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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 from 2 to 11 p.m. at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. $10. Passim’s twice-a-year homegrown festival of Americana, bluegrass, blues, Celtic, country, folk and related musical styles has had 73 artists performing over 32 hours, and this day wraps it up. 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.

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.


Tuesday, May 30

Poets Athar Pavis, Ann Bookman and Sara Epstein at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. Expect a focus on Pavis’ “Pulled Pork in Paris,” Bookman’s “Blood Lines” and Epstein’s “Bar of Rest.” Information is here.

A Sisters on the Runway fashion show. (Photo: Sisters on the Runway via Eventbrite)

Sisters on the Runway fashion show from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $10. Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students hold their annual social justice-infused fashion show benefiting Transition House, which work to stop domestic violence. Information is here.


Wednesday, May 31

“Counteractions” Art, Culture & Technology student screenings from 2 to 4 at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. $18 museum admission. Graduate students show films such as “Uruboros,” “Little Clumsy Robot” and “Are You Dancing or Are You Stretching?” Information is here.

CelebriTea Book Club from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. Free. A series spills the metaphorical tea, inviting patrons to read a tell-all celebrity memoir (this time it’s choose-your-own Carrie Fisher memoir) while drinking the actual beverage. Information is here.

Allyson McCabe. (Photo: Ebru Yildiz)

Allyson McCabe reads from “Why Sinéad O’Connor Matters” at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Reporter McCabe reassesses judgments about the superstar and her scandals and exposes the machinery that built her up and knocked her down. McCabe will be in conversation with Geoff Edgers, arts reporter for The Washington Post. 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 Violencia Exclamationpoint. Information is here.

Cheese 101 with Formaggio Kitchen from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the Cambridge library’s Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave., Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9. Free. Taste and learn with experts from the Formaggio Kitchen gourmet shop. Participants get a cheese bundle courtesy of the library. Information is here.


Thursday, June 1

24th Annual Youth Poetry Awards from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. K-8 poets will be awarded prizes and are invited to read their work. Information is here.

“Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop in Cambridge: An Oral History and Discussion” at 7 p.m. at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. $5. Martin Edmunds, Megan Marshall and Lloyd Schwartz discuss a poets’ friendship complicated by distance, competition and sexual orientation, moderated by John Okrent and with special guest Frank Bidart via Zoom. Masks are required for the duration of the event. Proof of vaccination is requested at the door. Information is here.

Miss Lamplighter’s Queer Icons Drag Show from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lamplighter CX, 110 N. First St., North Point. $25 for a 21-plus show. Big Atlas hosts a Thursday series throughout Pride Month, making for a survey of the stars that inspire great drag such as Cher, Madonna and Kylie Minogue. Collect them all! Information is here.


Friday, June 2

Women’s National Book Association Panel & Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. A panel of writers discuss the craft and literary community of Greater Boston along with honoring Eve Bridburg, founder and executive director of the writing community GrubStreet. Information is here.

Polina Dubovikova in “The Gaaga.”

“The Gaaga” theater experience preview at 8 p.m. inside Beat Brew Hall, 13 Brattle St., Harvard Square (with performances continuing through June 18). $46 to $56. The disused restaurant is converted into a bomb shelter for the U.S. premiere of a darkly funny and haunting trip through the consequences of war – a phantasmagoria based on first-person interviews with refugees and officials and inspired by world events. It’s by the Ukrainian documentary playwright and director Sasha Denisova with the Arlekin Players Theatre & (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab, led by Ukrainian-born Igor Golyak. Information is here.


Saturday, June 3

Drag Story Time from 11 a.m. to noon at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. A kickoff to Pride Month with songs and stories about “what makes each of us fabulous” for kids and their caregivers. Information is here.

Discover Mount Auburn walking tour from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. $10. Mount Auburn is a National Historic Landmark and the final resting place of nearly 100,000 people – including famous ones such as poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and cookbook author Fannie Farmer – along with being home to 700 species and varieties of trees, beautiful sculpture and landscaping and gloriously gloomy tombs and mausoleums. This 1.5-mile walking tour focuses on history, monuments and the lives of the buried. Information is here.

