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If you’re a connoisseur of beer, wine, comedy and/or public radio, it’s a great week to be alive. If you don’t like libations, laughter or long discussions on the intersection of gentrification and poverty, props for lasting this long in Boston.
Drinks For A Cause – 6 to 8 p.m. – The Playwright Bar – The South Boston bar is hosting a fundraiser for Stephanie Merabet, an attorney at Kelmar Associates, who plans to run over 26 miles during the NYC marathon. Merabet is raising money for CaringKind, an organization that benefits alzheimer’s research.
Ministry Womenswear Launch Party – 7 to 10 p.m. – Ministry – With its line of comfortable yet fashionable workwear, Ministry has done office-bound sartorialists a service. The company is launching a new line of women’s wear at a boozy event where attendees will meet the people behind the clothes.
30 Years of Stories Made Better … With Beer – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Harpoon – Harpoon Brewery is turning 30. Help prevent a midlife crisis by joining the Boston favorite at an anniversary celebration where you can pick up Harpoon’s Limited Series 3- pack featuring brews El Triunfo Coffee Porter, Hoppy Belgian Style Blonde, Citra Victorious Pale Ale and more.
Boston’s Unscripted Musical Project – 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. – The Rockwell – Otherwise known as B.U.M.P., this act created improvisational music where the songs are “pulled out of thin air.” The twist? Audience members are part of the show, so introverts might want to sit this one out.
WBUR App Launch Party – 6 to 11 p.m. – Aeronaut Brewing Company – The NPR news station unveils a new streaming app at this event with live music from post rockers I/O, soul-rock act Gretchen and the Pickpockets, and funk-soul band American Symphony of Soul. Held at Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville, it’s one-stop-shopping for nerding out over beer and public radio all in one place.
Harpoon Flannel Friday Series – 7 p.m. – Loretta’s Last Call – “Guerilla Roots” family band Damn Tall Buildings is playing at Loretta’s Last Call. Added bonus? It’s flannel Friday. Wear a flannel and bring 1089 of your friends, that way you’ll definitely break the world record for the most people wearing flannel in one (presumably expansive) room.
Bob Marley @ The Wilbur – 7 p.m. – The Wilbur – Not that Bob Marley. A Marley all his own is performing a comedy set at The Wilbur, where you may recognize him from The Letterman Show, Conan, or The Boondock Saints.
The SF Hunt Boston – 8 a.m. – Boston – It’s like Pokemon Go with beer, sort of (can someone please organize that event?). Harpoon is sponsoring an app-based treasure hunt that will send participants all around Boston on the hunt for clues. After the hunt head to Harpoon Beer Hall to debrief and imbibe.
Dirty Disney – 9:30 p.m. – The Rockwell – “Nothing is sacred in these irreverent parodies of Disney classics performed by some of the best musical improvisers Boston has to offer,” organizers wrote. See Disney, debauched, at this 21+ improvised musical comedy that’s sure to awaken at least a bit of repressed nostalgia.
Booktoberfest – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – More Than Words – A seasonal celebration for Boston’s bibliophiles. More Than Words, a nonprofit that “empowers youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business,” is having this book sale to benefit its mission. Gently used books, CD’s and DVD’s will sell for $1 at two locations, one in Boston and the other in Waltham.
Craft Beer Fest – noon to 7 p.m. – Boston Center for the Arts – Boston Event Guide has organized a craft beer festival for young professionals in their “20s, 30s, and 40s…” at Boston Center for the Arts’ Cyclorama. Grease your wheels with some beer or cider and settle and get ready to rub some shoulders. The kids say that right?
Pop Up Brunch Series at UpperWest – 12:30 to 4 p.m. – UpperWest – The words “pop up” and “brunch” in the same sentence? Either some serious millennial-baiting or the start of something great. Or both. Decide for yourself at UpperWest wine bar this Sunday, where $28 will get you a three-course brunch including a house-made breakfast sausage. Drinks, lamentably, are not included.
Exploring the Crus of France’s Rhone Valley – 6 to 7:30 p.m. – The Urban Grape – Wine expert Jo-Ann Ross will lead a “geekout” seminar on “The Crus” wines of France’s Rhone Valley, famous for the varietal Côtes du Rhône. The seminar will cover strategies for choosing affordable blends from The Crus region, as designated by the Appellation d’origine contrôlée.
Whiskey with Woodford – 6 to 8:30 p.m. – Puritan & Co. – Women Who Whiskey and Boston magazine have organized an evening of dark liquor and intriguing dishes at Puritan & Co. in Cambridge. Attendees will have the chance to sample gastronomic pairings like “Fingerling Sweet Potatoes, Bourbon Cured Ham, Ash Marshmallow, Maple Vinaigrette,” and “Sourdough Waffle, Apples, Walnuts, Bourbon Caramel, Cider Sorbet,” with whiskey from Woodford Reserve, of course.
EBASS Open Mic – 6:30 to 10 p.m. – Thunder Road Music Club – The Emerging Boston Area Singer-Songwriters, or EBASS, is sponsoring Open Mic night at the Thunder Road Music Club & Rock ‘N’ Roll Bistro. Boston songwriter George Woods will officiate the evenings, which will feature up to 18 ten-minute sets from local musicians.
Rick Jenkins hosts the Fresh Faces Showcase – 8 to 10 p.m. – The Comedy Studio – When he’s not taping with Marc Maron, comedian and writer Rick Jenkins is running the Comedy Studio, a Cambridge institution where Louis C.K., David Spade and Bill Burr played before they were famous. Who’s up this week? Jack Burke, CJ Browne, Anthony Capoblanco, Kenny Capozzi, Reece Cotton, Josh Day, Kathleen DeMarie, Steve Hubbard, James Huessy, Joe Kozlowski, Sam Monk, Al Park.
BABES Visit Lamplighter Brewing Co. – 6 to 8 p.m. – Lamplighter Brewing Company – It’s been a rough week, ladies, amiright? If the headlines got you down, you’re not alone. Decompress from all that patriarchy with a ladies-only beer event from BABES — The Boston Area Beer Enthusiasts Society — at Lamplighter Brewing Co.
Samuel Adams After-Hours: October Bash! – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Samuel Adams Brewery – Oktoberfest may be winding down, but remember, beer and brats know no season. If you’re still feeling the withdrawal head to Samuel Adams for one of the season’s final Oktoberfest celebrations with live music, tubed meats, and early heats of the brewery’s Stein Hoisting competition.
The Draw ImprovBoston – 7 to 8 p.m. – ImprovBoston – It’s trial by laughter at a comedy show where ImprovBoston’s “most veteran performers and newest up-and-comers” throw their names into a hat and are chosen at random to spin up some improve on stage at one of New England’s leading comedy clubs and schools.
BostonTalks Happy Hour: Odd Jobs – 7 to 9 p.m. – WGBH – Happy hour with another Boston NPR news station WGBH will feature $5 beers and a conversation with Grace Teo, cofounder of Open Style Lab, Psychic Medium and Investigator Kelle Sutliff, and leader of THE NERDS aka the New England Rubbish Deconstruction Society, Jeff Del Papa. They’ll discuss what it’s like to have a less-than-common job.
Roast Battle Boston – 9:30 to 10 p.m. – Davis Square Theatre – Comedy Central Roasts can be cringy. (Ann Coulter, anyone?) But if watching people mercilessly taunt and make fun of others is you thing, Roast Battle Boston has you covered. Four rounds of two comedians will attempt t deal the most devastating verbal blow at this comedy event hosted by Matt Kona at Davis Square Theatre.