Events INSIDER: March 12-19, 2013

Giveaways & Features
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, , .
Find 17 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 17 New England Regions on Twitter All Over, , .
See Free Theatre, Write Reviews
Weird: do a google image search on theatre reviewer and my photo comes up first! I have 4 theatre reviewers and I’d like another. The deal is you get two free tickets to see a show, and you write me an A+ review. No cash, sorry. Email and tell me you have a great sense for theatre and are a great writer. See Free Theatre, Write Reviews Boston, MA, .
St. Patrick’s Day
501st New England Storm Troopers in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The New England stormtroopers legion will be marching in the country’s 2nd largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Just how cool is that? 1 pm. 501st New England Storm Troopers in Boston's St. Patrick's Day ParadeEast along Broadway, then west along 4th St, 5th St, and Dorchester St Boston, MA, .
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Boston
The country’s second largest. If you want to see the largest, that’s in NYC. 1 pm. St. Patrick's Day Parade - BostonWest Broadway Boston, MA, .
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Greenwich, CT
More St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! 2pm. St. Patrick's Day Parade - Greenwich, CTTown Hall Greenwich, CT, .
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Portland, ME
This is for the people in Maine or anyone who wants to drive up North to not run into people they know when they’re drunk chasing children they’ve mistaken for leprechauns. 10:30 AM. St. Patrick's Day Parade - Portland, MECommercial Street from the Fish Pier to the State Pier Portland, ME, .
The Irish in Concord
A historical presentation at The Old Manse, with stories about the first irish immigrants to arrive in Concord, and the Irish community as seen through the eyes of Manse residents and aficionados Nathaniel Hawthorne, Thoreau, Emerson, and Margaret Fuller. 2pm. The Irish in ConcordThe Old Manse Concord, MA, .
St. Patrick’s Day at Patriot Place
Patriot Place (yes, the mall) is trying really hard to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day too. They can’t compete with huge parades, but they’ll have irish step dancers and other fun activities. St. Patrick's Day at Patriot PlaceTwo Patriot Place Foxboro, MA, .
Black Mountain St. Pats Day Parade and Treasure Hunt
So, hey Black Mountain, it’d be great to know what you’ll do on St. Patty’s Day. Can we expect leprechauns sliding down your slopes? Gold buckets at the end of your ski routes? All day. Black Mountain St. Pats Day Parade and Treasure Hunt Jackson, NH, .
Essex go Bragh Irish Parade & Festival
Essex go Bragh means ‘Essex Forever’ (can anyone confirm this?) and it looks like a very traditional parade; you know, kilts, green memorabilia and hopefully bagpipes. 10:30 am. Essex go Bragh Irish Parade & Festival Essex, VT, .
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Newport, RI
Newport’s holding a parade too, with bagpipes and marching bands, as usual but, guess what? They’ll have clowns too! 11 am. St. Patrick's Day Parade - Newport, RI Newport, RI, .
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Abington, MA
Not much info on this one, but I guess you can expect the usual. 1pm. St. Patrick's Day Parade - Abington, MAFrom Abington Center Abington, MA, .
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Road Race – Holyoke, MA
In Holyoke they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Road Race that looks like a lot of fun. It might also help you get in shape for their parade the day after. Clever guys! Race/Saturday/1pm and Parade/Sunday. St. Patrick's Day Parade and Road Race - Holyoke, MAKMart Plaza Holyoke, MA, .
Celtic Women Day
Hear the tales of brave Celtic women that defied society and culture and are now legends to look up to. There will also be a Celtic Warrior Workshop, a lesson on how to create your own shield or pendant (nice!) and much more. Most events are free with museum admission. 10-4pm. Celtic Women DayHiggins Armory Worcester, MA, .
Johnny’s Picks
Winter Trees and Maple Syrup
Experience the sugaring process from tree to table and learn how the sugaring process has evolved since Native Americans began this tradition to our own very modern techniques. March 10, 16 and 17 11am-3pm. Winter Trees and Maple Syrup Sharon, MA, .
From The Big Bang To Broadway: How Things Evolve
No, no ancient creatures have actually gotten to Broadway. And while that might be a shame, what isn’t is taking the time to listen Robert Hazen talk about how far we’ve come since everything started with that incredibly loud bang. 6-7pm. From The Big Bang To Broadway: How Things EvolveHarvard Museum of Natural History Cambridge, MA, .
