Third Thursdays @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Shadows are spooky. They’re like drunken silhouettes of our inner selves and magnify our insecurities and shit. They can also play nice with our personal light and the triangulations of our emotional discord and open us up to enlightenment and self awareness. Or they can stand as the backdrop to the latest Third Thursday at the Gardner and give us a reason to drink drinks and rub elbows with cool people. You decide.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 25 Evans Way, Boston. 5:30pm/all ages/$15. gardnermuseum.org
Record Fair @ Together Boston
Wax ain’t dead, folks. Music ain’t dead. Shit, music never dies, period, as long as the ears hear it and the hearts feel it. One of the best parts of the last six years of Together Boston has been the sideshows and slow-going chill at the Together Lounge, whether it be picking through the goods from sponsors (stealing Red Bull) or listening to artists spins beats while you relax in between shots of Red Bull. Did we mention a famous DJ from the Netherlands will be there Friday?
Together Boston. 614 Mass. Ave. #203, Cambridge. 4pm/all ages/FREE. togetherboston.com
Earth Fest @ DCR Hatch Memorial Shell
The first time we ever set up camp at Earth Fest was April 27, 2002—does that date ring a bell? It should, because Derek Lowe pitched a no-hitter at Fenway Park while we went apeshit for it as we picked up trash and hummed sweet crunchy nothings. There’s little chance of that happening again this weekend, but we will NEVER FORGET. Head down to the crack-shell and always remember #neverforget.
DCR Hatch Memorial Shell. 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston. 10am/all ages/FREE. earthfest.com
SOWA Open Market @ South End
Food trucks are cool, but food trucks and local vendors getting their flea on is so much cooler. Having relocated due to “circumstance beyond their control” usually means a disaster, but this new home and new vibe for the one and only SOWA means wide-open spaces and no more fire hazards. Bring your kids or have your kids bring you; either way, it’s a new game plan and the long list of businesses present are sure to make your nightmare parking experience a nonissue.
SoWa Boston. 460 Harrison Ave., Boston. 10am/all ages/FREE. sowaboston.com
Open House @ CCTV
Have you ever wondered how to get your start on CCTV? We know we have! Well, despite the well-heeled connections amongst the politically astute, you can get your face and opinion online and live in front of MILLIONS of Cantabridgians if only you just show up and make good with the staff that makes it good. So, what are you waiting for? This is how the Goddamn Glenn made his millions.
CCTV. 438 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 6:30pm/all ages/FREE. cctvcambridge.org
In the Body of the World @ A.R.T.
Body, meet Earth. Earth, meet Body. It’s been a few billion years since you both first met, but it’s time you reconnected. Got to know each other better. Understood the ins and outs of what you’ve both become. What do you say? Shake hands, kiss, and make up? It’s getting weird out there, and we could use a little love if this planet is going to make it another six billion years more. Are you with us? If so, go see this. If not, go fuck yourself.
Loeb Drama Center. 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 7:30pm/18+/$25. americanrepertorytheater.com