A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from Frederick Douglass to the ‘Men of Steel’ dance



Harvard Art Museums are free 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. A reminder that all galleries and collections are free to visit on Sundays. Current shows include “Clay – Modeling African Design”; “White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and photography without a camera”; “Prints from the Brandywine Studio and Archives: Creative Communities”; “Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape”; “Delights of the earth: 6,000 years of Asian ceramics”; and – get ready – “Curatorial A(i)gents | Living by protocol: metaLAB in the Lightbox. » The information is here.

The group Scottish Fish is on the program of the Summer Boston Celtic Music Festival at Club Passim. (Photo: Scottish Fish via Facebook)

Boston Summer Celtic Music Festival from 2 p.m. at Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. Outdoor shows are free; indoor shows are $25; the live stream is $5. This summer offshoot of a bigger January event starts with Glenville, brings Scottish Fish an hour later and moves indoors into the evening to bring Copley Street, featuring piper Uilleann Joey Abarta and fiddler Nathan Gourley ; Louise Bichan & Ethan Setiawan; and Jenna Moynihan, who has performed with The Milk Carton Kids, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Darol Anger & The Furies, and as a soloist at Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. The information is here.

Anabel Gil Trio 3 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Cuban multi-instrumentalist and composer Anabel Gil Díaz performs classical and jazz repertoire across the United States and Europe, 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 due September 2022. Information is here.


Frederick Douglass, circa 1879. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Frederick Douglass Community Reading 6-9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. The holiday tradition of reading Frederick Douglass’ “What the Slave is on the 4th of July” speech is hosted by the Central Square Business Improvement District. The information is here.

coal slam 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. There is a suggested $10 donation at the door for this 18+ show. First-person, real-life sex stories from eight to 10 randomly drawn storytellers, competing for the best five-minute bawdy tale before a panel of local celebrities. They can’t use notes, props, or hate speech — although pretty much anything else is allowed. “The stories are often about funny and/or epic wins, but we want to encourage people to consider sharing their sad, disturbing, harrowing, serious, simple and/or ‘failed’ experiences,” the organizers say. Lucas Brooks hosts. The information is here.


Family game night 6-7:30 p.m. at Cambridge Library O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge. Free. Play with family or meet new friends over library-provided board games and puzzles at this all-ages event. The information is here.

Patrick Radden Keefe reads “Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks” at 6 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $30 including a copy of the book, or $6 without. Bringing together a dozen of Keefe’s most famous articles from The New Yorker, “Rogues” explores areas such as the making of $150,000 vintage wines and the quest to bring down a merry international black market arms dealer. Rachel Maddow calls the author a “national treasure”. Properly fitting masks are required. The information is here.

Screen on the green projection of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” 7:15-9:30 p.m. at Hoyt Field (Gilmore and Montague streets off Western Avenue), Riverside. Free. This city-sponsored event moves from park to park during the summer. Critic Tom Meek gave this first film in the series a thumbs up in 2018: “If you’re a Spider-Man fan, there’s a lot here for you as insider nuggets, while everything is also going in a new direction. It’s designed to intelligently cut cultural and generational lines, with animation that’s both something new and something old. The information is here.


Walk-in artistic project creation sessions 4-6 p.m. at the Magazine Beach powder keg, at the end of the Magazine Street river in Cambridgeport. Free, but an RSVP is required. Fiber artist Michelle Lougee and arts organizer Cecily Miller – residents of Cambridgeport – invite to create a Beach Magazine tapestry warning of the environmental dangers of single-use plastic that will go into the newly opened Mass Audubon Nature Center in the building from the powder keg of the beach. Volunteers of all ages are invited to participate, looping small plastic waste such as bottle caps, wrappers and discarded toys (all cleaned and safe to handle) on a mesh bottom. The work will be done outside under a shady tree if the weather is nice, inside the powder magazine if it is too hot or rainy. The information is here.

Visits to the former powder magazine 6-8 p.m. 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.

Boston University MFA Poetry Cohort Reading 7-9pm at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop at 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. Admission is $5, but the store will accept donations for more. This Black Box Reading Series event just might contain the greatness of its writers – you’ll have to attend to find out. The information is here.


SocaFusion. (via YouTube)

Friday party 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Centanni Park, Third and Otis Streets, East Cambridge, outside the Multicultural Arts Center. The Cambridge Youth Steel Orchestra and Tempo International perform Afro-Caribbean rhythms with messages of peace and unity. The musicians are joined by dancers from SocaFusion, who will teach a few moves before things really get started. This is a Multicultural Arts Center event with sponsors including BioMed Realty and East Cambridge Saving Bank. The information is here.

SubDrift Mela: Celebrating the South Asian Creative Community 7-9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Music, poetry, storytelling, dance and more celebrate the talent and creativity of the local South Asian diaspora. The information is here.

Poets Darcie Dennigan, Mikko Harvey and Shelley Wong read 7-9pm at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop at 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square. Admission is $5, but the store will accept donations for more. The information is here.

Men of Steel Dance Revue at 8 p.m. at Cantab Underground, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets are $15. If you miss Cambridge’s old Paradise Club or are exhausting your copy of ‘Magic Mike’ on DVD, this traveling show of choreographed male dancers might be for you. The information is here.


Family Fun Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon 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.

CVV.vino. (via Instagram)

Chandler Ward and CVV.vino play 7-9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Cambridge Rindge and Latin School graduates take the stage for a showcase of hip-hop and production. The information is here.


Valente Summer Sundays Launch Party 2-4 p.m. at the Cambridge Library Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington. Free. A performance by folk artist Grace Givertz for the good listeners, bubbles and chalk art for the distracted, and refreshments for all are the start of a fun summer series. The information is here.

Poet and translator Martha Collins. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

reading poems 3-4 p.m. at Longfellow House and Washington Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Local poets Martha Collins (“Because What Else Could I Do”) and Russian-American Philip Nikolayev (the translator of “The Star of Dazzling Ecstasy: 79 Poems by Alexander Pushkin”) perform outdoors at this historic site. The information is here.

Conner Habib reads “Hawk Mountain” in conversation with Paul Tremblay at 6 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. The host of the “Against Everyone With Conner Habib” podcast – which features conversations with artists, intellectuals and counterculture figures and covers topics as varied as punk rock, philosophy, pornography and the occult – has a lot of non-fiction writing there; this is a debut novel and follows an English teacher’s reluctant reintroduction to his high school bully. Interviewer Paul Tremblay is the author of such horrors as “Disappearance at Devil’s Rock” and the detective story “The Little Sleep.” The information is here.


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