Events INSIDER: Feb 26 – Mar 5, 2013

Giveaways & Features
Interview: Jewel: Greatest Hits Tour
With 27 million albums sold and 4 Grammy nominations, you know Jewel through songs including ,’Who Will Save Your Soul’, ‘You Were Meant for Me’, and ‘Foolish Games.’. Click for our interview! Interview: Jewel: Greatest Hits TourWilbur Theatre Boston, MA, .
Ultimate Guide to Sledding Locations near Boston!
We have snow and you’re never too old for sledding, especially with this ultimate list of sledding hills near you! Ultimate Guide to Sledding Locations near Boston! All Over, , .
Johnny’s Picks
Chinese New Year in Harvard Square
Chinese New Year celebrations are still around and this parade looks like one of the coolest. 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, .
Boston Massacre Re-enactment
Whose side will you be on? This historical re-enactment of the battle between the British and Americans before our independence is really cool… and free! Sat 11:30am & 2:30pm little kids re-enact the massacre. Then 7pm Boston Massacre, arrive at least an hour early to get a good view. Boston Massacre Re-enactmentOld State House Boston, MA, .
Lincoln Day
They don’t say anything about a Lincoln impersonator at this event, but they will have The Dorchester Banner on display for the first time in decades. It’s an evening full of history and kids will get a unique commemorative Lincoln necklace. 1-4pm. Lincoln DayForbes House Museum Milton, MA, .
InterCon M
How about being part of your favorite horror or fantasy story? Join others in this massive improv drama that spans an entire hotel. It’s completely unique and the biggest Live Roplaying event in our region. InterCon MRadisson Hotel Watertown, MA, .
Friday Night Dance Craze: Bollywood at CCAE
All the magic of Bollywood in a two-hour dance class. Learn from real professionals how to pull off an enchanted coreography with all the energy and moves of this fantastic Indian dance style. You can bring your own partner or learn by yourself; they guarantee you’ll have a great time any way. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Friday Night Dance Craze: Bollywood at CCAECambridge Center for Adult Education Cambridge, MA, .
Boston Inventgenuity Festival
Make sculptures and learn about architecture through these workshops! Although it’s meant for kids, if you bring a kid along you can get involved as well. Just make sure it’s yours, okay? 11am-5pm. Boston Inventgenuity FestivalArlington Center for the Arts Arlington, MA, .
Free Star Parties
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. Awesome! 7-10pm. Free Star PartiesMoose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary Sharon, MA, .
Westford Winterfest
Yupp, it’s still winter and there’s a lot of skiing and snow sculptures to be made at Westford before spring arrives. 1-4pm. Westford WinterfestEast Boston Camps Westford, MA, .
Also Fun
Grace Chapel’s Annual WinterBlast
You don’t read too often about a church throwing an indoor festival with mechanical bulls, a moonbounce and martial arts demonstrations. There will also be a making of The Chronicles of Narnia. Sweet, huh? And it’s free! 10am-3pm. Grace Chapel's Annual WinterBlastCommunity Life Center Lexington, MA, .
Western Avenue Open Studios
The first Saturday of every month, this amazing building devoted to art opens its doors to the public for free. What a chance to get to know what goes on in the creative process of each of the artists that are part of this project. 12-5pm. Western Avenue Open Studios Lowell, MA, .
Voyages en Francophonie
March is the month of La Francophonie, and there will be several events around NE to celebrate this magnificient language. This is one where you can learn a lot french-speaking cultures through workshops, performances, music and more. 10am-5pm. Voyages en FrancophonieNewton Cultural Center Newton, MA, .
Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World
Is there something about whales that isn’t awesome? I doubt it. But I bet there’s plenty of things about them you still don’t know, like how are they coping with climate change and warmer waters and what’s their favorite pop song. 2pm. Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting WorldHarvard Museum of Natural History Cambridge, MA, .