Boston Flower & Garden Show
Been there once and they had amazing room-sized floral displays. Even if you’re not into gardening, it’s a pretty pleasant experience. Boston Flower & Garden ShowSeaport World Trade Center Boston, MA, .
Circus Sock Hop
Ah, another event that mixes great things: Sock hop, aerial and acrobatic performances and (why not?) a cirquesque atmosphere. 8-10pm. Circus Sock HopAirCraft Aerial Arts Somerville, MA, .
Evacuation Day Ceremony (Revolutionary War)
During the American War of Independence, the British loyalists — mainly rich Bostonians — were pushed into Boston proper and then fled for Britain in boat. That’s ‘Evacuation Day’ and this event in Dorchester is a re-enactment. There will be singing, a musket firing demo, a proclamation by local politicians, and ranger tours. 9 am. Evacuation Day Ceremony (Revolutionary War)Dorchester Heights National Monument Roxbury, MA, .
Art on the Marquee: Opening
See that huge LED marquee outside the Boston Convention Center? There’s a bunch of people that have created special art to display it there, making it the first and largest ‘digital canvas’ to integrate art alongside commercial and informational content. And this year the featured work is related to video games and the culture around them! Neat-o. 6-8pm. Art on the Marquee: OpeningBoston Convention and Exhibition Center Boston, MA, .
A Mockingbird Miniseries
Two days, two films about Mockingbirds. Okay, it’s much more than that. You can watch, and later discuss, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and a sneak preview of a documentary called ‘Our Mockingbird’, which tells the story of two high schools joining forces to stage Harper Lee’s world-known novel. Actress Mary Badham will be there. A Mockingbird MiniseriesModern Theatre Boston, MA, .
Novice Schola/Baronial Birthday: SCA Skills Day
The Society for Creative Anachronism heard you wanted to learn some medieval skills, and they’re so cool they’ll teach you basic blacksmithing, how to make your own kirtle and much more . 2013 9am-9m. Novice Schola/Baronial Birthday: SCA Skills DayChurch Springfield, MA, .
Also Fun
Free Film Fridays at Museum of Science
All IMAX films in the Mugar Omni Theater each Friday in March (1, 8, 15, 22, and 29) are free! Free Film Fridays at Museum of ScienceMuseum of Science Boston, MA, .
A Taste of Iceland
It shouldn’t take much to draw people’s attention to Iceland. I mean, they do have those spectacular northern lights, volcanoes and Bjrk. But in case you still have your doubts about this wonderful country, check A Taste of Iceland, a festival that includes free music, films and food. A Taste of IcelandVarious Boston, MA, .
Belmont World Film Festival
International Film Festivals are a great way to see the world through other people’s eyes or lenses, for that matter. Enjoy a new different film, a different world, and a discussion afterwards every Monday from March 11th through April 29th. Belmont World Film FestivalStudio Cinema Belmont, MA, .
MassTLC 2013 Annual Meeting: Educate, Attract, Engage: Building the Massachusetts’ Tech Workforce of the Future
MassTLC is where tech executives, entrepreneurs and everyone interested in creating a bigger, better network for top-of-the-notch technology and communications meet. This time the governor of Massachussets will participate in an interactive conversation on workforce initiatives and policies. 7:30am-11am. MassTLC 2013 Annual Meeting: Educate, Attract, Engage: Building the Massachusetts' Tech Workforce of the FutureRenaissance Boston Waterfront Boston, MA, .
Boston Restaurant Week – Winter
I wouldn’t call it an event as it is an excuse to go to live the foodie life for a week. Just remember that even with their special offers and discounts, most of these restaurants aren’t exactly cheap. Boston Restaurant Week - WinterVarious Boston, MA, .
Scorsece’s The Departed Screening/Discussion
Did you know Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed was inspired in Whitey Bulger? If you’ve already watched this film, watch it again and learn a lot more about Boston’s criminal underworld. Haven’t watched it yet? Well, here’s your chance. 8:15pm. Scorsece's The Departed Screening/DiscussionThe Brattle Theatre 40 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA, .
Celebrity Chef Series featuring Eddie Huang
Eddie Huang is the owner of NY’s restaurant Baohaus. He’s best known for being a restauranteur and food personality, but he also did some stand up comedy after graduating Law School. Great thing he decided to work on delicious food and now he’s willing to share some of his secrets and experiences. 7 pm. Celebrity Chef Series featuring Eddie HuangOne Marina Park Drive Boston, MA, .
