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Thursday, May 23

Abbath is a solo metal act now. (Photo via the artist’s social media)

“Night Studio” exhibition final day all day at Behind VA Shadows Gallery, 2 Linden St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Last chance to view this solo show by Brett Angell which transforms the narrow window gallery space into a vivid experience of an artist’s solitary working in the studio, filled with deftly crafted, small-scale sculptural assemblages, objects and tools. We wrote about it here. Information is here.

Kendall Square Farmers Market opening day from noon to 6 p.m. at 1 Broad Canal Way, Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free. Shop from local farmers and food purveyors who focus on Massachusetts agricultural products as well as value-added products that promote local agriculture. Information is here.

Climate Cafe from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at CultureHouse, 64 Union Square, Somerville. Free, but register and 18-plus. Facilitators guide participants in facing the unsettling realities of the planetary crisis. Information is here.

Grow Gala 2024 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $50. Meet current youth Green Team members, staff and supporters at Groundwork Somerville’s annual fundraiser, with dinner, dancing and dialogue for a greener, more equitable Somerville. Information is here.

Death Cafe from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Somerville Public Library East Branch, 115 Broadway. Free, but register. Not a bereavement or counseling session, but an opportunity to engage in interesting and thought-provoking conversations “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” Information is here.

“Open Space: Life at Cambridge’s Danehy Park” film screening at 7 p.m. at Patagonia, 39 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free and all ages, but register. One theme from Federico Muchnik’s documentary, which focuses on the varied mix of people and activities that take place in the 50-acre park, is that being in nature helps us become a better version of ourselves. Information is here.

Cambridge Cringe and Laughter improv performance at 7 p.m. at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s Black Box Theater (0601), 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Fast-paced humor by members of the high school’s Improv Club. Information is here.

Hannah Reynolds reads from “Summer Nights and Meteorites” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The author of two YA rom-com novels discusses her latest, again set in Nantucket during summer. Author Jenny L. Howe joins. Information is here.

Fiber Arts Circle from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl St. Free. Bring your own project and drop in to crochet, sew, embroider, knit, cross stitch, spin, mend and more with other crafters. Information is here.

“Frequency Coherence” dance theater performance from 7 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $10. Developed by Mary Teuscher and collaborators, this show features an installation, choreography and improv scores to follow four characters with portals of light, sound and texture. Information is here.

The Somervile powder house in 2007. (Photo: Erik Edson via Wikipedia)

“How to Lose an Empire: The Road to the Powder Alarm” lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. at Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, in the Spring Hill neighborhood. Free. Commemorate the 250th anniversary of Gen. Thomas Gage’s fateful arrival in Boston by learning some local history from with Brandeis’ Dan Green, including why Gage felt compelled to send British regulars up the Mystic River to seize the contents of the Powder house. Information is here.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” from 7 to 8:10 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (and continuing weekends through June). $30 and 18-plus. For its final season at the Rockwell, the troupe presents a one-hour version of the Bard’s comedy made even more zany because one actor randomly selected drinks before and during the performance, leaving the remaining sober cast to incorporate, rectify, justify and generally improvise around the drunkenness. Information is here.

Blues Union May Classes and Dances from 7 to 11 p.m. at Dance Union, 16 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville (also May 30). $10 to $25. Includes a lesson in the first hour followed by an hour to socialize, rest or practice with a partner before two hours of social dancing. Wear shoes that allow you to pivot; no need to bring a partner. Masks required. Information is here.

Abbath performs at 7:15 p.m. at The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $30. For almost three decades the Norwegian fronted Immortal, one of the most influential metal bands to emerge from Norway. Also playing: Imperial Triumphant, Black Anvil and Final Gasp. Information is here.


Friday, May 24

Good Judgement is an opening night band in Passim’ Campfire. Festival. (Photo via the artist’s social media)

Guided tours of Longfellow House from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. The season begins for hourlong tours of this historic house Fridays through Mondays through October. Walk-ins okay. Information is here.

Cuban Dance with Boston Rueda from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $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.

