This Weekend: Snow art & pop-up dining

by Lauren Russo on January 12, 2011

Friday, Jan. 14

Eat @Bloc 11 at Bloc 11 Cafe

7 p.m.

Bloc 11 in Union Square will be hosting a pop-up restaurant featuring the tasty handiwork of Will Gilson, the head chef at Cambridge’s Garden at the Cellar. Patrons will snack on pass hors d’oeuvres before feasting on a five course meal featuring whiskey cured/cigar smoked salmon and coffee rubbed pork tenderloin (there is a vegetarian night on Sunday, see below).

Eat @ Bloc 11 is still taking ticket orders ($60) but they warn that seating is limited.

Saturday, Jan. 15

Winter Farmers Market at the Center for Arts at the Armory

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Armory is gearing up for its second week of hosting the Winter Farmers Market. If you didn’t make it over last Saturday, make a point of doing so this weekend. March will be here before you know it. The various vendors hock everything from chocolate to wine to chicken pot pie, so be sure to go early and often, as several stands sold out of stock quickly last week.

Epic Snow Art in Union Square

1 p.m.

Artisan’s Asylum
and the Somerville Arts Council are inviting you to make creative and epic snow art in Union Square.¬† Shovels will be provided for participants to move around and make stuff out of the snow that blanketed the ‘Ville. Everyone is encouraged to come make snow forts, people, sculptures, and pretty much anything else that can be constructed out of snow. As an added bonus, Cantina La Mexicana will keep snow artisans warm by supplying them with Mexican hot chocolate (!).

Rifrakted! A Night of Music and Art at Papercut Zine Library

6-9 p.m.

Papercut will be offering music and art from Sway and The Low Tide and works for sale by a dozen artists from the Rifrakt Arts Collective. Snacks and a new issue of the Rifrakt Zine will be available.

$6-10 suggested donation

Eat @Bloc 11 at Bloc 11 Cafe

7 p.m.

City Life Vida Urbana Benefit at PA’s Lounge

8:30 – 11:30 p.m.

PA’s Lounge is hosting a benefit show for City Life Vida Urbana, a Jamaica Plain-based grassroots non profit “committed to fighting for racial, social, and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power through direct action, coalition building, education and advocacy.” Their cause has been taken up by local bands The Tin Thistles and Hot Molasses, who are promising to rock your socks and melt your face off. Tad Overbaugh and The Late Arrivals and Fashion Snake will also be playing, with additional moves from The Sass Attack Radical Cheerleaders.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; the show is 21+; tickets are $10.

Sunday, Jan. 16

Johnny D’s Blues Jam Open Mic Session at Johnny D’s

4:30 – 8 p.m.

Johnny D’s has been holding a weekly open mic for years; come check out why it’s become such an institution (and play something while you’re at it).

Eat @Bloc 11 at Bloc 11 Cafe

7 p.m.

The final night of Eat @ Bloc 11 will feature a vegetarian menu offering five courses ranging from roasted pumpkin salad¬† to parsnip and potato “lattes.”

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