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Friday, Feb. 2

“Decolonizing Ukraine in Theory and Practice” conference from 9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Tsai Auditorium at the Center for Government and International Studies, South Concourse, 1730 Cambridge St., Harvard Square (and continuing tomorrow). Free, but register. This four-panel Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute conference considers policy around Ukraine and its neighbors amid a perpetual Russian threat. Keynote by Dora Chomiak, chief executive of the Ukraine humanitarian aid group Razom. Information is here.

Curator tour of “List Projects 28: Sophie Friedman-Pappas and TJ Shin” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. Curator Selby Nimrod leads a walkthrough of an exhibit, up through Feb. 11, in which the artists layer history with fiction and speculation and put to work odd technology such as drawing machines and camera-less photography and filmmaking. Information is here.

A grasshopper. (Photo: DomPixabay via Pixabay)

“Locusts of Power: Borders, Empire and Environment in the Modern Middle East” lecture from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Building E-51, also known as the Tang Center, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Free, but register. As part of the Seminars in Environmental Agricultural History series, Vanderbilt University’s Samuel Dolbee sheds light on borders and state formation by following locusts and their relationship to people in motion (nomads, deportees and refugees), homing in on the Jazira, the borderlands of today’s Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Information is here.

Dr. Jen Gunter reads from “Blood: The Science, Medicine and Mythology of Menstruation” at 6 p.m. The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10, or $35 with book. The bestselling author of “The Vagina Bible” and “The Menopause Manifesto” discusses her funny, no-nonsense guide. Bonnie Talbert of the Harvard College Women’s Center talks with Gunter in this Harvard Book Store event. Information is here.

Cuban Dance with Boston Rueda from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing every Friday). $15. No partner or experience necessary to learn this group dance to Cuban and other salsa music involving the changing of partners. Information is here.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (and continuing tomorrow and next weekend). $30 and 21-plus. A one-hour version of the bard’s witty and bawdy play that includes one actor randomly selected who drinks before and during the performance, leaving the remaining sober cast to incorporate, rectify, justify and generally improvise around the drunkenness. Information is here.

Harvard College Opera Society presents “Falstaff” at 7:30 p.m. at Agassiz Theater, 5 James St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (and continuing through Feb. 10). $10 to $20. Based on Shakespeare’s play “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera is full of romance, hijinks and magic. Performed in Italian with English supertitles. Information is here.

“Groundhog Day” Improv Show at 8 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free, but register. Celebrate the best holiday movie of 1993 by doing the same improv set over and over again and expecting hilarious results. Features local indie improv troupes. Information is here.

“Machine Learning” at 8 p.m. at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge (through Feb. 25). $24 to $93. A play by Francisco Mendoza about an AI nursing application that increases its learning as the health of the man it cares for deteriorates. The application’s creator must confront his responsibility; he’s also the man’s son. Produced in partnership with Teatro Chelsea. Information is here.

Cécile McLorin Salvant performs at 8 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. $45 to $92. With a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, theater, jazz, baroque and folkloric music, Salvant gravitates toward rarely recorded forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists and humor. Information is here.

Cha Jung-won (known as Car, the garden) performs at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $45 to $55. The indie-rock singer-songwriter from South Korea is well-known for his inimitable vocals and for his unusual professional name, a literal translation of his birth name. Information is here.

The Warped Tour Band: A Tribute to Emo/Pop-Punk at 8 p.m. at The Middle East Downstairs, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $20 to $25 and 18-plus. Presented by League Podcast and Rock On! Concerts. Information is here.

The Swing Legacy performs for Boston Swing Central from 8 to 11:45 p.m. at Q Ballroom, 26 New St., Fresh Pond, Cambridge. $13 to $20. This social partner dance with live music includes a lesson for beginners in the first hour. No partner required; no street shoes allowed. Information is here.


Saturday, Feb. 3

Floral art by Michael Talbot (via the artist’s website)

Michael Talbot’s “While We’re Still Here” exhibit final day from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. Last chance to see personal works by the Jamaican-born Boston animator and artist depicting gratitude with specific types of flowers given from one person’s hands to another’s. Information is here.

