Nightlife in Swampscott

Up to 49% Off One-Woman Show

The Larcom Theatre

$39 $20

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A one-woman show explores the lives of history's most famous—and infamous—bad girls

Walker Stalker Con 2014 – Up to 62% Off

Westin Boston Waterfront

$31.60 $16

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The stars of AMC's The Walking Dead and The Boondock Saints treat fans to panels, events, and zombie fun

Nick's Comedy Stop – Up to 52% Off Standup

Back Bay

$45.70 $22

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Intimate, 30-year-old venue hosts emerging and established comedians such as Mike Koutrobis and Orlando Baxter

Boston Philharmonic Orchestra – Up to 40% Off Mahler's Ninth

Symphony Hall

$88 $56

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Mahler's final completed symphony meditates on death with distorted waltzes and a dissonant sendup of Baroque counterpoint

Up to 38% Off Mozart's "Don Giovanni" Opera

Boston University Theatre

$40 $25

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Mozart's opera follows the adventures of an unrepentent playboy antihero

Dick Doherty's Comedy Den – Up to 52% Off

Dick Doherty's Comedy Den

$46 $22

Top national and local standup comedians at energetic venue

Join Legends of the Boston Jazz Scene for an Intimate Evening Concert

Winter Hill

$40 $40

Head to a private studio to hear the sounds of Agachiko, a local band featuring renowned jazz and big band musicians

50% Off American Pub Cuisine at Sports, Steaks & Spirits

North Reading

$40 $20

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Refined sports bar with 60 plasma televisions, including small screens at every booth

Boston Chamber Music Society – Up to 41% Off Concert

Sanders Theatre - Harvard University

$27 $16

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Acclaimed chamber ensemble performs works by Beethoven, Mozart, and others

Up to 30% Off Comedic One-Man Play

The Regent Theatre

$60 $42

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Brad Zimmerman shares comedic and heartfelt stories about his childhood and career in a show lauded by George Carlin and Joan Rivers

Anderson Comedy Presents The Gas – Up to 55% Off Comedy Show

Great Scott

$10 $5

Friday-night comedy shows host standup by local comedians

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One might leave Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar, which was named this year's best new restaurant north of Boston by Boston Magazine, with some sense of the broad scope of Mexican cuisine, geography, and culture. That epiphany might come from the selection of 180 tequilas, which slip down in shots, release bell peals of clicking ice in glasses, or blend with lime in thick margaritas rimmed with salt. The tantalizing menu also parades traditional Mexican ingredients, though they are tangled into surprising configurations.

Red chandeliers glow, bringing to life the colors of chipotle peppers on plates at plush black booth seating, all beneath red wallpaper. In the tequila lounge, ample couches create a circle around red, candlelit tables for resting a glass of sangria or a mojito muddled with strawberries or cucumber. A row of inset shadowboxes displays the colorful lucha libre masks typically used in overblown battles and attempts to go out in public without being recognized as Kevin Bacon.

94 Lafayette St
Salem,
MA
US

Jocelyn’s Restaurant's menus offer up healthy, reverently crafted Lebanese and American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Playful palates can begin a meal with bouncing kibbee balls, volleying seasoned ground beef, crushed wheat, and pine nuts and spiking hunger in the face ($8). Sea-sourced entrees include baked haddock topped with tahini, cilantro, garlic, and pine nuts ($18) and grilled shrimp skewers transfixing six jumbo shrimp with garlic-paprika spice ($21). Jocelyn's falafel plate satisfies stomachs with creamy ground chickpeas, seasoned and fried fava beans with tahini sauce, and promises of meat-free dreams ($15). The mixed mediterranean grill compiles one beef skewer, one chicken skewer, and two kafta skewers—a kebab comprising a mixture of lean ground beef and lamb—nicely charred over an open flame ($24).

355 S Broadway
Salem,
NH
US

Recipients of Northshore magazine’s 2010 Best of North Shore award for Best Movie Theater, CinemaSalem fills four screens with first-run, art, and documentary films. Evening flicks after 6 p.m. offer stargazing opportunities for adults ($9.50) and kids ($7.50); 3-D films levy an additional $2 to compensate the hardworking technician who throws props and actors at the audience. Take in a morning movie before 12:30 p.m. ($6), or escape incessant summer sun by ducking into a matinee ($8 for adults, $7.50 for children). While you watch, crunch popcorn or traipse to the café for movie-minded concoctions such as the Vanilla Sky, a froth of espresso, vanilla, and clouds of foam ($3.50–$4), or the Holy Grail ($4.50), a peanut-butter-and-banana milkshake.

1 E India Square Mall
Salem,
MA
US

Rockafellas delights diners by dishing up a menu of fresh steaks, seafood, and gourmet pizzas in a casual, historic setting. Stop by for lunch to try a fresh lobster roll ($17) or a Missing Staircase, a shredded-chicken panini named for the building's grand foyer staircase ($8), which was demolished after the simultaneous invention of fireman's poles and jetpacks. Evening eaters can placate their palates with entrees such as the 12-ounce, brown-sugar-smothered grilled harvest pork chop, which comes plated with cranberry chutney ($21), or the fresh crab-stuffed haddock, served buttered and lightly seasoned ($17).

231 Essex St
Salem,
MA
US

Sixty2 on Wharf is owned by Tony Bettencourt, the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts–trained former chef of the acclaimed Tomasso Trattoria in Southborough. Since opening in 2008, Sixty2 has seduced Salem stomachs with contemporary re-inventions of Italian classics. Bettencourt's meals use local and fresh ingredients shipped to the restaurant via seahorse-drawn gondola. The antipasti platter ($22) allows the chef to drop some knowledge on your plate, as he fills the plate with whichever antipasti options he deems best for the climate and current astrological alignment. Pasta dishes include the potato-filled cappellacci ($24 for full size) and the ribbon-like tagliatelle with a traditional meat-based Bolognese sauce ($26 for full size), while an assortment of entrees ($22–$30) include duck, lamb, chicken, and sea scallops seasoned and spiced to flavorful magnificence. The warm toffee-pudding dessert is a sweet salvo guaranteed to lob a taste grenade at any lingering post-entree hunger.

62 Wharf St
Salem,
MA
US

The Gloucestershire "Old Spot" pig is a fitting mascot and namesake for The Old Spot. The breed, once a staple of English farming, is docile, warm, and always in search of tasty grub. The pub and its inhabitants are similar--a crowd of neighborhood regulars who take their Guinness at the hardwood bar. The menu of meat pies and curried chicken evokes a cozy pub dining experience. Seated near the picture windows that run the front length of the pub, diners cut into crispy portions of fried haddock, the batter dashed with spritzes of lemon, malt vinegar, and tartar sauce. Though less neighborly figures necessitated the restaurant's end as a music venue, it continues to offer weekly trivia nights where the answer is always "John Major".

121 Essex St
Salem,
MA
US