Exhale’s arts and entertainment expert has curated Boston’s best weekend happenings, so you don’t have to.
It’s a Date
Friday, Nov. 30
Brave the brisk beginnings of winter to feast your eyes on the maze of murals on view at the urban public park Underground at Inkblock. The 8-acre underpass features works by local and international street artists, as well as boardwalks and walking paths, bike trails and a dog park. See if you can spot the piece by Boston graffiti and street artist Problak who has murals all over the city.
Underground at Inkblock
Dawn to dusk
90 Traveler St., Boston
Limited street parking, Broadway T stop
From there, a three-minute walk will bring you to brand new tiki bar and restaurant Shore Leave, where you can satiate your culinary cravings. The menu marries traditional tropical flavors with Asian influence in dishes like Filipino barbecue ribs or tuna poke. Shore Leave’s namesake cocktail features white rum from Privateer in Ipswich and Jamaican rum with passionfruit, lime, molasses and aromatic bitters. Make a reservation — this place is sure to be packed for the first few months.
5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Appetizers $5-$15, entrees $6-$14
11 William E. Mullins Way, Boston
Limited street parking, Washington Street at East Berkeley Street stop on the SL5 bus
Saturday, Dec. 1
Start the day off right with brunch at Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square. Eat your oysters raw by the half-dozen or order them fried in a slider. If you’re craving traditional breakfast fare, try the classic egg-and-cheese sandwich or the brioche French toast smothered in chocolate sauce, banana and vanilla ice cream. Calories don’t count at brunch, right?
Island Creek Oyster Bar
11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Appetizers $7-$13, entrees $12-$34
500 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
Limited street parking, Kenmore T stop
Walk one minute down the street to Jet Set, a local shop where you can indulge in its Face Mask Bar. The 60-minute session includes a skin care analysis, a cleansing exfoliation, an all-natural face mask application, and a jade roller massage with an in-house essential oil serum. You can choose between four different masks, each with a different goal: hydration, exfoliation, detox or anti-aging.
9 am–3 pm
$40 per person
468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
Limited street parking, Kenmore T stop
Ten minutes away on foot, the new Hourglass Boston pop-up boutique and content studio — created by Project Runway winner Erin Robertson and local artist and interior designer Nicole Fichera — features original clothing and décor items. The place is also designed for photo ops with cute couches, lush plants and tons of props so you can get the perfect Insta-shot.
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
1323 Boylston St., Boston
Limited street parking, Fenway T stop
Sunday, Dec. 2
Take Sunday and make a day of it, starting with free admission to the Worcester Art Museum (available the first Sunday of every month), which houses an impressive collection of European, Asian and medieval art and armor, as well as rotating temporary exhibitions. On view now: “Radiance Rediscovered: Stained Glass by Tiffany and La Farge,” featuring stained glass by the two turn-of-the-20th-century masters, vases from Ancient Greece and contemporary work by the Central Massachusetts Artist Initiative.
Worcester Art Museum
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
55 Salisbury St., Worcester
Free on-site parking, Worcester commuter rail stop
Drive five minutes to Muse Bar and Kitchen for lunch where you can nibble off of boards loaded with everything from cheese and charcuterie to fruits and veggies. Mix and match meats and cheeses or keep it simple with a pre-selected mix. Savory sandwiches, including Italian and smoke sausage, and appetizers like fig and ricotta crostini are also on the menu.
Muse Bar and Kitchen
11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Appetizers $6-$10, boards $10-$20, sandwiches $10-$15
536 Main St., Worcester
On-site parking, Worcester commuter rail stop
Head across the street to the awesome Hanover Theatre to see “Elf The Musical” on-stage. Inspired by the hilarious 2003 film, the show follows Buddy as he embarks from the North Pole on a trip to New York City to find his birth father. The production is suitable for all ages but Hanover recommends that it best suits ages 8 and up. This performance also offers audio descriptive services for viewers with hearing impairments.
The Hanover Theatre
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $43 per person
2 Southbridge St., Worcester
Street and lot parking available, Worcester commuter rail stop