Weekend 1.11-1.13: Organics Workshop, Art Opening & Parkour in the Park

The first full workweek of the new year is behind us and that means it’s time to have some fun in the ‘Ville! This weekend, there’s a workshop upstairs from the Winter Farmers Market about demystifying organic food, a book reading in Ball Square and outdoor Parkour classes for kids and adults. Washington Street Art Center hosts an opening reception for a new exhibit and the Armory has a couple of movie and music events happening throughout the weekend.

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Coffee Tasting: Join the folks at Counter Culture Coffee’s Boston Training Center (374 Somerville Ave.) for a coffee cupping (tasting) this and every Friday at 10 a.m. 

Wine and Beer Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a Cafe Europa wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Goose Island beer tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a tasting of two wines from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.


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 week’s market will feature guest vendors Henwyn Farm, Foxboro Cheese Co., Sprouted Raw Foods, Macaron Sweeterie, Zoll Cellars, Turtle Creek, Seacoast Butters and Nella Pasta, in addition to the regular vendors. Somerville’s own Hornography will be playing onstage throughout the market.

Winter Farmers Market Apple

Demystifying Organic: While you’re shopping at the farmers market, head upstairs to the third floor of the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) to hear Registered Dietician Jennifer Jasmin talk about food labeling, how to balance shopping local and eating organic and ways to go organic without the cost. The workshop takes place in the Broga space, runs from 11:30 a.m.-noon and costs $5.

Book Reading: The Book Shop (694 Broadway) in Ball Square hosts first-time author Nish Bey this Saturday at 1 p.m. for a reading from his book Don’t be a Penguin: Live Your Life Like an Alien. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

nyrArt Opening: The Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) hosts an opening reception for Super Precious Art Gallery’s New Year’s Resolutions show. According to the Art Center, “for this show, artists were asked to create a poster illustration inspired by the New Year’s Resolution of their favorite character, fictional or real, from books, movies, comics and video games.” The opening takes place on Saturday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. and if you can’t make it then, stop by the Art Center on Saturdays in January from noon-4 p.m. to view the exhibit.

Not-So-Silent Cinema: The Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) will host Not-So-Silent Sundays Saturdays in January. This weekend’s feature is Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 classic STRIKE. Boston composer Brendan Clooney is the man behind the Not-So-Silent Cinema project, for which he creates “diverse mash-ups of musical personalities from different music scenes to create lively new platforms for interaction and creativity.” The event starts at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7) and is free.


Parkour Classes: Central Hill Park (81 Highland Ave.) plays host to Parkour classes this Sunday morning for adults 14-plus from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ($8) and for kids six to 13 years old from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ($7). Parkour has roots in a variety of places, from gymnastics and climbing to martial arts and athletics. All ability levels are welcome!

Second Sundays Open Stage: On the second Sunday of each month, the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) hosts Open Stage where performers are invited to sign up to perform for five-minute segments. Sign-up takes place from 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m. with the performances taking place immediately after and ending at 10 p.m. A video of the event will be made available later in the month.



Somerville Open Studios Registration: Calling all Somerville artists and art lovers: Open Studios registration is open now through January 31. The big weekend is May 3, 4 and 5 this year. Artists can sign up to participate here and those interested in volunteering can learn more here.

P.S. You can read about a Somerville artist being honored by the Somerville Arts Council for her work in the local creative community here.

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