A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: Ignite! food & fire fest, Risky Quickies, more
“Schitt’s Creek” Trivia from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glass House, 450 Kendall St., Kendall Square. Free, but registration closes after 35 teams. The restaurant has found another clever trivia contest for its patio: the surprisingly pleasant Canadian comedy from Eugene Levy and family with Catherine O’Hara streaming on Netflix. Information is here.
“Carmina Burana” open sing from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 237 Harvard St., in The Port neighborhood near Central Square. A $10 donation is requested. There aren’t many places where people will get together for fun to sing Carl Orff’s 1935-36 cantata (which some may know from pop culture such as “American Horror Story” or “Jackass: The Movie”). Singers are invited to bring their own score or borrow one for the evening. Information is here.
Free root beer floats and “Spirit Riding Free” TV show merchandise from 3 to 7 p.m. at Gracie’s Ice Cream, 22 Union Square, Somerville. You may not watch or even have heard about this animated show, but you can still get a free root beer float (and swag) courtesy of Dreamworks and Netflix. Information is here.
Summer Dance Series from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at South Plaza, 450 Kendall St., in the newly branded Canal District at Kendall Square. Free. Pop-up performance from the Dance Complex with its Peter DiMuro and Public Displays of Motion; Yosi Karahashi (pictured); Rebecca McGowan and Rising Step; and belly dancer Seyyide Sultan. Information is here.
Wicked Wednesdays Author Series from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Vox Pop, 431 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville. Free. Sam Baltrusis, author of historical books with a spooky edge and founder of the Harvard Scare walking tours, chats with regional authors on camera for his syndicated “What’s New: Author Series,” followed by a Q&A with the author and studio audience. The series wraps up with Christopher Rondina, author of “Legends of Sleepy Hollow.” Information is here.
Wiretap Wednesday Open Stage from 7 to 9:30 p.m. (with sign-ups at 6:30 p.m.; repeating monthly) at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. An open mic that founders Ben Quick and Nate Taylor say supports virtually any type of performance, taking advantage of the space’s stage, free parking, piano, many microphones and liquor license. Information is here.
“The Fairy Circus” puppet show from 10 to 11 a.m. at Magazine Beach, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free. More than 20 of the beautifully handcrafted Tanglewood Marionettes perform dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform and fly through the air to music (recommended, for some reason, for ages 4-7). Co-sponsored by Cambridge Community Schools. Information is here.
Risky Quickies from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Good Vibrations, 52 JFK St., Harvard Square. Free, with 10 percent off purchases at the event; register here. This is exactly what it sounds like: A class in how to make a public sex fantasy happen, described as a “guide to great quickies anywhere you go,” including how to choose locations and stay safe while getting busy. Information is here.
Cambridge Comedy Underground Television Taping from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free, but register here because there’s limited seating. The channel’s television comedy showcase includes sets from Kathleen Demarle, Vaiden Jones, Sean Egan, Kevin M. Quigley, Rasheed Townes and Latasha Hughes Tomasson, with hosts Demetrius “Big D” Hullum and Casey McNeal. Information is here.
Tender Match Poetry Slam from 7 p.m. to midnight at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 to $15. Spoken word teams representing Boston and New York face off in seven rounds of slam featuring new poems on topics selected on the spot, led off by music from psychedelic space cowboy Britt and comedy from Moth and “Jeopardy” champion Wes Hazard. The host is Black Nerd Problems editor Omar Holmon, and local poets include Simone Beaubie, Taylor Steele, Nkosi Nkululeko, Tyler Larsen, Nia Calloway, Arianna Monet, Zeke Russell and Terah Ehigiator. Information is here.
The Thirties comedy with Bethany Van Delft and Kelly MacFarland from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Central Square. Tickets are $15. A monthly stand-up showcase giving accomplished local comics a half-hour each. Information is here.
Tea & Ice Cream from 7:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Mem Tea Imports, 196 Elm St., near Davis Square. Tickets are $20. First, a variety of tea blends, then a sampling of tea-infused and tea-inspired ice creams from local purveyors. Information is here.
Dancing on the Row from 6 to 9 p.m. on Assembly Row, 340 Canal St. (between the Loft and J.P. Licks), Assembly Square, Somerville. Free. Latin dance such as merengue, bachata, salsa or denbow starting with a half-hour class for beginners. Information is here.
Astronomy After Hours from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, on the Cambridge border. Free. Friday nights from April to October – weather permitting – brings a variety of hands-on astronomy and space science activities, including viewings through the Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope in the Gilliland Observatory. Information is here.
“The Enterprise Incident” staged radio play from 8 to 9:30 p.m. (and repeating Saturday) at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. Free, but donations are welcome. The Post-Meridian Radio Players reprise their gender-swapped “Star Trek” staged play with a classic plot: The Enterprise crew finds themselves face to face with Romulan foes when they enter the Neutral Zone by order of Capt. Kirk. Information is here.
Ignite! Global Street Food and Fire Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. at Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Square, Somerville. There is a suggested donation of $2. In addition to selections from local food vendors (and food demos), there will be food-themed activities including a flaming curry eating contest (a sit-down speed-eating version is at 7:30 p.m.) and performers of music, magic, belly dancing and, at 8:50 p.m. the main event: a Boston Circus Guild fire show. The night ends with salsa dance instruction and a festival-wide dance party. Information is here.
Movies in the Park: “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” 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. The latest is a fantasy sequel that hit theaters this year, winding up with a 91 percent fresh ranking from Rotten Tomatoes (and an 87 percent audience score – pretty good). Information is here.
Moon Rocks: Concerts Under the Moon from 7 to 11 p.m. at Draper, 555 Technology Square, Kendall Square. Free. Laura Orshaw & The New Velvet Band plays two sets outdoors under an illuminated Museum of the Moon (moving indoors in case of bad weather, but BYO chairs and blankets along with food and nonalcoholic refreshments). Guests will be able to explore the interactive exhibit inside Draper’s Atrium, including access to a 4D Apollo lunar landing simulator. Information is here.
Midnight Special late-night movie in 35mm: “10 Things I Hate About You” at midnight at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $12. The Shakespeare-inflected teen flick from 1999 that gives teen flicks a good name, with a smart script and appealing performances from Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Larisa Oleynik. Information is here.
“The Enterprise Incident” staged radio play from 2 to 3:30 and 8 to 9:30p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. Free, but donations are welcome. Information is here.
Hack the Moon Live from noon to 4 p.m. at Draper, 555 Technology Square, Kendall Square. Free. Another good day to check out this interactive exhibit exploring the unsung stories of the engineers who guided the Apollo astronauts to the moon and back safely – told through exclusive interviews, photos and artifacts and, at times, a spin in a lunar landing simulator. Information is here.
Pingpong Tournament from 2 to 5 p.m. (and repeating Sundays) at CultureHouse, 500 Kendall St., Kendall Square. Free. Win honor, glory and maybe a prize in this weekly tournament at the pop-up “living room for the community” or “indoor public park.” Information is here (and there’s a full schedule of events here, including trivia and game nights, film screenings and more).
Lyf & Friends Summer Fest of rap and hip-hop at 6 p.m. at Sonia, 10 Brookline St., Central Square. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door for this all-ages show. Jay Gwuapo (pictured), Trae da Kidd, Keemdoe, Lil Rayy, Arsen, D. Roche, Bashli, Jloud, Mula M.O.E., Grimm and Dougy Dulce are all on the poster for this event – but Mir Fontaine and Blizzy are on the ticketing. Whatever combination of talents appears on stage, you’re guaranteed a good time. Information(?) is here.