Friday, June 21, 2024

Sunday, April 2

No Frills All Fun Swap 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. $5 to $20. Bring as many as 15 unwanted items to swap for as many things as you do want. (There are onsite repairs offered, but not for free.) Information is here.

North Cambridge Family Opera’s “The Cutlass Crew” at 1 and 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. $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.

“Close” screens from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Free. In Lukas Dhont’s PG-13 winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Leo and Remi are 13-year-olds whose seemingly unbreakable bond is suddenly torn apart, making for what’s been called an emotionally transformative portrait of friendship and love, identity and independence, and heartbreak and healing. Information is here.

“Curious Soundscapes” at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, with registration required and donations of $10 or up welcomed. A blend of baroque period instruments with modern, digital, audio-reactive visualizations led by harpsichordist and organist Vivian Montgomery with members of the Historical Performance Faculty. Information is here.

“Tyaka” dance at 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. A celebration of Haitian folkloric culture and rhythms – “Tyaka” is a Haitian hodgepodge stew associated with festivities and family time – by Jean Appolon Expressions. Information is here.


Monday, April 3

Yerevan, Cambridge’s Armenian sister city for 35 years. (Photo: Anthony Surace via Flickr)

“From Cambridge to Yerevan: 35 Years of Friendship” exhibit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (with a reception April 18 and continuing through April 28). Free. Documents, photos, posters and objects connected to the Cambridge-Yerevan Sister City Association’s 35th Anniversary – including gifts given by Cambridge’s counterparts in Armenia such as the silver filigree dove presented by Yerevan’s mayor in 1987. Information is here.

Science on Stage: “Young Nerds of Color” from 6 to 8 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. $15. This series of play readings explores provocative questions at the intersection of science, technology and society. Playwright Melinda Lopez, with original music by Nona Hendryx, wove together more than 60 interviews with scientists from the most underrepresented backgrounds. Directed by Des Bennett. Information is here.

Maxim D. Shrayer reads from “Immigrant Baggage: Morticians, Purloined Diaries and Other Theatrics of Exile” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. The Boston College professor delivers a literary memoir about the cultures that nourished him – Russian, Jewish and American – and is in conversation with journalist Linda K. Wertheimer. Information is here.

Chess night 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., on Central Hill. Free. A meetup, not a class, open to players of all skill levels. Information is here.

Jazz Immersions at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, with donations up to $20 welcomed. Chris Klaxton leads an ensemble through seven works of composers Paul Motian and Carla Bley. Information is here.

Blacksmith House Poetry Series at 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Harvard Square. $3. Fanny Howe reads from “Love and I: Poems” with Eugene Ostashevsky, whose latest poetry collection is “The Feeling Sonnets.” Information is here.


Tuesday, April 4

“From Cambridge to Yerevan: 35 Years of Friendship” exhibit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (with a reception April 18 and continuing through April 28). Free. Information is here.

Jackie Young (via the comic’s website)

Jackie Young: Live and A Person! comedy from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $25 for this 18-plus show. The former Bostonian returns with a solo show. Information is here.

Wendy Dean reads from “If I Betray These Words: Moral Injury in Medicine and Why It’s So Hard for Clinicians to Put Patients First” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. An exploration of how a broken health care system ties the hands of doctors. The author will be in conversation with health and science journalist Carey Goldberg, doctor Stuart Pollack and Harvard Medical School’s Simon Talbot. Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.

Smut Slam from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 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, April 5

“From Cambridge to Yerevan: 35 Years of Friendship” exhibit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (with a reception April 18 and continuing through April 28). Free. Information is here.

Marianna Baer. (Photo: Vermont College of Fine Arts)

Marianna Baer reads from “Wolfwood” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. A girl begins forging paintings to help her artist mother, then discovers the dangers that made her mother stop painting. Baer will be in conversation with Rebecca Kim Wells, author of “Briar Girls.” Information is here.

“A Woman’s Love and Life: Then and Now” concert at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, but a donation of $10 or more is suggested, and attendees must pre-register. Mezzo-soprano and graduate student Vanessa Moya, with pianist Sage Fogle, performs works by Schumann from 1840 (his “Frauenliebe und -leben”) and by Cheryl Frances-Hoad from 2011 (her “One Life Stand”). Information is here.


Thursday, April 6

“From Cambridge to Yerevan: 35 Years of Friendship” exhibit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (with a reception April 18 and continuing through April 28). Free. Information is here.

John Keene and Carl Phillips (via Facebook)

Poets John Keene and Carl Phillips with a Dark Room Collective oral history at 6 p.m. at the Houghton Library, at Quincy and Harvard streets in Harvard Yard. Free. The Dark Room Collective, founded in Cambridge in 1988, began as a literary reading series responding to the lack of Black writers and other writers of color being invited as readers. In addition to talking about the collective, Keene and Phillips have work to share after an introduction by professor Tracy K. Smith. Information is here.

