Events INSIDER: April 16-23, 2013

Like everyone, I’m sitting around shocked by the Boston Marathon disaster. If you need some time to heal, please feel the love. We are sending it to you. If you are ready to get your mind off of it, I will try to cheer you up with this week’s suggestions. There are plenty of events. Make sure to call ahead because some close to Boston may be cancelled. Big hugs. -Johnny

Giveaways & Features
Win: Afternoon With Lucie Arnaz
An afternoon of comedy and music awaits for you at the Reagle Music Theatre. Lucie Arnaz, daughter to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, will be performing and proving that she inherited the talent of both her parents. I have two pairs of tickets to give away! Email 3pm. Win: Afternoon With Lucie ArnazReagle Music Theatre Waltham, MA, .
Find 17 New England Regions on Twitter
Hey! I’ve split my Twitter feed into 17 regions so that you can REALLY get just the events close to home, or pick what you like. Please check it out and add me to a ‘Twitter list’ too (google it). Find 17 New England Regions on Twitter All Over, , .
Get the 2013 New England Guide
Mention my website to friends and get my 2013 New England Guide, with 1,200 off-beat destinations including dinosaur footprints, zoos, ziplines, where to go stargazing, and where to find an indoor water park in December! Get the 2013 New England Guide All Over, , .
Johnny’s Picks
Human DNA Strand at MIT
Molecules mingle and mangle in a dance of chemistry that now you can join! In this simulation, you get to be a part of a DNA Strand. Let’s get everyone’s attention 12pm. Human DNA Strand at MITKoch Institute at MIT Cambridge, MA, .
Boston Marathon and Post-Race Dance Party
Did you know that there’s an afterparty to the Boston Marathon? And if you get there early you can see the wheelchair racers zip past? I’m not into watching sports myself (I hate sitting idle) but it’s actually really fun rooting on the joggers. It starts in Hopkinton and goes through Wellesley into Boston. Or better yet, check out one of the many historical re-enactments and other events for Patriot’s Day! Boston Marathon and Post-Race Dance PartyCopley Square Boston, MA, .
Cambridge Science Festival
The largest science fest in the US continues and it’s free! Keep reading for my favorite of the dozens of events, or just click through to their website schedule. Cambridge Science FestivalVarious venues Cambridge, MA, .
1812 Battle Stations! At National Historical Park
They fire cannons, they fire muskets, they fire blacksmith ovens, and they sew. That’s right! It’s the men of the marines plus their ‘matrons’, whatever that means. It’s freeeeeeeee and they have multiple dates this summer. 9am-3pm. 1812 Battle Stations! At National Historical ParkBoston National Historical Park Boston, MA, .
The Cambridge Science Festival at MIT
Science is a blast! And if you are passionate about it, come to this Scientific Celebration! Just don’t have too much fun! The Cambridge Science Festival at MITAll Around Cambridge, MA, .
Autonomous Battlebots
Create your own deadly robot (just kidding!) and have it fight 7 other death machines in front of a roaring crowd 5:00pm. Autonomous BattlebotsArtisans Asylum Somerville, MA, .
Science and Poetry
Poetry and Science have a lot in common. They do! Ask Pascal if you don’t believe me. But since he’s dead, maybe we could talk to Nick Montfort at this event! 6pm. Science and PoetryMain Library, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall Cambridge, MA, .
Spring Walk: Growing Up Kennedy
There are still no time machines to take us back in time, but going to the places that marked people’s lives is a good way of understanding what made them how they are. This is a walk through the Kennedy’s neighborhood in Brookline. And of course the guide will tell us all about the pranks young JFK pulled on his parents! Spring Walk: Growing Up KennedyJFK Birthplace Brookline, MA, .
Geek Week Comedy
Embrace your inner geekness while having a good laugh of it! Every single aspect of the Geek culture will be included so you don’t miss out on any joke! Geek Week ComedyCentral Square Cambridge, MA, .
Boston Red Sox Fenway Park Open House
Do you dream about baseball? Live the dream in this FREE Fenway Park open house where you can explore behind the scenes areas and meet Red Sox alumni. 9am-5pm. Boston Red Sox Fenway Park Open HouseFenway Park Boston, MA, .
MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory Tour
How cool! A guided tour through MIT’s Nuclear Reactor Laboratory. You’d think it’s hard to get in, but all it takes is ringing the bell at the door and say you’re there for the tour. 6pm. MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory TourMIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory Cambridge, MA, .
