Alterna-Tease Neo Burlesque Fest
There are times in life when enough is enough, you’ve had it with everything, and the only answer is attending one or both days of a two-day burlesque festival in Cambridge. If such a time has befallen you, don’t sweat it; just head to Oberon on Thursday and Friday. There’ll be burlesque dancers from all over doing their thing, and on day two there will be awards. Expect “best pasties.” Or maybe don’t.
Oberon. 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-496-8004. 8.13 and 8.14 8pm/$15-$20 For more information, visit americanrepertorytheater.org
Zahili Gonzalez Zamora Project at ICA
With all the talk about Cuban-American relations softening and a renewed interest in the cultural musings of our long-boycotted country to the south, it seems fitting that the ICA is hosting the Zahili Gonzalez Project on Thursday. The current Berklee student (who arrived there after 15 years of professional experience) and Cuban-forged pianist/singer/composer will be performing her blend of plucky jazz and salsa in the seaport just for you. Be sure to say thanks.
ICA. 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 6pm/all ages/FREE. For more information, visit berklee.edu/event/zahili-gonzalez-zamora-project-0
Feminist Fiber Art Exhibit Opening
Ever wonder what a DIY exhibit exclusively featuring the fiber-based artwork (think: embroidery, weaving, knitting, crocheted vaginas, the norm) from women or female-identifying artists from Mass to Greece and Turkey being displayed in multiple venues across Somerville looks like? Well, wonder no more, now that the Feminist Fiber Art show kicks off Friday, with beers at the Aeronaut locale, and live music from Feral Jenny and others at the Armory. Feminist art: 1. Donald Trump: 0.
Tax-Free Weekend at JRA Cycles
It’s been a good summer for biking. Hot days, citywide events, and that one day last month when you successfully jumped over 15 Chevys on your racing bike (okay, that last one didn’t happen). In any case, as it’s “tax-free” weekend this weekend, hit JRA Cycles in Medford and land an additional 10-60 percent off all your cycling-related accoutrements to your heart’s content. No, they don’t sell stronger legs.
JRA Cycles. 229 Salem St., Medford. 718-391-3636. For more information, visit jracycles.com/tax-free-sale
The Dude Imbibes Party
Sure, The Big Lebowski has inspired legions of fans to gather in random spots to throw themed parties, and has for some time since the cult film went officially cult. And here’s one more: Head to Cambridge on Monday in your best robe, Dude sweaters, or general slacker outfit, and there are rewards for best costume, rounds of bowling, a screening of the film, and other surprises all night long with the party. Spoiler alert: Jeff Bridges won’t be there. Most likely.
Lanes & Games. 195 Concord Turnpike, Cambridge. 617-876-5533. 7:30pm/21+/$50. Get tickets here!
Grogs. You love them. You covet them. You drink them whenever possible. Wait, that’s not right—you don’t even know what a grog is. As such, you can hit the Grog Games rum-soaked event at the Seaport Hotel on Wednesday as rockstar rum-running bartenders from the likes of Casa B, BackBar, Moonshine 152, and Kirkland Tap & Trotter face off with their best rum-fueled grogs with you voting for the winner. Mm. Rum.
Seaport Hotel. 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 6-8pm/21+/$25. For more information, visit seaportboston.com