We hope you’re feeling creative because this weekend is filled with artsy activities to help you get inspired. There’s teen movie night, a fiber swap and SomerVinylPalooza. Yep, time to dust off the record player and revisit some of your favorite artists on LP.
The cherry topper? Most of these events are free – others are for a great cause.
Here it goes:
Friday, March 22
Teen Movie Day—Oh, yes. It’s another teen movie. If you’re a teen, or have a teen, without Friday afternoon plans, join The Somerville Public Library central branch for a showing of teen-crazed Twilight: Breaking Dawn. There will be popcorn (while it lasts). Who will there be more of – Team Edward or Team Jacob? FREE. 3 p.m. Central Library, 79 Highland Ave. 617-623-5000.
Memory Palace—Memory Palace refers to a common mnemonic device dating back to ancient Romans and Greeks. At the Nave, a group of artists will use their 21st century artistic versions of “the method of loci” to explore issues of memory and identity through painting, photographs, video and sculpture. FREE. 2 – 8 p.m. Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St.
Nursery Rhymes Opening Reception—Presented by Super Precious Art Gallery, this opening reception alludes to the nursery rhymes and lullabies that have been sung to help children learn. The gallery incorporates art inspired by favorite nursery rhymes. FREE. 7–9 p.m. Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd. 617-259-8386.
*The show will also be available for viewing tomorrow from 1 – 5 p.m.
Theatre@First Presents Lysistrata—Tonight and tomorrow, this community theatre group takes Aristophanes’ Greek, anti-war comedy and gives it a modern twist. First performed in 411 BCE, Lysistrata tells the tale of a group of women who deny marital privileges from their husbands to force them to make peace at war. Amid the laughs, the power of one voice to change the world rings out with a message that still resonates today. This play contains adult themes and may be inappropriate for children. $15. 8 p.m.Unity Somerville, 6 William St. 1-888-874-7554.
Saturday, March 23
The Great Fiber Swap and Wrap Around 2013 Kick Off–Join the Nave to kick off the 2013 Wrap Around Project with a fiber swap, craft workshops, music, and more—all to support the work of the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC)! It’s a great chance to get rid of unwanted fiber items and refresh your stash. Volunteers will be leading hands-on workshops throughout the day with simple projects for all ages and skill levels.
This event also acts as a drive for SHC, so please bring a donation of canned goods or toiletries to them and Project SOUP. A full list of needs can be found here. 1p.m. FREE. Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd.
Local authors read from “Movable Feasts”—The stories in Movable Feasts take us out to eat. Movable Feasts is the first in a series of themed anthologies, and it is delicious. Writers scheduled to appear: Dave Brigham, Beth Chariton, Elizabeth Christopher, and Jim Corrigan. FREE. 4 p.m. The Book Shop, 694 Broadway. 617-764-1624.
Sunday, March 24
SomerVinylPalooza 4!—Still got a vinyl player, but can’t find records for it? This is the perfect event for you. Whether you want to buy, sell, or trade, this palooza has over 60 tables offering all types of music genres in LPs, 12” singles, 45s, CDs and 8-tracks along with picture sleeves, books, posters and other vintage/modern music related items. FREE. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Boston-Somerville Holiday Inn, 30 Washington St.
Free Teen Creataive Writing Program–Designed for teens between 13-17 years old, writers Ethan Gilsdorf and Becky Tuch will lead writing exercises in a variety of genres—from fantasy fiction to lyric poetry. No previous writing experience is needed and materials and lunch will be provided. Advance sign-up is requested. To register, please contact Marita Coombs (firstname.lastname@example.org). FREE. 1 p.m. Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave. 617-623-5000 x 2942.
Intro to Photoshop One-day Photography Workshop—That picture would be perfect if you knew how to crop that unwanted “nub” out. Problem is, you don’t know how to use Photoshop. Well at this workshop, you’ll learn core Photoshop techniques to better your photos. $75. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 6 Vernon St. Studios. 617-233-9768.
– Angeline Vo