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Sunday, Nov. 6

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (and returning Nov. 8 and Nov. 12). Free, but registration is required. The Frances Addelson Shakespeare Players, made up of seniors, present this kid-friendly fantastical comedy with fairies, a love triangle and magic that turns one of the stars into a donkey. Information is here.

“Evicted” exhibit closing: “What’s Next?” at 6 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free, but registration is requested. Get a final look at an immersive exhibition based on Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” – and join with the Community Action Agency of Somerville to figure out how to continue the fight for housing justice. Information is here.

“The Corners of the Moon”: Uncanny Music for Hallowmas from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 15 Sellers St., Riverside near Central Square. A spooky program for the season with tunes by Campion and Johnson, Picforth and Lawes depicting ghost encounters, witches’ dances, mad songs, fantastic beasts and broadside ballads about Tom o’ Bedlam’s deranged exploits and the midnight antics of mischievous Robin Goodfellow. Information is here.

Beth Orton. (Photo: Beth Orton via Facebook)

Beth Orton performs at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. General admission is $28 for this 18-plus show. The famed British “folktronica” star of the 1990s and 2000s tours behind her new album, “Weather Alive,” which featured just her voice and a “cheap, crappy” upright piano in a shed in her garden, conjuring a deeply meditative atmosphere. Information is here.

The Boston Camerata’s “Les Miracles de Notre Dame” concert at 8 p.m. at Harvard Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Harvard Square. Admission is $28 to $66. Medieval vocal music, miracle tales, student songs and minstrel turns that would have been experienced in the shadow of Paris’ Notre Dame – and in this case is performed by Camerata; the Harvard Choral Fellows, directed by Edward Elwyn Jones; and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. With pre-concert talks by professors Thomas F. Kelly of Harvard University and Caroline Bruzelius of Duke University. Information is here.

“Macbeth” at 8 p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $20 (with online fees, $22.69, returning Thursday through Saturday). Loyal soldier Macbeth listens to the voices of greed and power, resulting in murder and ruin. The Shakespearean tragedy is adapted and directed by Shelley MacAskill. Information is here.


Monday, Nov. 7

Cambridge’s libraries take part in a Read to a Dog program. (Photo: San Jose Library via Wikimedia Commons)

Read to a Dog from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge library’s O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free, but registration for each 10-minute time slot is required. Young readers up to age 14 will have a captive audience in these trained therapy dogs. Information is here.

Lori Lander’s “Morning Market: The Work of Women” artist talk from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. The artist talks about her series of oil paintings celebrating women at work in daily markets across several continents, which can be seen during various hours through Nov. 15. Information is here.

Stars of the Season: Exploring the Autumn Night Sky from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of and lawn at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., in the Winter Hill neighborhood. Free. Astronomy teacher Alex Trunnell talks through some stargazing basics and, weather permitting, takes attendees outside to see Jupiter, Saturn and more. Information is here.

Natasha Rogoff reads from “Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. It turned out to be not just challenging but dangerous to bring “Sesame Street” to children in the former Soviet Union after its collapse in the early 1990s. Harvard’s Rogoff will be in conversation with novelist Gish Jen. Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.


Tuesday, Nov. 8

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (and returning Saturday). Free, but registration is required. The Frances Addelson Shakespeare Players present this kid-friendly fantastical comedy with fairies, a love triangle and magic that turns one of the stars into a donkey. Information is here.

A protester outside CHA Cambridge Hospital on Nov. 2., 2021. (Photo: Marc Levy)

“Misinformation: A Common Thread Across Pandemics” talk from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. General admission is $20. Social media may have made the amount, variety and speed of misinformation during Covid seem unprecedented, but this wasn’t the first pandemic in which false and harmful information set back public health. Information is here.

Girl God comedy from 8 to 9:30 p.m. April Clark and Grace Freud have taken their surreal, interactive performances of jokes and sketches from a trans and queer perspective to sold-out shows in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and their comedy has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times online. Information is here.


Wednesday, Nov. 9

Alice Hoffman reads from “The Book of Magic” at 6 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $34.25, which includes a hardcover copy of the book, or $15 for admission only. The prolific author presents the third and final novel in her “Practical Magic” series. Hoffman will be in conversation with novelist Laura Zigman, and a screening of the 1998 movie “Practical Magic” follows. 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 “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (2020). Reviewer Tom Meek called this mind-bender from Charlie Kaufman “captivating and inescapable brain floss.” Information is here.

Bad Art Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. Free. Painters are invited to let their enthusiasm run wild and create with no expectations. Information is here.

Sofar Sounds Concert from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port. Tickets are $22. Expect two or three short sets by performers from all musical genres and sometimes even spoken word, comedy or dance. (The curators try to preserve an element of mystery to make each event feel like … an event.) Information is here.


Thursday, Nov. 10

A scene from a visit to Camden, Tennessee, by The Moving Wall. (Photo: The Moving Wall)

“The Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans Memorial around the clock at the Great Lawn at Assembly Row, 399 Revolution Drive, Somerville (and continuing through Nov. 14). Free. A visit by the half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., in time for Veterans Day. Grief counselors and volunteers will be present to help visitors 24 hours a day. Information is here.

Make Origami Creature Bookmarks from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. at the Cambridge library’s Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave., Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9. Free, but registration is required. Arts and crafts fans can mark National Origami Day by practicing the Japanese art of paper folding, leaving with handmade “creatures” that can be tucked between book pages. Information is here.

MIT Museum After Dark from 6 to 9 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. General admission is $20 for this 21-plus event. A monthly event adds demonstrations, tastings and interactive play to access to galleries, live music, a cash bar and bites by culinary specialists from around the city. Information is here.

