Entertainment in Cambridge

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    Comedy Studio

    This low-budget, cutting-edge comedy gem moved out of its Harvard Square noodle-house digs in 2018 and settled into happening Union Sq, Somerville. Mondays are reserved for the Mystery Lounge, a weird (and hilarious) magic show. Tuesdays are called Comedy Hell (aka open mike night); and Wednesdays are for Fresh Faces.

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    American Repertory Theater

    There isn’t a bad seat in the house at the Loeb Drama Theater, where the prestigious ART stages new plays and experimental interpretations of classics. Artistic Director Diane Paulus encourages a broad interpretation of 'theater,' staging interactive murder mysteries, readings of novels in their entirety and robot operas. The ART's musical productions, in particular, have been racking up Tony awards.

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    Club Passim

    The legendary Club Passim is a holdout from the days when folk music was a staple in Cambridge (and around the country). The club continues to book top-notch acts, single-handedly sustaining the city's folk scene. The colorful, intimate room is hidden off a side street in Harvard Square, just as it has been since 1969.

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    Sanders Theatre at Memorial Hall

    Set inside the magnificent Memorial Hall, this beautiful, 1166-seat, wood-paneled theater is known for its acoustics. It is frequently used for classical musical performances by local chorales and ensembles, as well as occasional concerts by jazz and world musicians. Buy tickets at the booth inside the Smith Campus Center.

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    Lily Pad

    Lily Pad is a tiny space that fills up with music and performance art, whether it’s tango dancing or narrated jazz storytelling. You might also hear indie, avant-garde, folk and even chamber music. The space is stripped down – basically benches in a room – which adds to the underground ambience. There's not much here, but there is beer and wine!

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    Somerville Theatre

    This classic neighborhood movie house dates from 1914 and features plenty of well-preserved gilding and pastel murals of muses. On offer are first- and second-run Hollywood hits, live performances by local and world musicians, and the Independent Film Festival of Boston screenings. The main theater is the biggest, best and oldest, and has the added treat of a balcony.

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    Lizard Lounge

    The underground Lizard Lounge doubles as a rock and jazz venue. The big drawcard is the Sunday-night poetry slam. Also popular are the Monday open-mike challenge and regular appearances by local favorite Club d'Elf. The bar stocks an excellent list of New England beers, which are complemented by the sweet-potato fries.

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    Cambridge Forum

    This excellent (free) series brings speakers on a weekly basis to talk in the meeting house at First Parish in Cambridge. Speakers have included such luminaries as Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman, poet laureate Robert Pinsky, beloved biologist of the people EO Wilson and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. Events are often held in conjunction with the Harvard Bookstore.

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    Toad

    This tiny, laid-back place is beloved for its excellent lineup of music (seven nights a week) and its no-cover-charge policy. (Ever. At all.) Among the booze on offer there are a dozen beers on tap. You wouldn't make a special trip for the food, but there are burgers and tater tots to be had.

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    Club Oberon

    The second stage of the American Repertory Theater, this black box is ideally suited for flashy song and dance performances and interactive, acrobatic theater. The long-running favorite is the Shakespearean disco, The Donkey Show, but you might also see The Moth story slams, variations on burlesque theater, or some sort of politically woke performance art.

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    Longy School of Music

    George Longy was an oboist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra before he decided to found the Longy School of Music in 1915. Now more than a century old, Longy is a well-respected training ground for classical musicians. Students and faculty show off the goods on an almost daily basis, often free of charge. Longy is just northwest of Cambridge Common.

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    Brattle Theatre

    The Brattle is a film lover’s cinema paradiso. Film noir, independent films and series that celebrate directors or periods are shown regularly in this renovated 1890 repertory theater. Some famous (or infamous) special events include the annual Valentine’s Day screening of Casablanca and occasional cartoon marathons.

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    Improv Boston

    This group has been making things up and making people laugh for more than a quarter of a century. Nowadays, the troupe's funny shows feature not just improv, but also comedy competitions, musical comedy and nude stand-up. The early Saturday show (4pm) is family oriented. There's free stand-up every Friday at 11:30pm for night owls.

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    Sinclair

    First-rate small venue to hear live music. The acoustics are excellent and the mezzanine level allows you to escape the crowds on the floor. The club attracts a good range of local and regional bands and DJs.

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    Middle East

    The Middle East is as good as the bands it books, which means it varies wildly. This is the preferred venue for local garage bands (hit or miss, by definition), as well as 1980s rockers and fun Euro-pop artists.

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    Regattabar

    Why does Boston have such clean jazz clubs? Regattabar looks just like a conference room in a hotel – in this case the Charles Hotel. Despite the uninspiring ambience, the sound system is ­excellent, it gets big enough names (James Montgomery, Mike Doughty) to transcend the mediocre space, and with only 225 seats, you're guaranteed a good view.

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    Cantab Lounge

    The Cantab is one of the neighborhood's divier dives (and that's saying something in Central Sq). But the eclectic music lineup attracts an awesome mixed crowd. Tuesday night is the area's best bluegrass night, Wednesday is the poetry slam, and Thursday is the famous Chickenslacks. Friday is a get-down, old-timer sweaty dance party. Cash only.

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    Landmark Kendall Square Cinema

    This cinema with steeply sloped seating screens popular foreign films and the usual collection of hits from the Sundance Festival. New releases sell out on Friday nights, so buy your tickets before dinner and treat yourself to a cappuccino from the concession stand, which also sells sweet snacks and popcorn.

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    Harvard Film Archive

    Five nights a week, the cinematheque presents retrospectives of distinguished actors, screenings of rare films, thematic groupings and special events featuring the filmmakers themselves. The screenings – which often sell out – take place in the 188-seat theater in the esteemed Carpenter Center for Visual Arts (designed by Le Corbusier). Tickets go on sale 45 minutes ahead of show times.