Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Friday, Feb. 23

Foundry Festival from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing through tomorrow). Free, but some activities required advance registration. The final two days of the festival include maker-space tours plus activities just for kids such as comedy and maple sugaring; teen-focused workshops, bike repair and panel discussions; hands-on activities such as fabric painting, pupusa making, Japanese water marbling art, kalimba making and a chess and math lab; and performances of drumming, hip-hop and Chinese classical dance. Information is here.

MIT Museum 2024 February school vacation week from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge (and continuing through Feb. 25). Most activities are free with museum admission (family workshops are $10 to $18). There are still three more days of activities, focusing on topics such as microscopy, Crispr DNA editing, image-recognition AI, ancient measuring devices and creative uses of circuitry. Information is here.

A detail from “The True Cost of Coal” mural by The Beehive Collective (via the artists’ website)

“The True Cost of Coal” mural presentation from 4 to 6 p.m. at CultureHouse, 64 Union Square, Somerville. Free, but register. The word-to-image translators of The Beehive Collective travel extensively to compile stories from person-to-person interactions. Here, they present their massive, intricately detailed winding timeline of Appalachian history weaving together histories of colonialism, worker rebellion, community organizing and the fight for a sustainable future. Information is here.

Women Take the Reel Film Festival: “At Your Cervix” screening at 6 p.m. at the Bartos Theater, 20 Ames St., Building E-15, atrium level, Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. Director A’magine answers questions after showing her film that breaks the silence about how medical students learn to perform pelvic exams (often on unconscious patients without their knowledge or consent). 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.

Brazil’s “Pictures of Ghosts” screening at 6 and 8:15 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (and continuing through Feb. 27). $12.50 to $14.50. The country’s official selection for the 2024 Academy Awards examines the great movie theaters of Recife, the Brazilian costal capital of Pernambuco, that served as spaces of community and conviviality during the 20th century. Information is here.

John Oakes reads from “The Fast: The History, Science, Philosophy and Promise of Doing Without” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The publisher of “The Evergreen Review” discusses interviews with doctors, spiritual leaders, activists and others who guided him through the practice of fasting, and how he discovered it was about much more than food. Luke O’Neil, author of “Welcome to Hell World: Dispatches from the American Dystopia,” joins the conversation. 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.

Community open mic poetry night from 7 to 9 p.m. at Little Crêpe Café, 102 Oxford St., in the Baldwin neighborhood near Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. Share your love for your community, civic unity and your neighborhood by reading your original poem or a favorite poet’s work. Free hot cocoa. Co-sponsored by the City of Cambridge’s Committee on Civic Unity, Cambridge Arts and City Night Readings. Information is here.

“Becoming a Man” at 7:30 p.m. at Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $65 to $150 (and continuing through March 10). A play about one man’s gender transition at a pivotal political moment in America. From acclaimed memoirist P. Carl and Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus. Information is here.

International Commedia dell’Arte Day with i Sebastiani at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville (and also Feb. 25). $5 to $10 suggested donation. The Boston theater troupe dedicated to authenticity presents “Constant Love” in traditional 16th century style with masks, costumes and improvisation. Information is here.

“Machine Learning” at 8 p.m. at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge (through Feb. 25). $24 to $78. 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.

“Unplayed/Unheard” concert at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free to $20. Students from Longy’s jazz and contemporary music department perform music they composed. Information is here.

“The Manic Monologues” at 8 p.m. at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge (and continuing through Feb. 25). $45. A play by Zachary Burton and Elisa Hofmeister showcases true stories of mental illness. Directed by Brad Reinking. Information is here.

Boston Early Music Festival: Le Consort performs at 9 p.m. at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Harvard Square. $20 to $90. An entrancing tour through Europe of the Baroque era with four young musicians playing Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, Purcell, Rameau and others. Information is here.  

Automatique Brit and Indie Dance Party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at ManRay, 40 Prospect St., Central Square, Cambridge. $12 to $15 and 19-plus. Britpop favorites, international indie jams, dance rock and electro at a monthly dance party’s first anniversary. Information is here.

