Events INSIDER: Feb 18-25, 2014

Giveaways & Features
Win: CASH is KING : Johnny Cash Tribute Show
Johnny Cash needs to introduction and there can never be too many tributes to the legacy of this lyrics virtuoso. Want to win tickets to the show? Email! We have two pairs of tickets. Win: CASH is KING : Johnny Cash Tribute ShowRegent Theatre, 7 Medford St, Arlington, MA, .
Win: Circus Oz: From the Ground Up
Got 2 pairs of tix to give away. Email to win! Win: Circus Oz: From the Ground UpCiti Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont St, Boston, MA, .
Got 2 pairs of tickets to giveaway on 2/23. Email to win! Win: SPANK! HARDERThe Wilbur, 246 Tremont St, Boston, MA, .
Johnny’s Picks
The New England Home Show
If you own a home, here’s where you can learn about remodeling, decorating, and housewares — they’ll have an entire crafts show. It’s also the largest home show in New England. The New England Home ShowSeaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA, .
Revere Beach’s polar bear plunge
If you’re going to do something reckless, you might as well make sure it’s also good: Freeze in this year’s Polar Beach Plunge! All funds will benefit the Special Olympics Massachusetts’ revenue for the year. Revere Beach's polar bear plungeRevere Beach, Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA, .
Chinese New Year in Harvard Square
It’s not just a Chinese New Year parade! The fun starts in historic Winthrop Park with a lion dance around the ancient oak tree and marches to Mass Avenue to the Hong Kong restaurant. Then, the Hong Kong will have a cultural show with arts and crafts, performers, puppetry, dance, and more. 1-4pm. Chinese New Year in Harvard SquareHarvard Square Cambridge, MA, .
Celebrating Henry Longfellow’s 207th Birthday
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Longfellow’s ‘Tales of a Wayside Inn’ with a lecture and musical show. 10-11:30am. Celebrating Henry Longfellow's 207th Birthday Cambridge, MA, .
Special Olympics Passion Plunge
Dive into cold water… and you raise money. I’m not sure what the connection is exactly In Revere and also at Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA. Special Olympics Passion PlungeRevere Beach & Nantasket Beach Revere, MA, .
School Vacation at Franklin Park Zoo
Did you know the Franklin Park Zoo is open all winter? See animal presentations with gorillas and ocelots! School Vacation at Franklin Park ZooFranklin Park Zoo Boston, MA, .
National Engineers Week
School vacation week means even more interactive workshops at the Museum of Science, Boston for the Edison in you or your kid! Warning: the robot you build may take over the world and enslave humankind. National Engineers WeekMIT MUSEUM Building, N51 265 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA, .
Lowell WinterFest
Fireworks, bowl soup competition, snowman competition, and a human dog sled championship — Are you gonna miss it? Lowell WinterFestDowntown Lowell Lowell, MA, .
Ice Harvesting and Winter Carnival
This one is small but creative and it’s associated with a museum, which means they’ll have indoor activities too. Sleigh & sled dog rides, Tamworth’s antique snow roller, ice sculpting with Brian Stockman, snowshoe obstacle course, ice cutting, etc. 11am-3pm. Ice Harvesting and Winter CarnivalRemick Museum Tamworth, NH, .
Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden Show
Gardens start in the Spring, so this trade show has to happen before Spring arrives. And with so much snow covering -everything- around us, it’s nice to have a little color for a change. Rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden ShowRhode Island Convention Center Providence, RI, .
Illuminated Garden
Parks with lights are sort of a December thing, so here’s an original thought — a night stroll with winter lights in February! 6-9pm. Illuminated GardenHazard Road at Wickham Road Newport, RI, .
Owls and Omelets
Even if you aren’t a night owl, you can still go on an owl prowl: This one starts at 5:45am and culminates with breakfast served in the caretaker’s cottage. Owls and OmeletsNorth River Wildlife Sanctuary Marshfield, MA, .
Total Confusion
GAMES, GAMES, GAMES. This claims to be the largest gaming convention in New England, but it’s not the largest fandom/geek convention. It’s all about roleplaying, miniatures, and board games for kids and mostly adults. Total ConfusionHoliday Inn Mansfield, MA, .
Free Star Parties 2
Have you ever wished to lay your hands on a big, shiny, SPECTACULAR telescope? This is your chance. Watch the stars through one of the most advanced devices of our time. Oh yeah, and it’s free. 7-10pm. Free Star Parties 2Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary Sharon, MA, .
