Five things to do this weekend: Nov. 2-3
See science and art meet in “Peer-Reviewed Submissions” at The Nave Gallery is at 53 Chester St., Davis Square, Somerville.
Some two dozen artists embrace mathematical and scientific themes in this show curated by Elisabeth Nicula and Ted Ollier. The opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, but the gallery is open regularly from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Have your choice of Day of the Dead parties at 7 p.m. Saturday at Cambridge Art Association, 25 Lowell St., for $30 (arty and meaningful); or at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville, for $35 (loud and tasty).
Your first option is a 3rd Annual Day of the Dead Celebration run by the Cambridge Art Association and Trauma to Art nonprofits, and is a true Day of the Dead party: “a day to come together as a community, break bread, dance and honor the memory of lost loved ones.” It calls for a little more creativity from the partygoer, since along with the DJ and dance floor, treats and libations and face painting comes two “newly designed traditions” inspired by cultures from around the world: an Honor Wall, where you will be provided materials to create a collaborative art piece; and a Candle Altar where you vow to do a kind act in the coming year to honor a lost loved one. Information is here.
The second option is “Muertos III: A Day of the Dead Fiesta,” and it’s a little more sheer, sensuous fun, with a suggestion to dress skeletally, spookily, as a cool luchador wrestler or in your Halloween costume and come enjoy J.J. Gonsen’s farm-to-table MassMex cuisine, live Mariachi music, custom cocktails by Booze Époque and spooky sideshow musical antics from steamcrunk superhero Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys. Tickets are here.
Destroy All Monsters at Brother Cleve’s Late Night Sake Cocktail Party at 10 p.m. Saturday at Ebi Sushi, 290 Somerville Ave., Union Square, Somerville.
This isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly unique and sounds like a hell of a lot of fun. The legendary Combustible Edison musician, producer, composer, DJ, bartender, writer, liquor expert and craft cocktail master Brother Cleve is helping Ebi Sushi raise money for a facelift – with a late-night sake cocktail party showing “Destroy All Monsters” in its original Japanese in a print from Cleve’s private collection. Cocktail samples and treats from the sushi bar and kitchen will be provided until all monsters (this move includes Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and more) are destroyed, Cleve says. The event is – duh – 21-plus and costs $50 here.
Figure out whether it’s to be or not to be with “Hamlet” from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Stratton Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Ave.
Most everyone knows the story of Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane, who suffers angst for some reason over the murder of his dad, who now haunts the castle, and his mom’s immediate remarriage to his very suspiciously behaving uncle. Get over it, already. But the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble promises that director J. Paul Nicholas’ approach ensures you have never seen a “Hamlet” like this. “Ever wondered why Hamlet is so indecisive? Or why he talks to himself so much? Or why his behavior is so unpredictable? This production answers those questions and reveals all the other mysteries of this tale of deception, murder, revenge, politics, insanity, ghosts and, yes, humor,” the ensemble says. “If you don’t know the story, then this will be an ideal introduction. Either way, you will never forget it.”
Tickets are $12 here (less for students).
Explore the boundaries of free speech with “Org: Censorship” from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square.
Singer Mali Sastri’s Org series this time brings together performing and visual artists to raise and express their voices around the concept of free speech and its suppression, including reinterpretations of banned works, revelations on self-censorship and the experience of making art in lands less free. “Performers will be pushing the acceptability envelope and exploring the idea of what should – or should not – be seen, heard and spoken,” Singer Mali says. “This show is gonna be packed with some heavy shit.” Dress in a creatively challenging or risqué way or as your favorite controversial character and come see such acts as the cabaret-singing grandson of an Israeli Censorship Committee board member and an original live Halloween score by Sastri’s band, Jaggery, to a segment of the 1922 banned film, “Häxan: Witchcraft through the Ages.” (Among other things.)
Advance tickets are $20 for seats or $15 standing room here or $25 and $20, respectively, at the door.