A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville: Bollywood dance, beer book club and ArtBeat

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Valente Summer Sundays Launch Party 2pm to 4pm at the Cambridge Library Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington. Free. A performance by folk artist Grace Givertz for the keen listeners, bubble and chalk art for the distracted, and refreshments for all kick off a summer fun series. Information is available here.

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

poetry reading from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Longfellow House and Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free. Local poet Martha Collins (“Because what else could I do”) and Russo-American Philip Nikolayev (the translator behind “The Star of Dazzling Ecstasy: 79 Poems by Alexander Pushkin”) perform at this historic outdoor venue. Information is available here.

Conner Habib reads from “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 podcast Against Everyone with Conner Habib — which features conversations with artists, intellectuals and counterculture figures, and covers topics as wide-ranging as punk rock, philosophy, pornography and the occult — has written plenty of non-fiction out there; This is a first novel and follows an English teacher’s reluctant reintroduction to his high school bully. Interviewer Paul Tremblay is the author of horror films such as The Devil’s Rock and the crime novel Little Sleep. Information is available here.


Monday

A book club walks into a bar from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lamplighter Brewing, 284 Broadway, The Port. Free. Lamplighter and the Cambridge Public Library collaborate to highlight contemporary works by marginalized voices in this series, taking place in the brewery’s rear taproom. (Craft Brews are for sale, of course.) This time it’s In Every Mirror She’s Black by Lola Akinmade Åkerström, and bookworms should expect to discuss what they learned from it and what touched them. In the lives of three black women intertwined around the enigmatic CEO of a Swedish marketing firm, “Åkerström paints an admirably rich portrait of a particular culture,” says Kirkus. Information is available here.


Tuesday

Bollywood dancers from Boston in a show on June 18th. (Photo: Boston Bollywood via Facebook)

Bollywood night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Boston’s Bollywood dance group will perform and attendees can get free henna tattoos and samosas, all sponsored by Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui’s office. Information is available here.

Foundry “Jukebox” installation release party 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the Cambridge Main Library Terrace, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. So far, 25 community members have shared stories about artist Elisa H. Hamilton’s repurposed 1960 Seeburg jukebox, which will eventually contain 100 stories that will be accessible in the Foundry Community Building when it opens in East Cambridge in September . The 25 stories will be published online this summer; this event is the start. Information is available here.

Film screening “City as Canvas: Above the Free Walls”. from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Library Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington. Free. This documentary profiles the artists from across Boston and around the world who are creating—and recreating—Central Square’s Graffiti Alley. Director Weiying Olivia Huang and a guest artist will answer questions and discuss the making of the film, public art and the street art community. Information is available here.


Wednesday

CPL Park Sounds concert from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Joan Lorentz Park, 457 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (in front of the Cambridge Main Library). Free. Bring a blanket or chair and just try to use them instead of dancing while Soulelujah DJ Johnny Stevens spins soul, funk and R&B vinyl; then come the Afropop and Mozambique-inspired jazz sounds of Albino Mbie. Information is available here.

Screen on the Green shows “Encanto” from 7.15pm to 9.30pm at Timothy J. Toomey Park, Third Street and Roger Street, East Cambridge. Free. This city-sponsored event travels from park to park during the summer showing popular films – in this case last year’s Disney film about a Colombian teenager frustrated at being the only member of her family without magical powers. Families and TikTokers may know it best as the source of the song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” Information is available here.

Markus Leibovich reads from “Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump’s Washington and the Price of Submission” at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Following The Atlantic magazine’s Leibovich as Trump mockers Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham and others turned into Trump sycophants, Leibovich asks, “What would these politicians do to defend their place in the sun, or at least the orbit of the spray.” to preserve tan? What would they do to maintain their “relevance”? Almost anything, it turns out.” Well-fitting masks are required. Information is available here.


Thursday

Rapper Lilah is one of three performers at a showcase on Thursday. (Photo: Niklas Weikert)

Ava Sophia, Lilah! and play neemz from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Music publication Sound of Boston and artist management company S203 present this Listen Local concert series, featuring the laid-back, R&B-influenced acoustic pop of Ava Sophia; rap by Brockton native Lilah!; and genre-bending tunes by Palestinian-American model and artist Neemz. Information is available here.

