Friday, July 19, 2024

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)

Briana Grace outdoor concert from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Henri A. Termeer Square, 675 W. Kendall St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free. Enjoy a beverage from the Vitamin Sea Beer Garden while listening to the San Diego singer-songwriter with a nostalgic Americana rock sound who grew up in the Boston burbs and just released the first single “Protect Your Energy” off her forthcoming debut EP. Information is here. 

Outdoor Craft Night from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mayor Alfred E. Vellucci Community Plaza at Cambridge and Hampshire streets, Inman Square, Cambridge. Free. Bring your own craft project or try the featured “craft of the moment” from Gather Here: yarn art installations for Global Deaf Blindness and Perkins School for the Blind. No experience necessary. 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. Groove with 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.

“Bad River” film screening at 7 p.m. at Patagonia, 39 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free and all ages, but register. Mary Mazzio’s film narrated by Edward Norton and Quannah ChasingHorse chronicles the Bad River Band’s fight to protect themselves, their land and Lake Superior. 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” 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.

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 a few standards with his new group including Jeff D’Antonna (piano), Carl Eisman (guitar), James Dale (bass) and Charlie Weller (drums). 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.

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.

Upstairs at Bow Comedy Showcase from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Upstairs at Bow, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. $15. Howling Wolf Productions’ comedy show featuring some of the best local comedians. Information is here.


Friday, June 14

Ryan Howe in the space he’s building for his Duck Duck Goofs comedy club in Somerville. (Phioto: Emily Harris)

Greek Festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 14 Magazine St., Cambridgeport (and continuing through Sunday). Free. Three days of Greek food, music and dancing. Information is here.

Crafternoon with Alex Makes Art from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kendall/MIT Open Space at 292 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. A coaster-making activity, with colorful beads, buttons and more, geared toward adults, but all ages are welcome. Information is here.

Movie Night: “Spirited Away” from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kendall/MIT Open Space at 292 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. Free popcorn under the stars at this family-friendly outdoor screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s lyrical animated feature film from 2001. (This event was originally scheduled for April 12.) Information is here.

Juneteenth Celebration of Black Poetry from 6 to 8 p.m. at Centanni Park, Third and Otis streets, East Cambridge (rain location: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center). Free. Performances curated by Dorchester’s Elae Weeks highlights Greater Boston’s Black poets. A talk-back with poets follows. Information is here.

Essie Chambers reads from “Swift River” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The producer of the documentary “Descendant” discusses her debut novel set in 1987 about a Black young woman in a mostly white town whose life changes when she discovers older female relatives. “The Bullet Swallower” author Elizabeth Gonzalez James 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.

“Mothers of Freedom” workshop showing of a play in development from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and continuing June 15). $7. This original co-created play based on a real conversation between freedom fighters Harriet Tubman and Pandita Ramabai will include costumes, sets, live music and dance, but the actors may sometimes use scripts and afterward the audience will be asked for feedback. Information is here.

Flamenco at Starlight: Laura Sanchez Flamenco 10th Anniversary Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but RSVP. Flamenco dancers, students, musicians and guest artists share their energy and connect through performance. Information is here.

The Big Happy Comedy Tour at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $40. This “official Pride Tour” of queer comics is co-headlined by Jada Catta-Preta and Billie Lee and features Joel Kim Booster, Chaunté Wayans, Nicky Paris, Abe Farrelly, Mav Viola and more. Information is here.

Saint Boneface presents David Lang’s “Death Speaks” at 7:30 p.m. at the café at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. The contemporary ensemble curates moody programs that toe the line between multiple genres so audiences can explore their relationship to classical music. Besides Lang’s “exquisitely morbid” (says NPR) song cycle, the concert includes a premiere by John Secunde, “Mouth” by Cassie Wieland and modern reworkings of pieces by Hildegard von Bingen and Claude Debussy. Information is here.

