On The Body @ Gallery 263
What’s sexier than the human body? Not much. In its simplest form, it can be a series of shapes and angles, forms and figures, all tied together, or loosely tangled ideas coming together for one moment in time. This, along with the lucid visions and imaginations of an artist’s eye, can create one singular statement. I’m getting hot just thinking about that! Opening this Thursday and running through March 11, an amazing exhibition by 29 artists handpicked by Ruth Erickson, associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, this show highlights 30 exceptional pieces by artists working in all forms of media that capture exactly that and so much more. Now that’s amore!
Gallery 263. 263 Pearl St., Cambridge. 7pm/all ages/FREE. gallery263.com
Pre-Sale Tickets ON SALE @ TogetherBoston May 15-22
Seven years later and the Boston area still has the coolest, most amazing festival dedicated to music, art, and technology this side of SXSW. Everything you hate about poser festivals with limited access and bifocal viewing opportunities usually reserved for city-hall blah blahs is the antithesis of this week-long celebration. The Black Madonna, Floating Points, Honey Dijon, Juju Jordash, Fatima Yamaha, Henrik Schwarz, and Palms Trax are just the tip of the iceberg. Throw in an amazing yet-to-be-announced speaker series with artists and technologists, and anything short of this signature event is just standing on concrete staring at city hall.
Together Boston. 620 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Tickets on sale now/all ages/$130 festival pass. togetherboston.com
Converse CONS Project presents DIY Skate Spot
It’s not every day that you get to be part of creating something lasting and permanent in Boston, unless of course you’re a construction worker, driving a moving truck on Storrow Drive, or Whitey Bulger, but the sneaker-heads at Converse are giving you this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this Saturday. Emceed by Boston skating guru Evan Kenney alongside skate park designers Tom Dupere and Noah Powell, this incredible event will have you pouring concrete that the next generation will ollie off of. Joined by Converse CONS Skate Ambassadors Tom Remillard and Robbie Russo, it’s open to the public and will help you forget all about not having a date come Sunday.
Orchard Conservatory Skatepark. 89 Brighton Ave., Boston. 11am/all ages/FREE. consproject.com
SAT 2.13 / SUN 2.14
25th Annual Boston Wine Expo
That’s right, it’s the goddamn fucking Boston Wine Expo! Whether you’re a hard core wino or simply looking to drop mad coin on an absolute shit show drunk fest (Let’s be honest, people get WRECKED here!), this is the place to be this weekend. Now in its 25th year and presented yet again by those lushes at the Boston Guild of Oenophilists (say that fast with a mouthful of Pinot Grigio in ya!), this two-day celebration of all things grape is a must-attend slosh-expo for anyone who has never been uncomfortably drunk in public. In all seriousness, though, you’re gonna get fucked up and quick!
Seaport World Trade Center. 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 1pm/21+/$99+. wine-expos.com
Valentine’s Day Brunch @ Commonwealth Cambridge
Is it a restaurant? Is it a market? It’s both! With literally no other options for Sunday brunch on Valentine’s Day, this is your only choice. Thank goodness it’s flippin’ awesome! Curated by Chef de Cuisine Ellie Campbell, this potpourri of deliciousness includes kung pao fried chicken with egg, vegetarian hash with sweet potato, winter vegetables, and good old fashioned scrambled eggs. Throw in some avocado toast with radish, feta, and olive oil-cured tomatoes, as well as a ménage à trois pork chop and this shit just got real. But wait! They also have AYFKM red velvet Oreo pancakes and a naughty selection of raunchy cookies to go from their market?! Sign me up—but make a reservation if you really want to go. This house will be packed.
Commonwealth. 11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge. 10am/all ages/menu priced. commonwealthcambridge.com/
Twenties Swing Party @ Saloon
Good Golly Miss Molly! No wait, that’s the wrong era. Um, Swing Low? Nope. Uh… ok, let’s go with bebop skiddly-doo! That’s it. Regardless of your confusion over what the hell a swing party sounds like (besides keys dropping in a glass bowl and your neighbor-dude moaning while he bones your wife—oh shit, that’s a swinging party, never mind), this little ditty is sure to be a good time. Complete with passed plates, flapper cocktails, and booty-shaking dance-offs, Saloon’s Prohibition Celebration looks to be a surefire way to forget V Day. I mean Valentine’s Day. Dress sharp and dapper and win some prizes, but remember, loose lips sink ships!
Saloon. 255 Elm St., Somerville. 8am/21+/$25. Reservation required. saloondavis.com