Weekend 5.2-5.4: Open Studios, Bike Week & Cinco de Mayo

Happy Friday! One of my favorite events of the year, Somerville Open Studios, takes place this weekend and I can’t wait to check out what our city’s artists have been up to since last May. There are also events celebrating Bike Month, Cinco de Mayo and Free Comic Book Day in addition to some cool live music, theater and dance performances. I hope you have the chance to get out and enjoy it all.

SOS Armory Closer to the Ocean

Friday

Somerville Open Studios: If you want to get a head start checking out Somerville Open Studios, you’re in luck because some of the artists are opening their doors on Friday night from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The weekend-long event, featuring 400 Somerville artists in their workspaces and at community gathering spots, is free.

Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.: The Kennedy School (5 Cherry St.) Drama Club presents Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. on Friday and Saturday nights. The cast, made up of a dozen kindergarten through eighth-grade students, will perform this modern musical based on the Emmy-winning 1970s cartoon series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation.

Bike Week: Brooklyn Boulders Somerville (12A Tyler St.) and the Somerville Bicycle Committee are hosting special events all week celebrating Bike Month. Head to the climbing facility on Friday from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. for a “Dogfight Derby” with SCUL, Boston Bike Polo “Knife Fight” and bike check-ups. Bring a bike helmet and get into Brooklyn Boulders for only $19 (includes gym orientation, climbing equipment and complete access to the gym). Save time and fill out the required waiver if this is your first time at the gym.

Sumeida’s Song: The Boston Opera Collaborative presents Sumeida’s Song, the first opera by composer Mohammed Fairouz, this weekend at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square). The 60-minute, three-scene opera tells the story of an Egyptian student who returns home after a long absence to face his mother’s desire to avenge his father’s death. You can see the opera on Friday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors (available at the door only with valid ID).

African-American Roots & Spirituality: Nedelka Prescod’s Acapella & Gospel Ensembles: Journeys in Sound presents African-American Roots & Spirituality: Nedelka Prescod’s Acapella & Gospel Ensembles this Friday at 8 p.m. at the Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave.). Suggested donation of $10 ($8 for students/seniors) with a reservation or $12 ($10 for students/seniors) at the door.

Hub Comics

Saturday

The Library Ride: The Friends of the Somerville Public Library is hosting The Library Ride on Saturday at 9 a.m. The six-mile bike ride will start at the library’s West Branch (40 College Ave.) in Davis Square and visit all three branches of the library with stops at each for activities, tours and refreshments. Adults are $5 and children ride free.

Free Comic Book Day: Stop by one of Somerville’s comic book shops, Comicazi (407 Highland Ave.) and Hub Comics (19 Bow St.) on Saturday for Free Comic Book Day. Get there early to snag free comic books, special deals and sales.

Bike Week: Brooklyn Boulders Somerville (12A Tyler St.) and the Somerville Bicycle Committee are hosting special events all week celebrating Bike Month. Head to the climbing facility on Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for DIY bike maintenance, kids’ activities, bike check-ups, vendors and a group ride along the Minuteman. Bring a bike helmet and get into Brooklyn Boulders for only $19 (includes gym orientation, climbing equipment and complete access to the gym). Save time and fill out the required waiver if this is your first time at the gym.

Sombrero Brunch: The Painted Burro (219 Elm St.) is hosting a Sombrero Brunch on Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Don a sombrero to score a free iced coffee horchata to pair with your meal.

Cinco de Mayo Block Party: Taza Chocolate (561 Windsor St.) hosts its third annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party on Saturday from noon-5 p.m. Enjoy free samples from Spindrift Soda, NOLA’s Fresh Foods, Slumbrew and Tortilleria La Nina while listening to live music. Food will also be available from Taco Party, The Happy Taco, Casa B, Latin Spoon and Real Pops. Rain date of Sunday, May 4.

Somerville Open Studios: Grab a Somerville Open Studios map book, pick a neighborhood and get ready to enjoy the incredible work of our city’s 400 artists. You can visit the open studios for free from noon-6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Second Annual Gyro Day: The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Church (29 Central St.) is hosting its Second Annual Gyro Day on Saturday from noon-9 p.m. Come by to try gyros and other Greek specialities while listening to music by DJ George Athas.

Young Artists in Action Family Art Party: Bring the whole family to the Healey School (5 Meaham St.) on Saturday from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. for the Young Artists in Action Family Art Party. The free event will have music, performances, kids’ activities, face painting, a raffle and silent auction and snacks and desserts. All proceeds will fund enrichment activities and off-site learning at the Healey School.

Sumeida’s Song: The Boston Opera Collaborative presents Sumeida’s Song, the first opera by composer Mohammed Fairouz, this weekend at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square). The 60-minute, three-scene opera tells the story of an Egyptian student who returns home after a long absence to face his mother’s desire to avenge his father’s death. You can see the opera on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors (available at the door only with valid ID).

Somerville Youth Peace Conference: More than 350 youth are expected to attend the eighth annual Somerville Youth Peace Conference on Saturday from 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the East Somerville Community School (50 Cross St.). The conference, called Rising from the Ashes: Movement for Improvement, will feature a jobs and services fair, performances by Somerville teens, an open mic Hope and Healing Ceremony and ice cream reception. Tickets are $3 and available at the Teen Empowerment Office (165 Broadway) and at the door.

Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr.: The Kennedy School (5 Cherry St.) Drama Club presents Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. on Saturday night. The cast, made up of a dozen kindergarten through eighth-grade students, will perform this modern musical based on the Emmy-winning 1970s cartoon series. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation.

Arts Marathon: OnStage Dance Company (276 Broadway) is hosting an Arts Marathon on Saturday from 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Check out dance performances, poetry and comedy, music and art at this 18-plus event. Admission is $10.

Yuka Hunt Trio: The Yuka Hunt Trio, featuring pianist and vocalist Yuka Hunt, drummer Joe Hunt and bassist Mike Harris, plays Jazz at The Green Room (62 Bow St.) on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

PB Dessert

Sunday

Sombrero Brunch: The Painted Burro (219 Elm St.) is hosting a Sombrero Brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Don a sombrero to score a free iced coffee horchata to pair with your meal and try your hand at Loteria (the Mexican version of bingo) in bar area at 12:30 p.m. for the chance to win a $25 gift card to the restaurant.

Somerville Open Studios: Grab a Somerville Open Studios map book, pick a neighborhood and get ready to enjoy the incredible work of our city’s 400 artists. You can visit the open studios for free from noon-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Sumeida’s Song: The Boston Opera Collaborative presents Sumeida’s Song, the first opera by composer Mohammed Fairouz, this weekend at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square). The 60-minute, three-scene opera tells the story of an Egyptian student who returns home after a long absence to face his mother’s desire to avenge his father’s death. You can see the opera on Sunday 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors (available at the door only with valid ID).

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