Weekend 11.2-11.4: ONCE de los Muertos Dinner, BeardFest & Art Opening

This week started with Sandy blowing through town and while we were largely spared here in Somerville, millions of others in the Northeast weren’t so lucky. Halloween seemed to cheer things up a bit, with lots of adorable kids trick or treating around the city. And just like that, it’s the weekend again!


Free Appetizer: Stop by Olde Magoun’s Saloon (518 Medford St.) today between 11 a.m. and noon to enjoy a free appetizer. No strings attached, just some free grub!

Fourth Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon: The Somerville Homeless Coalition will honor Thalia Tringo at its Fourth Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon on Friday from 11:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at Highland Kitchen (150 Highland Ave.). Tickets are $25.

Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a tasting of its November Wines of the Month from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a tasting of artisanal brews from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a Portuguese wines tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a tasting of a pinot noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon, and a white wine from Portugal from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sav-Mor Spirits (15 McGrath Highway) hosts a Barefoot Cellars tasting from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

ONCE de los Muertos: The chefs of Cuisine en Locale are hosting a Dia de los Muertos dinner and dancing fiesta on Friday at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). The all you can eat, all local MassMex event will feature corn paletas from Ocean Ave Pops, a live performance from Somerville-based Mariachi Estampa de America and a costume contest with prizes from Kitchensurfing. The doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45.

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica: The Nave Gallery (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) hosts Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, a vibraphone quartet playing a selection of music ranging from jazz and chamber to world music on Friday. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows are $15 in advance (those 18 and under can get in for $5 with a paying adult at the door).


Union Square Farmers Market: The market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through November 17. This week’s market special guest vendors are Vianne Chocolat and Dan’s Brick Oven Bread. Somerville Climate Action will also be on hand doing community education. If you’re looking for a way to use up some of the delicious fall produce at the market right now, I’ve got a tasty recipe that you can cook up this weekend! (And don’t forget to check out the Davis Square Farmers Market on Wednesdays from noon-5 p.m. through November 21.)

Library Film Series: Come to the Central Branch of the Somerville Public Library this Saturday for the initial film in a three-part series tracing the use of classical music in war movies. Some scenes will be accompanied by live music from members of the Cambridge Symphony Chamber Players. This week’s film is Gallipoli, the November 17 movie is Scent of a Woman and the December 1 film is Platoon. All of the movies are free and begin at 10 a.m.

BeardFest: The Somerville Arts Council invites the bearded (and those who can fake a beard) to Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for BeardFest. Interested parties can enter in a variety of categories: natural full beard, free-style full beard, free-style moustache, free-style partial beard (which includes goatees, sideburns and any other creative combination of the above) and best fake beard. I’ll be there judging the competition, so say hi if you come down!


Parkour Classes: Every Sunday in November and December, rain or shine, Somerville Recreation is holding Parkour classes at Prospect Hill Park for all ages. The adult class (anyone over 15) is from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and costs $8. The youth class (ages 6-14) is from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. and costs $7. Parkour has roots in a variety of places, from gymnastics and climbing to martial arts and athletics. All ability levels are welcome!

Propaganda Posters for Non-Politicians: On Sunday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Bloc 11 (11 Bow St.) hosts an opening reception for Super Precious Art Gallery’s exhibit Propaganda Posters for Non-Politicians. The show features work by 20 local and national artists, who will be on hand during the opening with prints for sale. If you can’t make it to the reception, head down to Bloc 11 anytime until November 13 to view the work.

P.S. We had a great time sampling delicious eats and beers from local restaurants and breweries at last weekend’s Somerville Local First Harvest Fest! Check out our photo gallery.

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