We’re With Dorothy Pride Event from 1:30 to 8 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Live music from The Femmes followed by a DJ set with Harlow Havoc, both with drag performances, and a photo booth, tabling from the Transgender Emergency Fund and The History Project and photo ops with the kings and queens of Oz. Information is here.

Let Our Stories Bloom children’s book event from 2 to 3 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. Free. Wiggles Press hosts authors who discuss the origins of their storybooks, this time “The Shape of Peace, Love & Unity” by Lily Li Naggy and “Clara Wu and the World Of Azen” by Vincent Yee. Information is here.

“Mr. Twister and the Tale of Tornado Alley” puppet opera for youth and families from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. A puppet-filled musical adventure about science and climate for those 3 and up, with the first half-hour used for making your own puppet to be part of the show. Information is here.

Jamie Loftus. (Photo: Andrew Max Levy)

“Raw Dog: The Naked Truth About Hot Dogs” book release show at 7 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $35, including a copy of the book. Jamie Loftus, a comedian, podcaster (“The Bechdel Cast,” “My Year In Mensa” and “Lolita Podcast”) and Emmy-nominated TV writer (“Robot Chicken” and “Star Trek: Lower Decks”) has written the definitive book on hot dogs – part travelog, part culinary history and all capitalist critique – to reveal what the creation, culture and class influence of hot dogs says about America. Information is here.

“Eco : Animal : Kin” dance from 8 to 9:15 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square (and repeating Sunday). An interdisciplinary modern dance theater project from Melissa Buckheit, Andy Taylor-Blenis, Karen Klein and Ken Kan using film and recorded sound and texts. No street shoes. Information is here.

“The Gaaga” theater experience preview (continued) at 8 p.m. inside Beat Brew Hall, 13 Brattle St., Harvard Square (with performances continuing through June 18). $46 to $56. Information is here.


Sunday, June 4

Family Music Festival at noon at the New School of Music, 25 Lowell St., West Cambridge. Free. Performances, lawn games, crafts demos and activities, an instrument “petting zoo” and more from students and faculty. Information is here.

Lizzo drag brunch from noon to 5 p.m. at Summer Shack, 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, North Cambridge. Neon Calypso delves into the catalog of the flutist behind such hits as “About Damn Time,” “Good as Hell” and “Juice.” Information is here.

Hassle Flea from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St., Riverside. Admission is $1. A flea market featuring handmade artwork, prints, patches, records, tees, pins, ceramics, jewelry, zines, body care, tea, fiber art, vintage clothing, accessories, books as well as tarot readings, haircuts and live drawings. Music is from Troll Milk, Phagocyte, Secret Miracle, Hands of Spite and Kuebiko. Information is here.

“The Gaaga” theater experience preview (continued) at 2 p.m. inside Beat Brew Hall, 13 Brattle St., Harvard Square (with performances continuing through June 18). $46 to $56. Information is here.

Carnaval Somerstreets festival from 2 to 6 p.m. on Lower Broadway in East Somerville (from McGrath Highway to Franklin Street). Free, but registration is requested. The street closes to cars and opens to some 6,000 people enjoying music, dance performances, interactive activities, a craft fair and food from all over the world. Information is here.

Longfellow Student Poetry Awards and reading at 3 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. The New England Poetry Club sponsors this reading with prize-winning works by students in grades 3-12. A celebration follows. Information is here.

Lemon Balm. (Photo: Christoph Zurnieden via Flickr)

Herb of the Month: Lemon Balm from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Herbalist Mo Katz-Christy gets visitors acquainted with lemon balm through drawing, taste, science and stories. Bring a journal and leave with an in-depth account of botany, history, clinical use, safety, preparation and dosage. Information is here.

“Eco : Animal : Kin” dance (continued) from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. No street shoes. Information is here.

Britney Spears drag show at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. General admission is $20 to $40. Full Spin Drag performs a visual album set to the pop star’s “Blackout” with a greatest-hits encore, making for the “biggest Full Spin ever.” Information is here.