“I Am Not Your Negro” film screening: 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 3, MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St., Cambridge. Evening feature documentary film screening in Bakalar Gallery presented in conjunction with List Projects: Civil Disobedience. Directed by Raoul Peck. RSVPs are required. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk/Ride Day Eve Celebration: 6 to 8 p.m. July 27, Magazine Beach Park, 719 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Music, commuter stories, big puppets and bicycle decorating. Co-sponsored by Green Streets Initiative, Gallery 26, Massmouth and Cport Neighborhood Association Inc. Rain date: July 28. Free.
All the World Is Beer: 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 27, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. Beer historian Liz Garibay will discuss the role of beer at the 1893 World’s Fair. Learn how brewers were advancing an array of technologies during this period and learn how a major beer war took place on the grounds of the fair’s Agricultural Building. After the talk, a beer tasting will be held. Cost: $20. For information: https://peabody.harvard.edu/all-the-world-is-beer.
Friday, July 28
MD5 Hacking Emergency Response: 4 p.m. July 28-30, MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St., Cambridge. A hackathon challenge with other members of the Department of Defense, MIT Innovation Initiative, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, and the MIT community to build product prototypes that incorporate functional fabrics as part of a system that addresses emergency response in challenging environments, including disaster sites, conflict zones and other scenarios of emergency response. Free. For information: email@example.com; https://innovation.mit.edu/md5.
Harvard Science Plaza Concert Series: noon to 2 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 11, Harvard Colombian Student Society, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Club Passim, in partnership with Harvard Common Spaces, will present the Harvard Science Plaza Concert Series from noon to 2 p.m. on alternating Fridays through Aug. 11 at Harvard Science Plaza, outside the Harvard Science Center near the food trucks. The artist lineup is Noble Dust on July 28 and Lisa Bastoni on Aug. 11. Free. For information: http://passim.org/club/passim-presents-concerts-harvard-science-plaza-0.
MIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra: 8 p.m. July 28, Kresge Auditorium, MIT Campus, 48 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major for violin and orchestra, Op. 61. Susanna Cortesio Ogata, violin, Mahler Symphony No.1 in D major. George Ogata, music director and conductor. Sponsored by MIT Professional Education. Free admission and parking in the West Parking Garage, 125 Vassar St. For information: http://mitspo.org.
Brian King & What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?: 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 28, Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. Backed by his neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, singer-songwriter Brian King performs an internal-external wrestling match onstage. Through make-up, costume, monologues and original music, King examines the ways these archetypes both empower and limit identities and relationships.
Saturday, July 29
Morning Yoga at Magazine Beach Park: 9 a.m. July 29 and Aug. 5, Magazine Beach Park, 719 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Led by Jade Sylvan. Co-sponsored by Cambridge YMCA. Organized by the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association. Free. For information: http://magazinebeach.org/events.
The Donkey Show: 10:30 to 11:59 p.m. July 29, Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. A disco experience, featuring a circus of mirror balls and feathered divas, roller skaters and hustle queens inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Sunday, July 30
Summer Sundays at Harvard Semitic Museum: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 and Aug. 6 and 13, Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge. Every Sunday this summer, drop in for free make-and-take family activities. Create Egyptian accessories, play ancient board games and inscribe clay tablets, and explore arts from the lands of the Ancient Near East. Activities change every week and run through Aug. 27. Free admission.
I, Immigrant: A Poetry Reading: 3 p.m. July 30, Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge. Danielle Legros Georges, Boston Poet Laureate, and Alan Smith Soto, poet, translator and editor, share their work and that of other immigrant and refugee poets. Danielle Legros Georges, the current Poet Laureate of the city of Boston, is a professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University. Alan Smith Soto is the associate chair of romance studies and professor of Spanish at Boston University. Free. For information: 617-876-4491.
Monday, July 31
Stories and Song at Magazine Beach Park: 10 a.m. July 31, Magazine Beach Park, 719 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Led by the branch staff of Cambridge Public Library Central Square. Organized by the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association. For information: http://magazinebeach.org/events.