Hole Show presents “Bugaboo Creek is now a gay bar!” at 8 p.m. at Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. $25 and 21-plus. Seven drag performers and lots of new friends await at this warm and welcoming queer art and dance party with vendors. Music by DJs L’Duke and Mx Blaire and glitched-out projectables by Togna Bologna and VJ Deem. Information is here.

“Next to Normal” at 8 p.m. at Central Square Theater, Cambridge, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge (and continuing through June 23). $24 to $98. Co-produced with the Front Porch Arts Collective, the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning pop-rock musical portrays the lives of a Black upper-middle-class family with a mom battling bipolar disorder. Information is here.

Kris Delmhorst performs from 8 to 10 p.m. at Stubblebine Lutherie, 487 Somerville, Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. $30. The singer-songwriter from Western Massachusetts (by way of Brooklyn, New York) looks forward to playing in this “vibey little room full of guitars in various stages of assembly … and the mysterious implements of the luthiers trade.” Information is here.

Duck Duck Goofs stand-up comedy grand opening weekend at 8 and 10 p.m. at Duck Duck Goofs, 432 McGrath Highway, Prospect Hill, Somerville (and continuing June 15). $20 to $50 and 21-plus. Ryan Howe’s new home for comedy, built to specs, offers a full bar and Wade BBQ. Shows begin with a musical guest followed by a handful of comics, including a unnamed nationally touring headliner. 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). $25 to $45 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 15

Take an elevator to the roof of the Hyatt Regency, then rappel down for a good cause. (Photo: Chris Rycroft via Flickr)

Rappel Boston fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation of New England from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the courtyard of the Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, in the MIT/Area II neighborhood, Cambridge. Free to watch (donations encouraged), $50-plus to rappel. Up to 90 people who register and commit to raising at least $1,000 in donations can take an elevator to the hotel’s roof, then rappel down with the help of Over The Edge, no prior experience necessary. Watchers in the courtyard listen to live music, enjoy a beer garden, play yard games and visit tables staffed by community partners sharing resources. Information is here.

Hoops & Health men’s health and wellness plus Juneteenth Celebration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hoyt Field (Gilmore and Montague streets off Western Avenue), Riverside, Cambridge (rain date: June 22). Free. A family event with games, kids activities, free lunch, basketball tournament, family health fair, live music, a Juneteenth Celebration and information about community resources. Information is here.

The 2019 Riverfest. (Photo Cambridge Arts)

Cambridge Arts River Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the banks of the Charles River along Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Western Avenue Free. The annual festival fully returns after the pandemic era with a costumed “mermaid promenade” participatory parade featuring a marching band, dragon dancers and giant puppets plus the expected interactive art-making, arts market, food vendors and performances all day on six themed stages, including folk-and-roots music, jazz music, poetry reading, theater and dance (on two stages) and world music. Information is here.

Greek Festival (continued) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 14 Magazine St., Cambridgeport. Free. Information is here.

American Sign Language at the Library: Signing Rocks! from 1 to 2 p.m. in the community room at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free and ages 7-plus. A fun, game-filled ASL class and party, hosted by Signing Basics. All skill levels welcome. Information is here.

Festa Junina: Brazilian Harvest Festival from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville (rain date: June 16). Free and all ages. For this traditional harvest celebration the Growing Center offers crafts such as root printing, lantern making and making dance accessories, plus participatory Quadrilha dancing, traditional foods, music by Trio Let’s Vamos and numerous Kamishibai (Japanese paper theater stories) created and presented by educator Yumi Izuyama, interweaving her Japanese and Brazilian roots. Information is here.

Be Gay, Do Crafts queer makers market and drag show from 1 to 6 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. Free (for market), and $5 to $25 (for drag show and ages 13-plus or accompanied by parent or guardian). This debut event from drag performer and producer Aster R*sk and maker Jessica Kent of Grey Cat Studio Crafts features dozens of local makers and vintage sellers plus a drag show (starting at 4 p.m.) of local performers selling at the market. Information is here.

Bead Therapy jewelry workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $20 to $30. Zangar Freeman of ZMakesBeads’ workshop covers the basics of semiprecious stones and other natural materials in a tranquil space. Participants will keep the pieces they make. Information is here.

