Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Sunday, May 21

Somerville Book Swap from noon to 2 p.m. in Seven Hills Park, Davis Square, Somerville. Free. Bring books in good, readable condition to give away and leave with new-to-you books in return. Information is here.

An Inman Eats & Crafts promotional image from 2022. (Photo: East Cambridge Business Association via Facebook)

Inman Eats & Crafts, from noon to 4 p.m. on Cambridge Street in Inman Square, between Springfield and Prospect streets. $23. The East Cambridge Business Association’s annual celebration of “everything Inman Square” has a long list of restaurants with food stands, a beer garden, live music and vendors that include more than 30 local makers set up in a Handmade Marketplace. Information is here.

Lou Jones jazz photography exhibit opening reception and sale from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Middle East Corner, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. “Juke Joint Snapshots: A closer looks at Jazz Greats” (curated by Out of the Blue Art Gallery and up through June 27) opens with a full band, signings and a meet-and-greet with Jones, whose work is  exhibited in galleries around the world. Beyond capturing performance, his work ranges from death-row portraits to a series commissioned by the Museum of Afro-American History called “Sojourner’s Daughters.” Information is here.

Shakes-queer Production: “Much Ado About Nothing” at 4 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $15. In this adaptation by the all-volunteer Queer Theatre Project, young “Don” Peter and his friends Claud and Benedick return to Camp Messina, a summer theater camp for talented youngsters, with one thing on their mind; miscommunications, hormones, hookups and teenage treachery ensue. Information is here.

Dance Now Boston at 7 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. $29 (and repeating next weekend). The ninth year of this two-weekend New York-Boston celebration – a partnership between The Bang Group and choreographer David Parker – includes “Schlemeizel,” Parker’s dance for two men in Velcro suits, the sequel to his Bessie-winning “Slapstuck” of a decade ago. This weekend adds the Megan Williams Dance Projects, Kairos Dance Theater and Lorraine Chapman the Company to performances by The Bang Group. Information is here.


Monday, May 22

Fresh Pond nature walk from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Free. Meet in the courtyard of the Cambridge Public Library Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Ave., West Cambridge, from which park ranger Tim Puopolo walks and talks about what’s growing, changing and blooming in the neighborhood. Information is here.

Learn to cook espageti with Gourmet Kreyòl from 6 to 7:45 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library East Branch, 115 Broadway. Free. Chef Nathalie Lecorp gives a cooking demonstration and offers samples of traditional Haitian espageti. The recipe will be provided after the workshop. Information is here.

Build-a-boob pot class from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port. $70, and 21-plus. Pottery with a Purpose founder Samantha Hoff provides materials and know-how and you choose air dry clay or ceramic to sculpt. Information is here.

Serhii Plokhy reads from “The Russo-Ukrainian War: The Return of History” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. The professor of Ukrainian history and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University is joined in conversation by Alexandra Vacroux of the school’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Well-fitting masks are required. Information is here.


Tuesday, May 23

Dungeons & Dragons character building at 2:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., on Central Hill. Free. Interested in playing Dungeons & Dragons but unsure how to start? This introduction to the ins and outs of character building will get you stared. Information is here.

R F. Kuang. (Photo: John Packman)

R.F. Kuang reads from “Yellowface: A Novel” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Harvard Square. $35 with a copy of the book. This satirical takedown of the publishing industry is so popular that the reading had to be moved to accommodate a larger audience. Kuang will be in conversation with “Here & Now” radio show producer Kalyani Saxena. A Harvard Book Store event. Information is here.


Wednesday, May 24

Free museum admission for Harvard Class Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square (and repeating Thursday). Take in the Calderwood Courtyard before exploring three levels of art from around the world and across the centuries. Special exhibits include “From the Andes to the Caribbean: American Art from the Spanish Empire” and the recently opened “American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light.” Information is here.

Camilo Pessanha.

Portuguese poetry in translation: Adam Mahler on Camilo Pessanha from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Mahler looks at the enigmatic collection “Clepsydra” by Pessanha (1867-1926), who spent much of his adult life in Macau, then a Portuguese colonial enclave. He’ll be in conversation with Bruno Carvalho of Harvard University. Information is here.

