The fourth of July has come and gone, but the summertime spirit is still kicking around Somerville! The temperature is rising and isn’t showing any signs of stopping, so here are some hot spots to enjoy the July swelter…er, sunshine.
Responsible Grace Church, 204 Elm Street. 8 p.m. $12 – $15.
The Summer Radio Mystery Theatre is bringing the quick wit of Sherlock Holmes to Somerville! The play portrays an early adventure in the not-yet-famous sleuth’s career in the style of the Golden Age of Radio, with mics onstage for the actors and live sound effects. Andrew Harrington will return to his role as Holmes and Chris Chiampa to his role as Watson from last year’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” in this new piece directed by Jess Viator and Jeremy Holstein.
The Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. 8 – 9:30 p.m. $5.
This old school classic about a Jewish banker at odds with the rampant anti-Semitism and political powerplay dominating the early 30’s will be at the Somerville Theatre courtesy of CHannel 0, Boston’s “most notorious film and video repertory franchise” lead by John L. Galligan and Jon Haber. Famous British actor George Arliss stars as main character Nathan Rothschild and Boris Karloff plays his hateful nemisis.
Sally O’Brien’s, 335 Somerville Ave. 9 – 11:55 p.m. $5.
When was the last time you went surfing? Surftastic! hits Sally O’Brien’s tonight with a bunch of great surf style bands. Come see Tsunami of Sound, Beachcombovers, and Dust Clouds of Mars to get your fix of strumming guitars and ocean dreams.
Union Square Plaza. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Free.
After rocking out at this year’s Porchfest, brassy pop ensemble Hornography is back to for another live (and free!) performance at the Union Square Farmer’s Market. What could be better than browsing the tempting selection of fresh local offerings while listening to live music? Even those who aren’t familiar with the group will recognize at least one of their favorites among the setlist of classics ranging from Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” to Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” that are given a new orchestral twist.
Union Square Plaza, 90 Union Square. 3 – 7 p.m. Free.
There’s nothing quite like walking through a market full of handmade swag. At the Boston Handmade Marketplace, which sets up shop after the farmer’s market in Union Square Plaza, over 20 vendors from the area will be selling their jewelry, art, ceramics, textiles, paper goods and other assorted craft items. These one of a kind, limited edition creations made in studio environments are a great way to connect to the community and support local businesses.
Radio Upstairs, 381 Somerville Ave. 9:30 p.m. $5 for ages 21+.
Need a good laugh? Union Square Round Table presents “Moments of Triumph”, a comedic tribute that celebrates finding the funny in life’s most memorable moments. For the first show at Radio, there will also be a musical performance by special guest Monsieurs featuring members of Tunnel Love and Sheperdess/Fuzzy.
Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. 1 – 2:30 p.m. $15 General / $12 Kids & Seniors.
The Somerville Theatre’s Silent Film Series continues with Ben-Hur, an outsize film released in 1925 that won 11 Academy Awards – a feat only matched by Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Jeff Rapsis will provide a live soundtrack for this classic silent film.
Boston-Somerville Holiday Inn, 30 Washington St. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
In April, the Washington Post reported that vinyl record sales have hit their highest point in fifteen years, so it’s no surprise that this annual “vinyl record & CD collector show” has been steadily gaining popularity as well. DJ Studebaker Hawk will keep the 45s spinning all day so stop by to buy and trade records, CDs and other vintage music memorabilia like posters and movies with other New England vinyl fans.
Radio Downstairs, 381 Somerville Ave. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. $8. 21+.
Let out your inner punk with three local bands and one touring group from Brooklyn. Somerville’s own OTP headlines, while the Takeaways from Boston, Big Girl from Allston and Brooklyn’s Up for Nothing will keep the night in high gear. Get out all of your angst before the work week forces you back into the doldrum of professionalism.