“Paint Your Pride” Tiny Art Show opening reception from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Gallery@SPL in the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free. A showcase of artwork from library patrons and Somerville citizens who took part in painting sessions focused on expressing their pride in their identities. The show runs through June. Information is here.

Cambridge Youth Gamelan special guests perform from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free and all ages. The program that teaches youth how to play gamelan music brings Balinese musicians Dewa Ayu Eka Putri and Putu Tangkas Adi Hiranmayena, who describe the complex rhythmic melodic layers of the gamelan gong kebyar, one of Bali’s most popular ensembles. After the performance, audience members can try out the instruments. 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.

Dr. Mache Seibel (with pianist Ben Schwendener) sings health education from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10. This Texas-born former Harvard faculty expert of menopausal health – also doctor to Franklin Park Zoo gorillas – performs his multiple-genre catchy tunes for all ages, such as “Quit Smokin’,” “Think STDs” and “Your Heart Is a Pump” and raps about junk food, swine flu, halitosis and teen depression. 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.

Duck Duck Goofs stand-up comedy grand opening weekend (continued) at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. at Duck Duck Goofs, 432 McGrath Highway, Prospect Hill, Somerville. $20 to $50 and 21-plus. Information is here.

H.I.V.E Street: Juneteenth Block Party from 6 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but RSVP. Food, DJ music, games, performances and local-vendor shopping. Information is here.

Jean Appolon Expressions dance fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Lamplighter CX, 110 North First St., North Point, Cambridge. $15 to $100 and 21-plus. This community event celebrating the transformative power of dance and music to build resilience features performances to live drumming from Haitian master drummers. Proceeds benefit JAE’s dance education programs for youth. 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.

Swansong: Revels Celebrates Patrick Swanson from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10 to $50 (or a $350 special package ticket). Music and dance honors Revels’ artistic director upon his retirement after 37 years, during which he’s written and directed more than 30 productions. Performances by David Coffin, Keith Murphy, Beck Tracey, Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, the Revels chorus and surprises. Information is here.

“Mothers of Freedom” workshop showing of a play in development (continued) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $7. Information is here.

Danzas y Canciones: A Tribute to African American and Hispanic Composers for Juneteenth at 7:30 p.m. at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge (and continuing June 16). $17.50 to $35. The Janelle Gilchrist Dance Troupe performs to Spanish composer Xavier Montasalvatge’s “Five Black Songs” and music by female African American composers, with Boston Consort’s Clara Sandler (mezzo-soprano) and Linda Papatopoli (piano). Information is here.

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra performs Coleman, Gershwin and Mussorgsky from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. $5 to $25. The CSO concludes its season with George Gershwin’s Concerto in F, featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Michael Lewin, Valerie Coleman’s energetic “Umoja” and Ravel’s masterful orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Information is here.


Sunday, June 16

Mark Solomon, editor of “Chicken Run” and other films, reads Sunday.

Black Businesses Pop-up Market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Palmer Street between Brattle and Church streets, Harvard Square, Cambridge (and every Sunday through Oct. 27). Free. Support local Black-owned businesses by shopping for fashion, vegan treats, fine art, bags, jewelry, artisan soaps, sauces, dog treats and accessories. Information is here.

Greek Festival (continued) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 14 Magazine St., Cambridgeport. Free. Information is here.

Navigation Games from noon to 2 p.m. at Riverside Press Park, 2 Blackstone St., Riverside, Cambridge. Free and all ages. Navigation games teaches orienteering like a treasure hunt, in which you use a map to find checkpoints. Choose your own route to be competitive or just enjoy being outdoors and getting exercise. Information is here.

This Is How We Roll! from noon to 3 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. Laraland Roller Disco hosts this skate party – BYO skates, as none will be available to rent, but you are welcome to dance if you don’t have wheels. 

