Concerts in Riverside

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What makes it great: experimental sets from sure-to-be headliners and TV writers, standup Wednesday through Sunday, Tuesday-night magic shows, killer scorpion bowl cocktails from the Chinese restaurant downstairs

1236 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge,
MA
US

What makes it so great: weekly lineup of standup sets, improv, sketch comedy, variety shows, and musicals, Saturday-night student showcase, list of alumni that includes Adam Felber and Jen Kirkman

40 Prospect St
Cambridge,
MA
US

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals presents its annual drag burlesque show for Cambridge-area theater buffs, offering a no-holds barred, song-packed performance. Like the unwritten rule about undeclared freshmen taking Intro to Jay Leno, the show is a Harvard tradition that began in 1844. Kashmir if You Can provides expectant audiences with sex, suspense, and a bumbling British detective.

12 Holyoke Street
Cambridge,
MA
US

Salsa y Control's instructors—who have performed and taught across the nation—welcome students for a variety of salsa classes. Beginner salsa courses help dancers develop basic steps, techniques, and etiquette, and more advanced courses delve into refining footwork and working with partners. Salsa y Control also offers intermediate classes, along with classes on bachata, burlesque, and cha cha.

536 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge,
MA
US

Visit Scullers Jazz Club's Green Room for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Boston's Allston. The menu at Scullers Jazz Club's Green Room does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Scullers Jazz Club's Green Room also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. Live music is often featured for guests' enjoyment. You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.

People tend to swarm the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time.

Parking is easily accessible.

A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.

400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston,
MA
US

In business for 30 years, Nick's Comedy Stop has served as an essential venue for up-and-coming comedians, having hosted Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and other notable jesters before their big breaks. The venue hosts shows twice a week, featuring hilarious headliners, emerging comics, and moments of silence for misunderstood punch lines.

450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge,
MA
US