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How to get your groove on early

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he Beehive is well known for its cover-free weekend night shows, but you don’t have to wait for sundown to get your groove on. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Beehive puts on a jazz brunch that will have your toes tapping and your taste buds tingling. There are new musicians each weekend, and the food is elegant with an emphasis on local. (The mussels are steeped in a Gloucester lager called Fisherman’s Brew that’s also on tap at the bar.) Between sets, there’s plenty to look at. Beneath the Boston Center for the Arts, the Beehive is itself an unlikely union; half is 200-year-old theater space and the other half is a converted boiler room. The restaurant also shows off local art, and many of the employees are artists themselves. (A Beehive waitress painted the curtains.) The art on display changes a few times a year, but the rest of the funky décor remains constant, including the mounted deer head and the disco ball. Macomber



The Cyclorama that forms part of the Boston Center for the Arts, upstairs from the Beehive, was built in 1884 to house a huge panoramic painting of the Battle of Gettysburg in 19th-century 3-D.