Weekend 11.8-11.10: Comedy Festival, Grooversity & 5K Run/Walk

October felt like one of the fastest months ever and November seems to be following in its footsteps. While it’s difficult to believe, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start menu planning if you’re cooking the big meal. If you want to order a local, fresh turkey, there are several options with pick-ups right in Somerville.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This weekend brings the Boston Comedy Festival to Somerville as well as a Thanksgiving dinner and concert for veterans, a 5K run/walk for autism and two events encouraging social change through music. I hope you get out to enjoy it all!

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Boston Comedy Festival: The Boston Comedy Festival comes to the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) on Friday with a performance by massmouth,inc. and a story slam with prizes. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a storytelling workshop limited to 25 people and the performance follows at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door.

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Union Square Farmers Market: Head down to the Union Square Plaza on Saturday to stock up on fresh, seasonal produce, baked goods, bread, meat, eggs, fish and so much more at the Union Square Farmers Market. The market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays through November 23. While you’re there you can order your fresh, local turkey for Thanksgiving!

Photographer on the M.B.T.A.: The Washington Street Art Center is showing its newest exhibit, Photographer on the M.B.T.A., featuring the work of Gretchen Ann Graham on Saturdays in November from noon-4 p.m.

Grooversity Percussion Festival 2013: Music, Peace Justice: Grooversity invites the public to its Percussion Festival 2013: Music, Peace Justice at the East Somerville Community School (50 Cross St.) from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday. The free festival encourages kids and adults to make positive individual and community changes through music and dance. Attend workshops, take a samba class, hear a panel discussion and enjoy performances by local musicians.

ComedySportz Boston: The Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.) hosts ComedySportz Boston for several shows from now through December 20. You can catch this family-friendly improv comedy event on Saturday at 6 p.m. for $12 as part of the Boston Comedy Festival.

A Thanksgiving for Veterans: The Nave Gallery hosts A Thanksgiving for Veterans, a dinner and benefit concert to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition and local chapter of Volunteers for America this Saturday at Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church (155 Powder House Blvd.). The event is free to veterans and their families and is open to the public. There is a $10 suggested donation for dinner or the concert and a $20 suggested donation for dinner and the concert. The dinner is from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and the concert is from 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Comicazi Cookie Clash: Come down to Comicazi (407 Highland Ave.) for a Cookie Clash on Saturday at 7 p.m. to benefit Boston Partners in Education, a nonprofit supporting the academic success of students in Boston Public Schools. To enter you must bake at least two dozen cookies in three categories–classic chocolate chip, bar and a wild card of your choice–and bring them to Comicazi to be judged for a shot at winning a prize (and the coveted title of best cookie baker). Non-bakers can participate by paying $8 for adults or $4 for kids (cash only) for which you’ll get to sample the cookies with a glass of milk or cup of coffee and vote for the People’s Choice Award.



Team Chase 5K Run/Walk for Autism Speaks: Run or walk a 5K this Sunday and support the work of Autism Speaks, which conducts research, raises awareness and advocates on behalf of those with autism. The 5K starts at 10:30 a.m. at East End Grille (118 Broadway), where food will be served at the end of the event. There will also be a raffle/silent auction and a live band.

Songs for Change, Songs for Peace: Journeys in Sound presents Songs for Change, Songs for Peace this Sunday at the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The concert features music that calls for peace and social change performed by fiddler/composer/vocalist/improviser Eden MacAdam-Somer; multi-faceted vocalist/composer/wordologist Nedelka Prescod; and multi-instrumentalist Eric Lane. There is a $10-$15 suggested donation.

ComedySportz Boston: The Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.) hosts ComedySportz Boston for several shows from now through December 20. You can catch this family-friendly improv comedy event on Sunday at 5 p.m. for $12 as part of the Boston Comedy Festival.

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