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Sunday, March 12

An ’80s extravaganza drag brunch at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Summer Shack, 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, North Cambridge. Neon Calypso hosts a show paying tribute to the the decade of Madonna, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. Information is here.

“Waterlines: Stories of Urban Ebb and Flow” Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble performance from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. $25. The ensemble presents an immersive concert inspired by the exhibition around them, 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. Curated by Arlinda Shtuni. Information is here.

Some Boston League of Wicked Wrestlers members. (Site: BLOWW)

Boston League of Wicked Wrestlers Presents “Tests of Strength” from 7 to 10 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $25. Queer wrestling, circus and drag, including Carrie N. Crowe vs. Shitty Wizard, The Bradlees Babes vs. the Millennial Kid and more, with a halftime show of trapeze, aerialist and contortionist performances from the New England Black Circus. Information is here.

GRCB Adult Session Showcase at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. The Girls Rock Campaign Boston brings to the stage seven brand-new bands performing seven original songs – all created in just one weekend. Information is here.


Tuesday, March 14

Intro to Fresh Pond with Ranger Omar from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond. A walk around the reservoir to become familiar with its natural and humanmade features,. including in off-trail areas. Information is here.

Pi Day celebration from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., on Central Hill. Free. Pi games and crafts, pi facts and a pi digit reciting contest with free pie donated by Table Talk Pies in Worcester. Information is here.

Pi Day: In Living Color from 3:14 to 7:30 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. Free. This day in partnership with the Young People’s Project offers everything from hands-on activities and math games to lightning talks with mathematicians and quilting activities At 6 p.m., the What’s The Big Idea Math Challenge begins. Information is here.

Sacred Songs and Rituals: African American Spirituals from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Soprano Morgan Beckford and a pianist explore the tradition of the American spiritual and its origins from the mid-1800s through today with works by composers and arrangers such as Harry T. Burleigh, Hall Johnson, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds and John Carter. Information is here.

Bill Janovitz reads from “Leon Russell: The Master of Space and Time’s Journey Through Rock & Roll History” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. The Buffalo Tom founder writes about the iconic but underappreciated Russell, who died in 2016 after a 60-year career, in conversation with novelist Tom Perrotta. Information is here.


Wednesday, March 15

Break a Guinness World Record from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cambridge library’s O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free. Dylan Demers of in Fargo, North Dakota, kept two balloons in the air using just his head for 6 minutes, 43 seconds, on May 23, 2021 – but this could be the day that record falls. Information is here.

Board game night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port. Free, but 21-plus. The taproom breaks out an expanded collection of board games, and participants can bring their own, too. Information is here.

High Tea & Regency Romance from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. Free. A cozy evening of tea and refreshments with a comfort watch of “Emma.” (2020), the Jane Austen adaptation starring Anya Taylor-Joy. Information is here.

Karen Fine reads from “The Other Family Doctor: A Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life and Mortality” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. Fine tells of becoming a vet, with James Herriot-worthy stories of meeting animals from a life-saving dog to a colony of perfectly behaved ferrets. She’ll be in conversation with E.B. Bartels author of “Good Grief: On Loving Pets, Here and Hereafter.” Information is here.


Thursday, March 16

A detail from “Victoria Crayhon,Untitled Greenland (Future Airport Parking)” at Gallery 263.

“Distant Early Warning Line” art exhibition from 4 to 7 p.m. at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport. Free. A solo exhibition of photos made in Greenland by Rhode Island-based Victoria Crayhon capturing ice melt and other effects of human presence and climate change. It stays up through April 15. There’s a reception Saturday. Information is here.

“Keep Calm and Color On” adult coloring night at 6:30 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., on Central Hill. Free. The library provides the colored pencils, markers and coloring pages, tea and hot cocoa, and calming music to clear the mind while keeping the hands busy. Information is here.

Gesine Bullock-Prado reads from “My Vermont Table: Recipes for All (Six) Seasons” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. The pastry chef and host of Food Network’s “Baked in Vermont” talks cooking with Joanne Chang, the James Beard award-winner who co-owns Flour Bakery + Café and Myers + Chang. Information is here.

Joy” by Palaver Strings at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, though donations are welcomed. The ensemble-in-residence delivers a mashup of musical styles and eras, combining string orchestra classics by Grieg and Bartok with fiddle tunes and Nina Simone. At the heart of the program is John B. Hedges’ “Raise Hymn, Praise Shout,” a concerto for bass and strings from 2014. 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 this time by Marilyn Arsem and Jeff Huckleberry. Information is here.


Friday, March 17

“Distant Early Warning Line” art exhibition (continued) from 4 to 7 p.m. at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport (and continuing through April 15). Free. Information is here.

