Five things to do this weekend: Jan. 10-11
Fayerweather Street School Open House and Family Concert with the Flip Flops from 10 to noon (concert is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.) at the Fayerweather Street School, 765 Concord Ave. in the Cambridge Highlands. Free.
Families can get a peek of this PreK-8 independent school near Fresh Pond before and after a free concert by the Flip Flops, a new collaboration between singer/songwriters Julie Rama Winslow and Vanessa Trien, both from a popular kids’ band called the Jumping Monkeys. The school promises an “audience-participatory hootenanny led by the soaring vocal harmonies of Julie and Vanessa, backed by a great home-grown Flip Flops band” as well as a chance to check out classrooms, teachers and school programs. (Or just act like you are.) Information is here.
Doors open for beer tasting and flights at 2 p.m., and music from Patrick Coman, Peter Parcek, Ryan Fitzsimmons and The Autumn Hollow Band starts at 3:30 p.m. A Clover food truck will be selling, and Aeronaut hints there’s a beer release coming as well.
Reading of Paul Katzeff’s “Marvin Gilmore: Crusader for Freedom” at 3 p.m. Saturday at Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Porter Square. Free.
Marvin E. Gilmore Jr. is the grandson of slaves who rose from poverty to achieve the American dream right here in Cambridge – including as owner of the Western Front nightclub. Gilmore is a decorated veteran who earned France’s Legion of Honor and has waged a lifelong battle for social justice, whether it’s against armed segregationists or co-founding a bank and rebuilding Roxbury. (In between he’s made music with Hollywood stars.) His story is told by Paul Katzeff, a journalist with Investor’s Business Daily and author of books on investments and finance. Read the rather thrilling book description here; information about the event is here.
Dance|Works, an evening of student and guest choreography at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fitzgerald Theatre, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway. A donation of $5 for students and seniors, or $10 for adults, is asked at the door.
Members of Cambridge Rindge and Latin’s Modern Dance Co. perform in their yearly January production, directed by dance instructor Brenda Divelbliss and joined by guest artists Ilya Vidrin of the Reciprocity Dance Theatre; CRLS dance teacher Mila Thigpen; and alums Sophia Santos, Hannah Firestone and Junior Cius. West African dance teacher and choreographer Joh Camara contributes as well to a show that traditionally stuns with skill far beyond what’s expected of a high school show. Information is here.
This monthly Filipino dinner pop-up has quickly become a big deal – last month’s debut sold out fast – and is headed toward “a restaurant on the (somewhat distant) horizon” and a food truck in the meantime. This January dinner debuting some ideas for the truck, making it standing-room-only casual with live entertainment. A ticket buys guaranteed entry, a drink of your choice and: two skewers of fishballs; two plates of sisig (marinated, grilled and chopped pork); two pork belly buns; and two skewers of karioka (deep-fried coconut and pounded sweet rice with fillings of jackfruit, ube and saba). Information is here.