Oct. 11: Bone up on your local graveyard knowledge


Bone up on your local graveyard knowledge

It’s spooky szn (especially with this week’s whipping winds) and what better time to acquaint yourself with the Boston area’s (many) historic cemeteries? Curbed Boston has 26 of them mapped out, from Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord (resting place to the literary three-name trifecta of Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau) to Hancock Cemetery in Quincy (where both John Adams presidents were originally buried). You can also stroll through Mt. Auburn Cemetery, the first garden cemetery that inspired the similarly lush design of Forest Hills Cemetery. Because both are tree-filled parks, these cemeteries are popular spots for birding — Mt. Auburn even used to have its own swans until an especially aggressive one attacked a visitor.

How a library book sale gets made

The Friends of the Somerville Public Library’s twice-a-year book sale is underway, where books returned from library circulation or donated are on sale for only a buck a piece. It’s run by the nonprofit Friends, who have been raising money for library programming since the 70s. Books are donated throughout the year and stored in the library basement, then volunteers spend days hauling the goods upstairs to be sold. Friday 12-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.//$1 per book

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Rock out with Sheer Mag at the Sinclair. 9 p.m.//$16

Reminders: experimental music among the steam boilersbike ride to brass band revue

All weekend

And now for something completely different: the Brattle’s Python-athon brings nearly all of the Flying Circus gang’s movies to the screen this weekend. Friday-Monday, various times//$12

No Orange Line, no problem: BlueBikes is offering $1 rides for every weekend that that T is under construction, including this one. Saturday-Sunday//$1

Live out your bookish dreams of a bookstore slumber party at Porter Square Books’ annual Overnight Readathon. Ticket includes pizza at night, coffee and bagels in the morning. Saturday 8:30 p.m. - Sunday 7 a.m.//$25

Reminder: HONK! Fest


As part of the Melanin Pride Festival, the MFA is screening a selection of short films for their “Shorts: Melanin Queer Existence is Resistance” program. 12:30 p.m.//$13

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra plays the world premiere of “Greta” (as in Thunberg) at MIT’s Killian Hall. 8 p.m.//free

Reminders: WTF with Marc MaronAPPLE BOOZE BASH


Crisp weather got you thinking about biking around town? Head over to the Bikes not Bombs warehouse sale, where you can snag used bikes of all shapes and sizes for as low as $25.  11 a.m. - 4 p.m.//free entry

It’s another Black Market Flea, the Boston Hassle’s bimonthly flea market that contains multitudes (tarot! tea! fiber art! patches!) This one’s very seasonally appropriate Halloween theme. 12-6 p.m.//$1 entry

Reminder: Slut ballet

Oct. 9: One last dance


One last dance

Green Street Studios is the latest spot to close because of impossible rent. The dance and performance space in Central Square is “thriving both artistically and financially,” as the board of directors wrote in their announcement, but can’t handle the large rent increase from a new owner. Days after the announcement, the Cambridge City Council voted unanimously to create director of arts and culture position within city administration. But whether that position will be able to get to the real issue of rising rents and redevelopment remains to be seen. Green Street Studios will be holding classes until they close Oct. 27. On their final day, join a visibility dance circling the block of Central that’s home to three dance organizations (Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, Studio at 550). Oct. 27, 12-1 p.m.//free

No carbon for new city buildings

Buildings make up more than two-thirds of Boston’s climate-damaging emissions. In a step toward reining that in to meet the city’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2050, all new city buildings now must be net zero. They can get there either by not emitting carbon in the first place or offsetting emissions with investments that reduce it. But the city’s own Carbon Free Boston report from earlier this year notes that 85 percent of the buildings expected to exist 30 years from now exist today, and what we need is “deep energy retrofits” on basically every building.



