Frog Appreciation Day
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Frog Pond, Boston Common
The Franklin Park Zoo teams up with the city for this day of celebrating the humble frog. Frog-themed games and activities for kids will abound, and the Zoo will provide information for the curious on the global plight of amphibians.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Larz Anderson Auto
Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline
This event is like the Larz Anderson Museum’s car shows, but with bikes instead. Expect to see a lot of rare, old or unusual bicycles. We’re hoping for some of those old bikes with the big giant wheel in front and the tiny one in back — those are totally steampunk — but of course, a steam-powered bicycle would be more steampunk.
Fleet, North and Lewis Sts., Boston, Free email@example.com
This annual Italian-American festival, whose origins go back to the devotions of the fishermen of Sciacca, Sicily, features carnival games, parades, vendors, performances and, of course, the Flight of the Angel, in which a little girl dressed as an angel is hoisted out a window over the crowd and down to the Madonna, where a prayer is said, and she rises again. Maybe that’s what Michael Jackson was doing with Blanket all those years ago?
‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf’
Friday, 8 p.m.
184 Dudley St., Roxbury
Urban Fresh presents an encore performance of their production of this 1975 “coreopoem” by Ntozake Shange. Theatrical but not unified in plot, it’s composed of a series of poems written from the perspectives of several different archetypes of 20th century black wo-manhood, represented as different colors of one rainbow: the Lady in Brown, the Lady in Purple, etc.
Against the Tide
Saturday, 7 a.m.
Nickerson State Park
The way too long to include in the heading subtitle of this event is “Swim, Walk, Run or Kayak to Raise Money for Breast Cancer.”?That pretty much says it all. Sign up, get people to sponsor you and raise money (and awareness) to fight a disease by doing as many as three of these events.
Friday, 8 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St.,
Part of the Beantown Tapfest, this show is a smorgasbord of tap talent. Michelle Dorrance, Mishay Petronelli, Josh Hilberman, Sean Fielder, Barbara Duffy, Max Pollak, Aaron Tolson and Lauren O’Donnell perform a wide variety of tap styles, with music provided for some performances by the Yoko Miwa Trio. Just think of it as Boston
Wednesday, 5 p.m.
Harvard Museum of
26 Oxford St., Cambridge
This 48-minute film uses
3-D computer modeling to show just how bats’ remarkable echolocation ability works. Afterward, you may question your use of the phrase “blind as a bat.” After the screening, BU professor Thomas Kunz delivers a lecture on bat biology which includes information on the White-Nose Fungal Disease that is currently decimating bat populations in our region.
Friday, 8 p.m.
246 Tremont St., Boston
This Chicago-based improv troupe have so many comedy superstars for alumni that it’s hard to conceive of. Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell are three recent examples, but the list goes back and back. Even if none of the cast tonight ends up getting huge, you’ll still laugh your pants off —they’ve got improv down to a science.
Sandra Dooley and Eduardo Guerra
Through Sept. 11
460 Harrison Ave., Boston
A dual exhibition of Cuban artists. Dooley’s work seems cartoony (in a good, folk-art sort of way), but its female characters’ demure facial expressions reveal a much more complicated emotional world. Guerra’s work is in a strikingly similar vein, though more surreal and less restrained; his girls seem less like individuals and more like depictions of femininity itself. Matthew Dinaro