BUNS Guide to Boston: November 2015

Photo by Nikita Sampath

It’s getting colder and the sun is setting a whole hour earlier now that Daylight Savings Time is finished, but that doesn’t mean you have stay shut-in with so much going on around town. Bundle-up, call that Uber, and head out to one of these awesome events going down all over Boston and beyond, as selected by the BU News Service’s editorial staff.

Plain White T’s
Chances are that you’ve heard their hit “Hey There Delilah” hundreds of times before. The multi-platinum selling band is making its way through Boston in early November, so it’ll be the perfect chance to belt out all those rock ballads in one setting. AW
Where: Brighton Music Hall
When: Monday 11/2, 8pm
How Much: $20

Lady Lamb
Incredible indie rock woman; she shreds guitar and kills the lead vocals. Her lyrics are literal poetry. The new album “After” is one of the year’s best. The Districts and Sun Club are also playing. Show is ages 18 and up. MW
Where: The Sinclair (Cambridge)
When: Tuesday 11/3, 8pm
How Much: $20

Buddy Guy
The world legend gets thrown around a lot when we talk about musical artists who have been around a while, but if anyone has earned the moniker, it’s Buddy Guy. The man who showed Jimi Hendrix how to play guitar with his teeth, Guy is still going strong at 79. He’s one of the last links to the classic Chess Records lineup, a lofty crew that also included Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Little Walter. JG
Where: The Wilbur Theater
When?: Thursday 11/5, 7:30
How Much?: $40-$85

Election Day
Go vote for who represents you in the Boston City Council! MW
Where: Check with the Boston Election Department for your polling location
When: Tuesday 11/3. Polls open early and close late, so basically all day.
How Much: Free

Sam Adams For The Love of Beer Festival
Sam Adams is sponsoring an outdoor festival full of exclusive craft beers, local eats and live music. Pick a session, bring some friends and enjoy some limited-edition brews, like their Sphinx Belgian pale ale and 26.2 Boston Marathon beer. AW
Where: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy
When: Saturday 11/7, 12-3pm and 4-7pm
How Much: $35 per session

Ta-Nehisi Coates at Harvard
Brought to you by the Black Student Union at Harvard University, Ta-Nehisi Coates is a best-selling author, 2015 MacArthur Fellow, and writer for The Atlantic. He’s one our country’s best thinkers on race and racial tensions, and his 2014 book “Between the World and Me,” written as a letter to his teenaged son, has been making waves throughout the media world and beyond. If you’re lucky, he’ll talk about his new project, a Black Panther comic series for Marvel. There’s a lottery for tickets, so get on that. MQ
Where: John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum (79 JFK St., Cambridge)
When: Wednesday 11/11, 5pm
How much: Free, but there’s a lottery

The Lynch Family Skatepark Ribbon-Cutting
The much anticipated Lynch Family Skatepark is finally opening. Located on the banks of the Charles River and built by the Charles River Conservancy, the skatepark was designed with input from over 400 local and pro skaters including Boston legend Andy MacDonald. MW
Where: 0 Education Way, East Cambridge
When: Saturday 11/14, 10 am
How Much: Free

Dave Rawlings Machine
Dave Rawlings is the longtime musical partner of americana singer Gillian Welch. The pair usually tours as a duo under Welch’s name, with Welch singing lead and Rawlings on harmony vocals and lead guitar. As the Dave Rawlings Machine, they play with a full band while Rawlings takes the lead. Expect expert harmonies, lovelorn lyrics and picking that errs on the jazzy side of bluegrass and country. JG
Where: The Wilbur Theater
When: Monday 11/16, 8pm
How Much: $34.50

Bo Burnham
Comedian Bo Burnham is returning to Boston for a three-show series at the Shubert Theatre. His Make Happy Tour earlier this spring was met with widespread success, most of it selling out completely. Tickets for his return are bound to do the same, so act fast. AW
Where: Shubert Theatre
When: Wednesday-Friday 11/18-11/20, 8-10pm
How Much: $39.50 per show

Comic Cameron Esposito, known to many as the star of Buzzfeed’s hilarious video series “Ask A Lesbian,” is bringing her stand-up at to Boston this month. Well-known in queer circles and the comedy world through guests stints on “Drunk History” and various late-night talk shows, Esposito’s star is rising fast, so catch her before she hits the big-time. AA
Where: Brighton Music Hall
When: Thursday 11/19 at 8 p.m.
How Much: $12

Another Boston holiday tradition. People throng to this event so make sure you’re early and be prepared to be jostled a bit. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate whilst you wait for the lights to come on this tree that’s bigger than the Rockefeller’s. NS
When: Saturday 11/21 Festivities: 12 p.m – 10 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony: 8-9 p.m.
Where: Faneuil Hall Marketplace
How Much: Free

The Flamin’ Groovies
The Flamin’ Groovies are a criminally unsung garage rock band that helped lay the foundation for punk in the ’60s. In the ’70s they pioneered a bright, jangly guitar pop sound that would later be a major influence on REM and other ’80s indie bands. They are still trucking after 50 years. JG
Where: Brighton Music Hall
When: Wednesday 11/25, 7pm
How Much: $20

Nutcracker Ballet
A fairy tale ballet that is a popular Boston holiday tradition. If you’ve thought ballet couldn’t be your thing, give this one a try. NS
Where: Opera House, 539 Washington Street
When: Friday 11/27 to Thursday 12/31
How Much: Starts at $45

It’s officially the holiday season, which means it’s time to start practicing your pirouettes: The Boston Common Frog Pond skating rink will open later this month. The activity is fun, affordable and perfect for a date night, so don’t miss it. AA
When: Mid to late November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Mondays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
How Much: $5 for people 58 inches or taller; free for anyone shorter than 58 inches. Skate rentals are $10 for adult sizes and $5 for children’s sizes

AA–Andrea Asuaje, AW-Alex Wilking, MW–Michael Sol Warren, JG–Jonathan Gang, MQ–Meggie Quackenbush, NS–Nikita Sampath.

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