A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: Comicazi Cookie Clash, Halloween fun, more
The Night Shift at Fresh Pond: Great-Horned Owls from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Water Department facility at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond. Learn about Fresh Pond’s owls in an indoor presentation that covers the famous owlet of 2018, displays some rare owl artifacts and explores what’s being done to keep the resident owls happy and healthy. Information is here.
Live Open Mic Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Stage time for musicians, poets, comedians and more – enthusiastic audience members are also welcome – that gets broadcasts on Cambridge cable Channel 8. Information is here.
Robert Pinsky, Gail Mazur and Jill McDonough read from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. Hear selections from Pinsky’s new poetry anthology, “The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall: Poems at the Extremes of Feeling,” focused on poems exploring emotion at its most expansive, distinct and profound. Information is here.
Susan Rice reads from “Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at First Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church St./1446 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Tickets are $32 with a copy of the book (with fees, $34.59) or $8 without (with fees, $9.39). The national security adviser to President Barack Obama and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations reads from her memoir and talks with Henry Louis Gates Jr. Information is here.
GoreFest XVII: “Maul of America” from 8 to 9:15 p.m. at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Central Square. General admission is $25 (or, with ponchos that are also $5 at the door, $29). A new original Halloween musical with plenty of spurting blood, a local tradition. The last of the blood spurts tonight. Information is here.
Late Night Ouija Party from 8 to 11 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port. Drink some beer in the dark while talking with ghosts – the brewery even has a new Ouija board-inspired beer in time for Halloween. Information is here.
Gallery Talk: The Haunted Museums from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Free with museum admission – which is free for Cantabrigians with proof of residency. A special, one-hour talk exploring haunting or spectral works on display in the museums. Information is here.
Pumpkin Carols and AntiMorris Dancing from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Get your weird on with “pumpkin carols” and a take on an already sort of weird English folk dance from the Recently Traditional Fictional Morris group, which promises its members will fade silently into the night afterward – perhaps joining the (see below) Oxford Street Souling Tour? Information is here.
Oxford Street Souling Tour from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. starting at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. “Souling” is ancient folk theater – expect themes of combat and revival – out of the U.K. that takes place around All Soul’s Eve, a sensible time for mummers to go house to house to perform considering the expectation for strangers to ring doorbells that night. In this 17th annual local event, after proceeding up Vinal to Highland, then to School and Oxford, the final performance is in front of 90 Oxford St., Spring Hill, Somerville, roughly a block behind Highland Kitchen. Information is here.
A Delicious Autumn for Ghost Stories from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Park Ranger Catie Murphy shares some ghostly tales of the 19th century and their connection with the Longfellow family at this National Historic Site. Information is here.
Cirque of the Dead from 7 to 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $30 to $55 to this 18-plus experience. This freaky, immersive circus show ending tonight offers guests a lot to explore (and, with the nerd-nostalgia band Minusworld, to dance to). Come dressed for Halloween. 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.
“Rocky Horror Picture Show” from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. The annual screening of the horror flick takeoff and midnight movie phenomenon “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” with a live shadowcast by the Teseracte Players. Information is here.
A Far Cry: “American Noir” Halloween from 9 to 10 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $25. A peek at the ensemble’s full-length performance (the next night in Boston) that plays up spookier aspects of the program, from Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue” to Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho” Suite. Halloween costumes will be worn onstage and are encouraged for the audience. Information is here.
Vapors Of Morphine “Ocean” themed Halloween from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., East Cambridge. Tickets are $10 (with fees, $11.49) for this 21-plus show. Atwood’s Halloween shows are legendary for transforming floor to ceiling along a theme – this year, oceans – so people can dress accordingly as they hear Vapors of Morphine play a wave-crashing soundtrack with two sets of signature low rock. Information is here.
GoreFest XVII: “Maul of America” from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Central Square. General admission is $25 (or, with ponchos that are also $5 at the door, $29). Information is here.
Best American Poetry 2019 reading at Harvard Book Store from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Anthology guest editor Major Jackson and contributors Gail Mazur, Didi Jackson, Nausheen Eusuf and Lloyd Schwartz celebrate the latest in a 31-year tradition. Information is here.
“M. Butterfly” from 7 to 9:15 p.m. (and repeating Saturday, Sunday and next week) at the Loeb Experimental Theater, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Free. David Henry Hwang’s Tony-winning drama is a deconstruction and critique of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and its themes of exploitation and betrayal – as well as being based loosely on the real-life relationship between a French diplomat and the Peking opera singer he didn’t realize was male. Information is here.
“Twelfth Night” from 8 to 10 p.m. (and repeating Saturday and Sunday and next week) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $12. Shakespeare’s rom-com – the one with twins separated in a shipwreck – is taken on by the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble. Information is here.
International Film Series: “Mustang” from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Turkish-French director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s feature film debut from 2015 follows the lives of five orphaned sisters being raised by relatives in a small Turkish village. When a neighbor reports on their behavior, a series of restrictions are imposed by their family. Reviewer Allyson Johnson gave this movie four out of four stars. Information is here.
Comicazi Cookie Clash charity baking competition from 6 to 9 p.m. at Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave., Davis Square, Somerville. Admission is $10, or $5 for children under 10. Unlimited homemade cookies, with milk (including nondairy milk) and coffee included. Proceeds benefit Boston Partners in Education, a local nonprofit supporting Boston Public Schools students. Information is here.
Ariana Reines reads from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. Free, but register here. Poet, playwright, performance artist and translator Reines reads from her new “A Sand Book.” Information is here.
After Hours at the Bookstore with Jac Jemc at 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Tickets are $18 (with fees, $19.89) for this 21-plus event. Jemc, the award-winning author of “The Grip of It” comes in for a candlelit reading from her new collection of short stories, “False Bingo,” joined in conversation by local author Nina MacLaughlin. After the reading comes adult beverages, spooky snacks, browsing by flashlight (included in the price of the ticket), and 20 percent off all purchases. Costumes are encouraged: the best will be rewarded with a $25 gift card, and there will be prizes for the runners-up. Information is here.
“Twelfth Night” 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 $12. Information is here.
American Classics’ “We’re in the Money” from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. General admission is $25. The troupe starts tackling the vices (smoking and drinking are coming up in February and April) with tunes from the Great American Songbook, including “Ten Cents A Dance,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Love For Sale” and “Pennies From Heaven.” Performers include Jean Danton, Grace Allendorf, Bradford Conner, Caryn May, Ethan Sagin and Benjamin Sears, with Steve Susan on piano. Information is here.
Music of Haydn, Mozart & CPE Bach from 4 to 6 p.m. at Harvard Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Harvard Square. Free. The Harvard University Choir and the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra perform Joseph Haydn’s “L’infedeltà Delusa (Sinfonia)” W.A. Mozart’s “Vesperae solennes de Confessore” and C. P. E. Bach’s “Magnificat.” Information is here.
Pindrop Sessions’ “From Afar the Sweet Light” from 7 to 10 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. General admission is $20 (with fees, $22.85). The Blue Heron Choir brings in Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone for a little help with the medieval Italian of Cipriano de Rore’s madrigals. Information is here.
Singer-Songwriter Night XXV from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at ZuZu, 474 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Local acts perform 35-minute sets, this time including Crow Kid; Audrey Rose Hughes; and Amanda McCarthy. Information is here.
“Twelfth Night” from 4 to 6 p.m. (and repeating twice next week) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Little Theater in Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $12. Information is here.