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The Weekender: February 21 to 24 Games, a rock musical, and a little bit of magic

Eat, Shop, Go

Midterms are around the corner. So this weekend may be a good time to relax with friends and explore the city. Looking for some ideas for what to do? Check out our guide “The Weekender.” If you have suggestions for events or places we should feature, leave them in the Comment section below.

College students are often stereotyped as eating nothing but Top Ramen or Cup Noodles, the cheap packs of noodles that you can find at many convenience stores. But for the real deal, head over to Ganko Ittetsu Ramen, hidden away in the Arcade Building in Coolidge Corner. The restaurant is renowned for its Sapporo-style ramen, where the sauce is caramelized with vegetables before the base broth is added. The custom-made noodles are imported from a factory in Sapporo, Japan. While there are only has six bowls of ramen on the menu, each is delicious. We recommend the Tan Tan bowl, a creamy concoction of sesame sauce, seasoned ground pork, spicy garlic oil, pickled vegetables, wakame, cilantro, scallions, corn, and sesame seeds. Try it and you may never eat Top Ramen again.

Ganko Ittetsu Ramen, inside the Arcade Building, 318 Harvard St., Brookline, is open Monday through Saturday, 11:30 am to 10 pm, and Sunday, 11:30 am to 9 pm. Take an MBTA Green Line C trolley to Coolidge Corner.

The Fairy Shop

Calling all Harry Potter fans: have we got a store for you. This enchanting Newbury Street gem welcomes wizards and Muggles alike and sells books, trinkets, and jewelry inspired by the wizarding world of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. (It even sells chocolate frogs.) You’ll also find an assortment of dream catchers, fairies, gnomes, unicorns, dragons, and mermaids—great for a whimsical gift or to add a little magic to your decor.

The Fairy Shop, 272 Newbury St., Boston, is open daily from noon to 6 pm. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Hynes Convention Center.

Based on the hit 2003 Jack Black film about a poser substitute teacher who shakes things up at a private school when he introduces rock and roll to his elementary school students, School of Rock: The Musical opened on Broadway in 2024 and is running through Sunday at the Boston Opera House. The Andrew Lloyd Webber rock musical is the story of Dewey Finn, who turns his fifth-grade class into a full-fledged rock band. Grab a ticket to this feel-good musical before it leaves town and find out why the Boston Globe calls this production “amped up and infectious.”

School of Rock: The Musical runs through Sunday, February 24, at the Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. Tickets start at $20. Purchase tickets here, at the theater box office, or by calling 800-982-2787.

This Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will hand out the most coveted awards in cinema—the Oscars. You can still catch the nominated short films in time to fill out your Oscar ballot before the televised broadcast starts. For the 13th consecutive year, the ICA will be showing all the nominated live-action, animated, and documentary shorts. Find a full list of this year’s screenings and purchase tickets here. The animated shorts screening is rated PG; the live-action and documentary shorts are rated R.

The 2023 Oscar-nominated short films screenings are at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, at 7 pm on Friday, February 22, and at 1 and 3 pm on Sunday, February 24. Admission is $5 for students and ICA members and $10 for the general public; purchase tickets here. Take an MBTA Red Line train to South Station and transfer to the Silver Line Waterfront bus. The ICA is a short walk from the World Trade Center or the Courthouse station.

South Boston’s GrandTen Distilling (best known for its Wire Works American Gin) is dusting off the old Nintendo and mixing up cocktails for your gaming pleasure during a special event on Sunday: 8-Bit Funday Sunday. Chill out in the GrandTen Bar, offering a relaxed vibe that makes you feel like you’re in your personal basement game room, but with a bartender on hand to serve libations. There will be a great selection of classic board games, retro video games, and bar games like shuffleboard and foosball. The Sunday cocktail menu will feature $6 “session” cocktails for those long games of Monopoly that never end. And if you’re hungry, there will be some small bar snacks available for purchase. Guests can also bring a pizza or takeout. The event is 21+ only.

The 8-Bit Funday Sunday is at GrandTen Distilling’s GrandTen Bar, 383 Dorchester Ave., South Boston, on Sunday, from 1 to 8 pm. Take an MBTA Red Line train to either Broadway or Andrew Square.

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The Weekender: February 10 To 12

The Weekender: February 10 to 12

Kansas City Chiefs fans during Super Bowl LVII opening night Monday, February 6, in Phoenix, Ariz. The Chiefs will play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt York)

February 10 to 12

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It’s a weekend of sports and comfort food, with restaurants around town serving up ample opportunities to catch the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles square off at Super Bowl LVII. Football not your jam? The BU women’s ice hockey team has a huge rivalry tilt against Boston College on Saturday night—and since it’s ChiliFest, you can grab a bite there, too. As the weekend comes to a close, get ready for Valentine’s Day with the #DTXLOVE celebration in Downtown Crossing.

Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen Super Bowl Tailgate Buffet

Hop over to Charlestown for tailgate specialties like ribs, corn bread, potato salad, mac ’n’ cheese, and fried chicken.

February 12, 4 to 8 pm, Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen, One Chelsea St., Charlestown.

Sunset Cantina Sunday Service Super Bowl Watch Party

Look no further than this newly reopened campus favorite for all your Super Bowl needs—plus, a margarita or two. No tickets or registration required, which means get there early.

February 12, doors at 5 pm, Sunset Cantina, 916 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.

Battle of Commonwealth Avenue ChiliFest Game

The BU women’s hockey team has an important matchup against the Boston College Eagles on Saturday. Come for the hockey, stay for the chili: each BU dining hall will make a different type of chili and fans can vote for their favorite.

February 11, 7 pm, Walter Brown Arena. Purchase tickets here. 

ImprovBoston

Catch Boston’s favorite improv troupe at the Rockwell this Friday night. Alums include film stars, Emmy Award–winning comedians, and acclaimed producers, directors, musicians, and writers.

February 10, 9:30 to 11 pm, The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville. Purchase tickets here.

#DTXLOVE

Come feel the love at Downtown Crossing’s free, two-day Valentine’s Day event. There will be an ice sculpture, live music, hot chocolate, and a dance party.

February 10, noon to 8 pm, and February 11, noon to 5:30 pm, at Downtown Crossing. Find more information here.

Black Light Yoga

Grab a white tee and head to FitRec for a free black light yoga class, courtesy of BU’s Wellbeing Project and instructor Ramelle Adams. Participants can decorate a complimentary yoga mat.

February 12, 3 to 5 pm, FitRec. Register here.

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The Weekender: February 27 To March 1

The Weekender: February 27 to March 1

The postseason gets underway this Friday, February 28, with the BU women’s ice hockey team facing the University of Maine at Walter Brown Arena. Photo by Jackie Ricciardi

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With a 22-6-4 record, the BU women’s ice hockey team has met expectations this season. The postseason gets underway on Friday, February 28, with the Terriers facing the University of Maine at Walter Brown Arena. BU enters the postseason second in the Hockey East standings, sandwiched between local rivals Northeastern (first place) and Boston College (third), while this weekend’s competitor, Maine, sits in seventh place. Redshirt senior Sammy Davis (CGS’17, Sargent’19, Wheelock’20), last season’s second-leading scorer, paces the team with 41 points, 17 from goals.

The BU women’s hockey Terriers host the University of Maine on Friday, February 28, at 7 pm, at Walter Brown Arena, 285 Babcock St. The game is the first in a best-of-three series, all at BU. Game two will start Saturday, February 29, at 3 pm, and, if necessary, game three will be on Sunday, March 1, at 3 pm. Purchase tickets here.

As if Drake wasn’t already big enough, he’s back in the “Headlines” in Boston as the Museum of Science hosts The Drake Experience in the Hayden Planetarium. If you “Know Yourself” to be a “Faithful” Drake fan, “Come Thru” to the 40-minute show on Friday or Saturday, starting at 8:30 pm. Tell your friends they will be “In My Feelings” if they miss it, and it might be smart to “Finesse” your tickets as soon as possible. Sorry, there is no “Child’s Play” allowed at The Drake Experience: it’s an 18-plus event. 

The Drake Experience plays at the Museum of Science Charles Hayden Planetarium, One Science Park, Boston, Friday, February 28, and Saturday, February 29, at 8:30 pm. Purchase tickets ($10) here. The event is 18+.

Drake is back in the “Headlines” as the Museum of Science hosts The Drake Experience in the Hayden Planetarium Friday and Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Science

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The Weekender: April 1 To 4

The Weekender: April 1 to 4

 Photo by Janice Checchio

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Tavern in the Square

A favorite among BU students, Tavern in the Square now has outdoor dining. While there won’t be the traditional Thursday night packed house, you can still enjoy the atmosphere and some delicious dishes from the extensive menu, which ranges from items like smoked wings with your choice of honey sriracha, buffalo, or bang bang sauce to a vegetarian quinoa bowl to sirloin steak tips with tamari marinade, garlic mashed potatoes, and roasted green beans.

Tavern in the Square, 161 Brighton Ave., Allston, is open from 4 pm to midnight, Monday through Wednesday; 4 pm to 1 am, Thursday and Friday; 11:30 to 1 am, Saturday; and 11:30 to midnight Sunday.

New England Comics 

If you liked Zack Snyder’s cut of the Justice League or the recently released The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+, you may like what you’ll find at New England Comics in Allston. This shop offers all the Marvel, DC, and manga comics you could ask for, as well as action figures and other fun merchandise like T-shirts and trading cards.

