Another week, another set of sweet options for stuff to do in Boston: Drink for a good cause, learn how to make drinks for a good cause (drinking delicious drinks), or see some free Shakespeare on the Common, probably without the drinks because those plays are hard enough to understand when you’re sober.

1. Monday, July 21 – Gin Fest
Sorry Eli Whitney, cotton’s cool and all but this party’s celebrating the other kind of gin — the kind that gets you drunk. All proceeds from Gin Fest at Daddy Jones Bar in Somerville will benefit Mass Eye and Ear’s Boston Marathon Team. Enjoy appetizers and vote in the Gin and Tonic Taste Off — gins included so far: Wireworks by GrandTen Distillery, Greylock and Ethereal Gin by Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Brockman’s Gin, Smooth Ambler, and Hendrick’s Gin. (7 p.m., $20, 21+)

2. Monday, July 21 – Some Readings at Charlie’s
Do you like attending bookstore reading series, but hate the hassle of smuggling in alcohol and food because bookstores usually don’t serve beer and burgers (no one wants to buy grease- and ketchup-stained books)? More than 20 local writers will read from their works at Some Readings at Charlie’s Kitchen, everyone’s favorite Harvard Square dive bar. It’s only five bucks, and it’s nice to support local authors because they need alcohol and food, too, and there are only so many part-time jobs at coffee shops to go around. (9 p.m., $5, 21+)

3. Tuesday, July 22 – “Twelve Bottle Bar”
If you can’t consume alcohol while listening to a reading, you might as well learn how to make some sweet drinks as soon as you get home. Brookline Booksmith welcomes Lesley and David Solmonson, the husband and wife team behind (as the saying goes, the couple that drinks together, stays together, or at least it has to be better than drinking alone and separately). They’ll show you how to create a versatile home bar with only twelve bottles: seven hard liquors, one liqueur, two vermouths, and two bitters, which can make over 200 delicious cocktails. (7 p.m., FREE, all ages)

4. Tuesday, July 22 – “The History of Future Folk”
Future Folk might be America’s fourth-most-popular folk comedy duo, but “The History Of Future Folk” is probably the best alien folk-duo sci-fi action romance comedy movie of all time. Tuesday’s free screening at T.T. the Bear’s Place will also feature a Q&A and live performance by Future Folk’s General Trius and The Mighty Kevin, who star in the movie as bluegrass-loving aliens who save the Earth. (8:30 p.m., FREE, 18+)

5. Wednesday, July 23 – Shakespeare on the Common
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company returns for its 19th production of Shakespeare on the Common, this year performing the Bard’s classic tale of shipwrecked twins and the resulting cross-dressing and love triangles, “Twelfth Night.“ You don’t need to be embarrassed if the plot seems familiar and you realize it’s not because you read it in high school, but because the play was adapted for the 2006 Amanda Bynes comedy “She’s the Man.” At least not as embarrassed as anyone who refers to it as Shakespeare on the “Commons” as if there were more than one. (8 p.m., FREE, all ages)

6. Wednesday, July 23 – “Finding Neverland”
This is some “Inception”-level adapting: American Repertory Theater’s new production of ”Finding Neverland” is based on the 2004 Johnny Depp movie, which was based on the 1990 play “The Man Who Was Peter Pan,” which was based on the real-life story of playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired “Peter Pan.” Previews begin Wednesday and it runs through September, but tickets are going fast for the show directed by A.R.T.’s Diane Paulus with music by UK pop star Gary Barlow and choreography by Mia Michaels from “So You Think You Can Dance.” (7:30 p.m., $25-65, all ages)

7. Wednesday, July 23 – Football at Fenway
The Patriots are practicing at Fenway? Oh hell yes, sign me up, I’ll even happily spend $12.50 or whatever they charge for a Bud Light over there, but wait a second, these guys aren’t wearing pads or helmets, no one is as handsome as Tom Brady, and they’re using their feet way too much for this to be football and ah shit, it’s soccer. If you’re still recovering from World Cup fever, continue your prescribed course of antibiotics and go see Liverpool Football Club take on AS Roma in Buick’s Football at Fenway. In the interest of alliteration, we’ll let you call soccer “football” just this one time. (7:30 p.m., $50-120, all ages)

8. Thursday, July 24 – Battery Park Patio Party
Picture this: You’re outside on a beautiful summer night, enjoying one of those Instagram-worthy Boston sunsets, sitting in a massage chair and drinking a boozy slushie drink while a beautiful woman feeds you Island Creek oysters. It can all be yours at Battery Park’s Patio Party, except maybe the part about beautiful woman feeding you oysters, unless you win a bet with your girlfriend over a game of giant Jenga, which, oh yeah, they’ll also have giant Jenga. The ticket price includes two drink tickets. (5 p.m., $20, 21+)

Photo credit: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company


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