Jam session with trumpeter Phil Grenadier from 10 p.m. to midnight at The Mad Monkfish, 524 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free. The innovative jazz musician has collaborated with a broad range of notable performers and played on more than 50 albums. He joins the house band after their set for a late-night jam session. Information is here.


Saturday, Feb. 24

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1868. (Photo: Julia Margaret Cameron via Wikipedia)

2024 Longfellow birthday celebration: “Evangeline” reading at 10 a.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. Free, but register. An hourlong reading of the 10-canto poem “Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie” followed by birthday cake to mark the 217th anniversary of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birth. Afterward,  join representatives from Longfellow House and the cemetery in a walk to the Longfellow family tomb to lay a wreath. Information is here.

Participatory workshop with artist Laidy Saenz about the immigration experience from 10 a.m. to noon at Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. $10. Explore the immigrant experience by packing your suitcase (materials provided). The workshop runs as part of the current exhibit “Museo Inmigrante: Stories of Resilience from Somerville’s Padres Latinos” viewable through March 23. Information is here.

Foundry Festival (continued) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. Free, but some activities required advance registration. Information is here.

MIT Museum 2024 February school vacation week (continued) from 10:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Most activities are free with museum admission (family workshops are $10 to $18). Information is here.

Community Foley Sound Effects 101 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Guild Church, 52 Russell St., Cambridge, near Davis Square. Free. Learn how all those weird and wonderful sounds on radio shows are made with the Post-Meridian Radio Players team, and try out making them yourself. Information is here.

Family Day at Harvard Art Museums from 1 to 4 p.m. at Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free and all ages. Explore the museums with spotlight tours, scavenger hunts and artful workshops with coloring and cardboard sculptures. Information is here.

“Becoming a Man” (continued) at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $60 to $104. Information is here.

“Creative Diaspora: The Haitian Artistic Experience in Massachusetts” panel discussion from 2 to 4 p.m. at 650 Kendall St., Canal District Kendall, Cambridge. Free, but register. Members of the Haitian Artist Assembly of Massachusetts discuss the intersections of migration, culture and the arts within the Haitian community in New England. Information is here.

Hub New Music performs at 3 p.m. at Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. Free, but register. Founded in 2013, the Grammy-nominated quartet of winds and strings presents a program that includes an exciting spoken word and electronics collaboration, the world premiere of a work by Marcos Balter and more. Information is here.

“Meet the Orchestra” presented by Boston Music Project from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington, Cambridge. Free. A youth chamber orchestra performs, followed by a chance for children to try playing a string instrument and to learn about different orchestral instruments. Information here.

“The Manic Monologues” (continued) at 3 and 8 p.m. at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. $45. Information is here.

“Machine Learning” (continued) at 3 and 8 p.m at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $78. Information is here.

Bryn Mawr Book Store celebration of its newly published 50-year history from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bryn Mawr Book Store, 373 Huron Ave., West Cambridge. Free. Shop for books, pick up a copy of Jan Gardner’s “The First 50 Years: A History of the Bryn Mawr Book Store” for $4 and enjoy refreshments at this volunteer-run nonprofit used-book store whose profits go toward Bryn Mawr scholarships. We wrote about it here. Information is here.

DJ Black Mamba’s Salsa and Bachata Social from 6 to 10 p.m. at Margaret Jewett Hall in First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Harvard Square. $15. A lesson with Lumyr Derisier from 6:15 to 7 p.m. followed by social dancing. Information is here.

Brazil’s “Pictures of Ghosts” screening (continued) at 7 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $12.50 to $14.50. Information is here.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” (continued) from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $30 and 21-plus. Information is here.

Srija Wang performs “Ahuti” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $15 to $50. Four dancers accompanied by a live orchestra, with a theme paying tribute to the late guru Sri Adjar K. Lakshman (Ahuti means sacrifice in Sanskrit). Information is here.

Rebirth Brass Band performs at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $32 to $35 and all ages. Direct from New Orleans, the Grammy-winning band plays from its almost 40-year catalog of music combining jazz, funk, soul, R&B and sounds from the French Quarter streets where they grew up. Information is here.

