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Sunday, Feb. 12

Dead Low (via Instagram)

Hassle Flea from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St., Riverside. Admission is $1. A flea market featuring handmade artwork, prints, patches, records, tees, pins, ceramics, jewelry, zines, body care, tea, fiber art, vintage clothing, accessories, books as well as tarot readings, haircuts, live drawings and performances from the bands Adult Learners, Blast Shield, Phagocyte, Push Back, Deadlow and Taraneh. Masks are requested. Information is here.

Belly dancing from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at The Middle East Corner, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. $20 donation for a 21-plus show. Dancers perform the “New Flames of Araby” to live music from the Udi Joseph Kouyoumjian Ensemble. Information is here.

“Ladies at a Gay Girls’ Bar, 1938-1969” dance from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. $22.85. Maggie Cee explores her years as a teenage gay-rights activist, her own identity and femme history in a solo dance and theater performance. Information is here.

“Waiting for Godot” from 7 to 10 p.m. at at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (with showings through March 1). $15. The Deadword theater company presents its inaugural production: Samuel Beckett’s existentialist two-hander of poetry, dreamscapes and comical nonsense. Information is here.

A Modern Schubertiade at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, with registration and donations of $10 or up welcomed. Piano faculty presents a multipart event: fortepiano on the floor, a concert with Steinway on the stage in Pickman Hall and a salonlike after-concert event in its Wolfinsohn Room. The music ranges from Schubert to György x and Chick Corea. Information is here.


Monday, Feb. 13

Make-a-Fake from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. $120 for a three-session course. Learn how to use readily available artificial intelligence tools to make deepfakes. More importantly, Media Lab doctoral candidate Matt Groh will teach how to spot a deepfake and lead discussion on the ethics of employing them. Information is here.

Beat the Librarians Trivia Night from 7 to 9 p.m. at Remnant Brewing, 2 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville. Free. Gather a team of up to six people to celebrate National Library Lovers’ Day by facing off against Somerville public librarians to show deep (and sometimes useless) troves of knowledge. Information is here.


Tuesday, Feb. 14

Fatin Abbas. (Photo: Marie Constantinesco)

Fatin Abbas reads from “Ghost Season: A Novel” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Harvard grad Abbas delivers something new in mysteries: a murder set among NGO workers between northern and southern Sudan. The author will be in conversation with Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, author of “House of Stone.” Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.

Cry Me a River/Peel Me a Grape: Songs of Deception, Discovery and Delight at 7 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. Grouped as Tongue in Cheek, performers Catharine David, Pamela Enders, Lisa Gail Johnson and Ashley Lieberman (with Joe Mulholland on keyboards) deliver “a little pop, a little folk, a little jazz, a little Broadway, some country, rock ’n’ roll and comedy.” Information is here.

“Waiting for Godot” (continued) from 7 to 10 p.m. at at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (with showings through March 1). $15. Information is here.


Wednesday, Feb. 15

A red-bellied woodpecker with an acorn at Fresh Pond. (Photo: Kim Starbuck, Fresh Pond Feathers)

Bird watching walk from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. Learn about the urban outdoors and its birds and get birdwatching tips, including how to identify an unfamiliar species. A limited supply of binoculars will be available. The event meets in the courtyard of the Cambridge Public Library Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Ave., West Cambridge. Information is here.

Peter Goodman reads from “Davos Man: How the Billionaires Devoured the World” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Goodman, of The New York Times, profiles five representative billionaires to chronicle how their “shocking exploitation of the global pandemic has hastened a 50-year trend of wealth centralization.” The author will be in conversation with Kate Tuttle of People magazine. Information is here.

Poets Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Isabel Galleymore read at 7 p.m. at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. $5. Masks are required for the duration of the event. Proof of vaccination is asked at the door. Information is here.

Readings on Love by Tell-All Boston at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. The literary series dedicated to memoir and personal essay returns to in-person readings – just in time for the aftermath of Valentine’s Day – with Best American Essays 2022 editor Alexander Chee, contributor Aube Rey Lescure and three more authors. Masks are required. Information is here.

“Waiting for Godot” (continued) from 7 to 10 p.m. at at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (with showings through March 1). $15. Information is here.

Poetry open mic and “Love vs. Death” slam at 8 p.m. at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. $3. After two hours of a weekly open mic for poets, things get serious – with two teams battling it out grudge-match style, in a head-to-head slam on two great themes of verse. Information is here.

Time Traveler’s Ball at 9 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $50. This cosplay event celebrates the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who as part of the year’s Boston SciFi Film Festival. Special guests are “Doctor Who” scriptwriter Matthew Jacobs and Vanessa Yuille, director of the documentary “Doctor Who Am I.” Information is here.


Thursday, Feb. 16

Harriet Jacobs, escaped slavery in North Carolina, is buried in Cambridge.

