Thursday, Nov 19th: RISE: Liz Longley and Matthew Rosewood
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is hosting the RISE concert series this fall, all located in their wicked awesome sonic cube, Calderwood Hall. Calderwood definitely takes the cake for coolest concert space in Boston, with tiers of seating right on top of each other to create a tower of sound. Thursday night brings singer-songwriter Liz Longley to the stage in all of her melancholy, country-inspired glory. Matthew Rosewood, spoken word poet and hip-hop artist, will be opening the show. Show up early to roam about the museum and for drinks in the fabulous courtyard; admission is included in the ticket price so make the most of it!
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 7:00 pm. $12. http://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/events/6579
Friday, Nov 20th: Pavement Comedy Night
Your favorite Boston coffeehouse is bringing back its wildly popular comedy night! They’ve got an incredible lineup of comics including headliner Gary Petersen of Boston Comedy Festival fame, as well as Laura Berns, Kwasi Mensa, and Jere Pilapil. Grab a drink and get excited for some of Boston’s best and funniest characters! Tickets usually go fast, so make sure to buy them online before the show to guarantee a seat.
Pavement Coffeehouse, Boston University location at 736 Commonwealth Ave. 6:30 pm. $4. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pavement-comedy-night-november-edition-tickets-19480526780
Saturday, Nov 21st: Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular
We know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but it wouldn’t be holiday season in Boston without the tree lighting at Faneuil Hall. Boston’s first Christmas tree of the year is lit on live television, but only after hours of performances, light shows, music, and food. Fun fact: Boston’s tree is the largest in the northeast, even bigger than Rockefeller Center’s famous fir in New York City. Last year, 30,000 people showed up for the Blink! Light Show opening night ceremony, during which the entire marketplace is lit up with gorgeous light displays. The festivities begin at 2pm with The Revels Singers and progress through the afternoon until the tree lighting ceremony at 7pm. Brownie points if you wear some Northeastern gear and make it on WBZ-TV!
Faneuil Hall. 2:00 – 8:00 pm. Free. http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/blink
Sunday, Nov 22nd: The Tough Turkey
Why wait for Black Friday to lament the pounds and pounds of mashed potatoes you consumed on Thanksgiving? Get ahead of the game with the Fit NU sponsored Tough Turkey 5k! All college students at all levels of fitness are welcome on a jaunt through the Fens including fitness challenges along the way. Bonus for Northeastern students: the first 10 to register get a free t-shirt! It’s totally free, just make sure to register ahead of time before this turkey trot fills up.
The Fens. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Free. http://gofitu.com/toughturkey/
Monday, Nov 23rd: Elf the Musical
How could we not include this gem? Elf the Musical is running in Boston through December 6th, but we suggest catching a show before heading home for break to really get you in the holiday spirit. The normally pricey Broadway production is much cheaper on Goldstar Events which offers limited half-price tickets here. Buddy the Elf is calling your name (and asking what your favorite color is).
Citi Performing Arts Center, Wang Theater, 270 Tremont Street. 7:00 pm. $35 (or cheaper, check Goldstar!). http://citicenter.org/buy/show-listing/elf-the-broadway-musical
Tuesday, Nov 24th: Taco Tuesdays
Flying/busing/driving home for Thanksgiving is expensive. We get it. Celebrate the last day before break in thrifty style with Tremont 647’s Taco Tuesdays! This neighborhood staple offers a wide variety of absolutely delicious tacos for $2. You heard right, tacos for only $2! Each week’s mini-fiesta includes beef, pork, chicken, fish, and veggie tacos as well as three specialty tacos that remain a surprise until the day-of. We highly recommend getting some guac and pico de gallo on the side to make it the best Taco Tuesday of all time. Best of all, it’s mere blocks from campus.
Tremont 647, 647 Tremont Street. 5:00 – 10:00 pm. $2 per taco! http://tremont647.com/
Wednesday, Nov 25th: Happy Thanksgiving!
Rejoice, for Thanksgiving break has arrived! Time to break out your stretchy pants and go ham on that turkey. Eat, eat some more, and stave off your finals worries with some pie.