Wine and Film at the Coolidge: Sideways
Good news: the Coolidge Corner Theatre has teamed up with oenophile glossy rag Wine Spectator Magazine to begin screening a series of films centered around wine in order to, well, let you watch movies and drink a bunch of wine. The kickoff film is a choice pick: Sideways. This modern buddy road-trip comedy starring Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church will be followed by a complimentary tasting. Expect Pinot Noir. Because obviously.
Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard St., Brookline.. 7pm/21+/$12-15. For more information, visit coolidge.org/content/sideways
Burlesque for Beginners
Burlesque is one of those things that can turn the attempting novice into a punchline, if not a beautiful disaster. Which is why the Boston Academy of Burlesque Education offers monthly sessions to get the uninitiated initiated. Hitting up the class going down on Thursday potentially could lead to a new career, if you’re good. If you’re bad, take comfort in being more of a “watcher” than a “doer” when it comes to shaking one’s ass.
Boston Academy of Burlesque Education. 119 Braintree St., Suite 206, Boston. 8-9:30pm/18+/$25-30. For more information, visit studyburlesque.com
Free Comedy Night at Pavement Coffeehouse
Boston is no slouch when it comes to a bustling comedy scene, especially when you’re talking about the raw, evolving talent peppering our laughter landscape. So it should come as no surprise that when Pavement Coffeehouse launched a free comedy night recently it was a smashing success. Now they’ve brought the event back with six stand-ups, free of charge, with Dan Boulger of Craig Ferguson and Boston Comedy Festival headlining.
Pavement Coffee House. 736 Comm Ave., Boston. 6:30-8pm/all ages/FREE. For more information, visit pavementcoffeehouse.com
American Craft Beer Fest After Party
The American Craft Beer Fest is a great way to sample suds being produced right here on American soil. But if you’re more of an “I like my American craft beers after the festival” person, then hit the after-party at The Merchant on Friday. There’ll be over 20 excellent brews on tap, including special picks from the likes of Jack’s Abby, Two Roads, Otter Creek, and Wormtown, just for the night. Cheers.
The Merchant. 60 Franklin St., Boston. 10pm-1am/21+/cash bar. For more information, visit themerchantboston.com
Awesome Day Fest
The Allston-ian daylong general craziness festival anchored at O’Briens Pub and spanning venues from Wonder Bar to Great Scott and Model Cafe returns this weekend. Attendance guarantees the following: killer music from the likes of Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Robby Roadsteamer and his band of merry pranksters, Petty Morals, Party Bois, and more, as well as BBQ. So once more that’s BBQ, killer live local music, roving parties, and wild good times. Sold.
Multiple Locations, all day BBQ at O’Briens Pub. 3 Harvard Ave., Allston. Doors 3pm/21+/$12. For more information, visit awesomedayfest.com
If you’ve ever wondered whom Archie, Betty, Veronica, Moose, Jughead, and the rest of the cast of the classic Archie comics were based on, you should head to the ICA on Sunday. Filmmaker Gerald Peary (an admitted Archie junkie) has made a documentary visiting creator Bob Montana’s surviving classmates from 1930s Haverhill, Mass, to find out about the origins of Montana’s characters. Peary will be present during the screenings, so feel free to ask him if the real-life Betty was as hot as her ’toon doppelganger. We want to know too.
ICA. 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 12pm + 3pm/all ages/$5. For more information, visit icaboston.org