Privacy is a basic human right—and that extends to online privacy, too. Unfortunately, many of us are blissfully unaware of just how vulnerable our online lives are, especially to nonconsensual surveillance from the government (and even other people). Even if you don’t know that much about computers, Somerville-based tech group Parts and Crafts promises that at their potluck/BYOB-style Crypto Party you’ll find a welcoming space to learn more about some useful digital security tips and tricks.
Parts and Crafts. 577 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 6pm/all ages/FREE. partsandcrafts.org
Ulysses on Bottles
In this North American premiere of an award-winning Israeli play by Gilad Evron, the lives of two unlikely companions are poetically rendered within the framework of the turmoil in Gaza. Evron tackles contemporary issues of privilege, freedom, and wartime morality in a tight 75 minutes. If your idea of powerful theater involves humor and heartbreak in equal parts, then Ulysses delivers.
Memory|Witness of the Unimaginable
The Gallery at Le Laboratoire Cambridge will reopen for the first time since 2014 with a brand-new exhibition that explores the sensorial relationship between memory, scent, and sound. This isn’t your typical exhibit, however: Music composer Dániel Péter Biró and master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel teamed up with the gallery’s designers and founders to create an immersive sensory experience in which visitors will be invited to expose themselves to varying combinations of scent and music.
Le Laboratoire Cambridge. 650 East Kendall St., Cambridge. All ages/FREE. For more information, visit lelaboratoirecambridge.com
Trill Presents: Downeast Cider House Music Fest
Downeast Cider House (aka the folks behind Boston’s unofficial apple juice) and live music curators Trill are teaming up to produce a music festival that’ll showcase local bands and provide beer, cider, games, and all of the questionable decision-making that comes with participating in a #dayger. The lineup includes The Western Den and Grey Season, with more TBA. And you can say you went to the first local festival held under the Tobin Bridge.
Downeast Cider House. 200 Terminal St., Charlestown. 12pm/21+/$10. For more information, visit downeasttrillmusic.eventbrite.com
Poetry Grudge Match: House Slam vs. Boston Poetry Slam
Take a break from the massacre that is the Bruins’ season with a sport that’s just as exciting and competitive: slam poetry. Boston’s top slammers will go pen to pen to celebrate National Poetry Month, crafting wordplay that combines humor, wit, and raw emotion. Each team will be judged American Idol-style by a panel of judges, and the action will be cut up with musical and comedy guests. Local faves Janae Johnson, Porsha Olayiwola, Jade Sylvan, and Simone Beaubien will present.
OBERON. 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 7pm/all ages/$10. For more information, visit americanrepertorytheater.org
CHEAP SEATS 27 & 28
Boston’s only omni-genre variety show returns, showcasing the most diverse assortment of comedians, thespians, dancers, poets, and visual and conceptual artists the city has to offer. The word “artist” is used loosely here—sit down at a show, and you never quite can tell what you’ll see. As always, the heart of CHEAP SEATS is a spirit of freedom and reckless originality, so if anything else, you’ll leave with a radically altered notion of what constitutes performance.
Cambridge YMCA Theater. 820 Mass Ave., Cambridge. 7pm/all ages/$5-10. For more information, visit facebook.com/cheapseatsshow