All the fun/cheap/life-changing events happening this week around Beantown, just a hop, skip, and a jump from campus!
Friday, Jan 15th: Boston Bike Party’s Neon Masquerade
Boston Bike Party, also known as “Boston’s monthly celebration on wheels,” is hosting an awesome neon shindig to light up the streets around Copley Square! The only requirement is to show up with a costume and bike as tricked out in neon implements as possible. Any other feathers, glam, or glitter is strongly encouraged. A short ride around Copley will be followed by a dance party at POPAllston. The Boston Bike Party website has a handy lookbook with costume and bike inspo, including the following:
Copley Square. 7:00 pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/events/436138319930215/
Saturday, Jan 16th: Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Shitfaced Shakespeare
Pardon our French, but we couldn’t help sharing what promises to be a hilarious evening of Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before. Shitfaced Shakespeare is a world-renowned theater company bringing playhouse classics to life in a decidedly bawdy, raucous, and drunken fashion. Aiming to recreate the often chaotic atmosphere in Elizabethan theaters, the cast encourages a lively audience and always performs with at least one very, very inebriated actor. The audience even gets to dictate when said actor should drink more to “prevent unwanted sobriety.” Some of the company’s fun facts include “6 years old and still 0 deaths,” as well as “£179.90 worth of Domino’s pizza ordered during a single show (it was 2 for 1 Tuesday…).” Sounds like our kind of Shakespeare.
Laugh Boston, 425 Summer Street. 6:00 pm. $25. http://www.thebostoncalendar.com/events/midsummer-night-s-dream-presented-by-shit-faced-shakespeare-at-laugh-boston
Sunday, Jan 17th: Sunday Brunch at Audubon
Treat yourself to making it one whole week through the semester with a fabulous brunch at one of Boston’s best up-and-coming (and not too pricey) eateries. Listed as one of “The Hottest Brunches in Boston Right Now, December 2015” by Boston Eater, we’ve got pretty good evidence that Audubon is your best bet for a Sunday morning meal. They’ve got some glorious-sounding dishes like the Brunch Plate which is basically every brunch food under the sun (and only $11), and something called Breakfast Lasagna which sounds both genius and heavenly. Audubon is just a quick jaunt across the Back Bay Fens, making it both close and scrumptious.
Audubon Boston, 838 Beacon St. Brunch 1 1 am – 3 pm. $10-$15. http://www.audubonboston.com/site/brunch/
Monday, Jan 18th: Martin Luther King Day of Service
January 18th is Martin Luther King day, and institutions across the city are pulling together to make it “a day on, not a day off.” Many Helping Hands 365, a community service organization in Cambridge, is hosting an MLK Day of Service on Monday to bring Boston residents to volunteer positions. On average, they connect a whopping 2,500 people with places in need, with all sorts of services from restocking local food pantries to making Valentine’s Day cards for elders and veterans. Make sure to register before Monday!
Central Square, Cambridge. 2 – 5 pm. Free (donations encouraged). http://manyhelpinghands365.org/registration-mlk/
Tuesday, Jan 19th: A Tribute to the Dream
On the day after Martin Luther King Day, Northeastern holds its official keynote event to commemorate Dr. King’s life and legacy. Talented voices from across our university will gather together as a community in his memory. Curry Ballroom will be transformed into a jazz club setting, a nod to Dr. King’s appreciation of jazz and blues music.
Curry Student Center Ballroom. 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Free. http://calendar.northeastern.edu/event/a_tribute_to_the_dream#.VpfgRfkrKUk
Wednesday, Jan 20th: The State of the City
Last week, President Obama delivered his last State of the Union address, generating plenty of discussion in Northeastern’s classrooms and online communities. Even closer to home is Mayor Walsh’s State of the City, an evening of discussion about hot topics in Boston like transportation costs, rising rents, and entrepreneurship. A panel of local experts will lead the evening, with plenty of opportunities for you to voice your own opinions. As part of the #activateBOS: Potluck & Politics series, a communal dinner will be served (make sure to contribute a dish, if you’re feeling lazy/don’t have a kitchen, Whole Foods has awesome cookies). It’s just a few blocks from campus in Roxbury!
ArtRox Hub, 22 Warren St Roxbury. 6 – 9 pm (panel ends at 8:15). Free (must register). https://www.eventbrite.com/e/potluck-politics-2016-state-of-the-city-tickets-20126627284
Thursday, Jan 21st: ISG Third Thursdays: Fresh New Year
The Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is pretty awesome any day of the week, but it’s even more amazing on the monthly Third Thursdays event. The first session of 2016, aptly named Fresh New Year, is a chance to wander through the quirkiest museum in the city after normal closing hours. The award-winning Cafe G will be open for drinks, snacks, and dinner, as will the studio with special interactive events and music. If you haven’t yet strolled around the breathtaking Mediterranean courtyard, this is the perfect chance!
Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, 280 The Fenway. 5:30 – 9pm. $5 (with Student ID). http://www.gardnermuseum.org/calendar/events/6712