Saturday, December 20, 2014

This Weekend

  • Green Giants: Guac Off at The Painted Burro

    Your vote holds the key to winning one of 12 homemade guacamole recipes and a permanent menu spot at Painted Burro.

    Green gold: Register if you think you've got the goods, otherwise post up and judge from the cantina with a tequila flight.

    Sun 3-5p. The Painted Burro, 219 Elm St., Davis Square (617-776-0005). Free

    Nearby: Somerville Theatre; Spoke Wine Bar; Sligo Pub

  • Battle of the Brooms: Quidditch Tournament (pictured)

    Yes, you read that right: nine college teams take the field and fight for ultimate nerd glory in this real-life Harry Potter sport. 

    The new prep: A hybrid of lacrosse and polo (on two legs), the sport has caught on with Ivy League schools in big ways.

    Tonight 6-9p. 60 State St., Financial District. $100-150 here.

    Nearby: Sterling's; Ruth's Chris; Hillstone

  • Cambridge Canvas: Harvard Arts First Festival

    A weekend of (mostly) free music, art, and performances across Harvard Square.

    Hometown hero: This year's Harvard Arts medalist is Cambridge's own Matt Damon, who'll be honored at today's kickoff event. 

    Today-Sun. Harvard University, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square (617-495-8676). Free. Full schedule here.

    Toscano; Tasty Burger; Russell House

  • Tree Hugger's Treat: Earth Day at Beacon Hill Bistro

    Earth Day is a convenient setup for this wholesome, environmentally-sustainable, and pretty damn tasty meal.

    Hungry holiday: This menu is Earth-friendly, but not vegan, with seared Scituate scallops and assiette of Concord rabbit.

    Today-Sun. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Beacon Hill (617-723-7575). $45.

    Nearby: The Paramount; Toscano; Marliave

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