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Friday, Oct. 13

“Water Stories: River Goddesses, Ancestral Rites and Climate Crisis” panel discussion from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Knafel Center of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 10 Garden St., west of Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. A discussion with three artists who contributed works to the exhibition (continuing through Dec. 16) followed by a panel of scholars from Barnard and Emerson colleges discussing religion, spirituality, sacred rivers and the climate crisis. Information is here.

“Flora x Fauna” 2023 Exhibit opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Free. Celebrate the works of visual arts students and instructors in the center community. Information is here.

Leslie Sainz reads from “Have You Been Long Enough at Table” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Sainz’s debut poetry collection explores the tragedies of the Cuban American experience, displacement and inherited exile. Joining the conversation is Allison Adair, author of “The Clearing,” and K. Iver, author of “Short Film Starring My Beloved’s Red Bronco.” Information is here.

Dvidha from 7:30 to 9:30 at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. $35. Dvidha, a Sanskrit word meaning “duality,” describes a showcase of Bharatanatyam and Kathak dance – two forms sharing Indian aesthetics – presented by Swathi Jaisankar and Ariaki Dandawate. Information is here.

“Sweeney Todd.” (Photo: Moonbox Productions via Facebook)

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” at 8 p.m. at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge (and continuing through Nov. 4). $55 to $65. This Sondheim classic is the very first performance at Arrow Street Arts in the former Oberon space. Renovations aren’t finished – no bar or concessions until 2024. Information is here.

New England Jazz Collaborative performs “Unplayed/Unheard” at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. New music opened by students from Longy’s jazz and contemporary music department. Information is here.

Quantum Moon and Future Mailmen perform at 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $15. A night swirling with original sounds: Quantum Moon is a project from local trumpeter Matt Kelly; the sextet Future Mailmen comes down from Portland, Maine, but many in the band cut their teeth in the Boston music scene. Information is here.


Saturday, Oct. 14

Pirate Party conference from 9:30 am to 12:30 p.m. in the community room of the Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. Free. At this quarterly conference not sponsored by the library, learn about Pirate Politics and running candidates for 2024 state and local elections. Information is here.

Dancing Outdoors: BollyX with Fen Tung from 10 to 11 a.m. at Joan Lorentz Park at 457 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (in front of the Cambridge Main Library). Free. Bollywood dance-inspired cardio fitness workout set to music, no dance experience is required. Information is here.

Beginners’ Mandarin class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (and every Saturday through Dec. 16). Free, but registration is required. The first session of a weekly class designed for beginners and taught by Sunling Liew, a Chinese-language instructor of the Ming Hui Academy Boston. Information is here.

Fall Fest and Cider Tasting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at shops from 2255–2304 Massachusetts Ave., North Cambridge. Free. Tastings, crafts and discounts from a cluster of creative restaurants, food retailers, vintage clothing and other specialty shops: The Little Details; Nüssli 118; Yummy Thai; Urban Hearth; Curio Spice Co.; Cafe Barada; Raspberry Beret; and Momma’s Grocery + Wine. Information is here.

Capoeira on the lawn from 11 a.m. to noon on the lawn of the Somerville Public Library East Branch, 115 Broadway (repeats Oct. 28). Free. Learn history and technique from local organization Sinha Capoeira. Expect a full-body workout combining the elegance of dance, the power of martial arts and the rhythms of Brazilian music. Information is here.

Seventh annual MIT Volpe block party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Donnelly Field (Berkshire and York streets), East Cambridge (rain date: Sunday). Free and all ages. Enjoy live music, compete in a basketball tournament, play games, create art, sample food from neighborhood restaurants, meet up with friends and even enter your dog in a costume contest. Performances by: Phaedra, Lenny’s Funk Club, Fly By Brass and Violinviiv. Information is here.

“The Oil Machine” film screening from 1 to 3 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. This BBC Scotland-produced film presents viewpoints and solutions from oil company executives, economists, young activists, workers and scientists on society’s dependency on oil, from cheap consumer goods to high finance. Includes a talkback afterward with executive producer Sonja Henrici. Information is here.

Arts in the Park from 1 to 5 p.m. at Clement Morgan Park, 60 Columbia St., The Port, Cambridge. Free. Learn about The Port Infrastructure Improvements Project from the Public Works Department or simply enjoy live music by DJ, food by Everybody Gotta Eat’s curated chefs, artist booths, interactive activities, children’s activities, live painting exhibits and discovering more about local creative institutions and co-sponsor the Adius Arts Initiative. Information is here.

