Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Friday, July 21

Safiya performs (via the artist’s Instagram)

Women of the World from 5 p.m. 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.

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 best Barbie outfit. Information is here.

AfroVybe 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.

Bastille Day from 5 to 10 p.m. at 54 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (rescheduled). 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.


Saturday, July 22

A Dos Manos Kitchen pupusa. (Photo: Dos Manos Kitchen via Instagram)

Pupusa Making Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on the lawn at the Somerville Public Library East Branch, 115 Broadway. Free. Dos Manos Kitchen hosts a cooking demonstration and sampling of the Salvadoran griddle cakes. Attendees will get the recipe after the workshop. Information is here.

Drag Figure Drawing and Bingo from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $5. Learn about the art of drag and create your own persona before trying your hand at drawing the performers who will pose for you. No experience needed, and participants will get some pointers. Information is here.

Capoeira with Mestre Chuvisquinho from 11 a.m. to noon at Joan Lorentz Park at 457 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (in front of the Cambridge Main Library, and continuing Saturdays through Aug. 5). Learn some of the Afro-Brazilian martial art that incorporates elements of dance, music, spirituality and acrobatics. Information is here.

Fresh Pond Nature Walk from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the ranger station (under the clock tower) at  250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond. Free. Familiarize yourself with the natural and human-made features around Fresh Pond with ranger Omar Mejia. Walk includes off-trail areas. Information is here.

Intro to Smartphone Nature Photography from 4 to 5 p.m. at Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, but registration is required. Learn how to capture the natural world with your smartphone, from lighting to in-phone photo editing. Information is here.

AfroVybe (continued) from noon to 8 p.m. at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Free. Information is here.


Sunday, July 23

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

Sex-Positive Zine Making Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at All She Wrote Books, 451 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville. $20. Pleasure Pie leads a hands-on workshop in which you’ll learn a bit about the history of zines, how to fold an eight-page version out of one easy-to-photocopy sheet of paper, and how to get your creations to your audience. Information is here.

Vend N’ Speak! from 1 to 3 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. This spoken-word event features local poets, small-business vendors, raffles, music and visuals. Information is here.

Herbal Tea Blending from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free, and offered in Spanish and English.  Irischa Valentin teaches about perennial herbs that grow around us and their medicinal uses, and how to create an herbal tea blend with plants in the garden. Information is here.

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

Poetry Jam Northbeast Regional Slam No. 2 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. A face-off between teams from New Hampshire, Rhode Island and the house. 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 (also on Aug. 27). 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.

Enzo Silon Surin and Joan Houlihan read at 3 p.m. on the east lawn at  Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Listen to two local poets read their work. Information is here.

AfroVybe (continued) from 2 to 7 p.m. at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. $30. Information is here.


Monday, July 24

Shastri Akella (via Macmillan Publishers)

Shastri Akella reads from “The Sea Elephants” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. In Akella’s novel, Shagun flees from his guilt and his family, finding his place in a theater troupe that performs the Hindu myths he grew up with. Information is here.

Chess Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at Cambridge library’s Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave., Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9 (and continuing every other Monday). Free. Players of all skill levels and ages are welcome. Chess sets provided. Information is here.


Tuesday, July 25

Summer Jam on the Lawn from 4 to 7 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free. Teens put on this annual all-ages event featuring music, games such as giant Jenga and Connect Four, as well as sno-cones and other snacks. Information is here.

Peter Soriano’s “Untitled” from 1999. (Image: Harvard Art Museums)

Art Study Seminar from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. Artist Peter Soriano and curator Joachim Homann begin with a viewing of Soriano’s watercolors and continue with a discussion of works of special interest to Soriano. Information is here.

Flying High Dogs from 4 to 5 p.m. on the lawn at the Somerville Public Library East Branch, 115 Broadway. Free. Mike Piazza’s team of border collies show off their frisbee tricks. The show is for humans of all ages, but please leave your pets at home. Information is here.

Music and Free Cookies at 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $5 to $10 suggested donation. This new series highlights young, local musicians and features an open midnight conduction led by Akiva Jacobs – and yes, there will be free cookies. Information is here.


Wednesday, July 26

Blocked and Blessed at 8 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $25, but 21-plus. Join TikTok stars Emily Rose and Meredith Lynch for a night of guilty pleasures and gossip. Information is here.

Omer Aziz reads from “Brown Boy: A Memoir” from 6 to 7:30 p.m at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. Aziz shares his journey from growing up in a tough neighborhood on the outskirts of Toronto to a globe-trotting academic career. Information is here.

Screen on the Green at 7:15 p.m. at Greene-Rose Heritage Park, 155 Harvard St., The Port, Cambridge. Free. Bring a picnic blanket and your favorite snacks and watch the 2022 animated movie “Lightyear,” which is connected to the “Toy Story” universe. There are movies every Wednesday through Aug. 16 at rotating parks, with alternate locations in case of rain. Information is here.

Adult Queer Story Time from 7 to 8 p.m. at All She Wrote Books, 451 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville. Free. A diverse group of storytellers share coming-out stories and inspiration, 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 a.m. at Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, but registration required. Start your morning with this class led by Arti Pandey.  Information is here.


Thursday, July 27

Boston Bollywood at Starlight Square in 2021. (Photo: Boston Bollywood via Instagram)

Third Annual Bollywood Night from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Start with henna body art, nosh on samosas, then learn about Bollywood and see a performance. Information is here.

Cookbook Book Group and Potluck from 6 to 7 p.m. at the courtyard of the Cambridge Public Library’s Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Ave., West Cambridge. Try a recipe from this month’s book, “Persiana” by Sabrina Ghayour, and bring your dish – or just your thoughts to discuss with the group. Information is here.

Climate Action On and Off the Screen from 7 to 9 p.m. at Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, but registration is required. Watch three films about local climate issues – drought, pollution and stormwater – and stick around to learn about how to make a difference for our rivers. Information is here.

Beachcombing for Signs of Wildlife with Mass Audubon from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free. Learn about best practices when combing the beach in search of wildlife clues and get tips from Mass Audubon teacher-naturalists on great places to explore. Information is here.

Blueprinting along the Charles from 3 to 5 p.m. at Magazine Beach, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, but registration required. Use chemistry and sunlight to create cyanotypes – an early form of botanical documentation and photographic printing known for its vivid blue shades. Information is here.


Friday, July 28

Receita de Samba (via the artists’ Facebook page)

Latin Music in the Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Centanni Park, Third and Otis streets, East Cambridge. Free. The Multicultural Art Center hosts an evening of dancing to live samba and forró music by Receita de Samba and Trio Let’s Vamos. Information is here.

Subcontinental Drift Boston from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Saraswathi Jones headlines an evening of music, storytelling, dance and poetry that celebrates the South Asian diaspora. Information is here.

Dialogue of Civilizations: Lost/Found at 6 p.m. at the Agassiz Theatre,  5 James St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. This collage of scenes and monologues explores the idea of home and belonging as written and performed by student actors from across the globe. Information is here.

At the Seam of Life and Death at 6 p.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge (and continuing through July 30) $20. Musician Ira Klein and choreographer Liz Walker’s performance is inspired by the cemetery as a place of transition and remembrance. Information is here.

MIT Public Art Tour from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at the List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. Take a guided walking tour of MIT’s public art collection. Information is here.

Ninth Annual Salsa Squared Dance Party from 7 to 10 p.m. at Brattle Plaza, in front of Bluestone Lane, 27 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Dance the evening away in the streets. Salsa and bachata lessons available. Information is here.