MONDAY, 11/21: Brass Union – “Monday Mixdown”

On Monday, Brass Union will debut a new residency music series with Somerville’s own Boston Free Radio dubbed “Monday Mixdown,” the counterpart to its outdoor “Monday Mixtape” summer music series. Each month, Brass Union will set the stage for a Boston Free Radio takeover that brings some of the city’s top deejay talents to the Brass lounge for a night of throwbacks and current chart toppers while the sets are broadcasted live on beginning at 10:00pm. For its launch, Boston Free Radio has tapped local favorites DJ Ole Mic Odd and HRTSTPPR for back-to-back sets featuring soul, funk, hip-hop and R&B tracks.  8pm-11pm; ages 21+. 70 Union Square, Somerville.

tiki_tuesdays TUESDAY. 11/22:  River Bar – “Tiki Tuesdays”

Beginning on November 22, River Bar will debut a new Polynesian tradition on this side of the Mystic with their weekly “Tiki Tuesday” series. Each Tuesday, this Assembly Row hotspot will transform into a Hawaiian-style hideaway complete with tropical treats, leis and entertainment including the piped in sounds of twinkling guitars and ukuleles, action-packed kung fu flicks and cult comedies filmed in the 50th state all streamed on HDTVs with closed captioning both indoors and at the winterized outdoor bar area as the fire-pits roar on. Each week, the beverage team will nominate a bartender to create three specialty Tahitian-style cocktails ($12-13) which will be available in addition to a standard quartet of four tiki cocktails ($11-12). The cocktails will be shaken and stirred with the dexterity of a hula dance and served in festive glassware. From the kitchen, chef Ed Churchill will serve up Polynesian platters designed for utensil-free enjoyment with items such as pork strips, crab rangoon, scallion pancakes and chicken wings. For additional luau fun, guests are encouraged to dress the part with grass skirts, floral accents and Hawaiian shirts creating a perpetual tropical vacation along the Mystic River even during the cold months.  5pm-1am; ages 21+. 661 Assembly Row, Somerville. Gilmore Girls

WEDNESDAY, 11/23:  The Independent – “Gilmore Girls DJ Night”  

On Thanksgiving eve, The Independent in Somerville’s Union Square will welcome DJ Kate Miles, a former resident turntable master at the recently shuttered River Gods music bar (Cambridge, MA), for a night celebrating the triumphant return of the series “Gilmore Girls” (2000-2007). Set in a storybook Connecticut town, Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Rory, are back with all their drama for a four-episode Netflix revival,  “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” debuting on November 25 at 3:01am EST.  In anticipation of the release, DJ Kate Miles will take to the booth to spin tracks featured on the fast-paced smash series throughout the years including those from The Shins, Nick Drake, XTC, Punk Planet, Joe Strummer and many more while seasons 1-7 are screened on the HDTVs with closed captioning. Additionally, there will be a la carte bar specials available inspired by some of the series’ most memorable moments.  6pm-1am; ages 21+. 75 Union Square, Somerville. Thanksgiving


Boston’s premiere dining destinations are giving everyone a reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving. Take the guesswork out of laboring to prepare a traditional feast and treat your family to some of these family-friendly exclusive specials:

Scampo – Thanksgiving Prix Fixe

This Thanksgiving, Scampo chef-owner Lydia Shire will dish out a delightful family-style prix fixe menu. Available in addition to a la carte specialties, Scampo’s Thanksgiving feast is filled with the tastes of traditional holiday home cooking.  To start, there is Arugula Salad with butter toasted pine nuts and Moliterno truffle cheese. For the second course, guests will have their choice of four options: Cape Scallops with parsnip puree, butternut squash sauce and pea tendril salad; New England Macomber Truffle Turnip Soup with green garlic flan; Winter Place Rum & Tobacco Smoked Salmon with Boston brown bread; and, Burrata with crisped baby red kale leaves, poached pear and maple croutons. Main courses include the Roasted Heritage Turkey with Muscat gravy and Anadama bread and fig stuffing with celery heart and sausage; Halibut poached in Spain’s Arbequina olive oil with risotto nero and candied buttercup squash; and, Bone-In Filet Mignon with beet raviolini and gorgonzola dolce. Sides are served family-style at the table: Deluxe Mashed Potatoes; Maple Glazed Yams; Blistered Green Beans with quince & marcona almonds; Roasted Cipollini Onions with robiola crema; and, Edmund’s Cranberry Sauce. For dessert, choose between the Apple Crostata with buttermilk ice cream or Pecan Pie with bourbon zabaglione.  12-8pm; $65 per adult; $25 per child 12-and-under. The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles Street, Boston. 

Legal Sea Foods, Legal C Bar & Legal on the Mystic – Thanksgiving Special

It is said that the first Thanksgiving featured shellfish and fish, so Legal Sea Foods invites everyone to share in the time-honored celebration this holiday. In addition to offering their classic menu filled with seafood fare, Legal Sea Foods also will prepare a traditional feast with all the fixings: slow roasted turkey breast served with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash and cranberry sauce.  Various times & locations; $24.95 per adult; $8.95 per child 12-and-under.


FRIDAY, 11/25:


The 99 Restaurant & Pub – Kids Eat Free on Black Friday.  Shop ’til you drop and then come refuel on some of Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub’s amazing comfort food like burgers, chicken tenders, chicken pot pie, salads, nachos and more.  And for those who need more refueling than others … the beer and wine menu is pretty top notch too.  Various locations – all day long – with the purchase of an adult meal.

Cask ‘n Flagon – “Black Friday Gift Cards & Gifts”

Operation: Holiday Shopping. ‘Tis the season of giving and to reward your generosity, Cask ‘n Flagon will be giving gift card buyers a holiday treat. For every $75 in gift cards purchased in-store on Black Friday, this landmark Fenway restaurant and bar will give you a $10 bonus card to be used at a future visit. Consider this a holiday dream for the diehard Red Sox fan in your life.  11:00am-11:00pm. 62 Brookline Avenue, Boston.