Parkour at the Armory
I love this so much! Remember that chase at the start of Casino Royale where they bounce around obstacles? NOW YOU CAN LEARN TO DO IT. (Or if you’re like me, just show up and watch.) Kids in the day, adults in the evening. 9am-7pm. Parkour at the ArmorySomerville Armory Somerville, MA, .
Casting Call for LARP TV Show ‘The Quest’
How’d you like get cast in a reality show where live roleplaying is the theme? Show up to this casting call on Friday or email to get invited to private casting in Boston over the weekend. Casting Call for LARP TV Show 'The Quest'Bocelli’s Restaurant Medford, MA, .
Junior Ranger Day Cruise to Boston Harbor Islands
Become a temporary ‘sailor scientist’ while on the Hands-On Family Harbor Cruise. Plenty of oceanography and environmental experiments will be available. Junior Ranger Day Cruise to Boston Harbor IslandsThe Boston’s Best Cruises Ferry Center Boston, MA, .
Scavenger Dash Boston
Can you imagine ‘The Amazing Race’ but with 300 teams craving for victory at the same time? That’s pretty much what this is. Discover the city in a whole different way and enjoy yourself while racing against grandma’s team!. 12pm. Scavenger Dash BostonBattery Park Bar & Lounge Boston, MA, .
The Great Pillow Party
PILLOW FIGHT! This is the first time the people from Cambridge Universities organize this, but I suspect it won’t be the last. Pillows will be provided by the organizers, but you have to bring your own PJs. 4:20pm. The Great Pillow PartyCambridge Common Cambridge, MA, .
Boston New Technology Meetup
This is an awesome free event! Science geniuses have 8 innovative new technologies! 6pm. Boston New Technology MeetupStartupLab Allston Boston, MA, .
Meet Noted Patriots, the Reveres: Paul & Rachel Revere Ride Again!
The Reveres, a lovely couple from the early 19th century will make you have a good time while they tell you about their interesting 1800’s lives. 7pm. Meet Noted Patriots, the Reveres: Paul & Rachel Revere Ride Again!Framingham Public Library, Costin Room Framingham, MA, .
Swabian Peasants Festspiele
Art thou ready for a creative anachronic event packed with turnips? This festival offers music, food, contests, dancing and lots of creative activities to be enjoyed by the whole family. Did we mention turnips? Swabian Peasants FestspieleVeasey Memorial Park Groveland, MA, .
Capture the Lyrid Meteor Shower with Your Camera!
Get your camera ready, because the Lyrid Meteor Shower is about to show up for a shooting session. Experts will help you with image post processing. Snacks and beverages will be availble too! Capture the Lyrid Meteor Shower with Your Camera!Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary Westford, MA, .
Murder at the Museum: A Diamond in the Rough
If you ever pictured yourself in the middle of an Agatha Christie’s mystery, you can now stop imagining it. So you can actually experience it! In a museum! It can’t get any better than that! 5:30pm. Murder at the Museum: A Diamond in the RoughNewport Art Museum Newport, RI, .
Greendale Mall Carnival
Come have a great time at this awesome carnival! There will be rides, delicious food and lots of fun! If you do go, bring me back one of those caramel apples! Greendale Mall CarnivalGreendale Mall Worcester, MA, .
Earth Day
Chemists Celebrate Earth Day!
Chemists celebrate Earth Day creating new elements. Well, not really. But they do have a small event where you can try and use new green technologies that, hopefully, you can later adopt. Chemists Celebrate Earth Day!Museum of Science Boston, MA, .
Party for the Planet at the Franklin Park Zoo
Once I saw a gorilla at the Franklin Park Zoo eat his own poop! And for Earth Day they’ll have a bunch of speakers and animal keepers do interactive stuff, mainly feed the animals, I guess. 10am-3pm. Party for the Planet at the Franklin Park ZooFranklin Park Zoo Boston, MA, .
Suffolk University Earth Day Luncheon
Professors from Suffolk University will be discussing topics related to the creation of a clean energy economy. 12:30pm. Suffolk University Earth Day LuncheonSuffolk University Law School,120 Tremont St Boston, MA, .
Monadnock Earth Day Festival
This one is more like it. As well as some panel talks, get outside, take a nature tour, do some nature service projects. How do birds get in through those tiny holes in birdhouses? Monadnock Earth Day FestivalAntioch University Keene, NH, .
Party for the Planet at the Roger Williams Park Zoo
Roger Williams Park Zoo will host six days of eco-themed activities starting with an Earth Day celebration. See energy-saving demos and it takes place in an ZOO!! What more do you need? Party for the Planet at the Roger Williams Park ZooRoger Williams Park Zoo Providence, RI, .
