Attendees at this 7th annual “Halloween on the Harbor” bar crawl ride Duck Boats from TAMO Bistro & Bar at the Seaport Hotel to 13 other area venues to enjoy themed cocktails, appetizers and treats. Various venues also will offer prizes for best costume. 21+.
Oct28 THRU Oct 29
For those with coulrophobia (that would be the official term for “fear of clowns,” a condition likely spiking because of the recent spate of creepy clown sightings sweeping the country), the circus is already a pretty scary place. The Boston Circus Guild is taking it a step further with Cirque of the Dead, its annual horror show featuring aerialists, acrobats, burlesque performers, musicians and more—all masquerading as your worst nightmares. The immersive show places the audience right in the middle of the action, with zombies, mad scientists and assorted creepy crawlies suspended from the ceiling and performing all through the room. This is one circus you’re more likely to run away from than run away to join, but enter if you dare when Cirque of the Dead takes over Oberon on Oct. 21-29.
Oct28 THRU Oct 30
The final brushstroke isn’t the finishing touch for Farzaneh and Bahareh Safarani, who use video projections to coax canvases to life. “We were sitting in our studio in front of one of our paintings and thinking, ‘What if the tablecloth in the painting could move?’ ” the identical twins recall, collaborating in correspondence as they do in their art. Born and raised in Tehran, the sisters started painting together at age 13 and have worked in concert ever since, earning master’s degrees in studio art at Northeastern and the SMFA this spring. Their recent work—like Asleep, shown here—depicts solitary figures in darkened interiors, but they aren’t quite alone; other presences soon move through the frame. “Every human being is a reflection of others,” the sisters write, nodding to the questions of identity that are central to their work. “[But the central figure] wants to explore herself without being disturbed by other presences. She wants to shape her own personality.” Catch their art in action at their exhibition Projecting Her, on view at Adelson Galleries from Sept. 16 through Oct. 30.
Oct28 THRU Oct 30
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Watertown, MA 02472 United States
Oct28 THRU Oct 31
The Independent celebrates Halloween with four days of ’90s-themed entertainment including screenings of cult classic ’90s teen flicks including On loop will be movies such as ‘The Craft,’ ‘Clueless,’ ‘Heathers’ and more and “classic” cocktails from the decade like Apple-tinis and Choco-tinis. On Saturday, Oct. 29, guests can participate in a costume contests with prizes for best ‘90s-themed costume and best general costume, with $40 gift certificate to the Independent or sister restaurant Brass Union as the prizes.
Oct28 THRU Oct 31
River Bar hosts four nights of ‘Wet Hot American Summer’-themed Halloween events including screenings of both the original cult movie and the recent Netflix series, themed cocktails, a costume contest with a $40 gift certificate as prize, screenings of other camp-themes flicks and more. 21+.
Oct28 THRU Nov 5
Oct28 THRU Nov 6
Talk about daddy issues. The title prince in Hamlet is up to his ears in ’em, having come home for his father’s funeral to find out that his sketchy uncle is now his stepdad and king—and a murderer, as Dad’s vengeance-seeking ghost reveals. The Bard’s famed tragedy is a natural choice to kick off Family Fault Lines, Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s 13th season, but the venue is an unexpected one: Director Doug Lockwood is staging the play at Newbury Street’s Church of the Covenant, using the whole sanctuary space and the church organ to enhance the haunting vibe. Get in the spirit while the production continues its run through Nov. 6.
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MassArt Foundation director Robert Bachelder has got quite the poster collection. After lending works to the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, he’s bringing 131 of his vintage placards together in the first exhibition of his collection, A Century of Style: Masterworks of Poster Design. During the past few decades, Bachelder has swept up works from well-respected artists, including Art Nouveau pioneer Gustav Klimt and post-Impressionist and Moulin Rouge frequenter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, plus Richard Avedon’s bright take on John Lennon, above. Find that and more posted at MassArt’s Stephen D. Paine Gallery through Dec. 3.
Oct28 THRU Dec 18
When Charlotte Brooks first picked up a camera for LOOK, the former aspiring social worker was photographing supermarket cheese displays for the advertising department. But before long, her assignments involved much bigger cheeses—she tagged along on the campaign trail with Eisenhower and Nixon—and Brooks began capturing history while making history herself as the magazine’s only female staff photographer. For the first retrospective of the pioneer’s career, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College digs into photos Brooks took for LOOK between 1951 and 1971, including this portrait of salsa sensation La Lupe, snapped after the singer’s exile from Cuba, and a photo essay that caught up with Brown v. Board of Education plaintiff Minnijean Brown after her relocation from Arkansas to a private integrated high school in New York. Take a look through Brooks’ eyes at the Davis from Sept. 28 to Dec. 18.
