Events INSIDER: Jan 1-8, 2013

Johnny’s Picks
Maslab Robotics Contest
Also involving real robots, here’s another competition! Maslab Robotics ContestMIT Room 26-100 Cambridge, MA, .
New Years Day Walk
Not sure why they’re still calling this a ‘New Year’s Day’ walk, even though it’s on the 5th! But it’s a conveniently located place for a nice jaunt. Go out and get some exercise. New Years Day Walk Boston, MA, .
Acton, Winter Carnival at NARA Park
This one’s in Acton, with a cardboard sled race, human sled dog race, snowball toss, model rocket launches, snowball toss competition, and a lot more. 12-4pm. Acton, Winter Carnival at NARA ParkNARA Park All Over, , .
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Meteor showers aren’t always easy to see, but this one should be great! Go someplace without any city lights, like a large field or lake, and bring someone you can chat with while waiting, because the Quadtrantids are unpredictable. Quadrantids Meteor Shower All Over, , .
Christmas Tree Bonfire
Salem’s residents will burn their holiday trees in a huge bonfire. It will smell great and the pine sap tends to pop! 6:30pm. Christmas Tree BonfireDead Horse Beach at Salem Willows Salem, MA, .
Moby Dick – The Marathon
Here’s a gem. People gather and listen to a nonstop reading of Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick. It takes 25 hours and there is a buffer and lecture beforehand. Moby Dick - The MarathonNew Bedford Whaling Museum New Bedford, MA, .
Giveaways & Features
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Also Fun
Fetes De Rois (Feast of the Kings)
This centuries old French tradition is basically a party for kids, and they’ll have a cake and lots of French culture. There’s limited space, so RSVP. 1:30-3:30pm. Fetes De Rois (Feast of the Kings)The French Library and Cultural Center Boston, MA, .
‘Objectified’ Opening Night Reception
Over 100 artist alumni from Lesley’s MFA program display their work in this popular annual show. Tonight is the opening reception, from 6-9. 'Objectified' Opening Night ReceptionBrattle Campus Cambridge, MA, .
The Tin Drum
One of the best, most bizarre films you’ve never seen. Check out the Palme D’or and Oscar winner in a newly restored version with 20 minutes of excised material this weekend at the Brattle. 8pm. The Tin DrumThe Brattle Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Drawn to Nature
Are you a nature lover who also loves art? This week a four-part class teaches you the basics of drawing wildlife or helps you brush up. 1-4pm. Drawn to NatureIpswich River Wildlife Topsfield, MA, .
Open call to artists!
Hey, Rhode Island artists! Want to be featured in a gallery? This one is having an open call this weekend. Check out their website to see if your work meets their criteria. Open call to artists!Hope Gallery Bristol, 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. Winter Wonder Days at the Roger Williams Park Zoo Providence, RI, .
First Birds of 2013
Get a jump on your bird watching this new year at the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary between 8 and 10am today. NB: Pre-registration is required. First Birds of 2013 Marshfield, MA, .
Haitian Independence Day Gala
This is a classy sit-down gala with serious keynote speakers and awards. Haitian Independence Day GalaLombardo’s Randolph, MA, .
REI: Introduction to Snowshoeing
I really want to go snowshoeing! I’ve never tried it. And I guess I won’t this week, since there won’t be any snow. But you can learn animal tracking. 10am-2pm. REI: Introduction to SnowshoeingNotchview Park Worcester, MA, .
Build Your Own Monster Puppet at Puppet Showplace
Puppets don’t get enough love. They’re not just for kids, you know! This intro class for adults will teach you how to make your very own moving-mouth puppet with rod arms, like the ones on the Muppet Show. Build Your Own Monster Puppet at Puppet ShowplaceThe Puppet Showplace Theatre Brookline, MA, .
33 Variations
If you’re a classical music enthusiast, this is the play you can’t miss. 33 VariationsThe Lyric Stage Company Boston, MA, .
A Revels Twelfth Night Celebration @ Watertown, MA
Are you sad that Christmas is over? It isn’t quite yet! Join the dancing and singing, make crafts, and they’ll have Mumming and sword dancing too. Note: Looks like the 2013 show is sold out! You can always call last minute to see if there are a few stray tickets or cancellations. A Revels Twelfth Night Celebration @ Watertown, MAChurch Wellesley, MA, .
Invisible Man
. Invisible ManThe BU Theatre on Huntington Avenue Boston, MA, .
Marry Me a Little
As far as musical theatre goes, Stephen Sondheim probably has the best pedigree. His compositions are complex and challenging and his plays are exciting and memorable- even for people who don’t like most musicals. So check this one out! Looks promising. Marry Me a LittleNew Repertory Theatre Watertown, MA, .
Beauty and the Beast
The popular Broadway musical comes to Worcester for one day only. Performances at 1 and 6:30pm. Beauty and the BeastThe Hanover Theatre Worcester, MA, .
Spank: A 50 Shades of Grey Parody
When it comes to 50 Shades of Grey, I guess the joke isn’t over: Here’s a whole parody about it. Looks promising! Spank: A 50 Shades of Grey ParodyThe Wilbur Theatre Boston, MA, .
Please support Johnny’s Big Diet
I’m employing peer pressure to help me with a new diet, but nobody’s written me lately. In early December I held steady and lately I’ve been gaining weight. Please support Johnny's Big Diet All Over, , .
Free First Saturday at Lyman Allyn Art Museum
This children’s event features a Dinosaur-scultping workshop to coincide with their current paleontology-meets-art exhibit. They’re also showing Jurassic Park today. Free First Saturday at Lyman Allyn Art MuseumLyman Allyn Art Museum Newburyport, MA, .
Westbrook Winter Festival
Pretty much exactly what you’d expect: Dog sleds, sleigh rides, ice sculptures, food, winter sports, and more. Westbrook Winter Festival Westbrook, ME, .