Events INSIDER: April 22-30, 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

Johnny’s Picks
Harvard Arts First Festival
ARTS FIRST is back this year with more than 200 events. Prepare to witness espectacular music, dance, theatre and visual performances that will be presented at indoor and outdoor venues. Harvard Arts First FestivalHarvard University Cambridge, MA, .
Boston Area Puzzle Hunt League
Puzzle hunts require some serious data crunching power. Join your smartest friends and try to beat everyone else at the one created by BAPHL. 11am. Boston Area Puzzle Hunt LeagueFrog Pond on Boston Common Boston, MA, .
Lexington Open Studios
Dress your home with unique masterpieces created by more than 70 different artists living in Lexington. Visit the places artits draw inspiration from, which could be their own houses. Isn’t it cool? Lexington Open StudiosVarious Locations Lexington, MA, .
Brookline Open Studios
Getting a piece of art directly from the artist creates a special link between both parties. This is a great chance to meet artist’ studios and homes, which happens just once a year. Brookline Open StudiosVarious Locations Brookline, MA, .
Boston Sailing Center – Open House
The Boston Sailing Center is having a Free Sailing Open House. Pst pst, I heard they’re actually letting people sail the boats! 1pm. Boston Sailing Center - Open HouseBoston Sailing Center Boston, MA, .
Quidditch Champions Series
So it seems that muggles found a way to play Quidditch. This tournament will confront US top 10 teams. One, and just one will be crowned the king of this magical sport. 3pm. Quidditch Champions SeriesHarvard Soccer Field Cambridge, MA, .
Muddy River Dulcimer Festival
This musical festival features an instrument petting zoo, 3 fol concerts and several music workshops for kinds and adults. What else can you ask for? Muddy River Dulcimer FestivalBrookline Music School Brookline, MA, .
Barney Frank at the Ford Hall Forum
Former Congressman Barney Frank has been always outspoken, and he has always strived to defend people who needed him the most. For this, he will be honored with the First Amendment Award. 6:30pm. Barney Frank at the Ford Hall ForumFord Hall Forum at Suffolk University Boston, MA, .
Nerdnite Boston Nerdtacular
Doesn’t seem like it, but nerd talks are actually fun and entertaining. This time, Nerd Night will treat interesting topics such as intellectual property rights and sex education. Nerdnite Boston NerdtacularMiddlesex Lounge Cambridge, MA, .
Gore Place Sheepshearing Festival
Sheepshearing and herding dog demos are just 2 of the amazing things you will find at the Sheepshearing festival. Food vendors and a cratfs fair complete the circle for a perfect day. 10-5pm. Gore Place Sheepshearing FestivalGore Place Waltham, MA, .
Harvard University Native American Pow Wow
My favorite thing about Powwows is the dancing competition. What’s yours? Harvard University Native American Pow WowRadcliffe Lawn Cambridge, MA, .
National Day of Puppetry
Gov Patrick has declared that April 27th is Massachusetts Day of Puppetry. Come enjoy a great story told by puppets. National Day of PuppetryRCTV Studios Reading, MA, .
Musketaquid Earth Day River Ceremony, Parade and Festival
It seems that dancing, puppetry and parades get along well. This festival has it all. Enjoy different creative activities for children and grown-ups. 10 am. Musketaquid Earth Day River Ceremony, Parade and FestivalMusketaquid Arts and Environment Program Concord, MA, .
BONE Metal Detection Fest
What would you do if I told you there’s $3,000+ in old coins buried and waiting for you at BONE Metal Detection Fest? There’s more goodies but you’ll have to be there to find out about them! 10am. BONE Metal Detection FestMuster Field, Frost Hill Rd Marlborough, NH, .
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, .
Sense of Wonder Walk: The Squishiness of Things
I never knew that slime is actually useful. Come make your own at the Sense of Wonder Walk: The Squishiness of Things. This walk will put you in contact with amazing creatures such as slimy slugs and salamanders. 1pm. Sense of Wonder Walk: The Squishiness of ThingsIpswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Topsfield, MA, .
Steam and Cinders Weekend
Live-Action Role-Playing becomes much more interesting when combined with Steampunk stuff. Put on your victorian sci ficostume and join the fun! Steam and Cinders Weekend Ashby, 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, .
A to Z’s Brodway at the Blackstone
Remember the old saying ‘If you don’t go to Broadway, Broadway comes to you’? Well, A to Z Theatrical Productions will be performing famous songs suchs as ‘The Music Man’ and ‘Man of La Mancha’ 8pm. A to Z's Brodway at the BlackstoneBlackstone River Theatre Cumberland, RI, .
Confederate Memorial Day
eenactments and encampments allow you to go back in time without having a time machine, whichi is pretty cool. This one is presented by 12th Georgia Infantry and celebrates Confederate Memorial Day. Confederate Memorial DayChase Farm Lincoln, RI, .