Time for Three performs at 8 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. $29 to $75. Violinists Charles Yang and Nick Kendall and double bassist Ranaan Meyer, all vocalists as well, perform Americana, modern pop and classical music with stylistic eclecticism and improvisatory flair. Information is here.

Cuban Saturday Night with El Bonche in Boston from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at Rumba and Timbal Studio, 7 Temple St., Central Square, Cambridge. $15 to $20. Dance to salsa, rueda de casino, son, timba, rumba, reparto, comparsas and more. Information is here.

Musician Kimaya Diggs performs at 9 p.m. at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., in the Baldwin neighborhood between Harvard and Porter squares, Cambridge. $15. The Western Massachusetts songwriter started out just writing words – fiction, poetry and speeches. Also performing: Boston’s Jill McCracken. Information is here.

“Oh God No! The Curse of Menino’s Gold” at 10 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15 to $20 and 21-plus. Liam McGurk, Kathy Lynch and Davey P.’s variety show featuring bonkers and satirical sketch comedy, standup and curses (of many types, presumably). Information is here.

Rave Night returns from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $5 to $10. DJ Paulinnate kicks off the dance party with acid house, Italo disco and electro; at 11:30 p.m. Matt Mello spins psychedelic tech house. Information is here.


Sunday, Feb. 25

MIT Museum 2024 February school vacation week (continued) from 10:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Most activities are free with museum admission (family workshops are $10 to $18). Information is here.

Winter foraging from noon to 2 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Learn how to identify some edible and medicinal plants on a winter walk with Sage McTaggart, and bring along a mug to be able to enjoy some tasty teas. Information is here.

A Dungeons & Dragons game. (Photo: Kate Wheatley)

Game Day at the New England Science Fiction Association from noon to 10 p.m. at the group’s clubhouse at 504 Medford St., Magoun Square, Somerville. Free, but you must request a seat by email to attend. A variety of board, card and role-playing games for all tastes and abilities are available for nonmembers twice a month. Or bring your own game and teach others how to play. Masks are optional. 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.

“Becoming a Man” (continued) at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $55 to $150. Information is here.

“The Manic Monologues” (continued) at 3 p.m. at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. $45. Information is here.

Melanie Brooks reads from “A Hard Silence: One daughter remaps family, grief and faith when HIV/AIDS changes it all” at 3 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. Brooks’ memoir tells the consequences of how her family kept secret her surgeon father’s illness from AIDS from a 1985 blood transfusion. Alysia Abbott, author of “Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father,” joins the conversation. Information is here.

Vocalist Pamela Dellal and harpsichordist/fortepianist Vivian Montgomery perform at 3 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free to $20. This faculty artist recital titled “Games and Jokes to Counter Existential Angst” includes four works to make you laugh, ranging from Caldara’s “The Card Game” to Kevin Lubin’s nine-minute klezmer-infused opera “Three Jewish Women Playing Mah Jongg.” Information is here.

Poets Amanda Cook, Barbara Lewis, Cheryl Clark Vermeulen and Mark Pawlak read at 4 p.m. at The Press Room at 90 Oxford St., in the Spring Hill neighborhood, Somerville. Free. Readings introduced by editor Kevin Gallagher for the launch of the 10th issue of spoKe: collected poetry and poetics from Boston and beyond. Information is here.

Winter Sowing: Make a DIY mini greenhouse from 4 to 6 p.m. at CultureHouse, 64 Union Square, Somerville. Free, but register. Learn from the experts from the Somerville Community Growing Center how to sow seeds during the colder months. Bring a clean empty milk jug or recycled greens container. Soil and seeds provided, or bring your own seeds. Information is here.

Brazil’s “Pictures of Ghosts” screening (continued) at 6 and 8:15 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $12.50 to $14.50. Information is here.

Trombonist Sophia Griswold at 7 p.m. at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $18 to $23. This funk, R&B and pop trombonist is also a singer-songwriter who spent six months performing in the official Expo 2020 Dubai band, which opened for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Norah Jones and Jacob Collier. Information is here.