Spoken Word Festival
The Jewish Community Center in Newtown thought of something great: Why not mash up the art of performance, storytelling, poetry slams and stand up comedy? Real stories from real people. 8pm. Spoken Word FestivalLeventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center Newton, MA, .
Science on screen: This is Spinal Tap!
I love it when science and cult movies meet. This is Spinal Tap! Is a mockumentary of ‘the world’s loudest band’ tour back in the 80’s. But before you laugh your head off watching this brilliant film, Christopher Shera will discuss the science of sound and hearing. 7pm. Science on screen: This is Spinal Tap!Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA, .
Taste of Metrowest
This is simple: Over 60 exhibitors will serve traditional or ethnic dishes and you get to vote for the best in different categories. I advice you to go on an empty stomach and wear extra comfy pants that day. 5-8 pm. Taste of MetrowestSheraton Framingham Hotel Framingham, MA, .
Spring Carnival Day at Crotched Mountain
Crotched Mountain welcomes Spring with a cardboard race, pond skimming and other fun activities for all the family. Spring Carnival Day at Crotched Mountain Bennington, NH, .
Salem Film Festival
This the sixth edition of an all-documentary film festival, where the featured films will hopefully change the way you see the world. A lot of filmmakers attend this week long show, so it’s not just a regular movie screening. Salem Film FestivalCinemaSalem Salem, MA, .
Danvers Pancake Festival
It doesn’t say if it’s an ‘all-you-can-eat’ pancake festival, but they’ll probably have lots of yummy stuff to top your pancakes. It’s also for a great reason, so everyone wins here. 7am-1pm. Danvers Pancake FestivalDanvers High School Danvers, MA, .
Opening Day at Plimoth Plantation and Rare Breeds Animal Parade!
Not a regular day at Plimoth Plantation, the re-enactment village, with when lots of special guests arrive for a Rare Breeds Animal Parade. 10-12pm. Opening Day at Plimoth Plantation and Rare Breeds Animal Parade! Plymouth, MA, .
AHA! New Bedford
March in Motion’s this months theme, featuring an obstacle race, historical tours and a lot of educational events. 5-9pm. AHA! New BedfordDowntown Bedford Bedford, MA, .
Review: The Lover
From Tony Award winning playwright Harold Pinter comes The Lover, a dark comedy in a single act. Click for our review! Review: The LoverBCA Boston, MA, .
Our Country’s Good
A play about a bunch of guys trying to put on a play back in the 1780s. Our Country's Good Charlestown, MA, .
Robert Levin: Free Piano Recital
Robert Levin, a highly recognized Harvard music teacher, is retiring in 2014. But before leaving the school, he’ll delight everybody with an evening of piano and the institution of the Robert Levin Prize, a recognition of Robert’s unique contribution to musical life at Harvard that will acknowledge the best musical performer in each graduating year. 8pm. Robert Levin: Free Piano RecitalHarvard Department of Music, Harvard Cambridge, MA, .
All Things Horror presents: The Battery
Cool! The director of this New England based zombie apocalypse flick will be at the screening for Q&A and discussion. 8pm. All Things Horror presents: The BatterySomerville Theatre Somerville, MA, .
ConnCon is all about board games, computer games and LOTS of Dungeons&Dragons. Oh, but it’s a lot of fun because it’s about actually playing the games, not just walking around and entering cosplay contests. ConnConSheraton Hotel Stamford, CT, .
C. J. Sweeney’s Auldwood Polar Dip
Call me crazy but I think it’s about time to start thinking about alternatives to raise funds. But that’s just probably because I don’t like icy water. C. J. Sweeney's Auldwood Polar DipWest Beach Stamford, CT, .
Leprechaun Leap
I guess if you’re going to get into the icy water, now’s probably a better time than 1-2 months ago. This plunge supports the Literacy Center of Milford. 2:30 pm. Leprechaun LeapWalnut Beach Milford, CT, .
Spring Flower Show at Elizabeth Park
Elizabeth Park, the third largest in America, has over 80 types of roses waiting for your visit. It’s great that a bunch of people work really hard to keep this 2.1 acre public space alive. Spring Flower Show at Elizabeth ParkElizabeth Park, Prospect Ave Hartford, CT, .