Events INSIDER: March 18-26, 2013

Giveaways & Features
Review: Jesus Christ Superstar
Want to win free passes to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s vibrant retelling of the life of Jesus of Nazareth? Click for our review. Win: Jesus Christ SuperstarThe Norwood Theatre Norwood, MA, .
Win: Charles Lloyd New Quartet
Saxophonist Charles Lloyd is at the helm of a new band that includes a multi-Grammy nominated drummer and a MacArthur Grant recipient pianist. I have a pair of tix to give away! Email Win: Charles Lloyd New QuartetSanders Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Win: Jonathan Biss, piano
Jonathan Biss loves Schumann, and so will you at this concert on Friday. I have 2 pairs of tickets to give away! Email Win: Jonathan Biss, pianoJordan Hall Boston, MA, .
Win: James Galway
Flute master Sir James Galway comes to Symphony Hall this Sunday. He must be really good to get knighted for playing the flute! I have one pair of tix to give away. Email Win: James GalwaySymphony Hall Boston, MA, .
Interview: Demetri Martin
Click for my interview (to be posted Monday evening) with Demetri Martin, who is also doing a book signing at the BU Bookstore on Friday! 3pm. Interview: Demetri MartinBU Bookstore Boston, MA, .
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, .
Johnny’s Picks
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, .
Revere Spring Carnival
The Carnival is here! Attend the Revere Spring Carnival, hop into the Ferris Wheel and eat lots of cotton candy. Because why not? Revere Spring Carnival Revere, MA, .
‘Dark Cloud Encounters’ Harvard Observatory Nights
Guess it isn’t too comforting to know there are enormous clouds of ‘star stuff’ floating around and destroying galaxies. Find out if we’re safe or if it’s time to start planning a trip to another planet. 7pm. 'Dark Cloud Encounters' Harvard Observatory NightsPhillips Auditorium at the CfA Cambridge, MA, .
Boston Robotics Competition
Danger, Will Robinson! Immerse yourself on science and robotics in the cooolest event of New England. There will be all kinds of robots, except the scary ones (I think) and IT’S FREE! 8am-6pm Fri-Sat-Sun. Boston Robotics CompetitionAgganis Arena Boston, MA, .
George W. Veditz American Sign Language Festival
How to speak without talking: The George W. Veditz ASL Festival includes Poetry, Storytelling and Deaf Art Competition Finals. George W. Veditz American Sign Language FestivalNortheastern University Boston, MA, .
Adult Trivia Bee – Brookline
They changed their Adult Spelling Bee for an equally fun and quite interesting Adult Trivia Bee with some pretty hard questions. Register to participate or just witness this fierce knowledge competition. 2-6pm. Adult Trivia Bee - BrooklineHeath School Brookline, MA, .
Harvard’s geek convention, that should be enough to grab your attention but if you need more info about the event: There will be Monopoly, Scrabble, and plastic ‘boffer’ tournaments, a Dance Dance Revolution Contest, a Masquerade Party, live roleplaying, and capture the flag with Calvin & Hobbes rules! VERICONSever Hall, Harvard University Cambridge, MA, .
Balkan Music Night
When you hear ‘The Balkans’ they’re talking about Greece, Albania, and that whole former Yugoslavia region. This is their folk festival. Don’t miss it. 7pm. Balkan Music NightFriends of the Performing Arts in Concord Concord, MA, .
Greenberg Toy and Train Show
Hey, is March also the month of Model Shows? This one looks pretty cool too. Greenberg Toy and Train ShowShriner’s Auditorium Wilmington, MA, .
Stacked Kite Fly
Want to learn how to fly a ‘stunt kite? 10am-5pm. Stacked Kite FlyHampton Beach Hampton Beach, NH, .
Cupid Splash
You get into the water dressed like Cupid (although I think that’s optional…) and raise money to save our beloved beaches. Just make sure your wings are waterproof. 12 pm. Cupid SplashBeaches from Nahant to Nantucket Boston, MA, .
Nowruz, the Persian New Year
There are plenty of Chinese New Year celebrations and not enough Persian (Iranian) events. This is a culture worth knowing. 10-4:45pm. Nowruz, the Persian New YearMuseum of Fine Arts Boston, MA, .
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Manchester, NH
If case you missed St. Patrick’s Day celebrations or if you’re still in the mood for celebrating, join the people in Manchester NH in their days-late Parade. 12pm. St. Patrick's Day Parade - Manchester, NHFrom Elm Street, Downtown Manchester Manchester, NH, .
Dinosaur Day
I didn’t know there was such a thing as a Dinosaur’s Day. Host Cliff, an amazing Triceratops that lives in the Museum of Science, is only one of the latest dinosaur discoveries that will be discussed that day, along with controversies, fossil discoveries and more. 10-4pm. Dinosaur DayMuseum of Science Boston, MA, .
