Thursday, July 18, 2024

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.

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. $12 to $20 suggested donation. Dani Robbins’ new performance explores the world of professional wrestling through a duel of dialogue. 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.


Saturday, July 15

A great blue heron. (Photo: Mass Audubon)

Nesting Bird Watching from 8 to 10 a.m. at Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, but registration required. Bring binoculars (or borrow a pair) to check out the feathered creatures around the river. Information is here.

Morning Writes at Mount Auburn from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge (meet at Story Chapel; also on Aug. 19 and Sept. 16). Free. Bring your pen and a notebook or your laptop to this informal writing session, which will begin with a few prompts, followed by 20 to 30 minutes of writing time. Folks will be invited to share a portion of their writing with the group at the end, if time permits. Information is here.

Longfellow Pride Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Bring your picnic blanket and your besties to celebrate Pride in July. There will be queer history tours, lawn games, food, activities and music. Information is here.

Artbeat from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Davis Square, Somerville. Free. Artists and performers showcase work based on this year’s theme: pulse. The streets will be filled with craft, community and food vendors, two stages of music, plus a dance showcase at the Somerville Theatre. Information is here.

Meet the Beekeeper from 5 to 7 p.m. at Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, but registration required. Learn some basics about bees and beekeeping and observe bees in an active hive. Information is here.

Who Knows Cambridge? from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui hosts this city-centric trivia night. Information is here.


Sunday, July 16

Poet Đenise Hạnh Huỳnh (vía the author’s Facebook page)

Summer Reading Event! from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Remnant Brewing, 2 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville. Free. Six writers and poets from Kundiman Northeast Regional Group, part of a nonprofit that nurtures writers and readers of Asian American literature, will share their work. Information is here.

Nephrok! Live from 1 to 3 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Come out for this genre-spanning, high-energy musical performance. Information is here.

Annica McDougall performs at 3 p.m. on the east lawn of Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. McDougall, a violinist, folk-fiddler, vocalist and mandolinist, plays as part of the Berklee Summer in the City Series. Information is here.

Mindfulness at Fresh Pond from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Ranger Station (under the clock tower) at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond. Free. Ranger Tim Puopolo and guest guide Stefanie Haug share natural history of the area on a mindful walk with sensory activities, leading participants to find a nature meditation spot. Information is here.

“An Inn in Tokyo” with live accompaniment at 7 p.m. at Harvard Film Archive at The Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10. See Ozu Yasujiro’s silent film on 35mm with Robert Humphreville providing music. Information is here.

Poetry Jam Northbeast Regional Slam No. 1 at 8 p.m. at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., in the Baldwin neighborhood between Harvard and Porter squares, Cambridge (continuing July 23). $10, but 21-plus. The first of two four-team regional slam events, with teams from Connecticut, Boston Poetry Slam, Lowell and one of the house teams. Information is here.


Monday, July 17

George Washington. (Image: The White House)

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 enslaved and free people at Headquarters. Information is here.

Bev Stohl reads from “Chomsky and Me: A Memoir” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Essayist and former assistant to Noam Chomsky shares stories from her time working with Cambridge’s famed linguist. Information is here.


Tuesday, July 18

Kayaking on the Charles in 2014. (Photo: Leonardo DaSilva via Flickr)

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 and here.

Kim Moberg sings from 6 to 8 p.m. at Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., in Neighborhood 9 just east of Fresh Pond, Cambridge. Free. Club Passim hosts Tlingit singer-songwriter and storyteller Moberg as part of its free outdoor concert series happening every Tuesday through Aug. 15. Information is here.

Stephanie Schorow reads from “A Boston Harbor Islands Adventure: The Great Brewster Journal of 1891” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Schorow shares the real-life story of four women who sailed to a remote island in 1891 for a 17-day escape from society. Information is here.


Wednesday, July 19

Yoga in a park. (Photo: Mass Audubon)

Yoga in the Park from 7 a.m. 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, but registration is required. Start your day focusing on synchronizing the breath and body in movement. Information is here.

MIT Public Art Tour from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. (also on July 28) Free, but registration is required. Take a guided walking tour of MIT’s Public Art Collection. Information is here.

Sundae Scaries Movie Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. Free. Savor ice cream treats alongside M. Night Shyamalan’s “Old.” Information is here.

Colson Whitehead reads from “Crook Manifesto” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Harvard Square, Cambridge. $40, includes a signed copy of the book. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Underground Railroad” and “The Nickel Boys” discusses his latest novel. Information is here.

Richard Hoffman, Martha McCollough and Gloria Monaghan read at 7 p.m. at Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10, but registration is required. With an introduction by Eileen Cleary. Information is here.

A Night of Grief and Mystery at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $45. Author and cultural activist Stephen Jenkinson shares stories from his work in palliative care, paired with a soundtrack by recording artist Gregory Hoskins. Information is here.


Thursday, July 20

CCTV in Central Square. (Photo: Marc Levy)

CCTV Commons: Member Open House! from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Mingle with CCTV staff and ask about what they do and what resources are available to you. Information is here.

River Meditation from 6 to 7 p.m. at Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, but registration required. Enjoy a reflective walk along the river’s edge, led by Cambridge native Malaika. Information is here.

“Pulse of the Making” opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Canal Gallery, 650 E. Kendall St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. This multidisciplinary exhibit features works in progress by 14 members of the Cambridge Art Association. Information is here.

Summer Scares Cursed Craft Night for Adults: Decorative Potion Bottles from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free, but adults only. Create creepy decorations for mini potion bottles.  Information is here.

Summer Laughin’: A Standup Comedy Event from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Laugh aloud and outside with this lineup of local comedians, plus a musical guest. Information is here.

Grace Beat and GreeKorea perform at 8 p.m. at the Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. Four musicians from Korean and America perform new work as well as music born out of remote, continent-crossing  collaboration during the pandemic. Information is here. A different show follows at 10:30 p.m. Information is here.


Friday, July 21

Safiya performs (via the artist’s Instagram)

Women of the World from 5 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. This musical and dance showcase features and celebrates women from across cultures. Information is here.

AfroVybe festival from 5 to 10 p.m. at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville (and continuing through July 23). $120, but later days are less. Kick off this afro-centric festival with Cameroonian cuisine, wine pairings and live music. Saturday’s free event features music, art, food, fashion and a vendor market, or relax over a $30 Sunday brunch. 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). 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.

Miss Lamplighter’s Barbie Drag Show from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port, Cambridge. $25, but 21-plus. Come out for this fantastic-plastic celebration, and don’t forget to don your own best Barbie outfit. Information is here.