A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: Lunar Day events, Klosterman, circus, more
Massmouth Summer Story Showcase from 7 to 9 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. General admission is $12. Five-minute, true short stories from 10 names drawn at random from a box, with five volunteer judges looking at how well each story is told, how well it is constructed, how well the story explores the theme and how well it honors the time limit. The top scorer, the runner-up and the audience-selected favorite earn chances to compete in a “BigMouthOff” in the spring. Information is here.
Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Porter squares. Watching is $7. This open mic of two original songs (or 10 minutes), running for more than a decade, draws some top talent and touring acts alongside people just trying out their talents. Information is here.
Taste of Cambridge from 5 to 8 p.m. at University Park Commons, in Cambridgeport near Central Square. General admission is $65 (with fees, $69.57). This sampling experience includes more than two dozen local restaurants, from Boston Red Dogs to Puritan & Co. Information is here.
Singer-Songwriter Night XIX from 8:30 to 11:35 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 Cosi, Kramer Gibson, Plastic Angels and Ella McDonald. Information is here.
“RagTag: A Circus in Stitches” from 7:30 to 9 p.m,. (and repeating Wednesday) at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. General admission is $18 (with fees, $19.89). Cirque Us says (cleverly) that is has brought together high-flying, knot-tying, gravity-defying aerialists, loopy jugglers, musicians that pull your heart strings and comedy that leaves you in stitches to pull together a common thread of story-telling. Information is here.
Chuck Klosterman reads from “Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction” with Tom Perrotta from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free; ordering a copy of the book from Porter Square Books reserves a seat toward the front until 15 minutes before the event begins. Rock star nonfiction writer Klosterman (“I Wear the Black Hat,” “But What If We’re Wrong?”) takes audiences through his new story collection in conversation with rock star fiction writer Perrotta (“Election,” “The Leftovers”). Information is here.
“RagTag: A Circus in Stitches” from 7:30 to 9 p.m,. (and repeating Wednesday) at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. General admission is $18 (with fees, $19.89). Information is here.
“Ideas, Not Theories” from 10 to 11 a.m. in Sennott Park (Broadway at Norfolk Street, near Central Square). Free. Bicycles, water, brushes, the body, drums and original characters feature in an unconventional, eye-opening musical performance from director and creator Reynaliz Herrera and her theatrical percussion company, part of Cambridge Arts’ Summer in the City series. Information is here.
“Hamlet” in the park from 7 to 9:30 p.m. (and repeating Friday, Saturday and Sunday and next week) at Longfellow Park, 175 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge near Harvard Square. Free. Praxis Stage, with Cambridge Arts, relocates its full-fledged production of Shakespeare’s tragedy, directed by Kim Carrell as “revenge, with no apologies.” Information is here.
“Broad City” trivia from 7 to 8 p.m. at at CultureHouse, 500 Kendall St., Kendall Square. Free. Camberville is awash in trivia nights, but seize this opportunity to show off your deep knowledge of the recently finished, utterly awesome Comedy Central show from Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in this pop-up “living room for the community” or “indoor public park.” Information is here.
Superman 1940s cartoon classics marathon from 7 to 9 p.m. at Vox Pop, 431 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville. The skill of these decades-old, hand-drawn animated shorts from the Max Fleischer studios will blow you away. Afterward comes a discussion led by film industry scholars, filmmakers and enthusiasts that will be recorded for broadcast by the Somerville Media Center. Information is here.
Trailer Treats from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. General admission is $12. The 17th annual 35 mm celebration of fabulous (and fabulously horrible) trailers from the Brattle’s collection and beyond, with some prime 1980s music videos on 35mm film recently acquired by the theater. Information is here.
Park Sounds XI at 6 p.m. at Winthrop Park in Harvard Square. Free. Outdoors music with available food and beer, and rosé on tap, this time with Hope and Things, Tom Dowd Band and Java Jukebox. Information is here.