Attleboro Winter Night Festival
Huge snow balls that fit 8 people inside them (craaaaa-zy!), a bonfire, drummers, and fire jugglers too. This one’s free too. Attleboro Winter Night FestivalDowntown Attleboro, 77 Park Street, Attleboro, MA, .
Get the 2014 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 2014 New England Guide All Over, , .
Find 16 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 16 New England Regions on Twitter All Over, , .
Also Fun
Hip Hop Dance Festival
Have you got the right moves? It’s breakdancing, b-boying, popping, freestyling, and hip hopping time! 2pm-3pm. Hip Hop Dance FestivalBaldwin School Cambridge, MA, .
Circus Oz: From the Ground Up
A super extravagant show with aerialists, jugglers and acrobats. The main attraction is a giant swinging steel beam! Circus Oz: From the Ground UpCiti Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, .a itemprop=’url’ href=”” class=”mybutton”>more
Asaf Avidan
This singer’s voice extremely singular and he’s been referred to as ‘the love child of Dylan and Joplin’, so if you’re a fan of either it’s definitely worth cheking him out. 8pm. Asaf AvidanSomerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Boston, MA, .
The Flick
A heartwarming story for his fast-paced world. It’s been widely praised and, well, February is the best month for this kind of story. The FlickSuffolk Theatres Boston, MA, .
The Pulse On Tour
Eep, this one’s a little expensive but if you’re looking to become a professional dancer or just really really enjoy dancing, then it’s definitely worth it. The best coreographers currently working in the industry will stop by Boston to teach their best moves and secrets. The Pulse On TourBoston Convention and Exhibition Center Boston, MA, .
Poste Restante
A mix of music, puppetry, acrobatics and a movie – In case you couldn’t decide what you wanted to do here’s an all-in-one event. Poste RestanteCharlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA, .
Hungary’s Romano Drom
Wonder what a gypsy band sounds like? Apparently it’s a mix of Catalan rumba, Arab, Balkan and pop – sounds interesting and fun. I suppose you can dance to this music too. 7:30pm. Hungary's Romano DromJohnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville, MA, .
Horton Footes’ ‘The Traveling Lady’
Another one for theater lovers. This one is from the same writer of ‘How to kill a mockingbird’. Horton Footes' 'The Traveling Lady'Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Boston, MA, .
Design Museum Mornings with Michael Connors
Learn from the best: Michael Connors will be sharing his experience and knowledge for those who live, love and breathe design. The Design Museum Mornings include a short presentation by a local mover & shaker whom we admire, free breakfast, and great people to wake up with. Monthly. 8:30-10am – The tickets are free! Design Museum Mornings with Michael ConnorsMicrosoft NERD Center Cambridge, MA, .
New England Boat Show
Who needs Miami’s Boat Show when New England’s having one? Yeah, we’re not afraid of the Winter! New England Boat ShowBoston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St, Boston, MA, .
1st Person Plural
Listen to some great stories as told by those who lived them. Some of the storytellers are pros, others are just getting there and this event will have an outside try the art of storytelling too. Sounds fun! 4:30pm. 1st Person PluralClub Passim, 47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA, .
Boston Chili Takedown
Iiiiiiit’s the world famous Boston Chili Takedown! Okay, it might just be New England famous but it’s still pretty big. 2-4pm. Boston Chili TakedownThe Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave #1A, Somerville, MA, .
A fun entrepreneur event for high schoolers; there’s a prize for the best team/idea. 1-4pm. IdeaStormCambridge innovation Center – Venture Cafe Cambridge, MA, .
Angelique Kidjo at Somerville Theatre
Here’s a Grammy award-winning singer. 7pm. Angelique Kidjo at Somerville TheatreSomerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Boston, MA, .
Snowshoeing/Take a Walk
There’s snow all around but there’s also fun all winter long! As long as there’s snow on the ground, come to the Gore Place for a snowshoeing tour around the lovely premises. Snowshoeing/Take a WalkGore Place Waltham, MA, .
Boston Loves Impressionism
It isn’t too often when a Museum lets the audience decide what works of art will be a part of their exhibitions, so if you love expressionism make your vote count! The top 30 paintings will be featured in the upcoming MFA’s exhibition ‘Boston Loves Impressionism’. Boston Loves ImpressionismMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston, MA, .
Washington’s Headquarters Tour
6:30pm. Washington's Headquarters TourLongfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA, .