Spring Fair at Gilbert Stuart Birthplace / Fish on the Run
Watching fish move like crazy up the fishladder is always fun. If you’re looking for something different, join the rug hooking and weaving activities. Spring Fair at Gilbert Stuart Birthplace / Fish on the RunGilbert Stuart Museum Saunderstown, RI, .
The Great Scituate Scavenger Hunt
Join this challenging scavenger hunt, and if your team wins the organization you played for will receive 100% of the event’s proceedings. How cool is that? 12 pm. The Great Scituate Scavenger HuntSt. Luke’s Episcopal Church Scituate, MA, .
Swordsmanship Conference at UMass
If you like shiny, pointy, long and sharp objects, you cannot miss this conference about European swords. Just make sure you keep yours at home. 2013:. Swordsmanship Conference at UMassUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA, .
Supercuts Soccerfest
My favorite position for playing soccer is left side bench. But that’s a good thing because the Gatorade is always next to me. Supercuts SoccerFest will make you have a great time. 8am. Supercuts SoccerfestMcGuirk Alumni Stadium, UMass Amherst Campus Amherst, MA, .
Family Board Game Day
Bring your favorite board game, or choose one of the games available at this event. The more, the merrier, so bring your family with you. 2pm. Family Board Game DayMythos Northampton, MA, .
Celtic Warrior Arms and Armor Show
There are many myths about the Celts. Come find out which ones are true and which are not through an interactive presentation organized by Higgins Armory Museum. 2pm. Celtic Warrior Arms and Armor ShowHiggins Armory Museum Worcester, 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, .
Giveaways & Features
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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, , .
Earth Day
Decal Day and Hardy Pond Cleanup
How does nature thank people that help cleaning public spaces and natural habitats? Sometimes SHE sends pizza and sandwiches for awesome volunteers like you. Join Waltham Land Trust on a mission to clean the shoreline of Hardy Pond. 10am. Decal Day and Hardy Pond CleanupLazazzero Park Waltham, MA, .
Science & Conservation Day
Zoos are helping animals all over the world through the research they do locally. Want to know more? Come visit Frankling Park Zoo for an entertaining day full of info. 10am. Science & Conservation DayFranklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road Dorchester, MA, .
Artists For Humanity’s ‘Greatest Party on Earth’
Artists for Humanity supports after school jobs that encourage teens to keep creating art. Enjoy fine cuisine and appreciate the apprentices art, which will be for sale. Plus, the The Nephrok! Allstars band and Boston Circul Guild will be there! Artists For Humanity's 'Greatest Party on Earth'Artists For Humanity EpiCenter Boston, MA, .
Values in Action Earth Day
To celebrate Earth Day, the Humanist Community at Harvard has prepared a day full of activities for all the family. Environmental labs, a film screening and community service round up a day that promises to be fun and entertaining. 10am. Values in Action Earth DayFresh Pond Reservoir Recreation Area Cambridge, 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, .
Statewide Volunteer Day
Mother Nature does not speak much, so we rarely hear her ask for help. Why don’t we give nature a hand by attending to Statewide Volunteer Day? 9am. Statewide Volunteer DayAll Over Massachusetts Boston, MA, .
Also Fun
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, .
Fresh Pond Wake Up and Weed
Fresh Pond is more than a nine-hole golf course. It is also the place where walkers, runners and cyclists go get some fresh air, and most important: It is the home to many plants and animals. Come help maintain a balanced and diverse habitat for all of them. 2013:10am. Fresh Pond Wake Up and WeedWalter J. Sullivan Water Treatment Facility Cambridge, MA, .
Lee Smolin discusses Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe
Is time real or is it just an illusion? Lee Smolin, a renowned theoretical physicist, will discuss this at the presentation of his new book called Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe. Lee Smolin discusses Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the UniverseHarvard Book Store Cambridge, MA, .
Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts
Every year, Brandeis University becomes one of the best places to meet the work of American artists. Be part of the great creativity and community spirit that is part of this great festival. Bernstein Festival of the Creative ArtsBrandeis University Waltham, MA, .
Boston Cyberarts Gallery Presents: Poetic Codings
Interactive iPad artworks sound like lots of fun. Art you can touch and play with? Yes please! Boston Cyberarts Gallery Presents: Poetic CodingsBoston Cyberarts Gallery Jamaica Plain, MA, .
Reverberations: Anna Von Mertens
Anna Von Mertens will be presenting her collection of quilts. Enjoy her work while listening to live improvisational music. 7pm. Reverberations: Anna Von MertensMills Gallery at the BCA Boston, MA, .
Evgeny Morozov discusses To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism
Evgeny Morozov thinks that in the future ‘smart’ tech will have a great influence on political matters. Is this good, or bad? He will discuss this at the presentation of his book ‘To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism.’ 7pm. Evgeny Morozov discusses To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological SolutionismHarvard Book Store Cambridge, MA, .