Greek music and appetizers for a cause from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Greek American Political Club, 288 Green St., Central Square, Cambridge. $30. Food, fun and fundraising for Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Cambridge. Information is here.

International Commedia dell’Arte Day with i Sebastiani (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $5 to $10 suggested donation. Information is here.


Monday, Feb. 26

Lawrence Lessig in 2007. (Photo: Joi via Wikimedia Commons)

Lawrence Lessig reads from “How to Steal a Presidential Election” from noon to 1 p.m. at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Ethics, 124 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. The co-author discusses where and how mischief can be done in presidential elections and how to reform them. Includes lunch. Information is here.  

Jahi Wise talks on “advancing equitable clean technology investment” from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Room 414AB in the Rubenstein Building at 79 John F. Kennedy St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. The senior adviser to the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency leads this seminar co-sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Includes lunch. Also via Zoom. Information is here.

Yashica Dutt reads from “Coming Out as Dalit: A Memoir of Surviving India’s Caste System” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Rubenstein Building at 79 John F. Kennedy St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. A Columbia journalism graduate, Dutt was still hiding her caste in 2016, fearful of being found out, when a letter from a student activist in India compelled her to break her silence; she launched the “Documents of Dalit Discrimination” solidarity space, which led to writing her memoir. Harvard’s Vatsal Naresh joins the conversation. Information is here.

Pianist Young-Ah Tak performs from 5 to 7 p.m. at Killian Hall in the Hayden Library Building at 160 Memorial Drive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Free. The internationally acclaimed chamber musician and faculty member of piano at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam comes to MIT as part of a master class series. Information is here.

“Silent Running” (1972) screening and discussion at 6 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Matthew Nash, professor and chair of digital filmmaking in the College of Art + Design at Lesley University, will introduce the sci-fi classic about a future earth barren of all flora and fauna and lead a post-screening discussion. The film plays as part of the Brattle Theatre’s Elements of Cinema. Information is here.

Tongue & Cheek storyteller series from 6 to 9 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free and donations welcomed. An LGBTQIA and kink-positive event at which enthusiasts and amateurs speak on a topic focused on the sex/queer lifestyle, including history, art, culture and education. Information is here. 

A/V Comedy Club from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. Free, but not kid-friendly (material runs PG-13 to R). Drop in to watch interactive stand-up bits with PowerPoint slides and (occasionally) music. Information is here.

Creativity Collective: A meetup for art and craft makers from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill (and the last Monday of every month). Free, but register. Those who draw, paint, sculpt, knit, crochet, sew, make paper crafts or fabric art are welcome to bring projects and work. No official teachers, just social learning or quiet work time as preferred; light refreshments served. Information is here.

Public observatory night from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in Phillips Auditorium at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., Neighborhood 9 near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free and 14-plus, but register. Two 15-minute nontechnical lectures followed by telescopic observing from the observatory roof. Information is here.

Ellen Clegg and Dan Kennedy discuss “What Works in Community News” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. In a book subtitled “Media Startups, News Deserts and the Future of the Fourth Estate,” longtime Boston Globe reporter and Brookline News co-founder Clegg teamed up with Northeastern journalism professor Kennedy to cut through the very real pessimism surrounding the survival of local news and discovered innovative journalism models popping up across the country. Information is here.

“Cotton Comes to Harlem” (1970) film screening at 7 p.m. at Harvard Film Archive at The Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10. Ossie Davis’ directorial debut is often credited as the first blaxploitation movie. The screening coincides with Harvard’s acquisition of the papers of actor-comedian Godfrey Cambridge. Harvard Theatre Collection curator Matthew Wittman introduces the film and describes the actor’s creative and political life. Information is here.

Magic Beyond Magic with Richard McClendon II at 8 p.m. at the Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., on Lesley University’s Doble Campus in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free and 18-plus. Part of the university’s Monday Night Madness series. Information is here.

Poets Steven Cramer and David Daniel read their work from 8 to 9 p.m. at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St., Harvard Square. $5. Listen to Cramer’s poems from “Departures from Rilke” and Daniel’s poems from “What Love Is.” Information is here.

