Murder, He Wrote
Fifteen years after his best-selling debut novel, The Dante Club, Matthew Pearl has puzzled out a sequel. The Dante Chamber follows the story of a London murderer who takes gruesome inspiration from the iconic Italian poet. Pearl, a sometime Globe Magazine contributor, gets mysterious at Porter Square Books at 7 p.m. Free. portersquarebooks.com
Line up a baby sitter, then head to the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science for a comedic adult clown performance, Yellow Bird in Space, presented by Liars & Believers. The show launches Summer Thursdays at the museum — a series of performances, films, and more for 18-plus audiences. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 in advance. mos.org
Strawberry Festival season has arrived, and the Topsfield Historical Society is on board for the 50th time. Celebrate on the Town Common with music, games, and shortcake topped with whipped cream and the star of the show. Peruse the wares of more than 60 artisans, from pottery to woodwork, and tour the historic Parson Capen House. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. topsfieldhistory.org
Day of Dance
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s annual Dance for World Community Festival kicks off at the Old Cambridge Baptist Church and spills out onto Massachusetts Avenue as more than 90 local groups perform everything from flamenco to hip-hop to swing, starting at noon. Take an introductory class, or stick around for the parking lot dance party from 6 to 8 p.m. Free. danceforworldcommunity.org
Find a spot early along the Boston Pride Parade route, which steps off at noon from Copley Square and weaves through the Back Bay and Beacon Hill to City Hall Plaza. Or meet the parade outside City Hall, where Pride Week peaks with the Pride Festival at 11 a.m. and the Pride Concert, featuring headliners Martha Wash and Big Freedia, at noon. Free. bostonpride.orgShare your event news. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least three weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter@BostonGlobeMag.