Monday, June 24, 2024

The events calendar runs Friday to Friday as of this edition, a change from the previous Sunday-to-Sunday approach.

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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.


Monday, June 5

Books by Enid Blyton. (Photo: athriftymrs via Flickr)

Discussion of classic British children’s authors Enid Blyton and Edith Nesbit from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. Take a deep dive into the processes of the writers with Carolyn Salvi of Tufts University and Bansari Mitra of the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Information is here.

“The Gaaga” theater experience (continued) at 7:30 p.m. inside Beat Brew Hall, 13 Brattle St., Harvard Square (with performances continuing through June 18). $46 to $56. Information is here.


Tuesday, June 6

Neighborhood Bird Watching from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. starting at the Sherman Street Playground of Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., in Neighborhood 9 just east of Fresh Pond. Free. Explore the urban outdoors with a discussion of the birds we share our outdoors with and get bird-watching tips, including how to identify an unfamiliar species. Information is here.

Public celebration of a Winslow Homer painting donation from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. The house recently welcomed into its museum collection a 1882 watercolor painting by Winslow Homer, “Waiting for the Boats.” (It was donated May 5 by Frances Appleton Wetherell, great-granddaughter of Henry and Frances Longfellow.) View it and attend a reception nearby before a talk on the painting by Sylvia Yount of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Information is here.

Tom Piazza reads from “The Auburn Conference” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. The principal writer for HBO’s “Treme” comically and presciently imagines an 1883 gathering about what lies ahead for America among Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Confederate memoirist Forrest Taylor and romance novelist Lucy Comstock. Piazza will be in conversation with Steve Yarbrough, author of “Stay Gone Days” and other books. Information is here.

“Luci” dance from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. Free. The premiere of a dance work examining queer liberation and struggle, researched through digital platforms and translated to movement and dance by Liz Westbrook, Abigail Ripin, Isabella Villa, Olivia Hatten, Isobel Souza, Brooke Shelly and Keegan Scesny. Information is here.

Smut Slam from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $10, but 18-plus. Real-life, first-person sex stories from eight to 10 tellers drawn at random, competing for the best five-minute tale of debauchery. 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. Kat Sistare hosts. Masks required. Information is here.


Wednesday, June 7

A/V Comedy Club open mic from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $5. A space where comics can hone their non-stand-up material, whether it’s filmed, musical comedy or otherwise just more “complicated.” Information is here.

Poet Joan Naviyuk Kane reads from “Ex Machina” at 7 p.m. at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. $5. Kane focuses on new works after an introduction by Abigail Chabitnoy. introduced by Vinay Arun. Proof of vaccination is asked at the door and masks are required. Information is here.

Rachel Bloom (via Facebook)

Rachel Bloom’s “Death, Let Me Do My Special” at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $45. The musical comedian who created the CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” takes to the stage with a new special. Information is here.


Thursday, June 8

Dumplings, of Course! from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Harvard Square. $135. The dumplings in this fundraiser come from around the world via Felipe’s Taqueria, Honeycomb Creamery, The House of Kebabs, Mamaleh’s Delicatessen, Mei Mei Dumplings, Pammy’s Restaurant and Wusong Road. Information is here.

Phil Reavis, left. tours the Somerville High School gym Oct. 27 with athletic director Stanley Vieira. (Photo: Somerville Public Schools)

“Above and Beyond” exhibit opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. $5. Somervillian and Olympian Phil Reavis, who broke records as an athlete, appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and coached for the Olympics, is the topic of this collaboration with Somerville High School’s Local History Club. The show stays up through July 8. The school’s athletic field is being named The Philip Reavis Sr. Field. Information is here.

MIT Museum After Dark: Puzzles from 6 to 9 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. $20 and 21-plus. The monthly event adds demonstrations, tastings and interactive play to access to galleries, live music, a cash bar and food and drink, this time with a night of strategy, dexterity and logic: Try a mechanical puzzle or work on a giant-sized game while decoding a puzzle from the MIT Puzzle Club. Information is here.

Scott J. Shapiro reads from “Fancy Bear Goes Phishing: The Dark History of the Information Age, in Five Extraordinary Hacks” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. The Yale professor uses stories about the graduate student who accidentally crashed the internet in the 1980s, the 16-year-old from South Boston who took control of Paris Hilton’s cellphone and the Russian intelligence officers who sought to control a U.S. election to explore why the Internet is so vulnerable. Information is here.

The Moth Mainstage at 7:30 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. $35. Storytellers including Joseph Gallo, Desmond Jumbam and Nina Livingstone hold the stage at a WBUR event hosted by Peter Aguero. Information is here.

“The Gaaga” theater experience (continued) at 7:30 p.m. inside Beat Brew Hall, 13 Brattle St., Harvard Square (with performances continuing through June 18). $46 to $56. Information is here.

Oh God, A Show About Abortion at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $27. Jokes delivered by Alison Leiby, a producer on Hulu’s “Life & Beth” and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and humorist for McSweeney’s and Cosmo. Information is here.


Friday, June 9

“Above and Beyond: The Remarkable Life of Somerville Olympian Phil Reavis” exhibition from 2 to 5 p.m. the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. $5. Up through July 8. Information is here.

26th Annual Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival from 6 to 9 p.m, at the Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Free. Founded in 1996 by Cambridge teens who felt misrepresented in media, this is the longest-running youth-produced fest in the country. A panel discussion with teen filmmakers and a short reception follows. Information is here.

Youth Underground Festival from 6:30 to 9 p.m at the Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. A three-day event with performances, poetry, community conversations and installations focused on the LGBTQIA+ begins with the original anthology play “Curiosity is Easier to Land on Than Hope” and a information from the Boston Alliance of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Youth. Information is here.

Poets Steven Karl, Olga Livshin and Janet Sylvester read at 7 p.m. at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. $5. With an introduction by Tom Daley and Farrah Field. Proof of vaccination is asked at the door and masks are required. Information is here.

The Eventual Dance Company performs with a live band in its Foundry show. (Image: Eventual Dance via Instagram)

“Eventual Dance Company Presents” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and repeating Saturday). Pay what you can. Two dances for an eight-person ensemble of joy, humor and imagination that are choreographed and directed by Caitlin Canty, including “Leila Magnolia,” inspired by disco mirrors and burlesque. Information is here.

Gender-swapped “Star Trek” staged radio play at 7:30 p.m. (and repeating Saturday) at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. Free. The Post-Meridian Radio Players perform “The City on the Edge of Forever” and “Spock’s Brain,” starring Capt. Jane Kirk and Ms. Spock. Information is here.

“As You Like It” at 7:30 p.m. Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University, 40 Talbot Ave., near Powder House Square, Somerville (and continuing through June 25). $25. The Actors’ Shakespeare Project and The Theatre Offensive take note of nationwide legislative attacks on drag and the LGBTQ+ and leans into the “crossdressing mayhem and gender euphoria, celebrating the inherent queerness of mythical Arden,” in this comedy of political intrigue, cross-dressing and true love. Information is here.

“The Gaaga” theater experience (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.