Public Open Night @ the BU Astronomical Observatory
The night sky is a truly wondrous beast. It’s home to countless stars, asteroids, and alien life forms waiting patiently to wage war on mankind. Tonight, you’ve been given the opportunity to observe the never-ending abyss at the BU Astronomical Observatory. The naked eye can only see so far, so you’ll be equipped with telescopes and binoculars to aid you on your ocular journey through the heavens. The sky’s the limit when you’ve got visual aids.
Coit Observatory at Boston University. 725 Comm. Ave., Boston. 8:30-9:30pm/all ages/FREE. thebostoncalendar.com/events/public-open-night-the-bu-astronomical-observatory–110
Glow Yoga at Pop Allston
Yoga: the ancient Indian practice of discipline where mind, body, and soul become one. And neon body paint, according to Pop Allston. This Thursday, the black light gets turned on for some groovy yoga fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced yogi or someone who’s currently looking up the word yogi on Google; the black light shall bring serenity and pleasure to all those who choose to yoga among it. Also, there will be glow sticks.
Pop Allston. 89 Brighton Ave., Allston. 8-10pm/all ages/$5 Donation. yogahubboston.com
City Wine Tours
There are few better ways to come down from the Christmas high than with a two-hour wine tour. Each tour limits itself to 12 people to create a more personal and lax environment to drink your worries away in. The tour consists of three restaurant visits in which you’ll get the chance to sample six different kinds of wines, eat to your heart’s content, and get a little cardio done. The price is a bit on the higher end, but can you really put a price on wine?
Aragosta at the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel. 3 Battery Wharf, Boston. 3-5pm/21+/$70. citywinetours.com/start.php
Surrealist Dinner Party
The 1970s called, and they want you at Out of the Blue gallery this Sunday. At an event described as Daliesque, you can definitely expect a dreamlike atmosphere throughout the evening. Local artist Jenny French will be there displaying her fine art prints in the gallery, along with some secret guests of honor. Make sure you bring some holiday leftovers as well, if you’re willing to part with any of them. When you feed the masses, the masses will feed you.
Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More. 541 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 8-Midnight/18+/$5 Donation. facebook.com/events/485099861669929
Trading Places at Brass Union
Starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in a decade when they were still relevant, Trading Places looks to examine the issue of nature vs nurture. Eddie Murphy is a homeless man elevated to business man, and Aykroyd is a managing director who gets his life slowly ruined to the point where he has to live with a prostitute. It’s a fun, slapstick adventure for the first half and a surprisingly well-thought-out and engaging revenge story for the second half. If anything, it’s worth watching for the reminder that insider trading was once a not super-illegal thing.
Brass Union. 70 Union Sq., Somerville. 8-10:30pm/21+/FREE. brassunion.com
With the year coming to an end, there’s really only one thing you can do to make sure it ends on a high note: see NRBQ live. With a sound that can really only be described as a hodgepodge of pop, jazz, rock, and blues, NRBQ is always an experience to listen to. Dance to your heart’s content or clap along to that one song that you initially thought you recognized but halfway through you realized you didn’t, so you stopped clapping and awkwardly crossed your arms instead. It’s the end of the year, baby, live it up.
Johnny D’s. 17 Holland St., Somerville. 10pm-1am/21+/$20. johnnyds.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=224353&cart