Friday, July 19, 2024

Thursday, June 27

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

Boston GuitarFest 2024 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 continues with three more days of noontime performances by acclaimed guitarists; 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.

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 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 (and continuing Friday). Free. Two more evenings of readings by graduating students and alums of Lesley’s MFA program wrap up this annual seven-day series. Also via Zoom. 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 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.

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” 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.

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.


Friday, June 28

Tess Tregellas combines comedy and magic at a show Friday in Somerville. (Photo via the artist}s website)

Boston GuitarFest 2024 (continued) at noon and 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. $20 to $80. Information is here.

Paddle for Pride from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mass Audubon Nature Center at Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridgeport. Free and ages 12-plus. Members of the LGBTQIA2S community and their friends and family members who are allies are welcome to connect to nature from the cockpit of a kayak! Kayaks, paddles, safety gear and beginning paddler instruction are all provided. (This event was rescheduled from June 7.) 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.

“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.

Stand-up magic at 7 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $20 to $25. The first Boston-area show for a New York staple combining comedy and magic by Max Davidson, Tess Tregellas and Jason Silberman. Information is here.

“Hidden Figures” movie night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kendall/MIT Open Space at 292 Main St., Kendall Square, Cambridge. Free, with free popcorn while supplies last. One of the best films of 2016 tells of three African-American “computers” (Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer) working on the Mercury program at NASA’s Langley facility in the segregated South just as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is sowing the seeds for civil rights protests. Information is here.

Cambridge City Hall Dance Party pre-party from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at the Cambridge Public Library’s Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl St. Free. Gather for snacks and music in before heading over to the Dance Party. Information is here.

Cambridge City Hall Dance Party from 6 to 10 p.m. at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. Music and a light show and pop-up entertainments on a street closed to traffic, again with free family activities at Temple Street. Information is here.


Saturday, June 29

“Papaya” blends dance, theater and live music Saturday in Somerville. (Photo: The Rockwell)

All She Wrote Pride Book Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (free and all ages) and 8 to 10 p.m. ($10 and for those 18-plus) at Connexion, 149 Broadway, Somerville. The all-ages event features books and other items for sale from local vendors, a coloring book station, drag story times and tabling from nonprofits. The adult party has books for sale, store five-year anniversary merch, music, performances, vendors and snacks provided by Watertown’s Ritcey East restaurant. Information is here.

Gardening Workshop with Green City Growers from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the lawn of the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free, but register. Join this hands-on class to learn when and what to plant and how to bring in a great harvest. Information is here.

Mystic River Pride Flotilla from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Mystic River Basin, Somerville and Medford (rain date is Sunday). Free. A pride parade on the water to showcase that the Mystic River is for everybody has good views near Blessing of The Bay Boathouse in Somerville and from Torbert Macdonald Park in Medford. Watchers can simply show up on the riverbanks; on-the-water participants are encouraged to register here to get email instructions and other information. The event is co-hosted by the Gentle Giant Rowing Club and Mystic River Watershed Association. Information is here.

Boston GuitarFest 2024 (continued) at noon and 7:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. $20 to $80. Information is here.

Gilman Park Marketplace and Winter Hill Brewing beer garden from noon to 8 p.m. at 358 Medford St., Gilman Square, Somerville. Free. A project led by the CultureHouse organization brings the undeveloped Homans Site to life with an every-other-Saturday event through Aug. 24. Shop from makers, artisans and vintage vendors until 6 p.m., enjoy local brews for another two hours. Information is here.

Blood on the Clocktower game meetup from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m. at Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Free. Learn and play a party game based on hidden identity and social bluffing that’s designed so every game is different. Similar to Werewolf and Mafia, but players are still involved even after they die in the game. New players welcome. 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.

Meet the beekeeper from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mass Audubon Nature Center at Magazine Beach, 668 Memorial Drive, Cambridgeport. Free, but register. Beekeeper Mel Gadd shows bees in an active hive and explains the importance of honeybees and other pollinators and some honeybee-keeping basics. Information is here.

Anime and animation night from 6 p.m. to midnight at the New England Science Fiction Association clubhouse at 504 Medford St., Magoun Square, Somerville. Free. Socializing and dinner at 6 p.m. overlapping with a chance to check out the group’ library, with four hours of screenings starting at 8 p.m. Information is here.

Jo-Mé Dance Theatre’s “Unbroken” at 7 p.m. at Arrow Street Arts, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. $20 to $35. New works by Naoko Brown and Joe Gonzalez telling the story of Bostonian Sean Ellis, wrongfully convicted in 1995 of killing a police detective and exonerated after 22 years in prison. Information is here.