Clay Center’s Public Observatory Nights re-open
Public observatory nights mean you get to use really fance telescope and have an astronomist explain to you all he knows about the cosmos. Clay Center's Public Observatory Nights re-open Brookline, MA, .
Easter Egg Hunts
Children’s Easter Party and Egg Hunt
The Easter Bunny’s gonna be pretty busy this year. 1pm. Children's Easter Party and Egg HuntSt. Ann’s Hall Milford, CT, .
Eggciting Egg Hunt
Never had I seen an Egg Hunt where they offer over 75k in prizes. Guess it makes all the other Egg Hunts look kinda cheap, but only if the prizes aren’t 75k worth of sweaters and socks. 11-3pm. Eggciting Egg Hunt Candia, NH, .
Town of Norton’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt
A whole town searching for those precious little eggs. Pay close attention, the Easter Bunny will be hopping around Norton.. 1pm. Town of Norton's Annual Spring Egg HuntTown Forest on Plain St. Norton, MA, .
Easter Egg Hunt – Maynard, MA
Hmm, an Egg Hunt for all ages. I wonder how they pull that off. Easter Egg Hunt - Maynard, MAGreen Meadow School Maynard, MA, .
Camouflaged Egg Hunt – Exeter
Kids ages 3 to 10 hunt for brown eggs in a natural setting instead of painted eggs to learn about camouflage. I think this is much better than just finding chocolate eggs (then again I might be tricking you so that I can get all the chocolate, who knows) 9:30-11am. Camouflaged Egg Hunt - ExeterFisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge Exeter, RI, .
Easter Egg Hunt – Westerly, RI
The Easter Bunny and Lucky Duck will be here. This one’s special for the little ones, ages 1-8. 1pm. Easter Egg Hunt - Westerly, RIWilcox Park Westerly, RI, .
Spring Egg Hunt and Bunny Breakfast at Littleton, MA
If you find a ‘Special Egg’ you can win some pretty cool things. If you don’t, you still get lots of chocolate and a yummy breakfast. Sweet deal. 9am. Spring Egg Hunt and Bunny Breakfast at Littleton, MA Pepperell, MA, .
Easter Scavenger Hunt and Easter Bunny
If your kids want a picture with the Easter Bunny, he’ll be hopping around Patriot’s Place. There will also be an Easter Scavenger Hunt, so yay! Free(?) chocolate! Easter Scavenger Hunt and Easter Bunny Foxboro, MA, .
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Meriden, CT
Another Parade for late celebrators. 2pm. St. Patrick's Day Parade - Meriden, CTParker Avenue to Bradley Avenue Meriden, CT, .
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Mystic, CT
Mystic also celebrates St. Patrick’s day a few days later. 1pm. St. Patrick's Day Parade - Mystic, CT Mystic, CT, .
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, .
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, .
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, .
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, .
The Philosophy Caf
A place to basically go and discuss everything and anything with people equally as critical and concerned as you. This month’s theme: The Unreality of Physical Reality. Wicked. 7:30 pm. The Philosophy CafUsed Books Department Cambridge, MA, .
The Great American Meat Out
These guys are really serious about eating their vegetables and they want you to join their anti-meat forces. There will be several events before March 20th to educate people and convince them to go vegan. The Great American Meat OutVarious Places All Over, , .
The Freedom Trail on Trial
Artist-educator Neil Horsky and teenage artists present The Freedom Trail on Trial, inviting dialogue across generations about history, civil engagement, and social change. The Freedom Trail on TrialOld South Meeting House Boston, MA, .
Boston New Technology: Showcase Meetup
Do you have a startup? Are you an entrepreneur? Would you like to know what others are up to? This is the place to go. Boston New Technology: Showcase MeetupHult International Business School Cambridge, MA, .
The Boston Tea Party – Swing Dance Festival
Interesting name for a swing dance festival that has no tea and no politics. The Boston Tea Party - Swing Dance FestivalMarriott Hotel Newton, MA, .
Guns don’t kill people, the media kills people
With all that has been going on around the country, it’s time that we ask ourselves who’s really responsible for the seemingly endless waves of violence and death. This is very interesting discussion between the founder of ‘Stop Handgun Violence’ and a Professor of Media at NYU regarding that question. Thurs., Mar. 21, 6:30-8 pm. Guns don't kill people, the media kills peopleFord Hall Forum at Suffolk University Boston, MA, .
World of Wheels
Ah, this Auto Festival isn’t just for crazy engine lovers. They’ll have, of course, LOTS of cars but also a Batmobile tribute and their, now traditional, Pin Up Girl Contest. World of WheelsBoston Expo Center Boston, MA, .
