Events INSIDER: Jan 20-27

Giveaways and Features
Win: The Voice of Elvis with The Houston Bernard Band
Win your way in for a night of classic songs to celebrate the kings 80th birthday! Email to enter. Win: The Voice of Elvis with The Houston Bernard BandThe Regent Theatre Arlington, MA, .
Review: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Check out our review of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, opening today! Review: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeAvenue of the Arts/BU Theatre Boston, MA, .
Johnnys Picks
A Very Potter Singalong
Join the MIT Quiddich team for a night of fun Harry Potter themed singalong action! A Very Potter SingalongMIT Kresge Oval Cambridge, MA, .
Integration Bee
You have to be a student to join, but I have a guess that anyone with an interest can stop by to see math in action! Integration BeeMIT Room 10-250 Cambridge, MA, .
Discover Mount Auburn: The Civil War
Learn about the people buried in this famous cemetery and their connection to the Civil War. Discover Mount Auburn: The Civil WarMount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge, MA, .
MIT Science Fiction Marathon
The MIT kids are watching Sci-Fi flicks from 7pm til the wee hours of the morning, and as long as there is space, youre welcome to join them! MIT Science Fiction MarathonMIT 26-100 Cambridge, MA, .
Oshogatsu – Japanese New Year
Welcome 2015 the Japanese way, with lion dances, Taiko drums, and more! Oshogatsu - Japanese New YearBoston Childrens Museum Boston, MA, .
MIT IAP (Independent Activities Period)
The school that never sleeps, MIT, holds a month of creative classes, lectures, and special events. Almost all of these are just for the MIT community or fully registered by now (I checked), but click through to see if anything is available that might catch your fancy! MIT IAP (Independent Activities Period)MIT Cambridge, MA, .
International Folk Dancing for Everyone
MIT has a folk dancing club. You read that right. The smartest people in the country also have coordination, AND dancing talent. Meanwhile I still trip myself up on the Eyyyy Marcarina! part of the…well you know the song. Yeesh, some people have all the luck. International Folk Dancing for EveryoneStratton Student Center, Building W20 Cambridge, MA, .
Concord Museum is Free
For the next two Sundays, the Concord Museum is free! See all the exhibits for an unbeatable price. Concord Museum is FreeConcord Museum Concord, MA, .
Winter Carnival and Dinner with Jack Frost
I love this idea! Walk through the snow around the town common and get restaurant samples at outdoor bonfires! Winter Carnival and Dinner with Jack Frost New London, NH, .
Snow Sculpting Competition
Who knew there was such thing as a professional snow sculpter? Watch them at work or try it out yourself. Amateurs welcome. Each day has a different location. Snow Sculpting CompetitionBlack Mountain Jackson, NH, .
Amherst Railway Society – Big Railroad Hobby Show
Wayyyyy out west in Springfield is a massive model train show. They hook together dozens of privately built tracks to create one huge railroad track system, sort of like the transcontinental railroad of model trains. Amherst Railway Society - Big Railroad Hobby ShowEastern States Exposition Springfield, MA, .
Full Moon Trek & Bonfire
Enjoy an adults-only one-and-a-half hour hike that includes Native American traditions pertaining to moonlight, a wine tasting, and the quintessentially American tradition of lighting things on fire for our entertainment (and warmth). Full Moon Trek & BonfireHilltop Orchards Richmond, MA, .
Wachusett Polar Dip
People will dive into cold water to raise money for charity at Wachusett Mountain. Insanity. Can I just write a check? Wachusett Polar DipWachusett Mountain Princeton, MA, .
Also Fun
Using Images in your work: A look at fair use, open licensing, and copyright at MIT
I know dozens of people who make their living via Youtube and media-related fields that use tons of copyrighted material under fair use. The rules are nebulous, changing, and confusing. And who better than MIT to hopefully set the record straight. Id check this out if youre a budding media creator and want to cover your booty, legally – though this focuses more on scholarly pieces and written work. Pre-registration required. Using Images in your work: A look at fair use, open licensing, and copyright at MITMIT Cambridge, MA, .
Duel Over Dinner: Washington & Hancock Debate
What happened when John Hancock and George Washington went head to head? Find out at this history-filled book talk! Duel Over Dinner: Washington & Hancock DebateFirst Parish Cambridge Unitarian Universalist Cambridge, MA, .
