A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from a sidewalk hair party to a ‘Yellow Bird Chase’

Sunday

Vend N’ Speak Summer Pop-Up Fundraising 1-4 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free, but donations are highly encouraged. Samantha Benoit of Pikliz in Mumu – Haitian seasoning from cabbage, carrots and pickled peppers – offers spoken word performances and DJ Bizz music while visitors shop for other local vendors’ merchandise. The information is here.

Poet Patricia Smith reads on Sundays in West Cambridge. (Photo: Patricia Smith)

Poet Patricia Smith reads 3 to 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 Prize – one of America’s oldest literary awards – to Smith, author of eight poetry books including 2017’s “Incendiary Art” and a four-time National Poetry Championship singles champion. The information is here.


Monday

The Patio Project: Light and Shadow From 5 to 6 pm at the Cambridge Library Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge Street, Wellington-Harrington. free. The plan is to harness the power of the sun to create art and make sun prints and shadow boxes. The information is here.

The city’s Sidewalk Poetry has a reception and reading on Mondays. (Photo: Cambridge Arts via Facebook)

Receiving and reading sidewalk poetry 6 to 8 p.m. at Gallery 344, on the second floor of City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. free. Each spring, the Sidewalk Poetry Project invites residents to submit works stamped in concrete as the streets are repaved. This reception invites the winners and runners-up to read, features the exhibition “TRA • VERSE” by Rick Rollins and a video by Carl Tremblay for the fifth year (and closed due to the coronavirus pandemic just a day after it was revealed in 2020), and offers ice cream to taste and poems to take home . The information is here.

Elisa Albert reading from “Human Melancholy: A Novel” 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. free. The novel – “told over nine menstrual cycles” – addresses the cultural obsession with childbearing through the story of a singer-songwriter who releases an album and has to deal with his next fame. Albert will speak with Isabel Kaplan, author of NSFW: A Novel. Appropriate masks are required. The information is here.


Tuesday

Danehy Park Concert Series 6 to 8 p.m. at Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St. , in District 9 east of Fresh Pond. free. The Imani-Hall Quartet made up of Zak King, Jett Tachibana, Richie Smith and Ayan perform through the Cambridge Recreation and Club Passim partnership with a focus on jazz and folklore. The information is here.

Author Isaac Fitzgerald. (Photo: Remy Murawski)

Isaac Fitzgerald reading from “Dirtbag, MA: Confession” 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. free. In this memoir, Fitzgerald goes from growing up in a Boston homeless shelter to a bartender in San Francisco and smuggling medical supplies into Burma — revealing himself in a way that explains his frequent guest assignments on “The Today Show” (despite being the author of works on tattoo aids and a children’s book). Bestseller “How to be a pirate”). He’ll be in discussion with Scaachi Koul, a prominent cultural writer for BuzzFeed News and author of “One Day We’ll Die And None of This Matters.” Appropriate masks are required. The information is here.

Poetry of the first and last word 7-9:30 p.m. at the Art Center at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. , Somerville. Tickets are $4. Founded in 2010, this series takes place on the third Tuesday of every month with hosts Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock. Readers have not yet been announced; There is always an open microphone at the end. The information is here.


Wednesday

family game night 6-7:30 pm at the Cambridge Library, O’Neill Branch, 70 Rindge Ave. , North Cambridge. free. Play with your family or meet new friends at the library’s board games and puzzles at this event for all ages. The information is here.

Screen on the green show of “Space Jam: A New Legacy” 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. at Rindge Field, 105 Pemberton St. , North Cambridge. free. This city-sponsored event moves from one park to another during the summer to show blockbuster movies—in this case, last year’s “Space Jam” reboot at LeBron James for the original Michael Jordan. Reviewer Tom Meek called it a “completely unnecessary update” with some “fun and quirky Easter eggs” adults can search for all the time. But who cares, as long as the kids are happy on another hot summer night? The information is here.


Thursday

Tema Siegel for the sofa. (Photo: Couch via Facebook)

CX Summer Nights outdoor concert 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Common at CX, 320 Morgan Ave. North Point. free. Bands other than Boston, influenced by jazz, funk, hip-hop, world and blues, couch, funk pop, R&B, jazz and rock, are major attractions, but there will also be local drinks, truck food and games. Grass and nonprofit community support opportunities in this family- and pet-friendly monthly series. The information is here.

Read Timur Sumeru and Meng Jin in conversation with Jin army 7 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. free. Somru presented the novel Other Names for Love, an explorer of masculinity, inheritance and desire in Pakistan, and Jane the short story collection Self-Portrait with a Ghost, which considers what it means to live in an age of self-consciousness with seemingly endless access to knowledge. But a little actual power. Appropriate masks are required. The information is here.

“Suite Talk” dance 7:30 p.m. at Complex @ Canal, 650 E. Kendall St., Kendall Square. General admission is $20 for $2.85. The choreography explores vulnerability, empathy, and overcoming fear to look at a world that transcends racism. The lengthy work, conducted with the Beheard.world group, is followed by a facilitated discussion. The information is here.


Friday

The Hortense Girardeau Theater is part of a group play by the Asian-American playwright 5. (Photo: Tom Epperson)

5 . Asian American Playwright Collective Theater Festival 7-9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. free. Playwrights, directors, actors, and other Asian and Pacific Americans gather for the theater premiere by Michelle M. Aguilon, Christina R. Chan, Hortense Girardeau, Greg Lamm, Michael Lane, Vivian Leo Somers, Nico Pang, Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro, George S. Yip. Michelle M. Aguilon, Kai Chow and Alison Yu-Min Cho live. Saturday continues. The information is here.

8th Annual Salsa Box 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Brattle Plaza, Harvard Square. free. Get a dance lesson from Jennifer Earls and salsa the night away to Latin tunes from DJ D. Martinez, while you enjoy chips and salsa from El Jefe’s Taqueria and a cold beer on Wusong Road outdoors in the Tiki Brewery Garden. The information is here.


Saturday

Saturday family fun 10 a.m. to noon at Longfellow House and Washington Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St. , West Cambridge. free. This kids and family-focused event (which takes place every week) begins with story time with a ranger, includes a tour of the historic home and always has some sort of interactive activity at the end. The information is here.

Old Powder House Tours 10 a.m. to noon in Nathan Tufts/Powderhouse Park, College Avenue and Broadway, Somerville. You may have passed by the Powder House hundreds of times over the years, but the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission offers a chance to step in and hear a historical account of the site. The information is here.

Start reading “Joe the Salamander” 4 p.m. at the Art Center at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. , Somerville. free. Timothy Gager, who ran the monthly Dire Literary series for 18 years before concluding in October 2018, returns with a novel that sends an autistic child into the disaster of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (If this sounds like a big deal, rest assured that autism expert Carol Gillis calls the novel “thin and hearty.”) Jagger will be in conversation with Doug Holder of Ebbitson Street Press, with special guests Charles Coe and Plowshares Foundation DeWitt Henry. The information is here.

5 . Asian American Playwright Collective Play Festival Continues 5-7 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. free. The information is here.


Sunday

A scene from the movie Yellow Bird Chase. (Image: Liars and Believers)

“Yellow Bird Chase” 1-3 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. free. The clown maintenance crew finds a magical bird, leads on a frantic chase on land, sea and air in battles with pirates and monsters in this family-friendly fantasy play by the Liars & Believers. The information is here.

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