Snowbound Leather Weekend
This is an R-rated event, folks, and since you can see the word ‘leather’ there you can guess the drill. Snowbound Leather Weekendvarious locations Provincetown, MA, .
Ice Fishing Derby at Norway Lake
Two days of ice fishing, in case you’re really commited to getting the biggest fish. Ice Fishing Derby at Norway LakeRed School House, Norway Lake Norway, ME, .
Boston Artists Ensemble Concert
Harps, violins, cellos and flutes; the perfect combo for a calm music night. 8pm. Boston Artists Ensemble ConcertPeabody Essex Museum, East India Square Salem, MA, .
Cape Ann Big Band
Here’s a fundraiser concert featuring The Cape Ann Big Band. 7:30pm. Cape Ann Big BandShalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St, Rockport, MA, .
Learn to Curl
Just like the title says: Learn to curl and then play a real game! 8-10:30pm. Learn to CurlBridgewater Ice Arena Bridgewater, MA, .
10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival
10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival. 10X10 Upstreet Arts FestivalDowntown Pittsfield Pittsfield, MA, .
RIIFF JAC Third Thursday Encore Film Series
Enjoy a beautiful and heartwarming selection of short films all through February. RIIFF JAC Third Thursday Encore Film SeriesJamestown Arts Center, 18 Valley Street, Jamestown, RI, .
A Downton Abbey Fashion Primer & Tea
Downtown Abbey’s season 4 is coming to an end but all the talking around it won’t cease soon. Discuss the fashion of this season and share where you think the story’s headed with other devoted fans. 2-4pm. A Downton Abbey Fashion Primer & TeaProvidence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI, .
Newport Winter Festival
Newport Winter Festival. Newport Winter Festivalvarious locations Newport, RI, .
Winter Wonder Days at the Roger Williams Park Zoo
Nothing to do? How about the zoo? Roger Williams Park offers half price admission January through February thanks to its ‘Winter Wonderdays’ promotion. Winter Wonder Days at the Roger Williams Park Zoo Providence, RI, .
Baby with the Bathwater by Christopher Durang
The satiric side of theather has never looked so small and soft. Just kidding! Wonderful play for those who like to laugh and smirk in dim lights. Got a pair of tix to give away. Email to win! Baby with the Bathwater by Christopher DurangThe Factory Theatre Boston, MA, .
The Hypocrites’ ‘Romeo Juliet’ & ’12 Nights’
This is your chance to enjoy the mashup of two great stories as presented by the witty and fantastic Chicago company ‘the Hypocrites’. The Hypocrites' 'Romeo Juliet' & '12 Nights'OBERON Cambridge, MA, .
Death of a Salesman
An American classic presented by The Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Death of a SalesmanThe Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon Street, Copley Square Boston, MA, .
Review: HAIRSPRAY, The Broadway Musical
Hairspray’ is a fantastic musical about a big-boned girl with bigger dreams in the 1950s. This is quite the iconic show, too. The film versions transcend time and place and culture and even gender (with Jon Waters and John Travolta playing a woman in each of the films), via music, dance, and progressive thought. Review: HAIRSPRAY, The Broadway MusicalWheelock Family Theatre, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA, .
The Cherry Orchard
Although they lived in different times, Chekhov and Shakespeare shared a thorough understanding of human nature and emotions. This beautiful and deep play captures the tragedy of our missed connections and opportunities — so don’t miss it. Presented by Actors’ Shakespeare Project. The Cherry OrchardThe Dane Estate at Pine Manor College Chestnut Hill, MA, .
Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God
Got a of tix to give away for Fri. Feb. 14 . Email to win! Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of GodApollinaire Theatre Company, Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea, MA, .
Moonbox Productions presents: COMPANY. Moonbox Productions presents: COMPANYNancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA: 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, .
Peter M. Floyd ‘s Absence
Peter M. Floyd ‘s Absence. Peter M. Floyd 's AbsenceBoston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA, .
Witness Uganda
Press Opening is on Wednesday, February 12 @ 7:30pm. Witness UgandaLoeb Drama Center Cambridge, MA, .
Equally Divided
MRT presents ‘Equally Divided’. Equally DividedThe Nancy L. Donahue Theatre Lowell, MA, .
Wolfeboro Winter Carnival
The typical Winter Carnival: bonfires, dogs sled races and curling. Good ol’ snowy fun. Wolfeboro Winter CarnivalAbenaki Ski Area Wolfeboro, NH, .