World Cuisine Showcase
Take a look at this culinary arts center aiming to help adults move on and up in the world of food. World Cuisine ShowcaseNew England Center for Arts and Technology Boston, MA, .
Hearts and Minds Screening
Heres a documentary film about the Vietnam War as well as a discussion with its executive director. Hearts and Minds ScreeningLucian Pye Conf Rm Cambridge, MA, .
Artists Reception of Chroma
Heres a national juried art show with a reception on 1/23. Its always fun to mingle with artists as you admire their work. Artists Reception of ChromaGallery 263 Cambridge, MA, .
Nomad Story Slam Moving On
Community storytelling at its best – thats what you get at a story slam. The theme this time is moving on, do you have a story to tell? Nomad Story Slam Moving OnGregorian Rugs Newton Lower Falls, MA, .
Get caught up on the world of digital learning at this detailed conference all about EdTech. LearnLaunchHarvard Business School Boston, MA, .
Ball at the Winter Palace
Party like its 1899 at this historical winter palace ball! May I have this dance? Ball at the Winter PalaceThe Dane Estate, Pine Manor College Chestnut Hill, MA, .
Charles River Duck Walk
Remember that it gets so cold in Canada some birds come here for the winter…and you might see some visitors at this DCR sponsored walk! Charles River Duck Walk Waltham, MA, .
Middlesex Fells Reservation: Advanced hike
Heres an advanced hike for those who think regular old hikes are a little passe. The details are scare on what the difference between an advanced hike and a regular hike actually *are* but Im hoping it involves blindfolds! Middlesex Fells Reservation: Advanced hikeMiddlesex Fells Reservation Stoneham, MA, .
Pierogi Night
Live music and lots of pierogi for just ten bucks? Sign me up for this event! Pierogi NightCuisine en Locale Somerville, MA, .
Taste of Chocolate Festival
A Chocolate festival with over a dozen vendors, live music, and obviously, chocolate! This looks wonderful! Especially since theres stuff for folks who arent super crazy about chocolate. Im more of a savory, chippy, saucey, kind of person – you are what you eat, after all. Taste of Chocolate FestivalHarvard Square Cambridge, MA, .
The Boston Home Show
The Boston Home show is like IKEA on steroids. So many decors, styles, trinkets, and innovations, all in one place. If youre desperate to keep up with the Joneses, consider this opposition research! The Boston Home ShowCruiseport Boston South Boston, MA, .
A five course dinner in the North End is always great, but this one is even better, its for charity! CityFeast Boston, MA, .
Football Food Frenzy
This is both a food festival and tailgating paradise! Sample all the best gameday foods, without the cold temperatures! Football Food FrenzyRotary Club of Waltham Waltham, MA, .
Museum Tour and Ice Skating
Take a tour of this awesome auto museum, skate around the pond, or do a little of both! Museum Tour and Ice SkatingLarz Anderson Auto Museum Brookline, MA, .
Winter Xcelerate Demo Day
See the results of a weeks hard work as 15 teams pitch their products looking to come out on top. Cool! Winter Xcelerate Demo DayTicknor Lounge, Boylston Hall, Harvard University Cambridge, MA, .
Best of The European Short Film Festival 2014
Heres an opportunity to see some of the best new short films from Europe, many of which are making their US premiere. Best of The European Short Film Festival 2014MIT Cambridge, MA, .
Science on Screen BIG FISH
Science on the Screen takes on Big Fish this time around. Catch the fun at Coolidge Corner! Science on Screen BIG FISHCoolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA, .
Intro to Contra Dancing, with Live Folk Music
Theres more going on at MIT this January besides folk/contra dancing. I just really like contra dancing. This one has a live band (which you can join, if you play!) so thats different. Intro to Contra Dancing, with Live Folk MusicMIT student center 491 Cambridge, MA, .
The Stand Up Sit Down
Not only will you laugh at this show, you might find out a little bit about the comedians and their craft! The Stand Up Sit DownEast Meets West Bookstore Cambridge, MA, .
Israeli Folk Dancing
Contra dances are popular around town, but I dont see many opportunities to learn Israeli dances. Try it out at 9pm. Israeli Folk DancingMIT Cambridge, MA, .
