Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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)

Baobaebee at 6 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.

Juneteenth celebrating black poetry at 6:30 p.m. at Centanni Park, Third and Otis streets, East Cambridge. Free. The Multicultural Arts Center’s Summer Series 2023 kicks off with a reading by black poets, including Boston-based singer, songwriter and event producer Eleazer (Elae) Weekes. 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 at 8 p.m. inside Beat Brew Hall, 13 Brattle St., Harvard Square (with continuing through Sunday). $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 17

Greek Festival (continued) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (and continuing Sunday), at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 14 Magazine St., Cambridgeport. Free. Information is here.

Longfellow Pride Picnic from 11 to 2 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Bring a picnic blanket to enjoy a collaborative event highlighting the LGBTQ+ history of the site with queer history tours, lawn games, food and music. Some food and refreshments are provided. Information is here.

NorthBeast Regional Poetry Slam competition from noon to 7 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing Sunday). $25 for two days. A slam and festival with spoken-word competitions, workshops, readings and a chapbook exchange. Information is here.

Cambridge Public Library used-book sale from 1 to 5 p.m. at 31 Brattle St., Harvard Square (and continuing Sunday). Free. Books start at $1, and proceeds benefit library programs in this first-ever sale by The Friends of the Cambridge Public Library in partnership with the Harvard Square Business Association and Asana Partners. 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.

Cambridge Youth Gamelan Orchestra from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Traditional Balinese music from kids in grades 2 to 11. 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.

Big Gay Dance Party from 5 to 8 p.m. on Union Square Plaza, Somerville. Free. Celebrate Pride Month at this annual city-sponsored LGBTQ+ dance party with a space theme, with music from Begbick, drag by Amanda Playwith and Kris Knievil, and tabling, vending and resources provided by local service organizations. Information is here.

The Boston League of Wicked Wrestlers (via their website)

Boston League of Wicked Wrestlers Presents “Pride & Glory” from 7 to 10 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $25. Queer wrestling, circus and drag, including Butcher vs. Rat King, Goody Two Boobs vs. Krystal Ora and more, with a halftime show of drag and performances from the New England Black Circus. Information is here.

Rock ’n’ Roll High School” and prom at 7:30 at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $10, or $22 with movie. After watching the 1979 cult classic in which a high-school hellcat stops at nothing to meet her favorite band, The Ramones, enjoy a prom with live music in the theater’s “Off the Reel … Onto the Dance Floor” series. Information is here.

Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” at 8 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. $27. A semi-staged version of the rapturous ballet performed by the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra with dancers including Ruth Whitney as Juliet, Sabi Varga as Romeo, Juliet Brown as Mercutio and Chris Herman as Tybalt, as well as young students from Tony William’s Boston City Youth Ballet. The orchestra is under the leadership of Cynthia Woods; choreography and production on the stage is by Gianni Gino Di Marco, former principal dancer of the Boston Ballet. Information is here.

Smoke & Shadows: Burlesque and Variety Show from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $28 and 21-plus. Burlesque by Dahlia Strack, Dark N’ Stormy, Elsa Riot and Jessicalee Skary, comedy by Tim Lovett, music by A Day Without Rain. Special guests are Doctor Finnegan’s Circus, “the Looney Tunes of sideshow” with showgirls on wheels, vixen clowns, backflips, rhinestones and hypnotic melodies. Hosted by Sindy Katrotic. Information is here.


Sunday, June 18

Book breakfast club from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at All She Wrote Books, 451 Artisan Way, Assembly Square. Free. A first-ever in-store book club. Selections will focus on LGBTQ+ and feminist literature, starting with “Big Swiss” by Jen Beagin. Information is here.

Greek Festival (continued) from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 14 Magazine St., Cambridgeport. Free. Information is here.

NorthBeast Regional Poetry Slam competition (continued) from noon to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing Sunday). $25 for two days. Information is here.

Cambridge Public Library used-book sale (continued) from 1 to 5 p.m. at 31 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Free. 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.

“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.

Juneteenth gathering at 4 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Music, poetry and speeches, followed by a screening of the award-winning 2022 documentary “Descendant.” The day honors people who endured slavery and seized freedom on Brattle Street before the American Revolution, their living descendants and the long history of Black freedom activism in Cambridge and beyond. Information is here.

David Sedaris (via the author’s Facebook page)

David Sedaris reads from “Happy-Go-Lucky” at 6 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free, but RSVP is required for standing-room-only spots. The “champion storyteller” takes on life before, during and after the Covid pandemic in his first collection of personal essays since 2018. Information is here.


Monday, June 19

Cambridge Juneteenth parade from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. The parade commemorates the city’s first black fire chief, Patrick H. Raymond, who was appointed in 1871, and ends at Riverside Press Park, 2 Blackstone St., Riverside, with speakers, music, arts and crafts. Information is here.

Above and Beyond: The Remarkable Life of Somerville Olympian Phil Reavis” Juneteenth event from noon to 3 p.m. at the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. $5. Enjoy the exhibit about the local athlete for the first hour, followed by a poetry reading by Reavis and a student poetry slam. Information is here.

