material written by the community is handed to performers to see what happens. Information is here.
It’s Alive! Playreading Series from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s W97 Theater, 345 Vassar St., Area II. Free. Students take on Anna Deavere Smith’s “Fires in the Mirror,” about black and Jewish communities during the 1991 Brooklyn Crown Heights Riots. Directed by Anna Kohler. Information is here.
Park Sounds VII 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 Katie Matzell (pictured); Porterfield; Strangers by Accident; and Strange Changes – and parkside food service from Grendel’s Den. Information is here.
Poet Dileep Jhaveri reads from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. Free, with donations welcome. Jhaveri applies lyricism to objective writing worthy of a scientist, and his work is complemented by Srinivas Reddy playing sitar and Ajit Acharya playing tabla with Bill Wolak reading material translated by Reddy. Information is here.
Tenth annual Cambridge Arts Open Studios from noon to 6 p.m. citywide (and the same hours Sunday). Free. Visit 149 artists in their studios and group venues, showing and selling media from painting and pottery to jewelry and refurbished furniture. An interactive, mobile-friendly map is here, and general information is here.
Banned Books Read-A-Thon from 1 to 3 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., in the Winter Hill neighborhood. Free. Come and read excerpts from banned books. Show up with a book that has been banned or challenged, or pick from a reading at the library. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Information is here.
Fourth Annual Evolution of Hip Hop Festival from 3 to 7 p.m. Free. Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Square, Somerville. Music and dance from more than a dozen bands, performers and troupes, headlined by Oompa & The Chocolate Factory (pictured). Information is here.
The Boston Festival of Indie Games from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Building W34, also known as the Johnson Athletics Center, 120 Vassar St., in the MIT/Area II neighborhood. Tickets are $15 (or $17.37 with fees) with kids under 12 free. Love games? Bored with the ones you have? Come look at the ones you might not be able to get yet – or ever. This annual family-friendly event encourages attendees to share and interact with various kinds of games, including video and tabletop. The Figgies Awards Show ends the day starting at 6 p.m. Information is here.
“Smoke This” Rib Fest from noon to 4 p.m. on Cambridge Street between Fulkerson and Fifth streets, East Cambridge. Free to wander into, with samples priced individually, but taste tickets are $27.50 (or $31.09 with fees) for 10 rib samples, first-come, first-served, from restaurants including Area 4, Artbar, Atwood’s Tavern, The Automatic, Bambara, Cambridge Brewing Co, Catalyst, Commonwealth, Filarmonica Santo Antonio, Highland Fried, Lone Star, Lord Hobo, Loyal Nine, Ole, Portugalia, Puritan & Co., the Rindge Vocational Culinary Arts Students, State Park and Trina’s Starlight Lounge. There’s also music by Monday Night Bluegrass featuring Sean Staples, Jimmy Ryan, Eric Royer and Dave Westner with special guests Sarah Borges, Hazel Royer and Vapors of Morphine. Organizers the East Cambridge Business Association and East End House also provide a kid’s crafts and games table. Information is here.