Earth Week at Buttonwood Park Zoo
So many Zoos are having great Earth Day Celebrations! The coolest part is all they will be celebrating all week long, so you don’t miss out on any of them. Earth Week at Buttonwood Park ZooButtonwood Park Zoo New Bedford, MA, .
Become An Earth Citizen: Celebrate Earth Day!
How much do you know about the environment and how to take good care of our planet? Planting a tree is a good start, but you can also learn how to clean oil spills, recycle properly and lots more ins this fantastic Earth Day event. And it’s free! 10-4pm. Become An Earth Citizen: Celebrate Earth Day!New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, 33 William St., downtown New Bedford New Bedford, MA, .
Earth Week Festival at the EcoTarium
Not my favorite zoo, but they’ll have interactive displays about animal locomotion and see their tree canopy tour to discover what animals live above the ground. Their Earth Day festival April 20 is half off admission! Earth Week Festival at the EcoTariumEcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604 Worcester, MA, .
Also Fun
Belmont World Film Festival
International Film Festivals are a great way to see the world through other people’s eyes or lenses, for that matter. Enjoy a new different film, a different world, and a discussion afterwards every Monday from March 11th through April 29th. Belmont World Film FestivalStudio Cinema Belmont, MA, .
Boston Turkish Film Festival
19 films, some of them screened for the first time, and Turkish music are just a part of the 12th anniversary of this now traditional Film Fest. Boston Turkish Film FestivalMuseum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, .
Invent a Mobile with Bernie Zubrowski
I’ve always said it, a museum where you cannot touch anything, might not be interesting enough. However you can forget about that with the Boston’s Children Museum and this touchy-feely interactive exhibition. Invent a Mobile with Bernie ZubrowskiBoston Children’s Museum Boston, MA, .
Boston International Film Festival
If you are a great cinema lover, come celebrate the 7th art! Boston International Film FestivalLoews Theatre Boston Common Boston, MA, .
Battle Stations! At National Historical Park
Braze yourselves to relieve one of the most exhiting battles against the Britts! 9am. Battle Stations! At National Historical ParkUSS Constitution Museum, Pier 1 Charlestown, MA, .
Return of the Swans
The Public Garden has a pond, and the pond has swans. Yes, the Swan Boats, but also real swans named Romeo and Juliet. It’s certainly the best time of the year to visit the Garden. The pond is filled back up, the ducks are back, and the trees are in blossom. Hello, Spring! Return of the SwansPublic Garden Boston, MA, .
Carousel on Boston Common
The carousel on Boston Common is open for the season! The merry-go-round is open Sun-Thu, 11am-6pm, Fri-Sat, 11am-8pm. Carousel on Boston CommonBoston Common near Frog Pond, Tremont St Boston, MA, .
Carnivore Explore during April School Vacation Week!
Come and meet a great variety of carnivores that live at this zoo! Come on, there will be nothing greater for kids on this week! 10:30 am. Carnivore Explore during April School Vacation Week! Boston, MA, .
Experience RevolutionaryBoston at the Old State House
How did people live in the days before the Revolution in Boston? Come and have a look! Experience RevolutionaryBoston at the Old State HouseOld State House Boston, MA, .
Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their Lives
A sustainable future is an important thing to worry about, here and in Afghanistan. So come hear how it can be achieved! 7pm. Above the Din of War: Afghans Speak About Their LivesBrookline Booksmith279 Harvard St. Brookline, MA, .
Annual Family Day at the Peabody Museum
Come have a family day at the museum! Explore knowledge altogether! 10 am. Annual Family Day at the Peabody MuseumPeabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University Cambridge, MA, .
Civil War Days: Food, Fun & Games
Fun, Food and games for children from 4th to 6th grade! What more could you ask for? They are so hard to please sometimes! Civil War Days: Food, Fun & GamesNevins Memorial Library Methuen, MA, .
Take Back the Night
Let’s empower and create more awareness, sexual assault victims unite and speak out. Join your voice with theirs. Take Back the NightSimmons College Residence Campus Boston, MA, .
Artists to Warriors: Celebrating Japanese Art
An interactive workshop thought for everyone with a fascination for Japanese arts. Artists to Warriors: Celebrating Japanese ArtMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, Avenue of the Arts Boston, MA, .
Family Week at the List
This is MIT’s celebration of their very own (and very cool) public art collection. The coolest part is you get to create your own sculpture in the Henry Moore fashion. 11-4pm. Family Week at the ListWeisner Bldg E15 Cambridge, MA, .
Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage
I love a good old dramatized reading of an epic poem, as long as the author makes it fun, has good reading and does a lot of sounds and expressions. And if you do too, this will be a blast! Beowulf - A Thousand Years of BaggageOberon Cambridge, MA, .