Brazil’s “Pictures of Ghosts” screening (continued) at 8:30 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $12.50 to $14.50. Information is here.


Tuesday, Feb. 27

Brazil’s “Pictures of Ghosts” screening (continued) at 4 and 6 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $12.50 to $14.50. Information is here.

Candle making workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl St. Free, but register. Owner of The Journey Within, Thaisha Guerrier, instructs on the art of candle making. Information is here.

Author Moira McCavana (via Can Serrat)

Moira McCavana reads from “Electrodomésticos” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The O. Henry Prize-winning short story writer and MacDowell fellow discusses her debut story collection inspired in part by her family’s history in Bilbao, Spain, with characters who struggle with allegiances political and personal. Information is here.

“Bad Press” documentary screening and panel discussion with the director from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall (lower level), 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. An award-winning “political docu-thriller” from the Sundance film festival about the struggle for a free press for the Muskogee Creek Nation. Information is here.

The Moth story slam at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $15. This monthly open-mic storytelling competition is open to anyone who can share a five-minute tale on the night’s theme – this time, “Chemistry,” about “complex reactions, sparks, explosions … magical solutions. When opposites attract or pheromones fizzle. Ready to experiment, ready to be burned, safety goggles on.” Information is here.

“Becoming a Man” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $55 to $99. Information is here.

Free advance screening of “Spaceman” at 8:15 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Be one of the first to watch this drama starring Adam Sandler (and Carey Mulligan, Paul Dano, Isabella Rossellini and Lena Olin) based on the novel “Spaceman of Bohemia.” Sponsored by the Independent Film Festival Boston. Information is here.


Wednesday, Feb. 28

Mount Auburn Cemetery. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Black history walking tour reception from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Cambridge Public Library Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Ave., West Cambridge. Free, but register. Learn more about the Black men and women buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, among them lawyers, freedom seekers, business owners, musicians, reformers and authors. Pick up a guide and take a self-guided stroll. Information is here.

“Becoming a Man” (continued) at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $35 to $150. Information is here.

Pianist and composer Kris Davis performs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Killian Hall in the Hayden Library Building at 160 Memorial Drive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Free. The Berklee Grammy-award winner plays as part of a master class series. Information is here.

Youthstream’s “Gaming is Not a Crime” event at 6 p.m. at The Dojo at Somernova, 15 Properzi Way, in Ward 2, Somerville, between Porter and Union squares (and the fourth Wednesday of every month). Free. Game-playing event with cash prizes and free pizza. Information is here.

Tali Sharot and Cass R. Sunstein discuss their book “Look Again: The Power of Noticing What Was Always There” at 6 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, or $30.80 with book. A neuroscientist and legal scholar suggest a path to re-noticing great things in ours lives and terrible things we “stopped noticing and so don’t try to change.” Daniel Gilbert of “Stumbling on Happiness” joins the conversation. Sponsored with Harvard Book Store. 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 March 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.

Cinema Strange from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., in the Winter Hill neighborhood. Free. This time, two short silent films: “A Page of Madness,” a 1926 Japanese experimental horror film by Teinosuke Kinugasa; and the classic “Un Chien Andalou,” from 1929 Luis Buñuel with Salvador Dalí. Information is here.

Strummerville Ukulele from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, and every fourth Wednesday. Free. Amateur musicians invite you to join in as they sing and strum the hits. Information is here.

Kayla Min Andrews reads from “The Fetishist” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The writer discusses the novel of her late mother, Katherine Min, an exuberant, provocative story that confronts race, complicity, visibility and ideals of femininity. The celebrated author died in 2019. Aube Rey Lescure, author of “River East, River West,” joins the conversation. Information is here.

Jordan Salama reads from “Stranger in the Desert” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. The author of “Every Day the River Changes” combines travelog, history, family lore and reportage as he grapples with his Jewish, Arab and Latin American identities. Daphne Kalotay, author of “Sight Reading,” joins the conversation. Information is here.

