A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: Campfire. Fest, nighthawks, Julia Child meal
“How I Met Your Mother” Trivia from 6 to 8 p.m. at Glass House, 450 Kendall St., Kendall Square. Free, but registration closes after 35 teams. It ran for nine seasons of sitcom-level suspense before ending as most sitcoms do – in disappointment. But if you watched this show and loved it, this could be your night. Information is here.
Mount Auburn’s Nighthawks from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (and repeating Wednesday) at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St., West Cambridge. General admission is $12. Bring binoculars and a flashlight and let Bob Stymeist reveal the fall migration and other particulars of the common nighthawk (for instance: It’s a member of the evocatively named nightjar family). Information is here.
“Lying for a Living” from 7 to 8 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. Novelists Randy Susan Meyers (“The Comfort of Lies”), M.J. Rose (“The Memorist”) and B.A. Shapiro (“The Art Forger”) talk about writing through the unique filter of lying with ease, and why it comes so easily. Information is here.
“Comedically Underseasoned” standup show from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Vox Pop, 431 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville. Free, but register here. A dozen new comics try out material. Information is here.
Arianna Monet at the Boston Poetry Slam, from 7:15 p.m. to midnight at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. There’s a $3 cover for this 18-plus show. Monet, published in Rose Quartz and Honey & Lime magazines, is a member of the current Boston Poetry Slam Team in just her first year on the scene. She is featured after two hours of open mic starting at 8 p.m. 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.
Julia Child Tribute Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. at Puritan & Co., 1166 Cambridge St., Inman Square. Tickets are $110 (with fees, $118.33). If you can afford a treat, this sixth annual celebration of the great chef’s recipes includes some major talent in the kitchen, including the home team led by Will Gilson with guests Jamie Bissonnette (Toro, Coppa and Little Donkey), John DaSilva (Chickadee), Michael Serpa (Select Oyster Bar), Nathan Gould (O Ya), Kelcey Rusch (Spoke) and Brian Mercury. Information is here.
First or Worst film festival from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free, with a suggested donation of $5. Like the “Mortified” series but on film, this lets some brave filmmakers and animators show off their awkward-but-necessary creative growing pains, screening their first and/or worst at an event cosponsored by the Weird Local Film Festival and AniMAtic Boston. Information is here.
Labor Day Campfire. Festival from 6 p.m. to midnight (and Saturday, Sunday and Monday from noon to midnight) at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. A full festival pass is $25; tickets by the day are $10. Passim’s twice-a-year, four-day homegrown festival of Americana, bluegrass, blues, Celtic, country, folk and related musical styles arrives for its summer-ending extended weekend. (Friday performer Cat London is pictured.) Information is here.
Film Friday: “Airplane!” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at CultureHouse, 500 Kendall St., Kendall Square. Free. This 1980 takeoff (get it?) on 1970s disaster films via the 1957 movie “Zero Hour!” was seminal to much of how comedy has developed to this day – and is larded with so many jokes that it doesn’t hurt too much to lose some to changing tastes in the past four decades. Snacks and drinks are provided. Information is here.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” from 8 to 10 p.m. (and repeating Saturday, Sunday and next week) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $15. In this musical comedy, six adolescent spellers compete for a slot in the National Spelling Bee, along with some adults stuck in adolescence themselves and audience volunteers. Information is here.
Bridgeside Cypher from 8 to 11 p.m. (and repeating Saturday) in Graffiti Alley, across from Pearl Street on Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square. Free. A collective of hip-hop artists perform at Central Square’s most colorful and iconic location, starting with an hour of freestyle circle and an hour of live video recording and open mic. Information is here.
Dragged Across New England from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $20 for this 18-plus show. A tour of the New England drag scene with performers including Akira Oni, Atlas, Ivanna, Kirbie FullyLoaded, Loo D’Flyest Priestly, Secret Queen, Throb Zombie and Violencia from Massachusetts, Rarity Moonchild from Connecticut, Cherry Lemonade and GiGi Gabor from Maine, Arabella LaDesse from New Hampshire and Ninny Nothin and Semi Sweet from Rhode Island. Information is here.
International Snack Food Potluck from 3 to 4 p.m. at CultureHouse, 500 Kendall St., Kendall Square. Free. Cool idea: Bring a package of a favorite international snack to share and meet new people at this pop-up “living room for the community.” Information is here.
“Straight pride parade” protest afterparty from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Massasoit Elks Lodge, 55 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Admission is $10 (with fees, $11.61) to this all-ages show. Information is here. Dubbed “Cistem Collapse,” this 10-band mini-festival serves as a party after protesting against that dumb “straight pride parade” you’ve been hearing about. Enjoy ignoring or forgetting the idiots with Evan Greer, Space Camp, Kind Crew!, Lik Meraki (pictured), Thighs, Camp Blood, Pain Chain, WIMP, Kay Wattz and Shiloh of Butch Baby. Information is here.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” from 8 to 10 p.m. (and repeating Sunday and next week) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $15. Information is here.
Skip the Small Talk from 12:15 to 2:45 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. There’s a suggested donation of $10 for this 21-plus event. It’s back, now at lunchtime: the chance to forget the dumb small talk that comes from meeting new people and – thanks to provided cards with “big talk” conversational questions – get right to the kinds of conversations you have late at night where for some reason, you feel safe talking about the things you actually care about. There’s a discounted cash pizza delivery planned for early in the evening. Information is here.
Acoustic folk with a twist from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport. Free, but register here and consider a $5 to $10 donation. Grace Givertz, Hayden Arp and Sweet Petunia perform. Information is here.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” from 2 to 4 p.m. (and repeating Sunday and next week) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $15. Information is here.