Friday, June 01, 2018

SAT 6/2 & SUN 6/3: Stuff I Might Do

So, maybe this will be the beginning of the next phase... This is mainly posted for an audience of two for this weekend. We'll see where we go and what we do... Maybe have a beer at City Hall Plaza?


SAT 6/2

11am to 6pm
Cambridge Arts River Festival
at East Cambridge Waterfront, from Lechmere Canal Park to Longfellow Bridge

There is more entertainment and fun other than these stages that both have solid lineups (I'm a fan of The Silks).

Folk & Roots Stage
Noon -- Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards
1pm -- Kalliope Jones
2pm -- Sean Staples & Friends
3pm -- Alastair Moock
4pm -- The Novel Ideas
5pm -- The Blue Ribbons
Rock, Indie, Alternative Stage
Noon -- Abbie Barrett
1pm -- The Low Cards
2pm -- Ali McGuirk
3pm -- The Silks
4pm -- The Curtis Mayflower
5pm -- Julie Rhodes

SAT 6/2

11am to 4pm (unless otherwise noted)
Historic New England: Open House Day
at Various Locations (in MA, NH, ME, RI, CT)
FREE / No registration required

You might be surprised at how many historical & architectual landmarks are owned by this preservation organization.

"...Learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during free guided tours at Historic New England’s house museums."

You can check out the list, but some of the Eastern MA standouts are the Gropius House (Lincoln), Beauport (Gloucester, 10am to 4pm), and the Lyman Estate & Greenhouses (Waltham, 10am to 1pm).

SAT 6/2

2:30pm to 8:30pm
Big Gay Dance Party
at Union Sq Plaza, Somerville (nexus of Somerville Ave, Washington St, Bow St)

Do they need to say more than "Big Gay Dance Party"? The only other thing is that it's open to all LGBTQ+ individuals and allies.

SAT 6/2

5pm to 9pm
Boston Roller Derby: All Stars Double Header
at Simoni Ice Rink, 155 Gore St, Cambridge (Twin City Plaza)
$13 advance / $16 door

In the home-opener, 2 local teams take on NY & NJ...
4pm -- doors open
5pm -- Boston B Party vs Gotham Girls Grand Central Terminators
7pm -- Boston Massacre vs Garden State Ironbound Maidens
This is top-notch spectator sports, folks.

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SUN 6/3

10am to 4pm
SoWa Open Market
at 460 Harrison Ave, Boston (South End)

11am to 5pm
Central Flea
at University Park, 91 Sidney St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Noon to 5pm
The Automatic Flea
at The Automatic Food & Drink, 50 Hampshire St, Cambridge (Kendall Sq)

Feel like shopping?

SUN 6/3

2pm to 6pm
SomerStreets Carnaval
on Broadway, from McGrath Highway to Pennsylvania Ave (East Somerville)

Most of East Somerville will be a big street party with music & performances & arts & crafts & food & dunk tank!

SUN 6/3

10am to 4pm
Herbstalk 2018: Herbal Marketplace
at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Winter Hill)
FREE -- Costs for classes

I wonder if one could find a super-fresh herb and use it as inspiration for a meal? Like maybe even go to Boston Public Market afterwards for more fresh ingredients?

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FRI 6/1 to THUR 6/14

Various Times
"2001: A Space Odyssey": Remastered 70mm
at Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville

Who knows how these things happen... For the 50th anniversary, Christopher Nolan oversaw the creation of a new print from the original negative. Maybe my special lady wants to see old, weird sci-fi in the next week?

(Recreational marijuana is legal, right?)

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

TUES 4/4: Free Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Today

I may get this blog going again soon, but let's enjoy some enjoy ice cream today...


Noon to 8pm
Free Cone Day
at participating Ben & Jerry's stores

On a dreary day, a free ice cream can lift the spirits. We might even want a pick-me-up on a sunny day.

I have seen long lines in past years when the weather has been crappy, so be ready to delay your gratification for a few minutes.