A Map of Longings: The Life and Works of Agha Shahid Ali” featuring poets Manan Kapoor, Vidyan Ravinthiran and Christopher Spaide from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. $5. A celebration of the New Formalist poet and critic, dead since 2001, whose work reflected Hindu, Muslim and Western heritages. Masks are required for the duration of the event. Proof of vaccination is asked at the door. Information is here.

Actors in Theatre@First’s “The Cherry Orchard.” (Photo: Mary Parker)

“The Cherry Orchard” from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville (containing through March 25). $20. Theatre@First presents Anton Chekhov’s dark comedy about a cash-poor Russian family being forced to sell their estate. Information is here.

“T: An MBTA Musical” from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $29 for this 21-plus show. This snarky play by John Michael Manship (book) and Melissa Carubia (music and lyrics) pulls back into the station for a twice-monthly staging. Three 20-somethings whose lives have been derailed by the MBTA’s incompetency discover a secret map that will enable them to overthrow the transit system’s corruption. Songs include “The Shuttle Bus Song (We Can’t Handle It),” “The People on the T” and “The Bro Song.” All aboard, with masks. Information is here.


Saturday, March 18

Winter seed sowing from noon to 2 at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Get plants at the center started for spring – bringing your own plastic milk jug if you have one with provided soil and seeds. Information is here.

“Distant Early Warning Line” art exhibition and reception from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport (and continuing through April 15). Free. Information is here.

Lois Lowry signs at 2 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. The prolific author – she has a catalog of more than 40 books, including “The Giver” and the Anastasia Krupnik series – personalizes copies of her new work, “The Windeby Puzzle,” a narrative shared between a boy and girl dealing with the mystery of a bog body. Information is here.

A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. $29 to $49. A celebration of Celtic culture and traditions through music and dance. Information is here.

“Finding Home: Music and Poetry” at 4 p.m. at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. The Celebrity Series presents Maria Finkelmeier and Tim Hall performing poetry and self-composed music and improvisations for saxophone and marimba, as well as other percussion and electronics. Information is here.

The “I Also Hate Me” Self Roast Battle at 7 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $10. Comics Jacqueline Wall and Caroline Moore have tweaked the roast format into a battle in which they take themselves down. Audience approval – or concerned looks – decide the winner. Information is here.

Valentin Silvestrov. (Photo: Roberto Masotti)

Concert for Peace at 8 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. $30. The Juventas New Music Ensemble highlights the work of composers David Biedenbender, Margaret Brouwer, Jessie Montgomery, Kyle Rivera, J.A.J. Sedarski, Valentin Silvestrov and Jorge Sosa with calls for a better tomorrow.The selection by Silvestrov, now a Ukrainian refugee, is “Prayer for Ukraine” arranged by Xandi van Dijk, Information is here.

The Boston Camerata performs Dido and Aeneas” by Palaver Strings at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. $28 through $66, with preregistration required. The early music ensemble brings Purcell’s operatic love story to Cambridge with artistic director Anne Azéma. Information is here.

“The Cherry Orchard” (continued) from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville (containing through March 25). $20. Information is here.


Sunday, March 19

Pink drag brunch at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Summer Shack, 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, North Cambridge. Neon Calypso gets the party started for Alecia Moore, the take-no-prisoners pop star named after Steve Buscemi’s character in “Reservoir Dogs.” Information is here.

“Waterlines” walking tour from 1 to 2:30 p.m. from the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. $10. The artist known as Hey There Kapplow, whose “Seeking the Source” is in the museum’s “Waterlines” exhibit, leads an artist talk and silent, intuitively-guided walk through the neighborhood, “paying acute attention to the group’s intuition about when to walk, when to pause and how to keep the group together. The event will close with a reflections from the experience.” Information is here.

World Water Week: Fresh Pond is a Living Filter from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond. A ranger-led walk shows how decisions on the property are made and how many natural features are actually feats of environmental engineering with sustainability in mind. Information is here.

Hearth” by A Far Cry at 3 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. $25. The ensemble-in-residence presents the work of six composers exploring of how things that give a sense of home and belonging – songs, celebrations, food, games – have thrived over centuries thanks largely to women who remain anonymous. Information is here.

A frame from the 1919 silent film “South.”

Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra presents “South: Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance Expedition” at 3 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $25. A three-member ensemble blends composed music and improvisation as live accompaniment to a 1919 silent film in which explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, gets stuck in the ice and sinks, leaving the crew living on the ice for two years. Information is here.

Revels Spring Sing: A Sing-along Celebration of the Vernal Equinox from 3 to 5 p.m. at at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Classics, including music from the Appalachian and Gospel traditions, with Carolyn Saxon and David Coffin headlining as song leaders and soloists. Information is here.

“The Cherry Orchard” (continued) from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville (containing through March 25). $20. Information is here.