Level Up @ Good Life
If you’re into old-school hip hop fused with new-school beats and grooves, this third installment by the Bad Decisions Collective is your home away from home. True to its form and creative approach to booking and delivering on unique sounds and cool vibes downtown, Good Life once again taps into some ass-shaking fun with this crew. Show up early and grab some grub from the solid kitchen and menu before sneaking into the room (and before you can’t), but definitely show up on the tip as the house will be packed and it’s always free before 11pm. If you’re late for work Friday, you can thank us later.
ART @ First Church Boston
Now in its fourth season, Hub Theatre Company of Boston asks yet again the unanswerable question of “what is art?” in its production ART. Running from April 8 through April 23, the timeless curiosity of evaluating and understanding the world of art is examined with humor, insight, and maybe a pinch of sarcasm. Directed by Daniel Bourque and created by playwright Yasmina Reza, the play’s cast ponders the questions and subsequent feelings inherent in the subjective nature of art. The production is pay-what-you-can and will be accepting donations of art supplies for local after-school programs.
First Church Boston. 66 Marlborough St., Boston. 8pm/all ages/donations accepted. hubtheatreboston.org
Boston Tattoo Convention @ Hynes Convention Center
Once upon a time, it was illegal to get a tattoo in Massachusetts, and we’re not talking about the 1800s. We mean well into the 1990s. Thankfully, someone had the balls to sue the state for a person’s right to get a tattoo, and the courts had the wisdom to agree. Almost overnight, all of those seedy back alley needle joints came out from the shadows and an industry was born. Not long after, the Boston Tattoo Convention happened; now in its 15th year, it’s the largest of its kind in New England. Packed with vendors and live tattoo booths, this three-day expo is the place to be for the inky type.
Hynes Convention Center. 900 Boylston St., Boston. 12pm/18+/$25. bostontattooconvention.com
Scavenger Hunt @ Boston Common
It’s Sunday morning. Your head is pounding and the hangover is in its very early stages. You could A) grab a bottle of vodka and wash away the jitters the natural way, B) head over to a greasy spoon and soak your body in bacon fat and scrambled vomit, or C) take a quick shower, rope in a few friends, and head over to Boston Common for a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt. With the help of your cell phone, this supposedly fun and interactive tour around Boston actually sounds like a pretty cool day out and about, even for a lifelong townie. While you’re learning about your fine city’s history and burning some calories, you’ll probably pass a a few bars and greasy dives, so choices A and B are always a fallback option if you get bored.
Boston Common. 139 Tremont St., Boston. 10am/all ages/$9+. urbanadventurequest.com
Opening Day! Red Sox @ Fenway Park
While the Celtics locked up a playoff appearance and seem to be a sleeper beast in the east, and the Bruins are falling apart just in time to miss the playoffs and implode on cue, the boys of summer are finally back in town as the Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles on opening day at Fenway Park. Aside from the usual talk of whether or not this will be another run for the pennant with newbie David Price on the mound, this is David Ortiz’s swan song season and all eyes will be on every swing of his bat until there’re no more outs to count. We’re gonna miss you, Big Papi!
Fenway Park. 4 Yawkey Way, Boston. 2:05pm/all ages/$$. boston.redsox.mlb.com
Remembering Ken Kelly @ Brass Union
In 2001, Ken Kelly opened the Independent in Union Square, and the world was a better place. Affectionately referred to by many as the Indo, Kelly put great food and beer together with an amazing staff and never looked back. Over the next decade, he would open several other bars and restaurants including Foundry on Elm, Saloon, and Brass Union, all of which quickly became go-to places as well. Kelly would eventually lose his long battle with cancer, but his legacy and incredible network of friends and family lives on. Join them and many more as they celebrate his life and raise money for the Pan-Mass Challenge and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Brass Union. 70 Union Sq., Somerville. 5pm/21+/$25+. eventbrite.com/e/fundraiser-to-honor-ken-kelly-tickets