Cambridge Community Foundation block party from 1 to 5 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge (rain date: Sunday). Free, but register. The CCF unveils its five-year strategic plan (at 2 p.m) to ensure Cambridge is vibrant, just and equitable for all at this all-ages event with live music from three bands, community art-making, a 300-seat community food table featuring bites from six local restaurants and shopping at the farmers market and Popportunity kiosks. Information is here.

“The Musical Nightingale” at 3 p.m. at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Harvard Square. General admission is $40, down to $10 for low-income tickets and up to $87 for reserved seats. The vocal ensemble Blue Heron’s 25th season has a program that premiered at Antwerp’s Laus Polyphoniae festival in August of songs from the 1500s about love and freedom, nightingales and other musical birds. A reception follows. Information is here.

All About Vinegar with Emily from F-Word Farm from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. in the auditorium at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free. Dracut-based fermentation expert Emily Makrez demonstrates how to turn anything into vinegar, even scraps. Includes tastings. Information is here.

Guitar welcome party with open mic from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. Free, but register. Bring a guitar and share your music or just listen to students, aficionados and other music lovers play. There will be snacks and soft drinks; bring a potluck dish if you’d like. Sponsored by the Eliot Fisk Guitar Academy. Information is here.

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

DJ Nomadik’s Fall Silent Headphone Party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but register (ID is required for headphones). Vibe to your choice of hip-hop, soul, reggae, disco or house music with headphones that glow to illuminate the dance floor once evening sets in. DJ Nomadik, DeeJay JL and Rugged One orchestrate the playlist. Information is here.

Creative Music Series: The New Haven Jazz Underground from 8 to 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $18. An adventurous journey into improvisation with Nick Di Maria (trumpet), Dan O’Brien (reeds), Aiden O’Connell (bass), Grant Beale (guitar) and Brandon Terzakis (drums). Information is here.

The Conspiracy: No Purge Night from 9:30 to 11. p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $20 and 21-plus. Local comedy supergroup Conspiracy returns with a brand-new Halloween extravaganza of comedy and music. Information is here.


Sunday, Oct. 15

Tree Identification Walk from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., meeting at the ranger station (under the clock tower) at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond, Cambridge. Free, all ages. Join ranger Tim Puopolo on this easy walk around Kingsley Park and other parts of Fresh Pond Reservation to learn about the types of trees you can find in Massachusetts and how to identify them. Information is here.

Harvard Square Open Market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. Find unique items to treasure at this weekly arts and vintage market running through Oct. 29. Information is here.

Shohini Ghose. (Photo: Wilfrid Laurier University)

Shohini Ghose reads from “Her Space, Her Time: How Trailblazing Women Scientists Decoded the Hidden Universe” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free with museum admission. The quantum physicist discusses her new book about long-overlooked women physicists and astronomers with Lisa Kewley of the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian. Information is here.

Annual pumpkin carving from 1 to 5 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. $15. Choose an hourlong slot to carve a pumpkin provided by the brewery using tools at the site. Information is here.

Climate Café: Talking About Climate Change with Our Children from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Mass Audubon Nature Center at Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridgeport. Free, but registration is required. Facilitated by Mothers Out Front activists, parents will discuss the climate crisis honestly and come up with ways to have productive and hopeful conversations with children. Meanwhile, Mass Audubon staff will engage children ages 3-plus in nature activities. Information is here.

Ron Suskind Talks About Education and Raising a Child with Autism from 5 to 6 p.m. at the MIT Welcome Center, 292 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Now free, with donations . The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and filmmaker talks about how one’s affinities and passions can spark powerful self-motivation to learn every subject. Benefits the nonprofit Cambridge Camping. Information is here.

“Songs of the Supernatural” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Somerville Music Spaces, 1060 Broadway C101, Somerville. $20. Mezzo-soprano Heather Gallagher and pianist James Myers conjure haunted brides, romantic sea creatures and murder most foul perform pieces by Richard Franz, Joseph Marx and Rebecca Clarke. Produced by Cultural Wasteland. Information is here.

“You Did This”: Unscripted Stories of Horror and Dread at 4:30 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $5. A disclaimer comes with this intense and unsettling-sounding evening of immersive theater that promises to awaken “your deepest fears to bring to life primal terrors and cosmic horrors.” Afterward, toss up your jazz hands and sing “That’s En-ter-tain-ment!” Information is here.

Cultural Deferences: A Multisensory Event Celebrating Muslim Creative Life at 6 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. An MIT-sponsored evening of lightning talks by new voices in global economics, legal advocacy, fashion ethics, machine learning, international journalism and more, with live musical performances. Hosted by actor and podcaster Najah Imani Muhammad and produced by Mipsterz, a nontraditional arts and culture collective for emerging Muslim creatives. Information is here.


Monday, Oct. 16

“Requiem for Bill” by Connie Thibaut.

