Remember when learning to bake bread and going to Zoom happy hours and online dance parties seemed like a novel idea? Well, it’s been said more than once, but time seemingly no longer exists. With the start of Aquarius season and in the midst of so much, we’ve got a few novel ways you can spend your weekend. Whether indoors or outdoors, on a stage or in a dance class, in a group or by yourself, here’s hoping they nourish your soul.
Sunday, Jan. 23
In the words of Nirvana, “Come as you are” to this free event on Sunday featuring New England orchestra Me2/. This ensemble — created by and for people with mental illnesses and their allies — is holding its "Stigma Free at Boston Symphony Hall '' concert on Jan. 23. The more than 100 musicians hail from several states and will present classical works by Grieg, Rossini, Berlioz, Beethoven and others under the leadership of co-founder and conductor Ronald Braunstein. [Interested in catching more classical music? Check out our winter arts guide here.]
Saturdays through Feb. 19
You may have seen curling in the Olympics, now you can learn the basics this weekend alongside the North End Curling Club on the Seaport Common. Lessons are held Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. in 30-minute increments and no experience is necessary. Just dress warmly and comfortably. RSVP online at this link.
'Tela Para Cortar' at Nearby Gallery
Saturday, Jan. 22-Tuesday, Feb. 22
“Tela Para Cortar,” or the phrase “Fabric to Cut” in Spanish, means addressing or dwelling on a topic’s nuance and unpacking. This is the heart of this new exhibit, which opens this Saturday at the Nearby Gallery, 101 Union St. in Newton Centre from 6 to 9 p.m. Curated by David Guerra, the founder of A R E A gallery, it will feature Puerto Rican artists Sebastian Gutierrez and Uziel Orlandi and show how each "uses textiles to expose dimensions of consciousness, and seek a new visual language."
Saturday, Jan. 22
This Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m., join an Afro-Cuban dance workshop and explore movement and a dance form rooted in African traditions brought to Cuba. It will be taught by Aaron Dumas at the Cambridge Athletic Club, located at 215 First St. The in-person price is $30 while online is $25. The class is limited to 20 students. Reserve your spot here.
Through March 31
The special exhibition, "Cape Ann & Monhegan Island Vistas: Contrasted New England Art Colonies," is being extended through March 31 at the Cape Ann Museum. The exhibit tells the story of two of New England’s oldest summer colonies and features two new works by artist Ken Gore as well as pieces by Theresa Bernstein, Walter Farndon, Eric Hudson, Margaret Patterson and Charles Movalli.