Rubber Tracks Studio + HUBweek
Every time you buy a pair of Chuck Taylors, you not only up your game but also help support a company that gives a shit about music. In fact, Converse loves music so much, it’s partnered with HUBweek and is offering, among other things, access to its Rubber Tracks sample library for free. Producer Obey City will be leading a workshop, open to the public and anyone awesome, on Thursday and Friday as part of the partnership and festivities.
Converse Rubber Tracks Boston. Lovejoy Wharf, Boston. 6-9:30pm/all ages/FREE.
Makeover! Party with BLAA
The Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance (BLAA) is not your gay father’s group anymore. With the loss of its permanent gallery and in an effort to broaden its scope and become more inclusive, the BLAA has partnered with Sübsamsøñ to present 18 Boston-based artists to help reshape its identity. With queer identity in constant evolution, the exhibition looks to highlight this transformative community. The reception is Friday night.
Samsøn Gallery. 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. 6-8pm/all ages/FREE.
The Blair Witch Project
Be honest: The first time you saw this movie, you weren’t sure what the hell was going on. As the saying goes, everything you’ve heard is true. Well, obviously it wasn’t, but it scared the shit out of you so who cares! Thanks to the fine folks at the Coolidge, and their menace to your mind, the After Midnight series, you can relive the joy of fright and embed your fingers into the seat cushions all over again.
Coolidge Corner Theatre. 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Midnight/17+/$11.25.
DIIV, No Joy, Sunflower Bean @ The Sinclair
What to do, what to do… It’s a Saturday night and you’re looking for something… different. You love music and enjoy catching a few bands, but you’re looking for something unique, awe-inspiring… different. Well, have we got something for you! Brooklyn-based DIIV is not your ordinary band. Steeped in hallucinatory sounds and musical shapes, the music will transform your mind and calm that itch for something… different.
The Sinclair. 52 Church St., Cambridge. Doors 8pm, show 9pm/18+/$18 advance, $20 door.
36th Annual Harvard Sq. Oktoberfest + HONK! Parade
How much fun can you have bouncing back and forth between six live music stages and hundreds of street vendors selling funky crafts and vintage goods, stopping along the way to polish off a Spaten or three at one of the five beer gardens? As much as you want! Spread out over the entirety of Harvard Square, this annual brouhaha is a must-attend for the young and old. Plan accordingly, however, as a few hundred thousand friends are likely to join in.
Harvard Square Oktoberfest. Harvard Square, Cambridge. 12-6pm/all ages/FREE. Check out harvardsquare.com for complete schedule.
Feel the Bern!
Politics these days is no laughing matter, which is why it’s important to laugh occasionally at politics as usual. Host Shawn Carter will do just that while raising funds for the decidedly anti-politician Bernie Sanders. Joined by special guests Tony V, Rick Jenkins (owner of the Comedy Studio), our favorite Dan Boulger (Boston Comedy Festival winner), and a very special guest, this fundraiser should be a hellraiser.
The Somerville Theatre. 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 8-10:30pm/all ages/minimum donation $35. All proceeds go to the Bernie Sanders Campaign. Tickets available at www.actblue.com/contribute/page/standupforbernie