Juneteenth gathering at 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (rain location: Christ Church Cambridge). Free and all ages. Music, poetry and speeches that focus on the voices of descendants of people who were enslaved at the site on Brattle Street approximately 250 years ago and that honor Black freedom activism in Cambridge and beyond. The event kicks off Civic Season, the national effort uniting the country’s oldest Federal holiday (Independence Day) with its newest (Juneteenth), and is part of the national project “Unfinished: America at 250.” Information is here.  

Danzas y Canciones: A Tribute to African American and Hispanic Composers for Juneteenth (continued) at 2 p.m. at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. $17.50 to $35. 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.

Poets Nina Rubinstein Alonso and Tomas O’Leary read from 2 to 4:20 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free. The local poets’ newest collections are “Travels With Fernando,” about Rubinstein Alonso traveling Spain and Tangier with her husband, and “In the Wellspring of the Ear,” which has “Celtic devilment and music.” Information is here.

Community Open Mic and Picnic from 3 to 5 p.m. at Mass Audubon Nature Center at Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridgeport. Free, but register, and ages 5-plus. Express your talent for music, poetry or storytelling, or sit back and enjoy the show with family and friends. Some refreshments provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own. Information is here.

Film editor Mark Solomon reads from “Over the Shoulder: A Freelancer’s Guide to Telling Stories and Editing Films” from 3 to 6 p.m. at the café at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. With a 30-year career that included work on “Chicken Run,” “Shark Tale” and “Frankenweenie,” Solomon discusses his book and shares knowledge of visual storytelling and tips to thrive in a freelance career. Information is here.

Àpéjo Temidayo Balogun + Akéde from 4:45 to 6 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $15. Balogun selects musicians to create a communal space to present his repertoire. This time the versatile pan-African musician plays saxophone with Brandon Volel on trumpet, Lumanyano Mzi on drums, Amaury Cabral Jorge on guitar and Ian Quinton Banno on bass. 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.

Bubble Burlesque: Birthday Show at 6:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $25 to $30. A birthday-party-themed variety spectacle combining cheeky choreography, sassy acrobatics, funky live music by Populace and captivating vocals of A Glam B. A lot of silliness, too. Information is here.

“All Fantasy Everything” tour at 7 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $35. Ian Karmel hosts the podcast featuring comedians Sean Jordan and David Gborie where the team (and often an expert) “fantasy draft” anything and everything from the world of pop culture, from rom-coms to rap albums, the best breakfast foods to the best smells, and then debate it. Comedy ensues. Information is here.

The Bean Tones from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the café at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $20. Founded at Berklee in 2018, the twee vocal jazz quartet of Chris Peters, James Gillen, Grant Heineman and Davin Kingston fuse the vocal stylings of The Four Freshmen, The Hi-Lo’s and The Beach Boys. Information is here.

“Sonic Environments” featuring Killick Hinds with Federico Balducci and Becca Pasley from 10 p.m. to midnight  at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10. Athens, Georgia, composer Hinds makes Appalachian trance metal music on unusual stringed instruments; among his sonic influences are animals, wind, water, fire, electrical hum and silence. Berklee alum and guitarist Balducci scores films and composes unusually intricate harmonies. Pasley improvises with noise music, DIY punk rock, Black American music and European classical. Information is here.


Monday, June 17

Puloma Ghosh reads from her collection “Mouth” on Monday.

American Sign Language at the (O’Neill) Library: Signing Rocks! (continued) from noon to 1 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free and ages 7-plus. All skill levels welcome. Information is here.

Chess hour at 6 p.m. at Cambridge Library’s Boudreau Branch, 245 Concord Ave., Observatory Hill in Neighborhood 9, Cambridge (and continuing every other Monday). Free. Players of all skill levels and ages welcome. Chess sets provided, or bring your own. Information is here.

American Sign Language at the Library: Signing Rocks! (continued) from 6 to 7 p.m. in the community room at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free and ages 7-plus. All skill levels welcome. Information is here.