Jodi Picoult
Would you kill a friend if he asked you to? Would you, if he confessed he was a Nazi? Jodi’s the author of Bestseller ‘My Sister’s Keeper’, among others. Join her at the reading of her new book, The Storyteller, at the Coolidge Corner. 6 pm. Jodi PicoultBrookline Booksmith Brookline, MA, .
Engineers Week – New England
Engineers, assemble! Looking for a scholarship? A job? Another passionate engineering entrepreneur to join forces with? This is the right place to go, then. Engineers Week - New EnglandCourtyard Marriott Boston Boston, MA, .
USS Constitution Museum Model Show
This model show is free, but they haven’t listed what times to go to actually meet some of the model builders and do a workshop. So, call. Otherwise, it’s basically an exhibit open all day every day. 10am-5pm. USS Constitution Museum Model ShowUSS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard Building 22 Boston, MA, .
Boston Jewish Music Festival
Well, if there’s a Jewish Film Festival, of course there had to be a Jewish Music Festival! I see a lot of violins and odd looking guitars played by smiling people. Definitely worth checking it out. Boston Jewish Music FestivalVarious Boston, MA, .
Maple Magic
This one’s for the family: Go to an actual forest and colect some sap, while you learn different tecniques for creating some good ol’ delicious maple syrup. 3:30-5pm. Maple MagicDrumlin Farm Lincoln, MA, .
AAA Travel Marketplace
If you too are tired of going somewhere you can afford and not someplace you -want- to go for vacation, this might be the right place to find a sweet deal. Free parking. Discounts for AAA members. AAA Travel MarketplaceGillette Stadium Foxborough, MA, .
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, .
Wolfeboro Winter Carnival
The typical Winter Carnival: bonfires, dogs sled races and curling. Good ol’ snowy fun. Wolfeboro Winter Carnival Wolfeboro, NH, .
Saturdays at the Sugar Shack
The best thing of maple tours is tasting the syrup on top of delicious pancakes afterwards, right? Okay, tapping the trees and boiling the sap is also fun. Saturdays at the Sugar ShackAppleton Farms Ipswich, MA, .
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
Hands down, a cake contest inspired in Dr. Seuss work has GOT to be awesome. There are other cool activities scheduled too, like a presumably magic balloon show. 10am-5pm. Dr. Seuss Birthday CelebrationSpringfield Museum Springfield, MA, .
Camellia Show at Tower Hill
Did you know Camellias are the first flowers to bloom in the spring? See them are their best in this indoors exposition that includes private collections of amazing flowers 9am-5pm. Camellia Show at Tower HillTower Hill Boylston, MA, .
The Flower and Patio Outdoor Living Show
Essentially, a trade show for gardeners (and you’re probably thinking ‘Where’s the fun in that?’) but I went there once and it was really cool. There are some amazing flowers and plants on display and you might also come across a really cool idea for your garden. Park at Worcester Municipal Garage at 30 Worcester Center Blvd. The Flower and Patio Outdoor Living ShowDCU Center Worcester, MA, .
Maple Days & Native American Traditions Weekend
This one’s not just for collecting sap to turn it into delicious maple syrup; it’s a dive into the past to learn what Native Americans used to do during the winter time. Also, Old Sturbridge Village is the largest outdoor history museum in the northeast and it’s definitely worth checking it out. Maple Days & Native American Traditions WeekendOld Sturbridge Village Sturbridge, MA, .
Maple Sugaring
Dr. Seuss Breakfast
This makes me wish I was a kid. A special breakfast for kids with The Cat in the Hat in his very own birthday! 8am-11:30am. Dr. Seuss Breakfast Keene, NH, .
Maple Festival at the South Shore Natural Science Center
You know it’s spring when the maple madness begins! See the entire process, from trees to table, and go on a woodland walk. There’ll be activities for the youngest of your family, too. 11am-4pm. Maple Festival at the South Shore Natural Science Center Lowell, MA, .
