Weekend warrior edition April 5 – 8

Story Pirates

Bored on the weekend? Well, you shouldn’t be.

As always, Somerville has plenty of stuff going on this weekend. Perhaps you like the Sci-fi crowd: if so, make sure to check out PRMP’s Spring Sci-fi festival. Maybe you’re into beer? Then don’t miss the New England Real Ale eXhibition Cask Party. Or, if you want to be active in your community while having a few laughs, you will really enjoy Jimmy Tingle’s “The Battle for Bottle Bill.”

Enjoy the weekend, folks!

Weekend events

Miller Open Studios – The artists of 11 Miller Street open their studios for a three-day event, beginning Friday, April 5, 5-10 p.m., with a kick-off party including art, music and refreshments, featuring saxophonist Ken Field and friends. The open studios event continues Sat., April 6, 12-5 pm & Sun., April 7, 12-5 p.m. View the work of painters, printmakers, photographers, animators, bookbinders, ceramics, glass and more. Miller Street Open Studios, 11 Miller St. Times in the description. Free.

After Dark/Into the Daylight Open Studios – Miller Street Open Studios is pleased to present its biannual three-day event where the public is once again invited to peruse, purchase, and meet the artists of 11 Miller St.  This year’s event has grown in numbers and diversity; offering works from 36 members, vastly ranging in medium and process.  We are home to professional painters, print makers, photographers, illustrators and designers, digital imaging artists, glass and ceramic artists, animators, bookbinders, a music studio, and home-base for an emerging artist collective. Miller Street Open Studios, 11 Miller St. Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat & Sun 12 – 5 p.m. Free.

2013 Groundwork Gala and Volunteer Appreciation – Join Groundwork for a fun, elegant night out in Somerville. They will award the coveted Golden Trowel Award to The City of Somerville and Green City Growers for their accomplishments and ongoing efforts in the Urban Agriculture Initiative. Attendees will enjoy live music from the stellar local band Hornography, tasty appetizers and a cash bar, plus free beer tastings. There will also be a silent art auction and prizes throughout the night. Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets are $50 each ($25 discount tickets also available) and can be purchased in advance online at www.brownpaxpertickets.groundworksomerville.com.

Johnny D’s – It’s a busy night at Johnny D’s, as Barrence Whitfield opens the night at 7:30 p.m. full-throttle soul screamer sound in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke. Later, the Giving Tree Band and Billy Dodge promise to shake the place as they “reunite” rock and roll. Johnny D’s Restaurant and Music Club, 17 Holland St. Door open at 7 p.m. $12


Story Pirates Greatest Hits – A collection of some of the best stories and songs adapted from stories written by elementary students, Story Pirates will delight and surprise with puppets, enlivening songs and outrageous sketches, all the while motivating kids to pick up a pencil and write down their own fantastic adventures. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St. 1 p.m., $15.

Jimmy Tingle Presents: The Battle for Bottle Bill – The Bottle Bill refers to the state’s 5¢ deposit on bottles, and has been around for 30 years. It is by far the state’s most effective recycling and litter control program. It’s a great bill, but it doesn’t cover water, tea, or other non-carbonated beverages. Join Jimmy Tingle on April 6th for an updated Bottle Bill! The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. $10-$25

Kripalu Yoga for a Cause – Join kripalu yoga expert, Kira Pullig, in a relaxing session that will also raise funds to support Kurt Nelson, who is running the Boston Marathon to raise money for Wediko Children’s Services (a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic and educational service to children, families, and schools struggling with complex emotional, behavioral and learning issues). Third Life Studio, 33 Union Sq. 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Donations suggested.

Shabbat Lunch and Children’s Programs at Havurat Shalom – Join for services followed by a potluck, dairy/vegetarian Shabba lunch. While the adult service continues downstairs, upstairs at 11:30 there will be very brief singing for the youngest (preschool) children, helped by the kindergarteners and first graders. Then the K- 1st wil have study/midrash. The children older than that will have study geared to them. Havurat Shalom, 113 College Ave. 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Free.


New England Real Ale eXhibition Cask Party – Visit Olde Magoun’s Saloon in Somerville to keep the NEHRAX party going! Enjoy three different cask conditioned real ale varietals from the U.K. Guests won’t find these beer options anywhere else! Olde Magoun’s Saloon, 518 Medford St. 2:30 – 5 p.m. Free.

A Little Night of Music – Admission includes live string quartet performances from El Sistema Somerville Faculty and Friends. All proceeds benefit the El Sistema Somerville Youth Orchestra. Casa B Restaurant, 143 Washington St., 5–8 p.m. $10-$15