Saturday, June 22, 2024

Thursday, June 6

Wei Tchou reads from “Little Seed” in Cambridge’s Porter Square.

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.

Pride poster-making party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at CultureHouse, 64 Union Square, Somerville. Free. With the ACLU of Massachusetts, help make Pride marches even more dazzling this summer by making beautiful, powerful posters. All skill levels welcome; materials, pizza and soft drinks provided. Information is here.

“Inspiration, Of Course!” annual spring party by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Blacksmith House, 56 Brattle St., Harvard Square. $100. Held in the music-filled courtyards of the CCAE with food from six local restaurants, wines, beers and beverages. Funds raised go toward scholarships, building maintenance and staff. Information is here.

Tour the Old Powder House from 6 to 8 p.m. 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.

Intro to Jewelry workshop: beaded bracelet making from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $35. The first of four separate workshops by Zangar Freeman of ZMakesBeads. All the required materials and tools are provided. Information is here.

Lit Crawl Boston 2024 from 6 to 9 p.m. in 12 locations across Union Square, Somerville. Free, but register. Among the more than 20 events to attend during this Boston Book Festival project are a tribute to 18th century poet Phillis Wheatley by black women poets; James Joyce theatricals; rounds of “exquisite corpse” with the Massachusetts Center for the Book; conversing with art via ekphrastic writing; reportage from teen journalists and the homeless; a climate change quiz show; a poetry-music mashup by the Grolier Poetry Book Shop house band (!) and literary activities involving game playing, murder-mystery solving, comics, wine and beer. Information is here.

A Trike Called Funk’s “Juxtaposed Flows: Breaking and Martial Arts” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Co-hosted with The Dance Complex, this event is part of a mini series with live music and drumming that brings together the local street and club dance scene and internationally rooted heritage dance scene. This time, learn basic steps from breaking and martial arts movement forms, followed by a dance party and freestyle dance battle. Information is here.

Wei Tchou reads from “Little Seed” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The New York City–based essayist and reporter discusses her experimental memoir that braids together the narrative of her relationship with her brother and family with a deeply personal field guide to ferns. Emma Hunsinger, creator of the autobiographical comic “How to Draw a Horse,” joins. Information is here.

Garth Risk Hallberg reads from “The Second Coming” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The bestselling author of “City on Fire” and “Field Guide to the North American Family” discusses his novel about a teen in crisis and her estranged addict father’s chance to save her. “Saints for All Occasions” author J. Courtney Sullivan 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.

Book launch party with queer-romance author T. J. Alexander from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Upstairs at Bow event space, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. $27.18 with book. All She Wrote Books celebrates “Triple Sec,” the new polyamorous rom-com set in the glamorous world of high-end New York City cocktail bars by the author of “Chef’s Choice.” Information is here.

Blues Union June Classes and Dances from 7 to 11 p.m. at Dance Union, 16 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville (and continuing every Thursday in June). $10 to $25. This month artist-in-residence Jamica Zion teaches all blues dance classes, which are followed by an hour to socialize, rest or practice and two hours of social dancing. Wear shoes that allow you to pivot; no need to bring a partner. Masks required. Information is here.

The Scarlet Opera performs at 7:30 p.m. at Sonia, 10 Brookline St., Central Square, Cambridge. $20 and all ages. The five-piece band from Los Angeles combines rock pageantry and Broadway bombast, but influences from ’80s pop, “Velvet Goldmine” and even Queen are strong too. Information is here.

“Next to Normal” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Central Square Theater, Cambridge, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $98. Information is here.

Atomic Comedy Indie Improv Night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the café at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free, but register. An independently produced monthly improv show featuring new and veteran local talent. Information is here.

Sofar Sounds concert from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Lamplighter CX, 110 N. First St., North Point, Cambridge. $26 and 21-plus. You buy the tickets but won’t know who’s playing until they take the mic. Promised are two to three short sets from “incredible performers from all musical genres and sometimes even spoken word, comedy or dance.” Information is here.

Reverend Horton Heat performs at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $30 to $35. Thunderous, swaggering, rock-and-roaring psychobilly. Amen. Also playing: The Surfrajettes. Information is here.

