10 things to do in Boston this weekend

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Cambridge, MA  1/09/11- Marques Hollie (cq) takes his shirt and pants off during the 4th annual No Pants Subway Ride in Boston was held today starting from the Alewife Red Line stop in Cambridge. The event is organized by the Societies of Spontaneity and is a global event started by www.ImprovEverywhere.com in New York in 2002. Hailey Fuqua (cq) at left, Paul McCarthy (cq) at right. (Globe staff photo/Bill Greene) section:metro
Marques Hollie takes his shirt and pants off during the annual No Pants Subway Ride on Jan. 9, 2011. –Bill Greene/Globe Staff

Skip Netflix this weekend—here are 10 ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city. If you’d like BosTen delivered to your inbox every Thursday, click here. Want more things to do? Check out our events calendar at boston.com/events. You can also learn even more about awesome events around Boston by joining the BosTen Facebook group.

Barley Smalls Release Party

You may be too busy digging yourself out from the snowstorm to venture out on Thursday night. But if you’re in the neighborhood, Cambridge’s Lamplighter Brewing is throwing a party for its newest beer, Barley Smalls. It’s brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malts and named after the brewery dog that hangs out at the taproom. Plus, 5 percent of all sales go to the Animal Rescue League of Boston. (Thursday, Jan. 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Lamplighter Brewing, Cambridge; free; 21+)

MFA First Friday


If you’re looking to enrich yourself culturally in 2018, a good place to start is the Museum of Fine Arts’s first First Friday of the year. The monthly series brings together adults for an evening of  fine arts, music, signature cocktails, and tapas in the museum courtyard. (Friday, Jan. 5 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; $23-25 GA, free for members; 21+)

BU Hockey vs. US National Under-18 Team

Watching BU hockey games often gives you a preview of players who are a few years away from joining the NHL. That might be doubly true this weekend, when the Terriers take on the US U18 hockey team. It’s no Beanpot final, but don’t pass up a chance to see the next Wayne Gretzky — or, as Gretzky is Canadian, the next Brett Hull. (Friday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.; Agganis Arena, Boston; $8-16; all ages)

Massachusetts Bridal & Wedding Expo

It’s officially Engagement Season, and the Massachusetts Bridal and Wedding Expo is coming to Wilmington this weekend to satisfy your one-stop wedding shopping needs. Along with dozens of vendors, the expo will have runway shows, in-house DJs, and cash giveaways twice a day. (Saturday, Jan. 6 and Sunday, Jan. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington; $10; all ages)

Boston Chocolate School Truffle-Making Workshop


If recent reports are to be believed, chocolate could be extinct by 2050. While we’d like to see a few more studies on the topic before sounding the alarm, it’s still a great excuse to check out the Boston Chocolate School’s truffle-making workshop, where you’ll learn everything from the history of chocolate to the proper way to pipe, shape, and coat a truffle. (Saturday, Jan. 6 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Elephant & Castle, Boston; $85; all ages)

“The Shining”

Feeling trapped indoors by the cold weather? At least you don’t have it as bad as Jack Torrance in “The Shining.” Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the classic horror film from Stanley Kubrick will show at the Coolidge Corner Theatre every Saturday night during the month of January. (Saturday, Jan. 6 at 11:30 p.m.; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; $12.25; rated R)

No Pants Subway Ride

The current Boston weekend weather forecast calls for highs in the teens on Sunday. But if you manage to leave the house and hop on the T Sunday afternoon, you may find yourself sitting alongside some oddly dressed — or, more accurately, oddly undressed — passengers. That’s because it’s time for the annual No Pants Subway Ride, a tradition started in 2002 by comedy collective Improv Everywhere in New York City that has spread to other cities, including Boston. If you want to join in, meet in Pemberton Square — across from Government Center — at 2 p.m., where you’ll be assigned a route. There’s an after-party at The Point, but be sure to bring pants for that portion. (Sunday, Jan. 7 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Pemberton Square, Boston; free; all ages)

Sacred Yoga


Breathe in. Picture yourself in a silent, candlelit room. Breathe out. The room is a comfortable 85 degrees, and aromatic oils waft through the air, calming your every nerve. Breathe in. If you’re looking for a little serenity amidst a frigid winter dystopia, sacred yoga at Studio U is the place for you this Sunday. (Sunday, January 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Studio U, Boston; $20; all ages)

Aeronaut Pindrop Sessions

When you’re listening to music at a bar or brewery, you probably expect to hear top 40 hits on a tinny speaker system, or maybe a top 40 cover band playing live if you’re lucky. Aeronaut Brewery has gone in a different direction with its Pindrop Sessions, a celebration of classical, jazz, and other music genres of yesteryear on the first Sunday of each month. In January, the brewery is celebrating cabarets and piano bars with percussion duo Marimba Cabaret and a collection of local singer-performers. (Sunday, Jan. 7 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Aeronaut Brewery, Somerville; $20; 21+)

The Killers at TD Garden

You may have a chance to see The Killers in Boston again this May at Boston Calling, but in the meantime, the chart-topping rockers from Las Vegas will be in town this weekend at TD Garden. (Sunday, Jan. 7 at 7:30 p.m.; TD Garden, Boston; $40-90; all ages)