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May21

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Sep3

Art

Meow: A Cat-Inspired Exhibition

  • Free

Meow showcases artwork featuring the animal, plus an interactive installation with live animals.

While cats may be the bread-wearing, keyboard-playing, meme-fueling Internet stars of the 21st century, the furry companions have long livened the art world. And the Worcester Art Museum is showing how they’ve been muses throughout the ages in Meow: A Cat-Inspired Exhibition, which is gathering 70 prints, drawings, sculptures and paintings (including Gustave Courbet’s Woman with a Cat, pictured here) in one gallery. Visitors can also tour the rest of the  museum on a self-guided “cat walk” to discover even more feline-inspired fodder, peep Rhonda Lieberman’s installation of live animals—which will be available for adoption—and create their own pet portraits and toys. Crazy cat ladies and gents, rejoice: The exhibit is on view through Sept. 4. / Sarah Hagman    

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Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609 United States

508-799-4406

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Aug20

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Sep17

Theater

'Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education'

  • Tickets from $25

This one-woman play conceived by and starring Anna Deavere Smith explores the current crisis involving America’s education and mass incarceration systems. Directed by Leonard Foglia.

Loeb Drama Center

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

617-547-8300‎

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Aug24-31

Food + Drink

Down East Boil

  • $59.95

Sit in the terrace bar to enjoy this 2- to 4-serving bucket of shrimp, Jonah crabs, snow crab legs and mussels, along with cans of Narragansett beer. 21+.

Legal Sea Foods

10 University Road
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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Aug27

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Sep17

Art

'Public Trust'

  • Free

This temporary public art project by artist Paul Ramirez Jonas features a 16’ x 16’ billboard commissioned by new arts organization Now + There and invites members of the community to “make a promise” that the artist will record in a contract and a personalized drawing to take home. That “promise” will then be temporarily featured on the billboard. ‘Public Art’ will makes stop in Dudley Square (Aug.27 – Sept 2) at the Dudley Branch of the BPL, Kendall Square (Sept. 3-9) at 315 Main Street, and Copley Square (Sept. 10-17).

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Aug31

Benefit

7th Annual Celebrity Bartending Event

  • Free

New England Revolution players including forward Kei Kamara, goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth, defenders Chris Tierney and Darrius Barnes, and former Revs player Taylor Twellman guest bartend from 6:30 to 8:30 pm to benefit Twellman’s foundation, ThinkTaylor.

Hard Rock Cafe

22-24 Clinton St.
Boston, MA 02109 United States

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Aug31

Music

Gary Clark Jr.

  • $25-$44.50

Where does an aspiring rock star go after the mayor of his city names an entire day after him at the tender age of 17? For Gary Clark Jr., the Austin-bred-and-based bluesman who made a name for himself playing the bar and club circuit in his music-centric hometown, the answer was simple: back to work. It was more than a decade till he made his major-label debut, gaining widespread cred with his 2012 smash hit “Bright Lights,” a psychedelic, guitar-driven piece of blues mastery that instantly vaulted the singer/songwriter into the national spotlight. Now, Clark is making the rounds on the big-time circuit, stopping in town on a summer tour behind last year’s critically lauded The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Tickets $25-$44.50.

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Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

290 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

617-728-1600

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Aug31

Music

HUMP

  • $5

Get over the midweek hump at the inaugural night of this new monthly dance party (slated for the last Wednesday of every month) in the Sinclair’s bar area. DJ Ryan Brown and Hush & Bons spin fresh beats and Fernet Branca, Narragansett and Lord Hobo Brewing provide libations. $5 at the door.

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The Sinclair

52 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

617-547-5200

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Sep1

Benefit   |   Sports

On the Field at Fenway Park with Carl Yastrzemski

  • $195

This event includes a luncheon, a meet-and-greet with former Red Sox players like Carl Yastrzemski and activities like batting from home plate, fielding off the Green Monster and recording pitching speeds. Proceeds benefit the Genesis Foundation for Children.

Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215 United States

877-733-7699

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Sep1

Music

Harborwalk Sounds: Niu Raza + Wilder Project

  • Free

This edition of the ICA and Berklee’s free outdoor summer music series concludes with Madagascar-bred singer-songwriter Niu Raza and a special performance by contemporary multimedia dance group the Wilder Project.

Institute of Contemporary Art

25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210 United States

617-478-3100

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Sep2

Art

SoWa Artists Guild First Friday

  • Free

Browse a wide variety of art from more than 70 artists who open their studios to the public.

SoWa

450 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118 United States

978-337-419

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Sep2

Festival   |   Music

Campfire. Festival

  • $10, per day; $25, weekend pass

This annual music festival fills the long Labor Day weekend with in-the-round performances that encourage audience participation.

Club Passim

47 Palmer St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

617-492-7679

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Sep2-17

Theater

'Blasted'

  • $25; $15 students

Off the Grid Theatre presents this drama that follows the cruel and sometimes violent interactions between three individuals inside and out of a small hotel room. Contains nudity and graphic scenes of physical and sexual violence and is not intended for audience members under the age of 17. Directed by John Kuntz.

Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

527 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

617-266-0800

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Sep2

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Oct9

Theater

'Company'

  • $25-$70

Lyric Stage presents this Tony-winning musical, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, that follows a 35-year-old bachelor as he navigates life and love along with his married friends. Directed by Spiro Veloudos.

Lyric Stage

140 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

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Sep2

Music

Mind Against

  • $25

Italian DJ duo Mind Against, composed of siblings Alessandro and Federico Fognini, spin a party at Bijou. Tickets $25.

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Bijou

51 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

617-357-4565

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Sep2-3

Film

'Pink Flamingos' After Midnite at the Coolidge

  • $11.25

Those infamously tacky (and Mass.-invented) plastic flamingos have nothing on the shocking sleaze of pink-trailer-living Babs Johnson in writer and director John Waters’ Pink Flamingos. Produced on a $10,000 budget, the 1972 film embodies what Waters called “good bad taste,” the kind of black comedy that earned “The Prince of Puke” an avid cult following. Through scenes shot in the Maryland woods, we follow Babs (played with mile-high eyebrows by drag queen Divine) and her family as they defend their honor from another clan vying for the title of “Filthiest People Alive.” Flock to the Coolidge Corner Theatre when it screens on Sept. 2 at midnight. Tickets $11.25.

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Coolidge Corner Theatre

290 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446 United States

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Sep3

Festival

Starlab Fest

  • $15 doors; $12 advance

It’s that time of year, when fall lurks around the corner and we scramble to get a fix of sun, fun and BBQ while we still can. Check all those boxes at Starlab Music & Arts Festival this Labor Day weekend! The plucky DIY production studio will host its seventh annual outdoor fest at creative commons space the ARTfarm, set to feature local and national bands like Screaming Females, Animal Flag and Save Ends, stand-up comedy and more. Music begins at 2 pm, but gates open at noon for a vintage flea market, a pop-arcade, beer, wine and cider, and barbecue from Scott Brothers New American Meat Co. (there’ll be veggie options too). Everyone’s a star at this end of summer bash in Somerville. Tickets $15 at the door, $12 advance.

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ARTfarm

10 Poplar St.
Somerville , MA 02143 United States

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Sep3

Film

Night Train Movie Marathon

  • $12

This nightlong movie marathon features classic train-centric films ‘Twentieth Century,’ ‘Night Train to Munich,’ ‘The Narrow Margin,’ ‘Nayak,’ ‘The Taking of Pelham One Two Three’ and ‘Snowpiercer.’

Harvard Film Archive

24 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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Sep3-25

Theater

'Regular Singing'

  • $22-$61

New Rep opens its season with this drama that follows a family that has gathered to celebrate the life of an ailing relative on the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. Directed by Weylin Symes.

Charles Mosesian Theater at Arsenal Center for the Arts

321 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA 02472 United States

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Sep3

Benefit

Labor Day Fireworks Sail

  • $85

Board the historic tall ship Roseway for a nighttime sail while watching the Boston Harbor Association’s fireworks display. Proceeds benefit the World Ocean School.

