You gotta have art.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s New Building Opens
What: 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
What: 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
What: 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.
What: 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