Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Drink Sichuan pepper beer, experience George Watsky's witty wordplay, judge a donut throwdown, and more.
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Photo courtesy of Eleanor Stills

Music
Watsky

Spoken-word poet and rapper George Watsky will return to Boston for his All You Can Do tour. All You Can Do is the Emerson College alum’s third album, and this time his witty wordplay is paired with classic rock and jazz. Before last year’s show in Boston, Watsky told Boston that he doesn’t really consider himself a great singer, but you can be the judge of that on Friday.

$23 general admission, Friday, November 7, 7 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., houseofblues.com.

Festival
Hasslefest

Boston Hassle’s sixth annual Hassle Fest will jam at Cuisine en Locale in Somerville this year. More than 40 locally grown bands from cities and towns across the U.S. will play at the underground music festival, including Body/Head, Montreal’s No Joy, Nautical Almanac, and Jason Lescalleet. Hasslefest makes up part of the BRAIN Arts Organization, which aims to “foster an innovative, compelling, and interconnected music, art, and film community in the greater Boston area through grassroots and inclusive participatory culture,” according to their mission statement.

Friday, November 7, 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 8, 3 p.m., Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville, bostonhasslefest.com.

21+
Pintley’s Rare Beer Night

Patron’s Mexican Kitchen and Watering Hole is hosting an evening packed with uncommon brews this Friday. Jack’s Abby will serve some of its most interesting flavors, including Numb Swagger, a black lager with Sichuan peppers (yikes!), a dark sour lager called Cherry Barrel-Aged Berliner Braun, and more. “You can get Jack’s Abby in a lot of bars in Boston, but you can’t necessarily go to a bar and get eight different kinds,” says Rachel Abrams, Pintley’s National Event Manager. “It’s for people who like different unique beers and want to try some exquisite things that will light up their taste buds.”

Friday, November 7, 7 p.m., Patron’s, 138 Brighton Ave., Allston, eventbrite.com.

Party
Boston Decompression: The Lost City

Curious about visiting Atlantis? El Dorado? Boston Decompression: The Lost City can take you there. What started as a small private party to decompress after the craziness of Burning Man has become a party and art show fusion of sorts. Two stages of music within Who’s On First and large scale art in the alley outside provide ample entertainment. “It’s a celebration of interactive art and community,” said organizer Nick Figueiredo, “Although it’s centered around the ethos that follows Burning Man, there’s no criteria you have to meet to go. You don’t have to be involved in the Burning Man Scene—anyone can go.”

$20 online, $25 at the door, Saturday, November 8, 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Who’s On First, 19 Yawkey Way, blackrockeast.com.

Food
Rise and Rumble: Donut Throwdown

It’s a donuts-galore brunch Sunday afternoon as six of the area’s best pastry chefs compete for the most creative donut recipe. The best part? You’re the judge. A ticket includes tasting each donut and a toast to the Rise and Rumble winner. Chefs “throwing down” for the title are Craig Williams of Post 390, Brian Mercury of Harvest, Meghan Thompson of Townsman, Jaime Davis of Deuxave, Heather Schmidt of Union Square Donuts, and Lauren Kroesser of Island Creek Oyster Bar and Eastern Standard.

$25, Sunday, November 9, 12 p.m., Post 390 Restaurant, 406 Stuart St., eventbrite.com.


Madeline Bilis Associate Editor at Boston Magazine @madelinebilis
mbilis@bostonmagazine.com