A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from a nature walk to the ‘fiddle of the future’
Family Bike Ride Ice Cream Edition at 10 a.m. (but meet at 9:30 a.m.) from the Somerville Community Path Terminus just north of the VNA Senior Living facility at 259 Lowell St. Free, as it is funded by the Bicycle Belle shop and parent donations, but no longer donations are welcome. This chance to meet other local families who enjoy biking 2.8 miles from Magnolia Park in Arlington via the community path, ending in a playground for those who still have energy and Tipping Cow ice cream for all. Options include an allergen-friendly option. The information is here.
Last day of the boar’s tooth fencing tournament 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. This is less of a public event and more of a chance for members of the historic Boston Armizare fencing group to hold lessons, games and several tournaments – but it could be an entertaining stop for those curious. historical European martial arts. The information is here.
Presentation and reading of the Sam Cornish Poetry Award by Elizabeth McKim and Askia Touré 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 one of America’s oldest literary awards, The Golden Rose, to McKim, whose roots are steeped in the oral tradition of song, history, and singing; and Touré, a pioneer of the Black Arts/Black Aesthetics movement and the Africana Studies movement. The information is here.
Cool Pond Nature Walk from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free. Meet in the courtyard of the Cambridge Public Library Collins Branch, 64 Aberdeen Ave., West Cambridge, from where park ranger Tim Puopolo walks and talks about what grows, changes and flourishes in the neighborhood. The information is here.
Family game night 5-6:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Library Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington. Free. Play with family members or meet new friends over library-provided board games and puzzles at this all-ages event. The information is here.
Danehy Park Concert Series 6-8 p.m. at Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., in Ward 9 just east of Fresh Pond. Free. The performers are Grace Givertz, a singer-songwriter who performs on guitar, banjo, mandolin and harmonica, and Naomi Westwater, whose music “mingles with American music, flirting with jazz , soul, folk and electropop”. The information is here.
Draw in the park 6-7:30 p.m. Joan Lorentz Park at 457 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (opposite the Cambridge Main Library). Free, but registration required. In this outdoor drawing workshop, artist and illustrator Julia Emiliani provides step-by-step instructions as participants learn the basics of drawing and observing. Bring a blanket or chair; the city provides drawing materials and a clipboard. The information is here.
Ephemeral sciences 3-6 p.m. at Davis Square Farmers Market at Day and Hebert Streets, Somerville. The MIT Museum takes science to the streets in the form of hands-on activities that offer discoveries about life and nature, light and engineering. The information is here.
Nature festival in town 5-8 p.m. at the Magazine Beach Park Nature Center at the river end of Magazine Street in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Free. The third in a series of monthly festivals timed to coincide with the full moon that celebrate community, connect with the park’s nature, feature meals from a food truck and hip-hop music from Bridgeside and The Hip- Hop Transformation. Nature-based games and activities, arts and crafts and community workshops are suitable for all ages. The information is here.
Sip and comb the night away 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port. Tickets are $47 (not including the $4.50 fee) for this 21+ event. Chuwi’s Galeria instructors guide beer lovers (and others) through the steps of painting the Italian coast in honor of the brewery’s Pavona, a summertime Italian-style pilsner. The information is here.
Strange Cinema 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., in the Winter Hill neighborhood. Free. Chris Hopkin, a junior at Somerville High School, is curating bizarre and beautiful cinema, releasing two animated shorts this month: “The Disciples of Ascensis’ Final Exit” and “The Flying Luna Clipper.” The information is here.
Elisa Albert reads “Human Blues: A Novel” (postponed from July) 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. Properly fitting masks are required. The information is here.
Screen on green showing “Turning Red” 7:15-9:30 p.m. at Donnelly Field (Berkshire and York Streets), East Cambridge. Free. This city-sponsored event moves from park to park over the summer and features popular films – in this case, a 2022 animated film about a girl with the family curse of turning into a big red panda. when she is excited. Reviewer Tom Meek called the film a “solid Pixar entry but nothing notable on the scale of ‘Toy Story'”, but other reviewers loved the energy, the 1990s boy band setting and the underlying metaphor. The information is here.