New England Comics, 316 Harvard St., Allston, is open from 11 am to 7 pm, Wednesday; 12 to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday; and 11 am to 6 pm Sunday.

Holy Week Services

Christians are celebrating Easter this weekend, and Marsh Chapel will offer Holy Week services on Thursday, Friday, and Easter Sunday. Marsh Chapel Dean Robert Allan Hill and chaplains and ministry associates will lead virtual services for Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday), April 1, and Good Friday, April 2, at 6 pm. On Easter Sunday, Dean Hill and Jessica Chicka, University chaplain for international students, will lead an Easter sunrise prayer service on Marsh Plaza at 7:30 am, with a virtual Eucharist celebration at 11 am.

Find more info on how to virtually watch the Holy Week services here. Participants in the Easter morning prayer session will need to maintain a distance of six feet and wear a mask. Listen to a live recording of the Eucharist celebration on WBUR 90.9 FM or online at chúng tôi Read more about BU’s religious services during COVID here.

Free Ink Painting with the BU Arts Initiative and BUild Lab

Join the Arts Initiative in the BUildLab/Innovate@BU space for its April First Friday: Ink Painting Live event. Create marble paintings, listen to music, and take cookies home with you. This free event is open to all BU undergraduate and graduate students. You must be able to show your green COVID attestation badge to attend the event. COVID safety protocols and social distancing will be observed.

The April First Friday: Ink Painting Live event is Friday, April 2, at the BUild Lab, 730 Commonwealth Ave., at 4 pm. Register here.

The Redstone (Virtual) Film Festival 2023

The annual Redstone Film Festival celebrates the best work from undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Communication’s film and television department. This year, it’s possible to stream all trailers and student films leading up to Friday night’s big award ceremony, where prizes for best film, best cinematography, and more will be handed out.

The Redstones have been an important first step for many BU directors, screenwriters, and producers now working in the industry, among them Nora Grossman (COM’05), coproducer of The Imitation Game, and Josh Safdie (COM’07) and Benny Safdie (COM’08), whose latest film, Uncut Gems, was selected as one of 2023’s top 10 films by the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

Trailers and screeners can be found here; use the same link to watch the virtual awards ceremony on Friday, April 2, at 7 pm.

Busy Weekend for Terrier Athletics

Although we can’t attend games in person, it’s great to have BU’s sports teams back on the field. This will be a busy weekend for the Terriers with the softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and women’s soccer teams all in action. On Saturday, men’s lacrosse faces off against Utah at 11 am, the softball team plays Colgate at 2 pm, and the women’s soccer team is up against Holy Cross at 3 pm. On Sunday, women’s lacrosse takes on Lafayette at noon, while the softball team plays Colgate again, at 2 pm.

Stream every match on ESPN+. The men’s lacrosse team’s match against Utah will also air on the Terrier Sports Radio Network.

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The Weekender: September 20 To 23

The Weekender: September 20 to 23 A dumpling celebration, free Museum of Science admission Friday night, more

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Looking for fun things to do this weekend? Check out our new Thursday guide, “The Weekender.” If you have suggestions for events or places we should feature, leave them in the Comment section below.

Head over to Cambridge’s Central Square this Sunday when the open-air market known as Central Flea pays tribute to the late Joyce Chen, the Chinese-American chef credited with introducing authentic Chinese cuisine to America, with a dumpling festival. After fleeing Communist China in 1949, Chen settled in Cambridge, opened several popular Chinese restaurants bearing her name, published a cookbook, starred in a PBS cooking show, and launched a line of Chinese cooking utensils. In honor of her birthday (Chen would have been 101 on September 14) 15 local restaurants and food trucks will serve their individual takes on Chinese dumplings, what Chen called “Peking raviolis.” While you’re there, check out some of the 90 vendors selling antiques, clothing (vintage and new), art, produce, and more, and enjoy live music from Boston’s Dan and the Wildfire.

Central Flea is in University Park, 91 Sidney St., Central Square, Cambridge, and is open 11 am to 5 pm every Sunday. The Dumpling Festival is this Sunday, September 23. Take an MBTA Red Line train to Central Square.

This Japanese retail chain recently opened a store on Newbury Street, one of just 16 in the United States. Founded in Japan in 1980, the name is short for Mujirushi Ryohin, which translates to “no-brand quality goods.” The products range from clothing, housewares, and furniture to bedding, kitchenware, stationery, and even snacks and are known for their minimalistic, no-frills design and lack of labels or branding. Stock up on school supplies (notebooks, pens, mini staplers, planners) or goods for your dorm or apartment. The prices are quite reasonable.

MUJI Newbury Street, 359 Newbury St., is open Monday through Saturday, from 10 am to 9 pm, and Sunday, from 10 am to 8 pm. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Hynes Convention Center.

