A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: CCTV’s 24 Hours, Moby reads, Baked, more
48 Hour Film Project screenings from 7 to 8:30 and 9:30 to 11 p.m. (with two more screenings Tuesday) at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $12. The project gives teams of filmmakers a single weekend to write, shoot and edit short films in a variety of genres. Each screening has a different lineup, with audience members voting on favorites. Cambridge Day’s Tom Meek is one of this year’s judges. Information is here.
“Folked Up” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. The monthly folk showcase features Ciderdown, Aaron Charles Wardwell and The Michael Character (pictured), who plays punk rock on an acoustic guitar. As always, hosts Windowsill & Ashtray force everyone to write silly songs. Information is here.
Women of “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text” podcast live from 7 to 9 p.m. at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $15 to $20. The podcast, which examines the Harry Potter books as if they were sacred, adds an element: Co-host Vanessa Zoltan, a nondenominational, Harvard-trained chaplain, and producer Ariana Nedelman alternate selecting a woman from the series to bless, after spending time discussing their successes and struggles. Information is here.
Team selection finals at the Boston Poetry Slam from 7:15 p.m. to midnight at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $3 to this 18-plus event. Expect the most polished work work of the slam season from eight competitors, four of whom will go on to make up a 2019 National Poetry Slam Team. A slightly shortened open mic starts the evening. Information is here.
Bobcat Goldthwait & Dana Gould: The Show With Two Heads! at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. Information is here. Tickets are $27 to $32. Bobcat Goldthwait, who’s gone from manic screaming standup to respected filmmaker (“God Bless America,” “World’s Greatest Dad”) and “Wait! Wait … Don’t Tell Me” panelist, and Dana Gould (of “Stan Against Evil” and “The Simpsons”) have teamed up for a comedy tour. Information is here.
The Blasters play at 8:45 p.m, at Once Lounge + Ballroom, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $25 (with fees, $29.87) in advance and $30 at the door for this 18-plus show. Classic 1980s band The Blasters, still led by Phil Alvin, comes to town with its enduring mix of rock, punk and and Americana, with openers Diablogato, Dead Trains and DJ Easy Ed. Information is here.
Moby reads from “Then It Fell Apart” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $6 general admission or $26.75 with a copy of the book. Moby will play a few acoustic songs, but this is a literary talk about the second volume of his memoirs, not a concert. He will be joined in conversation by Washington Post national arts reporter Geoff Edgers, journeying into the dark but banal heart of fame he found in 1999 after the release of “Play” – when he was suddenly hanging out with David Bowie and Lou Reed, Christina Ricci and Madonna, taking ecstasy for breakfast (most days), drinking bottles of vodka (every day) and sleeping with supermodels (infrequently). Information is here.
“Light vs. Dark” artists reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport. The inaugural show of the “vs.” exhibition series, which integrates contrasting ideas into one exhibition. Twenty-six artists explore the theme of light and dark in paintings, embroidery, photographs, sculptures, monotype and video. Information is here.
The Late Shift: Longy at The Lilypad from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square. Free. The jazz and contemporary music department at the Longy School of Music plays a monthly residency, which means a little more cool late-night stuff for the city. Information is here.
Park Sounds IX from 5 to 11 p.m. at Winthrop Park in Harvard Square. Free. Outdoors music with available food and beer, and rosé on tap, this time with Miriam Elhajli, Ali McGuirk, Coral Moons and June Bloom. Information is here.
Adam Gopnik performs from “A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $6 general admission or $27.75 with a copy of the book. A one-person show in which author, critic and lecturer Gopnik retraces the argument he made on election night 2016 to try to reinspire his 17-year-old daughter with faith in liberal humanism. Information is here.
“In the Jungle of Cities” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at MIT Theater Arts, 345 Vassar St., in the MIT/Area II neighborhood. Free, but register here. A work-in-progress inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s genre-smashing play about a battle of violent determination between a lumber-dealing businessman and an impoverished bookseller. Director Jay Scheib calls it a “prototype for a performance … a multi-platform cautionary tale on the true virtues of thick-skinnedness.” Information is here.
Breakwater Reading Series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Free. Hear work by MFA poets and prose writers coming from Boston University, Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Information is here.
Spring faculty concert from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the New School of Music, 25 Lowell St., West Cambridge. Free. Performers include Caroline Drozdiak, Kristine Kirby, Joe Reid, Szu-ning Tai, and Lily Tseng. Information is here.
Handel’s “Silla” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. (and repeating Saturday and Sunday) at Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. General admission is $25 (with fees, $26.87). In this opera, a triumphant Roman general declares himself perpetual dictator, quashing civic liberties and forcing himself on the wives and lovers of subordinates. Can’t see the relevance, frankly. Information is here.
