Weekend warrior edition March 22-24


WAMAs if Cantabrigians needed any other reason to celebrate after Harvard’s historic win over New Mexico, the weekend is upon us. This weekend features some great events, like the WAM! Boston Film festival (with films made by women, for women), a natural wine-tasting class (yes, thank you) and a closer look at Chinatown.

And don’t forget to cheer for the boys in Crimson on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., as they try to keep the ball rolling and become this year’s Cinderella story against sixth seeded Arizona.

Here’s the scoop:


Learn American Mah Jongg – If you’ve ever been curious about bams, cracks and dots, or want to bring some flowers and dragons into your life, Mah Jongg is the game for you! Learn to play this fun and fascinating game that combines the old Chinese set of tiles with American rules and strategies. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education Brattle House (42 Brattle St.). $125

Ice, Ice, Tasty – From the perfect Pairings Dinner Series, enjoy a 5-course dinner and cocktail pairing featuring selected artisanal spirits. This month’s sponsor is Reyka Icelandic Vodka. Dinner costs $45 and will be held at Moksa (450 Massachusetts Ave.) between 7 and 9 p.m.

Sarah Blacker & Carsie Blanton – Sarah Blacker’s music is a unique blend of acoustic rock, folk, and jazz with stand-out vocals and timeless songwriting with a quirky twist that helps to set her apart from other female singer/songwriters. Join her at Club Passim (47 Palmer St.) at 7 p.m. $13-$15


Egypt NEGMA Conference 2013 – What do you get when you join a group of seven Egyptian-American and Egyptian professionals from the Harvard and MIT community and ask the same simple question: “what can we do to move ideas to action on the ground, for a brighter future for Egypt?” You get the NEGMA Conference, built to discuss and promote innovative solutions for a new Egypt.  They meet this Saturday at MIT (77 Massachusetts Ave.) between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets ate $30.

Kitchen Science – Why does food and turn brown in the frying pan or oven? What makes baked goods rise–and fall? In this fun, one-of-a-kind course, you’ll learn some of the science behind cooking and baking procedures in an easy-to-understand manner. And, why, yes, you do get to eat your creations! Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education Brattle House (42 Brattle St.), $137.

WAM! Boston Film Festival – Women, Action & the Media hosts two days of films made by women, for women. Join the New England-born and international independent filmmakers as they present their films. Tickets vary from $6 to $30. Times vary. The Brattle Theatre (40 Brattle St.)

Natalie MacMaster – The fiddler features her breathtaking combination of old and new with updated Celtic jigs, strathspeys, reels and an occasional air.  This lady — and her five-piece band — is guaranteed to rock the Sanders Theatre.  Tickets vary from $28 – $50.  Doors open at 8 p.m. at Sanders Theatre (45 Quincy St.)


Sunday in Chinatown – Do you have questions about Chinese food, but were always afraid to ask? The join in on this visit to Chinese grocery stores on their busiest day and enjoy a Chinese dim sum (luncheon). This tour will answer all of your questions — and the food with leave you more than satisfied.  Tour starts at 10:15 a.m. at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education Brattle House (42 Brattle St.), ends at 1:15 p.m. and costs $44.

 Going Au Natural 101: What is Natural Wine, Anyway? – What is natural wine, anyway? How does it differ from organic wine? Maybe more importantly, why do we care? Join this class and break down the differences between natural and conventional wines. Class starts at 1 p.m. at Oleana (134 Hampshire St.) and costs $40.

Gail Finnie Rundlett  – Gail has performed as a solo artist for the last 25 years in New England’s coffeehouses, clubs, festivals, museums, and schools. For many years she brought folk music to a whole new generation as a music specialist in pre-schools, and as both a substitute music teacher and teacher’s aide in public schools. She will perform Sunday at Club Passim (47 Palmer St.) at 4:30 p.m. Tickets vary from $13-$15.