Five things to do this weekend: March 9-11
Pianist Kathleen Supové and the EQ Ensemble perform a night of new music from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at New School of Music, 25 Lowell St., West Cambridge. Tickets are $15.
The EQ Ensemble performs “Convergence” by Aaron Jay Myers and “Eight Unnamable Narratives” by Curtis Hughes, while Supové brings the work for solo piano she commissioned and subsequently premiered at Bargemusic NYC in August, including “… the warm spot in the heart of an arctic crystal …” by Marti Epstein, “In The Privacy Of My Own Home” by Randall Woolf, “Shattered Apparitions of the Western Wind” by Annie Gosfield and “Fjord,” by Alexandra Du Bois, inspired by mist-filled, murky, submerged and ominous but beautiful fjords as well as by the composer’s recently discovered distant Norwegian lineage. Information is here.
Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., near Union Square, Somerville. Free.
Find out how sap from local sugar maple trees is boiled down into pure maple syrup over a warm fire, then taste the syrup over pancakes from Cuisine en Locale and hot cider while enjoying music and games. Groundwork Somerville gear will be on sale at this unique outdoor festival celebrating the dawn of spring and local urban resources. Information is here.
Family & Children’s Concert Series with the Tufts Jazz Orchestra from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Granoff Music Center at Tufts University, 20 Talbot Ave., Somerville. Free.
This concert for families and children under the direction of Joel LaRue Smith features works by Stevie Wonder, the Beatles and Leonard Bernstein. Information is here.
12th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Harvard Square. Free.
Start by sampling Chinese treats from Tom’s BaoBao and the Hong Kong Restaurant in Winthrop Park in Harvard Square, at the intersection of Mount Auburn and JFK streets, then enjoy a colorful lion dance (though it’s the year of the dog) at 1 p.m., followed by a parade down Massachusetts Avenue to arts and crafts and performances by the Chinese Cultural Connection at 1238 Massachusetts Ave. Information is here.
Houdini, best known for his live escape artistry, also had a brief career as a movie actor in silent films in the early 1900s. Something of an early action hero along the lines of Douglas Fairbanks, Houdini starred in five films, including “Terror Island” (1920) as a swashbuckling inventor who steers his high-tech submarine to a forbidden tropical isle to rescue the woman he loves, and “The Man From Beyond” (1922), as a man frozen in the Arctic for 100 years who returns to reclaim his reincarnated love. The live music accompaniment is by Jeff Rapsis, who often scores silent films at the Somerville Theatre and was recently cited for his local contributions by the Boston Society of Film Critics. Information is here.
Tom Meek contributed to this post.