Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 2/22/18

ONE: Every Lowellian — whether they love winter as much as mvm editor Doug Sparks or can’t stand the fluffy white stuff — knows that there’s at least one reason to look forward to February: Lowell Winterfest, which takes over Downtown Lowell this Friday and Saturday. There are too many activities to list in this space, but some highlights include The Lodge live music tent, a craft beer garden …

TWO: …and the Richard Rourke Memorial Soup Bowl Competition, which takes place from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and which we think is so special it deserves its own entry. Why is it so special? Well, in addition to awesome local restaurants and organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Cobblestones and Fuse Bistro participating, mvm founder and publisher Glenn Prezzano is serving as one of the judges!

THREE: Though we were sad to see “KNYUM” go (read our review here), the Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s busy schedule has moved onto its next exciting show: the story of the man who went from being one of Hollywood’s most pioneering comedians to one of its greatest villains. Called ”Lost Laughs: The Slapstick Tragedy of Fatty Arbuckle,” it’s playing this Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.

ONE: Lowell Winterfest has everything from a chocolate festival to a winter market full of local vendors.

FOUR: Firehouse Center for the Arts has another one of its popular Stand Up Comedy Nights coming this Friday at 8 p.m. This time, the lineup of performers is Mark Riley, Mike Koutrobis and Joni Grassey, each offering their own hilarious take on the everyday situations of life in the New England area.

FIVE: Craft beer lovers will want to check out the 6th Annual Seacoast Winter Brew Fest at Portsmouth Light Gas Co. on Saturday. The event is broken up into four sessions: two VIP sessions from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and two general admission sessions from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SIX: The New England Winter Blues Festival is taking place at Blue Ocean Music Hall this Saturday. Artists featured include Big Bill Morganfield (son of the legendary Muddy Waters), harmonica player Jason Ricci and guitarist “Monster” Mike Welch. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., while the show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

SEVEN: After nearly 15 years apart, the new lineup of L.A. Guns has Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis reuniting on stage for a reunion tour.

SEVEN: North Reading-based childbirth education center Stork Ready will be holding a Mamas and Mimosas shopping event from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Bring along your favorite expectant mama (which, let’s be fair, might be yourself!) and peruse comfortable and versatile nursing clothing, an extensive line of beauty products, and soft leggings and sweaters to dress for any occasion.

EIGHT: After a nearly 15 year break, Philip Lewis and Tracii Guns are back together for another chapter in a writing and performing partnership that began in 1986, four years after the latter formed L.A. Guns in 1982. Catch their reunion tour at the Tupelo Music Hall on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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