Rockin’ Pride: Painting with a Purpose from 6 to 8 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free. Decorate rocks and tokens with Pride-inspired colors and designs to keep or to spread Pride and positivity throughout the Boston area. Sponsored by the QT Library, a bricks-and-mortar LGBTQIA+ library coming to Boston. Information is here.

Artist Talk with Edie Bresler from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. Free, but register. Bresler describes how books available within the Minuteman Library system (including tales of rogues, inventors and friendship) have inspired her photography, and demonstrates how chemistry, light, time and sometimes a lens convey stories of adventure, invention and discovery. 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.

Puloma Ghosh reads from “Mouth” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. This debut short story collection embraces the bizarre and absurd and uses surreal and captivating prose to reimagine ordinary struggles of isolation, longing and the aching desires of our flesh. “Candelaria” author Melissa Lozada-Oliva joins. 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.

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 Dragula, featuring special guest Violencia! from the third season of “The Boulet Brothers’ ’Dragula!’” Information is here.

Passim Monday Discovery Series: Blue Cactus and Jordyn at 8 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free to $10. Blue Cactus, a duo from North Carolina, make Dream Country: a blend of grit, glitz, groove and twang. The debut EP “I Didn’t Ask for This” by Black indie singer-songwriter explores the realities, struggles and unfairness of life. Information is here.


Tuesday, June 18

A Poetry Brothel event Tuesday has a “Midsummer Night’s Feverdream” theme. (Photo: Poetry Brothel via social media)

Bike Tune Ups! from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kendall/MIT Open Space at 292 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free but first-come, first-served. A technician from Casa Bikes provides a safety check of your bike’s drivetrain, braking system and air pressure and looks over the mechanical safety of bearing-related components. They can help address specific needs or suggest the best course of action. Information is here.

Farmers’ Market at Harvard opening day from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the plaza at Harvard Science Center, 1 Oxford St., near Harvard 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.

Summer Solstice Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, 2020 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free, but register, and all ages. Learn about the offerings at this culinary school founded in 1974 (yes, 50 years ago!) and its plans to open a cafe across the street while enjoying demos of barbecue and ice cream-making, an ice cream and sundae bar, culinary snacks and pastry samples, facility tours and a Q&A with staff members. 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, Her Majesty’s Poor Sugar – a 21-year-old artist from Mexico City – performs a blend of alternative rock inspired by acts such as Queens of the Stone Age, Jeff Buckley and The Smashing Pumpkins. Information is here.

Contemporary book group from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Rossi Room of the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but register. June’s title: “The Celebrants” by Steven Rowley. Information is here.

Wren Awry discusses “Nourishing Resistance: Stories of Food, Protest and Mutual Aid” from 6 to 8:15 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free, but register. Editor Awry on a book of essays, articles and poems from 23 cooks, farmers, writers, organizers, academics and dreamers on topics such as queer potlucks, Indigenous food sovereignty, the fight against toxic diet culture, and more. Information is here.

O’Connell Branch Adult Book Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cambridge Public Library O’Connell Branch, 48 Sixth St., East Cambridge. Free. June’s title: “There, There” by Tommy Orange. Information is here.

Cate Mingoya-LaFortune reads from “Climate Action for Busy People” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The climate resilience and land use expert discusses a roadmap for those who want to boost climate preparedness and move the need toward environmental justice. David Sittenfeld of the Museum of Science, Boston, joins. Information is here.

Natalie Dykstra reads from “Chasing Beauty: The Life of Isabella Stewart Gardner” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The Waltham biographer discusses the life of the patron of the arts with all its beauty, loss, grit and self-invention. Megan Marshall, author of “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life” and “The Peabody Sisters,” joins. Information is here.

“Curveball: The Art of Bouncing Back” Drag extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, on the Cambridge border. $15 and 18-plus. One of Boston’s favorite Drag performers, Coleslaw, returns with favorite Drag friends and performers for this new show. A cash bar and complimentary light snacks served at 6:30 p.m. before the show. Information is here.

