We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but it’s the last weekend of July, meaning that for you or maybe your kids, back-to-school shopping is right around the corner. Take at least a few more days to relax, try to stay cool during another hot stretch of weather, and most importantly, try not to think about the impending fall months. Here are this weekend’s coolest activities.
Nave Gallery, 155 Powderhouse Blvd. 6 – 8 p.m. Free.
Nothing holds us back more from creating art than the fear of failure. Join in this panel discussion with Kirsten Reynolds, Leika Akiyama and Joanne Desmond to learn about the importance of failure and experimentation. The artists even invite you to bring your own works-in-progress, or perhaps past works that you’ve deemed as failures, to talk about and learn from.
Radio Upstairs, 379 Somerville Ave. 8 p.m. – midnight. $9. 21+.
Nine bucks for a full night of music from four up-and-coming Boston alternative bands? Sounds like a good deal to us. Joe Turner and the Seven Levels are joined by Vary Lumar, Arto Vaun and All Echoes Return for a loud (in the best way possible) and fun night.
Bull McCabe’s, 360A Somerville Ave. 10 p.m. – midnight. $5.
Blue Ribbons bring their brand of classic Americana to Bull McCabe’s Friday night. Mike Castellana plays guitar, James Rohr is on the keys, Taurus Biskis plays the drums and Jef Charland keeps everything flowing on the upright bass.
Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St. 7 – 11 p.m. $17.
While Rhett Miller’s former country and rock band, the Old 97’s, teetered along the lines of mainstream success, Blender ranked their 1999 single “Murder (Or A Heart Attack)” as one of the best songs released “since you were born.” On Saturday, Miller will bring his solo act to Johnny D’s in support of his latest disc, “The Dreamer (Acoustic Version).” Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Cliff Hillis opens the show.
Comicazi, 407 Highland Ave. 8 – 11 p.m. $5.
Once a month, fans of old school comics and superhero TV shows can see them come to life … and laugh a lot, too. This sketch comedy show brings robots, heroes and villains to the Davis Square comic shop on the last Saturday of each month.
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. 7 – 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation.
On the fourth Sunday of every month, the Armory’s cafe hosts an exposition of New England’s finest belly dancing groups. Watch in awe as tribal fusion dancers move their bodies in ways you never thought possible – and probably couldn’t without pulling a muscle.
Radio Upstairs, 379 Somerville Ave. 8:30 – 11:30 p.m. Free. 21+.
If you’re looking for a “wholly” good time, check out DJ Magic Gus’s night of Wholly Karaoke at Radio. Gus’s catalog of songs ranges from your mother’s favorite classic hits to the current mainstays on Top 40 radio. Stop by at 4 p.m. to catch a free set from the Roy Sludge Trio.
Highland Avenue (Walnut St to Cedar St). 12 – 4 p.m. Free.
Get ready to show your Somerville pride! As part of the 4th Annual SomerStreets Series, Highland Ave. will be shut to vehicle traffic and set up for a wide variety of family-friendly activities! From a craft fair at the Armory to a chance to decorate your bike for 1 p.m. bike ride Family Bike Ride at City Hall to a Corn Hole Tournament with a $200.00 grand prize, there will be something for any Somerville resident worth their stuff!