Poetry reading and open mic from 6 to 8 p.m. at CultureHouse, 64 Union Square, Somerville. Free. Bottlecap Press authors Leticia Priebe Rocha and Indigo Kinsella read, followed by an open floor for others (five minutes each). Information is here.

Campfire. Festival from 6 to 11 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square (and continuing through May 27). $15 by day, or $30 for a weekend pass. Passim’s twice-a-year homegrown festival of Americana, bluegrass, blues, Celtic, country, folk and related musical styles with more than 60 artists performing over 30 hours. Originally just a way to fill a bad booking weekend in 1998, the festival now competes with the rock- and pop-focused Boston Calling across the river. The distressingly punctuated Campfire. aims to develop talent and celebrate the local music scene, with organizers saying shows can blur the line between performer and audience member – just like might happen sitting around an actual campfire, strumming a guitar or two. Information is here.

“Imagine Me and You: A Musical Encounter with the Islamic World” concert from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Calderwood Courtyard at Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. Music inspired by the art and culture of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires (1450-1750) performed by musicians from Harvard and the New England Conservatory. Held in conjunction with the new exhibition “Imagine Me and You: Dutch and Flemish Encounters with the Islamic World.” Information is here.

Allison Pugh reads from “The Last Human Job” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The University of Virginia sociology professor and author of “The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity” discusses the value of “connective labor,” a kind of work that relies on empathy, human contact and a mutual recognition of humanity. Washington Post advice columnist Carolyn Hax joins. Information is here.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” (continued) from 7 to 8:10 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $30 and 21-plus. Information is here.

Permanent Blue performs from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Cantab Underground, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $15 and 21-plus. The Boston progressive alt rock band releases a new single. Also playing: 40 lashes and Day-Glow Foxes. Information is here.

Contact Improvisation and Community weekend from 7:15 to 10:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 1950 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge (and continuing through May 26). $20 (Friday only) to $165 (full weekend). Contact Improv Boston’s 31st annual May jam focused on skill-building and jamming once again features Aaron Brandes (aka Brando), educator and founding member of the Set Go dance ensemble. Information is here.

Comedian Kim Congdon performs at 7:30 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $23 to $29. An injection of unfiltered L.A. comedy from the cohost of the “This Bitch” podcast. Information is here.

Vida Mia Milonga from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Dance Union, 16 Bow St., Somerville. $15 to $35. This night of milonga dancing by Tango Affair includes a lesson in the first hour. Guest DJ: Boris Hayete. Information is here.

DJ Jam at Boston Swing Central from 8 to 11:45 p.m. at Q Ballroom, 26 New St., Fresh Pond, Cambridge. $8 to $13. DJs Ali-cat and Mari Foster spin tunes for this social partner dance that includes a lesson for beginners in the first hour. No partner required. Information is here.

Bikethrasher, Garden Of Hedon, Octavate and Abel Blood perform from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Jungle, 6 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. $10 and 21-plus. From Boston, alt indie grunge, retro psychedelic blues and alt metal grunge; from New Hampshire, heavy stoner rock. Information is here.

Comedian Janine Harouni performs at 9:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $20 to $25 and 21-plus. Nominated for Best Show at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe, “Man’oushe” is about Harouni’s Arab roots, pregnancy and what happens when a mail-order DNA test doesn’t go to plan. Information is here.

Jam session with saxophonist Andy Voelker from 10 p.m. to midnight at The Mad Monkfish, 524 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free. The improviser and composer brings along members from a rotating rhythm section of local greats. Information is here.

Sensual Bachata dancing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Mango Studio, 112 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. $10 and 18+. Music provided by DJ Bat and special appearance by DJ A$ends is categorized as 90 percent sensual bachata, 5 percent salsa romàntica and 5 percent kizomba. Information is here.


Saturday, May 25

Taneal Joachim (photo via the artist’s website)

Contact Improvisation and Community weekend (continued) from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 1950 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge. $40 to $110 (Saturday only) to $165 (full weekend). Information is here.