Trash Can Drumming
Banging on a Trashcan is not just for Nickelodeons Doug anymore, as a special performance / workshop for aspiring trashcan drummers comes to MIT. Trash Can DrummingMIT W20 Basement Conference Room (W20-027) Cambridge, MA, .
Harvard Squares Winter Carnival
Harvard Squares Winter Carnival is back for its seventh year, for the next two months! Check for event details online. Harvard Squares Winter CarnivalHarvard Square Cambridge, MA, .
Blizzard Blast Race
Tough Mudder in the snow, so…Tough…I cant think of a pun. Anywho, this 79 dollar obstacle course offers a bevy of things to run over, under, and through, and offers prizes for the top finishers. Feel the burn in the chilly winter! Blizzard Blast RaceFour Oaks Country Club Dracut, MA, .
Revels Pub Sing #1 at The Skellig
Probably tired of some jerk playing American Pie on the jukebox at their favorite pubs, the various members of Bostons Revels troupe took to singing in pubs, downing brews, and making merry! The first of these rowdy events takes place at the Skellig in Waltham! Revels Pub Sing #1 at The SkelligThe Skellig Waltham, MA, .
Sculpture Park Snowshoe Tour
Assuming there is snow, snowshoe around this great sculpture park and enjoy the sights! Sculpture Park Snowshoe TourdeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Lincoln, MA, .
Gallery Talk: Nighttime Rituals
Take a look at some historical nighttime necessities with a museum expert, in the morning to boot! Gallery Talk: Nighttime RitualsConcord Museum Concord, MA, .
Ice Day
In the old-timey days, before refrigeration, they used to cut out blocks of ice and try to store them through the summer! In this free event you can watch em do it via gas powered chainsaw. From there they are slid across the ice into a giant store house, if my 7th grade science teacher is to be believed! Its also preceded by a pancake breakfast! Ice Day North Sutton, NH, .
Dinner Dance
Dinner, dancing, and live music await in Gloucester on 1/24! Dinner DanceCruiseport Gloucester Gloucester, MA, .
Phillips Favorites: Winter Wonderland Walking Tour
Ahh, a Winter Wonderland walking tour highlighting Salems bevy of historical architecture. The admission comes with cocoa! Phillips Favorites: Winter Wonderland Walking TourPhillips House Salem, MA, .
Super Bowl of Birding
First of all, this event does NOT conflict with the actual Super Bowl! Its a fun competition to see who can find the most birds! Super Bowl of BirdingMass Audubons Joppa Flats Education Center Newburyport, MA, .
Winterfest Weekends at Fruitlands Museum
The Fruitlands museum, Candy Lands healthier, slimmer, cousin, has a slope called the OMG Hill during its Winterfest festival! I mean, its not really a festival if it lasts until spring, but theyll have bonfires, sledding, ice skating, and snowshoeing, every weekend. It would be a good idea to call ahead, since there may be last-minute cancellations due to the weather. Winterfest Weekends at Fruitlands MuseumFruitlands Museum Harvard, MA, .
Providence Restaurant Week
Head to Rhode Island for its Restaurant Week, with delectable and delicious deals in over a dozen restaurants, including 2 for 1 specials, and discounted prices on three course meals! This is running until the 24th, so get there sooner rather than later! Providence Restaurant Week Providence, 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 Wonder Days promotion. Winter Wonder Days at the Roger Williams Park Zoo Providence, RI, .
Free Community Skating Party
In Norton, the skating will be free, and theyll hand out hot cocoa thats also free! Cookies too! Yum! Free Community Skating PartyNorton Water Department Norton, MA, .
Animal Tracking
Which animals stay active throughout the winter? Find out at this exciting animal tracking event. Animal TrackingCopicut Woods Westport, MA, .
Big Chili Contest
This Chili Contest is so big, it usually sells out early! That indicates some great chili and a fun event. Big Chili ContestPortuguese-American Club Oak Bluffs, MA, .
Hearthside Bounty
Go back in time and eat a proper meal of the era – with your knife! Enjoy period food and history. Hearthside BountyOld Sturbridge Village Sturbridge, MA, .
Winter Work & Play
Enjoy a weekend of old fashioned winter fun, like 1830s sleds and horse drawn sleigh rides! Winter Work & PlayOld Sturbridge Village Sturbridge, MA, .
