A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville, including Katie Kitamura and Asian Festival
“Tip of the Tongue” art exhibition in its final week at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport. Gallery hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. Selected artists use “language as form and function” in a group show juried by Argentinean-born (but Milwaukee resident) multimedia artist Santiago Cucullu. Information is here.
“L O V E and sometimes Y” art exhibition by Ben Loiz at the Katherine Small Gallery, 108 Beacon St., Somerville. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Free. This is a design shop specializing in typography, not an art gallery – which is why these works constitute only the second exhibit at it. When the gallery asked Los Angeleno Loiz, who’s worked with everyone from Nike to Neiman Marcus, for a some hand-painted alphabets, he instead sent art incorporating them. The works are up through June 11 with a show of Jessica Hische’s drop caps. Information is here.
First and Last Word Poetry from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $4. Readers are Mary Buchinger, Linda Haviland Conte and Hilary Sallick at this series held the third Tuesday of every month with hosts Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock. There’s an open mic at the end. Information is here.
Author Katie Kitamura from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. The author of “Intimacies,” a novel listed as one of The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2021, speaks with Rivka Galchen, an author and staff writer at The New Yorker. Information is here.
Third Thursdays jazz series at 8 p.m. at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Admission is $10. This harmolodic jazz series begun in April by Dave Bryant, a keyboardist and composer who worked with Ornette Coleman, brings in Jerome Deupree (the original drummer in Morphine), Russ Gershon, J. Johnson, Rick McLaughlin, Bryan Murphy and Yahuba. Information is here.
A Night in Bloom Gala at 6 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. General admission is $35. This fundraiser (which teases a reveal of plans for the center) is headlined by composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and includes appearances by Esh Circus Arts and Books of Hope. Flamenco artist Laura Sanchez performs for attendees paying VIP rates. Food is provided by Nada Cart and beverages by Aeronaut. Information is here.
“inTENtion” dance at 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. General admission is $28. Urbanity Dance brings the premieres of works by choreographers Meg Anderson, Key’Aira Lockett, Levi Marsman, Asia Pyron, Nailah Randall-Bellinger and Chun Jou Tsai. Anderson said her work features six dancers performing in two locations – some in a different room from which they’re projected by video feed onto the stage to explore “what changes between the performers when they can see each other and when they can’t.” Registration is preferred. Information is here.
Cambridge-Somerville Asian Festival from noon to 3 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. This family-friendly, outdoor celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month features food, performances, speakers, vendors and activity tables with arts and crafts. (A workshop featuring a mural-in-progress by street-artist and educator Sneha Shrestha and zine workshop with illustrator and activist Shaina Lu is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Cala, 1060 Broadway, Somerville). Information is here.
Inman Eats & Crafts, from noon to 4 p.m. on Cambridge Street in Inman Square, between Springfield and Prospect streets. The East Cambridge Business Association’s annual celebration of “everything Inman Square” has a long list of restaurants with food stands, a beer garden, live music and vendors that include more than 30 local makers set up in a Handmade Marketplace. We wrote about it here; information is here.