A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from Sidewalk Poetry to “Yellow Bird Chase”
Vend N’ Speak Summer Pop-Up Fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central place. Free, but donations are strongly encouraged. Samantha Benoit of Mumu’s Pikliz – the Haitian condiment of pickled cabbage, carrots and peppers – presents spoken word performances and music by DJ Bizz while visitors shop for wares from other local vendors. The information is here.
Poet Patricia Smith reads 3-4 p.m. at Longfellow House and Washington Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. The New England Poetry Club presents the Golden Rose Poetry Award – one of America’s oldest literary awards – to Smith, author of eight books of poetry, including 2017’s Incendiary Art and a four-time National Poetry Slam individual champion. The information is here.
Patio project: shadow and light from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cambridge Library Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington. Free. The plan is to harness the power of the sun to create art, making sun prints and shadow boxes. The information is here.
Welcome and reading Poetry Trottoir from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gallery 344, on the second floor of the Town Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Each spring, the Sidewalk Poetry Project invites residents to submit works to be carved into concrete as the streets are repaved. This reception invites winners and runners-up for a reading, displays the “TRA•VERS” exhibition by Rick Rawlins and a video by Carl Tremblay that marked the fifth year (and was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic just one day after its unveiling in 2020), and offers ice cream to taste and poems to take home. home. The information is here.
Elisa Albert reads “Human Blues: A Novel” at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. The novel – ‘told over nine menstrual cycles’ – delves into the cultural obsession with procreation through the story of a singer-songwriter who releases an album and has to deal with the fame that comes with it. then. Albert will be in conversation with Isabel Kaplan, author of “NSFW: A Novel”. Properly fitting masks are required. The information is here.
Danehy Park Concert Series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., in Ward 9 just east of Fresh Pond. Free. The Imani-Hall quartet of Zak King, Jett Tachibana, Richie Smith and Ayan perform through a folk and jazz-focused partnership between Cambridge Recreation and Club Passim. The information is here.
Isaac Fitzgerald reads an excerpt from “Dirtbag, Massachusetts: A Confessional” at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. In these memoirs, Fitzgerald goes from growing up in a homeless shelter in Boston to being a bartender in San Francisco and smuggling medical supplies to Burma – revealing himself in a way that explains his frequent stints on “The Today Show. (although he is the author of books on tattoos and the bestselling children’s book “How to be a pirate” helps). He’ll chat with Scaachi Koul, senior culture editor at BuzzFeed News and author of “One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter.” Properly fitting masks are required. The information is here.
First and last word poetry from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Armory Arts Center, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $4. This series founded in 2010 takes place on the third Tuesday of each month with hosts Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock. The drives have yet to be announced; there is always an open mic at the end. The information is here.
Family game night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Library O’Neill Branch, 70 Ringge Avenue, Cambridge North. Free. Play with family or meet new friends over library-provided board games and puzzles at this all-ages event. The information is here.
Screen on the green projection of “Space Jam: A New Legacy” from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Ringge Field, 105 Pemberton Street, Cambridge North. Free. This city-sponsored event moves from park to park over the summer and showcases popular movies — in this case, last year’s “Space Jam” reboot that replaces LeBron James with Michael Jordan of the original. Reviewer Tom Meek called it a “totally unnecessary update” with “fun and quirky Easter eggs” for adults to seek out throughout. But who cares, as long as the kids are happy on another hot summer night? The information is here.
CX Summer Nights Outdoor Concert from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Common at CX, 320 Morgan Ave., North point. Free. Groups Other than Bostoninfluenced by jazz, funk, hip-hop, world music and blues, and Sofa, pop fused with funk, R&B, jazz and rock influences, are the main attractions, but there will also be local beers, food trucks, lawn games and opportunities to support the non-profit community during this family and pet-friendly monthly series. The information is here.
Taymour Soomro and Meng Jin read in conversation with Gish Jen at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Soomro brings the novel “Other Names for Love,” exploring masculinity, heritage and desire in Pakistan, and Jin the short story collection “Self-Portrait with a Ghost,” which considers what it means to live in a time of self- consciousness with seemingly infinite access to knowledge but little real power. Properly fitting masks are required. The information is here.
Dance “Suite Talk” at 7:30 p.m. at the [email protected], 650 E. Kendall St., Kendall Place. General admission is $20 with a $2.85 fee. The choreography explores vulnerability, empathy and overcoming fear to look at a world beyond racism. The feature film work, made with the Beheard.world collective, is followed by a lively discussion. The information is here.
The Asian American playwright collective Playfest 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central place. Free. Asian American and Pacific Islander playwrights, directors, actors and other artists come together to create a theater by Michelle M. Aguillon, Christina R. Chan, Hortense Gerardo, Greg Lam, Michael Lin, Vivian Liu-Somers, Nico Pang, Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro and George S. Yip. Michelle M. Aguillon, Kai Chao and Alison Yuemin Qu are directing. It continues on Saturday. The information is here.
Eighth Edition of Salsa Squared from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday Brattle Place, Harvard Square. Free. Take a dance lesson from Jennifer Earls and salsa all night long to Latin tunes from DJ D. Martinez, while enjoying fries and the other kind of salsa from El Jefe’s Taqueria and cold beer in Wusong Road Tiki beer garden. The information is here.
Family Fun Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Longfellow House and Washington Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. This kid- and family-focused event (which takes place weekly) starts with a story hour with a ranger, includes a tour of the historic house, and always has some sort of interactive activity near the end. The information is here.
Visits to the former powder magazine 10 a.m. to noon at Nathan Tufts/Powderhouse Park, College Avenue and Broadway, Somerville. You may have walked past the powder keg hundreds of times over the years, but the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission offers the chance to step inside and hear a historical account of the site. The information is here.
Launch reading “Joe the Salamander” at 4 p.m. at the Armory Arts Center, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Free. Timothy Gager, who ran the monthly literary series Dire for 18 years before wrapping it up in October 2018, returns with a novel that sends an autistic child into the disaster of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (If that sounds disappointing, rest assured autism expert Carol Gillis calls the novel “uplifting and heartfelt.”) Gager will be in conversation with Ibbetson Street Press’ Doug Holder, with special guests Charles Coe and the founder of Plowshares Dewitt Henry. The information is here.
“Yellow Bird Hunt” from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central place. Free. A clownish maintenance crew finds a magical bird, leading on a mad chase over land and sea and through the air in battles with pirates and monsters in this imaginative, family-friendly play from the Liars & Believers troupe. The information is here.