Monday

bullet-gray-small Blacksmith House Poetry Series from 8 to 9 p.m. at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Admission is $3. Lee Briccetti, whose latest book is “Blue Guide,” reads with Danny Lawless, author of the recently released collection “The Gun My Sister Killed Herself With.” Information is here.


Tuesday

bullet-gray-small A Woman’s Way at StorySpace: True Tales of Unsung Heroines from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at The Story Space, 113 College Ave., Powder House Square, Somerville. Admission is $5. Along with open story-telling slots comes author Lynn Noel, co-founder of the AFTerHours Adult Folktale Telling Series, with tales of Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, born around 980, who sailed in an open boat from Iceland to Newfoundland; Eleanor Creesy, the navigator of record-setting clipper ship Flying Cloud in the 1850s; and other unsung heroines. Information is here.


Wednesday

bullet-gray-small International Comedy Night with Amer Zahr from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Zahr is an Arab-American comedian, speaker, writer, academic and adjunct professor at the University of Detroit’s Mercy School of Law. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Comedy: 8 O’Clock at 730 Vol. 48: Alan Richardson & Friends Edition from 8 to 10 p.m. at 730 Tavern, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Haverhill’s Alan Richardson goes long, and brings along comedian friends to drag things out further. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Ewan Hill reads at the Boston Poetry Slam, which takes place 7:15 p.m. to midnight at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. There’s a $5 cover for this 18-plus show. Hill, most recently published by The Academy of American Poets, Public Pool and Bluestockings, is featured after an hour of open mic starting at 8 p.m. Information is here.


Thursday

bullet-gray-small “Red 2018” exhibit and opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Art Association, 25 Lowell St., West Cambridge. Free. For nearly 20 years, the association has hosted a fall exhibit for New England artists working around the color theme of either red or blue, depending on the year. The success of the series and challenge to artists lies in channeling the varied meanings of a color – in this case, the color of action, violence and heat but also of luck, happiness and passion. The juried exhibit of some 85 artists will be up through Dec. 20. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Eighth Annual Freshflix Short Film Competition from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. General admission is $18. A half-dozen international shorts (via Boston Jewish Film) including “The Double Date” directed by Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman and the “Death Metal Grandma” documentary by Leah Galant, as well as filmmaker conversations and a post-screening party. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Harvard Black Playwrights Festival from 8 to 10 p.m. (and continuing Friday and Saturday) in Room 203 at Harvard University’s Farkas Hall Studio, 12 Holyoke St., Harvard Square. Free. A conversation with Phillip Howze and Antoinette Nwandu (pictured) launches this three-evening event with readings of original student plays, staged events, screenings and gatherings. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride” from 8 to 10:30 p.m. (and repeating four times through Sunday) 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 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 Friday and Saturday) 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.