Above the Fold: Origami Exhibit
See oragami like never before in this display of master level sculpture and large scale folded paper art! Above the Fold: Origami ExhibitSpringfield Museums Springfield, MA, .
Worcester Auto Show
Worcester is having its own Auto Show from Jan 23-25th! With shiny new cars, trucks, *and* they snuck in snowmobiles and motorcycles too. Go, take a gander, and fantasize about all the fancy cars you will probably never, ever, own. Worcester Auto ShowDCU Center Worcester, MA, .
Reimagine the meeting of two famous physicists in this play in residency all month long in Somerville! Copenhagen Somerville, MA, .
Impressions Intimes
How far has French musical influence spread? Hear every note for yourself during this performance! Impressions IntimesFrench Cultural Center of Boston Boston, MA, .
So That Happened
Relive the week that was as only improv can! The rotating cast is sure to leave you in stitches. So That HappenedImprovBoston Cambridge, MA, .
This Sci-fi thriller pits a mother against the end of the world AND the end of her world. ChalkBoston Playwrights Theatre. Boston, MA, .
Winter Rock & Roll Weekend
Sweet! This is an entire weekend of local rock bands performing in the Black Box Theatre! Winter Rock & Roll WeekendBlack Box Theatre Boston, MA, .
Shen Yun
5,000 years of history comes to life as Shen Yun takes you to the ancient middle kingdom. Shen YunBoston Opera House Boston, MA, .
Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Combine an audio based art with a visual based art, and what do you get? Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio HostCiti Shubert Theatre Boston, MA, .
The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus
The Nothing Is Not Ready Circus is all over the place and overall, awesome! Check this one out. The Nothing Is Not Ready CircusCyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts Boston, MA, .
Measure for Measure
This award-winning company is bringing Shakespeares classic Measure for Measure to Cambridge through February. Measure for MeasureMulticultural Arts Center Cambridge, MA, .
Activism, journalism, and hacking collide in this modern conversation about the nature of privacy. MuckrakersArsenal Center for the Arts Watertown, MA, .
A Future Perfect
Examine the modern family experience in this tale of two couples on the cusp of change in A Future Perfect. A Future PerfectSouth End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Boston, MA, .
Kerplop! The Tale of the Frog Prince
See the tale of the Frog Prince come to life in this show for all ages opening on Saturday! Kerplop! The Tale of the Frog PrincePlaza Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts Boston, MA, .
Breath & Imagination
See the story of a musical and cultural pioneer, Roland Hayes and experience his determination and talent. Breath & ImaginationArtsEmerson Boston, MA, .
Sea Tea Improvs
They say this monthly event is like a mini improv festival, which should translate into a night of laughs! Sea Tea ImprovsThe Studio at Billings Forge Hartford, CT, .
Don Juan
This 17th Century play contains a modern terror, but you wont have to dwell on it as you enjoy this lively title character. Don JuanUniversity Theatre New Haven, CT, .
The Best Brothers
What makes these two siblings the best? Find out in this performance of The Best Brothers in Lowell. The Best BrothersMerrimack Repertory Theatre Lowell, MA, .
Symphony NH presents Beethoven Forever
Learn about Beethoven through discussion and music, leading up to a performance from Symphony NH! Symphony NH presents Beethoven ForeverLibrary – Shakespeare Room Concord, NH, .
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
This folk-rock-mixed-with-modern-pop duo will have you tapping your toes with their indie sensibilities! Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny IrionShalin Liu Performance Center Rockport, MA, .
A Date With Kate: An Intimate Evening With Katharine Hepburn
After wowing audiences as Liza Minelli and Judy Garland, Peter Mac takes on the legend herself, Kate Hepburn. A Date With Kate: An Intimate Evening With Katharine HepburnOpus Salem, MA, .
An Evening of Soul, Jazz and Lyrical Intensity
This performance promises soul, jazz, and lyrical intensity? Music to my ears! An Evening of Soul, Jazz and Lyrical IntensityAlternate Root TV Studios Norwood, MA, .
Sun Winefest 2015
Tons of foods, wines, and beers are ready to be sampled at Mohegan Sun this weekend. Its Sun Winefest 2015! Sun Winefest 2015Mohegan Sun Uncas Ballroom Uncasville, CT, .
