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A week of events in Cambridge, Somerville: Honk! fest returns, Lion’s Jaw, ‘Savage Love’ – cambridgeday.com


Monday

Reading and conversation with Bernadette Mayer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Thompson Room at Harvard University’s Barker Center, 12 Quincy St., Harvard Square. Free. A reading, book-signing and oral history conversation moderated by Fanny Howe with the author of “Midwinter Day” and “Poetry State Forest.” Information is here.

Annalee Newitz talks about “The Future of Another Timeline” from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. The journalist, editor and novelist talks with poet and critic Stephanie Burt. The book is the “mind-blowing punk feminist sci-fi time traveling thriller you’ve been waiting for, and which our culture desperately needs,” author Michelle Tea blurbs. Information is here.

Monologue Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Admission is $5. Cervena Barva Press invites people to bring monologues to read from a play, film or television show (or from their own imagination), or to listen to others recite. Information is here.


Tuesday

Carolina Eyck, thereminist from noon to 1 p.m. at the Granoff Music Center at Tufts University, 20 Talbot Ave., Somerville. Free. The composer, vocalist and Theremin player shows off her approach to the instrument using looping, software and surround sound. Information is here.

“A Lady Does Not Scratch Her Crotch” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free, but reserve tickets here. Celeste Cahn is in from New Orleans to provide a one-night-only look at how growing up in the shadow of a Disney princess can be confusing, confining and at times consuming. Information is here.

Resistance Mic! from 8 to 10 p.m. at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Remaining tickets are $10. A third season of artist-activists telling stories on the theme of “resistance” and performing politically engaged works begins with the needs-no-introduction Cornel West (pictured); Zimbabwean-American poet, author, speaker, singer and educator U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo; Pakistani author Fatima Bhutto; Boston poet, performer, and educator Krysten Hill; author Sue Katz; and scholar, educator and social justice activist Tim McCarthy. Information is here.


Wednesday

Cambridge Comedy Underground Television Taping from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free, but register here because there’s limited seating. The channel’s comedy showcase includes sets from J Smitty, Laura Clark, Olly Iconic, Danya Trommer, Anthony Massa, Daniel Delano and Kaitlin Sofia with hosts Demetrius “Big D” Hullum and Casey McNeal. Information is here.

Shira Erlichman at the Boston Poetry Slam, from 7:15 p.m. to midnight at The Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. There’s a $3 cover for this 18-plus show. The Brooklyn poet, musician and visual artist, whose “Odes to Lithium” came out in September, features after two hours of open mic starting at 8 p.m. Information is here. 

“Ash Spitter” staged reading from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. No price listed. The story of a woodskeeper who just wants to get back home, and the forces that derail her journey, from Irish folklore with a touch of clowning. Information is here.

Ninth Annual John Lennon Night from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Porter squares. Tickets are $10 (with fees, $11.49) for this 21-plus show. Celebrating the life and music of the late Lennon on his birthday with Scott Damgaard and Band (Dave Lieb, Ben Knight, Glenn Gerhardt, Jim Bouchard and Matt Burwell) with special guests including Dave Herlihy, Dave Mirabella, Susan Cattaneo, Dino Cattaneo, Pete Cassani, Corin Ashley, Jenna Markard, Kameelah and Lynn Wilcott. Information is here. 


Thursday

Central Square BID Launch Party from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Green Street Garage, 260 Green St., Central Square. Free. The square’s business improvement district gets a formal rollout, with music, the unveiling of a mural by Silvia López Chavez and more. Information is here. 

Pre-HONK! Brass Band Blowout from 7 to 10 p.m. in Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Square, Somerville, then from 10:30 p.m. to midnight at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Get a preview of the 14th annual festival of activist street bands in Union before it moves to Davis for the weekend. Information is here.

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“The Heart is a Bell”: Iva Bittová with the MIT Symphony Orchestra from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. General admission is $5. Singer and violinist Bittová explores Czech folk art and urbane modernity with disparate works by Vítězslava Kaprálová (“Suita Rustica”) and Evan Ziporyn (“Frog’s Eye”). Information is here.


Friday

“Python-athon: 50 Years of Nonsense” film series at 5, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. (and at various times continuing through Monday) at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. General admission is $12 to screenings; some are double features. The laugh fest centered around the legendarily outlandish comedy group from across the pond includes “The Meaning of Life” (1983, celebrating how “Every Sperm is Sacred” and gluttony, to an explosive crescendo), “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975, with “the knights who say ni”), “The Life of Brian” (1979, which taught us that “Life’s a piece of shit / when you look at it … So always look on the bright side of life”) and wraps up with “Time Bandits” (1981) and “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (1988). Bring plenty of spam. Information is here. (Submitted by Tom Meek.)

Honk! festival kickoff from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hodgkins-Curtin Park and 7 to 10 p.m. at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Union Square, Somerville. Free. The first part of the day is lantern-making in preparation for a 6:30 p.m. lantern parade. Then the festival of activist street bands begins its 14th year with songs from 19 groups who’ll be playing through the weekend. Information is here.

“Mamma Mia!” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (and repeating Saturday and Sunday and next week) at the Loeb Mainstage, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 (with fees, $12). The music of pop group Abba in the crazily popular theater experience about a wedding or something. Information is here.

A Modern Lullaby from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square. General admission is $20 (with fees, $22.85). Two sets of music examining myths of cradle song are debuted by soprano Rose Hegele and pianist Brian Mark with flutist Antonina Styczen; then by clarinetists David Angelo and Shannon Leigh. Information is here.

