Friday, July 19, 2024

Thursday, June 20

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

10 Years of Aeronaut at 5 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville (and continuing through Saturday). Free. The brewery’s anniversary week continues with a Massachusetts Brewery Tap Takeover (enjoy Notch, Castle Island, Lamplighter and more on Thursday), a birthday beer release with ice cream and cake (Friday) and an all-day party with lawn games, music from two bands, ice cream, blind taste tests and games (Saturday). Information is here.

Summer Solstice 2024: 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. The event reimagines 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.

Second Annual Spelling Bee from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. A competition focused on delight in the discovery of the expansiveness of words to promote reading and writing. Sponsored by Fletcher Maynard Academy and My Brothers Keeper. 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 Simmons and City Manager 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 award-winning “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 from 7:30 to midnight 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 Sunday). $20 to $60 per class or show (festival passes and class packages available). Four more 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.

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” 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.

Full Moon Yoga from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Museum of Modern Renaissance, 115 College Ave., between Davis and Powder House squares, Somerville. $35. All-levels yoga in a serene, unique venue on a special day – the longest day of the calendar year and full moon happen only one day apart every 20 years or so. Bring a yoga mat and water. 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.

“Next to Normal” at 7:30 p.m. at Central Square Theater, Cambridge, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge (and continuing through June 30). $24 to $98. Co-produced with Front Porch Arts Collective, the Tony Award– and Pulitzer Prize–winning pop-rock musical portrays the lives of a Black upper-middle-class family with a mom battling bipolar disorder. 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 along 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.

I Hate What You Love comedy panel from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $10 to $15. Comics Jack Burke, Tooky Kavanagh, Danny Killea and Logan O’Brien tearing into movies, videos, and music you love “because you’re an idiot.” Hosted by Ryan Shea. Information is here.


Friday, June 21

Mount Auburn Cemetery. (Photo: Robert Laliberte via Flickr)

Summer Solstice at the Cemetery from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. Free to $15, registration required for most. A variety of experiences, about half for free, including expressive movement, a chapel open house, healing nature mandala, tree and walking tours, music performances, deep listening sound meditation, yoga, deep looking, a cyanotype workshop and poetry readings. Information is here.

18th Annual Boston Tango Festival (continued) from noon to 1 a.m. at the Dante Alighieri Society Center, 41 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. $20 to $60 per class or show (festival passes and class packages available). Information is here.

10 Years of Aeronaut (continued) at 5 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Information is here.

Lesley University MFA Summer Reading Series at 5 p.m. at the Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., on Lesley University’s Doble Campus in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square, Cambridge (and continuing through June 28). Free. Over four evenings (and one morning), 11 visiting authors of nonfiction, graphic novels, screenplays, stage plays, middle-grade novels, YA fiction and poetry for young people give talks on their craft, followed by three evenings of readings by 11 graduating students and alums of Lesley’s MFA program. Also via Zoom. Information is here.

Paint the Square Pink American Cancer Society Block Party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Brattle Street (between Eliot and Church streets, Harvard Square, Cambridge (delayed from June 14). Free. Breast cancer survivors and friends are celebrated with pink wines, open-air dancing and gifts. Information is here.

Latina Equity Fund presents ¡Pa’lante!: A Decade of Impact from 6 to 11 p.m. at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Free. Live music and other performances, delicious local cuisine and art to commemorate $1.8 million in grants made to 70 organizations during the first decade of the only philanthropic fund dedicated to Latinos in Massachusetts. Information is here.

“I’ll Meet You There” dance performance at 7 p.m. at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge (and continuing Saturday). $15 to $55. Choreographer Jessica Roseman’s immersive solo concert explores parenting, ancestry, privacy and liberation, as well as perimenopause, stillbirth and Black maternal health. Information is here.

Sally Wen Mao reads from “Ninetails: Nine Tales” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The two-time Pushcart Prize–winning author discusses her new short story collection with characters who seek truth and belonging in a world determined to consider them alien. Sandra Lim, author of “The Curious Thing,” joins. Information is here.

OiYan Poon reads from “Asian American Is Not a Color: Conversations on Race, Affirmative Action and Family” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. A scholar researches her daughter’s question “What does it mean to be Asian American?” and reveals personal narratives from herself and a diverse swath of individuals across the Asian American community. WBUR reporter Suevon Lee 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.