Winter tree identification from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Mass Audubon Nature Center at Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridgeport. Free, but register and 14-plus. Discover how to identify trees in your neighborhood from buds and bark rather than leaves, and about how trees survive during cold weather. Information is here.

“Decolonizing Ukraine in Theory and Practice” conference (continued) from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Tsai Auditorium at the Center for Government and International Studies, South Concourse, 1730 Cambridge St., Harvard Square. Free, but register. Information is here.

Boston Festival Orchestra: The Power of Four from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Selections of chamber music in chronological order will show why a quartet of violins, viola and cello has been the foundation of classical chamber music for centuries. Information is here.

Board Game Café at the Library (for Adults) from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free, but register. Check out the library’s board game collection and stay to play an old favorite or learn something new. Light refreshments will be served. Information is here.

“Machine Learning” (continued) at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $93. The evening performance begins with a 45-minute discussion on “Problems and Possibilities: Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence” with Peter Szolovits, Yoon Kim and Jacob Andreas. Information is here.

Somerville Songwriter Sessions at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $15 suggested donation. An open mic starts off the evening. Alex Fam, Tom Smith and Jack Byrne then perform solo sets, followed by a round-robin song swap. Information is here.

Harvard College Opera Society presents “Falstaff” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Agassiz Theater, 5 James St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10 to $20. Information is here.

Brad Mehldau performs “Fourteen Reveries” at 8 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. $20 to $79. The Grammy-winning jazz pianist performs his newly commissioned solo piano work. Information is here.

Opera Prima performs with soprano Amanda Forsythe at 8 p.m. at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Harvard Square. $20 to $90. Directed by Cristiano Contadin on viola de gamba, the ensemble debuts with the Boston Early Music Festival exploring themes of love and torment in Italian masterpieces from the 1600s with pieces by Monteverdi, Rossi, Merula, Caccini and others. Information is here.

Valkyrie Heels Crew presents “Rise” from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. $20 to $25. The queer-led heels group presents a showcase of various dance styles. Information is here.

The Femmes’ Spectacular from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $20 to $30 and all ages. Boston’s all women and non-binary party band returns with a full horn section and three lead singers. Information is here.


Sunday, Feb. 4

Heart Hive presents “Ecstatic Dance [Courage]” from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 1950 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge. $10 to $30 (free for children under 5). A chance to dance without shoes, words, alcohol or phones. Features DJ Tara-Ma of Providence, Rhode Island. Information is here.

Hacking Challenges, the Aftermath from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free with museum admission. Participants present solutions from a weekend MIT Quantum Hackathon of developing and testing code to learn what quantum computers are and how to use them. Information is here.

“Hamilton” Drag Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Summer Shack, 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Alewife, Cambridge. $20. Have a meal and sing along as drag performers pay tribute to the Broadway musical. Costumes are optional. Hosted by Neon Calypso. Information is here.

Winter Sowing with DIY milk jug greenhouses from noon to 1 p.m. at Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Soil and seeds will be available to help you get some cold-hardy plants started for spring; please bring a clear plastic milk jug and dress for the outdoors. Information is here.

A detail from Albert Bierstadt’s “Rocky Mountains, ‘Lander’s Peak.’” (Image: Harvard Art Museums)

“‘Wild’ Landscapes – Imagining and Experiencing American Nature” gallery talk from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. A discussion of wildness, emptiness and beauty as represented in Albert Bierstadt’s “Rocky Mountains, ‘Lander’s Peak.’” Information is here.

Artist Conversation with Nathan Bolton from 1 to 3 p.m. at Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridgeport. Free, but RSVP. The photographer behind the solo exhibition “Do It For the Boys” talks about his images of the Los Angeles Rebellion, one of the United States’ four original Queer/Inclusive rugby teams. Information is here.

“Machine Learning” (continued) at 2 p.m. at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $78. Information is here.

John Dalton’s Spheres of Influence performs from 6 to 8 p.m. at CultureHouse, 64 Union Square, Somerville. Free. The Boston-based drummer with Jim Robitaille on guitar and Evan Palmer on bass performs original compositions and popular repertoire. Information is here.

