Monday, March 03, 2008

Every MON: Free Bowling (JP) & Salsa (MIT)

milky way lounge, candlepin bowling (I even know the photographer, Abby.)

There are a few specific things to do today in the weekly list, but Mondays offer a few weekly chances of cheap fun.

Both are indoor activities, so you can work up varying degrees of sweat -- and you don't even need to be attracted to your partner. Heck, you don't need to bring a partner to either of these!



Candlepin Bowling
at Milky Way Lounge, 403 Centre St, Jamaica Plain

I'd go to the Milky Way on almost any night with little encouragement. It's got a comfortable ambience, it's just dark enough for me, and the staff are friendly. I like seeing bands there too, and it's big enough to get some relief from a band that annoys you. The bowling lanes or the pool room are good spots for that. It's only DJ's on Monday though.

A few friends enjoyed some free bowling, and it was a great night. Most of us sucked, so I think we were especially happy that we weren't paying. I think we did have to pay shoe rentals ($2), but I might be wrong...

Sometimes there's other fun going on -- there was also free pool and bingo at other times -- but the Monday night free bowling has been steady for a while. Check the website or call.

Mondays -- Thru 5/19

7pm to 9pm
Salsa Lessons
at Morss Hall, Walker Memorial Bldg, 142 Memorial Dr, Cambridge (MIT campus)

Salsa dancing seems disproportionately popular in Boston. I know people like dancing, but there's so many places to dance throughout the week. I've noticed this free night at MIT. It's open to the public, and beginners are welcome. From my experience, most people are friendly and open at MIT events like this.

The first 30 minutes is a short lesson to teach beginners the basic steps. The next hour is spent teaching steps to the whole group, and then it's "free dancing" after that. It's a good spot for those who haven't done much (or any) dancing in the past. Like I said, you don't need a partner; it seems there's a lot of casual partner switching in salsa. It'll work out...

I'm guessing these dance nights correspond to the time school is in session.

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