This Weekend: Galas & Festivals

by Lauren Russo on March 24, 2011

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Get excited, Somervillians: this is going to be one of those weekends that reminds us of why we live here and not Medford. In addition to the farmers market and art exhibitions on display, the ‘Ville will also be hosting some really stellar shows and fundraisers for worthy causes, as well as an Irish film festival to remind us all that the Green Isle produces more than just Guinness and leprechauns.

Friday, Mar. 25

Eastern European Printmakers Today at the Brickbottom Artists Gallery

12 – 5 p.m.

The Brickbottom Artists Association is hosting an exhibition of the work of Eastern Europe’s premier printmakers, in collaboration with Massachusetts College of Art, Muskat Studios and Amazing Things Art Center.

Groundwork Somerville’s Greening the City Gala at the Center for Arts at the Armory

7 – 10:30 p.m.

Groundwork Somerville is hosting a “night of gritty elegance” at the Armory this Friday. The gala is slated to not only benefit Groundwork Somerville’s programming but also be an evening marked by a silent auction, a milkshake bar, local beer provided by Pretty Things and the Cambridge Brewing Company, live music, an interactive graffiti activity and more.  General admission tickets are $40; VIP access tickets are $55.

Irish Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre

7:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day may have come and gone, but Somerville is still celebrating its Irish heritage: the 12th annual Irish Film Festival, Boston is coming to Somerville this weekend. Although the Festival is kicking off on Thursday night at the Stuart Street Playhouse in downtown Boston, it will move to the Somerville Theatre Friday evening and stay through Sunday evening. The film selection is incredibly varied and includes several award-winning films.  A festival pass granting access to every screening and reception is available for $75. Anyone who views a screening this weekend will also be entered in a raffle for a year’s supply of Kerrygold cheese and butter.

“Doctor Who: The Starship of Madness” at Urban Promise Church of Somerville

8 – 9:30 p.m.

The Post-Meridian Radio Players present “Doctor Who: The Starship of Madness” staged radio play. Those who enjoy Doctor Who, H.P. Lovecraft references, or the radio shows of the 1920′s rejoice!  Admission is free; $5 donation is suggestion.

Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion at P.A.’s Lounge

8:3o p.m.

Thirsty & Miserable Recordings is bringing the following post-punk, powerpop, surf rock line-up to P.A.’s:

NYC-based Baby Shakes, the ever-mysterious Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion, The Boyfriends and White Pages.

21+; $10 cover.


Saturday, Mar. 26

Winter Farmers Market at the Center for Arts at the Armory

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Shape Up Somerville‘s indoor farmers market is in its last week. Don’t fret, lovers of high-quality, hand-crafted breads and cheeses, organic root vegetables and other locally sourced delights: warm weather and outdoors farmers markets are right around the corner.

We Will Not Be Moved at The Washington Street Art Center

12 – 4 p.m.

The WSAC is hosting a new multimedia exhibit by documentary photographer Kelly Creedon. The project examines the work of City Life/Vida Urbana and the Bank Tenant Association and their efforts to work with individual families and whole communities to protect against “the devastating impact of the foreclosure crisis.”

Eastern European Printmakers Today at the Brickbottom Artists Gallery

12 – 5 p.m.

Irish Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre

12 – 10:30 p.m.

The screening schedule may be found here.

“Doctor Who: The Starship of Madness” at Urban Promise Church of Somerville

3 – 4:30 p.m.

Chick Singer Night at Johnny D’s

4 – 7 p.m.

Chick Singer Night (CSN) Boston is hosting an all-ages showcase to benefit music in schools programs. CSN is one of the longest-running and most successful songfests for female vocalists. Female artists of all ages and experience levels will have the opportunity to practice with the CSN band before performing in front of a live audience at Johnny D’s later in the evening. Visit the CSN website for information on how to become included on the set list.

Girls, Guns, and  Glory at Johnny D’s

10 p.m.

Girls, Guns, & Glory are back in the ‘Ville after playing SXSW and ready to bring their signature blend of roots, country, and  Americana to Johnny D’s.  Come check out if playing in Austin has made them even American-ier. GGG will be joined on fiddle and mandolin by special guest Jason Anick. Cash cover at the door.

Sunday, Mar. 27

MassWax Launch Party at the Center for Arts at the Armory

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Massachusetts chapter of International Encaustic Artists (IEA) will be hosting a complimentary brunch and launch party at the Cafe at the Armory this Sunday.  In addition to the brunch, the function will serve as an introduction to the IEA and MassWax, a networking event and an opportunity to showcase your own artwork, as well as a logo design contest.

Irish Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre

12 – 6 p.m.

The screening schedule may be found here.

Irish Film Festival After Party at The Burren

6:30 p.m.

Paddy Saul at Bull McCabe’s

7 p.m.

Paddy Saul is an Irish singer songwriter who has made  his home in Boston. He’s played all over Ireland and New England; this Sunday he’ll be taking the (tiny) stage at Bull McCabe’s.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Ron Newman March 31, 2011 at 10:53 PM

You mean “Somerville Theatre” not “Davis Square Theater”.

Tom Nash April 1, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Indeed. Thanks for the catch.

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