The Friendship Bracelet Tour performs at 7:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $15 to $20 and all ages. Gen Z folk music from June Henry, The Last Arizona, Everybody’s Worried About Owen and Captain Vampire. Information is here.

“Queer Futures” film screening at 7:30 p.m. at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square (and continuing June 19). $10 to $16. Four short films radically imagine future joyful visions of queer life from exploring fat beauty to anonymous connections of a decades-old LGBTQ hotline. Information is here.

Bluesy Tuesy Fusion Night hosted by 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.

The Poetry Brothel Boston presents “A Midsummer Night’s Feverdream” from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Bow Market Upstairs, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. $40 to $75 and 21-plus. Celebrate the ecstasy of the dream-state with a diverse group who reveal their alter-egos as poetry whores, tarot and palm readers and burlesque artists guided by a “madame.” The Poetry Society of New York sponsors this immersive literary cabaret. Information is here.

Dayna Kurtz performs with guitarist Robert Maché at 8 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $23. $25. Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt have raved about this New Orleans–based songwriter and her gorgeous voice during interviews. She’s opened for many top names in the business. Information is here.


Wednesday, June 19

The 18th Annual Boston Tango Festival arrives Wednesday. (Photo: Preillumination via Unsplash)

Charles River Eco Run from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Mass Audubon Nature Center at Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridgeport. Free, but register. Enjoy an easy-paced jog by the Charles River with frequent stops to observe the beauty, learn about the river’s history and do stretches. Information is here.

Juneteenth Brunch: Celebrating Seniors from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $10 to $15 donation at the door, and RSVP required. A celebratory brunch serving the Black and Brown senior community in Cambridge, honoring the history of Juneteenth. Hosted by the Foundry Consortium. Information is here.

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. Singer-songwriter Nora Meir plays the first single (“No Plan”) off her brand-new album (“Outfield”) and more. Information is here.

Broadway Burn from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $10. Musical theater cardio dance class for all levels taught by Hannah Shihdanian, who creates original choreography to songs from “Hamilton,” “Six,” “Newsies,” “Kinky Boots,” Hairspray” and more. Information is here.

Queer Knitting from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port, Cambridge. Free. Buy a freshly brewed beer and mingle with some fellow queer folks while you knit, crochet, weave or embroider. Information is here.

Hub Comics “Book Clhub” at 7 p.m. at Hub Comics, 19 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville. Free, but bring a copy of the book with you. June’s title: “Thirsty Mermaids” by Kat Leyh. Information is here.

Ananda Lima reads from “Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The Brazilian-born poet’s imaginative debut novel unearths truths about fiction writing and speaks to modern Brazilian-American immigrant experiences with details such as bite-size Americans in vending machines and the ghosts of people who are not dead. Elizabeth Gonzales James, author of “Mona at Sea” and “The Bullet Swallower,” joins. Information is here.

Poets Alejandro Lucero, Yena Purmasir and Jess Yuan 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 Joshua Nguyen. Information is here.

“Queer Futures” film screening (continued) at 7:30 p.m. at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. $10 to $16. 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.

Keith Murphy performs at 7:30 p.m. at The Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $25 to $35 and all ages. The native Newfoundlander-now-Vermonter is a sought-out instrumentalist and collaborator. This time he brings a stellar band as part of the Brian O’Donovan Legacy Series. Information is here.

Saltare performs at 8 p.m. at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $18 to $20. The members of Saltare met at the New England Conservatory and now bring together global musical and dance traditions (including Irish, Transylvanian, American old-time and klezmer) to explore how dance music is shaped and understood. Information is here.

18th Annual Boston Tango Festival at 8 p.m. at Dance Union, 16 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville, and during the weekend at the Dante Alighieri Society Center, 41 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge (and continuing through June 23). $20 to $60 per class or show (festival passes and class packages available). A “Bienvenidos Milonga” on Wednesday evening kicks off five days of all-levels tango classes, DJ workshops, Argentine folklore and evening dances with nine teachers, three DJs and two live music bands, plus a Tango Celebration Show on Saturday and a masters class with all the teachers on Sunday. 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 20

The Magic of Motown is in Somerville on June 20. (Photo: Ceridwen Hughes)

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.

