Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend
The Pentalum on the Lawn on D
Transport yourself to another world and explore the Pentalum, a giant, inflatable maze, on the Lawn on D this weekend. Designed by Architects of Air, this weekend is the first time the Pentalum will reach the east coast. At 180 feet long, the Pentalum allows natural light into the interior, creating a colorful geometric world. Food trucks and vendors will also be on site. Check out a sneak peak inside the maze here.
$5, Thursday, May 28-Sunday, May 31, 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston, lawnond.com.
Nick Offerman: Gumption Book Tour
Start off your weekend with hearty laughs. Nick Offerman, of Parks & Rec and 21 Jump Street, will speak about his new book at the Wilbur called GUMPTION: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers. In it, Offerman takes a comedic look at 21 politicians, writers, and other prominent figures who have influenced him and America.
$37, Friday, May 29, 7:00 p.m., Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, thewilbur.com.
Uncorked at Franklin Park Zoo
Unwind from the week with this unique 21+ event, where visitors can sample a wide variety of wines while walking through the Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest Pavilion. View pygmy hippos, ring-tailed lemurs, and many more incredible species. “Guests have the opportunity to see amazing animals and have fun all while supporting a great cause,” said Brooke Wardrop, Zoo New England Director of Marketing and Communications. All proceeds go to the Franklin Park Zoo and its educational and conservation initiatives.
$45, Saturday, May 30, 5-7:30 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston, zoonewengland.org.
Laugh Fest: Summer Kick-Off Party
Kick off your summer right with Rebels Without Applauze, an improvisational comedy troupe. Joining the Rebels are stand-up comedians Don Zollo and Tricia Auld, as well as fellow improv comedy troupe Made of Plastic. After the show, you can even party with your favorite cast members at the cash bar. “There are a lot of different improv places in the city, but the mingling aspect makes it more different. A lot of times, the audience wants to get to know the performers,” said Sharon Stevens, producer of Rebels Without Applauze. “We also do Whose Line Is It Anyway? improv form, and musical improv.”
$10, Friday, May 29, 9:00 p.m., Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville, rebelsimprov.com.
Four-Handed Illusions: An Intimate Evening of Laughs and Wonder
Enjoy this comedy and magic show, performed by illusionists Joel Acevedo and Steve Kradolfer, involving mind-reading, telepathy, and object teleportation. Guests can also enjoy a pre-show reception, complete with light hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and other beverages.
$45, Sunday, May 31, 3:30 & 7:00 p.m., The Hampshire House, 84 Beacon St., Boston, joel-magic.com.