From North Square to Old North Church: A Paul Revere Walking Tour
This will be a great walk about our favorite midnight riders of all time! 2pm. From North Square to Old North Church: A Paul Revere Walking TourThe Paul Revere House Boston, MA, .
Science Author Salon with Emily Anthes
Are you afraid of cats that are black? What if they glow in the dark? Mingle and eat dinner at this social mixer and book talk about scary biotech. No cat will be served. 6pm. Science Author Salon with Emily AnthesZuzu Cambridge, MA, .
World Book Night Party
They’re giving out free books? They’re giving out free books! Join the party where book lovers discover new titles, great authors and make new friends. 7pm. World Book Night PartyHarvard Book Store Cambridge, MA, .
Nathaniel Rich reads from Odds Against Tomorrowl
Let Nathaniel Rich introduce you to the world he has created in his new book, called Odds Against Tomorrow. With a bit of luck, you might get your copy signed by the renowned author. Nathaniel Rich reads from Odds Against TomorrowlHarvard Book Store Cambridge, MA, .
National Astronomy Day: Clay Center
Indoor kite flying? That’s only possible on National Astronomy Day. The Clay Center will hold telescope clinics, science demos and much more. No pets allowed. 4pm. National Astronomy Day: Clay CenterClay Center for Science & Technology Brookline, MA, .
Old Ironsides
Spending time with the commander of the U.S.S. Constitution? Now that’s cool! Learn more about old ironsides from an actual expert. 6pm. Old IronsidesNational Archives 380 Trapelo Rd Waltham, MA, .
Perfect Model: The Past, Present, and Future of Prediction
Niels Bohr said, ‘Prediction is hard — especially about the future.’ This lecture on modeling big systems like economics and biology is followed by a social mixer. Sounds like a ‘model’ evening, and it’s free! 6pm. Perfect Model: The Past, Present, and Future of PredictionPeabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology Cambridge, MA, .
Defiance of the Patriots
No one likes the IRS, but some people back in the 18th century -really- hated taxes, so much that they dumped a shipful of tea into the Boston Harbor. Hear the details and effects of this act of rebellion in this book talk. 12pm. Defiance of the PatriotsBoston Tea Party Museum, Congress St Boston, MA, .
In the Paint: A Celebration of Art and Basketball
It’s a celebration of Basketball and Art, two of the most beloved things in Boston. The event features an art expo, music, sports and much more. In the Paint: A Celebration of Art and BasketballVoltage Coffee & Art, 295 3rd Street, Kendall Square Cambridge, MA, .
FLEXWIDIT is a costume, art and music festival that has one main rule: Be yourself. Enjoy 2 days of musical performances by underground bands and DJs. FLEXWIDIT Festival Boston, MA, .
European Short Film Festival
Everyone is short in these films. No wait, the films are short! And European! This FREE festival at MIT doesn’t seem to have filmmaker Q&As, but there will be mingling and live voting. European Short Film FestivalMIT Campus Cambridge, MA, .
Brazilian Beats
Enjoy a night of dancing, powered by the sexy and enchanting brazilian beats. YOu’ll get a chance to learn how to dance Samba, Soul, Bossa Nova Grooves and Tropicalia Rhythms. 8pm. Brazilian Beats Cambridge, MA, .
Earth Day at Stone Zoo!
This event features a musical interpretation of The Lorax by The New England Dance Ensemble. Zookeepers will be meeting with visitors on scheduled encounters. Music, games and prizes from MAGIC 106.7. Earth Day at Stone Zoo!Stone Zoo Stoneham, MA, .
Ginkgo Fest
Did you know Ginkgo biloba is considered a living fossil? Learn much more from Ginkgo world experts and taste Ginkgo nut based dishes. 10am. Ginkgo FestWeld Hill Research Building Roslindale, MA, .
Wallace Day
Would you like to know more about the scientist who helped Darwing discover the Theory of Evolution? This is your chance! A night dedicated to Alfred Russel Wallace. 9pm. Wallace DayHarvard Museum of Natural History Cambridge, MA, .
Buster Keaton Shorts
3 of Buster Keaton’s best short films get refreshed by Brendan Cooney’s original scores, performed by an awesome trio of musicians. 7pm. Buster Keaton ShortsThe Brattle Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Genocide: A Joint Commemoration
Unfortunately, we cannot undo the Armenian Genocide. But we can reflect on it and pay our respects to the people who died as victims. Raising awareness is the best way to prevent this from happening again. 2pm. Genocide: A Joint CommemorationArmenian Library and Museum of America Watertown, MA, .