Dialogue Nights: “Are We Really More Connected in a Digital Age?” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Ikeda Center for Peace, Leaning and Dialogue at 396 Harvard St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free and open to college students and young people in their 20s and 30s.
This series starts with a pizza reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by icebreakers, small group discussions and open reflections exploring a given topic or question. Information is here.

The Natural Wonders from 7 to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but reserve your spot. Dance to ’60s and ’70s R&B, soul, gospel and rock ’n’ roll with this six-piece band. Information is here.

Climb with Pride from 7 to 9 p.m. at Boston Bouldering Project, 12A Tyler St., Somerville. Free with membership, $15 for guests. The Queer Inclusive Climbing Klub (QuICK) takes over the climbing gym, offering drag performances, music, Patagonia giveaways, raffles and climbing with Bossi Boots, the Boston-area drag artist performer and show producer. New climbers welcome. Information is here.

“One Summer Night” with duos Mrs. Wilberforce and Room to Spare from 7:15 to 10 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10 to $25. Celtic chamber music rooted in tradition yet inspired by contemporary folk, plus an improvisational duo blending “evocative, virtuosic instrumentalism with introspective lyricism, while drawing on vocabularies of classical, jazz, traditional Irish, rock and new music.” 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.

This Will Destroy You performs at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $22 to $25. The 10-year anniversary performance of the full LP “Tunnel Blanket” by a band that composes “lengthy, atmospheric instrumental pieces with layers of effects-laden guitars cascading across the dynamic range of the sonic spectrum.” Also playing: Christopher Tignor. Information is here.

R!SK: A Sober 18-plus Open Stage for All Things Drag from 8 to 11 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $10 to $30 and 18-plus. Upward of 18 performers with hosts Kulfi Jaan and Killah Croc. Presented by Boston Drag Things, Gnat and AsterR*sk. Information is here.

The Smack Dabs at Boston Swing Central from 8 to 11:45 p.m. at Q Ballroom, 26 New St., Fresh Pond, Cambridge. $13 to $20. The six-piece Boston band playing 1930s swing blues music debuts at this social partner dance that includes a lesson for beginners in the first hour. No partner required. Information is here.

“Underground” music party from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $17 to $25. Appearances by Wu Tang Management’s Big Nate AllStar (a Boston-Worcester native) and Roxbury’s own Cakeswagg, fresh off Boston Calling, add to the talents of locals Tommy Choppa, BostonDahr, Hassel G., Big Sosa, Mind Flex and César. Mix by DJ Fab, Tommy Chronic and Jem. Information is here. here.

“T: An MBTA Musical” from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville (and continuing through Sunday). $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 22

Ngozi Ukazu brings “Barda” to Somerville’s Comicazi on Saturday. (Photo: Zig Metzler)

Fresh Pond Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Water Department facility at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge at Fresh Pond, Cambridge. Free. This annual event celebrates our local drinking water supply, community and sustainability with live music, tours, live animals, exhibits, popcorn, interactive activities and more. Information is here.

Pride Celebration Weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, on the Cambridge border (and continuing Sunday). For free museum admission, redeem online code PRIDE24. Drag show host Candace Persuasian; singer-songwriter Ch!ara; Pride stories via Stellar Story; speakers James McKowen of Mass General Hospital and Carl Streed Jr. of Boston Medical Center; Out to Dance classes for LGBTQ folks and friends. Plus, free regularly scheduled Mugar Omni Theater films (Saturday only). Information is here.

18th Annual Boston Tango Festival (continued) from noon to 1 a.m. at the Dante Alighieri Society Center, 41 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. $20 to $60 per class or show (festival passes and class packages available). Information is here.

10 Years of Aeronaut (continued) at 12:30 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Information is here.

Start of Summer Party from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the Urban Park Roof Garden atop the Kendall Center Green Garage at 90 Broadway, Kendall Square. Free. Cake pop demo with Chef Joe Gatto, music from Club Passim, build-your-own-summer bouquet, a fun-filled DJ set and a screening of 2023’s “Trolls Band Together” with free bites and beverages. Information is here.

30th Anniversary “Fun-Raising” Party from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville (rain date: Sunday). Free. Dance to live music by Somerville band Lunatic Neighbor, drizzle Forge ice cream samples with the Center’s maple syrup, make birthday cards, buttons, a pollinator mosaic and kid crafts, join a “two-minute stories” activity and pay what you want at the bake sale. Information is here.

