Revisit the glory days of sci-fi radio drama, then dispose properly of your cell phone because it might be an alien tracking device. Learn how to silk-screen T-shirts and tote bags, then hit up the local craft market and mingle with the pros. Sign up for a health and fitness challenge, then gorge yourself on pasta.
No matter what your weekend predilection, these here seven hills have got you covered.
The Post-Meridian Radio Players’ Spring Sci-Fi Spectacular 2—PMRP’s present their second Science-Fiction themed festival with two amazing stories: one about an interplanetary do-gooder facing civil war and one about giant killer ants. Both stories are presented in the style of the Golden Age of Radio and will have live sound effects done on stage. $15. 8 –10 p.m. Responsible Grace Church, 52 Russell St.
Searching for Sugar Man—In 1970 Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, an American folk musician from Detroit, released Cold Fact, an album inspired by life, love, poverty and rebellion. In South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, Cold Fact went multi-platinum and became a cult classic. Now, four decades later, Rodriguez is back and capturing new fans through the critically acclaimed documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.” SOLD OUT. 8 p.m. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square.
Saturday, April 13
Mayor’s 4th Annual Fitness Challenge Kick Off & Registration—This fitness challenge is a program of the City’s Shape Up Somerville initiative, designed to encourage active living, healthy eating, and overall wellness among community members of all ages. Last year, more than 500 residents joined the challenge, and the city hopes to increase that number this year through additional programming and special offers, like the Pedometer Challenge, Businesses Challenges, new extra point events and extended the challenge to 10 weeks. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Somerville High School and Atrium, 81 Highland Ave.
Electronic Recycling Drop-Off Event—If you’ve got appliances lying around, round them up, clear some space for yourself, and recycle them. You may bring most electronic items including computer monitors, TVs, laptops, PCs, microwaves, electronic instruments, keyboards, cell phones, copiers, printers, scanners, UPS battery backups, projectors, audio equipment, video equipment, toner or ink cartridges, and other household electronics. You may not bring refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, or CRTs (older vacuum tube TVs or computer monitors) with broken glass. 9 a.m. – Noon. Department of Public Works, 1 Franey Rd. View the original flier here.
Single-Color Screen Printing—Ever wanted to make your own custom t-shirt, tote bag, sticker, poster, or greeting card? In this one day intensive introduction to screen printing, you’ll learn all the basics and by the end of the day create a screen using your artwork and print a one-color design on your choice of t-shirts or paper. You should bring your own materials to print on for their final project—t-shirt, tote bag, paper, etc. — and a $10 materials fee, payable to the instructor, to cover consumables. The instructor will provide materials for test prints and screens and ink, though students have the option of bringing their own. Noon – 5 p.m. Artisan’s Asylum, Inc. 10 Tyler St.
Dash Shaw Author Event—Acclaimed comic artist and animator Dash Shaw will debut his newest graphic novel, New School, at Hub Comics. New School isn’t due for general release until July – here’s your chance to be that jerk who spoils the ending for all your friends. Shaw will also debut his new comic book, 3 New Stories, and screen some of his short films. 6 p.m. Hub Comics, 19 Bow St.
Sunday, April 14
Local is for Lovers Marketplace—Local First is an organization that encourages communities to support all things local. Join them for a full Sunday of fun, gifting, and music! With 35 independent and local vendors, music by David Tanklefsky and Jeff Jam, an entire floor of children’s activities sponsored by Knucklebones, craft brews, and delicious treats from the Arts at the Armory Cafe, you can’t go wrong! Come along and meet new people, all while helping to build a strong, local economy. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.
Pasta Party at Daddy Jones—Maybe you’re carb-loading for the Boston Marathon. Maybe you just really like pasta. Either way, $10 buys you all the elbow noodles you can eat, no questions asked, plus complimentary coconut water and a chance to win a $50 Marathon Sports gift card. $10. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Daddy Jones Bar, 525 Medford St.
La Stravaganza: Musical Brilliance in Late Renaissance Italy—Come hear virtuosic embellishment in music for recorder, viols and lute! Recorder star John Tyson joins El Dorado Ensemble in music from 16th- and 17th-century Italy, with court dances, music from the Commedia dell’Arte, and very jazzy decorations on popular Italian madrigals and French chansons. This is a real treat for recorder, viol and lute fans, and well as anyone who loves Italian music! $19 | $14 for students, seniors, and museum members. 3 – 5 p.m. Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Rd.