A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville: Drag, fireworks and ‘The Hijacking of Rights’

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville: Drag, fireworks and ‘The Hijacking of Rights’


Mini photoshootsPorter Square Books, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 25 White St., Porter Square. Fifty dollars gets a 15-minute session with Taylor Rossi Photography – including a style guide and posing tips – and two edited and retouched photos. For this Pride Month event, the bookshop is donating its portion of profits to The Trevor Project, a suicide-prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ young people. Information is available here.

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Rocker Robin Lane performsThe Burren, 12:00 noon 247 Elm St., Davis Square in Somerville. Tickets are $30 Lane was a pioneer of Boston’s new wave rock scene, touring as a solo artist and with her band Robin Lane and the Chartbusters and opening for acts such as The Kinks, The Cars and Hall & Oates. This Burren Backroom Series is dedicated to Lane’s release. “Dirt Road to Heaven” album. Information is here.

International Fashion ShowStarlight Square, from 1 to 3. 84 Bishop Allen DriveLocated in the Central Square. Free. Celebrate global fashion, food, culture and more Information is here.

“Medusa Reclaimed”Includes music, dance, shadow puppetry, and more. (Photo: Medusa Reclaimed)

“Medusa Reclaimed”at 2 p.m. at Central Square Theater 450 Massachusetts Ave.Central Square. Tickets available pay-what-you-can. The Nora’s “That’s What She Said” program offers a stage to Brian King’s reimagining of the Medusa myth, asking “Who was Medusa? Did history get her story wrong?”It premiered in 2019 as an animated radio show with live music. However, a grant will allow Eileen Little to continue developing the play. The play will be performed by six actors, including Norah Solorzano shadow puppetry and music by What Time is It, Mr. Fox? Information is here.

“A Vision of Hills”Concerts of classical music at 3 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Boston’s Juventas New Music Ensemble presents an afternoon of chamber music featuring new works by living composers, including Massachusetts’ own Oliver Caplan and Carson Coonman. Information is here.


Arbor Day CelebrationNathan Tufts/Powderhouse Park: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. College Avenue and Broadway, Somerville. Free. No, good catch, it’s not Arbor Day (which is in April); nonetheless, the city celebrates its urban forest – and its ability to clean the air, cool, provide habitat for wildlife, lower stress levels, increase property values and more – with some education, a welcome to newly planted trees in the park, making of leaf art and offer of free native plant seedlings to take home. Information is available. here.

Michelle Wilde Anderson. (Photo: Jen Paschal)

Michelle Wilde Anderson Reads from “The Fight to Save the Town: Reimagining Discarded America”At 7 p.m., the Harvard Book Store 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Anderson, a Stanford Law School professor of property, local governance and environmental justice, will examine the decades-old cuts to local government funding in blue collar communities across the country. She’ll be in conversation by Dan Rivera, president and chief executive of MassDevelopment and the former mayor of Lawrence. You will need to wear well-fitting masks. Information is available here.


Some subspecies of the gymnopilus Junionius mushroom may contain the hallucinogenic compound, psilocybin. (Photo: Bernard Spragg via Flickr)

Talk about mushroomsAt 5 p.m. practically Free from the GBH Forum Network and Cambridge Forum. Giuliana Furci, who founded the Fungi Foundation in 2012, talks about the billion-year-old organisms in general – there are estimated to be 5 million different types, of which we only know 1 percent – and the psychedelic psilocybin mushroom in particular, including its comeback within the medical community in clinical trials showing success in treating patients with severe depression, anxiety and PTSD. Information is here.

S.W. Leicher reads at “Acts of Atonement”The Harvard Coop will be open at 5:30 p.m. 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. The Harvard alum returns with a tale of New York – and a love story between a Latina woman and a Jewish women who had to renounce their pasts and sever ties with family members to be together. This work has been timely because of the recent rise in bigotry, violence, and Leicher, who is both American Jewish and Latina Catholic, said she was able to see through these difficulties. “didn’t decide to write a multicultural lesbian love story. I wanted to write a short story about a very pious ultra-orthodox boy with a rebellious older sister named Serach. … I didn’t originally intend to make her gay. It was Serach herself who – a few weeks into plotting the story – came out to me.”Information is here.

The Moth Story SlamThe Center for Arts and the Armory will be open from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $15 This open-mic storytelling competition on the fourth Tuesday of each month is open to anyone who can share a five-minute story on the night’s theme – this time, “destination.” (“Forks in the road, the road less traveled, forging one’s own path. Embarking, disembarking, finding purpose or discovering home. Answering the call to adventure or tales of that first port of call.”Masks must be worn while not seated. Information is here.


John Shattuck & Sushma RAMAN read from “Holding Together: The Hijacking of Rights in America and How to Reclaim Them for Everyone”At 7 p.m., the Harvard Book Store 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. With shocking Supreme Court findings last week around women’s health care and privacy, gun control, the separation of church and state and the reading of Miranda rights to crime suspects, a talk that might have seemed dry and academic in other times now seems terrifyingly on point. The authors (who’ll be moderated by Mathias Risse) call the book “a road map for an American rights revival.”It is necessary to have well-fitting masks. Information is available here.

