Tuesday, May 21, 2024


Juneteenth Celebration continues from 1 to 3 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. The Cambridge Families of Color Coalition hosts live performances to celebrate the emancipation holiday. Information is here.

The opera “Venus & Adonis” continues from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. General admission is $45. The show repeats Sunday. Information is here.

Juneteenth Gathering from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. After a drum call, processional and poetry reading by Akili Jamal Haynes comes a screening of a documentary produced by Boston’s Museum of African American History, “Jubilee Juneteenth and the Thirteenth.” Information is here.


Juneteenth Parade from 10 a.m. to noon starting at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Gather starting at 9 a.m. and follow the parade route to 10 Pleasant St. to recognize Patrick Raymond, the first black fire chief in the United States, then on Western Avenue to end at Riverside Press Park, 2 Blackstone St., Riverside, for 11 a.m. speeches from Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and others. Information is in the graphic here.

Somerville “Pub” Sing from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. The songs may be pub-worthy, often leaning toward drinking songs and sea chanteys, but this free-flowing group sing takes place outdoors around a propane fire pit, with marshmallows to toast. (Other snacks are welcome.) Because singing together is high-risk for spreading Covid, this is for fully vaccinated and boosted participants. Information is here.


Summer Solstice Celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, 11 Divinity Ave., in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square. Free. In-person again after a two-year pandemic hiatus, this celebration of the longest day of the year allows access to the galleries and new exhibitions at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East; asks help creating a community mural; offers musical and circus performances; flower crowns; and snacks at a food truck. There’s free parking at the 52 Oxford St. garage. Information is here.

The Renaissance Men vocal troupe and Kairos dance troupe are at work on “Foxy.”

“Foxy” performance at 6:30 p.m. at Complex@Canal, 650 E. Kendall St., Kendall Square. Free. Check out a work in progress of a contemporary cabaret interpretation of Stravinsky’s famed 1922 satirical opera-ballet “Renard.” A collaboration of the vocal chamber ensemble Renaissance Men and Kairos dance troupe, “Foxy” also blends performance art, fashion, live music and theatrical lighting into a one-act, Ballet Russes-inspired performance playing off of Russian folk tales by Alexander Afanasyev about a cockerel lured repeatedly (and pointlessly) into danger by a hungry fox in disguise. There’s “an uncanny relevance to modern-day movements – social media models and influencers, televangelists, fake news and reality TV politicians,” say the creatives behind the project. Information is here.

Poets James Shea and Dorothy Tse and Yam Gong read at 7 p.m. at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. Admission is $5, but the store will accept donations of more. This reading focuses on Yam Gong, the Hong Kong-based author of “And So You Look at Festival Lights along the Street” and other works. Information is here.


Journalist and author Keri Blakinger. (Photo: Ilana Panich-Linsman)

Keri Blakinger reads from “Corrections in Ink: A Memoir” at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Blakinger made a name for herself in competitive figure skating, then spent nine years living on the streets, selling drugs and sex, and shooting up between classes at Cornell. After being caught walking down the street with a Tupperware container full of heroin, she went to prison for two years – and after making headlines herself, came out a reporter intent on exposing a broken system. “It’s impossible to read this book and not be inspired, and called to action,” author Wesley Lowery said. Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.

Prateek Kuhad plays at 7 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $28. This pop musician from India – who sings in Hindi and English and cites Elliott Smith as an influence – drew attention when his “Cold/Mess” landed on Barack Obama’s playlist of 2019 favorites. He’s touring behind a new album, “The Way That Lovers Do,” with Laura Elliott opening at this show. Information is here.


Boston Harp Beat from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday in front of 1771 Massachusetts Ave., at Forest Street, in the Baldwin neighborhood near Porter Square. The Boston Harp Beat – Shelley Otis and Fabio Pirozzolo – performs as part of the Cambridge Plays program, plucking and strumming while you’re shopping and dining. Information is here.

CX Summer Nights from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Common at CX, 320 Morgan Ave., North Point. Free. An outdoor concert featuring the Blue Light Bandits and Dwight & Nicole and accompanied by local brews and drinks, food trucks, lawn games and opportunities to support the nonprofit community. The series is in partnership with the East Cambridge Business Association. Information is here.

Ottessa Moshfegh reads from “Lapvona: A Novel” at 6 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $28.75 including a copy of the book, or $6 without. Moshfegh, of Newton, presents from her farce about a medieval Eastern Europe where life is corrupt, broken and brutal – what Booklist calls “the latest wicked tale from macabre master Moshfegh” – and talks with Miranda Popkey, the author of “Topics of Conversation.” Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.

David Arteaga Memorial Jazz Jam from 6 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Phil Grenadier is on trumpet, Rick DiMuzio is on tenor sax, Plamen Karadonev is on piano, Matt Stavrakas is on bass and Dan Jeffs is on drums … and Arteaga jams along in spirit. Information is here.