Tuesday, Aug. 1
Nature Detectives: Preschool Discovery: 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 1, Magazine Beach Park, 719 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Co-sponsored by Habitat — A Mass Audubon Sanctuary and the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association Inc. For ages 3-6. Adults must accompany children. Max: 30 children. Free.
Live from the Deep Ocean: 2 to 2:45 p.m. Aug. 1, Geological Lecture Hall at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge. Join for a live glimpse of the biological diversity of previously unexplored areas in the deep sea off California. The museum will host a live Q&A with Peter R. Girguis, Harvard professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, and Jennifer Berglund, exhibit developer for the Harvard Museums and film producer, who are working with an international team aboard the E/V Nautilus. The event is free. For information: https://hmnh.harvard.edu/event/live-deep-ocean.
Age Well: Let’s Talk Skin: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Youville Assisted Living Residences, 1573 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Join Gail Avery, a local skincare expert from Rodan & Fields, to learn about the aging process of skin, common enemies of skin and recent advances in skincare. Free. For information: 617-491-1234; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://youvilleassistedliving.org/events.
Citizenship exam preparation class: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 8, Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St., Cambridge. This class will prepare students to answer the 100 questions that might be asked for the citizenship exam. The questions cover basic U.S. History, government, geography and civics. The class does not provide assistance with filling out the application for citizenship. Free. For information, visit cambridgepubliclibrary.org.
Sketching at Magazine Beach Park: 6 p.m. Aug. 1 and 8, Magazine Beach Park, 719 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Participants may bring their own art supplies or use ones provided. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Co-sponsored by Sketch Boston. Organized by the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association. For information: http://magazinebeach.org/events.
Zumba: 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 1 and 8, Magazine Beach Park, 719 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Led by Janice Neiman. Co-sponsored by Cambridge YMCA & Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association Inc. Free.
Wednesday, Aug. 2
Navigation games: 10 a.m. Aug. 2 and 9, Magazine Beach Park, 719 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Read maps, navigate and work as a team to find checkpoints around the park. Preschoolers start at 10 a.m., teens at 11:30 a.m. Co-sponsored by Navigation Games & Cambridge Sports Union. Organized by the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association. Free. For information: http://magazinebeach.org/events.
The Char & Bar Wars: 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2, University Park Commons, 23 Sidney St., Cambridge. Cambridge restaurants and bars will compete to see who has the best burger and cocktail in town. The Char War will feature best classic burger and best signature burger categories, and the Bar War will feature the best summer-themed cocktail category. Ticket admission includes a vote as well as samples to as many places as possible. Early bird tickets, available until July 4, are $35; tickets will cost $45 starting July 5. $35-$45.
Wellness Wednesday Bootcamp Sessions with Public Body: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Kimpton Hotel Marlowe, 25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge. An outdoor summer fitness series, featuring hourlong outdoor bootcamp sessions and interactive row studios, hosted by Public Body, Community Rowing Inc. and Cambridge Athletic Club, benefiting The Charles River Conservancy. $10 donation per person, per class. Class sizes are limited; registration is required. For information: 617-868-8000, email@example.com, http://hotelmarlowe.com/boston-boutique-hotels/cambridge-wellness.
Thursday, Aug. 3
Seasonal exploration of Black’s Nook: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 3, Maher Park Parking Lot, 650 Concord Ave., Cambridge. An introduction to the natural and cultural history of Black’s Nook. Walk is a quarter mile on an accessible pathway. Tour will adjust to attendee’s interests and abilities. Parking passes available for those without resident stickers. Lunch available after at Neville Place. Registration: Chief Ranger Jean Rogers at 617 349-4793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Aug. 5
IMPACT College Bound Self-Defense Course: noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 5-6, Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Ave. Practical, relevant safety skills for teens. For information: 781-321-3900; email@example.com; http://impactboston.com/classes/college-bound-teens.
Sunday, Aug. 6
Sam Robbins concert: 3 p.m. Aug. 6, Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge. Sam Robbins is a New England-based Americana and country singer-songwriter. Free. For information: 617-876-4491.
Traditional Irish session: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Magazine Beach Park, 719 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. Irish instrumentalists, singers, dancers and enthusiasts are welcome. Co-sponsored by The Druid, Inman Square. Organized by the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association. Rain date: Aug. 13. Free. For information: http://magazinebeach.org/events.