Update from Ofunato
A small group of representatives from Ofunato, Japan will be presenting a report on all the progress made in that city after the disastrous 3.11.6:30 pm. Update from OfunatoShowa Boston Institute Boston, MA, .
YWCA Stand Against Racism Movie Screening & Discussion
Racism is a topic that still needs to be addressed. Join the Professional Women of Color Network for a movie screening, dinner and a meaningful discussion on the topic. YWCA Stand Against Racism Movie Screening & DiscussionDot 2 Dot Caf Boston, MA, .
Muslim Women in the Arts: Artist Reception featuring artist Nada Farhat
Muslim art is much more than just calligraphy and rugs. This expo focuses on the work of talented female Muslim artists like Nada Farhat. Don’t miss this one, as it’s something you don’t see everyday. 6:30pm. Muslim Women in the Arts: Artist Reception featuring artist Nada FarhatAmerican Islamic Congress Boston, MA, .
Gathering of Olmsted
This year Frederick Law Olmsted would have turned 200 years old (if he were still alive, of course). Join Olmsted 2022 on the birthday celebration of one of the greatest landscapers history has ever known. Tree planting and lectures are some of the featured activities. Gathering of OlmstedOlmsted Park Boston, MA, .
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Gala
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has been offering great shakespearean performances free of charge for the people living in Boston. Support this program and enjoy yourself at this gala. 6:30pm. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's GalaMandarin Oriental, Boston Boston, MA, .
StoriesLive High School Story Slam
It’s Story Slam time! 10 participating schools. The winner will be crowned as the absolute story teller, and the rest others will be sent to the lions pit… just joking! There will be pizza for all participating students. 9:30am. StoriesLive High School Story SlamBoston Public Library Boston, MA, .
Strides Against Stigma
You can help raise awareness of depressive disorders while meeting great people. Be part of a fundraising campaign and also get rewards for it. It’s a win/win situation. 11am. Strides Against StigmaNickerson Field, Boston University Boston, MA, .
The Art of Palestine by Samia Halaby
There aren’t many presentations that focus on Palestininan art. Join artist Samia Halaby, who will cover the visual arts of Palestine during the 20th century. 2:30pm. The Art of Palestine by Samia HalabyCambridge Public Library Cambridge, MA, .
Uniting Autism Launch Party
Lots of fun activities for the whole family await at the Uniting Autism Launch Party. This event pretends to raise awareness of autism and show people how they can help caregivers of children diagnosed with autism. 12pm. Uniting Autism Launch PartyHyde Park Police Station Hyde Park, MA, .
Art in Bloom
Nature itself is pure art, but that does not mean us humans cannot play a little with it and create beautiful arrangements with flowers. Meet popular floral designers and be amazed by floral expos full of color and fun. Art in BloomMuseum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, .
Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race
The Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race returns this year with $5,000 in cash prizes. That’s a lot of cash! Can I get some? Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak RaceCharles River Boston, MA, .
Aqueducts: A History Of Bringing Water To The People
Aqueducts not only look great, they’re really useful too (even nowadays). Come learn a bit more about tham, it’s going to be refreshing. 12pm. Aqueducts: A History Of Bringing Water To The PeopleMetropolitan Waterworks Museum Boston, MA, .
Zoos Go Blue Autism Awareness Day
A trip to the zoo can result in a great experience for people with autism. Speaks at Franklin Park Zoo will help family members plan better for such activities. 10am. Zoos Go Blue Autism Awareness DayFranklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road Boston, MA, .
Super Spiders
Can you imagine a world without spiders? I CAN! It seems that spiders help us keep our ears bug-free. Awesome! 2pm. Super SpidersBoston Nature Center, 500 Walk Hill St, Mattapan Boston, MA, .
Boston Jerk Fest
Boston JerkFest gathers together top Jerk based dishes made by some of the best chefs in Boston. Come have fun, Caribbean style! 11am. Boston Jerk FestBenjamin Franklin Institute Boston, MA, .
Contemporary Takes On Craft by Seven Not-So-Conventional Craftspeople
Listen to 7 talented craftspeople talk about contemporary craftsmanship. Each one of them gets a whole 7 minutes to show what they do and how they do it. 7pm. Contemporary Takes On Craft by Seven Not-So-Conventional CraftspeopleMassachusetts College of Art and Design Boston, MA, .
Chocolate Madness
Join NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts on the celebration of the 30th anniversay of Chocolate Madness, which features meetings with top chocolate chefs, wine tasting and much more. I think it is safe to say that there will be TONS of chocolate, and that’s always a good thing, isn’t it? 7:30pm. Chocolate MadnessCyclorama Boston, 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, .
Brewster in Bloom
Brewster in Bloom festival seems to have it all covered. They offer coffee tastings, golf competitions, pancake breakfasts and art exhibitions. They had me at coffeee tastings… Brewster in BloomVarious Venues Brewster, MA, .
Stomp 2013!
Stomp is all about dancing and having fun. Stay for the week on P-town and enjoy the 2 dances and 5 workshops that have been organized. Stomp 2013!Various Locations Provincetown, MA, .
