By Sophie Cannon, deputy A&E editor
Thursday, Feb. 23
Need to get something off your chest? That’s what sisters (and brothers) are for. Join the sisters of Delta Phi Epsilon as well as the entire Panhellenic community in “Your Story: An Open Discussion on Eating Disorders and Body Image.” This event is an important one for everyone to attend, even if you have never struggled with body image in the past. Take the time to support participants as they read poems, short stories and sing songs to share how they feel in a safe space. If you would like to submit a piece of writing to be read, but not by you yourself, contact one of the sisters in the link below. Take this chance to share something you’ve been wanting to or listen to those who need a supportive audience. 7 – 8:30 p.m.; Forsyth Building room 128; free.
Friday, Feb. 24
Cultures won’t clash but instead unite at this year’s annual Black History Chinese New Year Celebration. In its eighth year, this party brings together traditions from the African American community and the Chinese community to create an exciting blend of culture, food, music, dance and more. The event is hosted by the Castle Square Tenants Organization, a group that strives to preserve affordable housing options in Boston. It is also hosted by and held in the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, a technical school that also recognizes the need for cultural engagement and fun. The event is completely free but bring some cash if you would like to donate to the non-profit, as they will be manning a booth at the event. 6 – 8:30 p.m.; 41 Berkeley St., Boston; free.
Saturday, Feb. 25
Can’t afford a trip to the Big Easy this Mardi Gras season? Don’t worry because the Mardi Crawl is back in Boston for another year. Celebrate Mardi Gras with an amazing bar crawl featuring Boston’s best bars and restaurants. With a lineup of more than 10 trendy spots, enjoy deals like half-price apps at Hennessy’s Bar, reduced priced tacos at Mija Cantina and specialty carnival drinks at The Hide Out, just to name a few. Every person who registers will receive a free t-shirt and Mardi Gras beads. Don’t hesitate to register because the first 500 people will also receive a festive jester hat to wear during the party. Stop by the registration table the day of the event from 12 – 3 p.m. at the Bell in Hand Tavern to pick up your swag and receive the list of deals for the crawl. Because of the nature of Mardi Gras, this will be a 21+ event to ensure safety for all. 12 – 9 p.m.; 45 Union St, Boston; $22.50.
Sunday, Feb. 26
Throwbacks aren’t just for the early 2000s pop we know and love, so expand your music libraries a bit farther back into the past with the Great American Songbook: Tribute to Laurel Canyon. Pop hits of the 60s and 70s came streaming out of Laurel Canyon in the Hollywood Hills and this event pays tribute to the many artists that grew their fame under the Californian sun. Performed by some of Berklee College of Music’s best student vocalists and musicians, enjoy songs by the Eagles, James Taylor, the Mamas and the Papas, the Doors and many more. The show is also featuring the photography of Henry Diltz, a folk musician and photographer from the 60s and onward. Diltz’s work is not only being shown, but the legend himself is flying into Boston to host and narrate the event. 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.; 136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston; $14.
Monday, Feb. 27
Go hard this Monday night with BONR in Blackman Auditorium. Join the Nor’easters a cappella group in the fifth annual Best of the Northeast Region, lovingly coined BONR, and listen to a selection of a cappella hits in their first showcase of the year. The Nor’easters have recently won their ICCA quarterfinal and before they perform at Boston Symphony Hall in March, they are coming to Blackman to sing for their fellow Huskies. Joining them is Distilled Harmony, another Northeastern group and winner of their ICCA quarterfinal as well. Other groups performing are Pitch Slapped from Berklee College of Music and the band Musae, featuring Northeastern alumni Sam Creighton and Jessie Litwin.The event is being emceed and live mixed by David Longo of The Vocal Company. 8 – 10:30 p.m.; Blackman Auditorium; free via myNEU.
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Turn off Comedy Central and go see the real thing for free. Enjoy stand-up comedy from the pros, including performers who have been on Funny or Die, Comedy Central and other professional standup outlets. Unlike their private shows that can cost a small fortune, join the Sunset Grill for free comedy in a night they have dubbed Hot Queso. The lineup is different every time, so you won’t want to skip out in case a celebrity of the comedy world decides to stop by Boston. This week’s lineup is made up of pros like Emily Ruskowski, Big Alvin David, Cam McNeil, Ryan Chani and Matt Miller. Drink discounted beers on tap, eat the best bar food in town and laugh the night away. This event is 21+ as alcohol is served. 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.; 130 Brighton Avenue, Boston; free.
Wednesday, Mar. 1
Dubbed the Beanpot of Comedy, join Northeastern’s own NU & Improv’d comedy troupe in their annual comedy showcase event. This is their 13th annual show and NU & Improv’d is ready to show off what they have been working on this year to the Northeastern community. Joining them will be troupes from other Boston schools: Seriously Bent from Suffolk University and Liquid Fun from Boston University. Come out to support the funniest kids on campus like Anton Monteleone, Brian Homes, Joe Borg, Lisa Oakley and many more. Tickets are free on MyNEU for students and faculty. 7 – 10 p.m.; Blackman Auditorium; free.
photo courtesy Creative Commons