Scout Weekend: May 31-June 2 Edition


The weather this weekend looks great, but if you aren’t in the mood for a day at the park or a trip to the beach, Cambridge has plenty going on to last you until you get back to work Monday morning. From dance performances to ghosts to electronic powwow music, here are some highlights:


 Across the Ages: Across the Ages Dance Project will present its annual concert all weekend at Green Street Studios, 185 Green St., beginning at 8 p.m. Friday night. The group’s mission is straightforward – five choreographers will each lead an ensemble featuring dancers of all ages. Will the inter-generational cast entertain an audience of all ages? Judging by its success – the concert is now in its third year – the answer is a yes.

Anis Shivani: Harvard grad Anis Shivani will give a personal perspective on his first collection of poetry, My Tranquil War and Other Poems. Stop by Grolier Poetry Book Shop at 6 Plympton St. starting at 7 p.m. to hear the author read selections from his widely praised debut poetry book. The man has a talent with pen and paper – he’s won a Pushcart prize in 2012 and has been published in countless journals, including the Boston Review and Cambridge Quarterly.

Cambridge Haunts: Join Ghosts of Boston author and our own managing editor Sam Baltrusis on his 90-minute journey through Cambridge’s haunted hot spots. The tour begins at 7:30 p.m. near the First Parish Church at 1450 Mass. Ave. and will show you a side of Harvard Yard you’ve never seen before. Bring a companion to hold onto if you’re afraid of the dark!


BeCause Water’s Charles River Rummage: Register your team of four for the Charles River Rummage, a competition for a good cause. Hop on a kayak and help your team collect the most trash from the river. First place gets a cash prize, but don’t fret – second and third place won’t leave empty handed. Kickoff begins at 1:00 p.m. at 500 Broad Canal Way, and registration is $20 for general entrants or $10 for students.

The Oldest House in Cambridge: This event happens only once in a lifetime – er, only once a year. Make sure to stop by the Cooper-Frost-Austin House at 21 Linnaean St. for free public tours at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m, and 3 p.m. The house was built was Samuel Cooper in 1681 and despite renovations from later owners and being revamped as a museum, much of the house’s original lean-to structure remains intact.

 The Donkey Show: This gaudy reworking of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run on Saturday with performances at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. With divas, disco and dancing, it’s surely a far cry from the original Shakespearean masterpiece – but let’s be honest, a bit less of a snoozefest as well. Get your tickets in advance online and head to Oberon at 2 Arrow St., but don’t worry if the show sells out before you can grab a ticket. The show will run at Oberon until August 31.


Pride Week Walk: Boston’s LGBT community and allies are invited to kick off Pride Week by joining historian Robin Hazard Ray on a walk through Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., to honor and learn about celebrated gay and lesbian figures from Boston. The walk begins at 1:30 p.m. and costs $7 for Friends of Mount Auburn members, $12 for general public.

 A Tribe Called Red: A Tribe Called Red is not your average DJ crew. The trio, made up of Dee Jay NDN, Bear Witness and DJ Shub, puts an EDM spin on pow-wow music, rather than the typical top 40 that EDM has infiltrated in the past several years. Download their free album now to get ready for an energetic night at the Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave. Tickets are $10 and doors open at 8 p.m.

 Looking for something else to do Sunday night? Across the Ages and Cambridge Haunts are available for your enjoyment Friday, Saturday and Sunday.