Friday

bullet-gray-small Hassle Fest 10: HFX from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (and continuing Saturday) at a variety of locations around Cambridge and Somerville. Shows are $5 to $23, with two-day passes available for $45 (with fees, $47.57 for confusing punchcard access to some shows) or $100 (with fees, $104.49 for guaranteed entry to all shows and events, but only 30 are being sold). The Boston Hassle’s annual bash gets bigger again, with dozens of bands broken up by sound – for instance, techno and dance music at the Hardcore Stadium, 55 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge, and grindcore and powerviolence at Once Lounge + Ballroom, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville – with popup art and the Hassle Mystery Box free at Green Street Studios, 185 Green St., Central Square; $5 poetry at Outpost 186, 186.5 Hampshire St., Inman Square (poet Kayti Lahsaiezadeh, pictured); and weird storytelling for $5 at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St., near Inman Square. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Harvard Black Playwrights Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. (and continuing Saturday) in Room 203 at Harvard University’s Farkas Hall Studio, 12 Holyoke St., Harvard Square. Free. Day two of three, with readings of original student plays, a preview screening of the film “Véronique” by student David Mūgī and a gathering in celebration of playwright and poet Ntozake Shange. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride” from 8 to 10:30 p.m. (and repeating three times through Sunday) 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 Saturday) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $12. 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 Flouret Jewelry; Sila Assad; Madeline Johnson; Karla Taverna of Franky & J Designs; Jackson Haley; and Lex Young. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Advanced screening of “Green Book” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Free, but there’s extremely limited seating. It’s getting huge buzz at film festivals, and you can see it free before it’s released officially. Mahershala Ali stars as a world-class African-American pianist about to embark on a concert tour in the dangerous segregated Deep South in 1962 who recruits a tough-talking Italian-American from the Bronx (Viggo Mortensen) for protection. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Hassle Fest 10: HFX from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (and continuing Saturday) at a variety of locations around Cambridge (and a bit of Somerville and Boston). Shows are $5 to $23, with two-day passes available for $45 (with fees, $47.57 for confusing punchcard access to some shows) or $100 (with fees, $104.49 for guaranteed entry to all shows and events, but only 30 are being sold). The Boston Hassle’s annual bash groups bands by sound – for instance, free jazz and improv at Studio@550, 550 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, and rap and hip-hop at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square – with popup art and the Hassle Mystery Box free at Green Street Studios, 185 Green St., Central Square; $5 poetry at Outpost 186, 186.5 Hampshire St., Inman Square; and weird storytelling for $5 at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St., near Inman Square. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “She Kills Monsters” from 8 to 10 p.m. (and continuing Sunday and next week) at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. General admission is $20 (with fees, $21.69). Qui Nguyen’s play about Agnes and her quest to come to terms with the death of her younger sister, Tilly, by playing the D&D adventure she left behind is directed by Tom Russell for Theatre@First. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Kaiju Once Again from 8 to 11 p.m. at Once Lounge + Ballroom, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville. General admission is $25. Godzilla-style giant monsters meet pro wrestling in this live phenomenon. If you’ve never seen it, well, stop wasting your life. A kiddie version is held Sunday. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride” from 2 to 4:30 and 8 to 10:30 p.m. (and repeating Sunday) at the Agassiz Theater at Agassiz House, 5 James St., Harvard Square. General admission is $15. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Harvard Black Playwrights Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. (and continuing Saturday) in Room 203 at Harvard University’s Farkas Hall Studio, 12 Holyoke St., Harvard Square. Free. The festival concludes with short readings and the staging of “______: A Story Project,” by Ian Askew. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “Richard III” from 8 to 10:45 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $12. Information is here.


Sunday

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 Alice Nasto; Cecilia Lang; Emily Robertson of Feral Fawn Art; Madeline Johnson; Taylor Popek; Ilka Lin; and Holy Crow Art. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Kaiju Time For Kids from noon to 4 p.m. at Once Lounge + Ballroom, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville. General admission for kids (under 10) is $10 and for adults is $25. Godzilla-style giant monsters meet pro wrestling in this live phenomenon, but with a meet-and-greet before the action, games between matches, the music of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band and “Kaiju Dollar” for kids good for $10 at the merch table. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “Engenheiros” musical performance from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Granoff Music Center at Tufts University, 20 Talbot Ave., Somerville. Free. A collaboration between pianist Nando Michelin and singer and bass player Ebinho Cardoso featuring original songs influenced by Brazilian popular music and using poems by iconic Brazilian poet João Cabral de Melo Neto. Ian Cardoso and Mirella Costa contribute vocals and Rogerio Boccato plays drums. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “West Side Story,” performed by the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $25 (with fees, $27.28). Music director Cynthia Woods and the orchestra pays tribute to the Leonard Bernstein Centennial and the conductor’s 1957 musical, which moves the story of Romeo and Juliet to a New York City neighborhood divided by gang rivalry. It’s rare for a community orchestra to perform a full Broadway score, let alone with all-star soloists such as Carelle Flores, Javier Abreu, Stephanie Scarcella and Ray Bauwens, as well as the New England Conservatory Youth Chorale (led by Carey Shunskis). Information is here.

bullet-gray-small Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Agassiz Theater at Agassiz House, 5 James St., Harvard Square. General admission is $15. Information is here.

bullet-gray-small “She Kills Monsters” from 8 to 10 p.m. (and continuing Sunday and next week) at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. General admission is $20 (with fees, $21.69). Information is here.