Sunday, July 21, 2024


Family Bike Ride Ice Cream Edition at 10 a.m. (but gathering at 9:30 a.m.) from the Somerville Community Path Terminus just north of the VNA Senior Living facility at 259 Lowell St. Free, as its funded by the Bicycle Belle shop and parents’ donations, but more donations are welcome. This chance to meet other families in the area who love to bike rides 2.8 miles to Magnolia Park in Arlington via the Community Path, ending at a playground for those who still have energy and Tipping Cow ice cream for all. The options include an allergen-friendly one. Information is here.

Boar’s Tooth Fencing Tournament’s final day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. This is less a public event and more a chance for members of the Boston Armizare historical fencing group to hold classes, games and multiple tournaments – but could be an entertaining stop for people curious about Historical European Martial Arts. Information is here.

Askia Touré. (Photo: Furious Flower Poetry Center Archive)

Sam Cornish Poetry Award presentation and reading by Elizabeth McKim and Askia Touré from 3 to 4 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. The New England Poetry Club presents one of America’s oldest literary prizes, The Golden Rose, to McKim, whose roots are embedded in the oral tradition of song, story and chant; and Touré, a pioneer of the Black Arts/Black Aesthetics movement and the Africana Studies movement. Information is here.


Fresh Pond hosts monthly nature walks. (Photo: City of Cambridge)

Fresh Pond nature walk from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Free. Meet in the courtyard of the Cambridge Public Library Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Ave., West Cambridge, from which park ranger Tim Puopolo walks and talks about what’s growing, changing and blooming in the neighborhood. Information is here.

Family Game Night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Library Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington. Free. Play with family members or meet new friends over board games and puzzles supplied by the library at this all-ages event. Information is here.

Danehy Park Concert Series from 6 to 8 p.m. at Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., in Neighborhood 9 just east of Fresh Pond. Free. The performers are Grace Givertz, a singer-songwriter who performs using guitar, banjo, mandolin and harmonica, and Naomi Westwater, whose music “weaves in and out of Americana music, flirting with jazz, soul, folk and electropop.” Information is here.


Artist Julia Emiliani. (Photo: Carlie Febo)

Draw in the Park from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Joan Lorentz Park at 457 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (in front of the Cambridge Main Library). Free, but registration is required. In this outdoor drawing workshop, artist and illustrator Julia Emiliani provides step-by-step instructions while attendees learn basic drawing and observation skills. Bring a blanket or chair; the city provides drawing materials and a clipboard. Information is here.


Pop-up Science from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Davis Square Farmers Market at Day and Hebert streets, Somerville. The MIT Museum takes science to the streets in the form of hands-on activities that offer discoveries about life and nature, light and engineering. Information is here. 

Nature in the City Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free. The third of a series of monthly festivals timed to coincide with the full moon that celebrate the community, connect with the nature of the park, offers meals from a food truck and hip-hop music from Bridgeside and The Hip-Hop Transformation. Nature-based games and activities, art-making and community workshops are suitable for all ages. Information is here.

Sip and Paint Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port. Tickets are $47 (not including a $4.50 fee) for this 21-plus event. Galeria de Chuwi instructors lead beer lovers (and others) through the steps of painting the Italian coast in honor of the brewery’s Pavona, a summertime Italian-Style Pilsner. Information is here.

Cinema Strange from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., in the Winter Hill neighborhood. Free. Somerville High School junior Chris Hopkin curates bizarre and beautiful cinema, this month offering two shorter animated films: “The Final Exit of the Disciples of Ascensis” and “The Flying Luna Clipper.” Information is here.

Elisa Albert reads from “Human Blues: A Novel” (rescheduled from July) at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. The novel – “told over the course of nine menstrual cycles” – looks at the cultural obsession with childbearing through the story of a singer-songwriter who releases an album and has to deal with the fame that follows. Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.

Screen on the Green showing of “Turning Red” from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. at Donnelly Field (Berkshire and York streets), East Cambridge. Free. This city-sponsored event travels from park to park over the summer showing popular films – in this case, a 2022 animated film about a girl with the family curse of transforming into a big, red panda when excited. Reviewer Tom Meek called the film “a solid Pixar entry but nothing notable on the scale of ’Toy Story,’” but other critics loved the energy, 1990s boy band setting and the underlying metaphor. Information is here.


