Things to do for February 16, 2012

The Weekender

Handsome Beards, Rare Scotch and Warring Nachos

The weekend is here for you.

Thursday
Your New Reason to Get Out of Bed
EAST-Y

Your New Reason to Get Out of Bed

Mornings are... well, they’re just not pleasant. But some people in East Cambridge just made them more tolerable by opening the coffee shop RJ Gourmet. They’ve got scones and muffins from Charlestown’s Sorelle Bakery, and fresh-brewed coffee from an Arlington bean roaster. Arlington: little-known coffee bean mecca.

Now open, RJ Gourmet, 441 Cambridge St, Cambridge, 617-945-1599

Friday
Wings and the Beatles in Newport
PORT TIME

Wings and the Beatles in Newport

Newport in the off-season: not so bustling. Making it a little more bustling: the Newport Winter Festival starting this Friday. There’ll be a chili competition, a wing competition, live comedy, a Beatles cover band and ice sculpting. And really, it’s not a winter festival without ice sculpting.

Drinking and Learning About Scotch
MISTY-EYED

Drinking and Learning About Scotch

Sure, you know scotch. But a scotch grandmaster knows it better. And this Friday, while you sample expensive and rare stuff from Macallan and Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve, said grandmaster will school you on closed distilleries and why scotches are priced as they are. Go ahead, call him Flash.

Feb 17, 6:30-7:30pm, $15, Gordon’s Wine, 894 Main St, Waltham, 781-893-1900

Saturday
Facial Hair. Tallboys. Music. Yes.
SECRET ’STACHE

Facial Hair. Tallboys. Music. Yes.

You’ve been massaging it with argan oil for months. And now you’re ready to take your impressive cheek fur to Church for the Boston Facial Hair Fiasco. Waiting for you there: $3 tallboys, awards for best groomed beard and best ’stache, and live music. Yes, the clean-shaven may attend, too.

Feb 18, 8pm-2am, $10 ($15 to compete), Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, 617-236-7600, tickets here

Tuesday
Judging Nachos. And Then Eating Them.
BATTLE

Judging Nachos. And Then Eating Them.

Nachos. The zenith of culinary prowess. Parlor Sports feels the same way. So they’re pitting their head chef’s nachos against those of a Green Street Grill-er, with you selecting the champion after sampling to your heart’s content. And your heart has a lot of space for nachos.

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