Seán Dagher performs at 8 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $15 to $20. Dagher performs, arranges and composes music from folk and classical traditions such as Celtic, Baroque, Medieval, Arabic, French-Canadian and Maritime. But his voice is known by many from the video game soundtrack for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (Sea Shanty Edition). Information is here.


Friday, June 7

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

Community Cookout from noon to 2 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. The Community Assistance Response & Engagement Team of Cambridge co-hosts an event with food, music and games to share information about programs such as The Mental Health Advancement of Culturally Competent Education to Stop Stigma, First Step Street Outreach and more. Information is here.

Deep Dive Tour: Longfellow Poetry Experience at 12:30 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (and every Friday through Oct. 28). Free, but register. The first of the season for this weekly interactive exploration of some of Henry Longfellow’s best poetic works in the home that inspired him. Information is here.

Third Annual Community Pride Day from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the arts building and outside of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway. Free, but registration is appreciated. LGBTQ+ community members and allies are invited to join in performances, activities, a clothing swap and an outdoor celebration with food. Information is here.

Paddle for Pride from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mass Audubon Nature Center at Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridgeport. Free and ages 12-plus. Members of the LGBTQIA2S community and their friends and family members who are allies are welcome to connect to nature from the cockpit of a kayak! Kayaks, paddles, safety gear and beginning paddler instruction are all provided. Information is here.

“Flowers and Opera” kicks off Pride weekend at Bow from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Free. Six vocalists from Opera on Tap perform to piano, with free flowers from Nellie’s Wildflowers, treats from the marketplace’s vendors and a food drive for Project Soup. Information is here.

27th Annual Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Free, but register to save your space. Founded in 1996 by Cambridge teens who felt misrepresented in media, this is the longest-running youth-produced fest in the country. A discussion with teen filmmakers and a reception follows. Information is here.

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

Arcane Online presents “Paradigm” electronic music event from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $15 to $20 and 18-plus. A variety of trance sounds from DJs such as Roiju of Boston and Ctrlfr33k and Disctr4k of New York. Information is here.

Candlelight: “Best of the Beatles” concert at 7 p.m. at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Harvard Square. $42 and 8-plus. The Rasa String Quartet, illuminated by glowing candles, plays classics from John, Paul, George and Ringo. Information is here.

Pocket Opera Productions presents “Rigoletto” at 7 p.m. at Killian Hall in the Hayden Library Building at 160 Memorial Drive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Free. An “extremely diverse” group of MIT students sing the heart-wrenching tale of the hunchbacked jester in this popular opera by Guiseppe Verdi. 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.

Subdrift Boston Mela from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Subcontinental Drift Boston’s celebration of the local South Asian diaspora with music, poetry, storytelling and dance. A live set with DJ Alykhan opens followed by a mini open mic and a collaborative jam session. Information is here.

The Party Band performs from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10. Formed in Lowell in 2013, the band has recorded three albums of original brass music inspired by the sounds of New Orleans and folk from across the world and embodies and promotes “homegrown, unadulterated, unplugged fun.” Information is here.

Kristina Kuzmic presents “The Lies I Told Myself” Tour at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $35. By mining the (at times comical) trenches of parenthood, Croatian immigrant Kuzmic created viral videos, speaking tours and a book “Hold On, But Don’t Hold Still” that was translated into seven languages. Her new book “I Can Fix This! (And Other Lies I’ve Told Myself while Parenting My Struggling Child)” offers up more encouragement, hope and humor. Information is here.

“Mono-Loko-Katha,” three plays on mental health at 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (and continuing June 8-9). $15 to $25 and ages 10-plus. The Off-Kendrik theater group presents the short plays “Khawto” (The Wound), “Ujaan” (Against All Odds) and “Otikramon” (The Transcendence), supertitled in English on large screens for non-Bengali native speakers. Information is here.

Poet Stacie Cassarino at 8 p.m. at the café at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. The Smith College creative writing professor reads from her collection “Each Luminous Thing.” Information is here.

“Next to Normal” (continued) at 8 p.m. at Central Square Theater, Cambridge, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $98. Information is here.

