Weekend 1.18-1.21: Hockey, Music for the Whole Family & Maple Syrup Brunch

There’s a lot going on around Somerville this weekend, from hockey games and plays to music for all ages and a pop-up dinner at Daddy Jones in Magoun Square. This weekend is a long one for many, so I’ve included a few events taking place on Monday, like the Maple Syrup Brunch at the Independent in Union Square. Whether your weekend is two or three days, I hope it’s a great one!

Friday

CC Sign

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 an Arborway Imports wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Smuttynose 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 Italian wines from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Artemisia: Helios Early Opera performs Cavalli’s 1657 comedy in an original new staging at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This play is full of mistaken identities and features a unique instrumental ensemble with truly surprising music. Tickets range from $20 to $50 and can be purchased here.

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 week’s market will feature several guest vendors, including face painting, in addition to the regular vendors.

Winter Farmers Market Scene

Hub Comics Fifth Anniversary Sale: Union Square’s comic book shop is celebrating five years in business this weekend with a sale on its regularly priced $1 back issues, which will be selling for half-price. Hub (19 Bow St.) is getting an additional 2,000 comics out of storage for the event, which will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Make-Your-Own Pattern: One-Day Skirt Workshop: Artisan’s Asylum (10 Tyler St.) hosts this class from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and attendees will come away with a completed skirt and custom pattern. Click here for full details on the $60 class.

MEM Tea Tasting: The Taza Chocolate Factory Store invites you to stop by from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday to taste a new MEM Tea, Red Chili, which is made with Taza cacao husks, Chinese Yunnan black tea, ground Bourbon vanilla and guajillo chilies.

MEM Taza

Boston Blades vs. Toronto Furies: Come to Veterans Memorial Rink (570 Somerville Ave.) to see the Boston Blades take on the Toronto Furies at 2:35 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10.

Artemisia: Helios Early Opera performs Cavalli’s 1657 comedy in an original new staging at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This play is full of mistaken identities and features a unique instrumental ensemble with truly surprising music. Tickets range from $20 to $50 and can be purchased here.

OPENSOUND: This monthly concert series, held at Third Life Studio (33 Union Square), explores improvised music by bringing artists from different backgrounds together. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Sunday

Hub Comics Fifth Anniversary Sale: Union Square’s comic book shop is celebrating five years in business this weekend with a sale on its regularly priced $1 back issues, which will be selling for half-price. Hub (19 Bow St.) is getting an additional 2,000 comics out of storage for the event, which will take place on Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Hub Comics

Boston Blades vs. Toronto Furies: Come to Veterans Memorial Rink (570 Somerville Ave.) to see the Boston Blades take on the Toronto Furies at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10.

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Family Concert: The Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra’s Family Concert on Sunday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Children will be able to “meet” each instrument and make music in the “instrument petting zoo” in addition to listening to the story of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Families with two adults and up to three children can purchase tickets for $30. General admission tickets are $15 and those ages two to 12 can get in for $5.

Monday

The Indo

Maple Syrup Brunch: Groundwork Somerville is hosting a brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday at the Independent (75 Union Square). Brunch attendees will be able to try (and purchase) locally made maple syrup as part of the 2013 Maple Syrup Project, a four-week education project for Somerville second-graders. As part of the project, the kids go to the Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.) to tap a tree, collect sap and and boil it into syrup. The Independent is donating a portion of its profits from Monday to the project.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: Come to the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square) on Monday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for live music, dance, awards and refreshments in honor of MLK Day. The Red Cross is also holding a blood drive in Davis Square on Holland Street on Monday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. And there’s a food drive for nonperishable food items at the Somerville Theatre from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday.

Daddy Jones Front

Pop-Up Invasion of Magoun Square: Daddy Jones (525 Medford St.) hosts Staff Meal Truck on Monday night for four dinner seatings (6, 6:30, 8 and 8:30). Staff Meal is bringing a whole pig from M.F. Dulock to Daddy Jones and will prepare four courses of pig for diners. Plymouth Gin is providing each attendee with one cocktail. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

P.S. Don’t forget that Somerville Open Studios is accepting artist participants until January 31 for the event in early May. And the Somerville Arts Council is looking for local cat-lovers to submit feline videos, photos, limericks and stories by February 1 for its upcoming Copy Cat Festival.

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