Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody, the American Craft Beer Fest, and more.


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Boston Strong Concert at TD Garden—and Online!

Well here’s a reason to stay in this evening. You can live stream the Boston Strong concert at TD Garden from the comfort of your own home. The brain child of New Kids on the Block, the concert stars an amazing lineup of acts including Aerosmith, James Taylor, and more. Even the Dropkick Murphys will be there as a last-minute addition. (Thanks for lending them that private jet, Ernie Boch Jr.!)

Thursday, May 30, 7 p.m. Watch the live stream here.

New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz II Men

Consider the Boston Strong concert a teaser for Sunday and Monday nights. It was no surprise that NKOTB scheduled the benefit concert for tonight, since they would have been in town this weekend anyway for The Package Tour. Remember NKOTBSB—the joint tour they did with the Backstreet Boys? Well, this summer, the New Kids are touring with 98 Degrees in Boyz II Men. They dubbed themselves the Dirty Dozen on The View.

$29+, Sunday, June 2, and Monday, June 3, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, 617-624-1050,

Kevin James at the Orpheum Theatre

Kevin James is fondly remembered as the King of Queens Doug Hefferman, though his more recent roles have been on the big screen in movies like Here Comes the Boom and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. One of his recent successes has been Grown Ups, with fellow comedians Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider. The actor-comedian always gets the laughs, and tomorrow night, he will perform stand-up at the Orpheum Theatre.

$43+, Friday, May 31, 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Place, 617-482-0106,

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody

Spank!, produced by 50 Parodies LLC, is as hilarious as it sounds. Even if you haven’t read the ‘mommy porn’ Fifty Shades trilogy by E.L. James (and come on, how many of us would admit to it anyway?), you will still find yourself laughing nonstop during this musical parody. Grab your gal pals and get ready for a raucous night out. Need we mention that this is probably not a show for the whole family?

$37+, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 30-June 1, Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., 617-248-9700,

American Craft Beer Fest

This weekend, the American Craft Beer Fest returns with 640+ craft beers from 140+ American brewers. Presented by Beer Advocate and Harpoon Brewery, the sixth annual two-day festival is split into three sessions, and lining up beforehand is highly encouraged, because with that many tastings available, you bet the demand is high. This is, obviously, a 21+ event, so leave the kids at home.

$47, Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., 617-385-5000,