“T: An MBTA Musical” from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (and continuing weekends through June 23). $24 to $34 and 21-plus. In this snarky play by John Michael Manship (book) and Melissa Carubia (music and lyrics) three 20-somethings whose lives have been derailed by the MBTA’s incompetency discover a secret map that will enable them to overthrow the transit system’s corruption. Songs include “The Shuttle Bus Song (We Can’t Handle It),” “The People on the T” and “The Bro Song.” Information is here.


Saturday, June 8

A Valkyrie Heels performer. The troupe is expected Saturday at the Dance for World Community Festival. (Photo: José Mateo Ballet Theatre via social media)

35th Annual Cambridge Pride Brunch from 9 to 11 a.m. at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Brunch, award ceremony and family activities hosted by the Office of Mayor E. Denise Simmons, the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Cambridge LGBTQ+ Commission. Information is here.

Spring Textile and Book Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hastings Square, near the Brookline and Chestnut streets, Cambridge. Free. The Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association’s annual collections event partners with Helpsy and More Than Words to take textiles and books (in acceptable condition and of specific types) off your hands. Information is here.

Boston Women’s Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Caffè Nero and Shake Shack at 375 Assembly Row, Assembly Square, Somerville. Free. Nearly 30 women small-business owners, makers and artists sell works and wares outdoors at this monthly pop-up. Information is here.

14th Dance for World Community Festival from noon to 6 p.m. at José Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The indoor-outdoor festival encompasses more than 60 performance groups over five stages dancing in pretty much every style imaginable (introductory classes are thrown in) and an “Advocacy Way” stretch of tables staffed by local nonprofits eager to share their messages. Information is here.

Deep Dive Tour: Enslavement and Freedom at 12:30 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (and every Saturday through Oct. 28). Free, but register. The first of the season for this weekly tour about Cuba, Dinah, Malcolm, William James and two “small boys” enslaved here before 1775. Learn about research into their enslavement, journeys to freedom and legacies of activism. Information is here.

Eid Bazaar from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St., Riverside. Free. A shopping event featuring traditional-to-contemporary designs in dresses, fashion sarees, jewelry, abayas and hijabs plus menswear and kids wear. Information is here.

World Oceans Day with Delilah the Whale from 2 to 4 p.m at Cambridge library’s O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free. Sign up to reserve a 15-minute time slot to get inside a life-sized, inflatable whale. Information is here.

Saint Anthony Feast from 2 to 9 p.m. at Saint Anthony Parish, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood (and repeating Sunday). Free. Music, dance, games, food and a bazaar. Information is here.

“T: An MBTA Musical” (continued) at 2:30 and 9:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $25 to $45 and 18-plus (21-plus for 9:30 p.m. show). Information is here.

“Next to Normal” (continued) at 3 and 8 p.m. at Central Square Theater, Cambridge, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $98. Information is here.

Dancing on the Charles outdoor dance party from 3 to 11 p.m. at the American Legion Marsh Post 442, 5 Greenough Blvd., West Cambridge. $22.85 to $45.70 and 21-plus. Dance on the banks of the Charles rain or shine to DJ Mariposa, Zunzarren, Zella, Saucy Lady and Philly’s Pete Moss. No backpacks and no dogs. Information is here.

“Where Art Belongs: An Art Exhibit Exclusively Featuring Caste-Oppressed Artists” opening reception at 3:45 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (through June 28). Free. Learn about the history of caste oppression and the concept for the show, featuring more than 30 artists from South Asia. Includes live music and an exhibit walk-through with art collective members. Information is here.

This Music series presents explorations in sound from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10 to $15. Improvised musical sound-making from Matthew Ryals (synth electronics), Martin Gohary (prepared piano), Michael Rosenstein (distressed field recordings and amplified surfaces) and Yoona Kim (ajaeng). Information is here.

27th Annual Do It Your Damn Self!! National Youth Film Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Kendall/MIT Open Space at 292 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free. Founded in 1996 by Cambridge teens at the Community Art Center who felt misrepresented in media, this is the longest-running youth-produced film fest in the country. Includes a discussion with the featured filmmakers, food trucks and outdoor activities. Information is here.

“Mono-Loko-Katha,” three plays on mental health (continued) at 6 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. $15 to $25 and ages 10-plus. Information is here.

