Monday, July 22, 2024

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 preview at 8 p.m. inside Beat Brew Hall, 13 Brattle St., Harvard Square (with 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 10

Works in Gallery 263’s “Cambridge Community Exhibition.” (Photo: Gallery 263 via Facebook)

Gallery 263’s 15th Birthday Bash from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport. Free. Music, kid-friendly activities and adult libations, snacks and birthday cake along with a community art exhibition. Information is here.

Saint Anthony Feast from 2 to 9 p.m. at Saint Anthony Parish, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood (and repeating Sunday). Free. Music, dance, games, food and a bazaar. Information is here.

Youth Underground Festival (continued) from 3 to 9:30 p.m at the Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. The anthology play “Curiosity is Easier to Land on Than Hope,” and Boston Poetry Slam are highlights. Information is here.

“Bhāvam” art exhibit opening from 10 a.m. to noon at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., on Central Hill. Free. Street photography in India and the United States by Ananda Thiagarajan focused the the theme of hope. “Even when faced with adversities and poor living conditions,” the subjects “never lost their smile,” Thiagarajan said. Information is here.

Fresh Pond Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the Water Treatment Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Fresh Pond. Free. The annual Fresh Pond Day celebrates the urban wild that protects Cambridge’s drinking water reservoir with live music, truck climb-aboards, an open house of the Water Treatment Plant, live reptiles, community tables, free popcorn and more. Information is here.

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

“Eventual Dance Company Presents” (continued) from 2 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and repeating Saturday). Pay what you can. Information is here.

“As You Like It” (continued) at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University, 40 Talbot Ave., near Powder House Square, Somerville (and continuing through June 25). $25. Information is here.

Gender-swapped “Star Trek” staged radio play (continued) at 2 and 7:30 p.m. (and repeating Saturday) at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. Free. Information is here.

“The Gaaga” theater experience (continued) at 3 and 8 p.m. inside Beat Brew Hall, 13 Brattle St., Harvard Square (with performances continuing through June 18). $46 to $56. Information is here.

“Belonging and Othering” dance from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square (and repeating Sunday). $25. Eight locals tell of their experiences being “othered,” to which a company member creates a solo that is expanded into a group dance by choreographer Anna Myer to an original score by composer Nate Tucker. No street shoes. Information is here.


Sunday, June 11

Saint Anthony Feast (continued) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Saint Anthony Parish, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood. Free. Music, dance, games, food and a bazaar. Information is here.

Le Grand Prix Elmendorf du Pain bread competition and Parisian street fair from noon to 4 p.m. at Cambridge and Eighth streets, East Cambridge. Who’s making the best bread in Cambridge? Amateurs will hand over sourdough loaves to be judged; professionals will submit traditional baguettes, and there will be live music, art, wine by the glass and French-inspired food from Formaggio Kitchen, Breadboard Bakery, Wild Pops, New Deal Fish Market, Emma’s Macarons, Waffle Cabin, Michette Bakery and Batifol in this event sponsored by Elmendorf Baking Supplies and the East Cambridge Business Association. Information is here.

A vessel detail seen at the 2007 edition of Cambridge’s Dragon Boat Festival. (Photo: Laura via Flickr)

Forty-fourth Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival from noon to 5 p.m. around the Weeks Footbridge, 948 Memorial Drive, in the Riverside neighborhood. Free. Nearly 20,000 spectators gather yearly to watch more than 48 teams from the United States and Canada compete in 500-meter races in sleek, colorful 39-foot-Hong Kong-style dragon boats and enjoy Asian cultural performances, food and arts and crafts. Started in 1979, this is the oldest such festival in North America. Information is here.

Youth Underground Festival (continued) from noon to 6 p.m at the Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. The anthology play “Curiosity is Easier to Land on Than Hope,” Boston Poetry Slam, staged reading of “Butch Ado About Nothing” by the Actors’ Shakespeare Project and “Are You Ok?” an interactive photo installation are highlights. Information is here.

“The Gaaga” theater experience (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.

“As You Like It” (continued) at 2 p.m. Aidekman Arts Center at Tufts University, 40 Talbot Ave., near Powder House Square, Somerville (and continuing through June 25). $25. Information is here.

Music Festival featuring Boston You&Me Music from 2:45 to 5:30 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square. $20. Covers of Taiwanese pop songs from the 1970s to current top hits. Information is here.