Summer Solstice Celebration with ice cream from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kendall/MIT Open Space at 292 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge (rain date: June 21). Free, but register. Free ice cream, music featuring Tim Hall and Loman, DIY hanging planters with horticulturist Grace Coburn of Old Dog Design and food trucks for purchasing lunch. Information is here.

Summer Solstice: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture from 5 to 9 p.m. indoors at select museums and outdoors at 11 Divinity Ave., in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free and all ages. Lively musical and circus performances, mini-golf and flower-crown making, along with food trucks make the most of the long day. Free entrance to the galleries and new exhibitions at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East also beckon. Information is here.

CX Summer Nights concert from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Common at Cambridge Crossing, 320 Morgan Ave., Cambridge. Free. This monthly outdoor big-stage concert kicks off with the four-piece indie rock band from Worcester, Blue Light Bandits, heavily influenced by ’70s soul and R&B, and Copilot, a retro rock-pop band from Boston. Enjoy food trucks, lawn games and drink pours benefiting the East Cambridge Business Association, and visit the table for June’s community spotlight, the East End House. Information is here.

Liquid Lab Art Workshop: Micropipette Art at 6 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. $30 to $40 and 18-plus. This event reimagine the biologist’s laboratory as an artist’s studio. Learn how the pipette enables researchers to work with the microscopic building blocks of life, then use a pipette to fill in mandalalike templates for a meditative experience or design your own pipette masterpiece. Information is here.

Soul Sessions Open Mic Night from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and every third Thursday). $5 and all ages. DJ Nomadik presents and co-hosts (with Essex) an open mic inviting all forms of talent. Sign up at the event (space is limited). Music will be provided, or perform a cappella – or just enjoy the show! Information is here.

Kicking Into Summer Movie Night: “Kung Fu Panda 4” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but register. Join the Cambridge Youth Council, Mayor E. Denise Simmons and City Manager Yi-An Huang for free snacks and an outdoor movie screening. Information is here.

Jacqueline Winspear reads from “The Comfort of Ghosts” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The bestselling author of the “Maisie Dobbs” mystery series discusses the series’ final novel, which takes place in London in 1945 as private investigator Dobbs visits four orphans with a dark wartime history squatting in a vacant Belgravia mansion. Information is here.  

18th Annual Boston Tango Festival (continued) at 7 p.m. at Dance Union, 16 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville. $20 to $60 per class or show (festival passes and class packages available). Information is here.

Tiya Miles reads from “Night Flyer: Harriet Tubman and the Faith Dreams of a Free People” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The National Book Award winner presents an intimate and revelatory reckoning with an American rightly celebrated but seldom understood. Harvard Divinity School’s Melissa Wood Bartholomew 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.

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.

The Magic of Motown at 7:30 p.m. at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. $49 to $69. A cast of 15 powerhouse vocalists accompanied by a six-piece band with horns perform all the hits during this high-energy homage to the legends of Motown. Information is here.

Non-Event Concert Series presents Jake Muir and Ted Reichman at 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $12 to $18. Non-Event organizes experimental music and sound performances in spaces in and around Boston. This time, a night of immersive electronic music featuring an A/V performance of “Bathhouse Blues” by Berlin-based sound artist, DJ and field recordist Jake Muir and a rare Boston-area live set by acclaimed composer and educator Ted Reichman. Co-presented by the Goethe-Institut Boston. Information is here.

Third Thursdays jazz with Dave Bryant and Friends at 8 p.m. at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., near Harvard Square, Cambridge. $10. This month, keyboardist and composer Bryant presents Miles Davis-inspired music with Jerome Dupree, Rush Gershon, Rick McLaughlin, Bryan Murphy, J. Johnson, Todd Brunel and Rick Barry (all members of the band Listen To This) and joined by Rakalam Bob Moses. Information is here.