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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 from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Saturday). $25 or pay what you can. The Liars & Believers theater troupe tells an original fable with live music, puppets and masks, part of the Foundry Family Festival, an eight-day community festival of public arts and science, tech, engineering and math programming. 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.


Monday, Feb. 20

Megan Buskey (via the author’s website)

Megan Buskey reads from “Ukraine is Not Dead Yet: A Family Story of Exile and Return” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Family and history lead this nonfiction narrative, not war, but sometimes-disturbing aspects of recent Ukrainian history such as Nazi collaboration and the rise and persistence of Ukrainian nationalism come up, as well as the shattering impact of Russia’s invasion last year. Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.

Monday Movie Night at CX – “Twilight” Edition from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lamplighter CX, 110 North First St., North Point. Free to attend this 21-plus event. Come early to get set up in a themed drinking game. Information is here.


Tuesday, Feb. 21

A Story Beyond (continued) from 11 a.m. to noon at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Saturday). $25 or pay what you can. Information is here.

Jonathan Wilson reads from “The Red Balcony” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free, but registration is suggested. The ninth novel by Wilson of Tufts University returns to the historical Middle East and springs a mystery off the true-life murder of Haim Arlosoroff. The author will be in conversation with Ravit Reichman, a writer on Holocaust testimony, law and culture, colonial law and capital punishment. Alma Barak talked with Wilson last month. Masks are required. Information is here.

“The Education Of Kendrick Perkins” at 7 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $40. Perkins, who had a 14-year career NBA career – including on the 2008 champion Celtics – is now an ESPN analyst, social media star and author of this intimate memoir about race, fatherhood and basketball. Information is here.

Andrew Mayer. (Photo: Katy Hamm)

The Comedy Studio Fundraiser from 8 to 10 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $20. The Comedy Studio is fundraising to finish its new Harvard Square space. For this event, owner Rick Jenkins hosts Brian Longwell, Andrew Mayer (winner of the Boston Comedy Festival), Will Smalley, Lynn Tin-Tin and others. Always a good time. Information is here.


Wednesday, Feb. 22

Everything is awesome! Lego Display from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (and continuing through Saturday). Free. More than 50,000 Lego bricks are on display in the Rossi Room, built into everything from icons to artwork. Information is here.

A Story Beyond (continued) from 11 a.m. to noon at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Saturday). $25 or pay what you can. Information is here.

School vacation week movie: “Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., on Central Hill. In addition to a screening of this PG-rated film, there are snacks and the chance to make a “cool Spidey craft.” Reviewer Tom Meek gave this first film in the series a thumbs-up in 2018: “If you’re a Spider-Man fan, there’s lots packed in … It’s packaged to cut smartly across cultural and generational lines, with animation that’s similarly something new and something old.” Information is here.

Naomi Oreskes reads from “The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. The professor of the history of science at Harvard University (with Erik M. Conway) dismantles the “magic of the marketplace,” documenting campaigns to rewrite textbooks, combat unions and defend child labor. You’ll even get a recounting of the libertarian roots of the “Little House on the Prairie” books. Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.

Drag Night at 8 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. $15 for a 21-plus show. Queens Coleslaw, Severity Stone and Harlow Havoc perform, welcoming newcomer drag king Vampire LeSlut. Masks are required when not actively eating or drinking. Information is here.


Thursday, Feb. 23

Everything is awesome! Lego Display (continued) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (and continuing through Saturday). Free. Information is here.

Harvard Art Museums at Night from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Free. Wander the galleries, mingle in the Calderwood Courtyard, chat over a snack or drink and browse the shop. Information is here.

Family Movie Night with Pixar’s “Soul” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library East Branch, 115 Broadway. Free. Pixar’s charming 2020 animated redemption story about an underachieving jazz pianist (Jamie Foxx) who dies but gets a chance to provide a spark to a living “soul” – but also wants back for one final chance to make his life worth something more. Reviewer Tom Meek called the PG film “smart and emotionally deep.” Information is here. (Can’t make it? Catch the next screening, Saturday in Cambridge.)