Blowwlympics at 7 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $25 to $45. The Boston League of Wicked Wrestlers celebrates 20 years of “vaguely friendly competition between state-mandated smoke breaks” with rounds in the ring, drag performances, vendors, and dazzling feats of strength by our friends at New England Black Circus. Information is here.

“Papaya” performance from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. $25 to $30. Dance, theater and live music – originals by Cooper Evello and covers of songs by queer artists including Fletcher, Haley Kiyoko and King Princess – in a project by the bands Melle. and bog berries. Information is here.

“Jon & Wendy’s Breakfast of Grampions” band benefit for WMBR at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $25 to $30. Celebrate 40 years of Jon Bernhardt on the “Breakfast of Champions” program of Massachusetts Institute of Technology radio station, WMBR 88.1-FM are the bands Versus, Hallelujah the Hills, Mick Trouble, Mark Robinson and Flof, a band led by Bernhardt – a theremin player. Information is here.

The Basement Project dance night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Cloud & Spirits, 795 Main St., The Port, Cambridge. $28.55. A night of music and visuals from DJs Màrelle, Daví, Simon 4:16 and Franziv at an event space between Central and Kendall squares and “a late-night set at a secret location.” Information is here.


Sunday, June 30

A vegan bean soup from Brazil Green at Nibble Kitchen. (Photo: Nibble Kitchen via social media)

Janet Jackson drag brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Summer Shack, 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Alewife, Cambridge. $20 (and entree required). The Rhythm Nation returns in a show hosted by Neon Calypso. Costumes encouraged. 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 local Black-owned businesses by shopping for fashion, vegan treats, fine art, bags, jewelry, artisan soaps, sauces, dog treats and accessories. Information is here.

Tracks by the Tracks dance party from noon to 3 p.m. at the Grand Junction open space at 688 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington, Cambridge. Free. The Trike Called Funk team hosts a family-friendly dance party with DJs Jonathan “SumJ” Summey of Fav45s and Noe “Saucy Lady” Carmichael of Dippin’ Records at a space made by razing a structure that was once the J&J Nail Salon and home of Checker Cab. It was made possible by a Alexandria Real Estate Equities deal has set it aside for a someday Grand Junction path, part of a community benefits deal to get its 325 Binney St. lab project. Information is here.

Longfellow Pride Picnic from noon to 3 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge (rain date is July 7). Free. Celebrate Pride at the “Queerest House in Cambridge” with history tours, lawn games, food and music to enjoy from your own picnic blanket. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic foods to supplement what’s provided. A concert by the Pete Smith Trio follows at 3 p.m. Information is here.

NibbleFest from noon to 4 p.m. at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Free. The Nibble Kitchen food incubator celebrates its fifth anniversary at the marketplace with pop-ups from chefs-in-residence past and present, drink collaborations with Remnant Brewing and the Nook cocktail bar, live music and dancing, arts activities and face painting. The food includes vegan Brazilian from Brazil Green, baked goods from Elena’s and Boukan’nen Afro-Haitian Cuisine, as well as alums BanglaAdda Bengali, Petra Jordanian, Riti’s Kulfi Ice Cream, Taquisimo Tacos, Nagomi Bento and Carolicious arepas. 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.

Boston GuitarFest 2024 (continued) from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge. $10 to $50. Information is here.

Best Last Day: A Starlight Lovefest from 2 to 5 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge. Free. The outdoor entertainment complex by the Central Square Business Improvement District closes after five years with music and dance, a “family photo” at 4 p.m. sharp and offers to take home a piece of the project. Information is here.

All about St. John’s wort from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free, but donations accepted. Clinical herbalist Mo Katz-Christy gets visitors acquainted with one herb each month through drawing, taste, science and stories. Bring a journal for sketching and note taking, leave with an in-depth account of botany, history, clinical use, safety, preparation and dosage. Information is here.

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


Monday, July 1

Author Rachel Zimmerman reads Monday from the memoir “Us, After.” (Photo via the author’s social media)

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.

Picture + Panel: Summer Camp with Marika McCoola and Violet Chan Karim from 7 to 8 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free to $15 and 21-plus. The monthly confab of graphic-novel creators sponsored by Aeronaut, Porter Square Books and the Boston Comic Arts Foundation pairs Somerville’s McCoola, author of “Baba Yaga’s Assistant,” and Bostonian Karim of the webcomic “Death of a Pop Star,” whose debut graphic novel, “Summer Vamp,” arrives this year. Information is here.

