Weekend 1.31-2.2: BeardFest, Chili Cook-Off & Greek Night

This weekend’s event listings are a great reminder of why Somerville is such an awesome place to live. BeardFest returns to the Armory, it’s the kick-off for the Somerville Theatre’s Centennial Celebration and Olde Magoun’s Saloon is hosting its Ninth Annual Great Chili Cook-Off before the Super Bowl. There are also live music shows, theater performances and farmers markets happening throughout the weekend. And it’s going to be above freezing!

The Nave Gallery recently yarnstormed Davis Square.

Friday

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 Centennial Celebration: This Friday night is the kick-off of the Somerville Theatre’s Centennial Celebration, which runs through May 11 and features special film showings, life theater performances and concerts. The Theatre is presenting Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies by showing Sparrows as well as two shorts, The Dream and Their First Misunderstanding, with live music by Jeff Rapsis. The show costs $10 and starts at 8 p.m.

Brooklyn Boulders Somerville Opening

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!

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.

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).

Right Now!: We Are Music is hosting a one-night festival at Brooklyn Boulders (12A Tyler St.) on Saturday from 6 p.m.-midnight with 100% of ticket proceeds going to benefit the rebuilding efforts in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. The event features live music, guest speakers (including a video appearance by environmental activist/author Bill McKibben), sustainably oriented companies, nonprofits and more. This is a 21-plus event and tickets are $32-$60.

Album Release Party and Performance: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers celebrate the release of their new album, The Devil You Know, with a live performance on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Johnny D’s (17 Holland St.). Tickets are $15.

Greek Night: Join Kostas Mitsis and his ensemble at the Dormition Greek Orthodox Church (29 Central St.) for a night of live music and dancing on Saturday. The fun runs from 7:30 p.m.-2 a.m. and admission is $45 for adults and $35 for students. There will be a cash bar and Greek food available for purchase.

Bards, Gazelles, Squirrels & Sonatas (II): The Nave Gallery (155 Powder House Blvd.) hosts an evening of live music on Saturday at 8 p.m. There will be new music by Jim Dalton, Karl Henning, Nancy Rexford and Charles Turner for clarinet, guitar, mandolin, flute, piccolo, piano, shakuhachi, bass, violin and voice. There is a $10-$15 suggested donation.

Somerville Theatre Centennial Celebration: The Somerville Theatre’s Centennial Celebration continues on Saturday night with a showing of D.W. Griffith’s Way Down East with Lilian Gish. There will be live music by Jeff Rapsis. The show costs $10 and starts at 8 p.m.

Boston Beard Bureau's Bert Mayer

Sunday

9th Annual Great Chili Cook-Off and All You Can Eat BBQ Tailgate: Spend your Super Bowl Sunday at Olde Magoun’s Saloon (518 Medford St.) at the restaurant’s Ninth Annual Great Chili Cook-Off from noon-3 p.m. and for the All You Can Eat BBQ Tailgate from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Bring a gallon of your best chili to win prizes like Bruins or Celtics tickets and stick around to nosh on BBQ staples like pulled pork, cole slaw and mac and cheese during the game. The cook-off is open to the public to participate and vote in (limited to 30 entrants) and the all-you-can-eat special is $14.

Somerville Theatre Centennial Celebration: The Somerville Theatre’s Centennial Celebration continues on Sunday with a showing of Wings, the first Best Picture winner, with Clara Bow. There will be live music by Jeff Rapsis. The show costs $10 and starts at 1 p.m.

BeardFest: The Somerville Arts Council is hosting BeardFest this Sunday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). Contestants will go head-to-head in five categories: natural full beard, free-style full beard, free-style moustache, free-style partial beard and best fake beard. Admission to the event and contestant registration is $5 and the general public is welcome. The event even features a make-your-own-beard table! I was a judge last year and highly recommend heading to BeardFest if you’ve never been–it’s a super fun way to spend the afternoon.

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