The Weekend Guide

local bites!

Shake the hands that feed you.

Local Bites D2E Preview Party

What: Local food producers (Nashoba Brook Bakery), organic wine purveyors (Root: 1), and ecominded eateries (Taranta, Prana Cafe) set out a wide-ranging, sustainable spread to welcome the weekend-long eco expo.
Why: Proceeds go to New England Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Program and Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets.
When: Party, Fri., 5-9 p.m.; expo, Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Back Bay (617-954-2000). Info at 617-266-9540. Tickets ($20) online at d2e.ticketleap.com.

Chef Louie Night

What: Vote ahead on the theme for a multicourse, family-style meal and arrive early to indulge in Haitian-inspired craft cocktails and shucked oysters.
Why: Five dollar door donation goes to relief efforts in Haiti.
When: Sun., 6 p.m.
Where: Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square (617-262-9554). Tickets ($43) online at cheflouienight.com. Vote for dinner ingredients here.

What: Peruse handmade jewelry, clothes, ceramics, and furniture from more than 200 artisans (40 of whom hail from Massachusetts).
Why: Hundreds of items priced under the century mark.
When: Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Seaport World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Ln., South Boston (617-266-1810).

Musical Tribute to Johnny Cash

What: Ten local bands (Coyote Kolb, Movers & Shakers) do their best Man in Black impressions; all proceeds benefit the Quincy-based Prison Book Program.
Why: A concurrent exhibit at Nave Gallery displays artwork inspired by the musician.
When: Sat., 8 p.m. Exhibit thru May 2.
Where: P.A.’s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave., Union Square (617-776-1557). Tickets ($10) at the door.

Photo: frangrit / Flickr

P.A.'s Lounge
345 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
Seaport Boston Hotel & World Trade Center
1 Seaport Ln
Boston, MA 02210
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02115
Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215