Thursday, June 20, 2024

Friday, Aug. 4

Live Music Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Assembly Row, 355 Artisan Way, Assembly Square, Somerville (and continuing every other Friday through Sept. 15). Free. Kid Disaster performs at this outdoor concert. Information is here.

A roller disco event at Starlight Square in 2021. (Photo: Laraland Roller Disco via Facebook)

This Is How We Roll! from 6 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Laraland Roller Disco hosts this skate party — BYO skates, as none will be available to rent, but you are welcome to dance if you don’t have wheels. Information is here.

Salsa in the Park from 6 to 9 p.m. at Termeer Square 300 Athenaeum St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. 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.

Jazz in the Park at 6:30 p.m. at Centanni Park, Third and Otis streets, East Cambridge. Free. The Tyson Jackson Trio and Midnight BBQ perform at this Multicultural Art Center event. Information is here.

Feet Keep the Beat Festival Showcase at 8 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville (and continuing with performances through Wednesday). $30. A performance that includes flamenco, Irish, tap, Kathak, body percussion and other flavors of percussive dance from around the world. Information is here.


Saturday, Aug. 5

A High Energy Vintage collection of shirts for sale. (Photo: High Energy Vintage via Facebook)

Small Mart from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. Free. Vintage vendors, artisans and makers will sell at this small market. information is here.

Discover Mount Auburn walking tour from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. $10, but registration is required. Mount Auburn is a National Historic Landmark and the final resting place of nearly 100,000 people – including famous ones such as poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and cookbook author Fannie Farmer – along with being home to 700 species and varieties of trees, beautiful sculpture and landscaping and gloriously gloomy tombs and mausoleums. This 1.5-mile walking tour focuses on history, monuments and the lives of the buried. Information is here.

Gardening workshop from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (also on 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.

Breaking Boundaries in Birth from 2 to 5 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. $15. Take your anger out at the injustice in reproductive health care by smashing pottery – helping raise funds to build the Neighborhood Birth Center in Roxbury. Information is here.

Designing a Climate Ready Green City 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 is required. Come talk about how we power our homes and businesses and prepare cities to withstand extreme weather. Information is here.

Starlight Dance Party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. The DJ will get tunes started immediately, and Pearl Young will teach some choreography about an hour in. Information is here.

Boston Tap Party at 7 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $37.50. This showcase of faculty and guest artists is the capstone for the class festival that preceded it. Information is here.


Sunday, Aug. 6

Somerville Flea from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Davis Square, Somerville. Free. The flea market returns for its 12th year in Davis Square. Information is here.

A past waterfall workshop, in which people learn dance skills to cascade down steps. (Photo: SomArts via Facebook)

Waterfall workshop from noon to 3 p.m. at SomArts at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. Waterfall is a work of visual poetry in which dancers will cascade slowly together down a staircase. Come learn how to move with others as if you are a body of water – then, if you wish, perform outside. Information is here.

Game Day from noon to 10 p.m. at the New England Science Fiction Association Clubhouse, 504 Medford St., Magoun Square, Somerville (and continuing most Sundays). Free, but proof of vaccination and masks are required. Play card, board and/or role-playing games from the collection, or bring games to play. Organizer will happily teach games to newcomers. Information is here

Cambridge Steel Youth Orchestra, Tempo International, Step Into Culture Dance Group perform at 1 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. This concert features music from Trinidad and Tobago, with steel drums and dance performances. Information is here.

Nature Poetry in the Park from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Magazine Beach Park Nature Center, at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free, but registration is required. Listen to poets read work rooted in nature. Information is here.

Games About Fighting Monsters (Who Might Be Undead) at 6 p.m. at Pandemonium Books & Games, 4 Pleasant St., Central Square, Cambridge. $5, but registration and proof of vaccination are required. Come play the cooperative monster-fighting games Horrified and Zombicide. Beginners are welcome as Pandemonium brings out different games to teach and play every other week. Information is here.


Monday, Aug. 7

Cambridge’s Water Department facility at Fresh Pond. (Photo: Marc Levy)

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

Lara Love Hardin reads from “The Many Lives of Mama Love: A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing and Healing” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Hardin discusses her life, from soccer mom convicted of stealing from neighbors to fund a heroin addiction to reinventing herself as a ghostwriter after leaving prison. Information is here.