Cleenland Fifth Birthday Block Party from 2 to 6 p.m. on the street in front of Cleenland, 89A Norfolk St., Central Square, Cambridge (rain date: Sunday). Free. Norfolk between Suffolk and Washington streets is closed to traffic while this bulk supplier of low-waste home cleaning and personal care products brings out the hot dogs, veggie dogs, frozen treats, drinks, music, games, face painting, bubbles and more to celebrate small biz success. Information is here.

Pride Patio Party from 2 to 8 p.m. at Lamplighter CX, 110 North First St., North Point, Cambridge. Free. Drag performances, Honeycomb Creamery ice cream, yard games, cold beer, a big beer garden, DJ L’Duke and more. A portion of proceeds from “Ms. Frizzle” beer sales goes toward the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. Information is here.

“T: An MBTA Musical” (continued) from 2:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $24 to $34 and 18-plus. Information is here.

“Freedom, Liberty and Independence: Celebrating Independence Day with Autistic Artists” exhibition opening reception from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. During this summer of the Fourth of July and the National Liberation Day of Korea (Aug. 15), a showcase of works (running through July 6) of extraordinary Korean and American artists with autism whose visions are “a bold pursuit of freedom and individuality, a canvas where the trials of history and the personal battles for independence coalesce.” Light refreshments provided. 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.

Pan in the Park Jamboree from 4 to 8 p.m. at Mass Audubon Nature Center at Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridgeport. Free, but register. Listen and dance to the sounds of steel pan bands Tempo and the Cambridge Youth Steel Orchestra, plus taste delicious Caribbean food and make crafts. Information is here.

Festa Junina from 4 p.m. to midnight at Saint Anthony of Padua Parish, 12 Properzi Way, in Ward 2, Somerville, between Porter and Union squares. Free. Music, food, drinks, raffle and much more. Information is here.

Big Gay Dance Party from 5 to 8 p.m. at Union Square Plaza, Somerville (rain date: Sunday). Free. An outdoor dance party with a dinosaur theme to celebrate Pride month. Why not? Tunes by DJ Live, drag performances by Amanda Playwith and Lily Rose Valore, plus LGBTQ+ resources tables and vendors. Information is here.

A detail from a work by Collete Brésilla. (Image via the Somerville Arts Council’s social media)

Collete Brésilla’s “Se Réfleter Dans” exhibition opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at SomArt@The Armory, 2nd Floor Bipoc Space, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. Curated by Tina Cabral, this 15-piece collection by the Haitian-born painter, textile designer and sculptor explores cultural and creative contexts as tools for social change and prominently features the female form. On display through September. Information is here.

Ngozi Ukazu graphic novel release from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave., Davis Square, Somerville. Free. The creator of “Check, Please!”and New Yorker cartoonist celebrates the release of “Barda” for DC Comics, featuring a character from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World. Information is here.

Lesley University MFA Summer Reading Series (continued) at 6:45 p.m. at the Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., on Lesley University’s Doble Campus in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Information is here.

Zarzuela in Cambridge: A Hispanic Music Lyric Celebration from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free to $30. Six international singers and a pianist perform solos and ensembles of well-known zarzuelas, a genre born in Spain in the 17th century and spread to the Americas combining operatic, theatrical and musical elements with a mix of sung and spoken parts. Presented by Boston Opera & Zarzuela. Information is here.

“Slay the Entire Month (Stem) and Beyond” from 7 to 10:30 p.m. in the blue wing of the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, on the Cambridge border. Free, but register, and 18-plus. Co-sponsored by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s Office of LGBTQ+ Advancement, an evening celebrating Pride that uplifts the spectrum of beauty and the world of science with music and performances. Co-hosted by James Monroe, director of the museum’s SubSpace nightlife series, and Candace, with music from DJ Coleslaw, drag performances from Neon Calypso, sparkling “Lightning!” theater shows and mayoral remarks. Information is here.

Saxophonist and composer Ravi Coltrane at 8 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $40. This critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated musician (and son of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane) has released six albums and collaborated with many esteemed artists. He performs innovative compositions with pianist Gadi Lehavi, drummer Ele Howell and special guest trombonist Robin Eubanks. Jazz bassist Bruce Gertz opens. Information is here.

“Insider Ballroom: A Free Introductory Lesson” at 8 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge (and continuing Sunday). Free to $50. “American Smooth” style of professional ballroom dancing followed by storytelling from the performers J. Michael Winward and Holly Stone. Information is here.