Augmented reality greeting card creation workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free, but registration required. Adult and teen participants will learn how to create augmented reality content using Hoverlay technology, then add a short video or image to a two-dimensional greeting card. (Traditional card-making materials and Steam kits will be available for children who can accompany an adult.) Information is here.
Taymour Soomro and Meng Jin read (postponed to July) 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.
Screening of the film “Empire Records” 8-9:45 p.m. at South Street Farm, 138 South St., near Union Square, Somerville. There is a $5 cover. This 1995 cult classic about the day in the life of an independent record store features “a set of alternative cuties” such as Liv Tyler, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane, Ethan Embry, Renee Zellweger, Johnny Whitworth and Anthony LaPaglia. The screening is sponsored by Strictly Brohibited, a group of women, trans and non-binary filmgoers featuring non-male filmmakers such as “Empire” author Carol Heikkinen; its partners are Once Somerville and Groundwork Somerville. The information is here.
Closing party of the exhibition 7-10 p.m. at the New Alliance Gallery, 438R Somerville Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Discover the latest works by mixed media and mural artists and photographers Alvan Long, Ivonne Blanco, Michael Crockett, Duncan Wilder Johnson, Trevor Toscano, William Frese, Bob Shane, Charlie Warren and Barbara Jo. The information is here.
Cambridge shares their grief: On this day, we do not walk alone 7-9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Contemplative music, poetry, storytelling and live art will help neighbors mourn together for what has been lost. The information is here.
Mia Asano plays at 7:30 p.m. at Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville. Tickets are $20. Electric violinist Asano and her band return for another week to perform her thrilling take on the “violin of the future” after a pandemic hiatus. Her “Most Viral TikTok Songs” are promised, and Ally the Piper is playing too. The information is here.
Screening of “A Place for Jazz: The 1369 Jazz Club” at 8 p.m. at ZuZu, 474 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. General admission is $15. A 1992 documentary film by Richard Broadman explores the music and poetry created at a club in Inman Square – where 1369 Coffee House now does business – from 1984 to 1988, attracting an audience that included everyone from musicians Pat Metheny and George Thorogood to movie stars such as Diane Keaton and Leonard Nimoy. The film features performances and conversations with musicians including Steve Lacy, Bob Nieske, Archie Shepp, John Voigt, Joe Lovano, John Lockwood, Henry Threadgill and Rebecca Parris. The evening begins with a live set by a quartet that includes two performers from the film, Charlie Kohlhase and John Lockwood.
Sale of Yart from noon to 6 p.m. in the courtyards, walkways and porches of Somerville. Free. Garage sales but with art, with a map that the Somerville Arts Council plans to release on Wednesday. Merchandise for sale may include paintings, photographs, collages, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, quilts, knitted items, or collectibles such as coins, postcards, and credit cards. baseball and even plants and group items such as t-shirts and CDs. The information is here.
Budding artists cafe 3:30-5:30 p.m. at The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Materials are provided at each impromptu coffee table so everyone can draw or create their own garden-inspired artwork; an artistic project is presented each month around a theme based on nature. Otherwise, the center is temporarily just a café like the others, albeit in a unique setting and for one day a month: a place to come and relax, read a book and meet a friend. The information is here.
Roya EFX open word slam 6-8:30 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Words spoken by artists, poets, writers and, in an open-mic segment, enthusiasts. There will be live music to set the mood and a bar accepting cash or card payments. The information is here.
Kevin ONeil and the Circus of the Damned Open Showcase from 1 to 3 at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. A musical open-mic with 11 local artists. The information is here.
Yagmur Soydemir and his friends play 3-4 p.m. at Longfellow House and Washington Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Soydemir (flute), Sueda Catakoglu (piano) and Upasak Mukherjee (percussion) perform Turkish, Indian, pop, jazz and Latin music in a series co-sponsored by Friends of Longfellow House, the New England Poetry Club and the Berklee College of Music. The information is here.