Connie Thibaut’s “Hierosgamos: From Requiem to Reunion” through Oct. 30 in the L2 gallery of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Launching today, an exhibit of Thibaut’s portraits representing the struggles in hospice by her partner Bill, who died in 2018. There’s an opening reception with gallery talk on October 18. Information is here.

Arthropod Surveys at Fresh Pond from 2 to 3 p.m. meeting on site at the Lusitania Meadow at 615 Concord Ave. in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond, Cambridge (and continuing every Monday this month). Free. Join scientists from Earthwise Aware to help observe and collect information about what insects and arachnids visit the reservation’s meadows, compiling the findings into global databases. Information is here.

African Dance Workout with Bisi from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing every Monday through Nov. 20). $12 to $20. Instructor Bisi Xotyeni from Jean Appolon Expressions Artists guides the class through a cardio warmup with African dance movements, a series of strength-building exercises, and then a combination for everyone to dance together. All experience levels are welcome. Information is here.

Lainey Newman and Theda Skocpol read from “Rust Belt Union Blues: Why Working Class Voters Are Turning Away from the Democratic Party” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. In their book, the authors describe the decline of unions, shift of working-class voters away from Democrats and eroding of community ties and identities. Joining the conversation is history professor Ellen Fitzpatrick of the University of New Hampshire. Information is here.

“This Paranormal Life” podcast at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $30, all ages. Brits Rory Powers and Kit Grier Mulvenna bring their comedy across the pond on a “Flat World Tour,” investigating a different paranormal case at each stop. From The Bowery Presents. Information is here.


Tuesday, Oct. 17

Navigating Solo: Planning Tools for Aging Well from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (and continuing every Tuesday through Nov. 14). Free, but registration is required. The library foundation and nonprofit Cambridge Neighbors sponsor the first of five talks and Q&As on aging solo. This week’s topic: “The unique planning needs of solo agers,” facilitated by Ailene Gerhardt. Information is here.

Collins Branch Book Group from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Ave., West Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. October’s title: “Eight Perfect Murders” by Peter Swanson. Information is here.

Contemporary Book Group from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Rossi Room of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. October’s title: “VenCo” by Cherie Dimaline. Information is here.

Xochitl Gonzalez (via the author’s Instagram)

Xochitl Gonzalez reads from “Olga Dies Dreaming” from 6 to 7:30 in the lecture hall of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. A staff writer for The Atlantic discusses her 2022 bestseller about a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her Puerto Rican roots – a novel she’s now adapting for television. In conversation with local poet and artist Jess Rizkallah, author of “the magic my body becomes.” Information is here.

“Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project” film screening from 6 to 8 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. $15. This feature documentary explores the mindscape of legendary poet Nikki Giovanni as she reflects on her life and legacy and beyond her own lifetime, to Middle Passage and Mars, calling for a better future where equity and justice reign and Black women lead. Information is here.

O’Connell Branch Adult Book Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cambridge Public Library O’Connell Branch, 48 Sixth St., East Cambridge. Free. October’s title: “Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey From Slavery to Freedom” by Ilyon Woo. Information is here.

Thomas Dodson reads from “No Use Pretending” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. Dodson’s acclaimed collection of stories encompasses diverse genres and features characters forced into conditions of life that they find unbearable, often blundering in their attempts to find relief. In conversation with Somerville-based short story author and novelist Daphne Kalotay. Information is here.

Great Books Book Group from 7:15 to 9 p.m. in the Curious George Room of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. This week’s title: “Middlemarch” by George Eliot. Information is here.


Wednesday, Oct. 18

Even broad-winged hawk can be seen from Mount Auburn Cemetery – though it’s probably too late this year. (Photo: Tom Murray)

Bird watching walk from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. Identify birds, learn tips and tricks to watching and familiarize yourself with autumn migrators as well as birds that can be spotted year-round. A limited supply of binoculars will be available. The event meets in the courtyard of the Cambridge Public Library Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Ave., West Cambridge. Information is here.

Get Creative! Series: Acrylic Painting Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. in the community room of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. Learn how to paint, mix colors and compose colorful works using acrylics at your own pace with artist Brooke Lambert. Information is here.

Sherrilyn Ifill on the Supreme Court at 4 p.m. at the Knafel Center of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 10 Garden St., west of Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. The civil rights lawyer and scholar joins Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of Harvard Radcliffe Institute, in conversation about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action and access to higher education. Information is here.

Streetwise speaker series at 6 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville (and every third Wednesday). Free. Co-sponsored by the Somerville Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Somerville Alliance for Safe Streets, this series aims to share wisdom on the path to complete streets. Information is here.