“Marion, or the True Tale of Robin Hood” outdoor performance at 6 p.m. at Nathan Tufts/Powderhouse Park, College Avenue and Broadway, Somerville (and continuing weekends through June 23). Rain date: June 29. Free. Adam Szymkowicz’s slapstick Monty-Python-esque farce gets a gender makeover. Spoiler alert, Robin Hood is Maid Marian in disguise. Bring blankets or chairs as needed. 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.

West Coast Swing Dance Under the Stars from 7 to midnight at the Fresh Pond Beer Garden, Fresh Pond Mall, 168 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge Highlands near Alewife and Fresh Pond. Free and 21-plus. An hourlong beginner lesson at 8 p.m. followed by social dancing at 9 p.m. with a DJ. Sponsored by Dirty Water West Coast Swing. Information is here.

Wyrd: Queer Comedy Inspired by the Occult at 7:30 p.m. at the café at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $12. A new queer comedy show with a spooky twist involving improvisers challenged to match wits in a gantlet of witchy trials. Information is here.

Kendall Square Orchestra presents “Victory and Peace” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. $10 to $50. The nonprofit performs Eduoard Lalo’s “Concerto for Cello and Orchestra” and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1,” chosen to symbolize the resilience and fortitude of human spirit. Information is here.


Sunday, June 9

The Secret Gardens of Cambridge is an annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. (Photo: Friends via social media)

An (Un)common Inheritance: The Beauty & Wonder of Mount Auburn’s Ecosystem from 10 a.m. to noon at Bigelow Chapel lawn, Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. $10 to $15. Artist-in-residence Billy Hickey takes you on an outdoor photographic walk through an exhibition of his photos, placed throughout the grounds, of the cemetery’s yellow-spotted salamanders, little brown bats and buzzing pollinators, followed by Q&A. Information is here.

Secret Gardens of Cambridge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at more than 40 private gardens around Cambridge. $25. Pick up a booklet at the Cambridge Main Library to take a self-guided tour of private gardens in neighborhoods across the city during the six-hour timeframe they’re open for visitors. This biennial event raises funds for the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library. Information is here.

“Bosco Sodi: Origen” exhibition final day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. This installation of 14 the Mexican artist’s handmade clay spheres marks the first art on the museum’s outdoor Broadway terrace. Information is here.

Second Annual Le Grand Prix Elmendorf du Pain bread competition and Parisian-style street fair from noon to 4 p.m. at Cambridge and Eighth streets, East Cambridge. Free. Help decide with judges such as Jason Bond, formerly of Bondir, who makes the best bread in Cambridge. Amateurs will hand over miche (a rustic country bread) to be judged; professionals will submit traditional baguettes, and there will be live music, art, wine by the glass and French-inspired food from 10 shops in this event sponsored by Elmendorf Baking Supplies and the East Cambridge Business Association. Information is here.

45th Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival from noon to 5 p.m. around the Weeks Footbridge, 948 Memorial Drive, in the Riverside neighborhood. Free. Nearly 20,000 spectators gather yearly to watch more than 48 teams from the United States and Canada compete in 500-meter races in sleek, colorful 39-foot-Hong Kong-style dragon boats and enjoy Asian cultural performances, food and arts and crafts. Started in 1979, this is the oldest such festival in North America. Information is here.

Boston Hassle Art & Flea Market from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St., Riverside. $2. More than 80 art and flea vendors sell handmade artwork, prints, patches, tees, pins, ceramics, jewelry, zines, body care, tea, fiber art, vintage clothing, accessories and books with a whole room dedicated to vinyl sellers and a basement show of local bands. Information is here.

Cambridge Steel Youth Orchestra, Tempo International, Step Into Culture Dance Group perform from 1 to 3 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free and RSVP is encouraged. This concert features music from Trinidad and Tobago, with steel drums and dance performances. Information is here.

“Next to Normal” (continued) at 2 p.m. at Central Square Theater, Cambridge, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $98. Information is here.