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Lion’s Jaw dance performance from 8 to 10 p.m. (and continuing Saturday and Sunday) at Green Street Studios, 185 Green St., Central Square. General admission is $25 (or $27.24 with fees). Short, often experimental works by some of the country’s most well-known and avant-garde choreographers. Information is here.

“Balancing Energies: He said, She said” concert from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free. Artists in residence the Neave Trio reconsider traditional conceptions of the masculine and feminine through 19th century works of Louise Farrenc and Robert Schumann and premiere Bruce Lazarus’ “He Said, She Said.” Information is here.

“I Hate Hamlet” staged reading from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Unity Somerville, 6 William St., just off College Avenue near Davis Square, Somerville. There is a suggested Donation of $5. Paul Rudnick’s 1991 comedy-drama about an actor’s battles with career decisions and the ghost of John Barrymore. Directed by Stephanie Haddad for Theatre@First. Information is here.


Saturday

Fourteenth Annual Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands from 1 to 9 p.m. from Davis Square, Somerville. Free. More than 20 bands from around the world perform all day, outdoors, with Elm Street closed to cars from 1 to 5 p.m. for art-making that can be used to march along with the bands in Sunday’s parade. Pictured is Fanfarra Feminina Sagrada Profana from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil; other bands have traveled from Berlin, New Orleans, Chicago, Vermont and Wisconsin. Information is here.

Remarkable Stories from Mount Auburn from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. General admission is $12. The people buried in Mount Auburn have changed and influenced our society and science, politics, law, advocacy and the arts; volunteer docent Nancy Callan unearths those stories. Information is here.

Mortified Boston: “Awk-tober” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 10 to 11:30 p.m. at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $15, and tend to go fast for this show of true recountings of teendom from awesomely awkward diaries, poems, songs and letters created as kids; having two shows in a night should guarantee some seats stay available. Information is here.

Lizard Lounge Open Mic Challenge Main Event from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., between Harvard and Porter squares. Tickets are $12 (with fees, $13.59). Winners of weekly open mics return to compete for $500, a day in the studio at RevivalHouse Records and airplay on “Almost Famous” on 95.9 WATD with John Shea. Information is here.

“Savage Love” Live at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. General admission is $35. Author, sex-advice columnist, podcaster, pundit and public speaker Dan Savage does his weekly advice podcast, but with questions from the audience instead of by taking calls. Information is here.

Overnight Readathon from 8:30 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Tickets are $25, with proceeds going to support The Porter Square Books Foundation and the Miranda’s Hearth arts community. Most of the night will be spent reading, but with food, games and art activities when readers need a break. Information is here.

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“Python-athon: 50 Years of Nonsense” film series at various times continuing through Monday at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. General admission is $12 to screenings; some are double features. Information is here.

“Mamma Mia!” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (and repeating Sunday and next week) at the Loeb Mainstage, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 (with fees, $12). Information is here.

Lion’s Jaw dance performance from 8 to 10 p.m. (and continuing Saturday and Sunday) at Green Street Studios, 185 Green St., Central Square. General admission is $25 (or $27.24 with fees). Information is here.


Sunday

Fourteenth Annual Honk! Festival of Activist Street Bands parade and 41st annual Oktoberfest from noon to 2 p.m. from Davis Square, Somerville, to Harvard Square. Twenty or so bands head to the 41st annual Oktoberfest, where some 200,000 revelers throng the streets of Harvard Square to shop at stalls with arts, crafts, vintage items and other gifts; eat international foods sold by dozens of vendors; be entertained by acts on six stages (including Honk! bands) and a variety of other genres lending themselves to dancing in the streets; and drinking at five beer gardens. Information is here.

Black Market Flea from noon to 6 p.m. at the Cambridge Community Center, 5 Callender St., Riverside. Admission is $1. The Boston Hassle presents a one-day flea market featuring handmade artwork, prints, patches, records, tees, pins, ceramics, jewelry, zines, body care, tea, fiber art, vintage clothing, accessories, books as well as tarot readings, haircuts, live drawings and more, with Glitter Boys music, 1369 coffee and a raffle. Information is here.

Grown-Up Book Fair from 2 to 6 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free. Porter Square Books powers this school-age event updated for adult tastes. Information is here.

The No Sleep Podcast at 7 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $24. Halloween tales with a full musical score and immersive sound effects from podcasters David Cummings, Jessica McEvoy, David Ault and Nichole Goodnight with musician Brandon Boone. Information is here.

Richard Dawkins With Max Tegmark at 7 p.m. at The Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $27. Bestselling author and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins talks with scientist and author Max Tegmark on science, secularism and current events, with an audience Q&A and book signing. Information is here.

Lion’s Jaw “The Thing” performance from 8 to 10 p.m. (and continuing Saturday and Sunday) at Green Street Studios, 185 Green St., Central Square. Admission is at the door only, for $8 to $10. The informal, in-festival show for attendees of the full, five-day workshop festival, opened to the public. Information is here.

“Mamma Mia!” from 4 to 6 p.m. (and repeating Sunday and next week) at the Loeb Mainstage, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 (with fees, $12). Information is here.

“Python-athon: 50 Years of Nonsense” film series at various times continuing through Monday at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. General admission is $12 to screenings; some are double features. Information is here.

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