Boston for a Buck: Events for the Weekend

By Steph Solis, Staff Writer
@stephmsolis

There’s a ton happening this weekend, from music to free food to crazy shows. Here’s the roundup.

Free Boston: A night of Live Art, Music & Social Good at Workbar Cambridge

Few know how to have a good time on a budget better than the folks at The Boston Calendar. TBC is a website that features cool, interesting events happening around the city (brought to you by Reddit). They’re collaborating with Impact Lighthouse, a collaborative of socially good leaders and Reddit Boston.

There’s music, an open bar with signature cocktails, craft beer from Sam Adams and organic wine. There’s also a guest art mural and “healthy food” (as TBC advertises), among other things. You might want to contact TBC for tickets though, in case they’ve filled up.

Time: 7-10:30 p.m. Thursday

Location: Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St., Cambridge

Cost: Free Admission

Throwback Thursday: A ‘Happy Chic’ College Welcome

Even though our BUIDs get us into the MFA for free, I suggest going to their college night event and exploring their “Hippie Chic” exhibition while you can.

The exhibition features “hippie” style fashion, precisely 54 ensembles with paisley velvet and “far-out wigs” dating from 1967 through 1972. There’s also tie-dye fashion art and photos with vintage VW vans (if you’re into that).

Time: 6-9:45 p.m. Thursday

Location: The MFA

Cost: Free Admission, $9 film tickets

Indie Publishing – Promise and Peril for Writers

Author Jeffrey Zygmont gives an insider’s view of self-publishing in a  talk about the benefits as well as the pitfalls and perils that indie books bring to authors.

The discussion is open to anyone, from book lovers and students of literature to prospective writers of any type, whether poetry, fiction, non-fiction or even scholarly books. It is followed by readings from novels by Zygmont and indie authors Erica Ferencick and Randy Ross.

Time: 7 p.m. Thursday

Location: Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St.

Cost: Free Admission

Introduction to Zen Class  

(HT to TBC for this one.) If you’re looking to decompress, the Cambridge Zen Center offers a free zen class that’s open to the public. No registration is needed and you can take the class more than once.

Time: 7-7:30 p.m. Thursday

Location: Cambridge Zen Center, 199 Auburn St., Cambridge

Cost: Free Admission

‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ Street Pianos Boston Festival

Come Friday there will be 75 pianos scattered across Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline. The international ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ project has reached more than four million people worldwide, and on Thursday it’s kicking off its run in Beantown.

Time: Friday through Oct. 14

Location: Throughout Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline

Cost: Free

What the Fluff? Festival

In honor of Marshmallow Fluff, which was invented in 1917 in Somerville, check out the “What the Fluff?” festival in Union Square. The event includes music, Fluff-cooking and a bunch of diabetes-inducing games (“The Fluff Lick-Off,” for example).

You also get to elect the Pharaoh of Fluff, one of the most prestigious titles in Somerville’s history.

Time: 3-7 p.m. Saturday

Location: Union Square, Somerville

Cost: Free

Saturday Wine Tasting: A New Focus on Italy

Free wine. Need I say more?

The wine tasting events are held at the Brookline Liquor Market every Saturday. They have also had beer tastings in the past.

Time: 1-5 p.m. Saturday

Location: Brookline Liquor Market, 1354 Commonwealth Ave., Allston

Cost: Free

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

The festival showcases some of the most acclaimed up-and-coming artists such as Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott, the Mike Tucker Trio featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf and the Matt Savage Quartete featuring saxophonist Bobby Watson.

There are ticketed performances on Friday and Sunday, but Saturday’s free.

Time: 12-6 p.m. Saturday

Location: Columbus Avenue & Massachusetts Avenue, South End, Boston,

Cost: Free

Watercolor Workshop

The City of Boston is offering a free outdoor painting workshop for painters of all ages and skill levels. Beginners are welcome.

Time: 12-2 p.m. Sunday

Location: Nina Rock Urban Wild, Arcola St., Jamaica Plain

Cost: Free

 
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