A Story Beyond (continued) from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Saturday). $25 or pay what you can. Information is here.

Learn to make a lotus flower lantern from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the auditorium of the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., on Central Hill. Free. A instructor from the Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will teach virtually how to make a lotus lantern, step by step, using colored paper and wire frames. (You’ll have to sit through videos on Korea and the nonprofit KSCPP too.) Information is here.


Friday, Feb. 24

Everything is awesome! Lego Display (continued) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (and continuing through Saturday). Free. Information is here.

Debbi Michiko Florence and Elizabet Vukovic’s “Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen.”

Ice Cream Story Hour at 10 a.m. at Honeycomb Creamery, 1702 Massachusetts Ave., Neighborhood 9 between Harvard and Porter squares. Free, but RSVP for one of 15 slots. Porter Square Books brings some favorite dessert-themed kids’ books, while Honeycomb Creamery provides desserts of freshly baked cookies as well as ice cream. Information is here.

A Story Beyond (continued) from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Saturday). $25 or pay what you can. Information is here.

Poets Alex Braslavsky, Marguerite Feitlowitz and Danielle Pieratti read at 7 p.m. at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. $5. The poets read after an introduction by Thomas Wisniewski. Masks are required for the duration of the event. Proof of vaccination is asked at the door. Information is here.

American Classics presents “In the Background” at 7:30 p.m. at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Harvard Square. $25. Songs heard in classic films such as “All About Eve,” “Mildred Pierce” and “Casablanca” performed by a Boston group devoted to “forgotten gems and newly discovered musical treasures.” Information is here.

Comedy x Dating from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $25 for a 21-plus show. Comedians and musicians in a dating-themed variety show. Masks are required. Information is here.


Saturday, Feb. 25

Everything is awesome! Lego Display (continued) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Information is here.

Celebrating Black Excellence in Opera from noon to 2 p.m. at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. The Opera on Tap group returns to the restaurant and bar with a Black History Month deep into the stories of black musicians and composers past and present. “We’ll spill the tea on the drama behind the curtain while paying homage to remarkable artists,” organizers say. Information is here.

A Story Beyond (continued) from 2 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Saturday). $25 or pay what you can. Information is here.

Saturday Screens: “Soul” from 3 to 4:45 p.m. at the Cambridge library’s O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free. Pixar’s charming 2020 film again (after a Thursday screening in Somerville). An underachieving jazz pianist (Jamie Foxx) dies but gets a chance to provide a spark to a living person. Reviewer Tom Meek called the PG film “smart and emotionally deep.” Information is here.

Musical Improv Jam (The Pilot!) from 4 to 5 p.m. at The Green Room, 62 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville. Free, with tips accepted. Michael Young provides the piano – and anyone can provide the words. Information is here.

The Wondertwins (via Eventbrite)

Love & Happiness dance from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square (and repeating Sunday). $25. A celebration of hip-hop with Billy and Bobby McClain, the dancing duo known as the Wondertwins. Information is here.


Sunday, Feb. 26

Lizzo 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 the music of our era’s power flutist. Information is here.

“Descendant” screens from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Free. Filmmaker Margaret Brown returned to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to document the search for and historic discovery in 2019 of The Clotilda, which in 1860 become the last known ship to arrive in the United States carrying enslaved Africans – illegally. Information is here.

Be the Change with Dr. Michael Fine, author of “On Medicine as Colonialism” from 3 to 5 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. Fine, in conversation with Lown Institute president Vikas Saini and other health policy experts, talks about the Covid pandemic and other costly failures of a health care system in which hospitals, insurance companies, Big Pharma, specialists and even primary care doctors have become tools of profiteers. Information is here.

Ice Party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Harvest, 44 Brattle St., Harvard Square. $60. Usher out the last of the slush and freezing temperatures with a 1980s après-ski-themed party with shotskis, ice-luged cocktails and Lamplighter brews, tunes from DJ Ryan Brown and “elevated lodge eats” from chefs Nicholas Deutmeyer and Tab Volpe. It benefits Furnishing Hope, a homelessness charity. Information is here.

Love & Happiness dance (continued) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. $25. Information is here.