Tuesday, Aug. 8

Cambridge Plays: Gentle Yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. on the lawn of Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Slow your morning down with this accessible yoga for humans of all ages. Information is here.

Kickboxing class at 5:30 p.m. at the Canal District, 650 E. Kendall St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free. Get a full-body workout at this all-levels class, one among a series of free fitness options this summer at Canal District. Information is here.

“Feeding Hannibal- A Connoisseur’s Cookbook.” (Photo: Titan Books)

Supper Club: Summer Scares Edition 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 required. The potluck for the Somerville Library’s cookbook club features 10 scary cookbooks to choose from, such as “The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse,” “The Witch’s Feast” and “Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook.” Information is here.

Smut Slam from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $10 suggested donation. This fast-paced storytelling open mic invites participants to tell five-minute, real-life dirty stories. The top three slammers win sexy swag from Good Vibrations. Information is here.

Family Movie Night at 8 p.m. at the East Cambridge Savings Bank parking lot, 1310 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. Free. Take in a surprise feature on a hot night. Information is here.


Wednesday, Aug. 9

Create Your Own Comic from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free. Go from creating your characters and story to drawing the panels. Information is here.

Not Just Screenagers: Voicing Issues Through Photos reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Bridge Gallery, 5 Pemberton St., North Cambridge. Free. Celebrate a photo exhibit by Cambridge youth of color (ages 14-18) that shows a perspective of the city the average adult may not see – with photos from around Cambridge about issues they experience and possible solutions. The exhibit is also viewable noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 10. Information is here.

The Lego Discovery Center in Somerville hosts building nights for adults. (Photo: Efraimstochter via Pixabay)

Adult Night Decades Party from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lego Discovery Center Boston, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville. $20, but 18-plus. Dress in the style of your favorite decade and play with Legos with other adults – complete with adult beverages and building competitions. Information is here.

Screen on the Green at 7:15 p.m. at Donnelly Field (Berkshire and York streets), East Cambridge (and every Wednesday through Aug. 16, at rotating parks). Free. Grab a picnic blanket and some snacks and watch “DC League of Super Pets.” Information is here.


Thursday, Aug. 10

Fresh Pond Stewards from 10 a.m. to noon (and continuing every Thursday through October) at the Volunteer Trailer near the front of the Water Department facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond. Free. Lend a hand in weeding and maintenance at Fresh Pond. No experience necessary. Information is here.

Picnic in the Park from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Picnic Grove at CX, 219 Jacobs St., North Point. Free. BYO feast, grab a beer from Lamplighter and drop a donation to Food for Free, which co-hosts. Information is here.

Entifan is Berklee College of Music student Enna Serrano. (Photo: Entifan via Instagram)

Entifan performs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Palmer Street, Harvard Square. Free. Club Passim hosts Entifan as part of its free outdoor concert series happening every Thursday through Aug 31. Information is here.

Jenny Odell reads from “Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock” at 6 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. New York Times bestselling author Odell discusses her latest book. Information is here

Belly Dance with Johara Boston from 6 to 7 p.m. at Joan Lorentz Park at 457 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (in front of the Cambridge Main Library). Free. Find a new rhythm for yourself in this belly dancing class. Information is here.

After Dark: Food for Thought from 6 to 9 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. $20, but 21-plus. Explore molecular gastronomy through mocktails, cook in the Maker Hub and examine the role of microbes in food production. Food from Mamaleh’s and brews from Remnant will be available. Information is here.


Friday, Aug. 11

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/follow-alongs) for this year’s dance series, which features a different Latin dance style each Friday. The evening begins with a lesson followed by live DJs spinning Latin music. Information is here.

The “Namaslay” puppet musical. (Photo: Playdoh Kolo via Facebook)

“Namaslay” puppet musical at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $12.50. New Orleans’ Playdoh Puppet Productions tackles gentrification and toxic positivity with puppets. One night only. Information is here.

Detention: Stand-Up in a Speakeasy at 8 and 10 p.m. at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St., Riverside (and every Friday and Saturday). $15. Head to the basement, grab a $4 beer or seltzer and enjoy this comedy show. Information is here.