Five things to do this weekend: Aug. 7-9
Fuzzstival music fest starting at 6 p.m. Friday at The Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave. (with $12 tickets) and 3 p.m. Saturday at The Middle East Downstairs, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square (with $15 tickets).
This second annual parade of regional psychedelic, fuzz, garage and surf rock bands includes local faves such as Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!, Drug Rug and The New Highway Hymnal in all-ages shows – Friday’s with a respectable eight-band bill and Saturday’s with a sprawling 18-band bill. (An all-ages show was held Thursday.) Information is here.
“The Jernegan Solution” comic art show from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Dwelltime, 364 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge.
The Dwelltime coffee shop and cafe’s “Art Fridays” series brews an exhibition with ubiquitous local artist and comics impresario Dan Mazur and his “The Jernegan Solution,” which Mazur described as “based on true events that took place in Lubec, Maine, in 1898: Prescott Jernegan, a respectable Baptist minister, arrives in town with his partners and investors, claiming to have invented a process which efficiently extracts gold and silver from the water. An enormous ‘gold factory’ is soon in operation, creating sudden prosperity and the biggest excitement the little fishing village has ever seen.” The exhibition, up until Oct. 2, features pages by Mazur, sketches, studies and character designs. (The book will be on sale too.) Information is here.
Playing off the idea that comedy is tragedy plus time, the “Mortified” franchise has been asking people since 2002 to excavate artifacts of teen angst – journals, poems, letters, lyrics, home movies and schoolwork – and share them with the strangers in the audience. “Where else can you hear grown men and women confront their past with firsthand tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at Bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job and reasons they deserved to marry Bon Jovi?” organizers ask. Information is here.
Poetry & Puppetry 3 p.m. Sunday at The Friends of the Longfellow House, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. Free.
In the tradition of “Sesame Street,” The Vaudeville Puppets come to this historic site to give their take on poetry and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the 19th century poet who gives this home its name – although it was also headquarters for some guy named Gen. George Washington during the Siege of Boston, from July 1775 to April 1776. Get appetites whetted by those literate puppets and stay to explore the house’s history and plenty of 19th century literature and arts. Information is here.
SomerStreets festival from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday on Highland Avenue between School and Lowell streets, Somerville. Free.
Celebrate the season at “Seize the Summer,” the August installment of the city’s sixth annual SomerStreets festival – Somerville’s take on the international Open Streets concept, closing busy city streets to vehicles and opening them up for cycling, walking, dancing, running and other kinds of activity. Those include live entertainment by the Somerville Ukulele Club, School of Honk and The Undercovers; hockey, football and other kids activities, as well as drills with the semi-pro Somerville Rampage Football and a skateboarding performance and free skate with FancyLad Boston for those who bring skateboards; craft and community vendors and food and treats, including Scoopsies Ice Cream; craft activities on the M.U.S.C.R.A.T Bus (meaning the mobile art center created out of an old school bus and proclaimed a “Multi Use Somerville Community Roving Art Transport”); and the chance to explore emergency apparatus, including a firetruck and ambulance. General information is here.