Middlesex Fells: Moonlight hike!
This nature tour goes to some mill town ruins. The nice thing about the Middlesex Fells is it’s a good place to go hiking that you can get to on public transit. 7:30-9pm. Middlesex Fells: Moonlight hike!Bellevue Pond lot (Gate 5), South Border Rd Medford, MA, .
The Undiscovered Country: Shakespeare and Mount Auburn
It’s Shakespeare’s 449th birthday. Docent Susan Zawalich will be guiding a walk to visit famous Shakespearian actor’s graveplaces. The walk will also include short readings of selected Shakepeare’s works. 1pm. The Undiscovered Country: Shakespeare and Mount AuburnMount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge, MA, .
Ken Kalfus reads from Equilateral
Ever dreamed of spending New Year’s Eve 1899 in Egypt? Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Come speak to the man who thought about a similar story! 2013:7pm. Ken Kalfus reads from EquilateralJane Pickens Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
The Future of Food
Until now, nature has been able to provide us all with what we need. It is time to give something back, specially when we’re about to reach 9 bill people. Experts will discuss about the greatest conservation challeneges of our time. 5:30 pm. The Future of FoodArtists for Humanity EpiCenter Boston, MA, .
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs are extint but they’re still teaching us about how life was like millions of years ago. Brian Switek presents his new book, which reveals new discoveries about the old giants. 7pm. My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite DinosaursHarvard Book Store Cambridge, MA, .
Defiant Brides: The True Life Account of the Wives of Benedict Arnold and Gen. Henry Knox
If you are a very empowered woman, this is a lecture you can’t miss. Of women just like you, except from different times! Defiant Brides: The True Life Account of the Wives of Benedict Arnold and Gen. Henry KnoxFalmouth Museums on the Green Falmouth, MA, .
Wampanoag Nation: Connections to the Bay
What was life like before the Pilgrims arrived to the Waquoit area? Annawon Weedon shares information that has been passed from generation to generation among the natives of the region. 10am. Wampanoag Nation: Connections to the BayWaquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Waquoit, MA, .
‘A River Runs through It’ Guided Hike
Let your senses explore the beauty of the Quashnet River Woodlands. This 2.5 mile loop trail will let you enjoy nature at its finest. 10am. 'A River Runs through It' Guided HikeWaquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Waquoit, MA, .
Appearances – Provincetown Green Arts Festival
A green arts festival, where you get to camp on tents made out of plastic bottles. Artists mount green workshops, where you will be able to create recyclable artworks. Appearances - Provincetown Green Arts FestivalDunes’ Edge Campground Provincetown, MA, .
April Play-Cation
Creating an artwork is something that took many artists a lifetime. But with a little help, it would’ve been much more fun and fast! So come with your family to creater your own and have fun outdoors! April Play-CationDowntown Lowell Lowell, MA, .
Thoreau Rambles
Did you know Thoreau was also a botanist? He collected hundreds of New England plants to create his own herbarium. This walking tour is about his staying near Walden Pond. 11am. Thoreau RamblesWalden Pond State Reservation Concord, MA, .
Plumfield Fun Week!
Wow! This is for all those Little Women, Louise May Alcott fans! Join her and her sisters for a week of fun! 1pm. Plumfield Fun Week!Orchard House Concord, MA, .
Earth Week in Concord
Why Celebrate just one Earth Day, when you can celebrate it for a whole week? And even better! Celebrate it with art and music! 1pm. Earth Week in ConcordVarious Locations Concord, MA, .
‘The First Four Notes: Beethoven’s Fifth and the Human Imagination’
The Best Book of the Year treats about Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. If you’re a fan of music and history, this is for you. 'The First Four Notes: Beethoven's Fifth and the Human Imagination'Framingham Public Library Framingham, MA, .
Sunflower Magic
Sometimes it is good to get a little dirt on your hands! Come help plant sunflower seeds, and learn a lot about them. Registration is required. 3:30pm. Sunflower MagicDrumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary Lincoln, MA, .
New England Biolabs
Walking and bird observation always go together, at least when walking around through nature. Don’t they? Well, come find out right here! 9am. New England BiolabsMass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Direccin: 87 Perkins Row Topsfield, MA, .
Toshio Shibata in Conversation
The work of Toshio Shibata is pretty exclusive. This is the first time that his color photographs will be exhibited in America. What a great chance to appreciate fine Japanese photography! 2pm. Toshio Shibata in ConversationPeabody Essex Museum Salem, MA, .
Earth Port Film Festival
This Film Festival features productions that intend to increase awareness of environmental and community issues. More than just sitting and watching, this is about learning, understanding… and getting involved. Earth Port Film FestivalFirehouse Center Newburyport, MA, .