It's one per customer, although I know a guy who visited more than one location in a day... (Harvard Sq, Newbury St, Natick, etc -- it can be done.)

Exposing new flavors is one of the reasons for Free Cone Day, so I might as well share them: Cocoa Loco, Frozen Flakes, Fruit Loot, Truffle Kerfuffle, and Chocolate Cherry Garcia (Chocolate Ice Cream with Cherries & Fudge Flakes)...

(And don't worry about Ben & Jerry when chowing down on your cone -- they sold to a giant conglomerate years ago.)

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Labor Day Weekend CTB Calendar: 9/2 to 9/5

Happy Allston Xmas! You scavenge around Allston along with a new wave of students or simply view the massive trash piles.

Lots of cheap music options this weekend with a little bit of film, fireworks, and miscellaneous cheap thrills..

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Weekend CTB Calendar: 8/26 to 8/28

I will try to have a weekend summary up on Friday.

I can't give much of a recommendation to the Red Bull boat race on Sunday after the generally disappointing Flugtag last weekend, but some people might be into it...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

SAT 8/20 & SUN 8/21: Top 5 Cheap Thrills

Inching towards greatness, my friends...


SAT 8/20

Noon to 7pm
Red Bull Flugtag Boston
at Hatch Shell, Storrow Dr, Boston (Charles River Esplanade)

What may appear to be a ridiculous competition of engineering and gumption actually pretty much that. There is a 45 year history of flugtag, and Red Bull has been hosting competitions around the world for 25 years.

Thirty teams will shove one of their own into the Charles River. Ostensibly they will all try to glide as far as possible from the 28-foot floating platform. The real fun will be the spectacular failures, and there will be great art-pieces flopping in style.

SAT 8/20 & SUN 8/21

Various Times
9th Annual Boston GreenFest
at City Hall Plaza, Boston (Govt Center)

Saturday — Noon to 10pm
Sunday — Noon to 6pm
GreenFest mainly consists of information booths, but it doesn't hurt to get educated in between environmentally-sound amusement. Be open to those who have some ideas to improve the planet and maybe let us live here a few more years.

There are musical performances the whole time and a film-fest inside City Hall. You might even take a spin in an electric car or electric bicycle.

SAT 8/20 & SUN 8/21

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)
at Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville (near Union Sq)
FREE / Donations welcome

Teen troupe doing one of the most difficult balancing acts related to Shakespeare — three actors performing a rollicking remix of every play that he wrote. (At least, the plays attributed to The Bard and only the plays we know about...)

SAT 8/20

4th Annual Boston Fuzzstival
at Middle East - Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$20 advance / 18+

The second day of the annual Fuzzstival is over $10, but you get 19 bands for slightly more than a buck per band. It's more than garage & psych rock, so get ready a major sonic assault.

Stage 1: Doug Tuttle (12:15am), Quilt (11pm), Major Stars (10pm), Ghost Box Orchestra (9pm), Black Beach (8pm), BoyToy (7pm), Painted Zeros (6pm), Jaw Gems (5pm), Sunwatchers (4pm), Bat House (3pm)

Stage 2: Mini Dresses (11:45pm), Las Rosas (10:30pm), Zip-Tie Handcuffs (9:30pm), Ravi Shavi (8:30pm), High Pop (7:30pm), Way Out (6:30pm), Weakened Friends (5:30pm), Milk (4:30pm), Beach Toys (3:30pm)

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SUN 8/21

2pm to 6pm
SomerStreets: "Seize the Summer"
at Holland St, from Davis Sq to Teele Sq, Somerville

Feat: School of HONK, Matt Heaton & the Outside Toys, Pat & the Hats, Big Big Buildings, Todd Thibaud & the Royer Family Band, Esh Circus Arts, etc

Loitering in Davis Square is not a bad choice on many days. It doesn't hurt that the city is blocking a mile of road with music, art, games and more.

Wear your swimsuit to brunch, then head to the "90ft obstacle course water slide" that's open to everyone who is ready for good, wet fun.

Rain or shine.