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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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Aug6-28

Theater

'A Man of No Importance'

  • $21

Bad Habit Productions presents this musical set in 1960s Dublin that follows an Oscar Wilde-obsessed bus driver who attempts to stage an amateur production of the playwright’s ‘Salome’ in a local church. Directed by Daniel Morris.

Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

527 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

617-266-0800

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Aug13-27

Theater

'Curtain Up'

  • $10

Bad Habit Productions presents this family-friendly performance that gives a behind-the-scenes look at how a theater production comes to life, from stage management and lighting to music and lead roles. Directed by Liz Fenstermaker.

Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

527 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

617-266-0800

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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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Aug23-25

LGBT   |   Theater

'Dolls as Guys'

  • $15-$30

Heart & Dagger presents this drag musical parody of ‘Guys and Dolls’ that encourages audience members to sing along.

Club Cafe

209 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

617-536-0966

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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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Aug24

Party

The Future of Boston: A Millennial Mixer

  • Free

Hosted by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, City Awake and Hatch Fenway, this event facilitates networking for young professionals.

Hatch Fenway

401 Park Drive
Boston, MA United States

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Aug25

Music

Harborwalk Sounds: NikKollective

  • Free

This edition of the ICA and Berklee’s free outdoor summer music series features international pop/R&B/funk/instrumental ensemble NikKollective.

Institute of Contemporary Art

25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210 United States

617-478-3100

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Aug25

Party

The Summer Party Cruise

  • $40

This three-story party cruise features live bands, a DJ, dancing and drinks, plus an after-party at Atlantic Beer Garden with prizes and favors. 21+.

Provincetown II

200 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

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Aug26

Music

Light Asylum (DJ set) and 'Grace Jones' film screening

  • $15; $5 members

Shannon Funchess of synth-goth duo Light Asylum spins a DJ set, followed by an outdoor screening of photographer Jean-Paul Goude’s concert video ‘Grace Jones: A One Man Show.’

Institute of Contemporary Art

25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210 United States

617-478-3100

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Aug26

Festival   |   Food + Drink

7th Annual Mass Brewers Fest

  • $40

The annual fest features more than 100 different beers from more than 30 Massachusetts Brewers Guild breweries, including Backlash, Cisco, Idle Hands, Jack’s Abby, Mayflower and more.

Seaport World Trade Center

200 Seaport Boulevard
Boston , MA 02210 United States

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Aug26

Comedy

Nick Offerman + Megan Mullally: Summer of 69: No Apostrophe

  • $49.50-$65

The relationship between Ron Swanson and Tammy II on Parks and Recreation was a love story (or lack thereof) for the ages. Off-screen, real-life spouses Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally are equally entertaining…if slightly less dysfunctional. The comedy power couple stops in town this month on their Summer of 69: No Apostrophe tour, for which the duo strips down their celebrity trappings to reveal the very real kinks (*winky face*) of their marriage. Featuring adult-themed musical numbers, filthy banter and very candid storytelling, this is a family act for which parents might want to leave the kids at home. Aug 26, 7 and 9:45 pm.

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Wilbur Theater

246 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

617-248-9700

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Aug27

Festival   |   Music

Boston Jazz Fest

  • Free

Guests bring blankets and lawn chairs to spend a day outside enjoying jazz performances.

South Boston Maritime Park

600 D St.,
Boston, MA 02210 United States

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Aug27

Dance   |   Party

70s Dance Party

  • Free

Celebrate Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s 40th anniversary with a dance party featuring a tribute to Teddy Pendergrass and a vocal group singing Motown and disco hits.

Faneuil Hall

1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, MA 02109 United States

617-635-3105

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Aug27

Parade   |   Party

Boston Carnival Parade

  • Free

Follow masqueraders through Roxbury before enjoying music, activities and Caribbean and American food outside the zoo. Route follows Blue Hill Ave. to Franklin Park Zoo.

Franklin Park Zoo

1 Franklin Park Road
Boston, MA 02121 United States

617-541-LION

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Aug27

Comedy

Bill Maher

  • $59-$88

The ‘Real Time’ host and comedian performs stand-up.

Wilbur Theater

246 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

617-248-9700

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Aug28

Festival   |   Food + Drink

Boston Fermentation Festival

  • Free

Hosted by Boston Ferments, this festival features workshops, sauerkraut-making demos, a beer and kombucha garden and vendors selling fermented goods such as pickles, bread and cheese.

Boston Public Market

100 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02108 United States

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Aug28

Dance

Dirty Pop

  • $18-$25

Lucky Charming hosts this burlesque tribute to popular boy bands from the ’80s to the present.

Oberon

2 Arrow Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

617-547-8300

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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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Sep8

HomeStart Fall Gala

On Thursday, September 8, the 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

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

On Monday, September 12, 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

Black & White Gala Opening Reception

On Saturday, September 17, 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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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

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

On Sunday, September 25, the 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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Oct3

Sponsored

Mayo Bowl

On Monday, October 3, the 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

On Saturday, October 22, 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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