Party for the Planet
It was about time someone threw a party for our beloved Planet. Get involved in the green outdoorsy activities that will available in your community. Check the details here. Party for the PlanetRoger Williams Park Zoo Providence, RI, .
Documentary Feature: Shut Up and Look
Who is Richard Artschwager? Well he is the magician behind all other magicians! Come watch and learn about his life! 7pm. Documentary Feature: Shut Up and LookWarwick Museum of Art Warwick, RI, .
Forest Awakening at Mays Refuge
Exploring nature is a great thing to do in a free, cool, April day. Don’t forget to bring clothes and shoes that can handdle a good hike! 10am. Forest Awakening at Mays RefugeMaxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge Coventry, RI, .
Sensational Senses at Fisherville Brook
Have you ever used all of your senses to explore nature? Well, children love to explore nature that way! Come let them enjoy the world through their hands, eyes, noses, ears and even tongues! 10am. Sensational Senses at Fisherville BrookFisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge Exeter, RI, .
Vernal Pool Exploration at Fort
Giant puddles?! Awesome! Don’t forget your boots and clothes you can get a bit dirty. 3:30pm. Vernal Pool Exploration at FortFort Nature Refuge North Smithfield, RI, .
Daffodil Days at Blithewold Mansion
Thousands of daffodils blooming in front of our eyes and the sun shining above us all. Spring is here and the winter days are long gone now! Daffodil Days at Blithewold MansionBlithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum Bristol, RI, .
April Kids Week
Too much exciting activities to recount here, all being Colony-themed . Come and have the colonial time of your life! April Kids WeekPilgrim Hall Museum Plymouth, MA, .
Weymouth Carnival
The Fiesta Shows traveling carnivals are hokey and meant to pack up onto a truck, but they are so much fun! The fun starts at 5. Weymouth CarnivalWeymouth High School South Weymouth, MA, .
Spring Victorian Tea, Daniel Webster Estate
Join the Daniel Webster Heritage Center on a ritual of victorian Tea. This ceremony will make full use of the houses’s china, silver and crystal, so you know this is going to be a fancy yet enjoyable reunion. 2pm. Spring Victorian Tea, Daniel Webster EstateThe Daniel Webster Estate & Heritage Center Marshfield, MA, .
NEFFA: The New England Folk Festival Association
Join the contra dance medleys, enjoy the dance performances, taste the food offered at the booths or take your kids to a puppet show. One thing’s for sure: You won’t get bored at this fest. NEFFA: The New England Folk Festival AssociationMansfield High School Mansfield, MA, .
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
Film Festivals are always a way to explore the World in somebody else’s eyes Tthis time, the Jewish community’s ones. 15 different films and plenty interesting speakers! Pioneer Valley Jewish Film FestivalAll Around? Springfield, MA, .
Hello is Not a Question: An Andy Warhol Production
Take a peak at some Polaroids, prints and other extraordinary but less known work by socialit, artist and irreverent man Andy Warhol. Hello is Not a Question: An Andy Warhol ProductionMount Holyoke College Art Museum, Lower Lake Road South Hadley, MA, .
1964: Beatlemania and America’s Changing Times
Bill Eppridge has captured great and important moments of history with his camera. He will be sharing his greatest moments as a photographer, which include the arrival of the Beatles in 1964. 2pm. 1964: Beatlemania and America's Changing TimesMichele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Museum Quadrangle Springfield, MA, .
Earth Day Festival
Free ice cream and seedlings? That’s just part of what you will find at this year’s celebration. The different exhibitors and displays will teach kids how to take care of Planet Earth, as well. 1pm. Earth Day FestivalSpringfield Museum Quadrangle Springfield, MA, .
What’s in the Water? Guided ‘Ponding’ Exploration
Do critters have TVs at home? Come find out on this 3/4 miles round trip through the ponds at Robinson State Park. 1pm. What's in the Water? Guided 'Ponding' ExplorationRobinson State Park Agawam, MA, .
Stories from Siberia
A performance of Siberian stories taken from the book Far North Tales: Stories from the Peoples of the Arctic Circle. A book signing session will be held afterwards. 11am. Stories from SiberiaMuseum of Russian Icons Clinton, MA, .
Women in Viking Times & Viking Warrior
Can you imagine Viking women knitting while their husbands were off to raids? Learn about the daylife of this interesting culture. 12:30pm. Women in Viking Times & Viking WarriorHiggins Armory Worcester, MA, .