The Folk Collective: We Black Folk Festival at 7 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (and also Feb. 11). Free, but reserve your space. A festival that aims to respark the kinship between Black and Folk with a reminder that the banjo bears close resemblance to African music traditions such as the akonting of Gambia and evolved as a way for enslaved Africans from many cultures speaking different languages to communicate and survive. Information is here.


Monday, Feb. 5

Drawing Observations in Movement from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. Led by dancer and visual artist Cassandre Charles, this workshop addresses the parallel worlds of movement and visual arts. Information is here.

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (via their website)

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández reads from “Welcome the Wretched: In Defense of the ‘Criminal Alien’” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. One of the nation’s foremost “crimmigration” experts argues for separating immigration enforcement from the criminal legal system. Sarah Sherman-Stokes of Boston University’s School of Law joins the conversation. Information is here.

Poets Diana Khoi Nguyen and Cindy Juyoung Ok read at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The poets discuss and read from “Root Fractures,” Nguyen’s examination of what takes root after a disaster and how we can make a story out of the broken pieces of our lives, and “Ward Toward,” Ok’s debut that inventively disrupt familiar narratives about mental illness, abuse and death. Poet Sandra Lim, award-winning author of “The Wilderness” and “The Curious Thing,” joins the conversation. Information is here.

“It’s Night in America” film screening at 7 p.m. at Harvard Film Archive at The Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $15. Director Ana Vaz (who will be present at the screening) documents in her 2022 film how Brasília’s animals are losing habitat to an ever-encroaching human population. Information is here.

Picture + Panel: Hidden Worlds with Rosemary Mosco and Dan Nott from 7 to 8 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free, but register, and 21-plus. The monthly series sponsored by Aeronaut, Porter Square Books and the Boston Comic Arts Foundation has confabs of graphic novel creators, this time with Mosco, who focuses on science in the natural world, and Vermont’s Nott, author of the nonfiction “Hidden Systems.” Information is here.

Ken Schaphorst Big Band performs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Regattabar, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $15 to $25. Regattabar’s “Big Band Mondays” kick off with this composer and New England Conservatory jazz chair and his 17-piece band featuring longtime collaborators Ran Blake (piano) and Dominique Eade (voice). The NEC Jazz Orchestra opens. Information is here.


Tuesday, Feb. 6

A detail from work by Mildred Thompson (via the artist’s website)

Harvard Radcliffe exhibits by and about Black women from 1 to 2 p.m. starting at the Poorvu Gallery in the Schlesinger Library in Radcliffe Yard, 3 James St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. “In Their Own Voices” highlights Black women whose papers are held at the Schlesinger Library; “A Female Landscape and the Abstract Gesture” centers around art by Mildred Thompson on loan from Spelman College. Led by Spelman’s Holly Smith, the Schlesinger Library’s Petrina Jackson and Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s visiting curator Chassidy A. Winestock. Information is here.

Board game night for adults from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington, Cambridge. Free, but register. Play Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, chess, checkers, Boggle, Bananagrams and more, or bring a board game to play with others. Pizza and beverages provided. Information is here.

“Book Moot” discusses “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luan Yang at 6:30 p.m. at Pandemonium Books & Games, 4 Pleasant St., Central Square, Cambridge. $14.99. This month’s group discusses the action-packed New York Times bestselling graphic novel and modern fable. Information is here.

Great Books Book Group from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. This time: Edward Gibbon, “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” chapters 1 through 3. Information is here.

Harvard College Opera Society presents “Falstaff” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Agassiz Theater, 5 James St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10 to $20. 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. An open mic invites participants to tell five-minute, real-life dirty stories. The top three slammers win sexy swag from Good Vibrations. Kat Sistare hosts. Information is here.