“Above and Beyond: The Remarkable Life of Somerville Olympian Phil Reavis” curator talk from 5 to 6 p.m. the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. $10. Up through July 8. Information is here.

“Belonging and Othering” dance (continued) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. $25. No street shoes. Information is here.

Forbidden Fruit” congregational service by Church of Slut at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $30, but 18-plus. The Church of Self Love and Unorthodox Togetherness is “a show, a party, a congregation and a grab at some good old-fashioned American civil-rights protections” that invites participants to “Come celebrate the censored! Bask in the banned! Revel in the resistance!” with performances, art, a legal clinic and briefing by attorney Chris DiOrio, a banned book drive, lending library, community closet, give-and-take board and even a community wedding. Information is here.


Monday, June 12

Black history walking tour from 10:15 a.m. to noon starting at Cambridge Public Library Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Ave., West Cambridge. Free. Explore Mount Auburn Cemetery’s African American Heritage Trail, where freedom seekers and reformers, lawyers and legislators, athletes and business owners, musicians and authors born in the 1800s are buried. Information is here.

William Lee Adams (via the author’s website)

William Lee Adams reads from “Wild Dances: My Queer and Curious Journey to Eurovision” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. A misunderstood queer biracial kid from small-town Georgia becomes the world’s foremost Eurovision Song Contest blogger, jetting across Europe to meet divas, drag queens and aspiring singers – a memoir about glitz, glamour, geopolitics and finding your people. Information is here.


Tuesday, June 13

John Kaag reads from “Henry at Work: Thoreau on Making a Living” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. The University of Massachusetts at Lowell professor overturns the misconception of Thoreau as a navel-gazing recluse to note his hard work surveying land, running his family’s pencil-making business, writing, lecturing and building a cabin at Walden Pond. That holds lessons in an age of remote work and automation, when many people are reconsidering what kind of working lives they want to have. Information is here.


Wednesday, June 14

A scene from The Taste of Somerville in 2018. (Photo: Taste of Somerville via Facebook)

Taste of Somerville from 5 to 8 p.m. at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park, 300 Grand Union Blvd. at Assembly Row, Somerville. $55. More than 50 restaurants and local makers of spirits, wines and brews offer samples at this Somerville Chamber of Commerce Dining & Nightlife Group event begun in 1997 (but missing during Covid precautions). Information is here. (Update on June 12, 2023: This event has been switched to the rain date and will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.)

Books and Brews from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free, but 21-plus. A collaboration with the Somerville Public Library that this month explores “Detransition, Baby” by Torrey Peters. Information is here.

Anne Beattie reads from “More To Say” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. The famed novelist spotlights her nonfiction originally published in Life, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The American Scholar, among other places, on topics from Grant Wood’s iconic painting “American Gothic” to the works of Elmore Leonard and Sally Mann. Information is here.

The Webb Telescope: A New Era in Astronomy from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. $10. Astrophysicist Jane Rigby talks advanced telescopes, there’s a panel discussion and finally some actual stargazing. Information is here.

“As You Like It” (continued) 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. Information is here.


Thursday, June 15

Leah and Richard Rothstein read from “Just Action: How to Challenge Segregation Enacted Under the Color of Law” at 6 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. $6, or $27 with a copy of the book. If federal, state, and local governments are continuing to reinforce neighborhood segregation, here’s how to take it down. Masks are required. Information is here.

“Summer of Soul” free screening at 7 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. This documentary by Questlove, about a great 1960s Harlem music festival that rivaled Woodstock, was one of the Day’s top 10 films of 2021. “It’s an infectious pleasure,” reviewer Tom Meek said. 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.

“As You Like It” (continued) 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. Information is here.


Friday, June 16

Greek Festival from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (and continuing Saturday and Sunday), at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 14 Magazine St., Cambridgeport. Free. Three days of Greek food, music and dancing. Information is here.

Baobaebee (via Arts at the Armory)

Riders in the Sky at 6 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $40. Grammy Award-winning Western-tinged comedy in “Forty-Five Years the Cowboy Way!” Information is here.

Baobaebee at 6:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. Cindy and Georgian, the multilingual Chinese American pop singer-songwriters behind the band Xinjian, sing new works, some covers and open the stage for an open mic. Information is here.

“As You Like It” (continued) 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. 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.


This post was corrected June 15, 2023, to correct the time and date of a Riders in the Sky appearance.