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]” from 8 to 10 p.m. (and repeating Saturday and then six more times through June 1) at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. General admission is $20 (with fees, $21.99). A race by eight actors to perform all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays in about 90 minutes. Information is here.
“Between the Lines” screening from 8:30 to 10 p.m. (and repeating in multiple showings through Monday) at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. A new restoration of the funky roman à clef about The Boston Phoenix, set in Cambridge and Boston with a who’s who of actors seen at their start – John Heard, Bruno Kirby, Jeff Goldblum, Jill Eikenberry, Joe Morton, Lindsay Crouse, Marilu Henner and Michael J. Pollard. Information is here.
Giant Block of Ice from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. outside Cambridge Arts’ offices at 344 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Keith Hartwig creates a 6-foot cube of ice, harvested last winter from a Maine pond, as part of the “Untold Possibilities at the Last Minute” exhibition on climate change at the Cambridge Arts’ Gallery 344 through Oct. 4. Information is here.
“By Special Arrangement” concert from 8 to 10 p.m. at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. General admission is $25 (with fees, $26.87). The Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble gives a glimpse of how composers borrow or rehash old ideas, such as when Beethoven and Mozart took pieces for piano and wind quintets and arranged them for piano and string trio. Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms and Debussy did it too, but Sarasa will focus on two string trios by Mozart based on subjects composed by J.S. Bach. Information is here.
Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $25. The Cambridge Community Chorus performs Mendelssohn’s oratorio with orchestra and soloists, directed by Pamela Mindell. Information is here.
Handel’s “Silla” from 2 to 4:30 and 7:30 to 10 p.m. (and repeating Sunday) at Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. General admission is $25 (with fees, $26.87). In this opera, a triumphant Roman general declares himself perpetual dictator, quashing civic liberties and forcing himself on the wives and lovers of subordinates. Can’t see the relevance, frankly. Information is here.
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]” from 8 to 10 p.m. (and repeating six more times through June 1) at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. General admission is $20 (with fees, $21.99). Information is here.
Second Annual Baked: A Confectionary Festival at the Central Flea from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at University Park Commons, near Central Square. Free. A first-of-its-kind dessert festival featuring 40 of the area’s top pastry chefs, independent bakers and bakeries from around New England among the Flea’s usual roster of food trucks, beer and more than 90 funky vendors. Information is here.
Inman Eats & Crafts 2019 from noon to 4 p.m. on Cambridge Street in Inman Square, between Springfield and Prospect streets. Tickets are $15, including a limited amount of “Inman Bucks” for speciality foods. Inman Eats & Crafts is “a celebration of everything Inman Square” with local bands, programmed by Lilypad; retail goods and the work of more than 30 local crafters and makers for sale; a beer garden featuring Lamplighter, Cambridge Brewing Co. and Bantam Cider; and food from eateries including 1369 Coffee House, Atwood’s Tavern, Lone Star Taco Bar, Momi Nonmi, Puritan & Co., The Rising, the S&S Restaurant and Wits End. Information is here.
MayFair from noon to 6 p.m. in Harvard Square. Free. (Note: This is the makeup date for an event canceled because of rain May 5.) This 36th annual spring kickoff celebrates the 60th anniversary of Club Passim, which will run a stage outside the Harvard T stop with bands The Wolff Sisters, The Blue Ribbons, Dietrich Strause, Arc Iris, Billy Wylder and Session Americana. Expect also additional entertainment stages, more than 60 artisan booths with eclectic art, clothing, jewelry and more, a mass of international food vendors and beer gardens by Beat Brew Hall, The Hourly Oyster House, Alden & Harlow, The Sinclair and Grendel’s Den, the traditional chalk art, trips of the event grounds aboard the Roaming Railroad and more. Information is here.
The Marx Brothers’ unmade film, and a screening of one they did make: “Animal Crackers” from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. General admission is $12. If this 1930 film about an art heist seems anarchic, imagine what a Marx Brothers film written by surrealist Salvador Dali would be like. The studio didn’t get it, and the script wound up in the trash – or, actually, in a French library, where it was discovered by author Josh Frank. With the help of comedian Tim Heidecker, he and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega have recreated the script as a graphic novel; Frank is on hand to talk about it after the film. Information is here.
“24 Hours in Cambridge” screening from 3 to 6 p.m. at Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. People around the city were asked to film short videos depicting their day. The resulting film compilation will run on a loop. Information is here.
Singer-Songwriter Night XVI from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at ZuZu, 474 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Admission is $7 for this 21-plus show. Four local acts perform 35-minute sets, this time including Will Alexander, Samantha Hartsel, Knot Art and Jonathan Wauhkonen. Information is here.