Monday, Aug. 7
The Mighty Red-Winged Blackbird: 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 7, Riverside Press Park, 2 Blackstone St., Cambridge. Make a red-winged blackbird mask, practice building a red-winged blackbird nest from cattails, and enjoy a visit from the CWPP’s squad of red-winged blackbirds. Part of the Fly, Buzz and Honk! Festival co-sponsored by the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project and the MLK Community School with support from the Cambridge Arts Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Monday Night Weed Outs: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7, Maher Park Parking Lot, 650 Concord Ave., Cambridge. Join experienced Fresh Pond Stewards in improving wildlife habitat by removing invasive plants and collecting wildflower seeds. Tools and instruction provided. Wear long pants and socks that can be used to tuck trousers in. Bring water bottles and insect repellent. For information and reservations: Jean Rogers at 508-562-7605.
Wednesday, Aug. 9
Wellness Wednesday Outdoor Row Studio: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Kimpton Hotel Marlowe, 25 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge. An outdoor summer fitness series, featuring hourlong outdoor bootcamp sessions and interactive row studios, hosted by Community Rowing Inc., benefiting The Charles River Conservancy. $10 donation per person, per class. Class sizes are limited; registration is required. For information: 617-868-8000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hotelmarlowe.com/boston-boutique-hotels/cambridge-wellness.
Mass Innovation Nights 101: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9, MIT Sloan, Samberg Conference Center, Seventh floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. New startups influencing innovation and tackling process improvement.
Longy Sistema Side by Side concert: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters NHS, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge. The Sistema Side by Side Series pairs children from local under-resourced communities with Longy’s conservatory students to form the Sistema Side by Side Orchestra. Longy conservatory musicians sit side by side with aspiring beginners, forming a multi-generational learning environment. The rain date is Aug. 10. Free. For information: 617-876-4491.
Thursday, Aug. 10
Explore the Cattails of Lusitania Meadow: 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 10, Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. Make a red-winged black bird mask or bring one from the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project Program and then explore the cattails that birds need in their neighborhood and find how they are connected. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Gathers at Lusitania Meadow meeting rocks. Registration: Ranger Jean at 617-349-4793 or email@example.com.
“Stonewall Uprising” film screening: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10, MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst St., Cambridge. Evening documentary film screening in Bakalar Gallery presented in conjunction with List Projects: Civil Disobedience. Directed by David Heilbroner and Kate Davis. Free. RSVPs are required. For information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family-Friends Support and Education Group: 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10, Mount Auburn Hospital, 330 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge. Presented by Mount Auburn Hospital, a support group designed to help those impacted by someone with an alcohol, drug or gambling addiction. The group will focus on how addiction impacts family finances, physical health and psychological wellbeing. The support group will be facilitated by Marianne Parent. Attendance is free. Registration is required. To enroll, call 617-499-5665, ext. 4065.
Friday, Aug. 11
Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 11, Youville Assisted Living Residences, 1573 Cambridge St., Cambridge. Part of the Outdoor Concert Series at Youville Place. Grosswendt and Salem-Schatz will play classic blues, folk, old-time and country hits. Free. For information: 617-491-1234, email@example.com, http://youvilleassistedliving.org/events.
Saturday, Aug. 12
Family-friendly Bug Walk: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 12, Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. Join Tom Murray for an exploration of the reservation and see insects, spiders and other critters. Meeting place: gazebo by Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave. RSVP: Catherine Pedemonti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Aug. 13
Fresh Pond Nature Walk: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 13, Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave., Cambridge. Explore the flora and fauna of the reservation, including blooms, berries, birds and bugs. Participants can bring binoculars, field guides, a hand lens, a journal or a camera. Beginners and children are welcome. Meeting location: gazebo near Maher Park, 650 Concord Ave. RSVP: Catherine Pedemonti at email@example.com.
