This Weekend: Setting the mood

by Lauren Russo on February 9, 2011

Friday, Feb. 11

“It’s A Strange World” at the Brickbottom Gallery

12 – 5 p.m.

The Brickbottom Artist Association’s current exhibition will be on display through February 26.

Free Public Skating at Veterans Memorial Rink

6 – 7:50 p.m.

Nothing says “I love you” like prying your valentine from the wall of the ice rink as 5-year-olds whiz by.

Saturday, Feb. 12

Winter Farmers Market at The Center for Arts at the Armory

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Armory continues to host Shape Up Somerville‘s weekly winter farmers market, boasting everything from bread to produce to wine.  Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day!” like organic root vegetables and locally-produced chocolate.

“It’s A Strange World” at the Brickbottom Gallery

12 – 5 p.m.

“Feathers and Scales” at The Washington Street Art Center

12- 4 p.m.

The Washington Street Art Center’s new cut paper installation will run through February 25.  The exhibition features “imagery from myths and fables about sisters who rose from the ocean and took to the air to seek revenge on their enemies.” Key visuals include “foreboding scenes of flocking birds with hooked beaks, schools of toothed fish, and women morphing from fish to birds, littering the world with feathers and scales.”  Perfect for setting the mood this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Record and Zines Distro Fair at The Democracy Center

12 – 6 p.m.

Papercut Zine Library is hosting a benefit event at its former Harvard Square location featuring tables for zines record labels and alternative printing companies. DJ entertainment will include Christine Judge, Jeff Poot and Ryan the Terrible.

Free Public Skating at Veterans Memorial Rink

5 – 7:50 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 13

Open Mic Blues Jam at Johnnys D’s

4:30 – 8 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Special Bulletin: Three events worth crossing the river for

It is a rare thing indeed that can induce this column to promote an event that requires leaving the familiar confines of the ‘Ville; it’s even more singular that this weekend there are three such happenings.  Those wishing to celebrate the bloody feast day of St. Valentine  by venturing across the river have several options:

1.Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey at the Boston Athenaeum

The Boston Athenaeum is hosting an exhibition of the work of prolific, deceased author and artist Edward Gorey.  180 objects of Gorey’s eccentric, dark-humored creation are on display, including selections from The Gilded Bat and The Gashlycrumb Tinies. The exhibition opens today will run until June 3.  Visiting hours vary by day( Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.); $5 suggested donation.

Sunday, Feb. 13

2. SOWA Vintage Market at 460c Harrison Ave., Boston

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The SoWa Vintage Market bills itself as “present[ing] “new” curated collections at each event of vintage and antique art, furnishing, accessories for home and wardrobe, jewelry, vintage clothing, etc. from a rotating group of quality dealers.” This weekend’s  market’s theme is “romance antiques and vintage for your valentine.”  Admission is free; parking is $5.

3. Cabin Fever Indie Gift Show at the Cathedral High School Gymnasium

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Once you’re done at the Vintage Market, walk mere feet to the second annual Cabin Fever Indie Gift Show. Goods for sale will range from bath and body products to jewelry to handbags to paper goods to food and everything in between.  There will surely be a lot of chocolate and heart-shaped items available for purchase.  Admission is $3; parking is free.

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