Jane Roper reads from “The Society of Shame” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. A satire that follows a period-stained wife and mother into the dangers of social media stardom. Roper will be in conversation with Sara Shukla, editor at WBUR’s “Cognoscenti.” Information is here.

Jimmy Craig’s new book (via the author’s website)

Cartoonist Jimmy Craig reads from “Are You Gonna Eat That?: The Essential Collection of ‘They Can Talk’ Comics” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Animal whisperer-doodler Craig passes on dating advice from raccoons, life perspective from dogs and the reason cats are always knocking things off of shelves in conversation with Mark Parisi, author of the comic strip “Off the Mark.” Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.

“The Happiness Lab” podcast with Laurie Santos at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $35. The Yale happiness expert records an episode live, sharing the latest science-backed happiness tips and taking audience questions. Information is here.

Space Age Exotica Lounge Party from 8 p.m. to midnight at Vera’s, 70 Union Square, Somerville. Free. All-vinyl exotica, lounge, jazz and space-age pop from DJs Sir Richard Wentworth, AC Wiley and Bootsy Kilcollins powers the party, which offers tropical-themed drinks and prizes for most creative midcentury and space-age attire. The first in a series. Information is here.

Rock & Roll Rumble preliminaries from 9 p.m. to midnight at The Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. $12 for this 18-plus show. Anngelle Wood’s Rumble institution, begun in 1979, starts with a four-band faceoff of Graveyard of the Atlantic, The Shallows, Bird Language and Kooked Out. Information is here.

Dana Colley, Jerome Deupree and Adam Steinberg play from 10:30 p.m. to midnight at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square. $15. Saxophonist Colley and drummer Deupree, legends from the band Morphine, with guitarist Steinberg. Information is here.


Friday, April 7

“From Cambridge to Yerevan: 35 Years of Friendship” exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (with a reception April 18 and continuing through April 28). Free. Information is here.

“Goodthangpassing” daytime variety show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. Dance, music, poetry and more. Information is here.

Tell Me, Oh Muse: An Afternoon of Poetry from 2 to 3 p.m. at Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. $20 museum entry, or free for Cambridge residents. A reading of ancient Greek and Latin works by students from the Department of the Classics, as one does. Information is here.

Tove Danovich reads from “Under the Henfluence: Inside the World of Backyard Chickens and the People Who Love Them” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. A blend of chicken-keeping memoir, history and animal welfare reporting in conversation with E.B. Bartels, editor of the interview series “Non-Fiction about Non-Humans” on the literary site Fiction Advocate. Information is here.

Miss Lamplighter’s Pop Divas Drag Show from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Lamplighter CX, 110 N. First St., North Point. $25 for a 21-plus show. Five queens evoke Britney, Beyonce, Gaga and more. Information is here.

Gretchen Shae & The Middle Eight. (Photo: Teddy Petrosky)

Rock & Roll Rumble preliminaries from 9 p.m. to midnight at The Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. $12 for this 18-plus show. A faceoff between Paper Tigers, Gretchen Shae & The Middle Eight, Not Bad Not Well and Bleach The Sky. 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, April 8

“From Cambridge to Yerevan: 35 Years of Friendship” exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (with a reception April 18 and continuing through April 28). Free. Information is here.

Sew a Squidget from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Cambridge library’s O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free. Make a squishy fidget toy in a project open to children and families with some experience in hand sewing. Information is here.

Simlish” art exhibition at 6 p.m. at 43 Sunset Road, West Somerville near Teele Square and Tufts University. Free. Paintings, sculptures, video, performances, rituals and musical compositions by artists from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University responding to the fictional language of the popular game series “The Sims.” Visitors are asked to come in a randomized Sims outfit, and artists Asja Mijović, Wanjie Li and Seth Gordon say they “anticipate some proficiency of the language,” which is just gibberish anyway. Information is here.

Orchestra FLEX at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, but a donation of $10 or more is suggested. Andy Kozar shows off the concept of the “reimagined orchestra,” which provides an opportunity for large ensemble projects that aren’t limited by traditional instrumentation. Information is here.

One Fall (via Facebook)

Rock & Roll Rumble preliminaries from 9 p.m. to midnight at The Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. $12 for this 18-plus show. A faceoff between D-Tension & The Secrets, One Fall, City of Dis and Time Wolf. Information is here.

Conspiracy Live! comedy show from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15 for an 18-plus show. Sketch, and potentially sketchy, comedy. Information is here.