A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: Enes Kanter, Dan Pfeiffer, ‘Basement Project’
“My First Film” screening and Q&A with director Zia Anger from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. General admission is $12. Anger sits in the front row of the theater and controls the big screen, creating an interactive narrative live on her laptop, playing videos and showing other materials that guide the audiences through her frustration as an artist – one who created a work of art that was rejected from every film festival to which she submitted. A DocYard event. Information is here.
Vocarium Reading with Natalie Diaz and Ocean Vuong from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Free, with one ticket per person distributed beginning at 5:30 p.m. for limited seating. Poets Diaz (author of “Postcolonial Love Poem”) and poet and novelist Vuong (author of “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous”) share readings from recent work. Information is here.
Dan Pfeiffer speaks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $29.75 with a copy of the book (with fees, $32.23), or $8 (with fees, $9.39). Pfeiffer, author of “Yes We (Still) Can” and cohost of the podcast “Pod Save America” discusses his latest book, “Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again” with author and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power. A Harvard Book Store event. Information is here.
Black History Month reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Works by Cambridge black artists, a stamp unveiling and presentation by Manisha Sinha on the roles of black women roles in the suffrage movement are featured, as well as remarks by Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. Information is here.
Elements of Cinema talk: “The Haunting” from 6 to 8 pm. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Free. Berklee audio expert Enrique Gonzalez Müller leads a screening of the landmark horror film adapted from Shirley Jackson’s novella “The Haunting of Hill House,” with a focus on the sound design that helped make it so memorable. Information is here.
RebeccaLynn features 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. The bartender, visual artist and poet reads after two hours of open mic starting at 8 p.m. Information is here.
Ice Skating and Culture House Social from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Ice Skating at Kendall Square, 300 Athenaeum St. and CultureHouse, 500 Kendall St., Kendall Square. Free except for $8 ice skate rental, but RSVP here. Go skating or hang out in the CultureHouse popup space and enjoy snacks, hot cocoa and board games. Information is here.
Opening reception for the “Basement Project: Not Your Usual Basement Junk” exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. The museum’s collection begins in 1897, and this exhibit showcases the objects that students from Somerville High School’s Local History Club connected with, showing how the Somerville of the past resonates with young residents now. Information is here.
James Cotton jazz documentary fundraiser at 7 p.m. at Regattabar, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $75 (with fees, $79). “They All Stood Up: The Life and Legacy of James Cotton” is in production to tell the untold story of James “Superharp” Cotton, who shaped Chicago Blues and played with everyone from Muddy Waters to the Grateful Dead. This event includes music from blues musicians James Montgomery, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, with special guest jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly, as well as a preview of scenes from the film and a panel discussion with the filmmakers. Information is here.
Synesthesia Suite from 9 to 10:30 p.m. (added after an earlier show sold out) at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, on the Cambridge border. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 on the day of this 18-plus event. Composer Mary Bichner returns for a third year of her immersive musical experience – live performances of Bichner’s orchestral compositions paired with stunning visuals inspired directly by her polymodal synesthesia, allowing audience members to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Bichner does when she listens to music. Information is here.
A conversation with Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Distler Performance Hall at Granoff Music Center at Tufts University, 20 Talbot Ave., near Powder House Square, Somerville. Free, but registration is required. The Swiss-born Turkish basketball player for the Celtics, a dedicated democracy and human rights activist, talks with Neil Swidey of The Boston Globe Magazine. Information is here.
“Wild” exhibition reception from 7 to 8 p.m. at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport. Free. The show, juried by the Peabody Essex Museum’s Jane Winchell, is up through March 14 featuring the work of 28 artists exploring humans existing with nature in a time of planetary change. Information is here.
Film Friday: “The Princess Bride” from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at CultureHouse, 500 Kendall St., Kendall Square. Free. A friendly screening of the inconceivably good and enduring 1987 meta-fairy tale of true love, pirate kings and tips on how to survive iocane poisoning. Information is here.
Cozy Comedy Showcase from 9 to 10 p.m. at The Rising Bar, 1172 Cambridge St., Inman Square. Tickets are $10. Dan Reardon, Dave Caggiano, Tommy O’Deed, Joey Kuriki, Lilly Meyer, Cam MacNeil and Olly Iconic entertain. Information is here.
Taste of Carnival from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul AME Christian Life Center, 85 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. General admission is $10. An indoor community festival celebrating the Caribbean and African diaspora and offering a “taste” of what to expect at the annual Caribbean festival in Cambridge, with food and arts and craft vendors, music, dancing, a costume showcase, steel pan performances and demos, Caribbean pantomimes and storytelling. Information is here.
Bridgeside Cypher from 5 to 8 p.m. 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 (for returning participants) and open mic. Information is here.
Kenice Mobley headlines comedy for charity from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at 730 Tavern, 730 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $10. Mobley, host of the “Love About Town” podcast and performer at the Women in Comedy, 10,000 Laughs and Brooklyn Comedy festivals, leads a show benefiting Friends of Boston’s Homeless. Information is here.
Bach, Bryan, and Brahms from 8 to 10 p.m. at Harvard’s John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St., just north of Harvard Square and Harvard Yard. Free, but register here. The Bach Society Orchestra performs Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, a world premiere of Courtney Bryan’s “Shedding Skin,” written in 2013 with the American Composer’s Orchestra; and Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, Op. 102, with Katherine Woo on violin and Ethan Cobb on cello. Information is here.
“The Bridges of Time” concert from 3 to 5 p.m. at the New School of Music, 25 Lowell St., West Cambridge. Free. The Amira Trio – Nelli Herskovitz-Jabotinsky on violin, Minghui Lin on cello and Aleksandra Lvin playing piano – performs Mendelssohn’s Trio in C minor, Haydn’s “Gypsy” Trio, and Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” Information is here.
Beethoven’s birthday bash from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. General admission is $20, but students with ID and people under 18 get in free. For Ludwig Van’s 250th, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra performs “Leonore” Overture No. 3, Symphony No. 5 and his “Violin Concerto” with soloist Stella Chen. Information is here.
Rosie’s Place comedy benefit from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Comedy Studio, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $12. The monthly benefit, this time for the Boston women’s shelter and hosted by Kindra Lansburg, with Phoebe Angle, Tooky Kavanagh, Emily Ruskowski, Katlin McFee and Laura Severse. Information is here.
Pindrop Sessions’ “Who We Are” from 7 to 10 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. General admission is $20 (with fees, $22.85). James Dargan and Reginald Mobley collaborates with the Handel & Haydn Society and Hipstory for a musical event that explores “the unity and diversity of music.” Information is here.