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.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Weekend CTB Calendar: 8/19 to 8/21

I'm not going to write much here, because I might actually give a more detailed post tomorrow.

I do have to say, "FLUGTAG!?!?!"

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

TUES 8/16: National Rum Day -- in Cambridge

6pm to 8pm
National Rum Day: Tasting Pop-Up
at Zinc Apartments Outdoor Terrace, 22 Water St, Cambridge (near Lechmere)
FREE w/ RSVP / 21+

You can celebrate National Rum Day anywhere, nowhere, or in your kitchen; however there is a nearby spot where it won't cost you anything.

The beautiful thing about this sampling is that the all of these rums were distilled within Route 128 with the furthest site being about 80 miles away.

When celebrating Rum Day, it's worth noting that Boston had a rich rum history before the Civil War (i.e. part of the slave economy), but don't let history ruin every rum & cola or mojito.

Much like everything else made, bought, or sold in America before 1860; many people suffered while others partied. Perhaps we should appreciate that we have made progress in the last 150 years -- AND that local jobs are being created (with wages) by getting sloshed on locavore liquor.

It sounds like 5 local rums will be available at the top of the apartment building. Who knows how many people live in this building, but most will probably try to muscle in.

Reserve your spot and taste spirits from Privateer (Ipswich, MA), GrandTen Distilling (Boston, MA), Deacon Giles Distillery (Salem, MA), Short Path Distillery (Everett, MA), and New England Sweetwater Farm & Distillery (Winchester, NH).

Extra points for anyone who says "Happy Rumadan" to a stranger on the terrace...

PS: The CTB Calendar is currently updated through Friday...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Weekend CTB Calendar: 8/12 to 8/14

Ignore that I'm still slacking after a week's vacation -- there is cheap fun to be had!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Weekend CTB Calendar: 8/5 to 8/7

Still in Maine, and - believe it or not - I didn't sit at the keyboard all week.

Remember this is the last weekend for Shakespeare on the Common... If you're going to be at Assembly Row on Friday night, the screening of "Good Will Hunting" is also giving away swag like Rubik's cubes...

There are some good bands as well as women wrestling on Saturday... And a wide variety of free fun on Sunday...

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Weekend CTB Calendar

There is a lot of good, cheap fun this weekend! Go out and enjoy while I'm in Maine.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Two See or Not Two See": Free Outdoor Shakespeare in Boston & Chelsea

Othello, Boston Common, 2010

Cyrano, O'Malley Park, 2010

Now Thru SUN 7/31

8pm to 10:30pm
"Hamlet": Apollinaire in the Park
at Port Park, 99 Marginal St, Chelsea

Wednesdays to Sundays -- 8pm

"Bring Lawn Chairs or Blankets and come ready to move with the action!"

Now Thru SUN 8/7

Various Times
Shakespeare on the Common: "Love's Labour's Lost"
at Parkman Bandstand, about 165 Tremont St, Boston (Boston Common)
Tuesdays to Saturdays -- 8pm
Sundays -- 7pm
Saturday 8/6: Extra Matinee -- 3pm

We usually get only one free Shakespeare production per hot, humid Boston summer. The Bard asked whether one can desire too much of a good thing, but we can handle a double-shot of classic theatre al fresco.

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has been performing in Boston Common for two decades. There is high production value with big, stylized sets and actors who have appeared on Broadway and TV. Although "Love's Labour's Lost" is not one of the most accessible comedies in the body of work, this is always a delightful way to sit in the park for a couple hours.

On the other hand, I watched Apollinaire's thoroughly entertaining version of "Cyrano" a few years back in a different Chelsea park. The actors were wearing period costumes, but it was a bare-bones affair. I am seriously considering hopping on the #111 bus to catch their inventive approach to the travails of our favorite moody Danish prince. Instead of set changes, the audience will watch the drama move to 10 different locations in the park.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Weekend Highlights in Cheapness & 2 More Weeks of CTB Calendar

There is a good chance that I will get back to full-on coverage of the local cheapness. In the meantime, these are some of the highlights through the weekend:

The Outside the Box Festival (7/14 to 7/17) offers way more than the headliners like Smash Mouth, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Zap Mama. Walk around the Common to enjoy loads of performers on various stages. I remember catching Atlas Genius last year, and it was great time.

As a music lover and game enthusiast, I like the sound of the Late Risers' Club Rock n' Roll Trivia Party (7/14). Yes, the trivia will be music-related, and the crowd will might even include some local rockers.

The new Cheap Thrills Boston rules now allow for events that cost slightly more than $10 when it feels special. There is a great rock show (7/14) featuring The Coathangers, L.A. Witch, Shepherdess, Gravel. If you check out one band, give The Coathangers a long listen.

ArtBeat (7/15 & 7/16) is one of the best annual music & arts festivals we have in the area. Festival Betances (7/15 to 7/17) is another one; the greased pole competition on Sunday is fun to watch.

We used to have to drive up to Wilmington to see Boston Roller Derby. Now they roll in Cambridge for part of the season -- including "Home Team Season Opener" (7/16). Yes, it's worth more than $10.

For those who see two paths and take the one less traveled, think about the Annual Boston Poetry Marathon (7/15 to 7/17) where each wordsmith only gets 8 minutes. There is a musical after-party on Friday too.

More to come...

Thursday, June 30, 2016

CTB Calendar: First 10 Days of July

As I get back on the Cheap Thrills horse, I have some fun for the next week or so on the calendar.

This guy is heading to the Cape tomorrow morning. If I don't post anything in the next couple days, I want to share my idea for watching the fireworks on July 4th:

The roof of this MIT parking garage that should have a good, elevated view. You can't park there, but you should be able to walk up there with a chair and cold beverages...

Stay tuned...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

FRI 6/24: Dance Party on Mass Ave

Photos from TAS & Phoebe Sinclair

In case you are reading, consider this as the beginning of a "soft return" that will probably happen at the beginning of July...


7pm to Midnight
Annual City of Cambridge Dance Party (FB Link)
in front of Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Cambridge stops the traffic to get down and boogie, and all are welcome. Cantabrigians welcome everyone for dancing in the street until the clock strikes 12, and there should be a few happy pumpkins by the end... I have to believe Prince will be a prime booty-shaker, and David Bowie might be represented...

I have joined the fun in the past; there's an uninhibited atmosphere that might come from the big crowd of all ages. It may also be a good time to express that people shouldn't have to be afraid to dance together.

There are bars in either direction, if you would like to "hydrate" before you gyrate.