The Lilypad Variety Show from 10 p.m. to midnight at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square. $5. Music, comedy, dance, poetry, art and film may make its way to the stage. Information is here.


Thursday, May 25

Free museum admission for Harvard’s commencement (continued) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. 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 food and drink and browse the shop. Each night features a mix of talent and community partners. Information is here.

Poets Charles O. Hartman, Betsy Sholl and Michael Todd Steffen 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 Martha Collins. Masks are required for the duration of the event. Proof of vaccination is requested at the door. Information is here.

The Sun in Somerville” concert at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Haydn’s Op. 20 “Sun” Quartets are performed in conversation with music by living women composers Melika Fitzhugh (“Impending Storm”) and Aleksandra Vrebalov (“Pannonia Boundless”). The first of two themed concerts funded by Somerville Arts Council and Mass Cultural Council grants. Information is here.


Friday, May 26

Campfire. Festival from 6 to 11 p.m. at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square (and continuing through May 29). $10 by day, or $25 for a weekend pass. Passim’s twice-a-year homegrown festival of Americana, bluegrass, blues, Celtic, country, folk and related musical styles with 73 artists performing over 32 hours. Originally just a way to fill a bad booking weekend in 1998, the festival now competes with the rock- and pop-focused Boston Calling across the river. The distressingly punctuated Campfire. aims to develop talent and celebrate the local music scene, with organizers saying shows can blur the line between performer and audience member – just like might happen sitting around an actual campfire, strumming a guitar or two. Information is here.

Jonathan Vale: Magician from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square. $15, adults only. Boston magician Vale blends close-up illusions and feats of mentalism. Information is here.

Burlesque with a “Star Trek” them in San Francisco in March 2022. (Photo: BuddyL via Flickr)

“SlutTrek, The Next Gyration” at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $25, and 18-plus. Drag, burlesque live music, pole dancing and fan service to one of the most prolific and loved science fiction series of all time from Jessicalee Scary and “Star Trek Stripper” Lucy BlueSkies. There’s a costume contest too. Information is here.


Saturday, May 27

Campfire. Festival (continued) from 2 to 11 p.m. at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square (and continuing through May 29). $10 by day, or $25 for a weekend pass. Information is here.

Author Lawrence Millman signs at 2 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. Writer, ethnographer and mycologist – and longtime Cantabrigian – Millman has made more than 40 trips and expeditions to the Arctic and Subarctic and told their stories in books such as “Last Places” and “Fungipedia.” This signing focuses on his latest, “At the End of the World: Notes on a 1941 Murder Rampage in the Arctic.” Information is here.

“The Penumbra” podcast live at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $40. The audio drama, preparing for its fifth season, follows Juno Steel, a brooding, sharp-witted (and bisexual) private eye on Mars. Proof of vaccine required, masking encouraged. Information is here.


Sunday, May 28

Roscosmos spacewalker Sergey Prokopyev works outside the International Space Station on May 10. (Photo: NASA)

Voices from space: A historic International Space Station livestream with humans at 10 a.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. You’ll hear from astronauts on the ISS as they unveil a 6-inch silicon wafer etched with voices from around the world in an event exploring the significance of space and the power of art, nanotechnology and global representation. There will be a live Q&A with members of the MIT Humans project team and astronauts aboard the ISS. Information is here.

Broadway drag brunch at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Summer Shack, 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, North Cambridge. Neon Calypso and cast pay tribute to iconic Broadway shows such as “Hamilton,” “Hairspray” and “Rent.” Information is here.

Campfire. Festival (continued) from 2 to 11 p.m. at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square (and continuing through May 29). $10 by day, or $25 for a weekend pass. Information is here.

Grown Up Book Fair from 2 to 6 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Everything you loved about school book fairs, plus beer. Information is here.

“Fire Walk With Me” after-party at 8:45 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $22, including access to the movie. After the theater screens David Lynch’s once underrated, now “feverishly reexamined” cult favorite film setting up the “Twin Peaks” television series, the Identical Cousins group presents an immersive event with art installations inspired by the show (including a Red Room for photos), costume contest, soundtrack music by Julee Cruise Director and themed cocktails with burlesque host Francine “The Lucid Dream” and her Laura Palmer impression. Information is here.