The Weekend Guide

isabella stewart gardner museum's new building!

You gotta have art.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s New Building Opens
Our local beauty, enhanced. The museum’s stunning 70,000-square-foot glass and copper addition offers classes, music performances, and contemporary exhibits, including the debut of “Points of View: Twenty Years of Artists-in-Residence at the Gardner.”
Why: The new Cafe G. dishes out seasonal sustenance like pear mostarda on toast and polenta Milanese, plus craft wines.
When: Mon., Wed. & Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: 280 The Fenway (617-566-1401).

Cynthia Rowley Sample Sale
Perk up your winter closet with leather-trimmed dresses, silk crepe blouses, and flap handbags at up to 80 percent off, plus sample dresses for $50 to $150.
Why: Alpaca sidewalk coat for $320 (reg. $640); velvet loafers for $139 (reg. $195); taffeta mid-length skirt for $109 (reg. $365).
When: Today-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 164 Newbury St., Back Bay (617-587-5240).

Once in Valhalla
Aspire to an Asterix appetite over a ten-course locavore smorgasbord of Island Creek oysters, cider and maple-glazed Stillman’s Farm ham, and beer-braised beef with hard rye biscuits, dished out on banquet-size tables.
Why: Drink your Green River Ambrosia mead and Slumbrew beer amid singing and dancing dwarves, gnomes, and Valkyries.
When: Sat., 7-11 p.m.
Where: The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville (617-765-0433). Tickets ($76) online at brownpapertickets.com.

American Lamb
Missing the summertime barbecues? Take solace in an all-you-can-eat lamb ’cue with sides like Texas corn pudding, vinegar coleslaw, and baked beans.
Why: Sustainable butcher Vadim Akimenko demonstrates the art of the cut.
When: Sun., 3-7 p.m.
Where: Kitchen Inc., 201 Somerville Ave., Union Square (617-765-0433). Tickets ($50) online at lambevent.eventbrite.com.

Photo: Nic Lehoux / Courtesy of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

201 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
Cynthia Rowley
164 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116
The Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
280 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115