Five things to do this weekend: Dec. 16-18
DanceWorks performance at 7 p.m. Friday at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s Fitzgerald Auditorium, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors online here or at the door on the night of the show.
More than 80 Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students perform works created by students and professional guest artists. There will be West African dance with Sidi Joh Camara and contemporary and hip-hop pieces by guest artists Molly Wheat, Sara Craver, Francois Noel and Jackie Coutoumas. Information is at (617) 349-6788 and here. (There’s even more dance this weekend with the Nutcracker Challenge from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Green Street Studios, 185 Green St., Central Square, which is free but with a suggested donation of $6 to $10; and “12 Dancers Dancing: A Christmas in Cambridge” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, for $21 general admission.)
Holiday shopping throughout Cambridge and Somerville. Free entry.
Support local arts and crafts by shopping at the Holiday Artist Market from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Out of the Blue Art Gallery Too, 541 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, where Santa will be from noon to 4 p.m.; and at the Union Square Holiday Pop-Up Market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court, Union Square, Somerville; and at the Somerville Local Arts Mall from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at 337 Somerville Ave.; at Nomad’s Late Night Shopping from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the 1741 Massachusetts Ave. store near Porter Square, with free hot chocolate and 20 percent off stuff bought in the final hour; at the Rockin’ Holiday Flea Market and Bloody Mary Bash from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Once Lounge + Ballroom, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville, with music, tacos and giant bloody Marys and mimosas; and finally, at the giant Harvard Square Holiday Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday is back for its 31st year at 50 Church St.
Tenth Annual “Everyone Loves Latkes” from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday on Brattle Plaza (in front of Brattle Florist at 31 Brattle St.), Harvard Square. Free.
Innovative versions of everyone’s favorite Hanukkah treat – a cousin of the hash brown – are served up free with creative condiments by Harvard Square eateries such as Grendel’s Den, The Red House and Hong Kong Restaurant. In addition, there will be fresh jelly doughnuts from Dunkin’ Donuts/Eliot Street Cafe and hot drinks from DavidsTea while students from The Longy School of Music entertain with seasonal songs. Information is here. (There’s also a “Frozen”-themed Chanukah on Ice event at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Community Ice Skating at Kendall Square, 300 Athenaeum St. with ice skating, latkes, doughnuts, arts and crafts and an appearance by Olaf, with $10 admission.)
Pinbrawl V: Arcade Carnage from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Flat Top Johnny’s, 1 Kendall Square. There’s a $5 buy-in for the playoffs, which goes to cash prizes.
Play as much as you want on this pool hall’s pinball arcade games right up until 6 p.m. Top qualifiers of all skill levels advance to the Pinbrawl Playoffs. Information is here.
Gingerbread Village with Tea and Sweets from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday in the courtyard of The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square. Free.
Take a break from holiday shopping with a Harvard Square Gingerbread Village display with contributions from a dozen local businesses, including the folks at Beat Brasserie, Cabot’s Candy and Oona’s Experienced Clothing. The intricate – and edible – gingerbread houses will be on display in the lobby of the Charles Hotel until Dec. 20 and then can be brought home in a raffle to benefit the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. (Buy raffle tickets here or at the event.) Santa Claus will be around, and there will be candy canes, sweets from Café Algiers and hot drinks from DavidsTea; the new Charles Square Winter Farmer’s Market will be open in the courtyard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Cardullo’s Gourmet Shoppe is nearby with its own gingerbread house display.) Information is here.