- Free with RSVP
Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo, the editors and co-founders of satirical new-site for women Reductress, present and read from their new book ‘How to Win at Feminism: The Definitive Guide to Having It All.’ The event will include a book signing, complimentary brunch and performances by notable female comedians.
Brass Union hosts a game of “Who Done It?” in a murder mystery scenario, with staff in full character while guests try to solve the “crime” by searching the bar and restaurant for clues and questioning the staff. The first amateur detective to solve the case wins a $100 gift card. 21+.
- $55; $75 with wine pairings
Forage hosts a three-course prix fixe dinner, with optional wine courses, featuring live musical selections by the Palaver Strings to accompany each course. Guests are asked to eat in silence to enjoy the multi-sensory pairing of music and taste.
Oct30 THRU Oct 31
They say there’s someone out there for everyone, even Frankenstein’s Monster, who longs for a “friend like me” in the sequel to the film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s iconic novel—and director James Whale makes it happen. After having initially declined to be a part of Bride of Frankenstein, Whale delivered a mate and received raves in return: The 1935 classic, which has the unhinged Dr. Pretorius blackmailing Dr. Frankenstein into proceeding with his experiments, was lauded as being even better than the original. Make it a Halloween date night when the movie screens for free at the Brattle Theatre.
Prefer thrills and chills of the sonic variety? While the crowds are traipsing to the bars dressed as sexy Ken Bone, instead spend Halloween night with Tegan and Sara, who are headlining an All Hallows’ Eve show at the House of Blues. Somehow, we doubt the Canadian synth-pop duo will have any trouble filling a holiday house—their June-released eighth studio album, Love You to Death, is so good, it’s scary. The identical twin sister act have been steadily building a dynamo career for almost two decades, honing an infectious electro-pop sound marked by slick beats, interwoven call-and-repeat vocals and wry lyricism, like that of Love You to Death’s breakout banger “Boyfriend,” a love song that finds the duo bemoaning a girl who can’t decide if she wants to be a friend or a lover. Get your tricks and your treats when the sisters slay at the House of Blues on Oct. 31.
- $18; $14 students; $9 children
Magician/mentalist Méliès and violinist Marissa Licata perform a collaborative program during which Méliès will perform illusions, connect with the audience telepathically and host a séance, while Licata performs a spooky live Halloween soundtrack. Ages 12 and up.
Cafe ArtScience’s bar director Todd Maul hosts journalist Kara Newman for a book signing and cocktail reception to celebrate the launch of her new book ‘Shake. Stir. Sip.: More than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made in Equal Parts.’ The evening will feature a la carte cocktails from Maul including his Smoked Cocoa Nib Negroni and Clarified Lime Gimlet, along with complimentary bar bites. Signed copies of ‘Shake. Stir. Sip.’ will be available for purchase.
Industry pros and members of the public alike are invited to Toro for complimentary bites including grilled cheese, Nashville hot chicken and a selection of Formaggio’s cheese. Guests can also order beers from Mystic Brewery, including two draft pours and Fernetical, a Fernet-inspired beer in partnership with Toro co-chef/owner Jamie Bissonnette.
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Nov4 THRU Nov 5
Estampas Porteñas Tango Company presents the Boston premiere of this production featuring tango and other traditional Argentinian dance.
Benefit | Food + Drink | Party
- $150; $250 VIP
With all due respect to truck bed hot dogs and Solo cups of light beer, Lovin’ Spoonfuls’ Ultimate Tailgate Party is our kind of tailgate. The sixth annual benefit for the local food rescue features some of the city’s top toques cooking elevated tailgate bites, live entertainment, an auction, beer, wine, cocktails and more. This year’s party features 24 chefs from the likes of Puritan & Co., La Brasa, Townsman, UNI, Select Oyster Bar and Mei Mei Street Kitchen, plus an appearance by celeb foodie Andrew Zimmern and a VIP-hour award ceremony for chef Jamie Bissonnette, who’ll take home the Thomas M. Menino Award for Leadership. Blue Dragon’s Ming Tsai presides as emcee.
