Cheap Thrills for the weekend, starring all kinds of rad shit. I wanted to write about LIGHTS on Sunday, but I' like to keep her all for myself...
The Savant Project’s third annual Mustache Party
1625 Tremont St., Saturday at 10 p.m., 21-plus, FREE
According to the American Mustache Institute, there are several types of ’stache a man can don to please the ladies. From the Handlebar (preferred by the likes of stylish ’70s Oakland Athletics pitcher Rollie Fingers) to the controversial Zappa (featuring a petulant down-under sidekick known as the soul patch), the mustache has been an aesthetic statement of powerful (and sometimes creepy) men through the ages. Saturday, the Savant Project brings them all together in one bushy love rug. Its third annual Mustache Party celebrates the rogues who bristle at a baby-faced visage. The man with the best whiskers wins a barbershop shave at Floyd’s 99 Barbershop in Cambridge. Face-follicle-ly challenged? Savant will hand out faux ’staches at the door. DJ Greg Teves of electro duo C&G, a bit of a bushy upper-lip savant himself, spins the hits and weaves his own ’70s soundtrack.
Info: savantproject.com, 617-566-5958.
Mission of Burma live at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, East Campus Courtyard
Sunday at 2 p.m., all ages, FREE
Catching an all-ages Mission of Burma show used to be a rite of passage for Boston youth. So as the legendary, local punk trio gets set to release its fourth studio album next week, imagine our excitement to learn Burma is taking over MIT’s East Campus courtyard. Expect the classics, along with a sampling of new material from the upcoming “The Speed The Sound The Light” (although we don’t have to hear the track “After the Rain” to know it’s not a cover of the old Nelson tune from the early ’90s). To make Sunday’s gig even cooler, Burma and its label, Matador Records, held a Battle for Burma contest to find an opening act. Yesterday, it was announced that noisy New Haven, Conn., post-rock trio Eula will open the festivities. Bring your younger brother, niece or neighbor and sing, “That’s when I reach for my discounter.”
Info: missionofburma.com, matadorrecords.com
Harvest Fest at the Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave., Somerville; Saturday, all ages, FREE (Note: $12 for a food and drink wristband)
Another weekend, another cool, free event going down in Somerville. This time the Armory gets into the fiscally aware fray with Harvest Fest, a celebration of all things local. Catch a fashion show featuring designs by Artifaktori, Poor Little Rich Girl and others, as well as a multimedia art performance by One Fine Morning, Hugh McGowan and the Zebbler Encanti Experience, who we can safely say won’t be putting up any Mooninites to hype the event (wink, wink). Admission to Harvest Fest is free, unless you want to sample the food and drink, culled from local establishments: A $12 wristband brings all-you-can-eat glory, including unlimited samplings of locally brewed libations (Magic Hat, Shipyard, etc.), the barbecue goodness of Redbones and culinary treasures from Highland Kitchen. That’s a harvest worth waiting all year for.
Info: artsatthearmory.org, 617-718-2191