Tour the Old Powder House from 10 a.m. to noon at Nathan Tufts/Powderhouse Park, College Avenue and Broadway, Somerville (and various dates through October). Free. A docent opens and gives tours of the old stone building from which the British removed gunpowder 250 years ago this year, resulting in the Powder Alarm. Information is here.

Coffee and Bossa Jazz from 2 to 4 p.m. at CultureHouse, 64 Union Square, Somerville. Free. Enjoy um café while Fernando Holz (guitar, vocals) and Paulo Danay (sax, percussion) perform Brazilian bossa nova. Information is here.

Campfire. Festival (continued) from 2 to 11 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. $15 by day, or $30 for a weekend pass. Information is here.

Boston Festival Orchestra presents AAPI Heritage Month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but register. Musicians under artistic director Alyssa Wang perform chamber music lifting up the voices of AAPI performers and composers, paired with excerpts from works by local authors as guests. Information is here.

Katey & The Illicit and Learn to Speak perform at 7 p.m. at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $20 to $25. Indie rock from Lynn, alt rock from the South Shore (mostly). Information is here.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” (continued) from 7 to 8:10 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $30 and 21-plus. Information is here.

Donna Byrne Quartet performs from 7 to 8:15 and 8:45 to 10 p.m. at The Mad Monkfish, 524 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but $25 food-and-drink minimum. The heralded jazz singer performs with Tim Ray (piano), Marshall Wood (double bass) and Les Harris Jr. (drums). Information is here.

Boston Spring Reggae Fest at 7:30 p.m. at Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. $15 to $20. A celebration of the rich cultural heritage and infectious rhythms of Jamaica and the greater Caribbean region. Performers include Dion Knibb, Livalect, Dis-N-Dat Band, Ajahni and King Rhymez. Musical juggling by DJ World Beat and Brave Prince. Information is here.

Slut Trek: Assimilation” from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville (and continuing May 26). $25 to $45. A live-action love letter to “Star Trek” featuring burlesque, drag, pole, comedy and live music. Information is here.

Cuban Saturday Night with El Bonche from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at Rumba and Timbal Studio, 7 Temple St., Central Square, Cambridge. $30. Dance to authentic Cuban music and salsa performed live by Boston’s Clave & Blues. Information is here.

Haitian comedian TJ presents “Coming to America” at 9 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $25 to $30 and 21-plus. Haitian-born and New York City–based stand-up Taneal Joachim jokes about race, society’s idiosyncrasies and the inherent contrast between life in Haiti and America. Information is here.

“Heroes” Night from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at ManRay, 40 Prospect St., Central Square, Cambridge (and every Saturday). $12 to $15 and 19-plus. DJ Chris Ewen mixes ’80s new wave, electro, post-punk and a bit of old-school goth and industrial. Information is here.

Jam session with pianist Liz Sinn from 10 p.m. to midnight at The Mad Monkfish, 524 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free. The composer and highly sought collaborator joins the house band after their set for a late-night jam session. Information is here.

Fruitstand’s “Illuminaughty” from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at The Turing Tavern, 1281 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10 to $15 and 21-plus. The prophecy foretold happens at midnight: the 4th Saturday + 9th Fruitstand event + 12 a.m. = May 25. So don a 5G-blocking hat, show some skin and dance to favorite queer anthems by way of DJ Frazzo. Information is here.

“Ringu” (4K restoration) midnight movie at 11:59 p.m. at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. $15. The 1998 Japanese horror classic about a TV journalist who investigates an urban legend about a cursed VHS tape that murders the viewer seven days after they watch it is restored to terrify theatergoers once again. Information is here.


Sunday, May 26

Lemon balm. (Photo: Sebbi Strauch via Unsplash)

Contact Improvisation and Community weekend (continued) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 1950 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge. $40 to $110 (Saturday only) to $165 (full weekend). Information is here.

Dolly Parton drag brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Summer Shack, 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Alewife, Cambridge. $20. Enjoy a meal and sing along to “Jolene” during this tribute to all things Dolly hosted by Neon Calypso. Costumes encouraged. Information is here.

