Friday, July 19, 2024


The Songs of 1970 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. General admission is $15. Fifty years ago, the songs coming from our radios included “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel, “Let It Be” The Beatles and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross – so it’s not like there won’t be enough good tunes to cover for local folkers Molly Pinto Madigan, Oliver Esposito, Kim Moberg (pictured) with Heather Swanson, Sadie Gustafson-Zook, Bob Bradshaw, Ric Allendorf, Grace Givertz, Rob Siegel, Beane, Dave Richardson, Mark Stepakoff, Matt Minigell, Lindsay Straw & Jordan Santiago, Meaghan Collins, Jim Trick, Bella White, Tom Bianchi & Danielle Miraglia, Jim Wooster & Paul Judge and The Lied To’s. Information is here.


Poetry reading from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. General admission is $10. Hear works by Wayne Miller (editor of Copper Nickel and author of “Post-,” winner of the Rilke Prize and Colorado Book Award); Kevin Prufer (editor of numerous anthologies and author of seven books of poetry, most recently “How He Loved Them”); and Andrea Read (founder of the Poetry Lab at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Somerville, now in an artist’s residency at Joya: AiR in Spain and published recently in in Barrow Street, Black Rabbit Quarterly, Copper Nickel and more, pictured). Information is here.


Meaghan Ford at the Boston Poetry Slam, from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. There’s a $3 cover for this 18-plus show. A two-time National Poetry Slam semi-finalist with the Boston Poetry Slam team and recipient of an MFA from Emerson College, Ford has work in (or soon to be in) The Rumpus, Nailed and Pank, and reads after an hour of open mic starting at 8 p.m. After Ford comes a speed slam event. Information is here.


Comedy for a Cause from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sonia, 10 Brookline St., Central Square. General admission is $35. Benefit YWCA Cambridge while enjoying the comedy of Bethany Van Delft and openers Nonye Brown-West and Michelle Sui (pictured). Small bites are included, and there’s a cash bar. Information is here.

Armory Pub Sing from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. This event is based on a traditional English pub sing and encourages chorus-based songs that are easy to learn and fun to do as a group. Information is here.

Glue Factory Comedy Hour from 8 to 9 p.m. (doors are at 7:30 p.m.) at The Dark Horse Public House, 499 Broadway, Magoun Square, Somerville. Free, but register here because seating is limited. Andrew Mayer, a Boston Comedy Festival winner, headlines with Emma Schmidt, Matt Bedell, Shyam Subramanian and Chris Pennie. Information is here.


The Co-Incidence Festival Welcome Concert from 8 to 10 p.m. (with the festival continuing in coming days) at Washington Street Art, 321 Washington St., Somerville, and nearby. Free. This gathering of experimental composer-performers begins with performances by Mike Bullock, Joachim Eckl, Jennie Gottschalk, Michael Pisaro and Sarah Pitan (pictured). Traditionally, if that word applies here, audiences are encouraged to move between concurrent performances (and to stay warm, as some shows are outdoors). Information is here.

Good Luck Comedy from 9 to 11 p.m. (doors at 9 p.m.) at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $20 (with fees, $22.85) for this 21-plus show. Hosts J Smitty and Sam Ike bring in comics and musicians – this time the comedian Chanel Ali – for a monthly party. Information is here.


Arlington/Cambridge Indoor soapbox rally from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (and continuing Sunday, and repeating on future weekends) at the CambridgeSide mall, 100 CambridgeSide Place, East Cambridge. Free. A good, old-fashioned Soap Box Indoor Rally racing on a hill (in an underground parking garage), with each day having a double elimination race in the morning and single elimination in the afternoon. Information is here.

Giving@First: 24-Hour Play Festival from 8 to 10 p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. There is a suggested donation of $20, all going to the ALS One foundation. More than 20 writers, directors and actors participate reveal the results of a 24-hour challenge to create a full drama festival from scratch. Information is here.

One Night Band at 8 p.m. at The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Harvard Square. Tickets for this 18-plus show are $15. One Night Band is a daylong music experiment in which Boston musicians are shuffled randomly into bands of five on a Saturday morning, taking the day to write three original songs and prepare one cover to play just hours later. This reboot of a 2009-12 annual event benefits Zumix, an East Boston nonprofit that works to empower youth who use music to improve their lives, communities and the world, and features a diverse cross section of Boston music – rock, hiphop, soul, Americana, electronic, funk and more. Information is here.

A Night of Debauchery with Peter Mill from 8:30 to 10 p.m. at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. General admission is $20. Mill, who just played Frank N. Furter in Moonbox’s “The Rocky Horror Show,” returns to the scene of the crime for a night of cabaret. Information is here.


“The Fool on the Hill” new play reading from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the community room at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Hear a new full-length play by poet and author Lawrence Kessenich. Information is here.

“Introducing the Labyrinth: Then & Now” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. Free, but register here. Chris Farrow-Noble, author of “Walking a Labyrinth Daily, Exploring a Spiritual Practice” talks about the labyrinth in Spanish and Greek history to the ongoing revival of interest in them as a walking meditation tool, then teaches how to draw one. Information is here.

Odds Bodkin’s “Beowulf: The Only One” from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (be warned, you’re expected to be seated before the performance begins) at Grendel’s Den Restaurant & Bar, 89 Winthrop St., Harvard Square. General admission is $20 (with fees, $22.85). Professional storyteller and musician Odds Bodkin accompanies himself musically while recounting how Beowulf sails to Denmark to kill the demon Grendel. The telling is rugged, bloody and true to the original poem.  Information is here.

Cafe Zing Poetry Open Mic from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. Sign-ups begin at 5:15 for three-minute time slots. Information is here. 

Cerebella: An evening of nerdy jokes and the stories behind the jokes from  8 to 10 p.m. at The Comedy Studio, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $15. Headliner Dhaya Lakshminarayanan of NPR’s “Snap Judgment” – also host of the premier year of WGBH’s “High School Quiz Show” and heard on “The Moth Radio Hour” and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology grad – has a smart set of nerdy jokes to share. Information is here.