Niloufar Nourbakhsh (via the artist‘s website)

Divergent Studio featuring Niloufar Nourbakhsh at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, with donations of $10 or up welcomed. A 10-day school program with concerts such as this one, from the widely performed founder of the Iranian Female Composers Association. Information is here.


Tuesday, June 20

Outdoor summer celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge library’s O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free. Celebrate the summer solstice and the end of the school year with tunes, all-ages outdoor games, crafts and snacks. Information is here.

Elise Hu (via the author’s website)

Elise Hu reads from “Flawless: Lessons in Looks and Culture from the K-Beauty Capital” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. Hu, NPR host-at-large and the host of TED Talks Daily, explores the $10 billion Korean beauty industry and what it means to our culture. She’ll be in conversation with WBUR arts and culture reporter Cristela Guerra. Information is here.

Celebrating Juneteenth through the Arts from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Music, theater and poetry featuring actor Alexandria Danielle King; historian and artist David Barkley; singers and songwriters Alana Womack and Pelaiah Auset; poet and performer Denise Washington; African drummer Nko Fallou; and cellist Joshua Leak. Information is here.

Mattie Kahn reads from “Young and Restless: The Girls Who Sparked America’s Revolutions” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Writer and editor Kahn shows how marginalized young women such as Claudette Colvin and Mabel Ping-Hua Lee seem to ignite nearly every major social movements in America. Information is here.


Wednesday, June 21

Jenny the Juggler (via the artist’s Facebook)

Jenny the Juggler & Chica Fuego from 5 to 8 p.m. at Greene-Rose Heritage Park, 155 Harvard St., The Port. Free. American and Latin tunes in English and Spanish from Chica Fuego & The Gringos, which includes Jenny the Juggler on ukulele and vocals – convenient, since the program includes a juggling performance and tips. Information is here.

Summer Solstice 2023 from 5 to 9 p.m. at at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, 11 Divinity Ave., in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square. Free. Use the longest day of the year to make a flower crown, meet farm animals, take part in a community paint project and enjoy mini-golf and musical and circus performances. Ice cream, mocktails and snacks will be available to buy from food trucks and vendors. Information is here.

Ilyon Woo reads from “Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey from Slavery to Freedom” at 7 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. If you missed Woo’s appearance in January, this is a second chance to learn the 1848 tale of how young, enslaved Ellen and William Craft achieved one of the boldest feats of self-emancipation in U.S. history – posing as master and slave to travel across more than 1,000 miles from Georgia to free states in the North. The author will be in conversation with Harvard’s Myisha Eatmon. 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.

Ibram X. Kendi reads from “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” at 6 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. $25 with a copy of the book. The Boston University professor shows how racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred, but were created to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and racial inequities. A Harvard Book Store event. Information is here.

Poets Anthony Cappo, Leslie Harrison and Matthew Thorburn read at 7 p.m. at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. $5. With an introduction by Benjamin Bellet. Proof of vaccination is asked at the door and masks are required. 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.

Divergent Studio featuring Alex Mincek at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, with donations of $10 or up welcomed. Another famed composer guests at this 10-day school program with concerts. Information is here.


Thursday, June 22

Boston HarpDuo from 4 to 5 pm. at 1771 Massachusetts Ave., in the Baldwin neighborhood near Porter Square. Free. Percussionist Fabio Pirozzolo and harpist Shelley Otis merge pop and world music in this city-sponsored event. Information is here.

Blue Light Bandits and Dwight & Nicole play from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on The Common at CX, 320 Morgan Ave., North Point. Free. CX Summer Nights returns with music accompanied by local brews, food trucks, lawn games and opportunities to support the nonprofit community at this monthly family and pet-friendly series. Information is here.

Amy Brady reads from “Ice: From Mixed Drinks to Skating Rinks – a Cool History of a Hot Commodity ” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. One of Cambridge’s former major industries is explored as a phenomenon that has transformed a nation – from the foods we eat to the sports we play – and might have a very different future on a swiftly warming planet. Brady, executive director of Orion magazine, will be in conversation with novelist Michael T. Fournier. Information is here.

Moon Meteor Mania from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library East Branch, 115 Broadway. Free. Astronomer Alex Trunnell teaches about the moon, offers a touch of an actual piece of lunar meteorite and shows off our favorite satellite through a telescope. Information is here.

A scene from “Savitri.” (Photo: Cambridge Chamber Ensemble via Facebook)

Savitri” opera at 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (and continuing through June 25). $45. The Cambridge Chamber Ensemble – on a mission to present lesser-known operatic gems that deserve to be widely heard – performs Gustav Holst’s tale of love and loyalty, in which Savitri defeats death as it comes to claim her husband. Information is here.


Friday, June 23

A past Dance Party in front of Cambridge City Hall. (Photo: Kyle Klein)

City Dance Party from 6 to 10 p.m. at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Music and a light show on a street closed to traffic, now with free family activities at Temple Street. Information is here.

“Twelfth Night” at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Park, near Harvard Square. Free, The Dream Role Players present perhaps Shakespeare’s best comedy – the one with twins separated in a shipwreck. Information is here.

“Confidential Informant” at 7:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Sunday). $25. Playwright Charlie Lyons and director Rodrigo Monterrey deliver a new police-and-informant drug crime drama. Information is here.

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