Today's set of cheapness encourages one to get out of the house for a while.
11am to 4pm
Circle The City #2: Franklin Park to Jamaica Pond
mainly along Green Street, Jamaica Plain
On 3 Sundays this summer, "Circle The City" takes place in different locations around Boston to encourage people to get out and enjoy parks as part of a nationwide initiative.
The fun mainly stretches along Green Street that will be closed off to traffic except for certain intersections where the cars going north-south can pass through.
Participate in sports & fitness activities, bike rides, historical walking tours, listen to music, and more. The best resource is the PDF schedule and map.
1pm to 4pm
Micro/Mini Car Day
at Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St, Brookline
$10 / $5 children, seniors, active military
A Mini Cooper is a friggin' minivan compared to these miniscule marvels from post WWII Europe. They even make a Smart car look spacious.
There were about 70 dinky automobiles last year from all sorts of brands. Unlike most of the lawn events, some visitors might even get a short (and small) ride.
It's like a convention for the micro/mini-car owners, so you might just see the flock of them driving around the area this weekend...
The Raging Teens
at Plough & Stars, 912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
Maybe The Raging Teens don't want to spread the word about what will likely be some casual daytime rockabilly, but it's on the Plough's calendar. Chances are good that it's actually happening right after brunch service.
Refuse Resist, Opposition Rising, The Enders, Live Fast Die Fast, Red Line Rebels
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$10 / All Ages
7pm -- Refuse ResistRemember an 'all-ages' punk matinee means that people of *all ages* can show up and jump around just the the youngsters that can't buy beer.
6:15pm -- Opposition Rising
5:30pm -- The Enders
4:45pm -- Live Fast Die Fast
4pm -- Red Line Rebels
Some of the guys onstage have been playing for more than 25 years like the current guitarist in Refuse Resist who started out in classic Boston band Slapshot. Besides several shots of Boston hardcore and street-punk, The Enders are from Indiana and Live Fast Die Fast hails from NYC.
5pm to 10pm
"Stormin' The Bastille": Food & Dance Party
along Holyoke Street, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
5pm -- The Field EffectThink of this as Bastille Day weekend and soak in the French ambience with food, music, etc. Or you can sit in the beer garden and people-watch.
6pm -- All Good::Feel Good Collective
7pm to10pm -- DJ Kamal
Rockers The Field Effect and NH ska band All Good::Feel Good Collective don't necessarily have a French angle although it doesn't really matter. If you don't care about "Liberté, égalité, fraternité", it wouldn't hurt to swing by for the appealing anthems of The Field Effect before they open for The Promise Ring next weekend.
Then it's a dance party "a la Francaise" until 10pm.
5pm to 8pm
at City Hall Plaza, Boston (Govt Center)
Feat: Kim Burrell, Katani Sumner, Melody Laure, Ayana McDonald
Who needs to go to church, when you can walk through Government Center and soak in "sacred sounds"...
Don't worry about getting up early or missing brunch -- there are 3 hours of gospel music. Headliner Kim Burrell is nationally recognized, and Katani Sumner has been singing at House of Blues gospel brunches since the original location in Cambridge.
6pm to 8pm
at Piers Park, 95 Marginal St, Boston (Eastie)
Live music can be heard in East Boston on most Sundays and Tuesdays (thru SUN 9/9) in one park or another.
Some acts are more exciting than others, but it's not a bad activity to inspire a trip on the Blue Line to try a new restaurant (or an old favorite).
It could be a rather nice Sunday evening to bring a bag of food & drink then sway with a loved one to the cajun/zydeco 'bon temps' roll of the Squeezebox Stompers.
May I suggest a stroll through the Shipyard sculpture park?