Fund Raiser Auction
Auctions are a great way of finding interesting and rare objects. This one should have a couple interesting items, since it’s being hosted by the Bourne Historical Society. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with Jason Bourne. 3pm. Fund Raiser AuctionAptucxet Trading Post Museum Complex Bourne, MA, .
Brewster Bloom Run
Competing on a 5k race is good for your health (and your ego). But the great thing about races is that you usally get the chance to help a good cause. Proceedings go to the Elder Brewster Scholarship. 10am. Brewster Bloom RunBrewster Inn & Chowder House Brewster, MA, .
Hog Off Fundraiser
Any event that lets you taste different stuffed quahogs, vote for your favorite and then get a chance to win a monster lobster has to be on the top of your list of awesome things to do. It is on mine! 1pm. Hog Off FundraiserQuahog Republic Falmouth, MA, .
Brewster Kite Building & Demonstration
With the help of industry professionals, build your own kite and then fly it. Includes a kite show for everyone to enjoy. 12pm. Brewster Kite Building & DemonstrationDrummer Boy Park Brewster, MA, .
Silk Symposium
Silk is kind of the queen of textiles. This one day symposium will examine silk and clothing, as made during the 19th and 20th centuries. 8:30am. Silk SymposiumNew England Quilt Museum Lowell, MA, .
Celebrate Earth Day with Groundwork Lawrence!
Earth Day is coming, and the city of Lawrence could use some help celebrating it. Come and be part of the many veautification projects that Groundwork Lawrence has prepared, or create your own and recruit your friends! 8 am. Celebrate Earth Day with Groundwork Lawrence!Campagnone Common, Common Street Lawrence, MA, .
Film Screening of The Economics of Happiness
The Economics of Happiness is a film that deals with the crisis of the spirit people face nowadays. 6:30pm. Film Screening of The Economics of HappinessLowell National Historical Park 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, .
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, .
Bauhaus Artists and the Poetics of Reuse
A lecture by Dr.Barbara Stehle that explores the Bauhaus masters’ reflections about authorship and imagination. Optional tour of Gropius House. 9pm. Bauhaus Artists and the Poetics of ReuseCodman Estate Lincoln, MA, .
Oldies (50s, 60s, 70s) Dance
Don’t remember how to do the robot dance? Fear not, I bet someone will be there to help. Enjoy music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. 7:60pm. Oldies (50s, 60s, 70s) DanceMedway VFW Medway, MA, .
Medway Clean Sweep
Come get a free t-shirt and enjoy a BBQ at Medway’s Town Hall. What’s the catch? Just need to help cleaning a bit here and there… 8 am. Medway Clean SweepTown Hall of Medway Medway, MA, .
Walk the Walk for Autism
Walking is good for your health, and in this case it also helps raising awareness of autism. Participate in the raffles or just enjoy the music and family-friendly activities. 11am. Walk the Walk for AutismStony Brook Middle School Track Westford, MA, .
Kite Day at Bose Mountain in Framingham
The Autism Alliance of MetroWest is joining Annual Kite Date at Bose Mountain. You will find pinwheels, kites (or course) and magicians. There will be train rides too! 12pm. Kite Day at Bose Mountain in FraminghamBose Mountain Framingham, MA, .
Lag B’Omer Hike and Picnic at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Metrowest
Lag B’Omer is a time to remember the heroes and scholars of Jewish Culture. Join the Jewish culture Center of Boston on a hike and a picnic outdoors. 10:30am. Lag B'Omer Hike and Picnic at Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, MetrowestBroadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary Natick, MA, .
BOSE Mountain Autism Kite Day
If you love flying kites and like to volunteer for good causes, this is the event for you! Join all the families that will be celebrating autism and the community. 12pm. BOSE Mountain Autism Kite DayBose Mountain Framingham, MA, .
Authors & Abolitionists
Concord is one of the places that fought slavery and inspired many other places to do so. Jayne Gordon will take you on a walk that features lots of historical places related to the fight against slavery. 2pm. Authors & AbolitionistsConcord Train Depot Concord, MA, .
Canobie Lake Park Grand Opening and One Day Sale
Canobie Lake Park is opening for its 2013 season. You know that this means riding UNTAMED and EQUINOX multiple times. The beast part? Tickets are $8 OFF! Canobie Lake Park Grand Opening and One Day SaleCanobie Lake Park Salem, NH, .
Newburyport Literary Festival
2013’s Newburyport Literary Fest has many reasons to celebrate this year. One of them is the 8 Oscar nominations that the movie adaptation of Matthew Quick’s, The Silver Linings Playbook, received. The buffet dinner is the perfect chance to meet your favorite authors, and maybe share a snack with them. Newburyport Literary FestivalVarious Venues Newburyport, MA, .
