Five things to do this weekend: Aug. 16-17
New England Zine Fest from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Cambridge YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Free.
The Boston Hassle media organization plans to make an annual event out of this day of workshops, skill shares and tables of zines and merchandise staffed by the people who made them. Presenters include the Papercut Zine Library, Trifecta Editions, Brian Connolly of Nothing Mattress and poster artist and printer Zoárd Wells Tyeklár. A team of the Hassle’s “Zine Queens” will give newcomers a How-to-Make-a-Zine workshop throughout the day. Email CompassArtBlast@gmail.com with questions or look here for information.
National Honey Bee Day from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Follow the Honey, 1132 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square.
There are free honey tastings throughout the day while this Harvard Square honey store hosts bee- and honey-related talks and entertainment, starting at noon with North Light Baking Co. macaron tastings and Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiary performing ukulele odes to treatment-free bees and doing a Q&A on being a “tough love” bee-keeper; a 1 p.m. talk with Sarah Callan of Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers about upcoming research in Uganda’s Kibale National Park; a 2 p.m. talk with David O’Connor of Buddha’s Bees on hive building; a 3 p.m. tasting of Russell and Shari Apotheker’s “bee sweetened” chocolate and visit with performance artist Sarah Paterson (above) on her “bee bearding”; a 5 p.m. talk about keeping backyard bees with Cambridge beekeeper and educator Mel Gadd of Clumsy Dog Apiary; and a 7 p.m. keynote with Haitao Lu and Tobias Horstmann, graduate students using bees to detect diseases and produce honey, wax and propolis in urban slums. It’s all followed by a reception with music and light refreshments courtesy of sponsors including Life Alive, Green River Ambrosia, Iggy’s, Bantam Cider, Follow The Honey, Katalyst Kombucha, Union Square Doughnuts and Felipe’s Taqueria. Information is here.
Paddy’s Lunch 80th Anniversary Neighborhood Block Party from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Paddy’s Lunch, 260 Walden St., North Cambridge.
It’s the 80th anniversary of Paddy’s Lunch, and the family-run bar and eatery is celebrating with an old-fashioned neighborhood block party hoping to “get together to remember all the great times [with] our old friends and meet new ones.” The Irish Whispa Band and DJ Joe Mangone will provide the music, while the bar, beer garden and eatery menu provides the food and drink. Paddy’s, now being run by a third generation of the Fennell family, was founded in 1934 – just after the end of Prohibition – and has become a storied stop and campaign headquarters for such politicians as Tip O’Neill and John F. Kennedy (and, much later, nephew Joe Kennedy), City Council hopefuls and Senate and Congressional candidates. Information is here.
Mercury Orchestra performs Prokofiev, Saint-Saëns and Tchaikovsky at 8 p.m. Saturday at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., near Harvard Square.
Conductor Channing Yu leads the Mercury Orchestra, amateur orchestral musicians performing challenging repertoire, in taking on Sergei Prokofiev’s neoclassical turns (his Symphony No. 1 “Classical”), Camille Saint-Saëns’ romantic-era evocations of the baroque (Piano Concerto No. 2) and Piotr Tchaikovsky’s emotional, metaphysical exploration of the end of life (the Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”). The orchestra’s guest for this roughly one-hour, 45-minute event is pianist Victor Xie, the 16-year-old winner of the 2014 Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts Concerto Competition. Information is here.
The Hong Kong 60th Birthday Party Street Festival from 5:45 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Pit (in front of Cambridge Savings Bank, 1374 Massachusetts Ave., and in front of the Hong Kong Restaurant & Lounge, 1238 Massachusetts Ave., both in Harvard Square.
The Hong Kong will transform its part of Harvard Square into a 60th birthday street festival complete with a beer garden, DJ, dancing and of course Chinese food, a simplified menu from the restaurant. It starts at 5:45 p.m. in the Pit with Wah Lum Kung Fu performing a traditional Dragon and Lion Dance and leading a procession through Harvard Square to the Hong Kong for the street festival – and birthday cake.
The Hong Kong was founded in 1954 by Jimmy and Mary Lee as a single, first-floor dining room, but expanded to three floors in 1970, adding a lounge on the second floor and dance floor on the third (where it hosts The Comedy Studio six nights a week). Today the Lee’s children, Evelyn, Paul and Mary run the business. Festival sponsors include Yuengling and Sierra Nevada breweries and Coca Cola, and a portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Cambridge Mayor’s Fire Relief Fund. Information is here.