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Friday, July 7

A silent disco. (Photo: Janusz Kaliszczak via Flickr)

“Come to Pass” at 8 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $30, but 21-plus. This hip-hop opera explores how the racism of the past affects the lives of people of color today. Information is here.

Music is Freedom Silent Headphone Party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but ID required to reserve headphones. Choose your own dance party by picking which DJ to listen to – or try them all. DJs will spin hip-hop, soul, reggae, disco, house and more. Information is here.

Live Music Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Assembly Row, 355 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville (and on every other Friday through Sept. 15). Free. Martin and Kelly perform their signature country music at this outdoor concert. Information is here.

“Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet” podcast live at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $37. This comedy show is on tour, bringing dramatic readings of one-star reviews to a live audience. Information is here.

Salsa in the Park from 6 to 9 p.m. at Termeer Square 300 Athenaeum St., Kendall Square, Cambridge (also on Aug. 4 and Sept. 15). Free. The MetaMovements artist collective begins the evening with small-group lessons for people of different ages and abilities. Stay for the party with performances and dance coaching corners. Information is here.

Kate Storey reads from “White House by the Sea: A Century of the Kennedys at Hyannis Port” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge.  Journalist Storey draws from more than 100 conversations with family, friends, neighbors, household and security staff in this exploration of the Kennedys’ summer refuge from the 1920s to today, subtitled “A Century of the Kennedys at Hyannis Port.” Information is here.


Saturday, July 8

Gilmore Tamny (via the artist’s website)

“Destiny Eludes” art opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free, but registration is required. A series of paintings by artist Gilmore Tamny are up for the month of July. Information is here.

Cruel Summertime Sadness: A Tribute to Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey at 9 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. $40 to $50, but 18-plus. Come ready to shake off the summer doldrums as Cara Brindisi and Niki Luparelli headline a lively tribute show featuring drag and burlesque performers. Information is here.

Open Hours for the Arts: Letter Writing from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Who doesn’t love snail mail? Spend time outdoors and engage in the near-lost art of writing letters. Materials available. Information is here.

“Morgan Bassichis: More Little Ditties” opening reception and book launch at 3 p.m. (reading) and 5 p.m. (reception) at The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. comedic performer Bassichis reads from “Questions to Ask Before Your Bat Mitzvah” ahead of an art reception for “More Little Ditties,” a collection of performance, video and text that “fall somewhere between adult lullabies and practical spells, and will not include concrete policy recommendations, but maybe they should?” The exhibition runs through Sept. 3. Information is here and here.

Cambridge Plays with History Cambridge from noon to 3 p.m. at Dana Park, 74 Magazine St., Cambridgeport, Cambridge. Free. Join History Cambridge for hands-on crafts and activities for kids of all ages, learn about Cambridgeport through artifacts and a short guided tour of the block, and share stories about the neighborhood. Information is here.


Sunday, July 9

Materials for blueprinting along the Charles. (Photo: Ryan Helen Dorsey via Mass Audubon)

Blueprinting along the Charles from 3 to 5 p.m. at Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood, Cambridge (also on July 27). Free, but registration is required. Use chemistry and sunlight to create photographic prints – one of the earliest forms of scientific botanical documentation. Information is here.

Herb of the Month with Mo: St John’s Wort from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Get to know St. John’s wort through drawing, taste, science and stories with herbalist Mo Katz-Christy. Information is here.

Poets vs. Rappers at 8 p.m. at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., in the Baldwin neighborhood between Harvard and Porter squares, Cambridge. $10, but 21-plus. Poetry Jam’s popular annual event returns for the first time since the pandemic began. Information is here.

“There from Here” screening and talk at 5 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port, Cambridge. Free, but RSVP is required. The director and subjects will be on hand to discuss this 60-minute documentary about biking in nature. Information is here.


Monday, July 10

Cthulhu calls. (Image: Marie Jirousek via Flickr)

Summer Scares Adult Role-Playing Game from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. Free, but registration is required. Play an introductory game of “Call of Cthulhu” – the library will have premade characters and a short adventure planned for the evening. All experience levels welcome. Information is here.

Write On! from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill (and on the second Monday of every month). Free. A monthly event for writers to discuss their work (optional) and then spend an hour writing. Prompts can be provided for those with no current project. Information is here.

Zelda Lockhart reads from “Trinity” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. Lockhart’s latest explores three generations of a family trying to overcome trials and trauma and free themselves from the darkness of the past. Information is here.