Walk Like MADD
Walk for the victims of DUI and the Boston Marathon. Every step you take helps MADD take a stand for victims who have unjustly lost their lives. 10am. Walk Like MADDLake Quannapowitt Wakefield, MA, .
Daffodil Day
It’s spring again and Long Hill’s Sedgwick Gardens is waiting for you to come visit! Join the daffodils walk or pick you own daffodil bouquet at the Flower Fields. 11:30am. Daffodil DayLong Hill’s Sedgwick Garden Beverly, MA, .
Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail
This year, 17 potters will present their work at the Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail. BTW, these potters are not Harry’s siblings. Asparagus Valley Pottery TrailVarious Locations Northfield, MA, .
Tea Talk: Ritual and Refinement in Early New England
Bob and Mary Lou Heiss are tea experts. They will be giving a presentation on their experiences while traveling through important tea growing areas. The day will conclude with a tea tasting session. 2pm. Tea Talk: Ritual and Refinement in Early New EnglandFlynt Center of Early New England Life Deerfield, MA, .
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, .
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
This Film Festival focuses on ‘A Climate of Change’, so you can expect most films to deal with what we can do for nature. It’s a great chance to enjoy high quality films with a good purpose. 7pm. Wild and Scenic Film FestivalThe Historic Theater Portsmouth, RI, .
Imagine Walk and Family Fund Day
Join this fundraising walk and then take part on the karaoke, face painting and other family activities that have been planned for kids and teenagers with autism. 10am. Imagine Walk and Family Fund DayGoddard Memorial State Park East Greenwich, 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, .
Eating with the Ecosystem Dinner
What are carbon dioxide emissions doing to sealife? Geochemist Scott Doney has the answer. Enjoy an interesting talk while eating tasty dishes prepared by chef Rizwan Ahmed. 6pm. Eating with the Ecosystem DinnerHourglass Brasserie Bristol, RI, .
Volcanoes, Gods, and Men
The guys from Brown University went to the other side of the world to document the longest lava caves. They have returned and want to share their findings with you. 5:30pm. Volcanoes, Gods, and MenSalomon Center Providence, RI, .
Venus and Serena
Venus and Serena Williams are two of the most famous female tennis players of all time. It was about time someone made a decent documentary about the 2 sisters. 6:00pm. Venus and SerenaThe Casino Theater Newport, RI, .
Elephants: Past, Present and Future
Brett Haskins seems to know everything about elephants. This is your opportinity to ask all you wanted to know about the biggest mammal that walks on Earth. 7pm. Elephants: Past, Present and FutureRoger Williams Park Zoo Providence, RI, .
Cardigan’s Wake (Modern day) Architect’s Inn
Be part of a Live-Action Role-Playing game packed with mistery, betrayal and death. Will you come out alive of this adventure? Cardigan's Wake (Modern day) Architect's InnArchitect’s Inn Newport, RI, .
Rocks in Architecture
A walking tour of the East Side of Providence that will let us know more about the urban landscape and its geologic story. Who said rocks could not talk? 10am. Rocks in ArchitectureProspect Terrace Park, Congdon Street Providence, RI, .
Pawtucket River Duck Race
A rubber duck race! Winner takes all, or something like that. This race will benefit 45+ local charities, so tell Quacky he should start training! 11am. Pawtucket River Duck RaceDowntown Westerly Westerly, RI, .
Spring Forward Think Back
Some of greatest films from the 10s and 20s were shot in RI. Spring Forward… Think back will let you enjoy a few of those films as you try high quality cocktails and delights. 7pm. Spring Forward Think BackAldrich House Providence, RI, .
Brian Peters & Jeff Davis
I wish I could play as many instruments as Brian Peters and Jeff Davis. For now, I think I’ll go check them out at their concert. 8pm. Brian Peters & Jeff DavisBlackstone River Theatre Cumberland, RI, .
Great Swamp Walk
There are many different animal species living at Great Swamp. Can you count them all? Professional naturalists will be there to help you keep count. 2:30pm. Great Swamp WalkGreat Swamp Management Area South Kingstown, RI, .
Blithewold Gardens Fairy Festival
Spring is here and the Daffodils that live at Blithewold Mansion are ready to celebrate it. Come experience the smells, sounds and sights of Blithewold’s gardens. 11am. Blithewold Gardens Fairy FestivalBlithewold Mansion Gardens & Arboretum Bristol, RI, .
Brockton Lions Carnival
Is there a way to top an Unlimited Ride Armband from Fiesta Shows? Add a petting zoo for a winning combination. Brockton Lions CarnivalEastside Plaza Brockton, MA, .
Arbor Day Celebration
Arbor Day Celebration features face painting, a climbing wall and fire 6 contructions trucks for kids to play at. Oh, and there will be tree planting activities too. It’s the whole package! 10am. Arbor Day CelebrationBrainard Marsh & Washburn Park Plymouth, MA, .
Native Craft Fair
Learn how to make your own corn husk doll, or get one from the native vendors that will be showcasing their jewelery. Games for kids will be available too. 10:30am. Native Craft FairPlimoth Plantation Plymouth, MA, .
