Whether or not you realize it, you have within you a vein of creativity that cries out to be tapped. In this calm period between Christmas and the New Year, you and your muse should explore your artistic side. One of the best ways is to check out the visions of artists, writers, directors, and other creative types.
Start your vision quest on Saturday near Harvard Square at an exhibit of artwork by those not known for their abilities with a brush. See visual artwork by more than 120 writers including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Vladimir Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, E.E. Cummings, Annie Dillard, Annie Proulx, and Sylvia Plath at "The Writer's Brush," on display through Jan. 13 at the Pierre Menard Gallery (10 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-868-2033. pierremenardgallery.com). Gallery is open daily noon to 8 p.m. Free.
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By now, you two crazy 'droids must be hungry. Indulge in starving-artist meals of burgers and beers in a pub named for the hard-living poet and novelist Charles Bukowski: Bukowski's Tavern, (1281 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-497-7077). Prove to each other you're not replicants by chowing down a "Reuburger" ($9) or a California burger with avocado, bacon, and cheddar ($9) or a peanut butter burger ($8). Wash the food down with some of the tavern's 18 draft brews. Open to 2 a.m., dinner served until 1:30 a.m.
Then take some of that creativity home and put it to good use.