Weekend 1.25-1.27: Food, Food & More Food

The theme for this weekend in Somerville is food. Kicking off tonight with the ONCE in Valhalla dinner and an opening for an art exhibit called PICNIC, continuing tomorrow with the Winter Farmers Market and on Sunday with a new series of cooking classes from the Somerville Arts Council and City Chicks/Homemade Modern and ending on Monday with Ginger Explosion 4. Hope you’re hungry!

**This post is brought to you by The Book Shop in Ball Square, which has a special event this Sunday. Read below for further details.**


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 wine tasting for Australia Day from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Lagunitas beer tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Davis Square, Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

ONCE de los Muertos

ONCE in Valhalla: The folks from Cuisine en Locale host ONCE in Valhalla this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). This 10-course feast kicks off with a Slumbrew beer tasting and open oyster bar. Tickets are $100 for the dinner, which will feature nine more courses of local ingredients prepared according to Viking traditions.

PICNIC Opening Reception: The Nave Gallery Annex in Davis Square (53 Chester St.) hosts an opening reception for its first exhibit, PICNIC, on Friday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The first 25 visitors will receive a gift from Cuppow and pie will be served. If you can’t make it to the opening, you can see the exhibit at various times until it closes with an auction on Friday, February 8, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.


Go Skiing: I recently wrote about my top picks for where to ski, stay and eat in the White Mountains and my favorite places to ski that aren’t so far from Somerville. If you haven’t hit the slopes yet this winter or are just looking to get started, this may be the perfect weekend to go!

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 in addition to the regulars.

Winter Farmers Market Bread

Exploration in Voice Movement: Third Life Studio (33 Union Square) is hosting an Exploration in Voice Movement Therapy session this Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The workshop will explore voice, movement and psyche for anyone interested (no experience necessary). The event costs $80 and space is limited.

Art Exhibit: This is the last weekend to see Super Precious Art Gallery’s New Year’s Resolutions show at the Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.). You can see the exhibit during the gallery’s open hours on Saturday from noon-4 p.m.

Get Wet: Weirdo Rock and D.J. Jams Under the Sea: Moe’s Lounge at Radio (379-381 Somerville Ave.) presents Electric Street Queens, Samosa, Seamstress and D.J. Sonam on Saturday night at 8 p.m. The $5 event promises to be “a tidal wave of tasteless music.”


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!

6951907Author Event: Daniel M. Kimmel presents his first novel, Shh! It’s a Secret: A novel about Aliens, Hollywood and the Bartender’s Guide, this Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Book Shop (694 Broadway). Daniel M. Kimmel is a film critic and professor of film. His book on the history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network, received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, The Dream Team, and I’ll Have What She’s Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies. His collection of essays, Jar Jar Binks Must Die … and other Observations about Science Fiction Movies, is a 2012 nominee for the Hugo Award for Best Related Work. He is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics and current co-chair of the Boston Online Film Critics Association. This is his first novel. Read more about The Book Shop and its owner, Gil Barbosa.

Jazz Jam Session: Come to the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) on Sunday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. to hear a set by Arlington’s Morningside Music Studio before participating in (or listening to) an open jazz jam. The $6 event is open to everyone, all instruments are welcome and vocalists should bring their charts.

Heather pudding

Food of the Americas Cooking Class: The Somerville Arts Council is teaming up with City Chicks/Homemade Modern and Kitchen Inc. on a series of cooking classes. Ryan Redmond teaches one this Sunday that highlights ingredients used in pre-Christopher Columbus times. The class costs $40 and takes place from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at Kitchen Inc. (201 Somerville Ave.).

English Renaissance Music: The Somerville Museum (1 Westwood Road) hosts its Early Music Afternoons program this Sunday at 3 p.m. with Michael Collver joining El Dorado Ensemble for Music Divine, a celebration of English renaissance music. Tickets are $19 for the general public and $14 for students, seniors and museum members.


Ginger Explosion 4: This one’s a bonus because it’s happening on Monday night! PA’s Lounge (345 Somerville Ave.) hosts Eat’s Ginger Explosion 4 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Join Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Dosa N Curry (formerly Dosa Temple, 447 Somerville Ave.), Mei Mei Street Food and Staff Meal for tasty food samples and a ginger cocktail. The 21-plus event is a fundraiser for ArtsUnion.

**This post is brought to you by The Book Shop in Ball Square, which has a special event this Sunday. Read above for further details.**

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