Sunday 8th January
The Road to Corelli: Music of the Italian Baroque Masters 3:00 p.m. at the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, Spring Hill. $20. Works by Frescobaldi, Legrenzi, Loggnoni and Corelli performed by Torres Marasienne with his gambas, archlutes and baroque guitars. Click here for information.
Celebration of La Befana Dante Alighieri Society Centre, 41 Hampshire Street, Kendall Square at 4pm. Free, but reserve a spot. Befana delivers gifts to children across Italy on her Epiphany Eve and here she gets her own Festival della Befana, with music, dance and prizes for the children (and of course her La Befana). visit). Click here for information.
Monday 9th January
read to dog O’Neill Branch of the Cambridge Library, 70 Ridge Ave., North Cambridge, 3-4 p.m. Free, but registration is required every 10 minutes. Readers as young as 14 will fall in love with these trained therapy dogs. Click here for information.
Patricia Thaxton Exhibition Reception It takes place from 6-8pm at Gallery 344, 2nd Floor, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Mid Cambridge. free. Thaxton’s “The Beauty of Everyday Living” was printed on the vinyl scrim surrounding Harvard’s Square kiosk during construction. See how Thaxton created the printed mural. The mural, which is on display in the gallery until February 28, uses the original collage for the mural. Click here for information.
Tuesday, January 10th
Parker Quartet Announces Beethoven Project Cambridge Central Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge Central Library, 5:30-6:30 p.m. free. Performed by a Grammy Award-winning quartet whose members include professors from Harvard University. Click here for information.
Laura Zigman reads from “Small World” Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square at 7pm. free. Neighborhood Social Let’s take a look at the sisterhood set in Cambridge, centering on the main character whose secret hobby is trolling her networking sites. The author talks with novelist Tom Perrotta. I need a good-fitting mask. Click here for information.
Wednesday, January 11th
book and beer 6:15-7:30 PM, Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler Street, near Union Square, Somerville. free. This month’s collaboration with Jacqueline Woodson’s Somerville Public Library explores ‘Red at the Bone’. Click here for information.
The Lilypad Variety Show 10pm to midnight, Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge Street, Inman Square. There is a $5 cover. Music, comedy, dance, poetry, art and film may take to the stage. Click here for information.
Thursday, January 12th
MIT Museum After Dark MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square, 6-9 p.m. General admission for this 21+ person event is $20. The monthly event adds demonstrations, tastings and interactive play, and features a gallery, live music, cash bar, food and drink from Turtle Swamp Brewing, Moyzilla, and the Crane River Cheese Club. Researchers in the Institute’s Media Lab “program” the brain and techniques to implant false memories. Click here for information.
Winter Reading Series at Leslie University 6:30 p.m., University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Porter Square. free. The series concludes with his two-day reading session by the alumni. Today features Sari Bollen and Erin McGinley (stage and film scripts), Katie Devonville and Amy Mevorak (non-fiction), Kent Neal (poetry), and Melinda Farris and Ashley Soden (fiction). Information here.
Boston Celtic Music Fest 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (until Saturday). $25. His twice-yearly homegrown celebration celebrates its 20th anniversary with over 60 musicians, workshops, interactive music sessions and dance weekends at Club Pasym at 47 Palmer Street. will be split. Sinclair, 52 Church Street. First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Harvard Square. The Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. Click here for information.
Peter Cole and Nate Cragg on Poetry and Religion 7 p.m. at the Gloria Poetry Book Shop at 6 Plimpton Street in Harvard Square. $5. The conversation will be introduced and moderated by Christopher Lydon. Proof of vaccination is required at the entrance and a mask for the duration of the event. Click here for information.
Friday, January 13th
boston mini fest 5:45 pm, Sonia, 10 Brookline Street, Central Square. $22 for events of 18 or more. Festival style music, art and community with bands from Washburn and the River, LyricSanaa, Lonerscult, MojoCat, Gonhills, Darryl B, Elisa Miconi, 13 and Noir. Click here for information.
Winter Reading Series at Leslie University 6:30 p.m., University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Porter Square. free. The series concludes with further readings by the graduates. Today we have Erin Dops and Adria Carlson (Youth Writing), Jeanne Foley and Her L. Scully (Non-Fiction), Stacey Holt (Poetry), Veronica Riley Granich and Erin Thomas (Fiction). Information here.
Boston Celtic Music Fest (continued) 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm (until Saturday). $20. The festive Urban Sealy takes place in the Somerville Theater’s Crystal Ballroom at 55 Davis Square. Click here for information.
hear her sing for freedom It takes place at 7:30pm at the Multicultural Arts Centre, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (runs through Sunday, streaming a virtual version on Monday). $35. The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday tradition has been reimagined to include Coretta Scott King and her role in the civil rights movement. provides the experience of performing a Freedom Concert. Click here for information.
Saturday, January 14th
Boston Celtic Music Fest (continued) 11am to 9:30pm (until Saturday). $28. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St.; Sinclair, 52 Church Street. First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Harvard Square.
art of hip hop 6pm to 9pm at the Dojo at Somernova, 15 Properzi Way, Somerville. Youth-driven pilot platform brings artist Majic to teach hip-hop culture. Click here for information.
Hear her sing for freedom (continued) It takes place at 7:30pm at the Multicultural Arts Centre, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (runs through Sunday, streaming a virtual version on Monday). $35. Click here for information.
“The Music of Madonna” Graduate Recital 8 p.m. at the Longyi School of Music, 27 Garden Street, Harvard Square. $25. The Sarasa Chamber Ensemble brings works for strings and basso continuo by Handel, Corelli and Rosenmuller, plus two Marian his cantatas. Click here for information.
Conspiracy Live!comedy show The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville from 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm. $15 for shows of 18 or more. According to the comics, last year’s troupe’s funniest sketches come together for a special purpose. “This isn’t just an old show, it’s also an audition for SNL”. Click here for information.
Sunday, January 15th
Belly dance Central Square, Middle East corner at 480 Massachusetts Avenue from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. For 21 or more shows he donates $20. Dancers perform “New Flames of Araby” to live music from the Woody Joseph Koyumujian Ensemble. Click here for information.
Hear her sing for freedom (continued) It takes place at 3pm at the Multicultural Arts Centre, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (runs through Sunday, streaming a virtual version on Monday). $35. Click here for information.