Game Day from noon to 10 p.m. at at the New England Science Fiction Association, 504 Medford St., Magoun Square, Somerville. Free. 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. Masks optional this time. Information is here.

Gallery Talk: “A Sea of Tulips” lecture from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but check in at Visitor Services to join the talk. In conjunction with the new exhibition “Imagine Me and You: Dutch and Flemish Encounters with the Islamic World, 1450-1750,” curator Talitha Maria G. Schepers discusses the tulip trade, the Dutch tulip craze of the 1630s and the role tulips played in Habsburg-Ottoman diplomacy. Information is here.

Campfire. Festival (continued) from 2 to 11 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. $15 by day, or $30 for a weekend pass. Information is here.

All about lemon balm from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free, but donations accepted. Clinical herbalist Mo Katz-Christy uses storytelling and science, drawing and tasting to provide in-depth exploration of one herb each month. Bring a journal for sketching and notes. Information is here.

“Earth Connections” exhibition reception from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mass Audubon Nature Center at Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridgeport. Free, but register. Drawings and sculptures by Alani Ramas bridge the gap between natural preservation and human destruction. Information is here.

Activist Afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1991 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge (and the first and third Sunday of every month). Free. This time, drop-in and write postcards supporting Jamaal Bowman, U.S. representative for New York’s 16th congressional district. Information is here.

Bachata by the River from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Mass Audubon Nature Center at Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridgeport. Free. An introductory class on this easy-to-learn partner dance, applicable to many music genres, followed by two hours of dancing. No need to bring a partner. Information is here.

Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) reads from “And Then? And Then? What Else?” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The bestselling author of “The Series of Unfortunate Events” series discusses his inspirations and his sometimes challenging and often amusing path toward a writing career. Isaac Fitzgerald, author of the bestselling “Dirtbag, Massachusetts,” joins. Information is here.

Annie and Fur Trappers and The Wolverine Jazz Band at 7 p.m. at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $16 to $21. Annie & The Fur Trappers preserve and perform traditional jazz, delta blues, ragtime and swing music of the 1920s and 1930s. The Wolverine Jazz Band has performed vintage jazz around New England since 1995. Information is here.

Trumpeter Peter Kenagy leads the Mad Monkfish Jazz Orchestra from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Mad Monkfish, 524 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but $25 food-and-drink minimum. Joined by Sam Spear (alto sax), Andy Voelker (tenor sax), Kathy Olson (baritone sax), Randy Pingrey (trombone), David Zoffer (piano), Greg Loughman (bass) and Austin McMahon (drums). Information is here.

Abner II, Bigfüt and Reverend Dan and the Dirty Catechism perform from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at The Cantab Underground, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $10. When you’re done with Boston Calling for the day. Information is here.

Slut Trek: Assimilation (continued) from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $25 to $45. Information is here.

Night Hawk and Chrysalis perform from 9 p.m. to midnight at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $12 to $15. Colter Adams and Peyton Semjen lead the seven-member Night Hawk from Maine, making indie rock/performance art that asks “What do Edward Hopper’s paintings sound like?” Berklee student Indigo Ansin, as Chrysalis, blends traditional American folk and grunge indie rock with a passion for the liberation of oppressed peoples. Information is here.

“Welcome to the Jungle” drag from 9 p.m. to midnight at The Jungle, 6 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. $15 and 21-plus. “Somerville’s wildest new shitshow” hosted by nicotine queen Celia Smokinbutts and featuring “fierce performers and delicious fried dough.” Information is here.


Monday, May 27

The Boston Orchestra Book Club (photo via Arts at the Armory)

Early Riser Horticultural Walk from 8 to 9 a.m. meeting at Story Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. Free, but register. Join staff to discover what’s in bloom, from early bulbs to magnificent flowering trees. Information is here.

Memorial Day observance and family-friendly events at 10:30 a.m. on Cambridge Common, near Harvard Square. Free. Department of Veterans’ Services acting director Cynthia Harris emcees a commemoration of the lives of military members assisted by city officials. Keynote by Joseph Reynolds of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Veterans Services and music by the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School marching band. Family entertainment follows, including petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, balloon arts and music by Monkeys with Crayons and The Dave Macklin Band. Food and refreshments provided. Information is here.

