Boutikey Summer Kick Off Event
Well, July is here. Now that we can agree on that, you’re also invited to check out the Twiggy mural art and paper flower design displays at the pop-up shopping event focusing on local boutiques and designers (as well as some LA talent for a mix) at the Boutikey shop that started as an independent Fenway-area pop-up but wound up sticking around. Call it a win for the little guy. Or gal.
Trident Booze & Books Indoor BBQ
Sure, this weekend you’re going to have plenty of booze. And probably land a few gratis appetizers. And most definitely BBQ. Which is great. However if you’d like to have all three of those at once, and in a bookstore in the Back Bay no less, you can check out the pre-Independence Day soiree your pals at Trident are throwing. Yes, there will be bingo. Because of course there would be.
Trident Booksellers & Cafe. 338 Newbury St., Boston. 6-8pm/all ages/$5. For more information, visit tridentbookscafe.com
Thursdays are great because they come right before Fridays. And this Thursday is really great considering the apparently the first-ever slam team representing Boston is headed to the National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA, this August, and there’s a fundraiser at the Haley House that’ll feature individual poems, group slams, and a mixture of comedy and music all in a chill setting. Oh, and lip synching. No, really.
The Whitehaus. 10 Seaverns Ave., Jamaica Plain. 8pm/all ages/FREE
Crudo Now Open
You can preface all the fireworks and BBQ and USA you’re going to be awash in this weekend by checking out the just-opened sushi and Japanese cocktailing haunt that’s landed in … the North End, of all places. Besides the sushi bar on the first floor, and the breezy second floor with collapsing windows for sake and people watching, something about mixing Japan, Italy, and Boston on the eve of America’s birthday feels fitting.
Crudo. 78 Salem St., Boston. For more information, visit facebook.com/crudoboston
Bocce Tournament and $1 Oysters
Maybe it’s because you ate smoked brisket for breakfast. Or maybe you just want to head to a cool city patio with a brand-new shipping container outdoor bar for $1 oysters and a few beers while you and a team you’ve wrangled together compete for glory and prizes (think: $200 gift card). Whatever the reason you’re looking to do it, know that you can do it in the South End on Saturday.
Cinquecento. 500 Harrison Ave., Boston. 4-10pm/21+/cash bar. For more information, visit cinquecentoboston.com
Local Headliner Showcase
It’s no secret that Boston is a comedy battleground, which is why those that reach the headliner status on the local scene have chops that slay audiences and build careers. And the Phoenix Landing, either because they’re mad geniuses or because it’s Tuesday, have stocked a bill featuring the likes of Will Noonan, Jamie Loftus, Gary Petersen, and more local titans to make you laugh so hard you may cough up the leftover BBQ you’ve been destroying since Saturday.
Phoenix Landing. 512 Mass Ave., Cambridge. 8:30pm/21+/FREE phoenixlandingbar.com