Weekend 3.1-3.3: In Like a Lion

February was a short but eventful month and now it’s time to see what March has in store. I’m hoping it brings warmer, sunnier weather! If this weekend is any indication, it’s going to be a jam-packed month. Over the next few days in Somerville there’s an author reading, art exhibits, farmers markets, a pet adoption program, a maple syrup workshop and theatrical performances, among other events. Happy Friday!

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Meet New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Haigh this Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. at The Book Shop (694 Broadway). Haigh is the author of the short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer. Her short fiction has been published widely in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2012 and many other publications.

In addition to the author reading this weekend, The Book Shop, located in Ball Square, has a wide selection of new releases in stock right now. Stop by seven days a week to check out what’s just in!

Friday

Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a Berkshire Brewing Company tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and a tasting of its March Wines of the Month from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. In Davis Square, Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a Boulder Beer tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sav-Mor Liquors (15 McGrath Highway) hosts an ODDKA Vodka tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Black InkBlack Ink: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) in Davis Square has a new exhibit on display, Blank Ink: Printmaking in Monochrome, from now through March 8. You can see the show Wednesday-Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. There will be a closing reception on March 8 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

The Vagina Monologues: The second in a two-show event at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.), The Vagina Monologues returns this Friday at 7 p.m. There will be a raffle and bake sale to benefit local nonprofit organizations Amirah, RESPOND and Girls LEAP. Tickets range from $10-$20 and there will be a cash bar.

Saturday

Winter Farmers Market: The Winter Farmers Market runs this and every Saturday through April 13 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). This weekend’s market features Soluna Garden Farm (check out how we used the farm’s spices in these kale recipes), Valicenti Organico selling fresh pasta and sauce and 7ate9 Bakery with mini-cheesecakes, among many other produce, sweets, wine, cheese, fish, meat and bread vendors.

Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: Every Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Clarendon Hill Community Room (268 Powderhouse Blvd.) hosts the Somerville Mobile Farmers Market, a collaboration among the city’s Shape Up Somerville program, Enterprise Farm, The Welcome Project, Somerville Housing Authority, Groundwork Somerville, the Somerville Council on Aging and more. The market accepts EBT, SNAP, WIC, Farmers’ Market Coupons, cash, credit and debit cards. All items are fresh, delicious and cheap!

Winter Farmers Market Apple

Pet Adoption Program: Maxwell’s Green (off of Lowell Street) hosts a pet adoption program this Saturday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. with Somerville’s Pets in Need organization, which helps cats and dogs find forever homes.

Maple Syrup Workshop: Lee Dwyer, coordinator for Groundwork Somerville, offers a workshop for families this Saturday at the Central Branch of the Somerville Public Library (79 Highland Ave.) at 2 p.m. Dwyer will discuss the history of maple syrup, information about syrup production and conduct a syrup tasting. The event comes a week ahead of the big boil down event on March 9 (look for a story on this next week)!

Art Opening: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) hosts an opening for its newest exhibit, Love Letters :: Messages Received, on Saturday night from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Come see work by Marissa Falco that night or any Saturday in March from noon-4 p.m.

Sunday

Session Planetaria: Sally O’Brien’s (335 Somerville Ave.) hosts Session Planetaria, an open jam improv concert, on Sunday afternoon. The session is led by a group of experienced improv musicians and it evolves in a round robin with musicians, poets and storytellers of all levels participating. The event takes place from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and sign-ups begin at 1:30 p.m.

Book Shop 1Author Reading: Meet New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Haigh this Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. at The Book Shop (694 Broadway). Haigh is the author of the short story collection News From Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the  PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer. Her short fiction has been published widely in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories 2012 and many other publications.

Ongoing

PorchFest Registration: The date for PorchFest 2013 has been set and it’s time to register for this year’s festival. On May 18, musicians from nearly every genre will perform all over Somerville on porches, in driveways and in parks. PorchFest is one of my favorite events each year and I can’t wait to check out all the performers in May! Here are some photos and videos we took at last year’s event.

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