The Folk Collective: Queer and Trans Voices in the Round at 8 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $20. This inaugural Pride Month event curated by Maddy Simpson features original and traditional music by six queer and trans musicians: Anju, Roman Barten-Sherman, Jarsch, Sweet Petunia, Naomi Westwater and Lee Zangari. Information is here.


Sunday, June 23

The Bridge City Sinners performs Sunday in Somerville. (Photo: Istvan Bruggen)

Summer Solstice Plant Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. Support and shop 40 local artists and small business and chat with others who share passion for plants. Includes “take a plant, leave a plant” anonymous plant swap table, scavenger hunt with prizes and a grand prize raffle basket. Information is here.

Lesley University MFA Summer Reading Series (continued) at 10:30 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. at the Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., on Lesley University’s Doble Campus in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Information is here.

Summer Foraging Class from 11 a.m. to noon at Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Sage McTaggart’s class focuses on seasonal local invasives and sustainable practices. Bring a spoon and a mug! Information is here.

Lindy Hopcats Practice from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cambridge Community Center for the Arts, 41 Second St. (enter from the side-street patio), East Cambridge. $5 (cash or Venmo). Semi-structured practice sessions for motivated dancers at all levels. No partner required. Information is here.

Pride Celebration Weekend (continued) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, on the Cambridge border. For free museum admission, redeem online code PRIDE24. Information is here.

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 Black-owned businesses by shopping for fashion, vegan treats, fine art, bags, jewelry, artisan soaps, sauces, dog treats and accessories. Information is here.

Navigation Games from noon to 2 p.m. at Timothy J. Toomey Park, Third and Roger streets, East 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.

Gallery Talk: “Traveling Threads – Textiles between Ottoman and Habsburg Courts” 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 exhibition “Imagine Me and You: Dutch and Flemish Encounters with the Islamic World, 1450-1750,” graduate student teacher Khushi Choudhary discusses Dutch and Flemish interpretations of popular Ottoman textiles in the 16th and 17th centuries. Information is here.

Celebrating the Dragon and Charles River with interactive art-making from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Joan Lorentz Park at 457 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (in front of the Cambridge Main Library). Free. The Cambridge-based multimedia artist Zhonghe (Elena) Li leads a hands-on workshop of paper-cutting art, watercolor, collage and storytelling. Templates of flora and fauna along the Charles River are provided so you can create what inspires you. Sponsored by the Chinese American Association of Cambridge. 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.

“T: An MBTA Musical” (continued) at 2:30 and 7 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $24 to $34 and 18-plus. Information is here.

18th Annual Boston Tango Festival (continued) from 2:30 p.m. to midnight at the Dante Alighieri Society Center, 41 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. $20 to $60 per class or show (festival passes and class packages available). Information is here.

Juventas New Music Ensemble concert from 3 to 4 p.m. on the east lawn of the Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. The Boston ensemble performs works by a diverse array of living composers. Information is here.

Singers Showcase presented by Celia Slattery Voice Studio from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the cafe at the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $10 donation suggested. Six singers show off their pipes, accompanied by Mark Shilansky. Information is here.

Mary Bichner and Singer Mali from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10. An intimate piano-and-vocal performance featuring original classical-meets-chamberpop and some reimagined early-2000s-era rock covers. Bichner is an orchestral composer with synesthesia, which allows her to “see” splashes of specific colors when she hears their pitches sounded. Mali blends and juxtaposes pop music with elements of jazz, classical, musical theater, world music and the avant-garde. Information is here.

Gotta Bal! balboa dance event from 6 to 10 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. This monthly DJ’d event celebrates a dance that originated in Southern California in the 1930s and is danced to faster tempos than Lindy Hop. Soft, flexible, thin-leather or suede soles only. Information is here.

“Insider Ballroom: A Free Introductory Lesson” (continued) at 7 p.m. at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free to $50. Information is here.

Bridge City Sinners at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $20 to $25. This traditional string band hailing from the Pacific Northwest performs music spanning Prohibition-era jazz to Appalachian death folk, and often pops up at punk rock shows. Also playing: Troll 2 and Lightnin’ Luke. Information is here.

Wonder Women of Country at 8 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $30 to $35. Melissa Carper, Kelly Willis and Brennen Leigh recorded their debut album “Wonder Women of Country” in Austin in 2023 but have many other songwriting and recording credits separately among them. Information is here.


