Abe Lincoln, Al Gore, Revere Carnival, & Festivals of Henna, Dancing, and Literature

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The Week in Weird
A Visit with Abraham Lincoln Mar 26 New Hampshire
Abe Lincoln is still celebrating turning 200! This re-enactment is in southern New Hampshire, right near the border. It’s practically Lowell. So go! 7:30pm. Sponsored by the Hollis Historical Society.
The Lawrence Barn Community Center, 40 Depot Road, Hollis, NH.603-465-7561. more
Al Gore Speaks on the Environment Yet Again Mar 30 Metro Boston
Another guy who just won’t stop touring is Al Gore, who continues to speak for the planet.
CitWang Center, Boston, MA. more
Northeast Henna and Bellydance Gathering Mar 28 – Mar 29 Rhode Island
Also for New Age healers is this bellydancing festival! And you can get Henna, which is sort of like a tattoo for people who are (smart? Not so hard core? Take your pick. ) want it to wash off in a week.
Various, Providence, RI. more
Dance Marathon Mar 28 – Mar 29 Boston Metro
Your bellydancing skils will come in handy at this 18-hour dance marathon to benefit AIDS research.
Boston University, Boston, MA. more
The Boston Tea Party – Swing Dance Festival Mar 26 – Mar 29 North Shore
There’s no charity, but for enthusiasts, here is an entire weekend of workshops, classes, and dance parties for swing, lindy hop, ballroom dancing. Also a c]ompetition. Register in advance.
The Sheraton Ferncroft Resort, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA.978-777-2500. more
Annual International Folk Music Festival Mar 26 Metro Boston
This festival is poorly described but involves music and, since they’re calling it a fesival, may come with social events as well.
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. more
George W. Veditz American Sign Language Festival Mar 27 Metro Boston
A lot of colleges made the list this week. Here’s another, a sign language festival. How great is that! They’ll have a deaf magician, a deaf comedian, and workshops.
Northeastern University, Boston, MA. more
Literally Salem 2009 Mar 27 – Mar 29 North Shore
Or come to this literature festival and go to author talks, parties, open mics, and workshops.
Various Locations, Salem, MA. more
Revere Spring Carnival Mar 25 – Apr 19 Metro Boston
Fiesta Shows is the major traveling carnival in New England, and wherever they go it’s bound to be a party. Here’s their first event of the year, in Ruh-VEE-uh.
Showcase Cinemas, Revere, MA. more
Easter Egg Hunt – Wachusett Mountain Mar 29 Worcester
And apparently it’s not too soon to celebrate Easter! It’s free to ski if you are dressed in a full bunny costume. They limit the easter egg hunt to kids 5-12, those lucky bastards.
Wachusett Mountain, Princeton, MA. more

Also Fun
Annual Open House at Tower Hill Botanical Garden Mar 29 Metro West
OK, here are some less weird events that may also be worth attending. First up is the Tower Hill Botanical Garden, which has their annual free open house.
11 French Drive, Bolyston, MA. more
Boston Turkish Film Festival Mar 27 – Apr 5 Boston Metro
Also if you missed the Turkish food festival, come check out their film festival.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. more
Boston Underground Film Festival Mar 19 – Mar 26 Boston Metro
And the Boston Underground Film Festival continues.
Various Places, Boston, MA.617-202-5059. more
CraftBoston Mar 27 – Mar 29 Boston Metro
There’s no lack of merchant “festivals” if you want to go buy something… Here…
Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA.617.266.1810. more
Boston Gift Show (Spring) Mar 28 – Mar 31 Boston Metro
… Or here…
Boston Convention & Expo Center, Boston, MA.(800) 272-SHOW. more
AD20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries Mar 26 – Mar 29 Boston Metro
… Or here… (why do I list this stuff? Well… It can be fun to walk around, it’s like a traveling museum…).
Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA.617-363-0405. more

SlamBoston Mar 24 Boston Metro
SlamBoston is the ultimate poetry slam, because they mix in theatre as well to create eight short plays. I’ve seen one and it’s great fun, not snooty or unapproachable at all.
Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA.617-933-8600. more
SWAN Day Festival Performance Mar 26 – Mar 28 Boston Metro
I couldn’t find out mucuh about “SWAN Day”, but apparently it’s a series of performances by women and workshops for women.
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA. more
Harlem Globetrotters (annual perf.) Mar 29 – Mar 30 Boston Metro
And this has to be the last time I list the Harlem Globetrotters… A great show for kids but I went last year, and it’s not quite as amazing as I had hoped. You know, like circus stunt amazing…
TD BankNorth Garden, Boston, MA. more
Speech & Debate Mar 27 – Apr 25 Boston Metro
Finally, this smart comedy caught my attention, about a debate club.
Lyric Stage, Boston, MA. more


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