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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 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” from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville (and returning Thursday, Friday and Saturday). $20. Anton Chekhov’s dark comedy about a cash-poor Russian family being forced to sell their estate. Information is here.


Monday, March 20

Bethany Brookshire (via Facebook)

Bethany Brookshire reads from “Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains” at 6 p.m. at the Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford St., near Harvard Square. Free. At the intersection of science, history and narrative journalism, this book looks at what calling an animal “a pest” says about people, how we live and what we want. In this Harvard Book Store event, the “Science for the People” podcast host will be in conversation with Harriet Ritvo of MIT. Information is here.

Read It! Watch It! Book & Movie Group from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. This series launches with “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin, about a bookstore owner in trouble. (Copies of books in the series are available at the library.) It became a 2022 movie directed by Hans Canosa and starring Kunal Nayyar with Christina Hendricks, Lucy Hale and David Arquette. Information is here.

MicrobesBrew: A Tale of Three Pathogens from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Three MIT scientists working with pathogenic microbes present their findings casually, for a general audience; there are drink tickets for a free beer for the first 25 attendees. Information is here.

Concert in Solidarity with Afghan Musicians at 7 p.m. at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free. Longy School of Music student composer and pianist Arson Fahim curates a concert raising awareness of the Taliban’s prohibition on music and persecution of the nation’s musicians. The works celebrate Afghanistan’s rich musical legacy on the eve of Nawroz, the Afghan new year. Information is here.


Tuesday, March 21

David Delmar Sentíes reads from “What We Build with Power: The Fight for Economic Justice in Tech” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. The founder and executive director of the Resilient Coders organization shows how diversity and inclusion initiatives fail, reveals how philanthropic efforts often exacerbate racial inequalities and argues for a total overhaul of tech culture. Information is here.

Xiaoying (Eifie) Huang piano recital at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. A performance by a graduating student trained under Renana Gutman. Information is here.


Wednesday, March 22

Nick Zaino. (Photo: Mellisa Sherlin)

Nick Zaino Presents 100 Years of Boston Comedy from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. The arts journalist explores the area’s long history of comedy and comedy stars from vaudeville to YouTube, including Harvardian Tom Lehrer and headliners who started here such as Denis Leary, Paula Poundstone, Steven Wright, Janeane Garofalo, Conan O’Brien, Eugene Mirman and Mike Birbiglia. Information is here.

“Waterlines” exhibit closing with a World Water Day celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. $10. To help contemplate our relationship with water, curator Arlinda Shtuni invites poets Dara Barrois/Dixon, Beth Ayer and Dan Chelotti to read and exhibit. Artist Faith Johnson ends the evening with a water meditation, the culmination of a show up since mid-December. Information is here.

Learn how to make a New York Times crossword from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lamplighter CX, 110 North First St., North Point. Free, but participants must be 21-plus. Times crossword constructor (and Lamplighter regular) Ross Trudeau shows how to generate a crossword theme, build and fill a grid and write clues. Information is here.

Poetry Reading with Barbara Carlson, Miriam O’Neal and Stephan Delbos at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free, but registration is suggested. Works by Carlson (“What Drifted Here”), O’Neal (“The Half-Said Things”) and Delbos (“Small Talk”). Information is here.

Women’s History Month Trivia Night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port. Free. Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and vice mayor Alanna Mallon invite teams of two to six people for music, food, prizes and, of course, friendly competition. Information is here.

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. Host Rick Jenkins welcomes Brieana Woodward, Phoebe Angle, Al Christakis and Alex the Jester. Always a good time. Information is here.


Thursday, March 23

Pi Day: In Living Color from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square (rescheduled from Tuesday because of that day’s storm). 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.

Patricia Horvath reads from “But Now Am Found” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. The Framingham State University brings her debut story collection to conversation with Michelle Hoover, author of “The Quickening.” Information is here. 

Cambridge History Trivia Night & Silent Auction from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Plough & Stars, 912 Massachusetts Ave., Riverside. Free. The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism presents a night of challenging local trivia from urbanologist Max Grinnell and a silent auction of vintage local magazines and media. 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 (and playing through Saturday). $20. Information is here.

Linnea Herzog. (Photo: Linnea’s Garden via Facebook)

After Hours with Zoe Rose dePaz & Friends from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15. Heather Scott and Linnea Herzog headline this later-night entertainment. Information is here.