Central Square Farmers Market from noon to 6 p.m. at 76 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. This market during summer Monday holidays is where you can encounter chefs on a rare day off, old friends like you who’ve stayed in town and the ecosystem that is peak New England harvest crossed with Cambridge’s vibrant population diversity. Information is here.

Campfire. Festival (continued) from 2 to 10 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. $15 by day, or $30 for a weekend pass. Information is here.

Boston Orchestra Book Club concert from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free to $20. A volunteer orchestra performs the North American premiere of an example of the Polish avant-garde: Grażyna Bacewicz’s “Symphonic Variations.” Following, internationally renowned pianist Tony Yike Yang joins for Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,” a devilishly difficult musing on Niccolò Paganini’s most famous violin caprice. Reuben Stern directs. Information is here.

Missy Steak hosts “I’m Right Trivia Night” at 7:30 p.m. at Roxy’s Arcade, 292 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge (and every other Monday). Free. Drag show, drinks, trivia, prizes. This time the theme is sports, featuring special guest Slim Jym Shorts. Information is here.


Tuesday, May 28

“The Inspection” film screening at 10 a.m. at the Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free and ages 60-plus only. As part of the LGBTQ+ film series, view and discuss this 2022 film about a Marine at boot camp who isn’t successful in disguising his sexual orientation, making him a target for hazing. Information is here.

Boudreau Mystery Book Group from noon to 1 p.m. at Cambridge Library’s Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave., Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9. Free. This month’s title: “Straight Into Darkness” by Faye Kellerman. 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 register. May’s title: “Greek Lessons” by Han Kang. Information is here.

“Have You Read This? Classic “Book Moot’” discussion at 6:30 p.m. at Pandemonium Books & Games, 4 Pleasant St., Central Square, Cambridge. $12 with the book and registration required. This time, discuss J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” with a foreword by fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes, who argues that the book is a work not for children but for adults seeking to reconnect with their own imagination. Information is here.

Weekend Nachos, Vermin Womb, Sissy Spacek and Backslider at 6:30 p.m. at Sonia, 10 Brookline St., Central Square, Cambridge. $20 to $25. Punk and noise bands from Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Information is here.

Knitting Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library’s Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave. Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9. Free. Bring yarn and needles and find out what fellow knitters are up to. Information is here.

Sarah Blaffer Hrdy reads from “Father Time: A Natural History of Men and Babies” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The anthropologist and primatologist author of “Mothers and Others” discusses the deep history of male nurturing with an evolutionary perspective. Journalist Chelsea Conaboy, author of “Mother Brain: How Neuroscience Is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood,” joins. Information is here.

“Music for Food” benefit concert from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $15 suggested donation. Violinist Lily Tsai, violist Jenn Chang, cellist Valerie Chen and pianist Solon Gordon perform works by Prokofiev, Schumann and Schoenfield for duos, trios and quartets to raise funds for Food for Free, which rescues and redistributes 2 million pounds of food a year in Cambridge. Information is here.

Bluesy Tuesy Fusion Night with Balter Dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square (and every Tuesday). $5 to $20. This weekly social blues dance event includes a lesson for beginners in the first hour. No partner required. Information is here.

Laugh Giraffe Comedy Show at 8 p.m. at Union Tavern, 345 Somerville Ave., Union Square, Somerville (and every Tuesday). Free, but reserve your space. Stand-up comedy showcase. Information is here.

Kristen Ford and Madeline Finn perform at 8 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $18 to $20. The singer-songwriters showcase their distinct yet dynamic styles. Information is here.

Shannon and the Clams perform at 8 p.m. at The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $27.50. The West Coast band’s last album “The Moon is in the Wrong Place” is “a powerful exploration of loss, time, love and resilience” that weaves in the group’s signature classic garage rock and girl-group sounds. Also playing: Tropa Magica. Information is here.