Back to the Roots International Travel Show
Back to the Roots aims to interconnect tourism operators, in order to create better packages for people looking for cultural tourism trips. Back to the Roots International Travel ShowRaynham Dog Track Raynham, MA, .
1ST Person, 2ND Story
Is it hard to write a book? 3 local authors share stories on how their books were born. Presentations are paired with tapas and wine. 7pm. 1ST Person, 2ND StoryDowntown New Bedford New Bedford, MA, .
Nantucket Daffodil Festival
Nantucket is the home to over 3 million daffodils, which start blooming in early April. To celebrate this, the Nantucket Daffodil Fest has prepared parades, picnics and even a 5K race. Put on your Daffy hat and come celebrate! Nantucket Daffodil FestivalNantucket Chamber of Commerce, Zero Main Street Nantucket, MA, .
Colloquium: What’s European About European Cinema?
Can you explain what makes an European film have the so called European cinema style? No? Don’t worry, Thomas Elsaesser is here to help! 9:30am. Colloquium: What's European About European Cinema?UMass Amherst Amherst, MA, .
Noble 5K Run and Walk
Sometimes it takes very little to help others. Join the Noble 5K Run, organized by Noble Hospital. Different prizes will be available, divided by categories and age. 7:30am. Noble 5K Run and WalkStanley Park, Gillett Rd Westfield, MA, .
REC Earth Day Cleanups
Earth-Day is all about caring for the environment. The REC and the Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks need your help cleaning Worcester’s streets, parks and neighborhoods. 8am. REC Earth Day CleanupsCity Wide Worcester, 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, .
Review: Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage
Click for our review of Beowulf at Club Oberon! Beowulf - A Thousand Years of BaggageOberon Cambridge, 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, .
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, .
The Crossroads Project: Exploring Climate Change Through Art, Music, and Science
Experience a new way of learning through a combination of science, art and music. The Boston University Arts Initiative is presenting the phenomenon of climate change, using this new teaching approach. 7:30pm. The Crossroads Project: Exploring Climate Change Through Art, Music, and ScienceTsai Performance Center Boston, MA, .
Cambridge Poetry Jam
Poetry jams are on the cool section of ‘my book.’ Do you want to know why? Come find out and have a great time! 11am. Cambridge Poetry JamVarious Locations Cambridge, MA, .
STOOPS is a comedy that deals with identity and the way people show themselves in front of others. Discover if it’s possible to be 2 different people at once. Stoops!Hope Central in JP Jamaica Plain, MA, .
The Z Factor
The Z Factor is a dancing homage to all those people who have inspired the new generations. Witness how young people become inspiration to many others. The Z FactorThe Fitness and Recreation Building Boston, MA, .
JazzBoston Jazz Week
It’s 10 full days of Jazz music. Public performances, home concerts and jazz ensembles will make this celebration the best one yet! JazzBoston Jazz WeekVarious Venues Boston, MA, .
Taxim Square
Taxim Square is far from being a square band. They usually play Turkish and Mediterranean music with a jazz, folk and pop style, matched with Burcu Gle’s privileged voice. 8pm. Taxim SquareGoethe Institut Boston, MA, .
An Iliad
An Iliad is Lisa Peterson’s version of Homer’s famous poem, interpreted by the great Denis O’Hare. The play promises a refreshing and shoking approach to the story we’re all familiar with. An IliadArtsEmerson Boston, MA, .
WOW, a band that sings in 7 different languages. You don’t get to see that everyday! Let Meszecsina fill your ears with beautiful experimental music. 8pm. MeszecsinaJohnny D’s Somerville, 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, .
Rory Block in Concert
Some people say country blues is always best when intepreted by Rory Block. This is a one night only concert sposored by Reasons To Be Cheerful. 8pm. Rory Block in ConcertEmerson Umbrella Center for Arts Concord, 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 Ipswich, MA, .
An Evening of Guitar with Adam Levin & Quentin Callewaert
2 giants of the guitar world will be performing at Firehouse Center For The Arts. One of the 2 giants happens to be 12 years old. 7:30pm. An Evening of Guitar with Adam Levin & Quentin CallewaertFirehouse Center For The Arts Newburyport, MA, .
The Hutchinson Family Singers: America’s First Rock Star Family
Come listen to old favorite songs written by The Hutchinson Family Singers from Lynn, who were super stars in the 40’s. 4:30pm. The Hutchinson Family Singers: America's First Rock Star FamilyLynn Museum & Historical Society Lynn, MA, .
Opera Scenes
Music majors from Gordon College will be performing a series of Opera Acts, including masterpieces such as Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. Opera ScenesGordon College Phillips Music Center Wenham, MA, .
Composer’s Guild Spring Recital
It is not easy to compose musical pieces. The students from Gordon College decided to take on this challenge, and they came out triumphant. Listen to their musical creations and spend a great evening. 7:30pm. Composer's Guild Spring RecitalGordon College Phillips Music Center Wenham, MA, .
