Summer is winding down and the humid heat stretches of July are a thing of the past. You can still afford to put off the back-to-school shopping for another weekend or two, although the kids might be holed up finishing that summer reading they’ve been putting off since June. Here are the best events to unwind with this weekend:
8 p.m. $10. 21+. Radio, 379 Somerville Ave.
Go ahead and walk the line…on down to this tribute to corn beef and the one and only Johnny Cash at Radio! A hash cook off to the tune of the Man in Black all night long? There might be only one chef who gets to walk off with the prize, but if you want to shake those Folsom Prison Blues, you can’t go wrong here.
6 – 9 p.m. Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd.
This art exhibition, viewable until August 31, kicks off with an opening reception at the Nave Gallery. Submissions to the exhibition are exclusively from Somerville residents, and those chosen for the exhibition were handpicked by Ted Ollier, an organizer and volunteer at the Nave, and Brian and Steven Baucher, founders of Boston Coasters and WardMaps.
Noon – 6 p.m. Free. Joy Street Studios, 86 Joy St.
No matter what field of art or type of medium you are interested in, Joy Street Studios probably has an artist working with it. Stop by their open studio event to watch and learn from painters, jewelers, sculptors, leatherworkers and other artisans this Saturday.
6 p.m. 90 Union Square.
A food festival for food lovers in the food center of Somerville. This festival will bring the work of local artisans and a range of international cuisine together for one night. Try delicacies from Brazil, India and more, and be sure to check out the Somerville Arts Council’s new book, Nibble, to learn more about the foodie culture of Union Square.
2 p.m. $34.50 – $249.50. The White Big Top (in Assembly Square), 201 Assembly Row Dr.
The show all of Somerville has been talking about has finally arrived. With shows now through August 25, this Sunday is the perfect day to catch the weekend matinee. The show features more than 50 horses and was even revered by Larry King, who said it “surpasses the world’s greatest shows.” Check it out before it dashes away.
7 – 9 p.m. $65. KitchenInc, 201 Somerville Ave.
Break out the Manischewitz for the launch of a brand new “pop-up dining experience,” the brainchild of Beacon Hill Bistro’s Chef Josh Lewin, that promises a bold new take on the food you remember from your grandmother’s Shabbat dinner table. The meal will include brisket, challah, Israeli couscous, noodle kugel and many other Jewish favorites – and, God willing, no gefilte fish from a jar.