- Free; cocktail specials $10
Brass Union hosts a “neutral ground’ election night viewing party featuring special cocktails—Bye Obama (Captain Morgan white rum, lime juice, housemade grenadine), Air Force Rum (Captain Morgan spiced and white rums, banana cordial, pineapple juice, housemade orgeat) and
Running Mate (Captain Morgan spiced and white rums, blackberry liqueur, pineapple juice, coconut housemade orgeat) and ballot boxes. At 9 pm the ballot boxes will be counted and one voter from each box will win a Captain Morgan gift basket. All guests wearing an “I Voted” sticker will also take home swag from Captain Morgan.
Nov9 THRU Nov 10
“It’s Only Human: Exploring the Biases that Shape Our World,” is a collaborative presentation between artists and scientists from across New England coming together to explore the power of the human brain. The two-night pop-up exhibit will feature Aeronaut beer, KRIS wines and food from PennyPacker’s Fine Food Truck, along with a silent auction and art print sale. Proceeds benefit education nonprofit The People’s Science.
Usually, we’re not big fans of pushing the season. Twinkle lights and Rudolph? C’mon, we just took off our Halloween costumes! But Pentatonix’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” off their just-dropped new Christmas album has us jonesing for jingle bells, proof of the a capella group’s considerable talents. The young quintet started as three high school pals in Texas and got noticed with a YouTube video that quickly gained traction, landing them a winning spot on NBC’s The Sing-Off and a fast track to fame. Fast forward and the pop group, who do stunning a capella covers of artists ranging from Survivor to Ariana Grande, have two Grammys under their belts and are touring major arenas.
Celtics player Marcus Smart hosts a celebrity bowling tournament featuring some of Smart’s friends and teammates. WBZ-TV’s Steve Burton emcees the evening, which includes food, cocktails, a DJ, a silent auction, a meet-and-greet with participating athletes and more. Proceeds benefit Marcus Smart’s YounGameChanger Foundation.
- $65; $35 optional wine pairing
Chef/owner Will Gilson serves a four-course dinner with optional wine pairings highlighting seasonal fall flavors. Menu items include a foie gras tart with concord grape, black pepper, herb salad; celery root soup with crab, black truffle, thyme; skillet-roasted pork with t-bone spaetzle, cabbage, pearl onion, mustard jus; and carrot cake with hazelnut, brown butter, cream cheese.
Pastoral opens their kitchen to a host of guests chefs for this authentic Italian pop-up dinner, featuring a menu of antipasto, pastas and mains, along with wine and grappa pairings. The immersive night will also feature entertainment flown in from Italy for the occasion, including a DJ from Rome and a musician from Tuscany.
Nov11 THRU Nov 13
Consider it fine arts for the Snapchat generation. Boston Opera Collaborative, in partnership with Longy School of Music, is reprising Opera Bites, a weekend of bite-size operas—proof that shortened attention spans don’t equate to a loss of appreciation for the classics. The second annual cabaret-style festival features eight 10-minute works by composers culled from across the country, including librettos written by Longy faculty and students and six new compositions and world premieres. Cocktails and nibbles will be on hand, so head to Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall for a taste.
Chefs will make and discuss some of their favorite sides, teach secret to brining, and offer favorite cheeses and charcuterie for entertaining along with holiday cocktail and pie-making tips. Class includes two beverages, recipe packets and dinner.
Psychologist and comedian Yakov Smirnoff, the “Professor of Love and Laughter,” examines relationships in this stand-up show.
- $75; $200 VIP
Join us at Boston’s Biggest Disco.
On Saturday, November 26, you can break out your best polyester shirt and platform go-go boots, head to the city and dance for a cure. The evening will kick off at 8 pm at Royale in Boston and will run ’til 2 an. Royale is in the heart of the theatre district. DJ Silent Partner is set to spin all the favorites from the ’70s and we have great audio visual to bring you back in time.
You can buy tickets online at bostonsbiggestdisco.com. We are still actively looking for Sponsorship from any organizations that would like to put their support and assistance behind the event.
We have all been affected by this terrible disease. Why not organize a crew, see some old friends and join us in November to party, and dance for a cure, with all proceeds going to Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Dec1 THRU Dec 9
Townsman bar manager Silas Axtell teaches students how to make the perfect holiday cocktail, followed by a lesson in Chef Matt Jennings’ favorite holiday dishes, paying special homage to New England. Guests will sample a variety of festive dishes and the class includes two beverages, recipe packets and dinner.
Dec17 THRU Dec 18
Alt-women’s magazine BUST curates this indie craft festival featuring more than 100 vendors, live DJs, classes and demos, product giveaways, food, a free nail art station, an ugly sweater photo booth, flower crown making station, a cat adoption center and more. Open from 11 am to 6 pm.
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