MOVIE THEATER: KENDALL SQUARE CINEMA
Catching a quirky independent flick or avant-garde foreign film at Kendall Square Cinema got even better earlier this year when the theater debuted heavenly new reclining seats and introduced beer and wine on the concessions side. If you haven’t been in a bit, you have to come back for a screening in the renovated space.
355 BINNEY ST., (617) 621-1202LANDMARKTHEATRES.COM/BOSTON
ART GALLERY: HARVARD ART MUSEUMS
It couldn’t be easier to browse the incredible collections at the Harvard Art Museums—they’re open seven days a week, and they’re always free to Cambridge residents. What are you waiting for? Visit today, and check out “Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran,” which just debuted in August.
32 QUINCY ST., (617) 495-9400 HARVARDARTMUSEUMS.ORG
LOCAL MEDIA: CAMBRIDGE CHRONICLE
Its inaugural edition was published in 1846, making the Cambridge Chronicle the oldest surviving weekly paper in the country. Sure, it looks a little different today—it was sold to Gatehouse Media in 2006 and merged with the Cambridge Tabin 2012. And, you know, the internet exists now and all. But its commitment to fair, balanced, quality journalism is unwavering.
COMEDY SHOW OR CLUB: IMPROVBOSTON
No joke: the comics at this Central Square theater will have you in hysterics. You never know quite what you’ll get at any one of their weekly productions—whether it’s the pay-what-you-can “People’s Show” or the experimental “Comedy Lab”—the only guarantee is hilarity.
40 PROSPECT ST., (617) 576-1253 IMPROVBOSTON.COM
EVENT SPACE: THE SINCLAIR
Usually when we head to the Sinclair it’s to catch any number of incredible tours that are rolling through the venue. But if you’re an aspiring rock star who never got your big break, there’s something else you should know: you can rent out the Sinclair to throw your own show—whether that’s live music or your wedding. Yes, they’ll put your name up on the marquee… you can even get your very own ticket stub.
52 CHURCH ST., (617) 547-5200 SINCLAIRCAMBRIDGE.COM
MUSIC VENUE: THE MIDDLE EAST
The Middle East really is the best place to catch a show in Cambridge—and you don’t have to take our word for it! Rolling Stone once shouted this multi-room venue out as one of the best in the whole country. And, yeah. We’d say they know what they’re talking about.
472-480 MASSACHUSETTS AVE.(617) 864-3278, MIDEASTOFFERS.COM