Sunday > May 4
Harvard Square celebrates the merry merry month today with live music, dance, street performers, sidewalk sales, chalk artists, food vendors, kids’ activities, and more. The MayFair lasts from noon to 6 p.m. (Movie buffs, while you’re there, stop by the Brattle Theatre from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for its first ever tag sale of posters, books, and ephemera.) 617-491-3434; harvardsquare.com
Tuesday and Wednesday > May 6 and 7
In an event sure to conjure up memories of Sox catcher Carlton Fisk’s iconic home run in the 1975 World Series, the Cincinnati Reds return to Fenway for an interleague play two-gamer. Let’s hope the Sox fare better in this series this time around. Both games start at 7:10 p.m. redsox.com
THE FUNNY ONES
Thursday-Sunday > May 8-11
Maria Bamford (a.k.a. the overexcited shopper in Target’s Black Friday ads) kicks off this year’s Women in Comedy Festival with a Thursday 7:30 p.m. show at the Wilbur Theatre. She’s just one of 200 performers (including Amy Sedaris, Judy Gold, and Erin Jackson) on the schedule, which encompasses 33 shows at five locations in Boston and Cambridge. Buy tickets ($8-$42) at womenincomedyfestival.com.
ANIMATION FOR GROWN-UPS
Starting Saturday > May 10
Get a look at what local animators have been dreaming up at the New England Animation Film Festival at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Showing at 7 p.m. on May 10, and 3 p.m. on May 11, 25, and 26, the program screens 19 shorts. Tickets cost $10. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org/programs/film
LISTENING TO SUGAR MAN
Friday > May 9
Rodriguez, the 1970s musician whose unlikely rediscovery was the subject of the 2012 Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” comes to Boston’s Orpheum Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49. 617-876-4275; worldmusic.org
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