“Tasty: A Group Art Show About Snacks” opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Washington Street Art, 321 Washington St., Somerville. Free. One-night-only edible art marks the start of a playful group show up through July 27, curated by Maggie Cedarstrom with artists including Catherine Aiello, Maggie Cedarstrom and Lee Kilpatrick thinking about consumption, indulgence and the little bites and treats we grab late at night on the run, sometimes when no one is looking. Information is here.
The Night Cafe from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Auspicious Phoenix Productions, 64 Joy St., Inner Belt, Somerville. Staggered admissions range from $40 to $85 depending on the experience at a pop-up event that’s both 1950s cafe and small-group adventure. Kellian Adams Pletcher and Lizzie Stark curate a bebop jazz band, quests, puzzles and “a menu of bespoke experiences” best experienced in beatnik pajama chic – like black beret, pajamas or both. Information is here.
Somer Fest from 7 to 11 p.m. at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Free, but there are VIP bar and lounge tickets for $59 (with fees, $64.23) to benefit the children at New Life International Orphanage in Ghana. This music, magic and comedy variety festival features DJ Eliot Ness, Bidesh, Ian Rich, Zoe Reiches, The Hip Hop Juggler, Hornography and Sur5ILL and is hosted by Nonye Brown-West. Information is here.
Lunar Day (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for regular museum admission prices, adults $10) and Moon Shots (from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., free, but register here) at The MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., in The Port neighborhood. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of humans landing on the moon with a day of hands-on activities, demos and lightning talks, moon “movies” and a look at a moon rock on loan from NASA and other Apollo-related artifacts. The Apollo Guidance Computer Restoration Team runs the machine used for ground testing and rating of the lunar module in Houston, and hangs around for the 21-plus evening version of this event, which adds custom cocktails by Short Path Distillery to the mix. Information is here.
Portrait of an Artist & Poet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Admission is $5 and includes refreshments. The Cervena Barva Press Studio presents poet/artists Sarah Deckro and Casey Lynn Roland. Information is here.
Central Square Arts and Ice Cream Day Concert from 4 to 9 p.m. at NewCity Microcreamery, 403 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Ice cream, art, face painting and more is offered to the sounds of Parissia, Yoni Gordon and Catch a Dinosaur. Information is here.
“One Giant Leap” staged readings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave., Davis Square, Somerville. Free, but register here. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Flat Earth Theatre has commissioned two new plays that explore our relationship with our nearest celestial neighbor: the ominous “Fine-Tuned Universe” by A. Lehrmitt and and spy thriller “Carbon Assets” by Kevin Mullins. Information is here.
Movies in the Park: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” from 7 to 10 p.m. at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park, 300 Grand Union Blvd. Assembly Square. Free. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and picnic for this series from WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. This acclaimed Marvel animated film is still on Netflix, but what the hell fun is that? Information is here.
“Risk!” storytelling podcast from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $21 (with fees, $23.08). The State comedy troupe’s Kevin Allison incites people to tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public. Information is here.
Midnight Specials: Late Nite Movies in 35mm “Bring It On” at midnight at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $12. There aren’t many cheerleader films you can be proud to like, but this 2000 Kirsten Dunst/Eliza Dushku/Gabrielle Union flick from Peyton Reed is smart as well as being hella fun. Information is here.
Delayed to July 28 because of this week’s weather: Cambridge BBQ Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 95 Prospect St., Central Square. General admission is $5. Local restaurants and food trucks serve ribs and brisket, spicy chicken wings and other meaty treats with Notch Brewing beer for drinking surrounded by 60 local artists and makers, antique and vintage dealers, ice cream sellers, live music, games and more. Information is here.
“The Trumpiad” performed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Ave., in The Port neighborhood. General admission is free; attend and get 20 percent off the book for $11.96. Poet Evan Eisenberg concocted this Trumpian lampoon with artist Steve Brodner with inspiration from Swift, Byron and Ogden Nash – and John Oliver and Stephen Colbert. Information is here.