Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Sunday, Jan. 1

Third Annual Poetry Stroll around the clock at various spots around Harvard Square. Free. This is the final day for this self-guided, 18-stop outdoor tour that highlights local poets by displaying works in storefronts and public spaces. Information is here.

Jimmy Tingle Live! Humor for Humanity from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Harvard Square. $30. A journey from Tingle’s roots as an aspiring comic and street performer during the 1980s to the present, mixing time-tested comedic hits and newer, post-pandemic bits. Information is here.


Tuesday, Jan. 3

In-person pub sing from 6 to 8 p.m. at Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. This event is based on a traditional English pub sing and encourages chorus-based songs that are easy to learn and fun to do as a group; this outdoor event includes a propane fire pit and offers marshmallows to toast. Other snacks are welcome. Information is here.

Allegra Goodman (via the author’s website)

Allegra Goodman reads from “Sam” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free, but registration is suggested. The Cambridge author brings her coming-of-age novel set in Beverly, called by author Lily King a “powerful and endearing portrait of a girl who must summon deep within herself the grit and wisdom to grow up.” Masks are required. Information is here.

Smut Slam from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $10 suggested for this 18-plus show. Real-life, first-person sex stories from eight to 10 tellers drawn at random, competing for the best five-minute tale of debauchery before a panel of local celebrities. They can’t use notes, props or hate speech – but pretty much anything else goes. “Stories are often funny and/or epic wins, but we want to encourage people to consider sharing their sad, disturbing, poignant, serious, simple and/or ’fail’ experiences too,” organizers say. Lucas Brooks hosts. Information is here.


Wednesday, Jan. 4

A Book Club Walks Into a Bar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port. Free. Lamplighter and the Cambridge Public Library team up to highlight contemporary works from marginalized voices in this series taking place in the brewery’s back taproom. This time the book is “The School for Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan, about a woman sentenced to a facility intended to rehabilitate mothers accused of even minor parenting infractions. Information is here.


Thursday, Jan. 5

A work by Georgina Lewis Gallery 263’s ‘Where We Wander” show.

“Where We Wander” art exhibit from 4 to 7 p.m. at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport Free. This is the first day of a show including works by eight New England artists presenting ephemeral and dreamy perspectives of the natural world. The works are up through Feb. 4. Information is here.

“Small Joys” art exhibition reception with Karyn Becker from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., in the Winter Hill neighborhood. Free. The artist’s works celebrate and probe everyday objects and “the details that make unassuming moments more pleasant than they’re expected to be.” Information is here.

Poets Eileen Cleary, Wendy Drexler, Eric E. Hyett and Alexis Ivy read at 7 p.m. at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. $5. proof of vaccination at the door. Masks are required for the duration of the event. The readers are introduction by Kathleen Aguero. Information is here.


Friday, Jan. 6

Lesley University’s Winter Reading Series at 5 p.m. at University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square. Free. Poet Erin Belieu and author Jason Reynolds (who’ll talk about his writing for young people) launch a seres of acclaimed and award-winning writers visiting through Jan. 14. Information is here.


Saturday, Jan. 7

Meg Day (via the author’s website)

Lesley University’s Winter Reading Series (continued) at 6:30 p.m. at University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square. Free. Deaf and genderqueer poet Meg Day reads. Information is here.

Drag Me to Candyland at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $15 for an 18-plus show. Drag stars give the childhood board game a sexy spin. With Throb Zombie, Kimmy Moore, Briar Blush, Rusty Hammer, Kirbie Fully Loaded, Heather Rose and more. Information is here.

Ballpit Comedy from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15. A night of stand-up dedicated to showcasing and uplifting comedians who are typically the “first, only or different” on lineups – often female, queer and people of color. Masks are required. Information is here.


Sunday, Jan. 8

The Road to Corelli: Virtuoso Music of the Italian Baroque at 3 p.m. at Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. $20. Works by Frescobaldi, Legrenzi, Rognoni and Corelli performed by the Tres Maresienne with violin, viola da gamba, archlute and baroque guitar. Information is here.

La Befana, a figure from Italian folklore. (Photo: Tiguliano via Wikimedia Commons)

La Befana celebration at 4 p.m. at the Dante Alighieri Society Center, 41 Hampshire St., Kendall Square. Free, but reserve a spot. The Befana delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve and here gets her own Festival della Befana with music, dancing, prizes for children (and of course a visit from La Befana). Information is here.