I had a billion things I coulda tucked into today's Cheap Thrills column in the Boston Herald, from "Tremors" screenings to Passion Pit's free show at Brandies SpringFest. But hey, I went with Mr Belding at McFadden's, Harvard's MayFair and the new House of Blues local music series. Deal with it. Rock n roll.
Back to Class party at McFadden’s, hosted by Mr. Belding of “Saved by the Bell”
Tonight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., 148 State St. between Faneuil Hall and the Financial District, 21-plus, FREE
Dennis Haskins is no stranger to hanging out with sexy young women. Back in the early ’90s, Haskins played principal Richard Belding on NBC’s cult classic sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” which starred Tiffani-Amber Thiessen and Elizabeth Berkley, among others. Though the show hasn’t taken TV attendance since 2000, Mr. Belding still enjoys the ladies (seriously, do a Google Image search). So naturally, him hosting tonight’s party at McFadden’s has us more excited than Jessie Spano on caffeine pills. We’re not sure why this is a Back to Class party when college semesters are finishing up, but then again we’re not sure why Mr. Belding is partying with college chicks. But as the theme song goes, “It’s alright, ’cause I’m saved by the bell.”
Info: mcfaddensboston.com, 617-227-5100
DAY AFTER MAY DAY
The 27th annual Mayfair in Harvard Square
Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., around John F. Kennedy Street, Massachusetts Avenue and Mount Auburn Street in Harvard Square, Cambridge; all-ages, FREE
Someone get Mick Jagger on the horn - this Sunday’s 27th annual May Fair festival in Harvard Square promises an exquisite day of entertainment and dancing in the street. The May Fair features six stages of entertainment, street chalk drawings, railroad train rides, beer gardens, a charity hair cut-a-thon, hot air balloon rides (no joke!) and roughly 200,000 revelers enjoying one of the most vibrant places in the region on a sweet spring day. The live performance slate includes shows by Oranjuly, Love in Stockholm, Action Verbs, the Downbeat 5 and others, and Thunderdome’s DJ Mistaker holds down the dance party on the super crosswalk main stage. (Note: Because Mother Nature has a nasty sense of humor, the rain date for this jam is May 16.)
Info: harvardsquare.com, 617-491-3434
House of Blues free local show series launch with Bearstronaut, Earthquake Party and DJ Die Young
Starting Saturday and several nights a week at 9 p.m., 15 Lansdowne St. in the Fens; 21-plus, FREE
A night on the town along Lansdowne Street - whether it be a concert or a Red Sox [team stats] game - doesn’t come cheap these days. So props to the House of Blues for offering a free, local angle to its live music experience. Starting Saturday, the 150-capacity front room restaurant at the House of Blues will host free local music shows, open to both the public and ticket holders for concerts in the main hall. The dance-minded stylings of Bearstronaut, Earthquake Party and DJ Die Young help kick things off, and future gigs include Drug Rug (May 5 and 6), Doomstar (May 12) and the Hush Now (June 2). With free admission, it’s also easy on the wallet.
Info: hob.com/boston, 888-693-BLUE