Loving Day Cambridge from 2 to 4 p.m. at Joan Lorentz Park at 457 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (in front of the Cambridge Main Library). Free. Loving Day commemorates the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that permitted interracial marriage in all states. Refreshments, music, games and a free paint party led by At Peace Arts. Information is here.

Bridgerton Afternoon Tea from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free, but register. A fan gathering (in more ways than one) to celebrate Season 3 of television’s “Bridgerton,” with a tasting of teas donated by Mem Tea, light refreshments, a tea-blending primer by local herbalist Mo Katz-Christy and “Bridgerton” trivia. Fancy dress highly encouraged. Information is here.

“T: An MBTA Musical” (continued) at 2:30 and 7 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $25 to $45 and 18-plus. Information is here.

Saint Anthony Feast from 2 to 9 p.m. at Saint Anthony Parish, 400 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood. Free. Day two of music, dance, games, food and a bazaar. Information is here.

Deep Dive Tour: Queer History at 2:30 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (and every Sunday through Oct. 28). Free. The first of the season for this weekly tour about the queer past through three generations of Longfellows and changing cultural understandings of queer relationships and identities. Information is here.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras perform Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5” at 3 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. $25 to $30. This final BYSO concert is conducted by Federico Cortese. Information is here.

Poet Gail Mazur reads from 3 to 5 p.m. on the East Lawn of the Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (or indoors in case of rain). Free. This year’s winner of The Golden Rose, one of America’s oldest literary prizes, is also the founder of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series, has written eight books of poetry and teaches creative writing at Boston University and in Provincetown. Information is here.

“Mono-Loko-Katha,” three plays on mental health (continued) at 3:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. $15 to $25 and ages 10-plus. Information is here.

“Black Cambridgeport to the Future” exhibition final day from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at St. Augustine’s African Orthodox Church, 137 Allston St., Cambridgeport. Free. Dive into texts, photos, keepsakes and oral histories while sharing your own memories to enrich the archive at this participatory exhibition. Sponsored by Black History in Action. Information is here.

New works by innovative composers from 4:15 to 6 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10 to $20. Guitarist Max Kennedy combines an expressive harmonic vocabulary with a mathematicians approach to melodic and harmonic structure as a set of nested puzzles; songwriter and performer Clover Nahabedian has written unusual operas (about serial killers!) and ballet music and for their band Cheap City. Featuring Boston pianist Jeremiah Cossa and American classical guitarist Nick Cutroneo of Connecticut. Information is here.

Artist Party Spotlight: New Rebels celebration with live music from 5 to 10 p.m. at Yamba Joint, 19 Pearl St., Central Square, Cambridge. $15. Discover new talent at this showcase of up-and-coming rebels of the art world. Information is here.

“Marion, or the True Tale of Robin Hood” outdoor performance (continued) at 6 p.m. at Nathan Tufts/Powderhouse Park, College Avenue and Broadway, Somerville (rain date: June 30.) Free. Information is here.


Monday, June 10

The Ohio band snarls performs Monday in Somerville’s Davis Square. (Photo: Kate Sweeney)

Deep Dive Tour: Washington Reexamined at 2:30 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (and every Monday through Oct. 28). Free. The first of the season for this weekly tour that explores George Washington’s legacy and the lives of enslaved and free people at his headquarters. Information is here.

Spring Birdwatching from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Cambridge Public Library O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free, but register. Participants walk as a group to local wildlife hot spot Danehy Park and search for birds. Birdwatching tips and a limited supply of binoculars are shared. Information is here.

O’Neill Branch Book Group from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Cambridge Public Library O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free. This month’s selection: “Memorial” by Bryan Washington. Information is here.

Peter Swanson reads from “A Talent for Murder” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The bestselling author of “Kind Worth Killing” and “Her Every Fear” discusses his new novel about a librarian in Maine who meets and marries a charming salesman … whom she later thinks might be a serial killer. Information is here.

MIT Tango Club practice at 7 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Stratton Student Center, Room 407, 84 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. Free. Tango club officers provide Argentine tango instruction every Monday during summer at alternating locations. No partner required, but wear comfortable clothes and shoes with leather or suede soles that allow you to pivot and walk backward. Information is here.