Cloud Nine stand-up comedy show at 7 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15 to $18 and all ages. Leave feeling better than when you arrived with the help of five comics who do silly humor bits focused on their passions, interests or strongly held apolitical opinions. Information is here.


Thursday, Feb. 29

“Fanfare of Clouds Opening” exhibit final day at Behind VA Shadows Gallery, 2 Linden St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Last chance to view this show by Cameron Boyce and members of Gateway Arts, which provides artistic professional development for adults with disabilities. Curator Yolanda He Yang typically uses her nine-month-old window gallery to highlight the “blurred muffled creativities behind museum workers’ lives,” some of them “visitor assistants” as she had been; this show is the first to invite other artists. Information is here. 

Doug Tallamy (via the University of Delaware)

Wildlife ecologist Doug Tallamy talks “homegrown national parks” from noon to 1 p.m. at Curtis Hall’s multipurpose room, Tufts University, 474 Boston Ave., Medford. Free. The bestselling author and University of Delaware professor describes how practicing conservation where we live, work, shop, farm and ranch – rather than just at parks and preserves – can halt the loss of native plant and animal species that humans depend upon. Also via Zoom. Information is here.  

Poetry craft talk and reading with Amanda Gunn from 3 to 4:30 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. Gunn, a doctoral candidate at Harvard, has recent work in several journals and magazines and in her debut collection, “Things I Didn’t Do With This Body.” Also via Zoom. Information is here.

Eve Sicular talks on “Music of the Yiddish Silver Screen” at 4:15 to 6 p.m. at Harvard University’s Barker Center, 12 Quincy St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The drummer, leader of klezmer bands, composer-arranger and film scholar notes on Instagram that Harvard didn’t offer Yiddish studies when she attended, but she heard her first klezmer senior year at Ryle’s: The Klezmer Conservatory Band. Information is here. 

Glow Show with MIT Spinning Arts Club from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Kendall/MIT Open Space at 292 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. An informal spinjam of artful movement and dance accompanied by a live DJ set by MIT Dance Music Coalition. Stay warm with hot cocoa (bring your own mug and get a sweet treat). Information is here.

Harvard Art Museums at Night from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Calderwood Courtyard at Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Wander the galleries and browse the shop during this recurring event while enjoying sounds from DJ C-Zone and snacks and drinks for purchase from Aceituna Grill, Sofra Bakery and Jack’s Abby. Information is here.

Year of the Dragon at the Museums from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but RSVP. Visit the “Shehuo: Community Fire” photography exhibit, explore traditional Chinese paper cutting and learn about traditional Chinese silk watercolor painting. Raffle and cash bar, too. Information is here.

Play the Promesa board game about Puerto Rico from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. Learn about the effects of 2016’s “Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, Economic Stability Act” via a counter-colonialist board game designed at MIT by Mikael Jakobsson with many outside collaborators in San Juan and Bogotá, Colombia. The flickering light of artist Carlos Reyes’ Promesa lamps will deliver live feedback of Puerto Rico’s current power outages affected by this law. Information is here.

Exploring “Opera, Art Song and the Harlem Renaissance” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but register. A preview of Opera on Tap’s upcoming show includes classical singers from Boston exploring music born of and inspired by the Harlem Renaissance. Information is here.

Midwinter poetry reading and party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Woodberry Poetry Room at Lamont Library, Room 330, 11 Quincy St., Harvard Square. Free. Learn about the array of writers who work, live and create in New England with six guest poets reading, followed by a casual party with food. Information is here.

Elizabeth K. Meyer on “Unsettling Sustainability: Landscape Laboratories as Experimental Grounds” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Gund Hall, 42 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The University of Virginia landscape architectural professor describes how a rural 3,000-acre former plantation on indigenous tribal lands will be used by students and the community as a living, learning sustainability lab for climate activism. Information is here.

Gerald Epstein reads from “Busting the Bankers’ Club: Finance for the Rest of Us” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. A look at the powerful people and institutions benefiting from our broken financial system and the groups fighting for a greener, fairer economy. Boston College’s Juliet Schor joins the conversation. Information is here.