Wednesday, May 29

Comedian Kelly McCaughan presents “Catholic Guilt” (photo via the artist’s website)

CCF’s Family Reunion from 4 to 7 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but RSVP. The Cambridge Community Foundation celebrates the everyday work of nonprofit staff in the community and announces emerging organizations getting Imagined in Cambridge! grants. Information is here.

Medicinal plant walk from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Stroll the neighborhood with clinical herbalist Mo Katz-Christy to discover local plants, botany and medicinal uses. Information is here.

Artificial intelligence in hospitality seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Row Hotel at Assembly Row, 360 Foley St., Somerville. Free, but register. Michael J. Goldrich of New York’s Vivander Advisors on how AI will change hotel stays and industry jobs. Information is here. 

CelebriTea Book Club from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room of the Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. Free. Bring a favorite mug or teacup and discuss a tell-all celebrity memoir while drinking tea (provided). This month: “Hello, Molly” by Molly Shannon. Information is here.

25th Annual Youth Poetry Awards from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. K-8 poets will be awarded prizes and are invited to read their work. Information is here.

Tom Seeman reads from “Animals I Want to See: A Memoir of Growing Up in the Projects and Defying the Odds” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Seeman’s memoir traces his upbringing in a family of 14 in Ohio and work as a child janitor with big ambitions to being a teenage petty criminal to a student at Yale and Harvard – and now as a businessperson and board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Bestselling author and memoirist Mira Bartók joins. Information is here.

Amelia Possanza reads from “Lesbian Love Story: A Memoir in Archives” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The author’s first book centers around seven personal histories of lesbians across the 20th century. Amy Hoffman, author of the memoir “Hospital Time,” joins. Information is here.

Poets Katie Peterson and Rosa Alcalá from 7 to 8 p.m. at Grolier Poetry Book Shop on 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $5 to $10, but register. With an introduction by Sandra Lim. Information is here.

Spotlight Night at Dancing Fools from 7:15 p.m. to midnight at George Dilboy VFW Post 529, 351 Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville. $6 to $12. An hourlong class for beginners followed by an hour of judges critiquing eight couples’ dance techniques followed by social dancing in West Coast Swing at 9:15 p.m. with DJs Joe and Max. Information is here.

Comedian Kelly McCaughan presents “Catholic Guilt” at 7:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15 to $20. This “clowny performance” that “fearlessly challenges the deep-rooted sensibilities surrounding religion” comes with some partial nudity and a content warning. And audience participation (you are warned). Information is here.

Scottish Fish perform at 8 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $20 to $25. The five-member group’s fresh take on traditional and contemporary Scottish and Cape Breton music is “incredibly musical and just a little unusual” (says Scottish fiddler Hanneke Cassel). Information is here.

The Antlers and Okkervil River perform at 8 p.m. at Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $30 to $35. Indie rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Peter Silberman says Will Sheff’s Okkervil River music was formative when making his first few Antlers albums. Information is here.

Drag Night at Aeronaut from 8 to 10 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. $15 and 21-plus. This month’s lineup of local Kings and Queens includes Dykelangelo, Coleslaw, Severity Stone, Etoile and more. Information is here. 

Gil Aharon Trio performs from 8:15 to 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge (and every Wednesday). $10. A mix of influences inspires composer and pianist Aharon, founder of the Lilypad performance and event space. The trio includes bassist Jef Charland, guitarist Andrew Stern and drummer Randy Wooten. Information is here.

Bachata Room dance party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at La Fábrica Central, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge (and every Wednesday). $15 and 18-plus (21-plus to drink). An hourlong bachata dance lesson for beginners followed by social dancing to DJ music (salsa, bachata and kizomba). No partner required, walk-ins welcome. Information is here.


Thursday, May 30

A Place to Bury Strangers performs May 30. (Photo via the band’s social media)

Yoga in the Park from 7 to 8 a.m. at Mass Audubon Nature Center at Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridgeport. Free, but register, and ages 5-plus. Enjoy the park on a quiet morning. Leave feeling invigorated and relaxed. Information is here.

