Weekend 12.21-12.23: Tastings, Live Music and a Local Artist Market

Is it just me or is December flying by? With Christmas nearly upon us, it’s time to wrap up holiday shopping (perhaps the Saturday Local Artist Market can be of help) and enjoy all the fun events Somerville has to offer this weekend. There are opportunities to hear terrific music, see beautiful art and chances to catch the Slutcracker … basically, something for everyone. I hope you enjoy the weekend and are having a very merry holiday season so far!

Friday

Coffee Cupping: 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. Stop by to learn more about and try some delicious coffee!

Free Tastings: Davis Square’s Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a Privateer Rum tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Also in Davis, Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sav-Mor Liquors (15 McGrath Highway) hosts an Atlantic Importing Wine and Spirits tasting from 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Teasecraft Meet-up: Artisan’s Asylum (10 Tyler St.) hosts the Teasecraft Meet-up this Friday from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The event is for anyone 18 and older interested in making their own sex toys regardless of what medium they wish to use. The goal of Teasecraft is to facilitate face-to-face conversations that allow attendees to show off their work, share stories and collaborate on projects.

Friday Night Music Series: Come to Cafe Tango (16 Bow St.) on Friday night to listen to Tracie Smart, a singer/song writer. The cafe has music every Friday from 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Boston Jazz Singers Showcase: The Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) hosts some of the areas best jazz singers on Friday night from 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. The event has a $10 cover.

Saturday

Winter Farmers Market: The Winter Farmers Market runs again this and every Saturday through April 13 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). Don’t miss the delicious apples from Apex Orchards, the amazing fish from Jordan Brothers Seafood and fresh mozzarella and burrata from Fiore di Nonno, among the many great products and vendors at the market!

SLAM at the Burren: Finish up your holiday shopping from noon-4 p.m. at the Burren (247 Elm St.) at the Saturday Local Artist Market. There will be lots of jewelry, paper products, photography, paintings and other regionally crafted goods to shop.

Washington Street Art Center: This is the last weekend to see the Fabricating Realities exhibit at the Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.). Stop by from noon-4 p.m. to check out Danielle Festa’s work.

Talk Design: The Somerville Public Library Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.) hosts its second Talk Design event this Saturday at 3 p.m. This week, Somerville residents and MassArt lecturers Steve and Amber Tourlentes will discuss Kodachrome vs. Ektachrome, digital editing, simulating the Kodachrome palette (Instagram) and more. Stay after for coffee and cake!

Dark Knight on a Dark Night: Hub Comics hosts the opening reception for its Batman-themed art show Dark Knight on a Dark Night on Saturday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. If you can’t make it to the event, stop by the shop any time it’s open during the next month to check out the exhibit.

Sunday

The Slutcracker: The Slutcracker has shows today and tomorrow and at publication time there were still tickets available for those and the final New Year’s Eve performances. Tickets for the raunchy and raucous burlesque show are $25 and all performances are at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square). If you’ve never been to this unique event, I highly recommend it for a wicked good time. Tickets go quick, so snap them up!

Ongoing Events: Every week on Sunday several restaurants in Somerville host brunches (some with music like Highland Kitchen, the Burren and Johhny D’s), while Bull McCabe’s offers 50-cent wings and football on seven screens from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. There’s trivia at the Thirsty Scholar Pub, game night at Orleans, $1 oysters at the bar at Bergamot (a fish dish from the restaurant is pictured above) and traditional Sunday roasts at Olde Magoun’s Saloon. Check out my full listing of all the fun happenings in Somerville every night of the week here!

P.S. Looking for the perfect calendar to use in 2013? The Cambridge Health Alliance has put together the Firmly Planted 2013 Calendar featuring work of the Victims of Violence Program who volunteer to take care of the Spring Hill Garden. A portion of sales from the calendar will benefit the Spring Hill Garden and provide healthful food options to those who need them most. You can purchase the calendar here for $20.

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