Wednesday, Feb. 7

Embracing the Promise of a Rising Cambridge and Boston: A Fireside Chat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. Free, but register. A conversation with Imari Paris Jeffries, executive director of Embrace Boston, and the Rev. Willie Bodrick III, head of the American City Coalition and senior pastor at Twelfth Baptist Church. Moderated by Karilyn Crockett, author of “People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners and a New Movement for City Making.” Food and other refreshments will be served. Part of MIT’s MLK Celebration. Information is here.

Jazz in Conversation with Poetry: The Joel LaRue Trio and Poet Tatiana Johnson-Boria from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but register. The Tufts University lecturer and pianist brings his trio to perform while the educator and author of “Nocturne in Joy” reads as part of the library’s Black History Month events. Information is here.

A sauerkraurt project. (Photo: ccbarr via Flickr)

A Jarring Experience: Fermentation Workshop Series from 6 to 8 p.m. at CultureHouse, 64 Union Square, Somerville (also Feb. 14 and 21). Free, but register. Discover the science and types of fermentation, fermenting vs. pickling and canning, history of fermented foods and safety and cleanliness – plus make sauerkraut! Bring an 8- to 16-ounce jar with lid. Information is here.

Moving in Community from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Dance Studio at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing each Wednesday through Mar. 6). Free to $15. All are welcome to this dance, meditation and writing class in which movers will exchange ideas, words and movement phrases, building narratives and leading up to a loosely structured improvisational/movement score. Information is here.

“Little Peasants,” a new play at 7 p.m. at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (also Feb. 21). $15 to $20 and all ages. This world premiere workshop reading from Food Tank, written by Bernard Pollack and directed by Dori A. Robinson, gives a peek behind closed doors of a food workers union organization campaign. (In 2021, Food Tank’s “We Came To Dance” delved into the intersection of food, exoplanets and the climate crisis and had a one-month sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.) Information is here.

The Oshima Brothers perform at 7 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15 to $20 and all ages. Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, brothers Sean and Jamie perform a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and pop with dynamic vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops and percussion. Information is here.

Celeste Ng reads from “Fourteen Days: A Collaborative Novel” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The New York Times bestselling author talks about contributing to a new novel by Margaret Atwood and Douglas Preston about tenants in a Lower East Side building during the Covid-19 lockdowns who get to know each other through evening storytelling on a roof. The twist is that each character in the eccentric cast has been secretly written by a different big-name Authors Guild writer (36 in total). “Leading Men” author Chris Castellani joins the conversation. Information is here.

Laird Hunt reads from “Float Up, Sing Down” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free, but RSVP. In 14 short stories, the author captures one summer’s day experienced by 14 characters living in the type of rural Indiana community Hunt described in his National Book Award finalist novel “Zorrie.” Writer John Fulton joins the conversation. Information is here.

“Machine Learning” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $78. Information is here.

Harvard College Opera Society presents “Falstaff” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Agassiz Theater, 5 James St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10 to $20. Information is here.


Thursday, Feb. 8

Thursday Morning Talks: Carol Fulp on “Success Through Diversity” from 10:15 a.m. to noon at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, 145 Brattle St., West Cambridge. $20 or $125 (suggested donations for individual talk or series subscription), and registration is required. The Boston-based founder of Fulp Diversity talks about why the most inclusive companies win. The January and February lecture series is a fundraiser for Mount Auburn Hospital in its 87th year. Information is here.

Poetry craft talk and reading with Stephanie Burt from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Center for the Study of World Religions, 42 Francis Ave., in the Baldwin neighborhood near the Somerville border, Cambridge. Free, but register. The poet, literary critic and Harvard professor has published nine books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. Introduction by poet Adam Scheffler. Information is here.

After Dark Series: Connections from 6 to 9 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. $10 to $20 and 21-plus. Explore the art and science of connections with participatory music-making, “speed friending” and learning how to wire a circuit. Information is here.

Jas Hammonds (via Instagram)

Jas Hammonds reads from “We Deserve Monuments” at 6:30 p.m. at All She Wrote Books, 75 Washington St., Prospect Hill, Somerville. Free, or $13.80 with book. The novelist discusses her love story about two teen girls and the buried history of racism in their small Georgia town. Aislinn Brophy, author of “How to Succeed in Witchcraft,” joins the conversation. Information is here.