Hive Safety Training from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Fab Lab of The Hive at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but register. This workshop familiarizes you with The Hive makerspace and shows how to use its resources and keep safe. Completion of safety training is the entry point to using the space. Information is here.

Day One DNA: 50 Years in Hip-Hop Culture exhibition final day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, 102 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square. Free. Ending today, this multimedia exhibition curated by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn celebrates 50 years of hip-hop culture with more than 200 objects from the archives of icons and longtime collaborators Ice T and DJ Afrika Islam. 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. During this recurring event wander exhibits, catch Spotlight Tours, make art in the Materials Lab, browse the shop, enjoy sounds from DJ C-Zone and purchase snacks from Comfort Kitchen and drinks from Lamplighter Brewing. Information is here.

Celebrate Filipino Heritage with ArtsThursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. at Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated. Opening night for the online exhibit “Balikbayan | Homecoming” includes rondalla music by strolling musicians, folk dances from the Iskwelahang Pilipino cultural school, award-winning video artwork created by Filipino students for the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest and Filipino food for sale from Kuya’s Cooking and The Islander’s Creamery. Information is here.

Kay Redfield Jamison reads from “Fires in the Dark: Healing the Unquiet Mind” at 6 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, or $20.19 with book. The paperback release of the Johns Hopkins psychiatry professor’s expansive cultural history of the treatment and healing of mental suffering. Harvard’s Arthur Kleinman joins in this event co-sponsored with the Harvard Book Store. Information is here.

Summer Bachata Bash from 6 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. A bachata lesson for beginners in the first hour followed by dancing with DJ music. Information is here.

Queer Craft Night: “Paint Your Pride” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free, but register. If you self-identify as queer or LGBTQ in any way, come make connections in the community while using acrylics or watercolors to make a painting that expresses who you are. Completed works can be entered into the “Paint Your Pride Tiny Art Show” at the library’s Gallery@SPL. Materials provided. Information is here.

Anna Noyes reads from “The Blue Maiden” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The author of a short story collection writes her first novel about two rebellious sisters on the Finnish island of Berggrund in 1825 and how the arrival of an enigmatic outsider unearths shocking family history. Nina MacLaughlin, author of “Wake, Siren” and “Winter Solstice,” joins. Information is here.

Belinda Rathbone reads from “In the Company of Art: A Museum Director’s Private Journals by Perry T. Rathbone” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The historian and artist biographer edited this work of collected journal entries by her father, the charismatic former director of the Museum of Fine Arts, who brought in many of the museum’s great works during the early ’60s. Artist Clara Wainwright joins. Information is here.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” (continued) from 7 to 8:10 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $30 and 18-plus. Information is here.

Julia Chisholm performs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Somerville Music Spaces, 1060 Broadway, Suite C101B, Somerville. $20. The singer-songwriter and Boston native with songs from her upcoming EP “The Essence of Julia Chisholm.” Information is here.

Taylor Ho Bynum Quartet from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $15 to $20. The cornetist (and brass master), composer and educator improvises with Jacqueline Kerrod (harp), Allison Burik (bass clarinet) and Ken Filiano (bass). The group (aka JAK4) performs as part of Boston’s Creative Music Series, which showcases the work of adventurous jazz musicians. Information is here.

Non-Event Concert Series presents an evening of improvised music at 8 p.m. at Washington Street Art, 321 Washington St., Somerville. Free to $15. Non-Event organizes experimental music and sound performances in spaces in and around Boston. This time, a rare appearance by S*Glass along with Sailor Beware and a duo by “id m theft able” and Angela Sawyer. Information is here.

The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die performs at 8 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $26.50. In 2009 this atmospheric emo/indie band formed in Connecticut and called Twiabp@Ianlatd on marquees (which is much less confusing). Also playing: Chained to the Bottom of the Ocean and Girih. Information is here.

A Place to Bury Strangers performs at 8 p.m. at Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $20 to $25. The Brooklyn band is known for live performances overloaded with all-consuming visuals, experimental sonic warfare and treacherous stage destruction. Also playing: Suuns and Jjuujjuu (yesss, spelllled corrrrectly). Information is here.