Six things to do this weekend: Feb. 8-9
Cookbook sale to benefit Friends of the Somerville Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.
More than 1,000 cookbooks dating from from the 1950s to current day will be displayed and for sale at the Somerville Winter Farmer’s Market. Buy a cookbook from The Friends of the Somerville Public Library and help not just the Friends, but the farmers market Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Match Initiative, which helps low-income people get more healthy food. Event information is here.
“Miss Congeniality” screens at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Building 26-100, also known as the Compton Laboratories, at 60 Vassar St. Free admission and popcorn.
This 2000 comedy starring Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen and William Shatner gets two showings from the MIT Lecture Series Committee and de Florez Fund for Humor. If you don’t remember the premise – it was a long decade – Bullock is an unglamorous FBI agent forced to go undercover at a beauty pageant to stop a bombing. Critics in the aggregate don’t love this movie, which gets a Metacritic score of 43 and Rotten Tomatoes score of 42 percent fresh. But the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes says it’s 70 percent fresh, and it’s, you know, Sandra Bullock. And free. Event information is here.
Cook yourself a Bangladeshi dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Tang Hall, 550 Memorial Drive. Free.
MIT post-doc Zakia Sultana demonstrates how to cook Bangladeshi food and even provides samples of the meal and raw ingredients for practice. This event is sponsored by the MIT Bangladeshi Students’ Association. Event information is here.
Art Party from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St., Inman Square. Suggested donations are on a sliding scale from $5 to $10.
The Industry Lab co-working space is hosting this five-artist, three-band party with snacks and drinks provided. Come see paintings by Walter Sickert, illustrations by Ian Adams, abstract drawings by Jeff Bartell, comics and monsters by Jeff Power and photography and digital images by Alexis Desjardins while listening to Oneida Roan (ambient and experimental synth and instrumental dark wave) at 8:30 p.m., Let’s Wait (an electronic-disco-electro pop-new wave quartet) at 9:30 p.m. and Confessions (a duo playing dark wave, dance-pop, indiepop and synthpop) at 10:30 p.m.
Event information is here.
Theater in Somerville: “The Line That Picked Up 1000 Babes (And How It Can Work For You!)” is free with a reserved ticket at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville (event information is here) and the “Meet Me in the Bathroom” play reading fundraiser, with a $10 suggested donation, is at 8 p.m. Saturday at First Church Somerville UCC, 89 College Ave., Somerville (event information is here).
Your choice. These two startup theater companies wound up holding their events at the same time in the same city.
The Opposite of People describes itself as “an unconventional community theater company” founded by people who are primarily actors who aspire to do theater everywhere, not just within the confines of traditional theaters or a typical theatrical season schedule. “AKA we are sort of making it up as we go along,” organizers say. Their “The Line That Picked Up 1000 Babes (And How It Can Work For You!),” directed by Kristie Norris, is a one-hour, seven-actor comedy about surviving the bar scene. The setup:
It’s Friday night at a dive bar and Benny’s feeling lucky, thanks to the time-tested book, “The Line That Picked Up 1000 Babes (And How It Can Work For You!),” which his friend Alan thinks is a load of BS. Charlie’s drunkenly running into every single person he’s ever known, Diane is waiting for someone who never shows and Fran has been dragged out for her birthday by Ellen, who can’t seem to stop making eyes at a man across the bar.
The Maiden Phoenix Theater Co. launched last summer, describing itself as a “fringe theater company committed to telling stories about women: where we are, where we were and where we are going. We are committed to giving opportunities to female theater artists, onstage and off, by having at least 51 percent female involvement in all aspects. We focus on plays that tell women’s stories, past, present and future in the hopes of breaking down stereotypes, breaking through barriers and reaching a more equal world.”
Its “Meet Me in the Bathroom” is a five-actor play written by Cassie M. Seinuk and directed by Vicki Schairer. The setup:
Set almost entirely in the girls bathroom of a suburban public high school, Freckles, a self-proclaimed “good girl” struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder, realizes her uncontainable love for her young English teacher, Mr. “Will” Talbot, and will do just about anything to make him hers, even if it means finally letting go. “Meet Me in the Bathroom” is a crude, fun, modern day Greek Tragedy mixed with the sentiment of a coming of age tale as four young misfits ask the question: “How far will I go to control the person I love?”
Have you ever heard anyone say “Rock ’n’ Roll is my religion,” or “The Beatles are my Gods?” Authors Jade Sylvan and Steve Wagner decided to consider such statements seriously, and this is their response – a live presentation on the evening of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” to preview a documentary of the same name.
With images, film clips and audio, it’s intended to be an immersive experience giving perspective on the Beatles’ legacy, including explaining how mass media and and the spiritual thirst of 1960s youth culture combined to produce an ongoing rock mythology. Taking part is The Number Nines, a one-night-only supergroup of Boston musicians led by 3rian King of What Time is it, Mr. Fox? including Brendan Burns and others; and alterna-burlesque dance by Mary Widow, Jane Doe and Honey Pie.
“Imagine Joseph Campbell did a study on the Beatles and Rock & Roll,” Sylvan said, “and you’ll have a pretty good idea of our show.”
Event information is here.