Chess Night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Central Hill (and continuing monthly). Free. Players of all skill levels are welcome, and chess sets are provided. Information is here.

Eric Weiner reads from “Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder’s Formula for a Long and Useful Life” at 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge. Free. The former NPR correspondent went on a quest to live the way Ben Franklin did, including journeys to Philadelphia, Paris, Boston and London and explores the lessons left for us by the scientist, inventor, diplomat, publisher, humorist and philosopher, including the “The Ben Franklin Effect” of improving a relationship by inducing someone to do a favor for you. Joined by Harvard’s Daniel Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness.” Information is here.

Rachel Zimmerman reads from “Us, After: A Memoir of Love and Suicide” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square, Cambridge. Free. The former Wall Street Journal reporter has a memoir about her obsessive search of answers after the 2014 suicide of her husband – Seth Teller, the East Cambridge activist and Massachusetts Institute of Technology robotics professor. She interviewed doctors, researchers and even a man who jumped off the same bridge and lived and now looks at the struggle between public and private selves, shifting perspectives, motherhood and secrets. Alysia Abbott, author of “Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father,” joins. Information is here.

Divergent series classical music performances at 7:30 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (through Thursday). Free, but register. Students of Longy’s Divergent Studio, a 13-day program for performers and composers, present works – in this case, Divergent Homogeneity, or those written for multiples of a single instrument, including a sextet of trumpets, a duo of bassoons and a trio of violas. Information is here.

Missy Steak hosts “I’m Right Trivia Night” at 8 p.m. at Roxy’s Arcade, 292 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge (and every other Monday). Free. Drag show, drinks, trivia, prizes. This time the theme is sports, featuring special guest Slim Jym Shorts. Information is here.


Tuesday, July 2

Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes plays Tuesday in Somerville. (Photo: The Rockwell)

“The Heart of New England” screening from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston, on the Cambridge border. $8 to $10. A truly giant-screen production narrated by Uzo Aduba and Mindy Kaling that tries to explain why we’re all here and why the area punches above its weight in various areas – including in the innovations of Kendall Square. Information is here.

Divergent series classical music performances at 7:30 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (through Thursday). Free, but register. Students of Longy’s Divergent Studio perform works by composer Marti Epstein with members of the group loadbang and the Byrne:Kozar:Duo. Information is here.

Smut Slam from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville (and the first Tuesday of every month). $10 suggested donation. An open mic invites participants to tell five-minute, real-life dirty stories. The top three slammers win sexy swag from Good Vibrations. Kat Sistare hosts. Information is here.

Os Mutantes plays at 8 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square. $30 to $35. The influential Brazilian psychedelic rock band formed in 1966 and re-formed twice since has been paid tribute by everyone from Beck and Flea to Kurt Cobain and David Byrne. They arrive as a six-member band, still trippy. Information is here.

Mood dance night at 9 p.m. at The Middle East Corner, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free, but 21-plus. Reggae, afrobeats and soca. Information is here.


Wednesday, July 3

Poet Amanda Shaw reads Wednesday in Cambridge.

Divergent series classical music performances at 7:30 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (through Thursday). Free, but register. Longy’s Divergent Trio – an ensemble of new music specialists and Longy faculty made up of Corrine Byrne, Ralph Farris and Donald Berman play new pieces by composers in the Divergent Studio. 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.

Poets Jules Jacob, Steven Riel and Amanda Shaw 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.


Thursday, July 4

Longy Divergent program student Teagen F. (Photo: Longy)

Divergent series classical music performances at 1:30 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square, Cambridge (through Thursday). Free, but register. A concert of new pieces in a program called Divergent Speed: Students were given only 24 hours to write 2 minutes of music for small mixed ensembles, who are then given an additional 24 hours to learn and rehearse the music. “This concert is a true test of students’ artistry, limiting opportunity for refinement and relying totally on raw creativity,” the school says. Information is here.

Tour the Old Powder House from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nathan Tufts/Powderhouse Park, College Avenue and Broadway, Somerville (and various dates through October). Free. A docent opens and gives tours of the old stone building from which the British removed gunpowder 250 years ago this year, resulting in the Powder Alarm. Information is here.

Launchpad dance night at 9 p.m. at ZuZu, 474 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. Free. Jake Lacey curates a DJ night aiming to broaden the term “dance music” in house, techno, breaks, UKG, minimal and deep tech genres. Information is here.