New England Poetry Club’s Golden Rose Award and Reading: 3 p.m. Aug. 13, Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters NHS, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge. The Golden Rose Award, given annually by the New England Poetry Club, is one of the oldest literary prizes in the United States. Winners have included three Nobel Laureates: Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, and Czeslaw Milosz. The 2017 honoree is Marilyn Nelson, the author or translator of 17 poetry books and the memoir “How I Discovered Poetry.”
Monday, Aug. 14
Fresh Pond Drainage and Community Gardens Project walk: 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14, Cambridge Water Department, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway. A brief walk on the detour path, identifying the elements of the project and answer questions. Bring a picnic and enjoy the reservation after the program. Meeting place: Water Purification Facility Main Door. Register: Ranger Jean at 617-349-4793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Cambridge Water Department, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway. Find out how water that falls as rain in the suburbs 10 miles west of Cambridge is transported to Fresh Pond, and then tested, treated and delivered to the city’s residents and businesses. Speak with water treatment staff, see the equipment in action and visit the water quality lab. Advance notice is appreciated if coming with a large group. Meeting place: front door, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway. For information or to RSVP: 617-349-6489 or email@example.com.
“The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820”: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sept. 10, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. A showcase of a range of works that have been hidden away for nearly two centuries from Harvard College’s Philosophy Chamber, a room named for the discipline of natural philosophy, a cornerstone of the Enlightenment-era curriculum that wove together astronomy, mathematics, physics and other sciences in an attempt to explain natural objects and physical phenomena. For information: http://harvardartmuseums.org.
Scale: A Matter of Perspective: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge. Scale has long captivated the human imagination, as evidenced in classics such as Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and in today’s popular movies and television shows. People spend hours making models that shrink or enlarge everyday objects and surroundings. They invent technologies to explore tiny realms or search vast stretches of the cosmos beyond sight. The complexities of interpersonal relationships may be defined by variations in social scale. Scale: A Matter of Perspective, examines the concept of scale and its power to transform perceptions of the world and our place in it. Featuring a wide selection of microscopes and telescopes from the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and an array of models, miniatures, and cultural and scientific artifacts from collections across the university, the exhibition will challenge visitors to make connections to the world in surprising new ways. Free. For information: http://chsi.harvard.edu.
Overeaters Anonymous: 9:30 to 10 a.m. each Saturday at Spaulding Hospital, conference room No. 2, 1575 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 10 to 11 a.m. each Saturday at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St.; and 1 to 2 p.m. each Tuesday at Christ Church, Zero Garden St., Cambridge. Meetings for those who struggle with overeating. For information: 781-641-2303.
Knit And Yarn Craft Group: 2 to 4 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the ANC Community Room in North Hall, 1651 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. A friendly group of enthusiasts who will be gathering regularly to knit, crochet and practice yarn crafts in the Agassiz neighborhood. All gatherings are open to the public and free of charge, snacks provided. Stitch, socialize and get inspired by the creativity of others.
Passim School of Music lessons: various times and dates at the Passim School of Music, 26 Church St., Suite 300, Cambridge. The Passim School of Music is offering a variety of singing and instrument lessons. Programs include private voice lessons, banjo lessons, guitar lessons, harmonica lessons, fiddle lessons, music writing lessons and more. Each class varies in length, but is generally five to six sessions with varying costs. For information and registration: 617-492-5300; http://passim.org.
Intro to Improv: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, ImprovBoston Main Theater, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. One of ImprovBoston’s top instructors takes participants of every stripe through the basics of improv in a hands-on workshop. Free.
Food Truck Lunch on Erie: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on the Corner of Erie and Sidney streets, Cambridge. Food truck lunches. Gourmet sandwiches and fried sides from Compliments Food Truck and family-style Italian from The Pasta Pot.
Free Fencing Class: 10 to 11 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday at Olympia Fencing Center, 127 Smith Place, Cambridge. Olympic fencing class. Free. Co-ed and open to all ages.
Cambridge African-American Heritage Alliance: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at YWCA Cambridge, 7 Temple St. Volunteer graphic artists, actors, costume designers, website builders, script writers, videographers, historians and many more volunteers are sought. Learn about the Cambridge African-American Heritage Trail and other interesting Cambridge history. For information: 617-491-5529; 617-669-6263.