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Group from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Rossi Room of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. October takes on “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. Information is here.

Solidarity Concert: “The Voice of the Silenced” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. Free. The Afghanistan Freeharmonic Orchestra brings together musicians from Afghanistan and elsewhere to nurture talent in defiance of adversity and to advocate for positive change. Proceeds from sales of food at the concert (from Silk Road Uyghur Cuisine and The Helmand Restaurant) go toward Moroccan earthquake and Libyan flood relief. Hosted by Peace Islands Institute Boston. Information is here.

Central Square Game Lab from 6 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Drop in and playtest video games made by indie video game developers at this outdoor event. Hosted by gaming/anime-themed social-event producer Arcade Awesome. Information is here.

Boudreau Branch Adult Book Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cambridge Public Library Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave., Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9. Free, but registration is required. October’s title: “Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson. Information is here.

Artist Talk: “Hierosgamos: From Requiem to Reunion” 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but register. Connie Thibaut discusses paintings (up through Oct. 30) inspired by her partner Bill’s experiences in hospice. Information is here.

Green Cambridge Harvest Celebration and Fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lamplighter CX, 110 North First St., North Point, Cambridge. $30. Enjoy food, beverages and community at this event benefiting Cambridge’s nonprofit devoted to equitable green neighborhoods while honoring the work of Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and CRLS faculty member Barbara Dorritie. Keynote by Rep. Mike Connolly. Information is here.

Poets Naomi Mulvihill and Hilary Sallick read from 7 to 8 p.m. at Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10, but registration is required. With an introduction by Lloyd Schwartz. Information is here.


Thursday, Oct. 19

Playwright and actor Kate Hamill. (Photo: Actors Theatre of Louisville)

Actors read Kate Hamill’s Adaptation of “The Odyssey” at 2 p.m and 7:30 p.m. at Harvard University’s Farkas Hall Studio, 10-12 Holyoke St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. Actors will have scripts in hand but have been fine-tuning their characterizations during a two-week workshop. Expect a feminist-centered adaptation of this ancient poem from the award-winning New York-based actor and playwright. Information is here.

Fostering Innovation: Empowering Latino Entrepreneurs to Achieve Greatness from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hult International School Boston, 1 Education St., North Point, Cambridge. Free, but registration is required. At this annual event, Latinx professionals with ambitious or disruptive business ideas will find supportive workshops, networking, inspiring speakers and information on funding sources. Sponsored by the large and active Boston branch of the Association for Latino Professionals for America. Information is here.

A Cambridge-shaped butterfly on the Pemberton Street Mural. (Photo: Erin Stalberg)

Pemberton Street Mural Celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Pemberton Street between Yerxa Road and Haskell Street in North Cambridge. Free. Funded by Participatory Budgeting, designed by Cambridge artist Whitney van Praagh with Alex Adamo and Kit Collins, and painted by volunteers and passersby, this colorful mural will be celebrated with live music, food trucks, a rollerskating performance and street games. Information is here.

Skip the Small Talk speed-dating from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. $16.50 and 21-plus. This Somerville-founded company helps you meet a special someone IRL within a safe and fun context by providing psychology-backed question prompts that quickly lead to conversations about the things you actually care about. Information is here.

Charlie Cunningham performs at 8 p.m. at Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. $28. British singer-songwriter and guitarist Charlie Cunningham plays songs from his third album, “Fame,” which he wrote during the Covid lockdown without time pressures, a period he’s described as “liberating, but twinned with the awfulness.” Information is here.


Friday, Oct. 20

The Radcliffe team competes in the 2021 Head of the Charles regatta. (Photo: Tyler Motes)

The Head of the Charles Regatta from 7:45 to 10:30 a.m. at The Charles River south of Harvard Square (and continuing until 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). Free. This 58-year-old, three-day rowing competition won’t be hard to find, since it involves more than 11,000 athletes from around the world and tens of thousands of spectators. Follow the crowd and try to get a view of the river races to see what it’s all about. (Best views are between Anderson and Weeks bridges.) Information is here.

Dancing on the Row: Latin Dance Series from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the green space near Smoke Shop BBQ at 325 Assembly Row, Assembly Square East, Somerville. Free, but register. 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. The evening begins with a Cuban-style mini-class followed by DJs spinning Latin music for social dancing. Information is here.

“You Did This”: Unscripted Stories of Horror and Dread (continued) at 7 p.m. at the Café at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville (and again on Sunday). $5. Information is here.

Goblin Hole Queer Event at 9 p.m. at Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. $20 to $30, 21-plus. Bear witness to bizarre and fantastical drag acts at this queer art party while meeting old friends, bumping into new ones and dancing a little. Costumes and looks are highly encouraged! Information is here.