Songs of the Civil War
If you know any of the songs of the Civil War, you should come along and sing them. And if you don’t… well it’s a good time to come and learn some! It’ll be fun, musical and very historically accurate! Songs of the Civil WarVarious locations All Over, , .
Review: Bouncers
A ‘pocket universe of booze, loud music, and sexual energy’ is the focus of this play about bouncers at a nighclub. Click for our review! Review: BouncersCantab Lounge Cambridge, MA, .
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
A play about Hollywood’s racial stereotypes. Take it with a pinch of salt. By the Way, Meet Vera StarkThe Lyric Stage Boston, MA, .
She Kills Monsters
This will be the premiere of the story of a girl who kills monsters. Come watch Qui Nguyen’s beautiful imagery. She Kills MonstersBoston Center for the Arts Boston, MA, .
Opera at the Arsenal: Arias and Anecdotes
An evening of fantastic opera interpretations orchestrated by Mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee, chair of the New England Conservatory Vocal Arts Dept. Opera at the Arsenal: Arias and AnecdotesArsenal Center for the Arts Watertown, MA, .
Poets Panel with Word Tech Communications
So, not sure of many of you knew this, but this is National Poetry Month and some poets will be having a feast to celebrate! 6pm. Poets Panel with Word Tech CommunicationsCentral Library Boston, MA, .
Massmouth Story Slams Finale
Friendship, love, betrayal, and heartbreak. MassMouth’s competition finalists tell stories on stage about regular people like you and me. 7pm. Massmouth Story Slams FinaleCoolidge Corner Theater Brookline, MA, .
Murder, incest, pirates, and famine in ancient Greece. Come see this play where Shakespeare dangles Pericles by his Testicles. PericlesThe Modern Theatre at Suffolk University Boston, MA, .
Patriot Fife and Drum at The Paul Revere House
Now on to Patriots Day! It’s a celebration of Lexington, but if you’re too lazy to get out there by bus, there’s a parade in Boston! The Mayor Hissoner will do a flag raising at 9am on City Hall Plaza, a parade will leave from there. Patriot Fife and Drum at The Paul Revere HouseThe Paul Revere House Boston, MA, .
The Ron Savage Berklee Trio
Music virtuosos get together in a fun and rhythmicc concert that mixes Afro-Brazilian, jazz, gospel and soul tunes. You know, just in case you can’t decide which style you like the most. 7pm. The Ron Savage Berklee TrioIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, MA, .
What the Hell?!
Get ready to laugh, sing and be touched by this refreshing musical that literally takes friendship through hell and back. 8pm. What the Hell?!Agassiz Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Sufi Soul – Sounds of South Asia
Be part of an intimate musical moment in the company of talented Armeen Musa, a Bangladeshi-born Berklee student who celebrates her South Asian heritage. 7pm. Sufi Soul - Sounds of South AsiaAIC Center Boston, MA, .
Japanese Theater Masks
Enjoy a wonderful Japanese performance that includes puppetry, dance and masks. After the show, join the artists for a mask-making workshop. 1pm. Japanese Theater MasksGeological Lecture Hall Cambridge, MA, .
Passport to Colombia
Colombia is a country rich in culture and history. BAJUCOL has prepared a full ballet presentation to show the world what Colombia is all about. Passport to ColombiaJohn Hancock Auditorium Boston, MA, .
Soul of Korea: A Night of Korean Traditional Music
There are not lots of true Korean music/dance shows out there. Enjoy the performance by famous Song Young Sook and other Korean traditional artists. Live translation into English will be available. 7:30pm. Soul of Korea: A Night of Korean Traditional MusicPine Manor College Brookline, MA, .
Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan
A great chance for all those adult children who never wanted to grow up to laugh, be amazed and take an imagination trip. Just don’t let your children become lost ones! 7.30 pm. Cathy Rigby is Peter PanWang Theatre Boston, MA, .
Creative Music for the Creative Capital
Music you’ve never heard before, but will surely love, written by authors from all over the country and performed by 3 virtuosos from the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the NYC Metropolitan Opera. 8pm. Creative Music for the Creative CapitalGovernor Henry Lippitt House Museum Providence, RI, .
Experience The Beatles With Rain
Some people say RAIN is probably the band with the best tribute to The Beatles. This is a great chance to confirm that, so get ready to twist and shout. 8pm. Experience The Beatles With RainThe Providence Performing Arts Center Providence, RI, .
Magic & More Show!
A show that involves magic, music, mimes and comedy? Count us in! A performance that the whole family will enjoy. Magic & More Show!East Bridgewater Public Library East Bridgewater, MA, .
