Five things to do this weekend: Oct. 18-19
Home Movie Day from noon to 3 p.m. at the Harvard Film Archive at The Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St., Harvard Square. Free.
Come discover the unseen delights of the mundane! Watch grandma make tuna casserole. See a pet cat sleep on a rug. Relive yourself throwing up after riding the teacups at Disney World at age 4. Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually worldwide so people can see other people’s home movies and share their own – as well as a chance to discover why and how to care for the increasingly old-fashioned medium. Information is here.
Harvest Fest beer and food tasting event from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday (in two sessions, from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m.) at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $35 (or $37.22 with an online service fee).
Somerville Local First fundraises by bringing together food from some of its city’s best local restaurants and beer from some of the best independent regional brewers, including Aeronaut Brewing, Bantam Cider, Berkshire Brewing, Blue Hills Brewing, Far From the Tree Cider, Harpoon, Jack’s Abby, Mystic Brewing, Mayflower Brewing and Rapscallion. Confirmed restaurants include 3 Little Figs, Bibim, Brass Union, Daddy Jones Bar, Dave’s Fresh Pasta, Eat at Jumbo’s, El Potro, Foundry, The Independent, Kirkland Tap and Trotter, Olde Magoun’s Saloon, Q’s Nuts, Riverbar, Saloon, Scoop N Scootery and Taza Chocolate. There will be entertainment from bands including Red Square, 3D and the Greaseballs, The Hospitality and General Motor, and raffle prizes from M.S. Walker and Spoke Wine Bar. Information is here.
Fall pumpkin-carving concert from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Perry Park, 355 Washington St., Somerville. Free.
You don’t have to bring a pumpkin to carve, but it’s not a bad thing to do while enjoying the recent good weather and the tunes of Salem Wolves, a Salem garage rock trio playing at 3 p.m.; Milk, a four-member Allston rock band, at 4 p.m.; and Wolf Blitzer, a four-member pop band, at 5 p.m. Information is here.
Master piano player David Maxwell (no less than Bonnie Raitt has blurbed that “Dave has always been one of the most amazing piano players I’ve ever heard”) curates this night of Boogie Woogie and Blues and welcomes fellow musicians Scott Staton and Chase Garrett – each playing their own set, then pairing off for duets. Information is here.
MIT Symphony Orchestra plays Mozart and Sibelius from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. Admission is $5 (or free in advance via Eventbrite to members of the MIT community with valid email addresses).
Keep some highbrow cred for a hoi polloi cost as the MIT Symphony Orchestra – under the direction of Adam K. Boyles – rolls out Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2.
If Mozart’s life were a sitcom, this would be one of the best episodes. Symphony No. 36 is known as the Linz Symphony because it was written in that Austrian town in a frenzied four days after the local count heard Mozart was in town and told people there was going to be a concert – essentially the same plot you might remember from the “Brady Bunch” or any number of other laughtracked muddles where you only hope that count learned a lesson by the time the end credits rolled. “There will be an academy [concert] in the theater here and, as I have not a single symphony with me, I am writing a new one at breakneck speed,” Mozart wrote at the time.
As to the Sibelius, well, some believe that the composer cranked it out in 1901-02 as a statement about Finnish independence. But please don’t let debate over this get heated enough to mar Saturday’s performance.
Information is here.