East End House’s 13th annual community ice skating party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Skate@Canal District Kendall, 300 Athenaeum St., Cambridge (rain date: Feb. 15). Free. Ice skate with family and friends; sign in and warm up in the Community Room at 650 E. Kendall St., where you can also enjoy warm chili, doughnuts and hot cocoa. Information is here.

Ruha Benjamin reads from “Imagination: A Manifesto” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The Princeton professor shows how we can use our imaginations to challenge systems of oppression and to create a world in which everyone can thrive. “Life on Mars” author and 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States Tracy K. Smith joins the conversation. Information is here.

Paul Lynch reads from “Profit Song” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. The author discusses his 2023 Booker Prize-winning novel about a near-future Ireland caught in the grip of a government turning toward tyranny, and the lengths a scientist mother of four will go to save her family from the doom and horror. Robin Young of WBUR’s “Here and Now” joins in conversation. Information is here.

“Machine Learning” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $78. A half-hour conversation with the cast of “Machine Learning” follows the show. Information is here.

World premiere of “Bumbled” at 7:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through Sunday). Free to $32 (this preview night is by donation). In this “one-person, bee-twerking, Irish slow-dancing, sex-dodging odyssey,” performed and co-written by Colin Hamell, an Irish honey bee embarks on a hilarious and poignant journey to tell the world about the importance of bees, save the planet and to find true happiness with his French girlfriend. Information is here.

Revive retro music experience from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at ZuZu, 474 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge (and the second Thursday of every month). Free and 21-plus. Interesting distortions of electro-swing from DJ Dekichan, followed by pop remixes from DJ Catalyst. Information is here.


Friday, Feb. 9

Black History Month passport to Black-owned businesses pop-up from noon to 7 p.m. at One Brattle Square, Harvard Square, Cambridge (and continuing Feb. 10). Free, but RSVP to say in the loop. Support local Black-owned businesses by shopping this showcase of a diverse range of products and services including vegan treats, soaps, sauces, bags, jewelry, fine art, dog treats, artisan food, trendy fashion and more. Information is here.

Poet Amy Lowell from a Time magazine cover of March 2, 1925 (via Wikipedia)

Celebrating Amy Lowell’s 150th anniversary at 1 p.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. Free. The renowned poet’s legacy is carried on locally by the New England Poetry Club, which she co-founded in 1915. Club and cemetery representatives walk to Lowell’s grave to lay a wreath with brief remarks and poetry reading. Information is here.

Community-Based Yoga for Beginners from 6 to 7 p.m. at CultureHouse, 64 Union Square, Somerville. Free, but register and ages 12-plus. Join local environmental educator and yoga instructor-in-training Natalia Bayona for a series of all-levels yoga classes. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Information is here.

Cuban Dance with Boston Rueda (continued) from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $15. Information is here.

Contemporary Dance Class (continued) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. Free to $15. Information is here.

Architect Marlon Blackwell discusses his “Radical Practice” monograph from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Gund Hall, 42 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The Fayetteville, Arkansas, designer and architect will talk about the projects documented in his 2022 book and describes the core principles evolving at his firm since he founded it more than 30 years ago. Information is here.

“Joyland” screening with Saim Sadiq at 7 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Building 26-100, also known as the Compton Laboratories, at 60 Vassar St., Cambridge. Free. A moderated Q&A with the director and writer of the first Pakistani film to screen at the Cannes Film Festival follows its screening at MIT. Set in inner-city Lahore, the 2022 film explores love and desire in a patriarchal society. Information is here.

Nebulous String Quartet performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. Free, but RSVP. Violinists Claudius Agrippa and Fabienne Jean, violist Noah Leong and cellist Kely Pinheiro often create arrangements and compositions from an improvisational and nebulous state. Sponsored by Celebrity Series of Boston. Information is here.

“Machine Learning” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $78. Information is here.

World Premiere of “Bumbled” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $32. Information is here.

Harvard College Opera Society presents “Falstaff” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Agassiz Theater, 5 James St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10 to $20. Information is here.