Moakley Federal Courthouse Dock

1 Courthouse Way
Boston, MA 02210 United States

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Sep4

Party

Pier Pressure White Party Cruise

  • $40; $45, VIP

This three-hour cruise features music by three DJs on two different floors. 21+.

Spirit of Boston

200 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

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Sep5

Food + Drink

Endless Summer Labor Day Brunch

  • a la carte

Loco teams up with Conscious Reggae for a live reggae brunch with a special menu featuring menu items like the Brunch Burger (with black beans, pickled serranos, cilantro, grilled bacon and a sunny-side up duck egg), French Toast (with cinnamon and vanilla custard, Texas toast, whipped ricotta cheese, fruit preserves and dulce de leche) and a Burrito de Chorizo (two eggs over easy, papas, chorizo, queso and hot sauce), along with Loco’s regular menu items. Bar manager Will Falaro serves up signature cocktails like the margaritas El Jefe margarita (Peligroso blanco tequila, house triple sec, fresh lime juice with a dash of agave) and the Rainbow Dragon (Don Julio reposado tequila, fresh lime, house triple sec, simple, orgeat syrup, topped with plantation rum). Brunch from 10am to 3 pm; live reggae from 11 am to 3 pm.

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bat

412 West Broadway
Boston, MA 02127 United States

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Sep8

HomeStart Fall Gala

Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the the HomeStart Gala at the Seaport Hotel. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and auctions. For more information please visit www.homestart.org/gala.

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Sep9-11

Festival   |   Music   |   Party

Allston's Awesome Christmas

  • Free, block party; $12, wristbands for individual shows; $20, all-access

What’s even more awesome than awesome? Even more awesome! That’s what attendees at the inaugural Allston’s Awesome Christmas will get when Rock City’s annual Awesome Day Fest joins forces with last year’s Allston Christmas Block Party for a neighborhood-wide rager celebrating music, art and that special time of year when residents on-the-move dump all their shit out on the streets, ripe for the scavenging. Highlights of the three-day fest include a free (with RSVP) Saturday block party at Pop Allston featuring performances by Juliana Hatfield and Evan Dando’s reunited college band Blake Babies as well as Dutch Rebelle, Weakened Friends and the Doped Up Dollies (along with a WJMN Campus Invasion voter registration station for political procrastinators); shows by a host of upcoming local talent all weekend at Great Scott and O’Brien’s; libations from PBR and Deep Eddy vodka and more. One man’s trash may be another man’s treasure but, either way, it’s awesome when Allston’s Awesome Christmas hits the ‘hood Sept. 9-11. Free, block party; $12, wristbands for individual shows; $20, all-access.

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Pop Allston

88 Brighton Ave.
Boston, MA 02134 United States

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Sep9

Comedy   |   Festival

Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

  • $29.50-$125

Comedians on the bill at this year’s Oddball fest include John Oliver, Jeff Ross, Jay Pharoah, Pete Davidson, Katherine Ryan, Tom Segura and Sebastian Maniscalco.

Xfinity Center

885 S Main St.
Mansfield, MA 02048 United States

508-339-2331

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Sep10

Festival

Bostoberfest

  • $45

Sam Adams’ Boston Octoberfest features more than 30 different Sam Adams beers to sample—including brews offered only at the fest such as Mesquite BBQ Brown Ale, Chai IPA and Toasted Caramel Bock—food, live music and more.

Rose Kennedy Greenway

Dewey Square
Boston, MA 02119 United States

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Sep12

Party   |   Sponsored

Fenway to the Runway

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of The Fenway to the Runway, a fashion show and luncheon featuring the Red Sox wives with a special tribute to Tiffany Ortiz. The event will be held at the Hotel Commonwealth. For more information visit redsoxfoundation.org.

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Sep13

Music

Sleigh Bells

  • $25

The BK noise-pop duo play the Sinclair.

The Sinclair

52 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

617-547-5200

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Sep15

Festival   |   Food + Drink

Taste of WGBH Food and Wine Festival

  • $50-$350

This fifth annual weekend-long festival features samples of food and wine from both local and national and international purveyors.