Friday, March 24

“Of the Ether” by Urbanity Dance. (Photo: Urbanity Dance)

“Of the Ether” dance at 7 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (and repeating Saturday). $30. Urbanity Dance’s Meg Anderson and Haley Day choreograph around the idea of the “ether” of outer space, the world around us and within our bodies, with an original score and lights by Masary Studios. 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 (and playing through Saturday). $20. Information is here.

Comedy x Music from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $20 for a 21-plus show. Comedians and musicians and comedian-musicians perform in this variety show. Masks are required. Information is here.

La Voce Totale opera at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, with donations up to $20 welcomed. Conductor Ryan Turner leads talent from the vocal studies department and Longy’s Orchestra Flex to present arias and duets from the operatic repertoire, oratorio and other works for orchestra and voice. Information is here.


Saturday, March 25

Tenth Annual Empty Bowls Project at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Puritan & Co., 1166 Cambridge St., near Inman Square. $40. Comfort food promises to warm the soul as well as the belly – proceeds go to On the Rise, which keeps homeless women in Cambridge literally warm. What makes the meal unique is that after eating, diners take home the handmade bowls they ate from, donated by local potters. Information is here.

Short films screening with director Raouf Zaki from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., on Central Hill. Free. Rescheduled from March 4. Zaki’s comedic “Just Your Average Arab,” beautiful “Santa Claus in Baghdad” and suspenseful “Fireflies” screen in an event sponsored with the Center for Arabic Culture. Zaki will be on hand for a Q&A and to share a trailer for his feature film, “Dreams.” Information is here.

Musical Improv Jam from 3 to 4 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.

North Cambridge Family Opera’s “The Cutlass Crew” at 3 and 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge (repeating Sunday and next weekend). $12 for adults; $6 for kids. A North American premiere production of the 2017-commissioned light opera with additional music and scenes, telling the story of English aristocrat-turned-pirate Lady Mary Killigrew menacing the high seas in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. The North Cambridge Family Opera has two intergenerational casts who sing their bright, funny labors of love in English with side titles. Masking is requested. More information is here.

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

Of the Ether dance (continued) at 7 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (repeating Saturday). $30. Information is here.

InFATuation: An All Fat Burlesque & Drag Revue at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $25. A night of burlesque and drag celebrating fat bodies featuring Femme Brulee, Ginny Nightshade, Pinky the Minkx, Tori Visage, Violencia!, Hazel Hellcat, Coleslaw, Thick Lizzy, Daphne Dumore, Chocolat Swirl and Lucifer Christmas. Information is here.

“DM Mayhem” dating horror show from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $20. Rachel Dunbar hosts a panel of comedians sharing and joking about the creepy and awkward messages sent them by men. Submit screenshots of your own “favorite” DMs here and they may be featured in the show. Information is here.


Sunday, March 26

North Cambridge Family Opera’s “The Cutlass Crew” (continued) at 1 and 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge (and repeating next weekend). $12 for adults; $6 for kids. Masking is requested. More information is here.

The Lost Recital: Vanessa Moya & Liz Derstine from 1 to 3 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square. $10. Classical mezzo-soprano Vanessa Moya, with pianist Liz Derstine, planned this show for April 2020 – until the Covid pandemic upended everything. Pieces from Aaron Copland’s “12 Poems of Emily Dickinson” will be performed at moments throughout the concert to highlight that uncertainty, along with selections from Poulenc, Dvořák and Heyduk, and Mark Adamo’s opera of “Little Women.” Information is here.

Amazing Archaeology Fair at Harvard from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square. Adult museum admission is $15. Exhibits, discussions with student archaeologists and hands-on activities that include ancient-DNA analysis, animal mummies, King Tut’s throne, spear throwing, flintknapping and other surprises. Information is here.

First Cuba Film Festival from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., on Central Hill. Free. Information is here.

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra’s “Swayed by Jazz” from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. $25. Explore the path that brought jazz to Europe and opera to jazz with works by four composers: “Overture to Treemonisha” by Scott Joplin; “Concerto for Cello and Wind Symphony” by Friedrich Gulda, featuring cellist Allison Eldredge; “Lullaby for String Orchestra” by George Gershwin; and “La Mer” by Claude Debussy. Information is here.