Monday

bullet-gray-small “Our New President” screening at 7 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. General admission is $12. Maxim Pozdorovkin returns to show his film – a satirical replay of Donald Trump’s election in 2016, seen entirely through Russian propaganda. Funny and horrifying all at once, the film reveals the empire of fake news and the tactics of modern information wars. Pozdorovkin, who earned a doctorate from Harvard in 2012, will be on hand to discuss as part of  the DocYard series. (Contributed by Tom Meek.) Information is here.

bullet-gray-small A“Once More With Feeling Singalong” Buffy Halloween Bash at 7 p.m. at Once Lounge + Ballroom, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville. Admission to free to $10. A variety show with live music, followed by a free screening of the classic, musical “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode.  Information is here.


Tuesday

bullet-gray-small Javier Zamora poetry reading from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 1730 Cambridge St., Harvard Square. Free. The Salvadoran Zamora, a Radcliffe Institute fellow for 2018-19, reads from his “Unaccompanied” (2017). Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Adult Coloring Night from 6 to 11 p.m. at Somerville Brewing, 15 Ward St., East Somerville. Free, with food and drink available late. Just an excuse to relax, destress and listen to the music, but prizes are awarded for showing work to the bartenders – they’ll high-five you and hang your work. Participants are invited to bring coloring books and markers or crayons; Slumbrew coloring pages and some color pencils will be available. Information is here.


Wednesday

bullet-gray-small Hotter Than Hell Halloween Menu & Costume Contest from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Olde Magoun’s Saloon, 518 Medford St., Magoun Square, Somerville. Start the meal with “Atomic Death Bombs” (bacon-wrapped habanero peppers stuffed with ghost pepper cheese, served with an avocado crema cooling sauce) and work your way through a menu of seven more blazing dishes including an “Insanity Stew,” “Nuclear Curry” or “Voodoo Pasta.” Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Cirque of the Dead at 7 and 10:30 p.m. at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $30 to $50. This year the Cirque is a live choose-your-own-adventure with zombies, vampires and other creatures portrayed with aerial acts, acrobatics and other theatrical skills, made sexy, funny and gory – and for adults only. Come dressed for Halloween. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small GoreFest XVI from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Central Square. The final show of the latest original Halloween musical with poncho-worthy amounts of spurting blood. General admission is $25 (and ponchos are a separate $4 online or $5 at the door). Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Comedy: 8 O’Clock at 730 Vol. 47: Terrifying Edition from 8 to 10 p.m. at 730 Tavern, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Shaun Connolly and Mairéad Dickinson (pictured) perform before prime adult Halloween hours in a show created by Rob Crean and Liam McGurk. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Graffiti Alley Cypher from 9 to 11 p.m. in Graffiti Alley, across from Pearl Street on Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square. Free. A new day and time for local hip-hop artists to perform in Central Square’s most colorful and iconic location. Information is here.


Thursday

bullet-gray-small “The Front Runner” screening and Q&A with screenwriter Matt Bai from 7 to 10 p.m. at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. Free, with people urged to register only if they plan to attend – and to arrive early to guarantee a seat. A prerelease peek at the film based on Bai’s 2014 book “All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,” about the 1987 run for president by Gary Hart, which ended with revelations of an extramarital affair. The film examines the emergence of the 24-hour news cycle, the collision of news and entertainment and its impact on U.S. politics, and stars Hugh Jackman from a script by Jason Reitman, Jay Carson and Bai, a Tufts alum. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “The Midterm SHAKE Up,” at 7:30 p.m. (and repeating Friday, Monday and Tuesday) at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. Tickets are $12 to $94, with general admission at $32. Around 10 of Shakespeare’s juiciest political scenes and monologues from nine plays arrives with midterm election voting – in the words of Bridge Repertory Theater director Olivia D’Ambrosio (pictured) “all of Shakespeare’s very best scenes without any of the rest.” Information is here.