“The Life and Times of Harriet Jacobs” one-woman show from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Lynn Blackston performs as author and abolitionist Harriet Jacobs, who was born into slavery in Edenton, North Carolina, in 1818 and escaped to spend seven years living in a crawl space above a storeroom in her grandmother’s home. In 1842, she escaped to the North and wrote the book “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” published in Boston in 1860 under the pen name Linda Brent. She is buried in Cambridge. Information is here.

Vision as Contemplation Meditation, Art and Neuroscience from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. Free, but preregistration is required. Science and meditation link up in this collaboration of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard experts that include the venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, director of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. Information is here.

Mobius Live Series! Movement from 8 to 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square. $15. Monthly experimental performances curated by Sara June start with Lord & June, the Boston Butoh Collective and Ensemble inEdit. Information is here.


Friday, Feb. 17

Writers-in-residence reading at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. Come hear what Meghan K. Strapec and Pia Owens have been working on as part of the bookstore’s revived writer-in-residence program. Information is here.

Annalee Newitz reads from “The Terraformers” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Speculative fiction by the journalist, editor and novelist in conversation with Charles Mann, author of “1491.” Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.

“Unplayed/Unheard” jazz and contemporary music at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, with registration required and donations up to $20 accepted. The New England Jazz Collaborative plays works such as “Bug’s World” and “The Three Tales” informed by the text and narrative of the poem, “Bien pudiera ser” by Alfonsina Storni. Information is here.

Goblin Hole drag one-year anniversary at 9 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $30. A queer art party with “bizarre and fantastical drag acts,” low-key interactive activities, video art and pole dancers among the chaos. Costumes and tipping are encouraged. Information is here.

Paris Sashay and Friends from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $25. A Boston takeover by a New York comedian, actor and writer who’s worked with Micheal Che, Dick Gregory, Wanda Sykes, Lil Rel and Roy Wood Jr. Information is here. (Update on Feb. 17, 2023: This event was canceled.)

A Cirque Us performer. (Photo: Cirque Us via Facebook)

Cirque Us benefit show from 5:30 to 7 and 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $32.50. The collective of acrobats, aerialists and clowns kick off its season, promising some never-before-seen acts. Information is here.


Saturday, Feb. 18

Performance by the Lilly Jazz Project from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cambridge library’s O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free. Darr Lilly’s band perform music that speaks to social justice issues such as mental health and mass incarceration through a blend of styles including bossa nova, funk, blues, rock and modern jazz. Information is here.

Poetry party at 3 to 5 p.m. at St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1991 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square. Free. A celebration of the release of “Virology” by Mary Buchinger Bodwell and “Seldom Purely” by Linda Haviland Conte, with food and drink as well as poetry. Information is here.

Arlinda Shtuni (via Eventbrite)

Curator tour of “Waterlines: Stories of Urban Ebb and Flow” from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. $10. Curator Arlinda Shtuni brings visitors through works by five local artists up through March 22 that invite consideration of the ecological, spiritual and social dimensions of water and our connection with it. Information is here.

Prince/Bowie Dance Party at 8 p.m. at The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $25 for this 18-plus event. Music of the greats as played by a super group of performers from local bands such as Pink Talking Fish, Bearly Dead and The Machine. Information is here.

Smoke & Shadows: Burlesque and Variety Anniversary Show from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $28 for a 21-plus show. Monthly vaudeville, striptease, music and comedy. Dancers Dark N’ Stormy, Jessicalee Skary, Elsa Riot and Sindy Katrotic and comedian Zenobia Del Mar are hosted by Aglam B. Information is here.

A Story Beyond from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Feb. 25). $25 or pay what you can. The Liars & Believers theater troupe tells an original fable with live music, puppets and masks, kicking off the Foundry Family Festival, an eight-day community festival of free and pay-what-you-can public arts and science, tech, engineering and math programming. Information is here.


Sunday, Feb. 19

Britney & Christina drag brunch at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Summer Shack, 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, North Cambridge. Neon Calypso leads a cast that’ll spice up your oysters and lobster rolls with power performers of the 2000s. Information is here.

“A Story Beyond” is being performed daily during February break at The Foundry community building. (Photo: Liars & Believers)

A Story Beyond (continued) from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Feb. 25). $25 or pay what you can. Information is here.

Musicians from Marlboro at 3 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. $30. “Moon Songs” for soprano, flute, cello, and piano are at the heart of these works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Shulamit Ran; Mozart’s “Divertimento” is heard too, deemed a singular work that achieves “something special in the way of art, invention and good spirits.” Information is here.

An evening of storytelling in song from 10:30 p.m. to midnight at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square. Manisha, Aimee Lefkowicz, the Hayden Elizabeth Band and Joey Dalton & The Way Home do sets of electrified singer-songwriter music, ranging everywhere from soft acoustic pop to angsty ’90s rock, interspersed with stories of the songwriting process. Information is here.