Twelfth Night
Enjoy Shakespeare’s fine and timeless humor on this version of Twelfth Night. You don’t wanna miss out this play, which is driven by Shakespeare’s most beautiful songs. Twelfth NightMount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA, .
Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is a ballet everyone should enjoy at least once. Don’t let this opportunity pass and enjoy the Russian National Ballet’s performance. 8pm. Tchaikovsky's Swan LakeHanover Theatre for the Performing Arts Worcester, MA, .
Roving Eye Film Festival
This festival specializes in short films and international works. This 8th edition focuses on the Holocaust and Japanese films. Roving Eye Film FestivalRoger Williams University Bristol, RI, .
Reptile Week at Mystic Aquarium
What is a mystic acquarium and why had I never been invited? Sounds like all the cool people are gonna be there. Reptile Week at Mystic AquariumMystic Aquarium Mystic, CT, .
Earth Week at The Dinosaur Place
This is one of the coolest free events! Cause it will have dinosaurs in it! Earth Week at The Dinosaur PlaceThe Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Oakdale, CT, .
CT Wildlife Afternoon
Watch Birds of Prey in action, or enjoy the Reptiles and Amphibians show. Learn more about the wildlife of Connecticut during the guided tour at the Nature Center. 2pm. CT Wildlife AfternoonDenison Pequotsepos Nature Center Mystic, CT, .
Downtown Culinary Tours
Try the food from 9 of the best restaurants in New Haven. Stephen Fries will take you to all of them on a guided walking tour, so don’t worry about all those extra calories. Downtown Culinary ToursVarious venues New Haven, CT, .
Habitat Improvement Day
Give mother Nature a hand and join Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center on this celebration. Activities will include tree planting, trail work and invasive species control. 1pm. Habitat Improvement DayDenison Pequotsepos Nature Center Mystic, CT, .
New Haven Spring Restaurant Week
Take advantage of some of the region’s best dining experiences. This time, 30 restaurants are in charge of preparing mouthwatering dishes that represent the best of New Haven’s food. New Haven Spring Restaurant WeekVarious Locations New Haven, CT, .
Earth Day Eco-Evening with Geoff Kaufman and Friends
Come reconnect with nature! We have to know how what we do today affects our future! Earth Day Eco-Evening with Geoff Kaufman and FriendsMystic Middle School Cafeteria Mystic, CT, .
April Vacation Robotics Camp
Build and program your own LEGO robot! So awesome! I hope they let me in too! April Vacation Robotics CampMaine Discovery Museum Bangor, ME, .
Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race
Finally! A competition that will let you show everyone how fast you are on a canoe. If you don’t win, at least you won’t be eating anyone’s dust. 8:30am. Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe RaceTown of Kenduskeag Bangor, ME, .
Ski Mania: Free Day of Skiing & Riding
How to say good-bye to the last day of winter season? How about riding and skiing at Sunday River? BBQs, cold beverages and lots of outdoorsy activities will be available. Ski Mania: Free Day of Skiing & RidingSunday River Park Newry, ME, .
Safari Spring Camp
A Safari day camp sounds way too fun for all of those k-5 kids. So you better bring yours before there are no places left! 9am. Safari Spring CampOdiorne Point State Park Rye, NH, .
Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival
This year’s Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival is packed with so many artists that all performances were scheduled through 5 days of fun and entertainment. Get ready to enjoy parties, panels, rock poets, and raconteurs. Portsmouth Singer Songwriter FestivalThe Music Hall, The Historic Theater Portsmouth, NH, .
Salt Marsh of Tiverton
Connect with nature on this guided tour through the Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge. Come say hi to the many Great Eglets, Ospreys and Glossy Ibis that live exclusively inside this refuge. 10am. Salt Marsh of TivertonEmilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge, Seapowet Avenue Tiverton, RI, .
High Peaks of Long Pond
Let your inner adventurer come out for a fun hike through Long Pond Woods Wildlife Refuge. Bring your explorer’s equipment and discover native plants and animals. 10am. High Peaks of Long PondLong Pond Woods, North Road Hopkinton, RI, .
Night Hike at Powder Mill Ledges
How’s wildlife like after the sunset? Come find out at Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge. This trip will let you use cool night vision gadgets and whatnot. Night Hike at Powder Mill LedgesPowder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge Smithfield, RI, .
A free Earth-Day screening of a Documentary about people passionate about Earth, Nature and Sustentability. There will be a Q & A sesh after it’s over. 6pm. ElementalJane Pickens Theater & Event Center Newport, RI, .
Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words
Jim Cooke delivers much more than 2 words on this entertaining reenactment of President Calvin Coolidge. Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two WordsVermont Humanities Council, State Capitol in the House Chamber Montpelier, VT, .