I don’t know about you, but I’m so excited that it’s officially spring. And while this week wasn’t without its weather disruptions, I’m starting to see signs of the changing seasons all over Somerville. From the first flowers bravely poking through the soil to trees lined with buds just waiting to open. On this first weekend of spring, there’s a lot going on in the city–art shows, author readings, theater and dance performances, farmers markets and more. I hope you have the chance to get out and enjoy it all!
Free Tastings: Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquors (716 Broadway) hosts a wine tasting from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m and a tasting of Framingham-based Jack’s Abby from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. In Davis Square, Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) hosts a tasting from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and Dave’s Fresh Pasta hosts a wine tasting from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Art Opening: The Nave Gallery (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) welcomes Nursery Rhymes, a new exhibit by Super Precious Art Gallery, to its space in Teele Square this weekend. Come to the show’s opening on Friday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. to see work inspired by artists’ favorite nursery rhymes. You can also view the show on Saturday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Lysistrata: Theatre@First presents Lysistrata, an age-old story of the battle between the sexes set in the present time with characters in modern dress for these performances. See the show on Friday at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 2 p.m. The performances take place at Unity Somerville (6 William St.) and the tickets are $12 for students/seniors and $15 for the general public.
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.). This weekend at the market you’ll find Henwyn Farm, Nella Pasta, Spindler Confections, Violette Gluten Free (pictured below), Foxboro Cheese Company, Zoll Cellars, Turtle Creek Winery, Soluna Garden Farm and Coutt’s Speciality Jams, in addition to the regular vendors. While you’re at the market, be sure to pick up ingredients to make one of these tasty seasonal recipes!
Humor From My Pen: Saturday is the last chance to see Humor From My Pen, featuring the political cartoons of Gerardo Hernandez at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.). Hernandez is one of the Cuban Five political prisoners incarcerated in the U.S. since 1998. You can see the exhibit from 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
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!
The Great Fiber Swap and Wrap Around Project Kick-Off: This Saturday is your chance to get rid of unused yarn, fabric or felt at the Nave Gallery’s (155 Powderhouse Blvd.) Great Fiber Swap. You can swap or donate items while learning about the Wrap Around Project, which benefits the Somerville Homeless Coalition. The event takes place from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and is free, but attendees should bring canned goods or toiletries to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s Project SOUP food pantry. While you’re at the Nave, stop in the see the above-mentioned Nursery Rhymes show.
Movable Feasts Reading: Ball Square’s The Book Shop (694 Broadway) hosts writers who contributed to Movable Feasts: An Anthology on Saturday at 4 p.m. The book is a collection of short stories and four of the writers will be on hand to read their contributions.
Storied Nights in Somerville: Union Square’s Bloc 11 (11 Bow St.) hosts Storied Nights in Somerville, which brings together prose writers and storytellers for a unique performance, this Saturday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. The city of Somerville is bound to be the topic of some of the stories told by Stephen McCauley and Andrew Goldstein, storytellers Katie Liesener and Michael Mack, memorist Daniel Gewertz and songwriter Thea Hopkins.
Brunch and more: Somerville is home to several restaurants serving killer brunch menus on Sunday morning (check out Highland Kitchen, Daddy Jones with Black Magic Coffee and Johnny D’s to name a few) and other hotspots that have $1 oysters (Bergamot) and Sunday roasts (Olde Magoun’s Saloon) on Sunday evenings. You can get all the details on what’s happening this and every Sunday in Somerville here.
Cafe Raqs: The fourth Sunday of the month brings Cafe Raqs, a dance revue celebrating the beauty and diversity of Boston’s belly dance and tribal dance community, to the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation and the cafe will be open for attendees to purchase wine or beer, coffee or tea and other goodies during the performance.
Somerville Open Studios Flatbread Fundraiser: Chow down at Flatbread Company (45 Day St.) this Tuesday from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. to support Somerville Open Studios. A portion of that night’s proceeds will go to the organization, which holds its annual event this May 4 and 5, and you can enter a raffle to win a $100 local artist shopping spree at Blue Cloud Gallery in Ball Square.
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