A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from Inman Eats & Crafts to Campfire. Party

Today

CRLS August Wilson Monologue Competition from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. The project sparked and host Keith Mascoll – a Cambridge Rindge and Latin School alumnus – invites students to perform monologues by the great playwright from “Fences”, “Two Trains Running”, “The Piano Lesson”, “Seven Guitars” and more. The information is here.

Last year’s Inman Eats & Crafts Festival. (Photo: East Cambridge Business Association via Facebook)

Inman eats and crafts, from noon to 4 p.m. on Cambridge Street at Inman Square, between Springfield and Prospect streets. The East Cambridge Business Association’s annual celebration of ‘all Inman Square’ has a long list of restaurants with food stalls, a beer garden, live music and vendors that include over 30 local makers set up in a craft market. We wrote about it here; the information is here.


Monday

Ben McGrath reads “Riverman: An American Odyssey” at 7 p.m. at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free. McGrath’s book tells the true story of Dick Conant, who canoed thousands of miles of American rivers for more than 20 years and then disappeared near the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The author will speak with the editor of the Financial Times, Brendan Greeley. The information is here.

Indie/Folk Open mic night 8-10 p.m. at Cantab Underground, 738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free. A keyboard and a guitar amp are provided for the performers. The information is here.


Tuesday

Robert Kuttner Presents “Going Big” 6-8 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Journalist and political analyst Kuttner discusses his latest, “Going Big: FDR’s Legacy, Biden’s New Deal and the Struggle to Save Democracy,” at an event sponsored by the library and the Harvard Book Store. Registration is not required, but encouraged. The information is here.

The Slam of the Moth Story 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $15. This open-mic storytelling contest on the fourth Tuesday of each month is open to anyone who can share a five-minute story on the evening’s theme – this time, “water”. Proof of vaccination is required. The information is here.

Mike Block. (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Mike Block 40th Anniversary Concert at 8 p.m. in the Crystal Ballroom of the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $25. The Grammy Award-winning cellist, singer, composer and educator of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble celebrates his 40th birthday with West African balafon player Balla Kouyaté, fiddler Darol Anger, mandolinist Joe K. Walsh, bassist Zachariah Hickman, Kimber Ludiker of Della Mae, Nicholas Cords of Brooklyn Rider and Scottish-American violinist Hanneke Cassel. Masks are mandatory. The information is here.


Wednesday

international holiday 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Kendall/MIT Open Space at 292 Main St., Kendall Square. Free. Misti, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Experiences organization that won’t say what its name stands for (MIT International Studies something something?) offers food and activities from cultures around the world at this community night, including including traditional Senegalese drum and dance performances by the Rambax tradition, interpretations of Nepalese/Hindi songs and Brazilian dance by the Sambaviva ensemble. The information is here.


Thusday

23rd Annual Youth Poetry Awards 6-8:30 p.m. at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Free. Poets in grades K-8 will receive prizes and are invited to read their work. It is not known if Tom Holland and Zendaya will walk the red carpet. The information is here.

Elif Batuman reads an excerpt from “Either/Or: A Novel” at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. Much talked about is this sequel to Batuman’s “The Idiot,” which still follows Selin through her misadventures at Harvard in the 1990s and now dives into parties, booze and sex. Batuman will speak with Beth Blum, associate professor of English at Harvard University. The information is here.

CRLS Media Arts Film Festival 7-9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. Student filmmakers screen their work for the school year. The information is here.

A recent celebration of spring. (Photo: Revels)

A Spring Celebration of Revels and Perkins School for the Blind at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook Live. Free. The Cambridge Arts Organization and Watertown School are hosting their 21st Annual Spring Song and Dance Collaboration. Performers include musician and soloist David Coffin, Revels Music Director Elijah Botkin and Artistic Director Patrick Swanson, soloist Bobbie Hill and The Revels Chorus, The Pinewoods Morris Men and The Perkins Secondary Program Chorus with special guests Chorus pro Musica from Boston. The information is here.


Friday

CRLS World Jazz Ensemble 7-9 p.m. at Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square. Free. The top band from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, who play at shows and events around Greater Boston, go beyond jazz at this gig. The information is here.

Ava Sophia performs at Campfire. Friday. (Photo: Ava Sophia via Instagram)

Campfire. Festival from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight and from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 for daily passes or $25 for a weekend pass (or free streaming). The twice-yearly local Passim Festival of Americana, bluegrass, blues, Celtic, country, folk and related musical styles runs throughout the Memorial Day long weekend with 26 hours of music live of 49 acts. Originally just a way to fill a weekend of poor bookings in 1998, the festival now competes with the rock and pop-focused Boston Calling across the river. The painfully punctuated campfire. aims to develop talent and celebrate the local music scene, with organizers saying the shows can blur the line between performer and audience member – just as might happen sitting around a real campfire, scratching a guitar or two. Information is here for the all-ages festival, now in its 24th year.

“The Bob’s Burgers Movie” with introduction by Eugene Mirman, 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $14. Twelve seasons and a movie, and on opening night comedian Mirman, the voice of burger shop scion Gene Belcher, will be on hand. An after party takes place at 10 p.m. in the theater’s Crystal Ballroom for anyone who sees the film here this opening weekend. The information is here.


Saturday

Campfire. The party continues from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 for daily passes or $25 for a weekend pass (or free streaming). Information is here for the all-ages festival, now in its 24th year.

Argentinian music from Guillermo Nojechowicz from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Jill Brown-Rhone Park, near Central Square. Free. Argentinian drummer and composer Nojechowicz, a graduate of Berklee College of Music and who leads the Brazilian-Argentinian jazz ensemble El Eco, performs as part of the Cambridge Plays series. The information is here.


Sunday

Quentin Callewaert and Honest Mechanik play 2-5 p.m. Palmer Street, Harvard Square. Free. Callewaert, who starts this bill, is a 21-year-old classically trained acoustic guitarist and singer who mixes Americana, gospel and bluegrass. Honest Mechanik is the indie-pop duo of Susan Cattaneo and Paul Hansen (The Grownup Noise), which kicks off at 4 p.m. with offbeat lyrics and earworm melodies and “The Velvet Underground vibe paired with the intimacy of Belle and Sebastian. ” Part of the Cambridge Plays series. The information is here.

Campfire. The party continues from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $10 for daily passes or $25 for a weekend pass (or free streaming). Information is here for the all-ages festival, now in its 24th year.

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