Weekend 1.24-1.26: Theatre Festival, Maple Tree Tapping & Scavenger Hunt

With no big football game to distract us this weekend, we can devote our attention to all of the awesome events happening in Somerville. From art shows and theater performances to a scavenger hunt and a maple tree tapping, there’s something for everyone. The last two Upward Facing Somerville classes also take place this weekend, so this is your chance to attend one if you haven’t yet.

And don’t forget to enter the Mission of Burma ticket giveaway, which ends on Sunday, January 26 at midnight!

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Friday

Self-Defense Workshop for Women: Boston nonprofit Girls’ LEAP is hosting a women’s self-defense workshop on Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The workshop takes place at the Massachusetts Martial Arts Alliance (86 Joy St.) and is free. RSVP by calling MMAA at 617-625-2100.

Doodle: Come to the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. to see its current exhibit, Doodle. The group show features the cartooning work of 18 local and national artists.

Top Girls: Theatre@First is performing Top Girls, Caryl Churchill’s 1982 classic play, on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.). Tickets are $20 for adults or $15 for students/seniors. Top Girls ticket holders get 10% off at Foundry and Saloon and tickets purchased at the box office will be discounted 5% if a receipt from Foundry or Saloon is presented (both offers are good on the day of the show only).

Somerville Theatre Festival: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Somerville Theatre Festival this Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for music and food and the show, which will be the same both nights, starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The event is being put on by Performing Fusion Theatre, which produces work that encourages intercultural dialogue and gives a voice to the politically alienated.

MSBD Syrup

Saturday

Somerville Winter Farmers Market: The Somerville Winter Farmers Market is open this and every Saturday through March 29 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). It’s the perfect place to pick up ingredients to make this month’s Farmers Market Meal: Cheesy Oats of the Gods!

Relish Winter Yard Sale: Head to Union Square on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to shop the Relish Winter Yard Sale. The Center for Urban Agriculture pop-up shop (66-70 Union Square) closed in December and is liquidating its furniture, fixtures and accessories, like gardening supplies, gift items and a butcher-block table top.

Upward Facing Somerville: Brooklyn Boulders (12A Tyler St.) hosts its Upward Facing Somerville class this Saturday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Brooklyn Boulders is asking participants for a $15 (members) or $22 (non-member, includes day pass) cash donation with all proceeds going to benefit the Brooklyn Boulders Foundation. There will be light refreshments after the class with time to discuss giving back to the community.

Maple Tree Tapping: Groundwork Somerville is kicking off its Maple Syrup Project this Saturday with a tree tapping. Join the group from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the bottom of Memorial Steps across from Anderson Hall (200 College Ave.) at Tufts University. The event is free and all are welcome. Very cold weather cancels the event.

Scavenge the Square: Union: Cambriville Connects hosts Scavenge the Square: Union this Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event gives participants the chance to explore the square and taste locally made treats from places like Union Square Donuts, Sherman Cafe and the Independent, among others. You can participate on your own or as a team and all scavenger hunt participants will be entered to win prizes from local businesses. The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

Audio/Visual: Visual Art About Sound and Music: This is the final weekend to visit the Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) to see its current exhibit, Audio/Visual: Visual Art About Sound and Music. Stop by on Saturday from noon-4 p.m. to check it out.

Making Shadow Puppets: Parts and Crafts (570 Somerville Ave.) hosts a shadow puppet workshop this Saturday from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Katya Popova will teach attendees how to make and stage the puppets as well as how to use them to tell unique stories, which participants will then perform for each other. The workshop costs $10-$25, though all are welcome to attend regardless of ability to pay.

Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market is open this Saturday at the Mystic Head Start Classroom (35 C Memorial Road) from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Mystic residents and EBT cardholders can purchase goods for half-off.

First Birthday Celebration: Come to the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Saturday from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. to celebrate the gallery’s first anniversary with live music, sweet treats and to catch its current exhibit, Doodle, which ends this weekend. The Annex is also asking attendees to bring donations for the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s Project Soup.

Top Girls: Theatre@First is performing Top Girls, Caryl Churchill’s 1982 classic play, on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.). Tickets are $20 for adults or $15 for students/seniors. Top Girls ticket holders get 10% off at Foundry and Saloon and tickets purchased at the box office will be discounted 5% if a receipt from Foundry or Saloon is presented (both offers are good on the day of the show only).

Somerville Theatre Festival: The Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts the Somerville Theatre Festival this Saturday. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for music and food and the show, which will be the same both nights, starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The event is being put on by Performing Fusion Theatre, which produces work that encourages intercultural dialogue and gives a voice to the politically alienated.

Making Comic Sense: Join Jimmy Tingle for a night of laughs at the Regent Theatre (7 Medford St., Arlington) this Saturday at 8 p.m. Tingle will perform his show, Making Comic Sense. Tickets are $25 ($35 with a post-show meet-and-greet), but Beat readers can take $5 off by using the code “LocalFirst” when purchasing tickets!

Upward Facing Somerville Cover

Sunday

Doodle: Come to the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Sunday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. for your last chance to see its current exhibit, Doodle. The group show features the cartooning work of 18 local and national artists.

Upward Facing Somerville: Samara Yoga (249 Elm St.) hosts its Upward Facing Somerville class this Sunday from 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. All proceeds from the class, taught by Upward Facing Somerville founder Chandra Cantor, will benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Stick around after class for light refreshments and a chance to meet new friends and think about making the community a better place.

Muskat Studios: The First 20 Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) hosts an opening reception for Muskat Studios: The First 20 this Sunday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Muskat Studios is celebrating 20 years as a professional lithography studio and gallery with this show, which features work created at Muskat in the last two decades. If you can’t make it to the show’s opening, there is a panel discussion called Collaboration: Multiple Approaches to Printmaking this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Brickbottom. The Muskat Studios show will be on view at Brickbottom Thursdays-Saturdays from noon-5 p.m. through March 8.

P.S. Looking for fun events happening in Somerville every night? Check out the Seven Nights in Somerville page for listings throughout the week!

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