Lou Barlow. (Photo: Lou Barlow via Bandcamp)

Lou Barlow performs, acoustic and intimate at 7 p.m. at A Curated World, 160 Highland Ave., Somerville. General admission is $30. (A $75 tier includes a T-shirt personalized for you by Barlow.) With a few days between Dinosaur Jr. tours, Barlow does a gig close to home in an approach he describes as “always pretty fun and loose. I take requests and ramble on about things here and there. I really enjoy it, play for about 2½ hours and haven’t had any complaints.” A Curated World is a vintage shop with home and lifestyle items, but the show is outdoors and attendees should bring a blanket, cushion, towel or low lawn chair to sit on. (It’s BYOB, too.) Information is here.


Open Kitchens Project Pop-Up Dinner Salon with chef Jose Barriga cooking Peruvian from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Revival Cafe, 125 Cambridgepark Drive, North Cambridge near Alewife. RSVP for $60. Barriga – chef, healthy food strategist, Latino culture activist and founder of Cambridge Food Lab – cooks ceviche, ocopa arequipeña and an alfajores dessert as a way to spark dialogue practical on healthy community and culture, including the benefits and beauty of Hispanic and Latino culture. Information is here.

United Dance inaugural performance at 7 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. General admission is $30. This dance for individuals with Down syndrome, by Lia Cirio and Gianni Di Marco, gets a world premiere. Information is here.

Pride Drag Show from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. The show “convenes a bevy of queens for this Pride month drag extravaganza,” organizer Secret Queen says. Information is here.


Arts in the Park from 1 to 5 p.m. at Clement Morgan Park, 60 Columbia St., The Port. Free. The live painting, live music, DJs and steel drum band, photo booth, interactive experiences, children’s activities, Everybody Gotta Eat chefs and other offerings are all just a trap to give people information about The Port Infrastructure Improvements Project – a trap worth falling into. Information is here.

United Dance continues at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. General admission is $30. Information is here.

Percussionist Zayra Pola plays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Jill Brown-Rhone Park, near Central Square. Free. As part of the Cambridge Plays program, this Puerto Rico-born, Berklee-educated musician provides a backdrop for enjoying ice cream and sun in Lafayette Square. Information is here.

Nepal Festival from 4 to 9 p.m. on Union Square Plaza, Somerville. Free. Nepali culture, cuisine, music, folk songs, cultural dances, arts and handicrafts return after spins in 2012, 2017 and 2019, sponsored by the city and Greater Boston Nepali Community. Information is here.

Silent dance party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. DJ Nomadik and friends spin a night of music under the stars in which guests are given a set of headphones that lets each choose the style of music they prefer. Information is here.

Pit-A-Palooza: A Celebration of the Harvard Square Pit and Those Who Called it Home from 6 to 10 p.m. in The Pit and down Dunster Street, Harvard Square. Free. Expect live music (from Nothing But Enemies, a Boston punk band, and tunes from Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, Blondie, New Order and more), performances of “Rocky Horror” songs (by Full Body Cast, which has been performing at “Rocky Horror” screenings since 1984), food and a beer garden hosted by The Hourly Oyster House. It’s all to mark Pit Rat Day before renovations to the plaza around a MBTA station headhouse paves over that “Pit,” a sunken area built in 1982 for public gatherings that “became home to a ragtag group of young people from Cambridge and the surrounding area who, because of their choice in music and of dress, were often outsiders in their own communities,” city councillor Marc McGovern said. “Although we will lose the physical appearance of The Pit, this area will continue to be a welcoming place for young people to gather.” Attendees are urged to bring their old photos and dress the part – dragging out the fishnets, leather and studs to, you know, “show your kids how cool you were.” Information is here.

“Medusa Reclaimed” includes music, dance, shadow puppetry and more. (Photo: Medusa Reclaimed)

“Medusa Reclaimed” at 8 p.m. at the Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. The Nora’s “That’s What She Said” program offers a stage to Brian King’s reimagining of the Medusa myth, asking “Who was Medusa? Did history get her story wrong?” It premiered as an animated radio play with live music in a 2019 sold-out summer run at the Museum of Science, but a grant means further development of the play in a workshop directed by Eileen Little and performed by a cast of six with shadow puppetry by Norah Solorzano and music by the band What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?. Information is here.


Mini photoshoot sessions from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Fifty dollars gets a 15-minute session with Taylor Rossi Photography – including a style guide and posing tips – and two edited and retouched photos. For this Pride Month event, the bookshop is donating its portion of profits to The Trevor Project, a suicide-prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ young people. Information is here.

Rocker Robin Lane performs at noon at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $30. Lane was a pioneer of Boston’s new wave rock scene, touring as a solo artist and with her band Robin Lane and the Chartbusters and opening for acts such as The Kinks, The Cars and Hall & Oates. This Burren Backroom Series celebrates the release of her “Dirt Road to Heaven” album. Information is here.

International Fashion Show from 1 to 3 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. A celebration of global fashion, food and culture. Information is here.

“Medusa Reclaimed” continued at 2 p.m. at the Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Information is here.

“A Vision of Hills” classical music concert at 3 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Boston’s Juventas New Music Ensemble presents an afternoon of chamber music featuring new works by living composers, including Massachusetts’ own Oliver Caplan and Carson Coonman. Information is here.

This post was updated July 20, 2022, to correct the date of a “CX Summer Night” event.