Leanna Renee Hieber and Andrea Janes read from “A Haunted History of Invisible Women: True Stories of America’s Ghosts” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. The stories behind some of America’s best-known female ghosts – sorrowful widows, vengeful jezebels, innocent maidens, wronged lovers, former enslaved people and even the occasional ax murderer. Information is here.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (and continuing Friday and Saturday). Tickets are $30. It’s the immortal tale of star-crossed lovers but with one actor selected at random every night to drink for the four hours before showtime, leaving the remaining sober cast to fight their way through the show while incorporating, rectifying, justifying and generally improvising around the drunkenness. Versions of this show have been running since 2010 using various Shakespearean works. Masks are required. Information is here.

Bonsai Bar Class from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port. Tickets are $75. Come create your very own tiny tree to take home. Information is here.

“Love in the Time of …” song cycle performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Saturday). General admission is $35. The Boston Opera Collaborative commissioned 16 new songs from 10 poets and eight composers reflecting or responding to Robert Schumann’s own “Dichterliebe” song cycle. This world premiere incorporates piano into a staged narrative exploring love and letting go in the 21st century. Information is here.

Beth Stelling: The Petty Betty Tour at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. General admission is $31.50. The comedian, writer and actor behind Sarah Silverman’s “I Love You, America,” Pete Holmes’ “Crashing” and the 2019 movie “Good Boys” brings her dry wit on tour. With Boston’s Jay Whittaker. Information is here.

“Macbeth” (continued) at 8 p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $20 (with online fees, $22.69, returning Thursday through Nov. 12). Information is here.


Friday, Nov. 11

“The Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans Memorial (continued) around the clock at the Great Lawn at Assembly Row, 399 Revolution Drive, Somerville (and continuing through Nov. 14). Free. Information is here.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” (continued) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (and continuing Saturday). Tickets are $30. Masks are required. Information is here.

“Love in the Time of …” song cycle performance (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (and continuing Saturday). General admission is $35. Information is here.

The Imagine Orchestra and Bill Banfield at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, but registration is required. This chamber jazz ensemble-in-residence performs with Longy students and composer, guitarist and recording artist Banfield, a scholar-in-residence. Masks are required. Information is here.

The Legendary Pink Dots perform in Paris in 2020. (Photo: Christian Arnaud via Flickr)

The Legendary Pink Dots with Orbit Service and avmusee at 8 p.m. at The Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $20. A stop-in from the Anglo-Dutch experimental rock band that’s influenced bands from The Dresden Dolls to MGMT. Information is here.

“Macbeth” (continued) at 8 p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $20 (with online fees, $22.69, returning Thursday through Nov. 12). Information is here.


Saturday, Nov. 12

“The Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans Memorial (continued) around the clock at the Great Lawn at Assembly Row, 399 Revolution Drive, Somerville (and continuing through Nov. 14). Free. Information is here.

Indoor soapbox rally from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CambridgeSide mall, 100 CambridgeSide Place, East Cambridge (and continuing Sunday). Free. A good, old-fashioned rally on a hill (in an underground parking garage) for a competition for fastest homemade car relying on gravity to move. Information is here.

Girls Day: Museum in Motion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. General admission is $20 for this 21-plus event. Meet women in science, technology, engineering and math and take part in high-energy activities such as building kinetic sculptures. Information is here.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (continued) from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. Information is here.

“Love in the Time of …” song cycle performance (continued) at 3 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. General admission is $35. Information is here.

“Solo(s) Together” Showcase at 7 p.m. at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free, but space is limited. Works by composers Valerie Coleman, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Nathalie Joachim, Paul Desenne and Amir Bitran are performed by student musicians from top local conservatories. Information is here.

Corey Rodrigues does standup Saturday in Somerville’s Davis Square. (Photo: Corey Rodrigues)

Best of the Boston Comedy Festival at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $25. Comics Corey Rodrigues, Jim McCue, Kate Sisk (in the first of her two gigs of the night) and Ryan Donahue perform. Information is here.

“Macbeth” (continued) at 8 p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $20 (with online fees, $22.69, returning Thursday through Nov. 12). Information is here.

Conspiracy Live! comedy show from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. General admission is $15. Sketch comedy with guests Hannah Breen, standup comic Kate Sisk (if she can make it all way across the street from the Somerville Theatre) and musical guest Bedsweater. Information is here.


Sunday, Nov. 13

“The Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans Memorial (continued) around the clock at the Great Lawn at Assembly Row, 399 Revolution Drive, Somerville (and continuing through Nov. 14). Free. Information is here.

Indoor soapbox rally (continued) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the CambridgeSide mall, 100 CambridgeSide Place, East Cambridge. Free. A good, old-fashioned rally on a hill (in an underground parking garage). Information is here. Information is here.

Nature in the City Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free. The last in a series of monthly festivals timed to coincide with the full moon that celebrate the community, connect with the nature of the park and offer meals from a food truck and live music. Nature-based games and activities, art-making and community workshops are suitable for all ages. Information is here.

A work from the Feet of Clay Pottery Studios which is donating items to a Smash the Patriarchy fundraiser Sunday. (Photo: Feet of Clay Pottery Studio via Facebook)

Smash the Patriarchy! Abortion Fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $15. People who are angry about threats to reproductive justice and abortion rights can come smash pottery to raise money for abortion funds. The base fee buys three pieces of smashable pottery donated from the Indigo Fire and Feet of Clay Pottery Studios, with additional pieces at $5 each. Information is here.