If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary to do this weekend, Somerville’s event lineup has you covered. Spend Friday in front of the silver screen in Davis Square, then head over to Union for a night of musical and artistic live performances.
On Saturday, bring a few bucks to drop on awesome vintage finds at the Union Press garage sale, or save them for betting on which four-legged friend will reign supreme during Assembly Square’s Pet Palooza. For the culturious crowd, pop into Nave Gallery to explore the multiple meanings of maps or follow the story of two clowns as they navigate through the lives of three very different couples.
Friday Aug 2
Somerville Theater, 55 Davis Square
The Somerville Theatre is kicking off shark week two days early by offering single and double-feature showings of Jaws, Piranha and Deep Blue Sea for just $10 per ticket. If you decide to go all in and watch these classics back-to-back as they’re projected in stunning 35mm print, you’re gonna need a bigger popcorn.
Radio Upstairs, 379 Washington St.
8:30 p.m. $10.
A Secred Brand will be hosting its first-ever event, a midsummer celebration of music and art. Watch James Neville create his masterpieces live as you walk through Cliodha Martin’s exhibition and enjoy the dreampop/darkwave sounds of Canary oh Canary, Plumerai, the Milling Gowns and Improper Bostonian’s “10 local acts that rock” contender Eksi Ekso. T-shirts made by Hype for the Hopeful as well as free cupcake giveaways sweeten and seal the deal.
Saturday Aug 3
Union Press, 440 Somerville Ave.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free
Though it won’t be held in an actual garage, Union press is celebrating summer by selling a collection of prints, vintage clothing, records and more in their back lot. Make sure to show up early for the limited supply of Union Square Donuts being given away for free to accompany the complimentary Black Magic Coffee.
Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd.
3 – 5 p.m. Free.
This unique presentation explores both the literal and conceptual meanings of maps through the eyes and person expression of over 25 artists. The exhibition, which runs through August 18th, is curated by Vanessa Marcoux and Sandy McDonald. Visitors are encouraged to revel in the act of losing one’s self, and with a collection of works that were created using vastly different mediums, it’s sure to be a revelatory experience.
Assembly Row, Grand Union Boulevard
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This two day animal-centric festival features training exhibitions, children’s activities, food trucks and setups from multiple nonprofit rescue organizations. The largest draw for pet lovers of all ages is undoubtedly Dock Dogs, the only canine aquatics competition in which you can watch dogs and puppies alike jump with all their might into a 30,000 gallon pool.
Sunday Aug 4
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.
7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation.
This new American play presents a trio of theatrical vignettes of selected moments in the lives of a waitress and a cop, a stripper and her husband and a pigeon lover and her confidant. On a grander scale, the play comments on the controversial topic of monetary omnipresence within personal relationships as told through the journey of two marionette-like clowns.