Merrimack Winter Carnival
Yay! Snowman-building contest and an ice fishing derby. Just don’t try to teach your snowman how to fish. Merrimack Winter CarnivalWasserman Park, 116 Naticook Rd, Merrimack, NH, .
Sweetest Day on the Trails: Chocolate Festival
Okay, chocolate in every stop is better excuse for skiing that just being out for outdoor’s sake. Sweetest Day on the Trails: Chocolate FestivalMt. Washington Valley Intervale, NH, .
Murder Mystery at The Governor’s Inn
Why are Gonzo’s hands covered in blood? Be a part of a very intriguing musical evening. This year, the Mystery Dinner is also a tribute to the Muppets Show! All Fridays-Saturdays 6:30pm until March 23. Murder Mystery at The Governor's Inn Rochester, NH, .
Winter Carnival at King Pine Ski Area
Winter Carnival at King Pine Ski Area. Winter Carnival at King Pine Ski AreaKing Pine Ski Area, 1251 Eaton Rd, East Madison, NH, .
Lyman Orchards’ WinterFest
This one looks fun: kids can learn how to drive a team of sled dogs, there’s ice sculpting and lots of rides and Huskies! Lyman Orchards' WinterFestLyman Orchards, 32 Reeds Gap Rd., Middlefield, CT, .
Connecticut Flower and Garden Show
It’s still cold outside but you can plan Spring ahead and learn a trick or two to make your garden look beautiful when the time comes. Over 3000 booths + gardening seminars. Connecticut Flower and Garden ShowConnecticut Convention Center Hartford, CT, .
Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-off at Olde Mistick Village
Lots of local restaurants serving up chowder samples so if you’re into free food, look no further. The place is a mall so there are other fun activities in the same spot and nearby. 12-4:30pm. Cabin Fever Festival and Charity Chowder Cook-off at Olde Mistick VillageOlde Mistick Village Mystic, CT, .
Colin’s Crew Plunge
Crazy people jump into the water to raise money for charity. Go watch! 1pm, but show up early if you want to register to participate. Colin's Crew PlungeWest Haven Beach West Haven, CT, .
38th Voyagers
38th Voyagers. 38th VoyagersMystic Seaport 75 Greenmanville Ave. Mystic, CT, .
Mystic Seaport Reopens with Free Admission for Kids
Mystic Seaport Reopens with Free Admission for Kids. Mystic Seaport Reopens with Free Admission for KidsMystic Seaport Mystic, CT, .
Winter Carnival in Old Orchard Beach
Summer’s not the only great season to visit Old Orchard Beach. Seize the snow and sled away on the fun races this town fest has planned. Winter Carnival in Old Orchard BeachTown of Old Orchard Beach Old Orchard Beach, ME, .
Brewer Waterfront Winterfest
Another Winterfest with fireworks. Gotta admit they look gorgeous when they reflect on the snow. Brewer Waterfront WinterfestDowntown Brewer Brewer, ME, .
USM Winter Carnival
It’s winter carnival season. Yay! Retro Dinner, Old Rivalries Game, Snow Man Contest, Carnival Night, Sledding and Hot Cocoa. USM Winter Carnival Gorham, ME, .
Middlebury College Winter Carnival
Snow sculptures competitions, ski races, fireworks and hot chocolate. And, of course, a Winter Ball. Middlebury College Winter Carnival Middlebury, VT, .
St. Albans Recreation Winter Carnival
Ahh! This Winter carnival includes free cookies, fireworks and their famous Duct Tape Derby! St. Albans Recreation Winter Carnival St. Albans, VT, , .
Stowe Derby
One of the oldest and most popular ski competitions out there. Over 20km of challenging terrain with a total vertical drop of over 2,600 feet. 8am. Stowe Derby Stowe, VT, .
Ride, Glide, and Rawhide Winter Race
A snow/skiing festival followed by a party. Not bad. 9am-4pm. Ride, Glide, and Rawhide Winter Race Lyndonville, VT, .
Lyndon/Burke Snowflake Festival
A torchlight parade, a snowmobile race, and quilts… Lyndon/Burke Snowflake Festivalvarious locations in Lyndonville and Burke Burke, VT, .
Brattleboro Winter Carnival
Brattleboro Winter Carnival. Brattleboro Winter Carnivalvarious locations Brattleboro, VT, .
Family Fun Winterfest
Family Fun Winterfest. Family Fun WinterfestMount Snow West Dover, VT, .