The Wombats | Friday, Sept. 29, Wednesday, Oct. 4 | 7 p.m. | Big Night Live, 110 Causeway St., Boston | $40 | “Let’s dance to...” this English indie rock trio on their North American tour.
Saturday, Sept. 30
Robo Boston: Robot Block Party | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | District Hall, 75 Northern Ave., Boston | Free | Immerse yourself in various STEM activities and interactive demonstrations at the annual block party.
Calling all Curious: Open House | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 12-3 p.m. | Boston Athenaeum, 10 ½ Beacon St., Boston | Free | This annual open house includes a bookmaking workshop, a paste-paper demonstration by the Athenaeum’s conservation team, exhibition spotlights led by curators, a treasure hunt, and more.
The BreakBomb Project | Saturday, Sept. 30 | 10 p.m. | Memoire, 1 Broadway, Everett | $20 | Sweat away the stress of the week with tunes from this budding local DJ.
Sunday, Oct. 1
Dogtoberfest | Sunday, Oct. 1 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston | $0-$25 | Have a doggone good time and support the MSPCA with a community road race and celebrate at the finish line at the Seaport brewery.
Scowl | Sunday, Oct. 1 | 7 p.m. | Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston | $20 | The raucous hardcore from these Santa Cruz punks will give you something to smile about.
Don’t call it a comeback — The iconic John Hancock sign could return to Boston’s skyline. If approved by the BPDA, the 60-ft long and 20-ft high sign that was removed from Fenway Park last year could move to the company’s US headquarters at 200 Berkeley St. (Boston Business Journal)
Mayor Wu and the Public Works Department are moving forward on the Long Island Bridge replacement and will hire a firm to manage the progress and completion of the project. Applications are due on Friday, Oct. 20.
22,019. That’s the field size for the 128th Boston Marathon after the Boston Athletic Association adjusted the qualifying race times. The qualifiers who submitted times that were 5 minutes, 29 seconds faster than the standard for the runner’s age and gender group were accepted, which is the strictest cutoff time in a decade.
Massachusetts General Hospital has received the largest gift for cancer research in its history. The center will be renamed to the Krantz Family Center for Cancer Research after receiving a donation of an undisclosed amount that will cover funding for research and new technologies, plus an endowment. (Boston Globe)
A travel website featured the Festival of the Dead as one of the best Halloween events in the US. The list highlighted 16 seasonal events (including the New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival) and said that Salem is one of the best places to visit in October. We agree — plan your next visit with our guide. (TripsToDiscover.com)
Longtime Boston bartender Seth Freidus is hosting a pop-up on Monday, Oct. 2 at Offsuit. This is ahead of his debut solo project called Good Company, which is expected to open in October in Charlestown. RSVP by email to try drinks from the opening menu.
Newbury Street will have two new Swiss luxury watch brands moving into the former Burberry location. IWC Schaffhausen + Panerai are planning to open the ~5,000-sqft space this fall. (Boston Business Journal)
Borrow from your home — not the bank. Your home value could go down anytime; borrow now while it’s high. Calculate your payment.*
Become a literacy volunteer through the BPL. | Photo by @wirangrongg
The Boston Public Library is the third public library in the US to join the Books Unbanned initiative to help fight censorship + book banning, following in the footsteps of the Brooklyn Public Library and the Seattle Public Library (hey, SEAtoday). The program will offer US teens and young adults ages 13-26 free access to resources in the library’s digital collection.
Books Unbanned was created to help counter the ~20% increase in attempts to remove books from public and school libraries around the country.
The Boston Public Library’s Books Unbanned card is valid for one year and will allow cardholders to check out a maximum of 10 titles at a time + place 10 holds.
As I was scrolling Instagram this week, I came across a sad update from the Everett brewery Bone Up Brewing.
Long story short, they aren’t closing but they are facing challenges outside of their control that might result in them shutting down or moving. Help support the local brewery by paying them a visit this weekend and enjoying a brew or two.