WGBH

1 Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135 United States

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Sep15

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Oct12

Food + Drink

8th Annual Oyster Festival

  • a la carte

Legals celebrates the crustacean with a special menu of oyster-centric dishes, including variations on fried, baked and raw oysters, oyster stew and more. Guests can also enjoy a special Oyster Fest cocktail: The Deadrise ($10) of American Harvest organic vodka, muddled cucumber, lime and grapefruit bitters, as well as special events including Mollusk Mania (Oct 2.) an everything-oysters party.

Legal Sea Foods

10 University Road
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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Sep17-18

Festival

American Field

This fifth annual market features a host of American-made clothing, accessories, home goods, food and more.

Innovation Design Building

25 Drydock Ave.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

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Sep17

Festival   |   Music

MIXfest 2016

  • Free

This installment of MIX 104.1’s annual free outdoor music fest features OneRepublic, Ingrid Michaelson and Shaggy.

DCR Hatch Memorial Shell

47 David G Mugar Way
Boston, MA 02108 United States

617-626-1250

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Sep17

Sponsored

Black & White Gala Opening Reception

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the Black & White Gala Opening Reception at Lunder Arts Center, 1801 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. For more information about the exhibition and other events please click here.

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Sep17-18

Art   |   Party

mfaNOW Overnight: Launch Party

  • Free

Attendees wont get to wrangle with exhibits come to life alongside Ben Stiller at the Museum of Fine Arts’ mfaNOW Overnight, but this night at the museum promises to be just as eventful. A kickoff for a seasonlong celebration of contemporary art, this first of four free all-night parties invites guests for an after-hours peek at the museum’s current exhibits—including the rare chance to catch all of Christian Marclay’s 24-hour video collage The Clock—plus live music and DJs, food trucks, lawn games, artist demos and pop-up performance art. Visitors are welcome to stay the night or pop by in the early morning hours for coffee, yoga, kids’ activities and more. Practice the art of the slumber party when the MFA opens its doors at 6 pm for the Overnight on Sept. 17. 

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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Sep18

Food + Drink

Shellfish Shindig

  • $1

Enjoy freshly shucked $1 oysters from 2 to 4 pm in the restaurant’s terrace area.

Legal Sea Foods

10 University Road
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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Sep19

Music

Against Me!

  • $25

The Gainesville punk outfit plays Royale.

Royale

279 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States

617-338-7699

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Sep23-24

Festival

Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration

  • $40-$125

Boston’s inaugural Copenhagen Beer & Music Celebration brings brewers from around the world to City Hall Plaza, along with food and a billing of live music from local and national bands including Vundabar, Tigerman WOAH!, Lucero, the Barr Brothers and more.

City Hall Plaza

MA United States

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Sep24

Festival   |   Food + Drink

Massachusetts Cheese Festival

  • $40

Sample hundreds of cheeses, beverages and local foods, meet local artisan cheesemakers, enjoy cheesemaking demos and more.

Arts at the Armory

191 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143 United States

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Sep25

Sponsored

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Experience the famous Boston Marathon course and choose the route option that works for you 3, 5, 13.1 or 26.2 miles. For more information go to www.jimmyfundwalk.org.

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Sep28

Sponsored

Rockin' by the River

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of Rockin’ by the River at Canal Park at CambridgeSide on Wednesdays, now through September 28. Enjoy live entertainment, lawn games and more. For more information visit shopcambridgeside.com.

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Sep29

Sponsored

Celebrate Boston

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of Celebrate Boston at WeWork South Station. For more information visit hubweek.org.

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Oct3

Sponsored

Mayo Bowl

Improper Bostonian is proud to be a sponsor of the Mayo Bowl at Kings in Legacy Place. Proceeds will benefit  Boston Medical Center. For tickets and more information call 781-421-3025 x208 or visit www.mayobowl.com.

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Oct22

Sponsored

Monkey Helpers' Annual Food Festivale

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of Monkey Helpers’ Annual Food Festivale at WGBH Studios. Enjoy an exciting evening of food, cocktails, live music and silent auction. For more information go to www.monkeyhelpers.org/festivale.

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