Weekend 2.22.-2.24: Art, Books & Film

This is the third consecutive weekend that snow is predicted in Somerville and while I’m usually into winter, I’m about ready for it to be over. Luckily there are lots of fun events happening around the city to take our minds off of the chilly temperatures. From art shows and author readings to special activities at the Winter Farmers Market and events at the Somerville Public Library and Somerville Museum, there’s plenty to do while we wait for winter to release its grip.

This post is brought to you by The Book Shop.

Unfortunately, this weekend’s event at The Book Shop (694 Broadway) has been canceled because of the snow. However, the Shop, located in Ball Square, has a wide selection of new and used books as well as an extensive children’s collection, games, puzzles and more. Of owning a bookstore in Somerville, proprietor Gil Barbosa says, “All walks of life come in here, it’s a great thing. I’m excited about what’s to come. People are finding out what longtime residents have always known–it’s a great place to be.”


Parkour & Music for Kids: This one is for all the parents out there looking for fun activities to do with their children during the last day of school break. Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) hosts Parkour classes for kids ages 8-10 at 8:30 a.m., 11-13 at 10 a.m. and 14-18 at 11:45 a.m. for $15. Then in the afternoon, the Armory has Music is Medicine classes for kids ages 5-13 at 1:30 p.m. and 14-18 at 2:30 p.m. for $15.

TOS Ball Square TastingFree Wine and Beer Tastings: New this week … K2 Beer and Wine (500 Medford Street) in Magoun Square is now open and is hosting a tasting tonight from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a Green Flash Brewing tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and a Genuine Wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. In Davis Square, Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a Sam Adams tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Dave’s Fresh Pasta (81 Holland St.) hosts a tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Black Ink: The Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) in Davis Square has a new exhibit on display, Blank Ink: Printmaking in Monochrome, from now through March 8. You can see the show Wednesday-Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. There will be a closing reception on March 8 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.


Winter Farmers Market: The Winter Farmers Market runs this and every Saturday through April 13 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). Please bring cash to the market this week, as the card terminal is broken and will not be fixed in time for Saturday! This weekend the market hosts story time with Somerville Public Library’s Cathy Piantigini (also of Bathtub Mary fame) at 10:30 a.m., face painting with Zing! at 10 a.m. and the Friends of the Somerville Public Library will be on hand to sign people up for library cards. You can also pick up ingredients to make these four tasty kale recipes supplied to us by Cuisine en Locale!

Somerville Mobile Farmers Market: Every Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Clarendon Hill Community Room (268 Powderhouse Blvd.) hosts the Somerville Mobile Farmers Market, a collaboration among the city’s Shape Up Somerville program, Enterprise Farm, The Welcome Project, Somerville Housing Authority, Groundwork Somerville, the Somerville Council on Aging and more. The market accepts EBT, SNAP, WIC, Farmers’ Market Coupons, cash, credit and debit cards. All items are fresh, delicious and cheap!

UP Small Press

Union Press Open Studio: Stop by the expanded Union Press shop (440 Somerville Ave.) this Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to see the new space, grab a slice of Flatbread Pizza, sip some Black Magic Coffee or Slumbrew beer and even make a print of your own to take home. There will also be Union Press prints for sale.

Photographs by Matthew Corcoran: Stop by the Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) this Saturday from noon-4 p.m. to see photographs by Matthew Corcoran. A new artist’s work will be going up next week, so this is the last chance to see his exhibit.

Delicious Torment: Come to the Nave Gallery (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) today from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. to see the latest art exhibit, Delicious Torment. The show “is an examination of emotional and physical attraction. Heat and cold, passion and heartache, what we give and what we give up when we become entangled in another, the Nave seeks representations of the contradictions and strengths present when two individuals form a pair.” This is the last weekend to see the exhibit.

Film Screening: The Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.) of the Somerville Public Library hosts a screening of In the Blood, a documentary film about the life of turn-of-the-century Maine lumbermen and river drivers. The free event will be followed by a social hour.

Vernon Art

Marketing II: How to Engage People to Come See Your Work: Artisan’s Asylum (10 Tyler Street) hosts this free Somerville Open Studios talk on Saturday from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Learn how to get people to come see your work, grow various markets and the tools (mailing lists, social media, fliers) necessary to accomplish these goals.

Constant Tango: Cafe Tango (16 Bow St.) hosts video installations by Amanda Brown and a live performance/installation called Constant Tango that transforms the space into an interactive gallery of movement and moving image for two days. The event runs from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. with a free tango lesson at 8 p.m. There will be a menu featuring empanadas and other Argentine specialities.


The Somerville I Didn’t Know: The Somerville Museum (1 Westwood Road) hosts a discussion on The Influence of Africans, West Indians and African Americans on Somerville, 1630-1860 on Sunday from 2:30 p.m.-3:3o p.m. with a reception to follow.

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