Events INSIDER: March 25 – April 2, 2013

Johnny’s Picks
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, .
How to think like Sherlock Holmes
Journalist Maria Konnikova got into the mind of the most popular detective of all times and broke down his train of thought so that mere mortals like you and I can follow simple, logical steps to solve everyday life ‘mysteries’, or should I say problems?. 7 pm. How to think like Sherlock HolmesHarvard Book Store Cambridge, MA, .
Full Moon Tours
Before electricity, how did people live? I guess they had oil lamps and candles. It sounds like they went through a LOT of candles. Check it out at this historic home. Full Moon ToursThe Gore Estate Waltham, MA, .
The Great Burlesque Expo
This convention looks quite unique. They’ll have striptease lessons (oookay), a performance master class that promises to help you ‘connect’ with your inner self and your sexuality and some other features that are definetely worth checking out. It’s limited to 300 people, so you better register ASAP. The Great Burlesque ExpoHyatt Regency Cambridge, MA, .
Balkan Music Night & Belly Dance Extravaganza
The wonderful Klezwoods, known for their unique mix of strings and sounds, brings once again one of their most fun events: The Balkan Music nights! This features, well, Balkan music, obviously, but also a lot of bellydancers. Join them and dance or just admire the way they can move, because damn, it’s hard. Balkan Music Night & Belly Dance ExtravaganzaVarious Locations Cambridge, MA, .
Bunny Bonanzoo at Stone Zoo
The Stone Zoo also celebrates Easter! This time the only guest is the Easter Bunny, but surely you can make some time to visit all the other animals while you’re there. 2013:. Bunny Bonanzoo at Stone Zoo Stoneham, MA, .
Loon Mountain presents: Spring-Sanity Weekend!
And by ‘sanity’ they mean you can wear your craziest clothes and hairstyle without actually being pointed out as a weirdo. Dress however you want and participate in the Battle of the Bumps contest, the Slush Pool or any other of the cool events that Loon Mt. prepares to welcome Spring. 9:30am. Loon Mountain presents: Spring-Sanity Weekend!Loon Mountain Lincoln, MA, .
Salem Spring Fling
This is the closest we’ll ever get to one of Dyonisus’, the Greek God of Wine, celebrations. Also, the chance to wear a toga and taste wine and food from 50 restaurants while surrounded by living statues, bellydancers, and ‘garden nymphs’ shouldn’t be neglected. 6-9pm. Salem Spring FlingOld Town Hall in Derby Square Salem, MA, .
Are you creative? Here’s a fantasy, science fiction, gaming, and anime convention! ConBustSmith College, Seelye Hall, 2 Seelye Dr., Northampton, MA, .
The Big Night
Someone dressed like a frog, a salamander or some other odd animal will walk with you through the dark forest to explain how these amphibians manage to survive and reproduce in vernal pools. Comfy shoes and being comfortable in the dark is ideal to enjoy this night walk. 5:30-9pm. The Big NightArcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Easthampton, MA, .
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, .
Easter Egg Hunts
Cambridge Community Easter EggStravaganza
The Cambridge Community is celebrating their third annual Egg Hunt this year. 10-12:30pm. Cambridge Community Easter EggStravaganzaCambridge Common Park Cambridge, MA, .
Easter Egg Hunt at Titus Sparrow Park
This is the only Easter event that offers a green Egg Hunt with 100% biodegradable eggs. 10 am. Easter Egg Hunt at Titus Sparrow ParkTitus Sparrow Park Boston, MA, .
Easter Egg Hunt – Roslindale
Roslindale will have a parent/child egg toss contest, bunny hop races and arts and crafts for kids, apart from the traditional Egg Hunt. 10am. Easter Egg Hunt - RoslindaleAdams Park Roslindale, MA, .
Spring Egg Hunt at Pope John Paul II Park
Another Easter event that doesn’t have much to do with church but rather the Easter Bunny himself and the pleasure of hunting for colorful eggs. 11am. Spring Egg Hunt at Pope John Paul II ParkPope John Paul II Park, Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester Boston, MA, .
Easter Sunday Brunch & Dinner
Hmm, an Easter event for adults who love to eat. That’s alright. They’ll serve food from all over the world and will have live jazz music. Easter Sunday Brunch & Dinner Boston, MA, .
Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast- East Haven, CT
The people of the Rotary Club of East Haven have friends in high places: They organize a breakfast with Santa and the Easter Bunny every year! 8:30 am. Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast- East Haven, CT East Haven, CT, .
