Weekend 12.20-12.22: Slutcracker, Local Markets & Jingle Bell Run

Though we got our first taste of winter last weekend, tomorrow is actually the first day of the new season as well as the shortest day of the year. There’s plenty going on this weekend, including performances of the Slutcracker, two local holiday markets, the farmers market and a Holiday Extravaganza performed by Kielbasia, an accordion-playing drag lunch lady. And don’t forget that last weekend’s postponed Jingle Bell Run takes place on Sunday in Davis Square. Have fun out there!

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Friday

(chain Reaction): Come to the Brickbottom Artists Association Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Friday from noon-5 p.m. to see the newest show, (chain Reaction). The exhibit features artists who have donated work focused on “the strong bonds and act of giving” through The Art Connection in the last 18 years. You can see the show Thursday to Saturday from noon-5 p.m. until January 18.

Pop-Up Sales: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) in Davis Square is hosting two pop-up sales this weekend. Stop by on Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. to shop some of the Nave’s favorite artists at the Pop-Up Art Sale. You can also shop vintage items and knick-knacks at the Pop-Up Yard Sale (sales from this benefit the Nave Gallery), which is going on at the same time.

ComedySportz Boston: The Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St.) hosts the family-friendly improv show ComedySportz Boston on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18.

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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.). See photos from opening day at the market here.

Saturday Local Artist Market: The Saturday Local Artist Market is giving you one last opportunity to shop this holiday season on Saturday from noon-4 p.m. at the Burren (247 Elm St.). There will be a $5 lunch special during the event.

Threadbare: Stop by the Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) this and every Saturday from noon-4 p.m. through December 28 to see the gallery’s newest show, Threadbare, featuring new work by Melissa Falco, Lauren Leone and Courtney McKenna.

(chain Reaction): Come to the Brickbottom Artists Association Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) on Saturday from noon-5 p.m. to see the newest show, (chain Reaction). The exhibit features artists who have donated work focused on “the strong bonds and act of giving” through The Art Connection in the last 18 years. You can see the show Thursday to Saturday from noon-5 p.m. until January 18.

Pop-Up Sales: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) in Davis Square is hosting two pop-up sales this weekend. Stop by on Saturday from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. to shop some of the Nave’s favorite artists at the Pop-Up Art Sale. You can also shop vintage items and knick-knacks at the Pop-Up Yard Sale (sales from this benefit the Nave Gallery), which is going on at the same time.

Kielbasia Presents Her Holiday Extravaganza: The Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) hosts Kielbasia, the accordion-playing drag lunch lady, on Saturday at 7 p.m. as she presents her Holiday Extravaganza. Expect a night of toe-tapping, sing-a-long holiday cheer for the whole family. Donations accepted.

The Winter Solstice and Other Passive-Agressive Acts of God: Join ComedyCazi at Comicazi (407 Highland Ave.) for a night of laughs during the longest one of the year. The show starts at 8 p.m. (doors are at 7:30 p.m.) and tickets are $8.

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Sunday

Local is for Lovers Holiday Market: Somerville Local First is putting on its second holiday market of this season this Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). Shop a variety of vendors selling everything from letterpress prints to handcrafted soap, listen to live music and snap a picture in the photo booth at this free event. Knucklebones will be on hand with a big play space so parents can shop kid-free.

Jingle Bell Run: One of my favorite road races of the year, the Jingle Bell Run, takes place this Sunday at 11 a.m. in Davis Square after being postponed last week during the snowstorm. The race traverses 3.1 miles (5K) around Somerville before ending back in Davis with a plethora of fun after-parties. The event is sold out, but you can still come down to see the runners’ festive costumes and cheer them on as they run around the city.

Slutcracker: The wacky and wild Slutcracker burlesque show is back at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square) with performances throughout December. You can see the show this Sunday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. for $25.

Pop-Up Sales: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) in Davis Square is hosting two pop-up sales this weekend. Stop by on Sunday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. to shop some of the Nave’s favorite artists at the Pop-Up Art Sale. You can also shop vintage items and knick-knacks at the Pop-Up Yard Sale (sales from this benefit the Nave Gallery), which is going on at the same time.

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

Image of Aubrey Halket’s scarves courtesy of The Book Shop.

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