October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which aims to bring together “national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening services,” according to the NBCAM website.
That mission, of course, means the month is full of runs, bake sales, and informational events about the disease, prevention of it, and finding a cure for it. But it also means there are plenty of other cool, non-traditional events where you can show your support, too. Here are three of those events -- one for each weekend left in the month -- to check out before the calendar turns to "Movember."
Mass Attack Roller Derby “Roll for a Cure” (Saturday, Oct. 15, 4:30 p.m., at Silver City Sports Complex, Taunton. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door). Although I’m not entirely sure what “full-contact, flat-track roller derby” is, it sounds like an awful lot of fun. The participating teams, “the bloodthirsty, malicious Bleeding Hearts” and “the dark and callous Mass Murdah,” will be competing for a spot in the league’s championship. Be sure to wear your most insanely pink get-up for the halftime contest and buy a 50/50 ticket to support local breast cancer organizations.
Pinktober (Friday, Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m., at Hard Rock Cafe, Faneuil Hall. Tickets: $12). If you enjoy ‘80s hair metal, Sting, and/or cover bands, this event is for you. Aerochix, Boston’s only female Aerosmith tribute band, headline the bill, which also features a Police tribute band, a Guns & Roses tribute band, and singer/songwriter Sara Leketa. And since it’s so close to Halloween, you can probably get away with big hair, leather, and legwarmers without too many strange glances.
Halloween for Hope (Friday, Oct. 28, 9 p.m., at The Living Room, North End. Tickets: $30 before Oct. 19, $40 thereafter). Look, I know you’ve been prepping your Halloween costume for months already, and I know you’re going out on Halloween Weekend. So skip the frat house or the bar with the $20 cover and hit up this party instead. Your admission gets you two free drinks, appetizers, and a night of dancing. Prizes will be awarded for the creepiest, most creative, and best group costumes, so don’t forget the other seven in your Crayola crayon box or the rest of your Chilean miners or whatever.
About Angela -- It's "Ang," if you please -- or, alternately, Bill, Penny Lane, or (begrudgingly) Angus to some. I've been with TNGG since the site started and am now the TNGG Boston editor for Boston.com. I graduated from Boston University's College of Communication in 2009 and am a huge fan of live music, hockey, and Thai food. I'm also a bit of a klutz, but that's only because my mind and body are always going in approximately a zillion separate directions. Twitter: @amstefano988
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