Five things to do this weekend: Nov. 20-22
The Festival of You & Us & We & Them at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Tickets range from $12 general admission for individual events (or $13.41 with the online service fee) to $70 for a festival pass good for the entire weekend (or $73.44 with the fee).
This three-day event includes Friday’s M’Bolo Afro-Fusion Concert; Saturday’s “Dances for You & Us & We & Them” with the Kairos Dance Theatre (pictured above), Brian Feigenbaum, DSundanceX, Crabtree Carabetta Collective, Yosi Karahashi flamenco and Anjali Nath of Chhandika; Sunday’s “Continental Breakfast/Continental Dances,” with breakfast and special I’ve-Got-a Complex-Mimosas available during performances by Soumaya Maghouz, Manny Fernandez and Rebecca McGowan; and more “Dances for You & Us & We & Them” with Jenny Oliver and Modern Connections, DanceVisions and Brian Feigenbaum. In addition, Allison Orr of Forklift Danceworks in Austin, Texas, will discuss “Trash Dance,” her choreography with a sanitation crew and garbage trucks performed on an airplane tarmac; and there will be informal showings of The Dance Complex’s aMaSSiT Creative Lab; and other things announced by the day. Information is here.
Brickbottom Open Studios from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Brickbottom Artists Buildings, 1 Fitchburg St., Somerville. Free.
More than 60 artists open their live-work studios to the public, showing and selling work at every price range in this 28th annual event, and there are another 50-plus artists taking part in the event at the nearby Joy Street Studios. There will be demonstrations, pop-up performances, installations in the stairwells and courtyard, video screenings in the hallways, custom programming on the radio and “Mood Elevators” – as well as the fourth annual Reciprocity Stream open photo show, in which visitors are invited to take a photo home for free as long as they leave a photo of their own in its place. The Biscuit will serve pastry and coffee bar in the lobby. Information is here.
Brazilian Street Food Pop-Up from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Union Kitchen, 121 Washington St., Somerville. Tickets are $7.
Culinary entrepreneur Robson Lemos and the Somerville Arts Council offer an inaugural pop-up lunch at Union Kitchen with Brazilian street food such as Bolinho de Bacalau fish cake; Empadinha de Frango chicken pies; and Kibe, a Middle Eastern snack that reflects Brazil’s large Lebanese population – all served with a traditional salad made with kale and black-eyed peas. (This event is near the Brickbottom and Joy Street open studios.) Information is here.
Gallery 263 will be imbued with the spirit of the classic New York City nightclub Studio 54 – think velvet rope, glitter ball and 1970s-era attire – at this fundraiser. The disco dance party starts at 9 p.m. Before that comes a Silent Art Auction (with works donated by artist members and past exhibitors), chance to win raffle prizes such as a six-month subscription to ArtSnacks, a curated box of art supplies delivered to your door, and restaurant bundle raffle, including gift certificates from Shepard, Vee Vee, Kirkland Tap & Trotter and Sofra Bakery. Appetizers and cocktails are included with the price of admission. Information is here.
Four local bartenders go head-to-head in this “Iron Chef”-style mixology challenge, with competitors for this year’s event including Jared Sadoian of The Hawthorne; Peter Szigeti of Committee; Tenzin Samdo of Trade; and Daren Swisher of Hojoko. The evening includes drinks, food and a live set from Bearstronaut and DJ Ryan Brown. All proceeds go to Lovin’ Spoonfuls, an organization for rescuing and distributing fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. Information is here.