Saturday, May 18, 2024


“Harvesting Ice in New England” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Water Department facility at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond. Free. Cambridge was once as famous for ice as it is now for technology. Check out footage of the ice industry at work with historian commentary and free popcorn. Information is here.

“Hebel” from 7 to 9 p.m. at MIT Theater Arts, 345 Vassar St., in the MIT/Area II neighborhood. Free, but register here. A work-in-progress peek at a work integrating choreography by Pavel Zuštiak, kinetic scenography and an original score by faculty member Christian Frederickson, performed live. Information is here.


First Person Cinema screening of “Serenity” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, on the Cambridge border. General admission is $15. Watch the 2005 classic under the Charles Hayden Planetarium dome with live commentary from Joss Whedon expert Rebecca Housel and comedian Ken Reid (of the “TV Guidance Counselor” podcast). Part of the ongoing Boston Science Fiction Film Festival. Information is here.


Sophomore comedy performs with 8 O’Clock at 730 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at 730 Tavern, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Pay what you want. The New York City LGBTQ+ comedy collective visits during a tour that includes stops in Philadelphia; Providence, Rhode Island; and Burlington, Vermont. Information is here.

Ariana Brown and a no-romance open mic 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. “Part-time curandera” (in Latin America, a healer) Brown is a poet and performer (with a spoken word album) who says she “is primarily interested in using poetry to validate black girl rage, in all its miraculous forms” – but is exempt from the no-romance clause put on the open mic part of the night. Further exemption: The open mic can include erotica or professions of friendship or love for, say, a dog or favorite sweater. Bingo cards with no-go terms with be available to ensure the space remains untainted by the Valentine’s spirit. Information is here.

The Poetry Brothel: Circus of Love from 8 p.m to 12:30 a.m. at Sonia, 10 Brookline St., Central Square. General admission is $25. An interactive literary cabaret series fusing poetry, burlesque, live music, aerials, vaudeville, visual art, magic, mysticism and options for private, one-on-one poetry experiences. Information is here.


Dark Days, Long Night Fashion Show Dance Party from 7 to 11 p.m. at New Alliance Gallery, 440R Somerville Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. A group art show and fashion walk with live music and refreshments. Talent involved includes DJ Won’t, DJ Final Object and DJ Grin; designers VQnC Vintage (pictured), Leather Pixie, Made In Boston, Painter Productions, Rod Webber and SweeTree Ink; and artists Dan Connolly, Katie Coriander, Mark Doherty, Lisa Gilman, Diya Ghosh, Jonah Jenkins, Duncan Wilder Johnson, Alvan Long, Bob Maloney, Brian Murphy, Chelsea Revelle and Dave Tree. Information is here.

Galentine’s Day party at 7 p.m. at Once Somerville, 156 Highland Ave.. Free to enter this 21-plus event, but register here. Ladies celebrate ladies with vendors offering jewelry, clothing, candles, treats, sexy things and self-care goodies, as well as food, dancing, tarot readers, a photo booth and local craft brew tastings. Information is here.

Galentine’s Day Comedy Show from 8 to 10 p.m. at The Comedy Studio, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $12. Stand-up comedy, personalized “dating advice” and prizes with Emily Ruskowski, Bethany Van Delft, Erin Spencer, Hanna Evensen, Katie Que, Kindra Lansburg and more. Information is here.


Good Luck Comedy from 9:30 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 hold a monthly party with comics and musicians – this time comedians Dan Boulger, Jay Whittaker, Michelle Sui and Jonathan Tillson and the band Sacklunch. Information is here.

Red Cursive Letters Valentine’s Day Show from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Middle East Corner, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $10. There’s an interactive musical tarot deck experience and a chance to get your love fortune read by Cosmic Gypsies, along with ancient and futuristic Cosmic Gypsy funk: love songs in Yiddish, Russian, Ladino, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Spanish and English from Luba Evans, Alice Feldman, Brianna Eden, Sveta Yu and Masha Evans, along with psychedelic rock and blues by guests Gregg Perry and Strange Berries.  Information is here.


Bugs Bunny Film Festival at noon and 2 and 4 p.m. (and continuing through Feb. 23) at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10, or $9 for children. It’s the 25th anniversary if this annual school vacation program of classic Warner Bros. cartoons, projected in 35mm. Event information is here.

Valentine’s Day Festivus: A Non-Commercial Valentine’s Day from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at CultureHouse, 500 Kendall St., Kendall Square. Free. Bring a homemade vegetarian dish to share  at what is claimed to be the world’s first Festivus-themed Valentine’s Day. Activities: creating cards for your favorite underappreciated person or group, making confetti out of junk mail and playing games such as Codenames, Bananagrams and Love Letter. Information is here.

Rooftop Arts Collective #3 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. This party features music (alt-rock from Why Try?, afrobeat from Big Blue Moon and art-pop from Arthouse), dance by the Boston Conservatory and visual art by Tyler Wintringham. Information is here.

Old School Game Show’s Valentine’s Special from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $22. The interactive trivia quiz with a retro game show feel this time boasts “Danielle Steele-approved pop culture trivia” and “baby-making music from our celebrity musical guest” as well as slow jam grooves from The Swinging Old School Game Show House Band, prizes and dance from the Cubic Zirconia Dancers. Information is here.


Brain Market Flea from noon to 6 p.m. at Cambridge Winter Farmers Market, 5 Callender St., Riverside. Tickets are on a sliding scale from free to $10. The bimonthly flea market features handmade artwork, prints, patches, records, tees, pins, ceramics, jewelry, zines, body care, tea, fiber art, vintage clothing, accessories and books, as well as tarot readings, haircuts, live drawings and more! Information is here.

Beethoven, Bartók, Fauré from 3 to 5 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Tickets are $9 to $63. The Boston Chamber Music Society – Jennifer Frautschi on violin, Marcus Thompson on viola, Raman Ramakrishnan on cello and Benjamin Hochman on piano – perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Trio in C minor, Op. 9, No. 3; Béla Bartók’s Violin Sonata No. 1, Sz. 75; and Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 15. Information is here.

Crumbs game demo from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pandemonium Books & Games, 4 Pleasant St., Central Square. Free. Each player takes on the role of a group of animals (ducks, pigeons, squirrels or chipmunks) and fights for spaces on a board before wooden cubes representing food are dropped for points. Dylan McCusker, who won “Best in Show” with Crumbs at the Boston Festival of Indie Games, will be on hand. Information is here.

Bugs Bunny Film Festival at noon, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. (and continuing through Feb. 23) at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10, or $9 for children. Event information is here.