Portland on Ice
While its mostly live music, well take what we can get in winter in Maine. So try this week long festival! Portland on Ice Portland, ME, .
Rangeley Snowmobile Snodeo
Snowmobile tricks, scenic helicopter rides, a family marshmallow roast, canoe sleigh rides, parade and a delicious pun of a title makes Ragneleys Snowdeo thoroughly worth the trek to Maine. Rangeley Snowmobile SnodeoRangeley Lake Rangeley, ME, .
Murder Mystery Dinner at the Peak Lodge
Sunday River is hosting one of those fun Murder Mystery dinners on 1/24. Cool! Murder Mystery Dinner at the Peak LodgeSunday River Newry, ME, .
Sugarloaf Charity Summit
This Charity Summit is really a whole day and night full of events for a good cause! Sugarloaf Charity SummitSugarloaf Ski and Golf Resort Carrabassett Valley, ME, .
Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby with Ricky Craven
In the most Maine thing in the history of Maine, Greenvile presents to you a three day long ice fishing derby! Theres prizes for the best catches, and its hosted by ESPN analyst Ricky Craven. Cool! Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby with Ricky CravenMoosehead Lake Greenville, ME, .
Annual Pies on Parade Tour
Pies? On Parade? Where can I sign up to march with these 20+ circular delights? Annual Pies on Parade Tour Rockland, ME, .
Torchlight Parade and Fireworks
To cap off a special day at Maines Special Olympics, theres a parade, and various torch-light related boomers. What a great way to celebrate a great event for a great cause! Torchlight Parade and FireworksSugarloaf Ski and Golf Resort Carrabassett Valley, ME, .
Maine Winter Games – Special Olympics
The Special Olympics Winter Games are in Maine this weekend, come see some dedicated athletes give their all! Maine Winter Games - Special OlympicsSugarloaf Ski and Golf Resort Carrabassett Valley, ME, .
Our Man in Havana by Clive Francis
Catch a lively performance of Our Man in Havana in Portland through Valentines Day! Our Man in Havana by Clive FrancisPortland Stage Company Portland, ME, .
New London Winter Carnival ski joring demonstration
See what skijoring is all about at this demonstration on New Londons Town Green! New London Winter Carnival ski joring demonstration New London, NH, .
Snowshoe Adventure Hikes
Theres low intensity and high intensity snowshoe walks happening in Laconia this January, which combines frigid temperatures with…sweating. Lots of people like it though, and it could make for a cool day-trip adventure for families or folks looking to try something new. Check it out. Snowshoe Adventure Hikes Laconia, NH, .
Providence Boat Show
Rhode Island is having a boat show in the middle of winter! Check it out, re-enact scenes from Titanic, Jaws, and that Lonely Island song, and maybe even buy one! Providence Boat ShowRhode Island Convention Center Providence, RI, .
Smuggs Ice Bash
Smugglers Notch is hosting a weekend of climbing and other ice related events! Im already cold. Smuggs Ice BashPetra Cliffs Climbing Center Burlington, VT, .
Stowe Winter Carnival
Snow Golf! Snow Volleyball! Barn dancing! The Stowe Winter Carnival has so, so, so, sooooo many cool events, and activities, AND a bouncy house for the kids. Head to Stowe, VT, head there now, and tell em I sent you! Stowe Winter Carnival Stowe, VT, .
Ice on Fire Winter Festival
This Ice on Fire festival has a parade, bonfire, theatre, and if the Facebook is to be believed, folks dressed up as animals for reasons that currently escape me. Great! Ice on Fire Winter FestivalNorth Branch Nature Center Montpelier, VT, .
9: Travel
Women On Snow Ski Camp
Learn to ski with a group of supportive and fun women! Falling will still hurt, but at least someone nice will help you up. Women On Snow Ski CampStratton Mountain Resort Mountain, VT, .

Boston’s concert season is rocking this year! Some of the concerts in Boston you can get tickets to online include John Legend at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Fleetwood Mac, teen superstar Justin Bieber and even Tom Petty at Fenway Park. Boston seems to always have lots of events going on, even stuff for the kids like Disney on Ice Frozen at the Fleet Center.