Miss Lamplighter 2022 Drag Race from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lamplighter CX, 110 N. First St., North Point. Tickets are $25, with $10 from each ticket benefiting the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth. Six queens compete head-to-toe for the title, complete with a lip-sync battle, with the audience voting on the winner. Information is available here.

SomerMovieFest Presents Ghostbusters: Afterlife at 8:40 p.m. at Lincoln Park, Albert F. Argenziano School, 290 Washington St., Ward Two, Somerville. Free. The first of a summer six-pack of free outdoor city screenings, Afterlife is a fun ride that serves as both a franchise sequel and a reboot. It recaptures the atmosphere of the 1980s movies with cameos and some explicit borrowings – except, you know, for kids. Information is available here.


Friday

That’s how we do it! roller skating from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. The Laraland Roller Disco turns the outdoor Starlight area into an ice rink — albeit without rental equipment — and features music from DJs Mo, Nomadik, and Bruno. Information is available here.

Author Morgan Talty. (Photo: Morgan Talty)

Morgan Talty reads from “Night of the Living Rez: Stories” at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Talty, a short story writer and citizen of the Penobscot Indian Nation, ventures into the unexpected to explore what it means to persevere after tragedy. From the tale of a boy who digs up a jar containing an ancient curse and sets in motion his family’s dissolution, to the misadventures of a con artist who finds a passed out friend in the woods with his hair frozen to snow, the stories are ” sharply atmospheric, daring and very moving,” enthuses author Laura van den Berg. Talty will be chatting with Grace Talusan, author of The Body Papers. Well-fitting masks are required. Information is available here.


Saturday

Summer Story Walk for children 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. citywide. Free. Eight parks around Cambridge will be set up through August 21 for StoryWalks, where a children’s book will be hung page by page along a path so families can read, walk and talk together. Information is available here.

ArtBeat from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Davis Square, Somerville. Free. The city’s signature arts festival, now in its 36th year, returns with 100 craft, community and food vendors, two music stages and a dance performance – this year themed ‘Rise’, a look at what’s about is us, as well as “What is outside of us, what is within reach? What trends and stats are rising in Somerville? How can we level up to further our dreams and goals?” Information and schedule can be found here.

let go of your dance from 12pm to 8pm at Centanni Park, Third Street and Otis Street, East Cambridge. Free. DJs SavSoul, KCiv, Cruzz, Dende and Steve Rhythm with Luna del Flor will be DJing at the Multicultural Arts Center’s 10th Anniversary outdoor dance series show. Information is available here.

Taste of Carnival from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. A mini showcase to whet the appetite for Cambridge’s full-fledged, Caribbean-themed Autumn Carnival. Expect music, dancing, face painting, storytelling, live painting and vendors, plus the opportunity to design your own t-shirt. decorate your own carnival hats and masks; and watch performances by carnival performers like a costume designer and steel pan performers. Information is available here.

Art public festival “Forgotten Souls”. from 6 to 8 p.m. at History Cambridge’s Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, 159 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Black Coral’s ‘Forgotten Souls of Tory Row’ installation is public art throughout the summer to commemorate the enslaved people of Cambridge’s wealthiest families – but it’s given extra context at this event with a libation ceremony, readings by L’ Merchie Frazier and drums by Cornell Coley. Information is available here.

Andrew Ti and Tawny Newsome from “Yo, Is This Racist?” (Photo: Subpar Podcasts)

“Yo, is that racist?” Live! at 7 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $27. This podcast — which answers submitted questions about whether something is actually racist — comes to town with charismatic host Andrew Ti, a writer of ABC’s “Mixed-ish” and creator of the original “Yo, Is This Racist?”. blog; and actor, comedian and musician Tawny Newsome of “Star Trek: Lower Decks”, “Space Force” and “Physical”. Information is available here.


Sunday

Vend N’ Speak Summer Pop-Up Fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free of charge, but donations are urgently requested. 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. Information is available here.

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

Poet Patricia Smith reads from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Longfellow House and Washington’s 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 volumes of poetry, including 2017’s Incendiary Art, and four-time individual winner of the National Poetry Slam. Information is available here.

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