Easter Egg Hunt at Mystic, CT
This one’s near a museum and an aquarium, so if you get bored of looking for eggs you can always visit them later. 12-1pm. Easter Egg Hunt at Mystic, CTOlde Mistick Village Mystic, CT, .
Annual Dino EggHunt
Why settle with regular Easter Eggs when you could have DINOSAUR eggs? They’re not real, but it’s still pretty cool. 10am. Annual Dino EggHuntThe Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Oakdale, CT, .
Easter Egg Hunt – Wilmington Town Common
And this one’s for kids under 6 only. 2pm. Easter Egg Hunt - Wilmington Town CommonTown Common Wilmington, MA, .
Easter Egg Extravaganza – Maine
Hey, this Easter Egg Hunt has a parade! Will there be bunny marching and playing the trumpet? Doubtfully, but it still looks like a lot of fun. 10am-1pm. Easter Egg Extravaganza - MaineLoranger Middle School Old Orchard Beach, ME, .
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, .
Flashlight Egg Hunt & Spring Egg Hunt
Kids search for Easter eggs at night using a flashlight or anything that provides light, for that matter (but I guess the name had already made it obvious). 7:30 pm. Flashlight Egg Hunt & Spring Egg Hunt Norwood, MA, .
Dover Easter Egg Hunt
I’m running out of clever things to say about Easter Egg Hunts. 11 am. Dover Easter Egg HuntDover Town Green Dover, MA, .
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, .
Shrine of Our Lady of Grace Easter Egg Hunt
What exactly is an egg-guessing contest? 9am. Shrine of Our Lady of Grace Easter Egg HuntShrine of Our Lady of Grace Colebrook, NH, .
Ocean Commotion: Easter Egg hunt
The Sea Coast Science Center is also holding an Easter Egg Hunt. Something odd for a place devoted to the sea, so I guess it’s worth checking it out. 9-10am. Ocean Commotion: Easter Egg hunt Rye, NH, .
Easter Egg Hunt at Casey Farm
Another Easter Egg event in a farm. 10:30am. Easter Egg Hunt at Casey FarmCasey Farm Saunderstown, RI, .
Easter Egg Hunt at Tennis Hall of Fame
You need to pre-register for this one. 11am. Easter Egg Hunt at Tennis Hall of FameInternational Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum Newport, RI, .
Easter Egg Dash – Hull, MA
The Paragon Carousel opens for the season, and the Easter Bunny will surely be there! 12:30pm. Easter Egg Dash - Hull, MA Hull, MA, .
Easter Egg Hunt – Swansea, MA
The good thing of holding an Easter Egg Hunt in a farm is that if you get bored you can still play with the farm animals, I guess. Just please, don’t take the uncolored eggs, those aren’t part of the hunt. 2pm. Easter Egg Hunt - Swansea, MAStony Creek Farm Swansea, MA, .
EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt – Northampton, MA
For ages up to 10 only. 1 pm. EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt - Northampton, MALook Memorial Park ballfields Northampton, MA, .
Easter Egg Hunt – West Springfield, MA
The age restrictiong for this one is 7 years old. The good thing is according to some people I sometimes look and act like a kid, so I guess I could fool them? 10:30am. Easter Egg Hunt - West Springfield, MAMittineague Park West Springfield, MA, .
Easter Egg Hunt at Colchester, VT
Another hunt, this one’s in Vermont. 10am. Easter Egg Hunt at Colchester, VTBayside Park Colchester, VT, .
Easter Day Celebration
After their Pond Skim event, Wachuset Mt. gets everything ready for the little ones to enjoy Easter the traditional way: Egg Hunting! 8-12pm. Easter Day CelebrationWachusett Mountain Ski Area – 499 Mountain Road Princeton, 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, .
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, .
Scooby Doo Live Musical Mysteries
Nice! While this may look like a mostly kids oriented show, it is actually made for the whole family to enjoy, specially if you grew up solving mysteries with this well known gang. Scooby Doo Live Musical MysteriesThe Chevalier Theater Medford, MA, .
The Encyclopedia Show Somerville: Mythical Beasts
It’s poetry, but it’s poetry performed! Come hear presenters belt out their thoughts on mythical creatures like dragons. 7pm. The Encyclopedia Show Somerville: Mythical BeastsThe Davis Square Theatre Somerville, 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, .
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 Locations Boston, MA, .
FHM Civil War Circle
The Forbes House Museum holds a monthly discussion forum that focuses on one character or one event and explores all the posibilities often overlooked about the matter. This is great to learn more about the real historic events and facts. This month’s topic will be Confederate President Jefferson Davis. 7-8:30pm. FHM Civil War Circle Milton, MA, .