Monday, June 24

Ayelet Waldman reads Monday at the Harvard Law School in Cambridge. (Photo via the author’s website)

Deep Dive Tour: Washington Reexamined at 12:30 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.

Speaking of Psychedelics: A Conversation with Ayelet Waldman at 4:30 p.m. at Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Law School, Cambridge. Free, but register. The former federal public defender and author of the 2017 ground-breaking memoir “A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage and My Life” discusses the future of psychedelics in medicine, law and society with Harvard’s I. Glenn Cohen and visiting professor Mason Marks. Also via Zoom. Information is here.

Dobet Gnahoré dance workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free, but register. The Grammy-winner from Côte d’Ivoire is known for music, theater, fashion and poetry in addition to dance. Wear comfortable clothing; sneakers, socks or bare feet are all suitable for dancing. Information is here.

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

Lesley University MFA Summer Reading Series (continued) at 6:45 p.m. at Alumni Hall, 31 Everett St., on Lesley University’s Doble Campus in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Information is here.

Carlos Lozada reads from “The Washington Book: How to Read Politics and Politicians” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The New York Times Pulitzer-winning columnist discusses his essay collection on discerning a political figure’s faults, blind spots, ambitions, compromises, underlying motives and insecurities by reading between the lines of their writings and books. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post reporter and author of “Walk This Way,” 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.

PSB Book Club at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge (and held monthly). Free, but RSVP. This month’s selection: “The Distance Between Us” by Maggie O’Farrell. 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 Britney Spears, featuring special guest Larissa Montes. Information is here.


Tuesday, June 25

Talk “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” Tuesday in Cambridge. (Image: Tom Simpson via Flickr)

Passim presents Talia Rose and Heather Scott from noon to 1 p.m. at Harvard’s Science Center Plaza between Harvard Yard at Kirkland and Oxford streets, near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Passim brings back the singer-songwriter friends to its outdoor summer series. 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: “The Blackhouse” by Peter May. 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, singer-songwriter Mia Zeta, whose two EPs (“Realidades” and “Hasta en los Sueños”) have been heard at Lollapalooza Argentina and on playlists such as Next Wave Soul and Fresh Finds. A “voice of the new generation of Argentinian neo-soul,” she’s in final stages of creating her debut album. Information is here.

Taste of Cambridge from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at University Park Commons, in Cambridgeport near Central Square, Cambridge. $50 to $67.50. A food-sampling experience showcasing more than 30 local restaurants plus specialty food purveyors, wine, beer and summer cocktails. Ticket sales benefit several local Cambridge nonprofit organizations. 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. June’s title: “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys. Information is here.

Sebastian Junger reads from “In My Time of Dying: How I Came Face to Face with the Idea of an Afterlife” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but register. The war reporter, documentary filmmaker and author of “The Perfect Storm,” among other bestsellers, describes how he, as a confirmed atheist, grapples with the layers and complexities of near-death experiences, and reckons with the existential questions they trigger, after experiencing his own. 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. $18.70 with the book and registration required. This time, discuss “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” by French novelist, poet and playwright Jules Verne, published in 1870 and profoundly influential on the science fiction genre. 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.

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.

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 series with music and drumming 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. (Originally scheduled for June 6.) Information is here.

Jack Turban reads from “Free to Be: Understanding Kids & Gender Identity” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The founding director of the Gender Psychiatry Program at the University of California, San Francisco, discusses the latest research, stories of transgender children and the intricacies of today’s political gender wars. “He/She/They” author and transgender athlete Schuyler Bailar joins. Information is here.

The Moth story slam at 7:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $15. This monthly open-mic storytelling competition is open to anyone who can share a five-minute tale on the night’s theme – this time, “Baggage,” about “the things we carry. Personal belongings, long-held ideas, that ex who lingers years later. Suitcases, trunks, purses … whether in your hand or forever on your mind, traveling light or weighted down.” Information is here.

Buchla Blowout from 10 p.m. to midnight at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10. Thomas Dimuzio, in a rare visit from the West Coast, and Boston’s Andrew Neumann plunge into a series of solos and duos on the exotic Buchla Music Synthesizer. Information is here.


