All the fun/cheap/life-changing events happening this week around Beantown, just a hop, skip, and a jump from campus!
Friday, April 22nd: The Show Against Humanity
Modeled after the wickedly funny card game “Cards Against Humanity,” this Improv Asylum show will make you hate yourself for laughing, but laugh you will! Boston’s best comedy group brings you an evening of edgy humor for a mere $7.50. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll forget about finals!
Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St. 11:45 pm. $7.50. https://www.goldstar.com/events/boston-ma/the-show-against-humanity?aff_sub5=&modal_signup=&test_signup=
Saturday, April 23rd: Sonnet Slam HSq!
Celebrate the life of the Bard on the 400th anniversary of his death with all 154 of his sonnets! Shakespeare enthusiasts from all over Boston will gather in Harvard Square to read each sonnet slam poetry style. All participants will receive a FREE copy of Shakespeare’s complete sonnets courtesy of the Harvard Square bookstores. You can also sign up to read one of the sonnets yourself!
Harvard Square. 12 – 6 pm. Free. http://www.thebostoncalendar.com/events/celebrate-shakespeare-sonnet-slam-hsq
Sunday, April 24th: Japan Festival Boston
It’s matsuri time again! Founded on the 100th anniversary of the planting of Japanese Cherry Blossom trees on American soil, Boston’s Japan Festival is a huge celebration of Japanese food, music, and culture! Over 30,000 people attended last year’s festivities, which always include plenty of food, cultural performances, and games.
Boston Common. 11 am – 6 pm. Free. http://www.japanfestivalboston.org/
Monday, April 25th: The Great Dictator at Coolidge Corner
It doesn’t get much more classic than Charlie Chaplain, and he’s coming back to the big screen for a special showing of The Great Dictator. Chaplain stared in his first pure talkie film in 1941, just before the US entered WWII. He plays both a kindly Jewish barber and a ruthless dictator in a satirical look at the rise of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. The movie was extremely successful upon its release, and remains one of the most prominent examples of political commentary in American cinema.
Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St. 7 – 9:30 pm. $12. http://www.coolidge.org/films/great-dictator
Tuesday, April 26th: El Pelon Taqueria Chile Eating Contest
Love spicy food? Take it up a notch with El Pelon Taqueria’s Annual Chile Pepper Eating Contest! Contestants line up along tables in front of the restaurant and proceed to eat chili pepper after chil pepper…the last person standing/eating wins! Entrants will have two minutes to finish each pepper, which become progressively hotter as the contest progresses. The grand winner will go home with a very large trophy and a free burrito per day for an ENTIRE YEAR! Runner-ups will win $15 El Pelon gift cards. Even if you’re not into habaneros, sign up a friend and come to watch the festivities!
El Pelon Taqueria. 92 Peterborough St. 8 10 pm. $30. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-el-pelon-chile-eating-contest-tickets-24213785083
Wednesday, April 27th: Gayby Baby
Gayby Baby is a documentary that takes viewers into the personal lives of four kids growing into puberty under the guidance of gay parents. Each child has to struggle with ideas like masculinity, acceptance, religion, and inclusion as they become more and more independent. The heartwarming film offers a very personal portrait of same-sex families and emphasizes what really counts in modern life.
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema, 1900 One Kendall Square. 5 – 6:30 pm. $15. https://www.tugg.com/events/94979
Thursday, April 28th: Throwback Thursday Glow Yoga
Celebrate the end of the semester and prepare yourself for your last day of finals with Glow Yoga at Pop Allston! Bask in good vibes, black light, and a throwback playlist while you re-energize your body with yoga poses ideal for all skill levels. Bring a mat and a friend for a 60-minute class plus an extra-long shavasana.
Pop Allston, 89 Brighton Ave. 8 – 9:30 pm. $15. https://www.movewith.com/classes/glow-yoga-with-ali-singer-16