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While more and more Massachusetts businesses and cultural institutions are reopening as COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue, many residents are still staying home due to the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind, this week’s BosTen offers a mix of in-person and virtual things to do this weekend. Have an idea about what we should cover? Leave us a comment on this article or in the BosTen Facebook group, or email us at [email protected].
Nature is healing: The restaurant formerly known as T&B Pizza — now T&B Wood-Fired — has brought back its weekly Thursday night pizza parties. That means guests can stop by the Somerville pizza joint and enjoy unlimited wood-fired pizza for $15 per person every Thursday night, alongside music and local beer. This Thursday, a welcome back party features exclusive cocktails from Bully Boy Distillers; reservations can be made on Resy.
The Envoy Hotel’s restaurant, Outlook Kitchen, is currently closed, but that space isn’t going to waste. On Thursday, the hotel’s executive chef Tatiana Rosana will launch Para Maria, a Latin-inspired pop-up. The concept is a strictly patio affair and will showcase dishes like carnitas tacos, ceviche, quesadillas, elotes, and paletas, plus a slew of creative cocktails.
Beer gardens have been reopening ever since the weather started getting warmer, and one of Boston’s most popular gardens is poised for a comeback on Thursday: Trillium’s Garden on the Greenway. At the corner of High St. and Atlantic Ave., Trillium will serve a selection of their beers, which can be paired with food from one of the Greenway’s on-site food trucks like Bon Me, The Dining Car, and Pennypackers. Hours are currently Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.
Movie theaters are back open and starting to play more and more new movies, but the warmer weather also means that drive-in movie season is upon us. To celebrate, Showcase Cinemas at Patriot Place is bringing back its popular pop-up drive-in theater from last year, showing a classic release every Friday night at 8:30 p.m. This week’s retro flick is “The Goonies,” and future editions will feature “Jurassic Park,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “The Karate Kid.” Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. and both tickets and concessions must be purchased in advance through the Showcase Cinemas app.
Dorchester native Sam Jay has carved an impressive path in her relatively short standup career. Beyond being recognized at Just for Laughs in Montreal and landing her own Netflix special, Jay is the first black lesbian writer in the history of “Saturday Night Live.” From iconic sketches like “Black Jeopardy” to adding her local knowledge to the colonial-era Boston vs. Philadelphia sketch, Jay is seriously funny. Now, Jay has her own HBO show, “Pause With Sam Jay,” which premieres this Friday at 9 p.m. and will be available on demand. Each week, Jay hosts a party at her apartment, with guests chatting informally on a specific topic before the show begins to expand on the idea through interviews, sketches, and animation.
After a long hiatus, Lawn on D is back in business starting this Thursday. The outdoor space will have its famed glow-in-the-dark-swings, lawn games galore, and drinks from new beverage partner Castle Island Brewing, among other options. To see a full schedule of events and hours of operation, check out the Lawn on D website.
Nightshade Noodle Bar has revamped its pick-up window and patio for the summer and transformed it into Nightshade Clam Shack, now available Wednesdays through Sundays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fried seafood is on the menu, of course, but so are Viet-Cajun boil options, bánh mi, noodle bar favorites, and new cocktails and wine. And if you can’t make a trip in person, DoorDash delivery is available up to five miles from the restaurant. See you at the shack!
Once or twice a year, the Harvard Book Store opens the doors to its Somerville warehouse to let shoppers get huge bargains on remaindered books, typically saving customers 40 to 80 percent off list price. While the warehouse sale will be all virtual this year, you can still access the same great deals on the book store’s website starting May 22 at 8 a.m., or slightly earlier if you subscribe to the book store’s newsletter.
Beer gardens are back in business for the warmer months all over the Boston area, including the outdoor garden at Jack’s Abby, which reopened for business last Friday. The Framingham brewery has several special release beers exclusive to the garden, and beverages from its sister brewery Springdale, as well as a brand-new food menu. To find a full list of operating hours and make reservations (which are highly recommended), check out the Jack’s Abby website.
Following successful one-day pop-ups last August and October, the Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will return to Seaport Common (85 Northern Ave.) on a monthly basis starting this Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Originally slated to open in April but delayed due to inclement weather, the spacious outdoor market will feature more than 30 Black-owned businesses from the Greater Boston area selling their wares, with customers being able to find art, skincare lines, house plants, adult and children’s clothing, and more. Due to COVID safety guidelines, capacity will be limited to 100 guests at a time, and customers must RSVP via Eventbrite.
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