It’s one of your final opportunities this season to use your lunch break to learn more about gardening on the Kendall Square Rooftop Garden, if the rain doesn’t ruin it. 12 p.m.//free

Love learning from podcasts? Check out the Sound Education conference (Wednesday-Saturday, various times//$20+), where you can learn from (and party with) the actual people connected to the voices in your headphones. The conference kicks off tonight with a live taping of The Allusionist, a podcast about language. 7:30 p.m.//$25

Reminder: back to school data viz


Celebrate 10 years of the Greenway and a restored Rings Foundation with a performance created by renowned dance choreographer Peter DiMuro. Waterway/Lightway/Greenway consists of a dance by ~30 multigenerational dancers accompanied by the new Rings Fountain colored-light show! 6:15 p.m.//free

The ICA holds a discussion on the connections between art, racism, and public health. 7 p.m.//free

Reminders: Writer’s Room open houseLines Divide exhibitionAfro-futurist theater

Oct. 7: A bucketfull of public art


A bucketfull of public art

Walking by Haymarket until the end of last month, you would have seen bronze sculptures of an abandoned pizza slice and other debris that might cover the street embedded in the sidewalk. The piece, called “Asaroton,” was commissioned for the city’s bicentennial and inspired by Roman mosaics of the same name that look like leftovers from a banquet littering the floor. But the public art was recently dug up as part of a project to make the sidewalk ADA-compliant. As reported by CommonWealth, the pieces are currently in a storage container, with plans to contact artist Mags Harries about what to do with them.

Like a boss

WE BOS (that’s Women Entrepreneurs Boston) exists year-round, where the City of Boston helps women launch and grow their businesses. When the program launched in 2016, less than 3 percent of venture capital funding was allocated to women-owned businesses. October 4-11 is WE BOS Week, and you can join the folks working to improve that statistic and catch talks range from Compassionate Commerce to Raising Capital with Confidence — all are free! Check out the full schedule and register now.

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Join local organizers and politicians to discuss the changes in traffic and pedestrian safety that have come to Somerville as the neighborhood only continues to grow. Bring your passion for a safer commute and an appetite for some of Daddy Jones’ best offerings. 6-8 p.m.//free

Photographer and artist Camila Cortes is at the Cambridge Public Library to talk about “Iconic Cambridge,” her book photographing her home city. 6:30 p.m.//free

Annalee Newitz, the foundering editor of io9, is at Harvard Book Store to read from their latest sci fi novel, “The Future of Another Timeline.” 7 p.m.//free


Back in the day, Brighton was home to major stockyards and plenty of cows. Learn more about the rise and fall of the “animal suburb” at the first talk in the Mass. Historical Society’s Boston Seminar on Environmental History. 5:15 p.m.//free

Join local legends and co-founders of the Cauldron, Carlie Febo and Kate McBride, for a live recording of the Get A Helmet podcast hosted by Caroline Aylward for a conversation covering self love, feminism, and the founding of a community. 6-8:30 p.m.//$30

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Learn the basics on data visualization at General Assembly’s back to school series at the Boston Public Library. 6 p.m.//free


Turned off from for-profit coworking by all the WeWork-Nuemann drama? Join Boston’s local writer centric coworking space, The Writer’s Room of Boston, for an open house along with wine, cheese, and WROB Fellow Tracy Strauss. 6-9 p.m.//free

Head over to East Boston to celebrate the opening of the Lines Divide exhibition - a gallery display devoted to the lines and divisions that mark the differences and diversity within the city we call home. 7-9 p.m.//free

Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola and Marshall “Gripp” Gillson debut their Afro-futurist experimental theater piece, SPIRIT, at the Isabella Stewart Gardener. 7 p.m.//free but RSVP


HONK! Festival begins the weekend of powerful brass bands and community activism with a lantern parade followed by an all-band revue at Bow Market. (4 p.m. lantern making, 6:30 p.m. parade, 7 p.m. revue//free) Or ride up to the revue with the Boston Bike Party ringing your bike bell all the way. 7 p.m.//free

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum hosts experimental music among the 19th-century steam boilers of their Great Engines Hall. 8 p.m.//$20


Marc Maron - host of the wildly popular WTF with Marc Maron podcast - is rolling through town on his hysterical Hey, There’s More Tour. Grab your tickets before they’re gone! 7-9 p.m.//$49+



Slut Ballet is back at the Dance Complex in Central Square. Join Sugar Dish, creator of Somerville’s beloved annual winter Slutcracker, for a weekly workshop focused on strength, style, and learning how your body moves. 12:15-2:15 p.m.//$10-20