Creature Feature: Amphibians at Ravenswood Park
This is a guided tour at night to discover wild animals. It’s a lot of fun for the kids and also for adults; I’ve been there and it’s fantastic. This edition includes a nighttime hike to a vernal pool. 4-6pm. Creature Feature: Amphibians at Ravenswood ParkRavenswood Park Gloucester, MA, .
Mount Sunapee’s FestEVOL (catchy name!) has a slush competition, many outdoorsy activities and a concert by O.A.R. and the Pete Kilpatrick Band. Nice, huh? FestEVOLMt. Sunapee Newbury, NH, .
South Shore Model Railway Club Show
Miniature models are adults chance of playing and enjoying ‘toys’ again. See lots of tiny trains in the South Shore Model Railway club Show. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. South Shore Model Railway Club ShowBare Cove Park, Building 51 Hingham, MA, .
WAM!Boston Film Festival 2012
A film festival with the work of women or about women. There will also be Q&A’s and a lot of feminists. 1-11pm. WAM!Boston Film Festival 2012Brattle Theatre Cambridge, MA, .
Harvard Intercollegiate Kendo Tournament
Kendo is the closest we have to lightsaber fighting and it is so awesome it makes you not even think about lightsabers anymore. Harvard Intercollegiate Kendo TournamentMAC Mezzanine, Harvard University Cambridge, MA, .
Happy Holi-Day! Henna Tattoos, Sari Dressing, and Indian Dance for Teens
There are so few ethnic Indian events — this one deserves a mention. Teens learn South Asian dance and get henna. Happy Holi-Day! Henna Tattoos, Sari Dressing, and Indian Dance for TeensLibrary Framingham, MA, .
Quantified Self
Do you keep track of how many hours a week you spend sleeping, jogging, working or anything else? If you’re an stats enthusiast, you definitely don’t wanna miss this meeting where others can also share how they keep track of themselves. Quantified SelfMicrosoft NERD New England Research & Development Center, One Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA, .
Dating Made Easy – Top Strategies and Tips for Single Women!
Nobody says you’re doing it wrong, but being coached by Dating specialists can hurt no one, right? Dating Made Easy - Top Strategies and Tips for Single Women!The Watertown Center for Healing Arts at 22 Mt. Auburn Street Watertown, MA, .
Writing the Civil War
Join Rob Velella in a discussion on writers during and after the Civil War including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emerson, Longfellow, Louisa May Alcott, and others. Writing the Civil War Plymouth, NH, .
Review: Raisin in the Sun
In a crowded apartment in Chicago’s South Side, each member of a struggling African-American family yearns for a different version of a better life. Click for our review! Review: Raisin in the SunBU Theatre Boston, MA, .
Review: Our Country’s Good
A play about a bunch of guys trying to put on a play back in the 1780s. Check out our review. Review: Our Country's Good Charlestown, MA, .
Review: 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 review! Review: Jewel: Greatest Hits TourWilbur Theatre Boston, 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, .
Women in Comedy Festival
Basically all the cool girls that have made you laugh so much you almost wet your pants will be here, not only to entertain you but to remind you that women have a pretty big place in the Comedy Industry. Women in Comedy FestivalVarious Locations Boston, MA, .
Revels: Spring Sing
Spring makes you wanna sing?The Revels are a professional group that allow the community to sing along at some of their shows. This event is meant for the whole family to enjoy. 3-5pm. Revels: Spring SingChurch Watertown, MA, .
International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella – Semifinal
If you love a capella music or have watched Pitch Perfect one too many times check this out. It’s the very best of New England brought together to one concert. 8pm. International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella - SemifinalKresge Auditorium, MIT Cambridge, MA, .
2013 World Irish Dancing Championships
March is the month of the Irish, clearly. Why not end the month with a world championship of Irish Dancing, then? 2013 World Irish Dancing ChampionshipsThe Hynes Covention Center Boston, MA, .
Women’s Singing Traditions Vernica Robles & her Mariachi Band
Oh, wow, a mariachi band! Women's Singing Traditions Vernica Robles & her Mariachi BandLowell National Historical Park Visitor Center Lowell, MA, .
Annual Cardboard Box Race
Ha! This cardboard race is circus themed! 1pm-4pm. Annual Cardboard Box Race Rangeley, ME, .
Midcoast Model Festival
Another model show featuring old aircraft and cars. Been there and it’s truly impressive. Midcoast Model FestivalOwls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head, ME, .
Owls Head Midcoast Model Festival
I’ve been to this museum and it’s amazing! Worth the trip especially for an air show! Owls Head Midcoast Model FestivalOwls Head Transportation Museum Owls Head, ME, .