Chamber Music Spring Recital
There are several talented musicians at Gordon College. This time they present multiple chamber ensembles that prove what they’re able to do. 7pm. Chamber Music Spring RecitalGordon College Phillips Music Center Wenham, MA, .
Boston Poetry Slam Presents Poetry at the Attleboro Arts Museum\n
This is the closest you’ll ever get to seeing poets fighting to death. This year’s Poetry Slam event features poetry workshops. Free and open to the public. 7pm. Boston Poetry Slam Presents Poetry at the Attleboro Arts Museum\nAttleboro Arts Museum Attleboro, MA, .
Musical: Hair
The Washington Post has rated this version of ‘Hair’ as the best one yet. That’s gotta count for something, doesn’t it? Musical: HairFine Arts Center Amherst, MA, .
Earth Day Celebration at Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium is celebrating Earth-Day and you’re all invited. Enjoy the scavenger hunts and the games for all the family. Also, you’ll learn how to reduce your carbon footprint. Earth Day Celebration at Mystic AquariumMystic Aquarium Mystic, CT, .
Hartford/Springfield Kidney Walk
There are many ways to help fight kidney disease. One of them is by attending to the Hartford/Springfield Kidney Walk. There are incentives for fundraisers too! 9:30am. Hartford/Springfield Kidney WalkWickham Park Manchester, CT, .
Performance 20/20 Marathon
Chamber music and food is always a great combination. Enjoy the light refreshments that will be offered through the 7 hour concert. 2pm. Performance 20/20 MarathonAlfred C. Fuller Music Center West Hartford, CT, .
GOOD NEWS! A Musical Comedy
Music, dancing, singing and laughter are perfectly mixed by this full of energy GoodSpeed musical production. GOOD NEWS! A Musical ComedyGoodspeed Opera House East Haddam, 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, .
Connecticut Storytelling Festival
Willy Claflin leads this years’ marquee on the 32nd Annual Storytelling Festival, organized by Connecticut Storytelling Center. If you want to hear crazy, entertaining stories, then you should come! Connecticut Storytelling FestivalConnecticut College New London, CT, .
Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours
Prepare to hear creepy stories and come visit Mark Twain’s house, which has been featured on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters. They say it’s a goosebump-inducing tour, so don’t forget to bring an extra pair of underwear! Graveyard Shift Ghost ToursThe Mark Twain House & Museum Hartford, CT, .
Earth Day Celebration at Ansonia
Learning how to live more sustainable lives could come handy in the future. You never know! This Earth Day celebration features hikes, games and talks about sustainable communities. All day event. Earth Day Celebration at AnsoniaAnsonia Nature and Recreation Center Ansonia, CT, .
Quassy Season Open
April is almost over but don’t be sad, because it means that Quassy Amusement Park is opening for its 2013 season! Pack 10 people on your car and pay only $35. 12pm. Quassy Season OpenQuassy Amusement Park Middlebury, CT, .
This show mixes live dance performances with video technology. creating a multi-dimensional experience. The best thing: There’s a behind-the-scenes interaction after the show! 7pm. VoyeurWadsworth Atheneum Hartford, CT, .
Annual Pirate Party
How to hold a silent auction in the middle of a pirate party is a mistery to me. Why don’t you go and then let me know how it went? I promise you’ll have fun. 7pm. Annual Pirate PartyMystic Arts Center Mystic, CT, .
Belltown Gas and Steam Engine Show
Even nowadays, many things (like engines and industrial machines) are still powered by steam & gas. Come find out which ones still use this awesome tech. The show features a flea market, and winning prizes for exhibitors. 8am. Belltown Gas and Steam Engine ShowFireman’s Field, Rte. 16 East Hampton, CT, .
University of Hartford’s Community Day
Tethered hot-air balloons, a petting zoo, a bouncy house, Library Mini-Golf and much more much more! I’m telling you, this festival sound slike a lot of fun. 11am. University of Hartford's Community DayUniversity of Hartford Hartford, CT, .
Easter Egg Hunt at Quassy Amusement Park
Come help your kids on the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Quassy Amusement Park. 3pm. Easter Egg Hunt at Quassy Amusement ParkQuassy Amusement Park Middlebury, CT, .
Iron Chef Elm City
An Iron Chef show is always fun to watch, specially if its live and you’re part of the on site public. Hint: The public has a chance of tasting the food cooked on the show. 11:45am. Iron Chef Elm CityHADCO Wallingford, CT, .
Spring Bird Walks at Hammonasset Beach State Park
Birds don’t seem to mind the company of birdwatchers, given that they keep their distance. Feel free to bring your binoculars to the Spring Bird Walks at Hammonasset Beach State Park. Spring Bird Walks at Hammonasset Beach State ParkThe Audubon Shop Madison, CT, .
