Sunday, June 16, 2024

Friday, June 23

Draper Summer Fridays for Families from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Draper Laboratory, 555 Technology Square, Kendall Square (and continuing Fridays through July 28). Free. Take a self-guided tour of inventions and artifacts, including the first Apollo contract awarded to Draper and explore a replica of Charles Stark “Doc” Draper’s office with his books, paperwork, correspondence and photos. Information is here.

Aeronaut Over the Years: Beer can art at 5:30 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. 21-plus. Somerville-based, comic book artist Raúl the Third talks about the art he created for Aeronaut and answers all of your questions. Information is here.

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 (and continuing through Sunday). 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” 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.

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.

Out Loud – A Very Queer Open Mic at 8 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free ($10 suggested donation). Dance, sing, read poetry, tell a story, or share your comedy in this safe space for BIPOC & LGBTQ folks – allies and accomplices welcome. Masks are required. Information is here.

Euphoric Summer – A “Euphoria”-Themed Rave at 10 p.m. at The Middle East Downstairs, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. $15-$20. Le Petite Fete presents a three-hour dance party that showcases music and video from the show and encourages people to try out all those viral “Euphoria” makeup trends. Information is here.


Saturday, June 24

Family Fun Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (and every Saturday through Sept. 2). Free. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly crafts, games, stories and activities designed for children ages 2-8 accompanied by an adult. Information is here.

Boston Women’s Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Assembly Row, in front of 375 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville. Free. More than 30 makers, artists and women-owned small businesses pop up at this monthly market. Information is here. (Update on June 23, 2023: This event was canceled due to expected rain.)

U.S. Sen. Charles Sumner is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery. (Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

Pride Walk from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. $10. Meet some of the celebrated, scandalous and lesser-known LGBTQ folks of Boston’s past on a walk led by docent and historian Robin Hazard Ray. Information is here.

Jazz in Conversation with Poetry from 1 to 3 p.m. at Joan Lorentz Park at 457 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (in front of the Cambridge Main Library). Free. The Joel Larue Smith Trio and poet Patrick Sylvain perform. Information is here.

Festa Junina from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, June 25) at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Brazil’s traditional harvest celebration comes to Somerville with root printing, lantern making, participatory Quadrilha dancing, traditional foods and music by Receita de Samba Duo. 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.

Gardening workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (also on July 15, Aug. 5, Aug. 26, Sept. 16, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4) at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free, but registration is required. Green City Growers leads hands-on workshops designed to teach when and what to plant and how to maintain, fertilize and harvest successful crops. Information is here.

Deep Dive Tour: Slavery & Freedom at 2:30 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (and every Saturday through Oct. 30). Free. Cuba, Dinah, Malcolm, William James and two “small boys” were enslaved at here before 1775 – learn about the ongoing research into their experiences of slavery, journeys to freedom and legacies of community activism. Information is here.

“Confidential Informant” (continued) at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $25. The matinee will be followed by a short talk with playwright Charlie Lyons and director Rodrigo Monterrey, moderated by Dramaturg Marty Kingsbury. Information is here.

Lamplighter Brewing’s Pride Patio Party from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lamplighter CX, 110 N. First St., North Point. Free. This one-day-only beer garden features DJ Frazzo, two drag shows and yard games, and $1 from every pour and every four-pack of Ms. Frizzle will be donated to The Network/La Red, groups against partner abuse. Information is here.

Flamenco at Starlight from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Laura Sánchez Flamenco’s show has become an annual tradition, with dancers, students and musicians performing plus a special guest from New York City. Information is here.

“Twelfth Night” (continued) at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Park, near Harvard Square (and continuing through Sunday). Free. Information is here.

Savitri” opera (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (and continuing through June 25). $45. Information is here.

Abducted: A Sci-Fi Aerial Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. at Sonia, 10 Brookline St., Central Square. $30 to $50. Nista Heart Studio’s latest show is out of this world. Information is here.

Benita Bike’s DanceArt in Concert at 8 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square (and continuing Sunday). $15 to $35. Boston-born, now Los Angeles-based Benita Bike returns to its roots and showcases five works. Information is here. June 25 7 p.m.


Sunday, June 25

The Harvard Square Open Market on Sept. 25. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Harvard Square Open Market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Church Street between Massachusetts Avenue and Brattle Street, Harvard Square (and continuing Sundays until Oct. 29). More than 45 local artisans, makers and vintage dealers set up for this outdoor weekly market. Information is here.

Arts in the City from noon to 4 p.m. at Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St., Riverside. Free. Meet and support local artists at this showcase of visual artists, live entertainment and music. 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. $25. Information is here.

Somerville Bike Kitchen June Swap Meet from 2 to 6 p.m. at Somerville Bike Kitchen, 339R Summer St., Somerville. Free. Come buy or trade for a new-to-you bicycle or bike-related goods. Information is here.

Deep Dive Tour: Queer History at 2:30 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (and every Sunday through Oct. 30). Free. Explore the queer past through three generations of Longfellows and changing cultural understandings of queer relationships and identities. Information is here.

“Confidential Informant” (continued) at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $25. Information is here.

Black Boy Joy Cookout from 3 to 6 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Join Ayanna for Black Men for a cookout to celebrate Father’s Day, Juneteenth and all the black men who are role models. Information is here.

Bachata by the River from 6 to 8 p.m. in front of Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, but registration is required. Take an introductory class in bachata, an easy-to-learn partner dance. No partner is required to attend. Information is here.

“Twelfth Night” (continued) at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Park, near Harvard Square (and continuing through Sunday). Free. Information is here.

