Weekend 4.25-4.27: Birdhouses, Spring Clean Up & Film Festival

I absolutely love this time of year in Somerville. The flowers, the birds, the fun events, it’s all happening! This weekend is jam-packed with stuff to do, from the Birdhouse Project installation and the Independent Film Festival Boston to a city-wide Spring Clean Up and BBQ to a Local is for Lovers Mother’s Day Market. I hope you have a chance to get out to enjoy it all!
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Friday

Charlie Bubbles to Fenway Book Reading: Daddy Jones Bar (525 Medford St.) hosts a reading of children’s book Charlie Bubbles to Fenway on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Seating is limited, so RSVP to contact@daddyjonesbar.com.

Somerville Birdhouse Project Decorating Event: Get your birdhouse ready for Saturday’s installation event (details below) at the Central Branch (79 Highland Ave.) of the Somerville Public Library on Friday from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The Friends of the Somerville Public Library will be on hand with brushes and paints to help you finish the project.

Painting Intricacies: Come to the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Friday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. to see Painting Intricacies. The exhibit, which “explores the visual language of detailed, meticulous paintings,” will be on display through May 4.

Independent Film Festival Boston: The Somerville Theatre is one of the locations where you can take in the Independent Film Festival Boston through Wednesday, April 30. A variety of films are being shown–everything from collections of shorts to documentaries about topics like Internet activist Aaron Swartz). Tickets range in price and while some rush tickets may be available, many films get sold out. It’s a fun, interesting event and I recommend getting there early!

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Saturday

Spring Clean Up and SomerGreen BBQ and Festival: It’s the time of year to make Somerville shine with the Spring Clean Up this Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at locations throughout the city. Meet your ward captain, enjoy a light breakfast and receive a free T-shirt when you participate. And when the hard work is over, head to the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse (32 Shore Drive) from noon-2 p.m. for the SomerGreen BBQ and Festival. Enjoy Redbones, live music and fun for the whole family. Rain date of Sunday, April 27.

Transform: Come to the Washington Street Art Center (321 Washington St.) to see the current show, Transform, on Saturday from noon-4 p.m. The exhibit features the work of nine photographers depicting transformation using a variety of photographic mediums.

15th Annual Grand Wine Tasting: Downtown Wine & Spirits (225 Elm St.) is hosting more than 15 wine distributors who will be pouring more than 100 different wines at its 15th Annual Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday from noon-4 p.m. The free event is 21-plus and attendees will be able to take 25% off any mixed full case of wine and 20% off any mixed half case of wine.

Independent Film Festival Boston: The Somerville Theatre is one of the locations where you can take in the Independent Film Festival Boston through Wednesday, April 30. A variety of films are being shown–everything from collections of shorts to documentaries about topics like Internet activist Aaron Swartz). Tickets range in price and while some rush tickets may be available, many films get sold out. It’s a fun, interesting event and I recommend getting there early!

Painting Intricacies: Come to the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Saturday from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. to see Painting Intricacies. The exhibit, which “explores the visual language of detailed, meticulous paintings,” will be on display through May 4.

Voices Rising Presents Catie Curtis: Voices Rising, an organization that focuses on women building community through song, presents Catie Curtis in concert at the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see the singer-songwriter are $25 for general admission and $50 for priority seating with a meet and greet.

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Sunday

Local is for Lovers Mother’s Day Market: Come to Brooklyn Boulders Somerville (12A Tyler St.) on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for the Somerville Local First Local is for Lovers Mother’s Day Market. The free event will feature local vendors, live music and fun for the whole family.

Birdhouse Hoisting Party: Bring your decorated birdhouse to Davis Square this Sunday to participate in the Somerville Birdhouse Project, a public art and community-building event. Meet behind the Holland Avenue T station (by Au Bon Pain) at noon to check in and start hanging. The event will continue until 2 p.m. or all the birdhouses are hung.

Independent Film Festival Boston: The Somerville Theatre is one of the locations where you can take in the Independent Film Festival Boston through Wednesday, April 30. A variety of films are being shown–everything from collections of shorts to documentaries about topics like Internet activist Aaron Swartz). Tickets range in price and while some rush tickets may be available, many films get sold out. It’s a fun, interesting event and I recommend getting there early!

Painting Intricacies: Come to the Nave Gallery Annex (53 Chester St.) on Sunday from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. to see Painting Intricacies. The exhibit, which “explores the visual language of detailed, meticulous paintings,” will be on display through May 4.

Songs of the Greek Underground & Lost Homelands: A Look at the History of Rebetika Music: The Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.) hosts a Rebetika workshop on Sunday at 3 p.m. Rebetika has roots in Greece and Asia Minor and is often compared with the American Blues. The workshop will include a Q&A and concert. Tickets are $12 (advance)/$15 (at the door) for general admission and $8 (advance)/$10 (at the door) for students/seniors.

Intuition Opening Reception: Brickbottom Gallery (1 Fitchburg St.) hosts an opening reception for its new show, Intuition, on Sunday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The exhibit features the work of more than 20 artists and can be seen until May 24.

Birth Story Slam: Boston Comedy Chicks’ founder Robin Maxfield hosts Birth Story Slam, 10 stories of reproduction in five minutes or less told by mothers, partners, doulas, midwives and others, at the Burren (247 Elm St.) on Sunday from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. The event is open to all ages and the winner will be selected by the audience. Early bird tickets are $8.

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