Four women songwriters at 7 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $15 to $20. Gemma Laurence has “sapphic folk”; Berklee student Nora Meier has written songs since age 12, and wrote and produced her first single in 2017; Boston’s Anna Ferrari’s sound veers toward indie-folk with a pinch of twang; and Junebug, the musical project by Carolyn Fahrner, leans into her vulnerability and irony. Information is here.

The 48 Hour Film Project “Best Of” and Awards Show at 7 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $16. More than 70 teams had 48 hours to make short films, and now you can see the most nominated movies, vote for Best Poster and see who takes home the top prize and other awards. Information is here.

Snarls performs at 7:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $18 to $23. The Ohio girl band’s new record “With Love” creates a lavish soundscape that balances high-powered guitars with ethereal vocal harmonies. Also playing: Sunshine Scott and Unseemlier. Information is here.


Tuesday, June 11

Natalie Rotter-Laitman performs Tuesday and Wednesday at The Rockwell in Somerville. (via the artist’s social media)

“Are You Okay?” pop-up exhibit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kendall/MIT Open Space at 292 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free. A digital, outdoor display of portraits of trans and nonbinary youth by photographer Jesse Freidin. Information is here.

Berklee After 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Urban Park Roof Garden atop the Kendall Center Green Garage at 90 Broadway, Kendall Square (and every Tuesday through August). Free. This week, the singer-songwriter and guitarist Josh Brough, hailing from a small town in Essex, U.K., produces raw, introspective indie folk music. Information is here.

Poet Robert Pinsky at 6 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, or $27.63 with book. The U.S. Poet Laureate from 1997 to 2000 reads from “Proverbs of Limbo,” his new collection. Information is here.

Queer zine making workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl St. Free. Learn about the history of zines, the present-day zine scene and then make your very own, very queer zine. Information is here.

German art expertise “as War Booty” lecture from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall (lower level), 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Morwenna Blewett of the University of Oxford discusses how after World War II the Allied government intelligence agencies profited from German art expertise almost like they did with scientists. (The full title of the lecture: “Pursuing Knowledge of Artists’ Materials Production and Conservation as War Booty.”) Information is here.

“Book Moot” discusses “Dragonfruit” by Makiia Lucier at 6:30 p.m. at Pandemonium Books & Games, 4 Pleasant St., Central Square, Cambridge. $20 with the book and registration required. This month’s group discusses a dazzling, romantic fantasy inspired by Pacific Island mythology. Information is here.

“Inundation District” film screening and filmaker conversation at 7 p.m. at in the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, on the Cambridge border. Free, but register, and 18-plus. A film by Pulitzer-winning reporter David Abel about Boston’s fateful decision to spend billions erecting a district along the coast even after scientists had warned of the threat of sea level rise. Post screening, Abel talks with Julie Wormser, co-founder of the Resilient Mystic Collaborative. Information is here.

Mara Kardas-Nelson reads from “We Are Not Able to Live in the Sky: The Seductive Promise of Microfinance” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The journalist tackles the unintended consequences of microfinance identified with deep reporting in Sierra Leone. Quinn Slobodian, author of “Crack-up Capitalism” and “Globalists” joins. Information is here.

Melissa Mogollon reads from “Oye” and Gabriella Burnham reads from “Wait” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. Mogollon’s inventive debut novel is structured as a series of one-sided phone calls by a high school senior in Florida whose life becomes complicated when she must care for her grandmother. Burnham’s book involves a young woman who reunites with her teenage sister in their childhood home on Nantucket after their mother disappears. Information is here.

Zouk social for seniors and others from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mango Studio, 112 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. $15. All-levels Brazilian music and dance with a lesson during the first hour followed by social time. “No matter your age, we invite you to embrace your inner senior.” Information is here.

Comedian Natalie Rotter-Laitman at 7:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (and continuing June 12). $15 to $20 and all ages. Although the Brooklyn, New York, comic, writer and actor hosts the podcast “Exploration: Live!” it’s in stand-up where she seems most in her element. Information is here.

Point01 Percent contemporary series from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $15. A cross-pollination of area musical improvisers. This time, chamber music by Curtis Hughes, Gabriela Diaz, Katherine Winterstein, Francesca McNeeley, Sarah Bob, Vance Provey, Tatiana Castro Mejía, Bruno Raberg and Eric Rosenthal. Information is here.