The Lover
The Lover is a 1962 one-act play by Harold Pinter. There’s the wife, the husband and the lover but one of those characters is also another. This ironic comedy/drama is about sex and burgeois life, all brilliantly executed by the actors on stage. Read our review! Review: The LoverCenter for the Arts Boston, MA, .
Review: The Good Person of Setzuan
The author planned to call the play The Product Love (Die Ware Liebe), meaning ‘love as a commodity’. This title was a play on words, since the German term for ‘true love’ (Die wahre Liebe) is pronounced equally. A musical with some heavy philosophy. Review: The Good Person of SetzuanFort Point Theatre Channel Boston, MA, .
Review: Lungs
Isn’t it great when someone else finds the way to say exactly what you’re thinking? In ‘Lungs’, a modern young couple discuss all the troubling matters that keep us up at night (like parenthood, overpopulation, ‘adult responsibilities’) through meaningful and deep, intimate conversations. Click for our review! Review: LungsArsenal Center for the Arts Watertown, MA, .
Review: The Glass Menagerie
There hasn’t been a decent Tennessee Williams production in Boston for a while. Bonus? This one stars Cherry Jones from ‘Doubt’ and Zachary Quinto from Star Trek. Yes! Click for our review. Review: The Glass MenagerieThe American Repertory Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
The Vagina Monologues
One of the most honest and hilarious, yet heartbreaking, plays I’ve seen. Each woman featured in the play transforms their monologue into a shared, vivid experience. Recommended for both women and men. The Vagina MonologuesCenter for the Arts at the Armory Somerville, MA, .
Boston Circus Guild’s Bohemian Bacchanalia
Okay, this show has it all: a 1950s style ‘synchronized swimming’ aerial pole routine, contorsionists, incredible music and a burlesque atmosphere! Don’t miss this reinterpretation of an ol’ style circus, with additional magic and mindblowing aesthetics. 7:30 pm, Adults only. Boston Circus Guild's Bohemian BacchanaliaOberon Cambridge, MA, .
Northeast Championship Sled Dog Race
You can either be a part of this race or just watch the dogs pull their masters without really knowing why they’re doing it in the first place. Just kidding. This sounds really cool if you’re into it. Northeast Championship Sled Dog Race Jackman, ME, .
Black Mountain’s 3rd Annual Winter Fest
Thinking on how to spend your first vacation weekend? Enjoy a torchlight parade, skiing, raffles, fireworks and a lot more of winter goodness at Black Mountain’s 3rd Annual Winter Fest. Black Mountain's 3rd Annual Winter FestBlack Mountain Ski Resort Rumford, ME, .
Freezin’ For A Reason – Portland, ME
Portland’s edition of the now very popular ‘polar plunges’. People get into the freezing water and help a charity by doing so. Better than running a 10k marathon under the desert sun, I suppose. 10:30am. Freezin' For A Reason - Portland, MEEast End Beach Portland, 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, .
Burke Mountain Sled Dog Dash
Yet another dog sled race. Don’t worry, the dogs enjoy this and I hope their owners give them a lot of Scooby snacks after a race. It’s the least they can do. Burke Mountain Sled Dog DashBurke Mountain East Burke, VT, .
Magic Hat Mardi Gras parade
I love this. A Mardi Gras parade that features a lot of non-profits and tons of hats and floats! There’s still a lot of beads, fun, music and masks, but it’s also a familiar event so you don’t have to worry about anybody flashing grandma. Magic Hat Mardi Gras parade Burlington, VT, .
Ben and Jerry’s Annual Winter Festival
Ben & Jerry’s headquarters are located in Vermont and they offer some pretty cool tours inside them. Who’d have known? I can’t tell if it’s anything like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but it’s still worth giving it a try, if anything for the delicious ice cream. 11-4pm. Ben and Jerry's Annual Winter Festival Cabot, VT, .