The Weekend Guide

island creek oyster bar opens!

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Island Creek Oyster Bar Opens
The earthy, gabion cage-adorned space serves up to eighteen nightly bivalve choices from family-run farms (Misty Point, Hog Island Oysters), seafood-shack specialties like fried clams and fish-and-chips, and adventurous of-the-sea entrees (lobster roe noodles, monkfish schnitzel).
Why: Fish-friendly wines, a thoughtful cocktail program focused on seasonal ingredients, and the 25-seat bar.
When: Mon.-Sat., 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-midnight.
Where: Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square (617-532-5300).

It Gets Better
Rocca Kitchen and Bar responds to the recent spate of gay youth suicides with a benefit encouraging guests to record messages of hope and support. In between filming, nosh on complimentary nibbles from chef Tiffani Faison.
Why: All proceeds go to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit fighting to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth.
When: Sun., 6 p.m.
Where: 500 Harrison Ave., South End (617-451-5151). Suggested donation is $25.

Jean Therapy Closing Sale
Leah Eckelberger, one of the city’s denim pioneers, is shuttering her shop to explore other life endeavors; snag jeans, tops, and accessories from Pur, Hudson, and Rag & Bone at up to 75 percent off.
Why: Every end is a new wardrobe beginning.
When: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 524 Commonwealth Ave., Kenmore Square (617-266-6555).

Fall in Love at Mint Julep
Throw back cider and other seasonal treats while perusing sweaters, jackets, and holiday dresses from Corey Lynn Calter, Odd Molly, and Orla Kiely at 20 percent off.
Why: Handcrafted Peruvian cotton and leather handbags (reg. $130-$250) from Sumaqkay Paracas, not available anywhere else in town.
When: Tonight, 5-9 p.m.
Where: 6 Church St., Harvard Square (617-576-6468).

Meat Meet
Nab a freezer’s worth of humanely raised chicken, lamb, beef, and pork (yes, that includes bacon) from Stillman’s at The Turkey Farm.
Why: Put your free-range T-day turkey order in now (Stillman’s sells out weeks before the holiday).
When: Fri., 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Harvard Law School, 1557 Massachusetts Ave., b/t Harvard & Porter Squares, in the Pound Hall parking lot.

Photo: Courtesy of Island Creek Oyster Bar

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500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Harvard Law School
1557 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
500 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
524 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Mint Julep
6 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138