Protomartyr performs at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $20 to $25. The four-piece Detroit post-punk band formed in 2010 mashes up caustic impressions of politics with poetry, in ways literal and oblique. Also playing: Fashion Club. Information is here.

Halley Neal Trio and Susan Cattaneo perform at 8 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $18 to $20. Two songbirds of Americana folk. Information is here.


Wednesday, June 12

Author Diana Rojas. (Photo: Ayse Yavas)

Club Passim lunchtime concert from noon to 1 p.m. at the Urban Park Roof Garden atop the Kendall Center Green Garage at 90 Broadway, Kendall Square (and every Wednesday through August). Free. Boston musician and songwriter Ella McDonald gives an outdoor musical performance on the roof garden. Information is here.

Introduction to iNaturalist and Bioblitz at Danehy Park from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at at Cambridge Public Library Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave., Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9. Free, but register, and all ages. Learn how to use the citizen-science app iNaturalist and participate in a bioblitz, seeing how many different species of animals, plants and fungi can be found in Danehy Park. Create a free account on iNaturalist on your device before attending and bring smartphones or tablets to take photos. Information is here.

“Let’s Go Bugging!” pollinator survey workshop from 4 to 5:30 p.m. meeting on site at the Lusitania Meadow at 615 Concord Ave. in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond, Cambridge. Free. Join participatory scientists from Earthwise Aware and park ranger Tim Puopolo to learn how to help document arthropod activity around Fresh Pond and your neighborhood. No expertise required, but prepare by downloading the Anecdata app and joining the EwA Buggy project. Information is here.

Cambridge Cooks: Strawberry rhubarb jam from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the community room at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but register. This series invites culinary experts to the library for cooking demonstrations and classes. This time: Afton Cyrus, freelance food editor and former America’s Test Kitchen staff member shows how to make strawberry rhubarb jam. Information is here.

Diana Rojas reads from “Litany of Saints: A Triptych” at 6 p.m. at Narrative, 387 Highland Ave., Davis Square, Somerville. Free. This debut of three stories by journalist Rojas offers an intriguing look into the lives of characters who immigrate to the United States from Costa Rica, some returning back home, and how they deal with their roles in their families and society. Information is here.

Hiit Fitness with Inner City Weightlifting from 6 to 7 p.m. on the rooftop at the Urban Park Roof Garden atop the Kendall Center Green Garage at 90 Broadway, Kendall Square (and every other Wednesday through August). Free. A full body weight circuit style class adaptable to all fitness levels. No equipment required, but bring water and a yoga mat or towel. Information is here.

Bollywood Night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Henna and samosas a 6:15 p.m. Special guests performances with a dance lesson at 7 p.m. Information is here.

Fiddle Times jam session from 6 to 9 p.m. on the outdoor patio at Remnant Brewing, 2 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville. Free. A chill “old-tyme” jam giving everyone the chance to call a tune or sing. (If it’s a downpour of rain, one could always try crashing the Strummerville ukulele meetup happening simultaneously indoors at the Somerville Public Library west branch.) Information is here.

Susan Weissbach Friedman reads from “Klara’s Truth” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. A debut novel about a daughter traveling to Poland to piece together her deceased father’s story, along the way discovering romance and a new calling and making peace with her past. Kristina Hals of Cornell University joins. Information is here.

Raspberry Pie performs at 7 p.m. at Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. $15 and all ages. The five members of this colorful Florida band just wanna have fun; you (and your kids) will too if you just give in and let loose. The Weird Al force is strong in their classic “Nerdy Talk.” Also playing: Battlemode and Mobius Trip. Information is here.

Tunefoolery at 7 p.m. at the café at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. Monthly coffeehouse with open mic for the mental health recovery community and general public. Information is here.

Emily Hamilton reads from “The Stars Too Fondly” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. This suspenseful and humorous debut novel is part space odyssey, part sapphic rom-com about four 20-somethings in a spaceship they can’t control. Boston writer Nathan Tavares, author of “A Fractured Infinity,” joins. Information is here.

