Although it doesn’t appear on New London Main Street’s events calendar, plenty of residents probably know about the upcoming Hygienic XXXIV. This starts with musical performances at The Hootenanny from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday at The Commoner as well as The Screening Room during the same time at Hygienic Art; the Pre-Fix, a preview of musical performers at Saturday’s 7 p.m. Rock Fix at the Crocker House Ballroom, kicks off at 10 p.m. on Friday at the Oasis Pub. Young artists can drop off artwork at the Garde Arts Center gallery from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and the show opens at noon on Saturday. You can drop off artwork for the open-to-all Salon des Independents show starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday at Hygienic Art, while the official opening starts at 8 p.m. This is also when you can check out the Cabaret Extraordinaire at 33 Golden.
There are other art exhibits debuting this weekend as well. Spirit Gallery welcomes people to check out Traci Creamens’ “Ego’s Last Bask: I Found My Answer in Your Ecstatic Substance” from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday. On the same day, the Custom House Maritime Museum opens Denny Moers’ photographic exhibit “Near Water’s Edge” with a reception from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The works of Marlene McLoughlin and Martha Wakeman are up at Studio 33 for the rest of January while the Gallery at Firehouse Square’s “Echoes of Nature” will be up through Sunday.
In music, Kathy Mattea comes to the Garde Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Friday. Several youth singers will put on the Children’s Choir Festival at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Second Congregational Church.
In food events, you can reserve a spot at “A Taste of Chile,” a four-course meal at Dev’s on Bank Street, for $35. The meal starts at 6:30 p.m. And there is a regular winter farmers market at Fiddleheads Food Co-op from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.