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Artsy swing sets, daytime dance parties, and more events this weekend

By: - Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 - 6:16pm

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You may or may not agree with the Medford Masshole Kim Costa’s message to college students that went viral earlier this week. But just from the perspective of a guy who looks for cool stuff to do in the city, there’s even more cool stuff to do since the kids came back. Dodging a few backpacks on the T is a small price to pay for this week’s events.

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Boston Bucket List: Skyline Views

By: - Friday, Aug 22, 2014 - 1:19am

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People move to Boston for college or grad school, to start a career, or to build a following for their band before they move to Brooklyn (stupid Brooklyn). When you’re only here for a few years, it’s easy to live like a tourist in your own city: Walking the Freedom Trail, waiting in line at Mike’s Pastry, quacking away on duck boats. You’d FOMO so hard if you only knew what you were M’ing O on.

Welcome to your Boston Bucket List, an occasional series featuring the essential but sometimes under-the-radar spots you need to hit before you leave Boston. First up: Skyline views. (more…)

Pierogi, portraits, funk parties and more weekend events

By: - Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 - 1:38pm

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While you’re worrying about what to do this weekend, remember that a wise man once said “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” That wise man? Actually, it was a guy I went to high school with who came up with it for his yearbook quote. Good stuff. Anyways, here’s hoping some cool life stuff happens all over you while you’re reading about this weekend’s events. (more…)

This Weekend’s Boston Events: Parties, Posters, and Punk

By: - Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 - 1:34pm

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Just because it’s the middle of summer doesn’t mean your brain lacks the ability to process art. Maybe you just need a pint of cider to wash it down. Or the art is just rock band posters. Or, even better, the whole museum is roughly the size of a toaster oven and you can see everything during a “Sharknado 2” commercial break. (more…)

Salsa, seafood, swing dancing and more weekend events

By: - Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 - 2:56pm

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What did the humidity say to the heat? “It’s not you, it’s me!” (Also works with “What did the DiGiorno say to delivery?” or “What did HBO say to TV?”) Try not to laugh so hard you forget to put on deodorant, because it’s pretty sticky out there and a lot of this weekend’s events are happening outside, and this is America where we possess a relatively low tolerance for other people’s body odor — one of our greatest cultural achievements along with football and jazz music. (more…)

Dance parties, naked bike rides, and more weekend events

By: - Friday, Jun 27, 2014 - 10:25am

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We’re getting into that time of year when you can’t leave the house without immediately sweating through your shirt, so you might as well get sweaty on the dance floor with a bunch of other sweaty, sexy people. And if you wake up with a hangover the next morning? Just sweat it out, baby. Sweat it out. (more…)

Celebrate summer with giraffes, recycled art and more weekend events

By: - Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 - 2:47pm

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Happy solstice, pagans everywhere! Saturday is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer — or, for pessimists, it’s when the days start getting shorter and summer is basically almost over. Hurry up and go do some fun stuff while you have the chance, because winter is coming. (more…)

Whiskey, wine and beer events this week

By: - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 - 9:27am

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Hope all you dads out there had a great Father’s Day! And I hope all you kids out there got back from dinner in time to watch the “Game of Thrones” finale. Or maybe you went to dinner late because dad had to finish watching golf, but give him a break, golf is the closest thing old people have to “Game of Thrones.” Anyways, here’s some stuff to do this week to fill that Iron Throne-shaped hole in your life. (more…)

Bikes, breakfast, benefits and more things to do this week

By: - Monday, Jun 9, 2014 - 1:26pm

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Happy Monday! I hope you spent the weekend in the sun drinking delicious beers mixed with lemonade and working on a sweet farmer’s tan. If you watched the Tonys last night and want to break out the black tie, you might as well do it for a good cause (and hang out with Big Papi) at Sunday’s David Ortiz Children’s Fund Gala to benefit MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the World Pediatric Project.

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This weekend in Boston: Flowers, photos, festivals and more

By: - Friday, Jun 6, 2014 - 10:44am

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This weekend Boston offers up some solid date ideas, plus a class on getting better at dating so you can take advantage of them. Although it’s totally OK to go to any of these events alone. You have a phone, right? You’re never alone when you have a phone, that’s what I always say. (more…)