Wednesday, June 26

Ana Vidović is coming to GuitarFest. (Photo via the artist’s website)

Boston GuitarFest at noon and 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (and continuing through June 30). $20 to $80 per show. Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses founded this premier guitar event in 2006 at the New England Conservatory of Music. This year, its second in Cambridge, BGFest features four days of noontime performances by acclaimed guitarists; an opening gala performance competition with four finalists (Wednesday); performances by Russian Flamenco guitar virtuoso Grisha Goryachev (June 27) and Croatian classical guitar virtuoso Ana Vidović (June 28); a signature solo recital by BGFest co-director, classical guitarist and educator Eliot Fisk (June 29); and a finale concert with the competition winner and the John Dearman Ensemble (June 30). 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 that will be displayed in Inman Square. No experience necessary. Information is here.

Cinema Strange from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., in the Winter Hill neighborhood. Free. This time, cute-creepy short animated films by Czech filmmaker Jan Švankmajer. Information is here.

Caribbean American Heritage Month Poetry Reading from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but register. Diannely Antigua and Patrick Sylvain read, followed by a conversation and audience Q&A. Also via Zoom. Information is here.

To Be Continued: Photographs by Charles Daniels closing reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd., near Teele Square, Somerville. Free. This exhibit of works by Daniels (1942-2024), also known as The Master Blaster and a fixture in the Greater Boston music scene over decades was extended from its original June 2 closing. We wrote about him here. Information is here.

Freeform knitting class from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge. $20. The launch of a six-class experimental knitwear-design workshop that focuses on garment making, color play and zero waste (using leftover yarn). Basic knowledge of knitting stitches is required. Information is here.

“Israelism” film screening and panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free, but register. Co-hosted by Somerville for Palestine and IfNotNow Boston. Information is here.

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

Lesley University MFA Summer Reading Series (continued) at 6:45 p.m. at the Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., on Lesley University’s Doble Campus in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Information is here.

Bobby Finger reads from “Four Squares” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The author of “The Old Place” and podcaster behind “Who? Weekly” talks about his tender, funny and fresh novel about a gay writer in New York City whose life is irrevocably altered, and then again 30 years later. Information is here.

Francine Prose reads from “1974: A Personal History” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The bestselling author of “Lovers at the Chameleon Club” and other books discusses her memoir of an era when she – and the country – were shaping their identities, a decade “when American youth realized that the changes that seemed possible in the ’60s weren’t going to happen.” Stephen McCauley, author of “The Object of My Affection,” joins. Information is here.

Jef contemporary jazz from 7 to 8 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. $10. Three Jeffs perform improvised music that “dances in the space between jazz, rock, funk, classical and soul”: Jeff Robinson (tenor sax), Jeff Song (cello, base) and Jeff Allison (drums). Information is here.

Microgreens workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. at Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. How to grow microgreens at home. Information is here.

Cambridge “Women and Words!” discussion series from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Share what you think matters to women and girls in Cambridge at this quarterly Cambridge Women’s Commission event which restarts after a four-year hiatus. Light snacks provided. Information is here.

Boston Lindy Hop presents “Somerville Stomp” from 7 to 11 p.m. at Samba Bar & Grill, 608 Somerville Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. $5 (cash or Venmo). An hourlong community hour followed by three hours of DJ music with lots of space for dancing and good company. Food and drinks for sale all night. Information is here.

Somerville Monthly Square Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. at Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. $10 to $20 donation (cash or Venmo). A half-hour lesson followed by dancing to live music by The Moon Shells and calling by Will Mentor. No experience or partner required. 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.

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 27

Community members take turns reading excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” (Photo: Mass Humanities)

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.

Boston GuitarFest (continued) at noon and 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. $20 to $80. 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 buy snacks from LuLu Green and drinks from Lamplighter Brewing. Information is here.

Sixth annual “Reading Frederick Douglass Together” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Upstairs at Bow, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Free, but RSVP. The Somerville Museum hosts this reading of Douglass’ famous address, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” (We wrote about last year’s reading here.) This year, Steven Flythe of the Department of Racial and Social Justice leads small group discussions before the reading of Douglass’ speech (all attendees are encouraged to queue up and read a section). A community discussion follows. Information is here.

Somerville Fourth of July Celebration at 6 p.m. at Trum Field, 541 Broadway, Magoun Square, Somerville (rain date: June 28). Free. DJ Philip Tan spins, the Search Party band plays some funky music, food vendors from Nibble Kitchen and Italian Wizard sell snacks and then … fireworks. Information is here.