Maine Robot Track Meet
It’s the Robot Olympics! Come watch different robots compete for the crown on 10 different robo-disciplines. I’m telling you, this is something NOONE should miss. 8:30am. Maine Robot Track MeetMemorial Middle School South Portland, ME, .
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Be amazed by Tai Chi & Qigong demos, and then take part on the free classes being offered. I don’t have a Gong Fu, but I guess I could wear my PJs instead. 10am. World Tai Chi & Qigong DayBowdoin College Quad Brunswick, ME, .
A Mass For Peace
The Choral Art Society and Portland Ballet Company get together again, this time featuring an overwhelming performance of Karl Jenkins’s Mass for Peace. 8pm. A Mass For PeaceMerrill Auditorium Portland, ME, .
Spring Fling Living History Experience
It’s 1870 again, at least on the Spring Fling Living History Experience. 16 lucky people will have the opportunity of living life as if it were 1870, for a couple of days. It does not get better than this. Spring Fling Living History ExperienceWashburn-Norlands Living History Center Livermore, ME, .
Shrine Circus
Bangor’s biggest circus is back! Enjoy watching a bear riding a motorcycle while you eat cotton candy and popcorn. Also, be ready to laugh at the famous Anah Shrine Clowns. Shrine CircusBangor Auditorium Bangor, ME, .
Fisherman’s Festival
Celebrating the Maine fishing season has to have fishing activities, don’t you think? You cannot miss the Miss Shrimp Princess Pageant event. Fisherman's FestivalThe Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce Lincoln, ME, .
The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Giulio Cesare
Giulio Cesare is a live act presented by The Metropolitan Opera in which we take a look at the emperor’s life with Cleapatra by his side, on an alternate world where people sing all the time. 6pm. The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Giulio CesareEastman Performing Arts Center Fryeburg, ME, .
Big Birthday Fly and Pot Luck Party
Someone is celebrating a birthday, and you’re invited. This is a potluck reunion, so don’t forget to bring your favorite dish with you. Also, kites will be flying all around. It does not get better than this, I’m telling you! 10am. Big Birthday Fly and Pot Luck PartyBug Light Park South Portland, ME, .
Maine in the Civil War
After 150 years, the Civil War is still one of the historical events that matter the most to us. This day long symposium will deal with the causes, constituencies, politics, and personalities of the Civil War era. 9am. Maine in the Civil WarUniversity of Southern Maine Portland, ME, .
Autism Family Kite Fly
Face painting, bubbles and lots of kites are just a few fun things you will find at Bose Mountain. This event aims to raise awareness of autisim. 4pm. Autism Family Kite FlyFort Williams Cape Elizabeth, ME, .
Cranky Yankees: All Together, Now!
The best of Jim Cooke is finally together. His 4 most popular and known characters meet on Cranky Yankees: All Together, Now! Featuring, of course, Jim Cooke. 7pm. Cranky Yankees: All Together, Now!Sunapee Historical Society Sunapee, NH, .
Manchester Carnival
Imagine having an unlimited pass for all your favorite rides from Fiesta Shows. Yes, it is real and you can get one too! Manchester CarnivalJ.F.K. Arena Parking Lot Manchester, NH, .
Jazzmouth Lite, Poetry and Jazz Brunch
Share a fine meal with popular jazz musicians and poets. There will be an open mic, so poets are encouraged to share their work. 11:30am. Jazzmouth Lite, Poetry and Jazz BrunchThe Press Room Portsmouth, NH, .
Slow Dance Night
Slow Dance Night does not mean you cannot make a fast move on that special someone. Enjoy live music and a variety of snacks while dancing to romantic timeless musical pieces. 8:30pm. Slow Dance NightNorth End Studio B Burlington, VT, .
St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival
A 2 day festival with tons of activities. Choose between a pancake breakfast or a 5k run (I’d do both, at the same time). More than 100 food vendors will meet there, and before the event closes, a World Maple Syrup Champion will be proclaimed. St. Johnsbury World Maple Festival St. Johnsbury, VT, , .
Lost Nation Theater present Ransome!
A musical that shows through acting and singing how people from Vermont dealt with Civil War. Inspired by letters written by soldier Ransom W Towle. Lost Nation Theater present Ransome!City Hall Arts Center Montpelier, VT, .
Vermont Maple Festival
For all I know, Maple syrup goes well with pretty much anything, so I’m happy they have this festival in Vermont. Experience parades, cooking shows and much more. Vermont Maple FestivalVarious Venues St. Albans, VT, , .
Everything Equine
It’s been 10 years since Everything Equine was established. Celebrate a decade of love for horses by attending to this fun and entertaining festival. Music, horse expo, and much more! Everything EquineChamplain Valley Exposition Essex Junction, VT, .
Niquette Bay State Park
Come hunt for wildflowers at Niquette Bay State Park. Please keep in mind that hunting for flowers does not involve any guns. 10am. Niquette Bay State ParkNiquette Bay State Park Colchester, VT, .