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Sick, blood-soaked ‘Penny Dreadful’ back for ImprovBoston GoreFest, starts Oct. 23

Sick, blood-soaked ‘Penny Dreadful’ back for ImprovBoston GoreFest, starts Oct. 23

GoreFest, ImprovBoston’s 12-year Halloween tradition, brings backs its “Gruesome Tale of Penny Dreadful” for eight shows starting Oct. 23.

Nice shot: Big Dig is back, smaller

Nice shot: Big Dig is back, smaller

What childhood fun employs 5,000 construction workers and brings massive scheduling overruns and traffic delays to downtown Boston? Why, this Big Dig toy for your 3-year-old.

B.J. Novak brings ‘Book With No Pictures’ to screaming children, bookstore patrons

B.J. Novak brings ‘Book With No Pictures’ to screaming children, bookstore patrons

Too bad you’re not in Grades 1 through 3 at the Cambridgeport School. B.J. Novak sold out his Thursday reading in Harvard Square of “The Book With No Pictures.”

In Tuesday’s Stand Up Sit Down show, audience gets to quiz comics after sets

In Tuesday’s Stand Up Sit Down show, audience gets to quiz comics after sets

True fans of comedy will love Tuesday’s Stand Up Sit Down, where the audience hears comedy, then gets to pick comedians’ brains about their process.

Funny science is back, with Ig Nobel prizes Thursday, BAHFest next month

Funny science is back, with Ig Nobel prizes Thursday, BAHFest next month

Cambridge remains a seriously great place to take in funny science. The 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony is Thursday, and BAHFest returns in October.

Comedy Arts Festival returns this week showing range (lasers, puppets included)

Comedy Arts Festival returns this week showing range (lasers, puppets included)

Improv, sketch and standup comedy acts come to Central and Harvard squares Wednesday through Sunday for the Boston Comedy Arts Festival.

Five things to do this weekend: Aug. 30-31

Five things to do this weekend: Aug. 30-31

Campfire. music festival; “The Godfather” double-feature; “Grease” on stage; a Bread & Puppet Theater circus show; and The Cambridge Footlights U.K. comedy troupe.

Art City’s month of weekend events starts Sunday with Jamapalooza, day of classical

Art City’s month of weekend events starts Sunday with Jamapalooza, day of classical

The citizen-run Art City organization said last month that it planned to turn each August weekend into free, themed, citywide arts events, and it’s happening.

Atypical topics with standout smarts? Comics Kaplan, Sherwin bring it back

Atypical topics with standout smarts? Comics Kaplan, Sherwin bring it back

It’s hurts to contemplate, but maybe leaving is the smartest thing a Boston comedian can do. These incredibly smart comedians did. (But they’re back for a show.)

Five things to do this weekend: July 5-6

Five things to do this weekend: July 5-6

Discover Mount Auburn; “Locals Covering Locals” CD Release Show; “Red Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” comedy; cabaret rock; and Glass Animals and Hundred Waters.

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