Need reasons to get through this week? We’ve got ’em. Robert Rodriguez brings a crew of A-listers to the big screen in “Machete Kills,” “The Walking Dead” lurches back onto TV sets, freshmen party down at CollegeFest, and Honk! Fest leads a parade of brassy noise from Davis to Harvard Squares. Check out 12 excuses to survive this week.
Movies: Tom Hanks could be headed for his sixth best actor Oscar nomination playing the Winchester native whose American cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in “Captain Phillips.”
Other notable movie openings this week: “Machete Kills,” in which director Robert Rodriguez recruits an all-star cast (Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Lady GaGa) for what promises to be a semi-ridiculous, super-violent cult hit, and yet another adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet,” this time offering no Leo DiCaprio, but with Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld taking on the roles of our favorite star-crossed lovers.
TV: “The Walking Dead” returns Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC. Now that “Breaking Bad” is over, is this what’s left? Season 3 may have claimed the lives of a good number of main characters, but with a handful of new faces comes a new level of mystery.
Oct. 11-13: Honk! Fest
Join hundreds of activist street performers for various marches, meet-ups, and various other free activities. Kicking off Friday with performances in Davis Square and ending Sunday with a parade to Harvard Square, Honk! Fest will welcome street bands from around the world and all are encouraged to participate. Expect very loud and super fun.
Oct. 11: Social Studies Presents: Horse Meat Disco
The disco-curating DJ quartet will pay a visit from the UK to spin at Good Life. Features support from Colbourne and Social Studies resident DJs. $5.
Oct. 12-13: CollegeFest
SALT presents this year’s annual event for local students at Hynes Convention Center. Be sure to bring a backpack for all of the freebies and flyers and check out The White Panda, Animal Talk, and other artists filling out this year’s music lineup. $15 two-day pass; $10 just Sunday.
Oct. 12: Harvard Square Oktoberfest
The festival’s 35th year will feature more crafts (150+ tents), vendors (over 50 food stations and four beer gardens), and free entertainment (six stages of live music) than ever.
Oct. 12: Civic Support Halloween Silent Disco Pub Crawl
Hop to four different bars, starting at Rattlesnake Bar & Grill, while grooving in your own zone to a DJ’ed playlist. Event hosts Civic Support will donate proceeds to community non-profits. $20.
Oct. 12: “All The Way” Closing Night
Last chance to catch “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston as a non-meth-cooking Lyndon B. Johnson at the American Repertory Theater. $25-$110.
Oct. 12: 3rd Annual LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Conference
A free event at Harvard’s Littauer Building with more than 20 workshops to help folks under 25 connect, share experiences, and collectively empower each other to move forward.