Water Treatment Plant Tours from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the Water Treatment Plant, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, West Cambridge (and on the first Monday of every month through November). Free. Get to know where your water comes from, chat with staff and see the equipment in action, including in the water-quality lab. Information is here.


Tuesday, July 11

Slim Snatch Game from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10, but 18-plus. A night of live music, drag and queer vendors celebrating the one-year dragiversary of Slim Jym Shorts. This event is intentionally sober. Proof of vaccination and masks required. Information is here.

Summer Nights Paddling from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Magazine Beach Park Nature Center,, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood, Cambridge (and on every Tuesday through Aug. 22). Free, but registration is required. Take a guided ecotour by kayak after getting some beginner instruction. All gear and safety equipment is provided; paddlers of all abilities are welcome. Information is here.

Korean food cooking. (Photo: insatiablemunch via Flickr)

Supper Club from 7 to 9 p.m. at Remnant Brewing, 2 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville (and on the second Tuesday of every month). Free, but registration is required. The Somerville Public Library’s cookbook club is also a potluck, with participants bringing a dish from the current book, “Korean American” by Eric Kim. Information is here.

Knitting Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library’s Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave. Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9,. Free. Bring your yarn and needles and find out what your fellow knitters are up to. Information is here.


Wednesday, July 12

Local Witchcraft Legends with Peter Muise from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free, but registration is required. Folklore author and blogger Muise discusses the history and legacy of witches and witchcraft in Massachusetts. Information is here.

Yoga in the Park from 7 to 8 a.m. at Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood, Cambridge (and on every Wednesday in July). Free, but registration is required. Start your morning with this class led by Arti Pandey. Information is here.

Numertha Geisinger (via the artist’s Instagram)

Poetry MFA Students read from 7 to 8 p.m. at Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10, but registration is required. Rachel M. Dillon, Brian Flynn, Numertha Geisinger, Emily Gutowski, Jody Hartkopp and Bailey Martin of Boston University read their poetry, with an introduction by three-time U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky. Information is here.

Books & Brews from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free, but 21-plus. You still have a little beach time to read “Ring Shout” by P Djeli Clark before this Somerville Public Library book club meets. Information is here and here.


Thursday, July 13

Ghost pepper is used in hot sauces by Craic, a Lowell company. (Photo: Craic Sauce via Facebook)

After Dark: Heat from 6 to 9 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. $20, but 21-plus. Paint with thermochromic pigments, play with infrared cameras and learn what makes hot sauce hot. Brews, barbecue and, of course, hot sauce are on the menu. Information is here.

“Playfight” at 7 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing on Friday). $12 to $20 suggested donation. Dani Robbins’ new performance explores the world of professional wrestling through a duel of dialogue. Information is here.

Bogosplit Fashion Extravaganza from noon to 6 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Local designers showcase their work on the runway, plus there’s live music, dancers and a vendor market. Information is here.

Family Game Night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Somerville Public Library East Branch, 115 Broadway. Free. Play games from the library’s collection or bring your own. No family required, but expect the games to be kid-friendly. Information is here.

“Transcending Self Limitation” art exhibit from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through July 15). Free. Mahnaz Borzooeian’s paintings challenge the notion of self-imposed restrictions. Her work is up for three days only. Information is here.


Friday, July 14

Bastille Day from 5 to 10 p.m. at 4 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. A wine garden, French foods and dancing to the music of Bobby Keyes, Marty Ballou and Tom Arey and then DJ JoE FinnZ, transforming the street into a party spinning French pop music of the 1980s and ’90s. Information is here.

An assortment of zines from the organization Pleasure Pie. (Photo: Pleasure Pie via Facebook)

Abortion Saves Lives care-basket making and zine release at 7 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Pleasure Pie host an evening of making care baskets for folks who have just had abortions. Materials will be provided. Pleasure Pie will also release its newest zine, and there will be a few short, spirited presentations on reproductive justice topics from contributors. Information is here.

Tambó Salsa Social from 8:45 p.m to 1 a.m. at Dante Alighieri Society Center, 41 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. $15. Start the evening with a 45-minute salsa lesson with Salsa y Control before dancing the night away. Information is here.

Nicole Flattery reads from “Nothing Special” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Flattery’s novel follows 17-year-old high school dropout Mae as she delves into a job working for Andy Warhol. Information is here.

“Playfight” at 7 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (continued). $12 to $20 suggested donation. Information is here.