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor discuss “Democracy or Else: How to Save America in 10 Easy Steps” at 6 p.m. at First Parish in Cambridge Meeting House, 3 Church St./1446 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. $38 with book. During this Harvard Book Store event, the former White House aides during the Obama administration and co-hosts of the podcast “Pod Save America” describe how to be politically involved and make a real difference without giving in to a sense of impending dread. Dan Pfeiffer, President Barack Obama’s former communications director and author of “Yes We (Still) Can,” joins. Information is here.

Green Cambridge 20th Anniversary Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Urban Park Roof Garden atop the Kendall Center Green Garage at 90 Broadway, Kendall Square. RSVP, with $20 to $200 suggested donation, and all ages. Socializing, music, food and drinks for an organization focused on urban farms, urban forests and the beauty of trees and improving the habitat for all life within Cambridge. Special honors to former city councilor and departing board member Quinton Zondervan and his wife Radhika Nagpal. Information is here.

Salsa in the Park from 6 to 9 p.m. at Henri A. Termeer Square, 675 W. Kendall St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free and all ages and abilities. “Animaciones” (choreographed group dances/follow-alongs) from MetaMovements artist collective members from Cuba, Dominican Republic and the United States, plus social dancing, a music corner, dance lessons by Masacote and Silent Rhythms (in American Sign Language), a beer garden with snacks and more. Information is here.

Sarah Boyer reads from “Coming Out, Becoming Ourselves: Lesbian Stories from the Boston Daughters of Bilitis, 1969–1999” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free but register. Boyer has written four books on Cambridge neighborhoods and one on World War II and the homefront in Cambridge. For this book, she interviewed 21 members of the Boston-Cambridge chapter of the country’s first lesbian civil and political rights organization – founded in 1955 as a secret society. The Boston chapter was the longest lived. Information is here.

Groovement movement class from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Foundry, 101 Rogers St., East Cambridge (and every Thursday through Aug. 15 except for July 4). $5 to $30, pay what you can and all ages. Find a sense of comfort and groove at this all-levels structured dance class launching today that’s Afrocentric, QTBipoc-friendly and liberation-focused, emphasizing rhythm, musicality and authentic expression. Information is here.

Lesley University MFA Summer Reading Series (continued) at 6:45 p.m. at the Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., on Lesley University’s Doble Campus in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. Information is here.

Catherine Newman reads from “Sandwich” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The author of “We All Want Impossible Things” discusses her moving and hilarious novel about a woman “sandwiched” by the needs of her half-grown kids and fully aging parents, and the trip to Cape Cod that helps her realize she can no longer hide her secrets from them. Cambridge’s Laura Zigman, author of “Separation Anxiety,” joins. Information is here.

Joseph Earl Thomas reads from “God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The author of “Sink: A Memoir” discusses his debut novel which “War Porn” author Roy Scranton calls “a staggering literary achievement, one … that breaks and remakes the very idea of the novel. With unflinching courage, luminous spirit and a virtuosic flow, Joseph Earl Thomas has written a Joycean ‘Ulysses’ inside a Philly E.R.” Information is here.

Poet Joey Phoenix reads “Unearthing” from 7 to 9 p.m. at the café at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free, but donations to the artists accepted. The Somerville poet celebrates the release of their debut chapbook of poetry with readings from Joey Gould and Shari Caplan, art and poetry from Angelina Benitez, Joe Sabourin’s music from “Unearthing” the album and more. 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.

Mars Symphony at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, on the Cambridge border. $20 and 18-plus. Cutting-edge research and audio bring the real sounds of Mars’ winds, dust devils and seismic rumbles, joined by orchestral melodies created from data collected from the red planet and stunning original visuals from the planetarium. 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.

Dobet Gnahoré performs at 8 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $30 to $45. The Grammy Award–winner from Côte d’Ivoire (and daughter of percussionist Boni Gnahoré) arrives with her band in advance of her newest album “Zouzou,” inspired by the creative energy of Abidjan, a West African metropolis that’s emerged as an important economic engine and creative center. Information is here.

Flamy Grant and Taylor Abrahamse at 8 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $25. Grant’s a powerhouse vocalist, intrepid songwriter and irreverent comedy drag queen from western North Carolina whose 2022 debut record “Bible Belt Baby” reached No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Charts. Toronto’s Abrahamse spent years as a kid show voice actor while writing and performing music. Information is here.