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Weekend Guide: January 15-18

Spend the weekend in Cambridge with our top five event picks.

FILM

IMAX Film at the Mugar Omni Theater | January 15

If you’ve never seen a film in the Mugar Omni Theater, you’re seriously missing out.  Learn about Humpback Whales, travel through Jerusalem (one of the world’s oldest cities) or embark on an exciting safari through Wild Africa without having to buy to a plane ticket or jumping in a submarine.

As an audience member you’ll feel as if you’re actually standing face to face with a 50-ton whale. But you’re really sitting in the coolest movie theater ever.  With a five-story tall Imax dome screen and breathtaking visuals, you and your friends will leave feeling like you found a secret-Cambridge gem while simultaneously planning your next trip to the museum.

See it: shows vary

FARMERS MARKET

Cambridge Winter Farmers Market | January 16

Every Saturday until April 30th, you’ll find fresh veggies for dinner, live music and crafts.  It may be cold and windy outside, but inside at the farmers’ market, its always toasty and warm! 

The Winter Farmers Markets will also be hosting special events and presentations throughout the season. This week you can learn the basics of how to juggle from the MIT Juggling Club. Learn these tips and tricks from the pros starting at 11a-1p.

Bonus: You’ll be able to learn to juggle, find your veggies for dinner and still be able to make it home (or to a delicious restaurant) to watch the Patriots beat the Chiefs. Sounds like an ideal Saturday, right?

See it: 10a-2p

MUSIC

Joyful Noise Gospel Concert | January 16

The Harlem Gospel Choir is back in Cambridge for yet another year to help us celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Head over to the Sanders Theatre for their annual Joyful Noise Concert where you are welcome to sit back, stand up and join in their message of peace and love.

See it: 7:30p

TOUR

African American Heritage Trail | January 17

We’re all about anything MLK this weekend and we think we found the perfect way to celebrate his life. Mount Auburn Cemetery will host a tour where you’ll learn more about the lives and legacies of seventeen individuals who were key representatives of the African American experience during the 19th and 20th centuries.  Begin the tour with a short indoor presentation before heading outside for a guided tour. We suggest dressing warmly!

See it: 1-2:30p

COMMUNITY

Cambridge’s Sixth Annual MLK Day of Service | January 18

We don’t usually include Monday events in our weekend guide, but when Monday is such a great holiday, how could we not?

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great.  Because anyone can serve…You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.” Celebrate his legacy by loaning some of your time to Many Helping Hands 365 by heading over to City Hall for an afternoon of service. 

All hands young or mature are welcome to join and help make Valentine’s Day cards for veterans and seniors, help restock food pantries and clothing exchanges, or help put together activity kits for children in emergency rooms.  You’ll leave happy that you joined and spent your day off serving others.

Do it: 2-5p

Mark Your Calendars…

The Last Night in Hell | January 21

We hate to be the ones to break the bad news, but we’re sad to report that after thirty years of spicy, delicious food, Inman Square’s East Coast Grill will be closing on January 23rd.  They aren’t quite done making us cry though – from eating spicy food that is. 

If spice is your thing, Hell Night is for you.  Make your reservations ASAP to attend their very last Hell Night on January 21. Choose from a special menu of the spiciest peppers that will make you sweat, cry and laugh all at the same time. It’s the only way to appropriately say goodbye to East Coast Grill.

Try it: Until January 23

Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year Parade and Roast | January 28

Scandal’s PR Maven Kerry Washington has been named this year’s Woman of the Year by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. To say we’re excited is an understatement! Kerry will be joining an exclusive club that honors women who have made an incredible impact in the entertainment industry. Past recipients include Amy Pohler, Elizabeth Taylor, Meryl Streep, Lucille Ball, and Halle Barry.

Head into Harvard Square around 2:45p to catch the acclaimed actress as she is paraded down Mass Ave. Following the parade, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actress where she will receive her honorary Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall.

Meanwhile, stay tuned to see which lucky guy will be named the Hasty Pudding Man of the Year!


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