All the fun/cheap/life-changing events happening this week around Beantown, just a hop, skip, and a jump from campus!
Monday, May 16th: Massmouth Story Slam
Massmouth is an awesome organization dedicated to growing the art of storytelling in Boston. Think poetry slam/spoken word, but with even more depth and detail. Beantown’s best poets and authors, as well as amateurs and newbies, perform their stories in front of a panel of judges. Volunteers from the audience even get to weigh in on their favorite artists!
Club Passim. 47 Palmer St, Cambridge. 7 – 9 pm. $5 – $10.www.massmouth.org
Tuesday, May 17th: Scratch Session ft. Lady Spindrift
Break into Boston’s local music scene at Together 2016, New England’s coolest indie music festival! Meet Lady Spindrift as she demonstrates basic turntablist techniques from scratching to beat juggling. Interactions include Q&A session with the audience, and audience members “get their hands dirty” behind the decks. You can also check out the other Together 2016 concerts and get tickets for the rest of the festival!
Mmmmaven, 614 Massachusetts ave #203. 6 – 7 pm. Free. http://www.thebostoncalendar.com/events/table-manners-presents-a-scratch-session-ft-lady-spindrift
Wednesday, May 18th: “In It To Spin It” Outdoor Cycling Challenge
Love spinning? Come celebrate National Bike Week at City Hall Plaza with the Best Buddies spinning challenge! Teams from across Boston led by cycling pros will race on stationary bikes to benefit Best Buddies’ work to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. When you’re not cheering on your favorite team, you can try out some stationary bikes yourself, pick up samples from local food trucks, and enter awesome drawings like a chance to play football with Tom Brady!
City Hall Plaza @ Government Center. 5 – 7 pm. Free. http://1033ampradio.cbslocal.com/in-it-to-spin-it/
Thursday, May 19th: Boston Calling Block Parties
Didn’t get tickets to Boston Calling? No worries, you can still check out the Boston Calling Block Parties along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, no ticket needed! Kick back in a lawn chair and listen to Boston bands perform all afternoon, or stroll between parties to check out the cash bars and free samples.
Dewey Square Park. 5 – 8 pm. Free. https://www.facebook.com/bostoncallingblockparties/
Friday, May 20th: Your Terrible Ex! Improv Show
Crack up listening to true relationship mishaps at this hilarious comedy show with a heartbreaking twist! Each week features a guest group from the Boston area performing audience-inspired improv about matters of the heart. Every performance this summer includes free JP Licks vouchers so you can grab some ice cream after the show!
The Riot Theater, 146A South Street. 10 – 11:30 pm. Free. http://www.naffyimprov.com/your-terrible-ex.html
Saturday, May 21st: Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shit-Faced Shakespeare is back with a brand new show–A Midsummer Night’s Dream! One of Boston’s favorite theater companies performs entirely serious Shakespearean masterpieces…but with one entirely drunken cast member. Each night, one actor is randomly selected to become desperately inebriated over the course of the show, even taking direction from the audience to drink more when sobriety threatens. Because the drunken role rotates each night, no two shows are the same!
Laugh Boston at the Westin Boston Waterfront. 6 – 8 pm. $15. https://www.goldstar.com/events/boston-ma/sht-faced-shakespeare-a-midsummer-nights-dream-tickets?aff_sub5=&modal_signup=&test_signup=
Sunday, May 22nd: South End Open Market
The South End Open Market at Ink Block, held every Sunday during the summer, is Boston’s best spot for all things art, food, and farm-fresh goods! Every weekend, Ink Block’s open lot transforms into a bustling marketplace with over 130 stalls selling local goods and goodies. Even if you’re not there to shop, it’s still an adventure to make your way through the busy (and loud) market just window shopping…and perhaps munching on a gourmet grilled cheese.
375 Harrison Ave. 10 am – 4 pm. http://newenglandopenmarkets.com/portfolio/inkblock/