Boston Underground Film Festival
If you know Dario Argento and have at least heard of Cannibal Holocaust once and thought it was a pretty cool movie title, you’ll dig BUFF. This year they’ll play macabre and wonderfully grotesque films like ‘A band called Death’ and ‘The Manson Family’. Boston Underground Film FestivalBrattle Theatre, Harvard Square Cambridge, MA, .
Early spring at Bellevue Pond
For the nature enthusiasts: Enjoy a walk around Bellevue pond ID all the fascinating plants that grow there. You’ll be lead by a professional who’ll also share some cool historical/nature facts. 9:30-11:30am. Early spring at Bellevue Pond Medford, MA, .
International Folk Music Festival
The thing about Folk music is that it’s so very hard to not love it. This event features Folk rhythms from Mexico, Colombia, The Balkans, Ireland and even Korean percussions. 8:15-9:45pm. International Folk Music FestivalBerklee Performance Center Boston, MA, .
BNAN: Annual Gardeners Gathering
This is the time of the year to start thinking on spending some time on your yard. You don’t have to be a gardener to participate on their annual gathering and lear some gardening tips. BNAN: Annual Gardeners GatheringNortheastern University Boston, MA, .
Hallie Ephron: There Was an Old Woman
Brookline booksmith features books for almost every taste every month. This one’s for the lovers of suspense and thriller novels. Hallie Ephron: There Was an Old Woman Brookline, MA, .
People, at Coolidge Corner Theatre
And for the theater lovers: A seemingly beautiful and funny piece written by Alan Bennet wonderfully played by Frances de la Tour about an aristocrat that was once a v7 pmery succesful model but now has to eat from trash cans and wear ugly, old coats. We’re not sure of whether this character was inspired in Lindsay Lohan’s career. 2013:. People, at Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA, .
Blacksmith Poetry Readings: Averill Curdy & Nicole Terez Dutton
Celebrating 40 years of helping emerging writers and poets, the home of Longfellow’s ‘The Village Blacksmith’ chestnut tree will hold a special series of readings open for all. 8pm. Blacksmith Poetry Readings: Averill Curdy & Nicole Terez DuttonCambridge Center for Adult Education Cambridge, MA, .
Femnoire: The 2013 Festival of Women Playwrights
The best way to highlight the work of talented women who write amazing plays. 8pm. Femnoire: The 2013 Festival of Women PlaywrightsWhistler House Museum of Art Lowell, MA, .
Woolapalooza: From Sheep to Sweater and Everything in Between
Spring means flowers will bloom, skies will be blue… and sheeps will be sheared! This sounds like it could be both fun and educational. 10am-4pm. Woolapalooza: From Sheep to Sweater and Everything in BetweenDrumlin Farm Lincoln, 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 WarPease Public Library Plymouth, NH, .
All Fools RailJam
A great event to close the skiing season: The hardest course, with the most popular rails and boxes of the year. There will be prizes, too. 9am. All Fools RailJamMt. Sunapee Newbury, NH, .
‘Endearing Ties:’ Black Family Life in Early New England
It’s important to understand history’s worst parts, including slavery in New England. Here’s a lecture on that. 'Endearing Ties:' Black Family Life in Early New EnglandAldrich House Providence, RI, .
Breakfast with Easter Bunny and EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt
There’s no info on the site about the Easter Bunny breakfast but it’s listed and apparently it’s happening the same day as the EGGstravaganza. It’s still worth going and look for the goodies inside the +10,000 hidden easter eggs. 1pm-2pm. Breakfast with Easter Bunny and EGGstravaganza Egg HuntLook Memorial Park Leeds, MA, .
Pond Skim at Wachusett Mtn
Snow is slowly melting away and while this makes a lot of us happy, some aren’t willing to let it go so easy. Guys in wacky costumes will try to make it across a pond with their skiis on. Sure, it’s great when they make it, but it’s so much better when they fail. 9am. Pond Skim at Wachusett MtnWachusett Mountain Ski Area – 499 Mountain Road Princeton, MA, .
Sound Ideas Book Launch Party
Some people say words come alive only when spoken. I prefer just to read books for my own, but poetry might be the exception. The ‘Sound Ideas’ book promises to teach you how to get to the core of a poem; it was written by teachers that have succesfully taught poetry by showing how to experience it rather than just read it. Sounds interesting. 4-7pm. Sound Ideas Book Launch PartyWorcester Public Library Worcester, MA, .
Paul Giamatti: In Conversation
This is going to be completely biased: I love this guy. And the event is free. So just go. It’ll be brilliant. Paul Giamatti: In ConversationUniversity Theatre (UT) New Haven, CT, .