Savitri” opera (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. $45. Information is here.


Monday, June 26

Deep Dive Tour: Washington Reexamined at 2:30 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (and every Monday through Oct. 30). Free. While in Cambridge, George Washington, a lifelong enslaver, took the national stage in the fight for American liberty. This tour explores Washington’s apparent contradictions and the lives of the home’s enslaved and free people. Information is here.

Chess Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library’s Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave., Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9. Players of all skill levels and ages are welcome. Chess sets provided. Information is here.

Haley Jakobson reads from “Old Enough” at 7 p.m. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Jakobson explores queer love, what it means to be a sexual assault survivor and finding one’s community in this coming-of-college-age novel. Information is here.

Ira Klein (via artist’s website)

Folk Music: Tradition and Innovation with Ira Klein (first in a two-part lecture) from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free. Klein discusses the tension between preservation of tradition and change in folk music during this participatory talk that continues July 3. Information is here.


Tuesday, June 27

Kayla Blackburn sings at noon at the Urban Park Roof Garden atop the Kendall Center Green Garage at 90 Broadway, Kendall Square. Free. Club Passim hosts singer-songwriter Blackburn as part of a lunchtime outdoor concert series every Wednesday through Aug 30. Information is here.

“Black Earth Wisdom” by Leah Penniman is an Adult Read Alouds option. (Photo: Abby Rose)

Adult Read Alouds from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Come spend time in the garden or an hour of reading aloud from literature relevant to the space. Possibilities Include “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer, “Seedfolks” by Paul Fleischman, “Animal, Vegetable, Junk” by Mark Bittman, “Black Earth Wisdom” by Leah Penniman and “Nature’s Best Hope” by Doug Tallamy. Information is here.

The Moth Story Slam at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville (and continuing every month on the fourth Tuesday). $15. This monthly open-mic storytelling competition is open to anyone who can share a five-minute tale on the night’s theme – this time, “Unexpected,” about life’s little (or big) surprises. Information is here.

Alex Myers discusses “Revolutionary” at 8 p.m. on Zoom (hosted by Massachusetts public libraries). Free. In 1782, Deborah Sampson ran away from home, disguised herself as a man and fought in the Revolutionary War. Inspired by her story, Sampson’s ancestor, Myers, wrote “Revolutionary,” a fictionalized novel based on her 17 months as a soldier. Information is here.

Trap Beat Tranny Presents: Boston Marriage from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15, but 18-plus. Sample “the spice that gives Boston’s queer community life.” This variety show closes with Trap Beat Tranny “rapping the house down into a dance party.” Information is here.


Wednesday, June 28

Frederick Douglass, circa 1879. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Reading Frederick Douglass Together from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Free. The Somerville Museum hosts an annual reading of Douglass’ famous address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” delivered to an AntiSlavery Society in 1852. Information is here.

Drag Bingo and Drag Night from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. $15, but 21-plus. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Dykelangelo host an extra special show for Pride month, with bingo before the 8 p.m. show. Information is here.

Poets Elisa Gabbert, Joe Hall and Janaka Stucky read at 7 p.m. at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. $10. With an introduction by Jon Woodward. Registration required. Information is here.

Adult Queer Story Time from 7 to 8 p.m. at All She Wrote Books, 451 Artisan Way, Assembly Square. Free. A diverse group of storytellers share coming-out stories and inspiration for coming out, possibly with space for those who attend to share stories as well. Masks required. Information is here.

Yoga in the Park from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Magazine Beach, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood (and continuing every Wednesday through July 26). Free. Start your day focusing on synchronizing the breath and body in movement. Registration required. Information is here.


Thursday, June 29

Harvard Art Museums at Night from 5 to 9 p.m. at Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square (and on the last Friday of every month). Check out “American Watercolors, 1880–1990: Into the Light.” There will be brief tours of the exhibition, you can try your hand at some of the painting tricks used by artists in the exhibition and can buy food and drink from Basho Japanese Brasserie and Night Shift Brewing. Information is here.

Grow and Preserve Herb Class from 6 to 7 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free, but RSVP required. Michelle de Lima of the Trustees Boston Community Gardens talks about growing herbs and how to use and preserve them through the season. Information is here.

Fourth of July celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. at Trum Field, 541 Broadway, Magoun Square, Somerville (rain date: June 30). Free. Throw down a picnic blanket and enjoy live music and food vendors. Fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m. Information is here.

“Safety Last!” silent film with live score from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Silent film composer and historian Ben Model performs live musical accompaniment to this 1923  film about a hapless department store clerk (Harold Lloyd)  who ends up in a series of increasingly absurd and dangerous situations while trying to impress his sweetheart. Information is here.


Friday, June 30

Draper Summer Fridays for Families from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. at Draper Laboratory, 555 Technology Square, Kendall Square (and continuing Fridays through July 28). Free. Take a self-guided tour of inventions and artifacts, including the first Apollo contract awarded to Draper and explore a replica of Charles Stark “Doc” Draper’s office with his books, paperwork, correspondence and photos. Information is here.

Nature in the City Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. at Magazine Beach, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, Explore nature, make art, dance to live music, eat and play games by the river. Information is here.

Dancing on the Row from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the green space near Smoke Shop BBQ at Assembly Row, 375 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville (and continuing every other Friday through Sept. 8). Free. MetaMovements artist collective members from Cuba, Dominican Republic and the United States created animaciones (choreographed group dances with follow-alongs) for this  series, which features a different Latin dance style each Friday. The evening begins with a lesson followed by DJs spinning. Information is here.