Mykki Blanco at ICA
Normally when someone rolls up to you, leans into your shoulder, and says, “Hey man, wanna go see a punk hip-hop act that fuses rap, performance art, ambient noise, electronic music, and gender-bending stage visuals while occasionally spouting riot grrrl poetry?” you look upon them with caution, because something that interesting is sure not to exist. But good news: It does. And Mykki Blanco is performing at the ICA on Friday to show you how it’s done.
ICA. 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 6:30pm/all ages/$20. icaboston.com
Vintage Motorcycles at La Brasa
You’ve made it through another week. Congrats. You deserve something. We’re thinking a welcomed partnership with wood-fired-grill masters La Brasa and a vintage motorcycle company that allows you to view a custom installation of various vintage and antique bikes while noshing on a special “moto menu” from the La Brasa chefs, and—while we’re at it—live rock and soul to offset all the hand-restored bikes and glorious bites. La Brasa is doing just that.
La Brasa. 124 Broadway, Somerville. 10pm-1am/21+/$12. labrasasomerville.com
Red Bull High Stakes Rowing
Rowing and Cambridge. As synonymous as hipsters and Somerville. And if you consider heading to the banks of the Charles River to watch 16 teams compete in a head-to-head relay-style race around a perilous 180-degree stake turn while revelers chug Red Bull and scream their heads off alongside you as your definition of a fun little afternoon in August, head to the Riverside Boat Club this Saturday. Because that’s all happening.
Riverside Boat Club. 769 Memorial Dr., Cambridge. 1-6pm/all ages/FREE. redbull.com/highstakes
The Sheila Devine with Dirty Bangs
This relentless heat is getting oppressive. You could use a little get-out-of-town-to-the-ocean time this weekend. As such, you may want to consider booking it to Wellfleet on Saturday night. The Beachcomber is hosting the Sheila Devine with Dirty Bangs for the night, which means you can both watch locally bred bands and be close to the ocean while partying all night. We’re not saying you should participate in some 2 am skinny-dipping while there, but we’re not not saying it either.
The Beachcomber. 1120 Cahoon Hollow Rd., Wellfleet. 9pm/21+/$15. thebeachcomber.com
Uhh Yeah Dude Live Podcast Recording
If you’ve ever wondered what a top-rated iTunes live comedy podcast recording from a duo that has been doing these out of a small apartment in Hollywood for eight years was like, head to Royale on Saturday night. Seth Romatelli and Jonathan Larroquette (son of Night Court actor John Larroquette) will distill the week that was in America as if they were still on their couch in LA. Fun.
Royale. 279 Tremont St., Boston. 6pm/18+/$25. uhhyeahdude.com
Last Chance to catch “Untitled (Coming Soon)” in the Harbor
Between the time you’re reading this and this coming Wednesday, you’ve got two options. 1: Grab a ferry from Long Wharf in the North End to the Boston Harbor Islands for the final stretch of the large-scale art installation by local subversive artist (and DigBoston weekly comic strip provider) Pat Falco that recreates a Boston city block, touching on gentrification and old Boston. Or 2: Don’t do that, and be sad you missed it. Your call.
George’s Island in Boston Harbor. South picnic area. Ends 8.26. bostonharborislands.org