Friday

bullet-gray-small Buster Keaton matinees from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (and repeating Saturday and Sunday) at Landmark Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney St., Kendall Square. Tickets are $11. With new documentary “The Great Buster: A Celebration” opening this night, the cinema offers double bills of classics “Sherlock Jr.” and “Seven Chances.” Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride” from 8 to 10:30 p.m. (and repeating eight times through Nov. 11) at the Agassiz Theater at Agassiz House, 5 James St., Harvard Square. General admission is $15. Arguably the funniest of Gilbert and Sullivan’s collaborations, this musical follows sham poet Bunthorne as he competes with rival poet Grosvenor for the love of Patience, a milkmaid – a satire of aestheticism, pretentiousness, vanity and sententiousness. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “Richard III” from 8 to 10:45 p.m. (and repeating Saturday, Sunday and another three times through Nov. 10) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave., in the MIT/Area II neighborhood. General admission is $12. Richard schemes to keep her throne from enemies and former friends. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “The Midterm SHAKE Up,” at 7:30 p.m. (and repeating Monday and Tuesday) at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. Tickets are $12 to $94, with general admission at $32. Information is here.


Saturday

bullet-gray-small Artist Takeover from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spaceus, 20 Brattle St., Harvard Square (and continuing Sunday). Free. A shifting set of artists get space to showcase their work weekly. Today it’s Savannah Barkley; Ahalya Raman; the Moon Eaters Collective; Alexandra Ford; and Jemmi Cole. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Peter Sagal reads from “The Incomplete Book of Running” at 4 p.m. (doors at 3:30 p.m.) at First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church St./1446 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Tickets are $8 (with fees, $9.39) with a $5 coupon or $28.75 with a copy of the book (with fees, $31.18) and a $5 coupon. The Harvard grad, playwright, author and “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” radio quiz host began running just before turning 40 and now has plenty of stories to tell about it – crossing the Boston Marathon finish line moments before the 2013 bombings, running charity races in his underwear (in St. Louis, in February) and more. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “My Brilliant Friend: The Elena Ferrante Phenomenon” conversation from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. at the Dante Alighieri Society Center, 41 Hampshire St., Kendall Square. Tickets are $5 (with fees, $5.89). With Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels soon to become a series on HBO, what makes her writing so compelling to so many is explored by Michael Reynolds, editor in chief of independent publisher Europa Editions, and Danielle Oteri, an art historian and expert on the history of the Campania region in southwestern Italy. The conversation is just one event among the schedule of the Idea Boston Book Festival, a two-day Italian-inspired festival of books and culture. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Occurrence plays “Everyone Knows the Disaster is Coming” from 8 to 11 p.m. at MIT Theater Arts, 345 Vassar St., in the MIT/Area II neighborhood. Free. This darkwave electro-pop trio, led by playwright and Massachusetts Institute of Technology senior lecturer Ken Urban with vocalists Cat Hollyer and Johnny Hager, will perform songs in collaboration with the students from a lighting design course. This will be one heavy show. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride” from 2 and 8 p.m. (and repeating six times through Nov. 11) at the Agassiz Theater at Agassiz House, 5 James St., Harvard Square. General admission is $15. Information is here.


Sunday

bullet-gray-small Thai Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Winthrop Park in Harvard Square. Free. Thai merchants and restaurateurs set up farmers-market style, with live performances throughout the day. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Artist Takeover from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spaceus, 20 Brattle St., Harvard Square (and continuing Sunday). Free. A shifting set of artists get space to showcase their work weekly. Today it’s Kezia Ofiesh; Kristen San Miguel; and Britney Drotleff, with a special takeover by Let’s Shoot Boston. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Papercut Zine Library grand reopening from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square. Free. Fifteen thousand DIY magazines are back and borrowable after years wandering. Stop by and explore the zines, workshops, resources and potential organizing to come. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Hisako and Friends perform Beethoven and Brahms from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Granoff Music Center at Tufts University, 20 Talbot Ave., Somerville. Free. Pianist Hisako Hiratsuka presents chamber music with woodwinds performers Anne Howarth, Diane Heffner, Matthew Shubin, Sheryl Cohen, Elizabeth England, and Klaudia Szlachta. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Cafe Zing Poetry Open Mic from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. Sign-ups begin at 5:15 for three-minute time slots. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. (and playing five times next week through Nov. 11) at the Agassiz Theater at Agassiz House, 5 James St., Harvard Square. General admission is $15. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “Richard III” from 8 to 10:45 p.m. (and repeating three times next week through Nov. 10) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $12. Richard schemes to keep her throne from enemies and former friends. Information is here.