Workshop on creating augmented reality greeting cards from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. Adult and teen participants will learn how to create augmented reality content using Hoverlay technology, then add a short video or image to a two-dimensional greeting card. (Traditional card-making materials and Steam kits will be available for children who may accompany an adult.) Information is here.

Taymour Soomro and Meng Jin read (rescheduled from July) at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Soomro brings the novel “Other Names for Love,” exploring masculinity, inheritance and desire in Pakistan, and Jin the short-story collection “Self-Portrait with a Ghost,” which considers what it means to live in an age of heightened self-consciousness with seemingly endless access to knowledge but little actual power. Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.

“Empire Records” movie screening from 8 to 9:45 p.m. at the South Street Farm, 138 South St., near Union Square, Somerville. There’s a $5 cover. This 1995 cult classic about the day in a life of an independent record store features “an ensemble cast of alternative cuties” such as Liv Tyler, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane, Ethan Embry, Renee Zellweger, Johnny Whitworth and Anthony LaPaglia. The screening is sponsored by Strictly Brohibited, a group for women, trans and nonbinary movie fans highlighting nonmale filmmakers such as Carol Heikkinen, writer of “Empire”; its partners are Once Somerville and Groundwork Somerville. Information is here.

The New Alliance Gallery ends an exhibition Thursday. (Image: New Alliance Gallery via Facebook)

Exhibition closing party from 7 to 10 p.m. at New Alliance Gallery, 438R Somerville Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Get last looks at the works of mixed-media and mural artists and photographers Alvan Long, Ivonne Blanco, Michael Crockett, Duncan Wilder Johnson, Trevor Toscano, William Frese, Bob Shane, Charlie Warren and Barbara Jo. Information is here.


Cambridge Shares Grief: This Day We Don’t Walk Alone from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Contemplative music, poetry, storytelling and live art will help neighbors grieve together for what’s been lost. Information is here.

Violinist Mia Asano is doing a second show at Warehouse XI. (Photo: Mia Asano via Facebook)

Mia Asano plays at 7:30 p.m. at Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $20. Electric violinist Asano and her band return for another week to performing her thrilling version of “violin from the future” after a pandemic pause. Her “most viral songs from TikTok” are promised, and Ally the Piper plays too. Information is here.

Screening of “A Place for Jazz: The 1369 Jazz Club” at 8 p.m. at ZuZu, 474 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. General admission is $15. A 1992 documentary film by Richard Broadman explores the music and poetry being made at a club in Inman Square – where 1369 Coffee House now does business – from 1984 to 1988, drawing audiences that included everyone from musicians Pat Metheny and George Thorogood to movie stars such as Diane Keaton and Leonard Nimoy. The film features performances and conversations with musicians including Steve Lacy, Bob Nieske, Archie Shepp, John Voigt, Joe Lovano, John Lockwood, Henry Threadgill and Rebecca Parris. The evening starts with a live set by a quartet that includes two performers from the film, Charlie Kohlhase and John Lockwood.


Yart Sale from noon to 6 p.m. in yards, driveways and porches across Somerville. Free. Yard sales but with art, with a map that the Somerville Arts Council expects to post Wednesday. Goods for sale might include paintings, photography, collage, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, quilts, knitted items or collectibles such as coins, postcards and baseball cards and even plants and band merch items such as T-shirts and CDs. Information is here. 

Budding Artist Cafe from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Materials are provided at each impromptu cafe table so anyone can draw or create their own artwork inspired by the garden; one art project is featured monthly around a nature-based theme. Otherwise the center is temporarily just another cafe, albeit in a unique setting and for one day a month: a place to come relax, read a book and meet a friend. Information is here.

Roya EFX open word slam from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Spoken word delivered by artists, poets, writers and, in an open-mic segment, enthusiasts. There will be live music to curate the vibes and a bar accepting payment by cash or card. Information is here.


Kevin ONeil and the Circus of the Damned Open Showcase from 1 to 3 at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. A musical open-mic with 11 local performers. Information is here.

Yagmur Soydemir performs at a free show Sunday. (Photo: Fikret Ozkaplan)

Yagmur Soydemir and friends perform from 3 to 4 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Soydemir (flute), Sueda Catakoglu (piano) and Upasak Mukherjee (percussion) play Turkish, Indian, pop, jazz and Latin music in a series cosponsored by Friends of Longfellow House,  the New England Poetry Club and Berklee College of Music. Information is here.