Severity Stone. (Via Instagram)

Drag NightAeronaut Brewing: 8-10 p.m. 14 Tyler St.Located near Union Square, Somerville. Tickets cost $10. Local queens Coleslaw and Severity Stone and drag king Travis Tí provide the entertainment. When you are not eating or drinking, masks are required. Information is here.

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“Moana“ screens for free in North Point.

CX Movie Night double-featureFrom 5 to 9:30 pm in the Maria Baldwin Open Space, CX by Baldwin Park 222 Jacobs St.North Point. Free, but registerYou can get a ticket with a free popcorn and water. “Moana”At 5:30 p.m. “School of Rock”This pet-friendly event is being held at The Brattle Theater and East Cambridge Business Association at 7:30 p.m. Food trucks will also be available. Information is available here.

Independence Day FireworksTrum Field at 6 p.m. 541 BroadwayMagoun Square (Somerville). Free. No, good catch, it’s not July 4; nonetheless there’ll be fireworks for the holiday at around 9:15 p.m. preceded by DJ Philip Tan playing pop, soul, funk and other classic tunes, followed by the band Pressure Cooker at 7:45 p.m. Britney Flores, a recent graduate of Somerville High School, sings “The Star-Spangled Banner”The sky lights up. Information is here.

Boston Dance Theater Trainee ShowcaseStarlight Square, 7-9 p.m. 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. The program includes the world premiere of dances choreographed by Roya Carreras of New York, education director at the city’s Peridance Center; Isvel Bello, a Boston Dance Theater core member; and Maleek Washington, whose work has been seen at The White House, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Jacob’s Pillow and in Australia, Jordan, Mexico and Sweden. Information is here.


Tooky Kavanagh. (Photo: Brieana Woodward)

Ain’t That America ComedyStarlight Square, 7-9 p.m. 84 Bishop Allen DriveLocated in the Central Square. Free. A Fourth of July show for Fourth of July haters – or at least skeptics – is how organizers describe this returning event. Tooky Kavanagh, last year’s host, brought to the stage standup comedians from all over the country. “diversity of joy, complaints and talent that Cambridge has to offer”POC, LGBT and First-Gen are some examples. Information is here.

Los Lorcas poetry readingGrolier Poetry Shop, 7-9 p.m. 6 Plympton St.Harvard Square (and online). Donations are suggested at $5 and above. Partridge Boswell, Peter Money, and accompanist Nat Williams combine poetry and music to blur the lines between spoken word and song. They weave in Andalusian ballads and blues, rock and folk, folk, reggae and Americana, and in the spirit Federico Garcia Lorca jazz. Information is here.


A Chrissy Raftery cake construction.

Cake Buildings:1369 Coffee House is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. 757 Massachusetts Ave.Located in the Central Square. Free. Don’t stop in for coffee, pastry, a meal or a meeting without taking note of Chrissy Raftery’s artworks, which look at buildings around Greater Boston and ask: “Is It Cake?”Some skilled Photoshopping has made it possible to answer yes every time. The exhibit will be open until July 31. Information is available here.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”The Rockwell, from 7:15 to 8.15 p.m. 255 Elm St., Davis Square in Somerville. Tickets are $30 It’s the immortal tale of star-crossed lovers but with one actor selected at random every night to drink for the four hours before showtime, leaving the remaining sober cast to fight their way through the show while incorporating, rectifying, justifying and generally improvising around the drunkenness. Since 2010, different Shakespearean plays have been used in this show. This version runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through July 9. Required: Masks and proof that you have been immunized. Information is available here.


Harvard Art Museums offer free admissionFrom 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. All galleries and collections are open Sundays. The following shows are currently on display “Clay – Modeling African Design”; “White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph”; “Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities”; “Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape”; “Earthly Delights: 6,000 Years of Asian Ceramics”; and – brace yourself – “Curatorial A(i)gents | Living by Protocol: metaLAB in the Lightbox.”Information is here.

The Summer Boston Celtic Music Festival at Club Passim will feature the Scottish Fish band. (Photo: Scottish Fish via Facebook)

Summer Boston Celtic Music FestivalClub Passim opens at 2 p.m. 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. Outdoor showsThese are available for free indoor shows$25; the livestreamThe cost is $5. The $5 fee includes Glenville, Scottish Fish, Louise Bichan and Ethan Setiawan. Jenna Moynihan has previously performed at Symphony Hall with The Boston Pops, Laura Cortese, Darol Anger, and The Furies. Information is here.

Anabel Gil Trio at 3 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Cuban multi-instrumentalist and composer Anabel Gil Díaz performs classical and jazz repertoire throughout the United States and Europe, has studied with artists such as James Galway, Paquito de Rivera, Dave Santoro and Marquis Hill and recently recorded with Terri Lyne Carrington for a jazz standards album scheduled to be released in September 2022. Information is here.

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