“Next to Normal” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Central Square Theater, Cambridge, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $98. Information is here.

Comedian Natalie Rotter-Laitman (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15 to $20 and all ages. Information is here.

Rivals performs at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $25 to $30. Some performers spent the days of the Covid pandemic composing quiet, introspective tunes. Not Kalie Wolfe of this dark pop-rock-metal band from Los Angeles. She wrote “Dark Matter.” Also playing: True North and Mvssie. Information is here.

Countercurrent performs at 8 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $18 to $20. It’s hard not to tap along with the toe-tapping fiddler Brian Lindsay, who with guitarist and songwriter Alex Sturbaum makes up this energetic folk music duo based in Olympia, Washington. 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, June 13

A detail of a work by Emily Shedlock, who is taking part in an exhibit up through Sept. 13. (Image via the artist’s website)

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.

Juneteenth Fitness with Sylver from Froca Fitness from 6 to 7:30 p.m. meeting at the Cambridge Public Library Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl St. Free, but register, and all ages. Led by Froca Fitness founder Sylver Rochelin Randrianantenaina, dancer from Madagascar. The group meets at the library and will walk over together to The Dance Complex, or just be at The Dance Complex at 6:30 p.m. Information is here.

Tour the Prospect Hill Tower from 6 to 8 p.m. at 68 Munroe St., near Union Square, Somerville (and various dates through October). Free. A costumed docent provides information and a guided tour of the Revolutionary War site and this stone structure built in 1904. Information is here.

Emerging Artists Exhibit opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at CAA@Canal, 650 E. Kendall St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free. Awards presentation for work submitted by artists living and working in New England and juried by Jamal Thorne of Northeastern University. The galleries will exhibit the works through Sept. 13. Information is here.

After Dark Series: Speed from 6 to 9 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. $10 to $20 and 21-plus. Explore high-speed photography with MIT professor J. Kim Vandiver; meet MIT students building and racing solar cars, autonomous boats, aircrafts and rockets; construct, decorate and battle spinning tops. Tunes by DJ Philip Tan, eats from Mostly Pasta and Lola’s Pinoy Pastry and local brews from Remnant are available for purchase. Information is here.

Bike Basics Workshop for Adults from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free, but register. The City of Somerville Mobility Division teaches safety basics for urban biking and mapping out a commute. A group ride follows. Free Bluebikes codes available for attendees without bicycles. Information is here.

Jo Paquette reads from “Stories I Told My Dead Lover” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The Massachusetts Book Award-nominated author discusses her eight searing tales of psychological horror. Sofia T. Romero, author of “We Have Always Been Who We Are,” joins. Information is here.

Tell-All Boston with José Angel Araguz at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The author of the lyric memoir “Ruin & Want” is one of five authors featured in this program celebrating essays on life on the margins co-sponsored with GrubStreet. 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.

Jonathan Bean Quintet performs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Mad Monkfish, 524 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but $25 food-and-drink minimum. The tenor saxophonist plays originals and standards with his new group including Jeff D’Antona (piano), Carl Eisman (guitar), James Dale (bass) and Charlie Weller (drums). Information is here.

Pub Sing from 7 to 10 p.m. at the café at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville (and the second Thursday of each month). Free. A pub-style singalong where anyone is welcome to lead – drinking songs, sea chanteys and any song with a singable chorus will be appreciated! Information is here.

Blues Union June Classes and Dances (continued) from 7 to 11 p.m. at Dance Union, 16 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville. $10 to $25. Information is here.

“Next to Normal” (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Central Square Theater, Cambridge, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. $24 to $98. Information is here.

Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” opera from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. at the Dante Alighieri Society Center, 41 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge (and continuing June 14). $35 to $75. The North End Music and Performing Arts Center’s Opera Project presents a modern take on the classic opera composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck based on the myth of “Orpheus” and set to a libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi. Information is here.

Quasi performs at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $22 to $25. The Pacific Northwest rock band legends Janet Weiss (drums) and Sam Coomes (guitar and keyboards) play and sing their beloved 1998 classic third album featuring the song “Birds” start to finish in its entirety for the first time. New York City comic book artist and musician Jeffrey Lewis opens. Information is here.