We, like most people, are getting started a little bit late this week on account of the hangovers and headaches we’re all nursing from our raucous Fourth of July celebrations. Hopefully yours was just as much of a blast—and if it was, then we have news for you: it’s time to turn down a bit.
The theme of the week: turn down and fill up. It’s time to trade your cheap booze and darty playlists for all of the good food, good drinks, and good vibes floating around Cambridge and Boston this week.
The SOUP’ed up SLAM at Dudley Cafe
Tuesday at 7 p.m. | 15 Warren St, Roxbury
Poets and wordsmiths, take a chance to head on down to Dudley Cafe for the Society of Urban Poetry’s monthly SLAM event. If you’re down to compete, there’s a great chance to win one of three cash prizes, the largest of which is $50. Even if you’re not lyrically talented, it’s a cool event to check out. You either find a nice, cozy spot to chill on this dreary day, or you find yourself performing for the chance to win some cash you can later shamelessly spend trying to rack up points in Chipotle’s new rewards program. Tickets are $8 if purchased online ahead of the event, and $10 at the door.
Harborside Lounge Wine Tasting Party
Wednesday at 6 p.m. | 185 State St, Boston
For people who are 21+, head down to Harborside Lounge on State Street to sample some fine wine on Wednesday. It’s a nice, mellow way to round out the day, but be warned: Wednesday is forecasted to be the hottest day of the summer yet, with temperatures reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit. But there will be jazz music, so you don’t have an excuse. Plus, any place that brands itself as a “stylish hip lounge space” is worth checking out, if only to poke fun at.
Who Will Win in Rio?
Friday at 10 a.m. | CGIS S-010 (1730 Cambridge St.)
As the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro quickly approaches, come hear an academic take on the Olympic Games at the “Who will win in Rio?” talk in CGIS South. A panel of professors and other experts will be discussing their research regarding factors that contribute to political, economic, and athletic success (or failure) at the Olympics. Bring vuvuzelas at your own risk.
Plants + Waffles Pop Up
Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | 441 Cambridge St, Cambridge
Curio Coffee—a Cambridge-based cafe—is teaming up with Nice Urban Garden Supply for a plants and waffle event this Friday at their Cambridge Street location. The coffeehouse, known across the city for their waffles, is on par with if not better than Zinneken's, so you’re guaranteed some good grub.
Friday Nights! Fest
Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Cardinal Oconnell Pkwy, Lowell
Nothing says hipster more than alternative food trucks and live indie music. If this is your vibe, head into Lowell, Mass. (not Lowell House) on Friday to get a taste of a large array of Cambridge-based food trucks, including Spiceventure, Phoenix Rising Pizza and Marilyn Root. There will also be a beer garden (21+) so you can really get your Friday night groove on.
The Shining Film Screening
Friday at midnight | 290 Harvard St, Brookline
Everyone loves the Shining, or at the very least appreciates the movie for being the cinematic masterpiece that it is. (If you’re going through this post and you just drew a blank on what The Shining is, then you need to promptly re-evaluate your life.) Coolidge @fter Midnight, a Boston movie theater, is putting on a “Summer of Psychosis” film series this summer (yeah, we’re kind of freaked out by it too), and they’re screening the movie in 35mm.
Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival - Wizard of Oz at Sundown
Saturday at sundown | Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St, Boston
So you and your friends went to go see Finding Dory last week, and you realized that there’s nothing you’d like more than to relive the glory of all of those childhood, good old-fashioned G-rated movies. Luckily for you, a local radio station is hosting a Family Film Festival all throughout July and August. The locale is easy enough to find: Boston’s Prudential Center, and this week’s feature is the Wizard of Oz. If you get there early enough, there’s even the chance for you to win some sweet gear at a giveaway.