Tiffany Jewell reads from “Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. The New York Times bestselling author of “This Book Is Anti-Racist” and “The Antiracist Kid” talks about her new YA nonfiction book, which contains contributions from educators and other writers. First Nations (Ojibwa) author James Bird, writer and director of films such as “Wifelike,” joins the conversation. Information is here.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” (continued) from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $30 and all ages. Information is here.

Poets Kevin Carey, Colleen Michaels and January O’Neil read from 7 to 8 p.m. at Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10, but register. With an introduction by Jennifer Martelli. Information is here.

“Becoming a Man” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $35 to $150. Information is here.

Talisk performs at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $28 to $35. The Scottish trio of Mohsen Amini (concertina), Benedict Morris (violin) and Charlie Galloway (guitar) redefine the folk genre with their explosively energetic sound. Also playing: The Trials of Cato. Information is here.


Friday, March 1

Poetry workshop with Amanda Gunn from 11 a.m. to 1 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 Harvard doctoral candidate and author of the poetry collection “Things I Didn’t Do With This Body” offers a participatory workshop; apply by email. Information is here.

LaToya M. Hobbs (via the artist’s website)

“LaToya M. Hobbs: It’s Time” exhibition launch and artist talk from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. A discussion between artist LaToya M. Hobbs and two scholars about “Carving Out Time,” a life-size suite of woodcuts depicting one day in her life in five scenes with her family. The series is featured in her exhibition, which includes preparatory drawings, launching today and viewable through July 21. Information is here.

MIT Composer Forum Series: Trevor Weston from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis Music Library in the Hayden Library Building at 160 Memorial Drive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Free, but register. The composer and Juilliard professor, who won the first Emerging Black Composers Project award in 2021, shares insights about his music with a Q&A and light reception following. 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.

The Wordplay-off from 6 to 8 p.m. at CultureHouse, 64 Union Square, Somerville. Free. An evening of pun and games in which contestants have two minutes each to make puns based on prompts received at signup. After two rounds the top contestants go head to head in a pun-off, with select audience members as judges (pundits?). Information is here.

Contemporary Dance Class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. Free to $15. Learn a fusion of contemporary, lyrical and modern dance style. Information is here.

Ruby Lal reads from “Vagabond Princess: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The author of “Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan” discusses her new biography of Princess Gulbadan from the early Mughal Empire, who went from a walled harem to an eventful sailing and overland voyage to Arabia, only to be forced to return. The princess’ own writings of her travels – including a dramatic Red Sea shipwreck – informed this page-turner. “Boomtown Girl” author Shubha Sunder joins the conversation. Information is here.

Comedian Matt Friend does impressions and stand-up at 7 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $29. The 25-year-old has voiced characters on “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy,” does more than 250 impressions ranging from Rami Malik to Mitch McConnell to Jennifer Coolidge, and has headlined at Caroline’s on Broadway and at The Stand Comedy Club as part of the 2022 New York Comedy Festival. Information is here.

The Folk Collective: Women’s History Month at 7 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $20. Emmy-nominated composer and cuatro puertorriqueño player Fabiola Méndez performs with special guest Olivia Soler Espinosa and supporting act Gabriella Simpkins. Information is here.

Saxophonist George Coleman performs at 7 and 9 p.m. at Regattabar, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (also tomorrow; there are student discounts for 9 p.m. shows). $45. The NEA Jazz Master and former member of the Miles Davis Quintet performs two shows during each of two nights. Information is here.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” (continued) from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $30 and 21-plus. Information is here.

“Becoming a Man” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $55 to $150. Information is here.

An Evening with Haken at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. $35 to $75. The London progressive rock band promises to play tunes from deep in its back catalog, plus all the songs on 2023’s “Fauna.” Information is here.

“Men’s History Month” stand-up comedy show celebrating the overlooked achievements of men at 9 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15 to $18 and 21-plus. Boston’s only all female and nonbinary comedy group of Maria Palombi, Mary Spadar and Amma Marfo, along with Emily Ruskowski, uplift male comics during this show “by not giving them any stage time; they’re simply too good for the stage!” Information is here.