Movie stars, filmmakers, and fans alike will be rubbing shoulders in Boston this weekend for the 34th Annual Boston Film Festival. The four-day event will showcase a variety of films, shorts, and documentaries, including the East Coast premiere of Ride, based on the story of a BMX biker, starring Ludacris and Rizzoli & Isles costar Sasha Alexander, and Turning Point, a new documentary about Alzheimer’s disease from filmmaker James Keach. You can even catch a special viewing of the new NBC medical drama New Amsterdam. Each long-form film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the actors and creative artists involved in the film. Among the actors expected to attend: JJ Feild, Katie Cassidy, Debby Ryan, and Tate Donovan.

The 34th Annual Boston Film Festival will be at a variety of spots in Boston from Thursday, September 20, to Sunday, September 23. Find event times and locations and purchase tickets here.

If you’ve thought about visiting the Museum of Science, but have yet to get there, now is the time. This Friday night, the museum hosts its annual College Night—the one night of the year when students with a valid college ID can enter the museum’s exhibit halls for free. Explore the latest special exhibition, Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience; view the Theater of Electricity, a show about lightning; or catch a live animal show. You can even take a free Boston Duck Tour (first come, first served). There’s a chance to win some prizes too. Some other special attractions, such as the Butterfly Garden and the shows in the Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, and 4-D Theater, are available at a reduced price of just $6 as well. Last year, BU was the school with the highest attendance in the Boston area. So grab a friend or two and head over to this iconic Boston institution for a night of science fun.

What college student doesn’t like free stuff? Head over to Fenway Park on Saturday for the annual CollegeFest, billed as the biggest back-to-school party for college students in the city. Enter for giveaways and collect free items from over 70 brands, including Lyft, RxBar, Army ROTC, and the Boston Red Sox. Event organizers will even provide bags for your goodies, so all you need to bring is a valid college ID and your Eventbrite ticket.

CollegeFest@Fenway Park is Saturday, September 22, from 11 am to 5 pm, at Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way. Enter at Gate B on the corner of Lansdowne and Ipswich Streets. RSVP on Eventbrite. You must have a valid college ID to enter.

Madeleine O’Keefe can be reached at [email protected]; follow her on Twitter at @mokeefe_.

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The 24 Strengths In Psychology (And How To Identify Yours)

At work, we tend to think about using our skills: our ability to write, design, code, or use Excel. That kind of focus means we’re doing the things we’re good at, but not necessarily the things that make us feel alive. But what if we put our strengths to work?

In psychology, character strengths – such as curiosity, gratitude, and perseverance – are traits that span industries and job descriptions. They’re also traits that we sometimes leave at home, unsure how they might be useful in a professional environment. But by doing so, we’re missing out on a lot of benefits.

In one study, researchers asked people to identify their signature strengths (more on that below) and use one in a new and different way at work each day for a week. Humorous people might send around the latest viral cat video to their coworkers; grateful people might go out of their way to thank a mentor or coworker; prudent people might voice their doubts in a planning meeting. At the end of the week and six months later, these people were happier and less depressed. Using our strengths gives us a sense of energy, power, and authenticity.

Identify your signature strengths

What strengths can you bring to work? Try these strategies to identify yours:

Take a test. The VIA Institute, which studies strengths of character, will give you a personalized ranking of the 24 character strengths according to which ones you exhibit most.

Reflect. Think of a time when you were at your best in the past few weeks. Why were you feeling good? What were you excelling at? Use the list below to identify the strengths you were using, and think about whether you use those strengths often.

Pick from the list. Do you see yourself in any of the strength descriptions below?

Appreciation of beauty: You are awed by excellence and beauty.

Citizenship: You excel in group situations.

Curiosity: You are open, interested, and comfortable with uncertainty.

Fairness: You believe in equality and morality.

Forgiveness: You don’t hold grudges.

Gratitude: Instead of taking things for granted, you feel thankful.

Humility: You’re modest and don’t seek the spotlight.

Humor: You’re funny and laugh a lot.

Ingenuity: You think of creative ways to solve problems.

Integrity: You are honest; your actions don’t contradict your beliefs.

Judgment: You excel at critical thinking and evaluating ideas objectively.

Kindness: You care for the well-being of others.

Leadership: You can organize people and instigate action.

Love of learning: You enjoy knowledge for its own sake.

Loving and being loved: You have strong mutual relationships.

Optimism: You are positive and hopeful.

Perseverance: You are hard-working and persistent.

Perspective: You have wisdom and share it with others.

Prudence: You are careful and mitigate long-term risk.

Self-control: You can regulate your behavior and keep your emotions in check.

Social intelligence: You’re adept at reading people and handling social situations.

Spirituality: You feel a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Valor: You face your fears and confront challenges.

Zest: You have enthusiasm and energy for life.

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