This Weekend in Somerville: Live Music for Buster Keaton Shorts, 'Cages of Shame'

Also, historic footage of Maine lumbermen and river drivers, a design workshop for a large Union Square housing proposal, some musical performances and more.

Alloy Orchestra plays Buster Keaton
Alloy Orchestra writes and performs live music for classic silent films. It's touring the country, and this weekend it's in Somerville to accompany Buster Keaton short films. It's at Somerville Theatre Saturday at 8 p.m.

Boston Area Premiere of "Cages of Shame"
This documentary depicts the struggle to rescue bears in China. It's the Boston premiere, and it's Saturday at Somerville Theatre at 7 p.m.

Community Design Workshop: Creating a Community Vision for 181 Washington Street
Union Square neighbors are invited to this interactive workshop to discuss plans for a housing development in the neighborhood. It's Saturday at 1 p.m. at 3 Sanborn Ct.

In The Blood: A Film About Maine Lumbermen
This documentary depicts, with original and rarely seen footage, the lives of Maine's lumbermen and river drivers at the turn of the 20th century. If you're interested in New England history you won't want to miss this. It screens at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Somerville Public Library and is sponsored by Friends of the Somerville Public Library.

Lilly Testa Live
Lilly Testa, according to the listing, "will be performing a cross-section of classic R&B tunes, classic jazz standards and some new popular music hits with special guest performances and duets to shake things up." It's Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory.

Hi-Tone Ramblers
The Hi-Tone Ramblers play some old-time music Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington Street Art Center. 

Playing for Pups II! Ultimate Freeze Dance Competition
Okay, this takes place in Boston, but some of you might be interested. It's a dance competition, and the listing says, "It is an ULTIMATE test of dance stamina, skills, and a will to win it! Dance attire is highly encouraged so dust of those leggings and get your flash dance on!" It starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at 222 Friend St., Boston. Also, it benefits the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Head to The Burren Sunday for comfort food, mimosas, live music and the chance to buy African artwork and crafts to benefit literacy in Africa. It starts at 11 a.m.

Journalist and Author Thomas R. Bransten Reads From his New Book "A Slight Case of Guilt"
According to the listing, "The novel it is set in the Burgundy wine country where a young heir to the Ville De Courtray fortune is abducted." The author event is Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Book Shop in Ball Square.


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