New Format: This Week in Weird

Hi all,

I am trying a new format that will be easier to glance over.

Pirates Night Out, Jul 26, Attleboro, MA. The weird event of the week! I met the performers and they seem great. Elks Pavilion, 152 South Main St. 508-222-2509 or 508-369-9140. 5-10pm. Lots of food, pirate attire welcomed. Music. They teach swordfighting, too. $20.

617-876-6837. Kenda BikeFest, Jul 25-27, Hancock, MA. It’s more than just lots of dirt biking. They’ll have a scavenger hunt, movies, and presentations. Apple Tree Hill Organic Farm, Route 43. 518-641-9110. St. Joseph Feast Celebration, Jul 25-27, Boston, MA. Yet another religious festival in the North End. I’ve heard this is a big one. Battery St & Hanover St. 617-720-1368. Lowell Folk Festival, Jul 25-27, Lowell, MA. 978-970-5000. They claim it’s the largest free folk festival in the US, but I think to get there, they basically include everyone in a 10 square block area of downtown. I’ve been and it’s worth attending if you’re in the area. They’ll have a parade and several stages. The Open at Maple Hill, Jul 25-27, Leicester, MA. If you’re curious about Disc Golf, this is the event for you. Basically it takes place on a field like a golf course, and you throw frisbees closer and closer and into the hole. I’ve always wanted to see it! Stargazing at Notchview, Jul 25 and Aug 1, Windsor, MA. It’s an astronomy night where hobbyists show you the stars. and Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Salem Cross Inn, Jul 25-Sep 19, West Brookfield, MA. Having been assured that my recent awful experience was unique to the truly bad “Murder Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater”, here is an entirely different group I might check out. 260 West Main Street. 508-867-2345. Gardner Museum’s free night, Jul 24, Boston, MA. Another late night for the Gardner, which is especially worth visiting because they’ll have workshops and music and presentations. 280 The Fenway. (617)566-1401. Salem CultureFest, Jul 26-27, Salem, MA. This appears to be a small event with just one stage, with the usual art vendors and face painting. It’s worth taking a trip to Salem, anyhow, make sure to visit the Peabody Essex Museum. and Yankee Homecoming Festival, Jul 27-Aug 3. Newburyport, MA. Printmaking, food & music & art, festival, historical tours, Irish & Greek performances, and fireworks Aug 5th, and a parade Aug 6th. New England Shakespeare – The Comedie of Errors, Jul 27-Aug 16. Sturbridge, MA. Sturbridge Town Common. 2pm, and Revere on the lawn of the American Legion Building, Thu 8/9, Fri 8/10 @ 6pm. And Robbins Farm Park, Arlington, 8/12 @ 5pm. Much Ado About Nothing, Jul 27-Aug 16, Lowell, MA. Woods Hole Film Festival, Jul 26-Aug 2. Woods Hole, MA. It’s rarely appreciated that we have perhaps the finest marine research center in the world here in Massachusetts. They are choosing to spend part of their summer indoors, but it includes panels and workshops so it’s ok by me! The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is July 24-27 in Eastern New York. Outdoor movies continue: — Boston, MA. Movies by Moonlight at the Boston Harbor Hotel. July 25. “Harold and Maude (1971)”. At dusk. 617-439-7000. — Boston, MA. WBZ Free Friday Flicks @ Hatch Shell. Jun 25. They haven’t updated their phone machine, call ’em. At sundown. 617-787-7200. Call hotline for cancellation info. — Cambridge, MA. Family Night in the Park. July 23. “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns”, with a kids performer beforehand. Rindge Field (Rain site: Gately Youth Center). 617-349-6200. All events begin at 7pm. — Dorchester, MA. Neponset River Greenway Festival & Movie Series. “Shrek III”. July 22 at Martini Shell, Hyde Park, and July 24 at Pope John Paul II Park, Dorchester. 617-542-7696. All movies begin at sunset, around 7:30-8pm. Every Thursday. — Revere, MA. Movie Nights on Revere Beach… Err, this might be over for the summer? — Somerville, MA. City of Somerville Annual Movie Series. Jul 24. “Bee Movie”. Seven Hills Park, Davis Square, Somerville, MA. 617-666-3311. — Weymouth, MA. Weymouth Summer Outdoor Movies. Jul 24. 6:30pm. “Toe Jam”. — Falmouth, MA. Wednesday Movies Under the Stars. July 23, “Sandlot”. Peg Noonan Park, Main Street, Falmouth, MA. 508-487-3424. At dusk. — Onset, MA. Onset Bay Movie Co. Jul 24, “Surfs Up”. The Bandshell, behind 197 Onset Avenue, Onset, MA. 508-295-9026. — Acton, MA. Outdoor Movie Night at NARA Park, Acton. July 24. A puppet show. No, really! Outdoor theatre: — Shakespeare on the Common – As You Like It. Jul 16-Aug 3. Boston Metro. Boston Common. Boston, MA. 617-532-1252. Free. At the Parade Grounds on Boston Common, near Beacon & Charles. Rent a chair for $5. — “The Real Inspector Hound”, by Tom Stoppard. July 9-26. Chelsea, MA. I actually attended this to learn that SOME NIGHTS ARE IN SPANISH! Fortunately I was with someone who spoke Spanish and whispered translations to me. Highly recommended. Mary O’Malley Park, Commandant’s Way, on the Chelsea Waterfront (Admiral’s Hill). 7:30pm. 617-887-2336. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. — Shakespeare Under the Stars, Hadley, MA, to July 27. — The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov, to Sep 7, and Hay Fever, by Noel Coward, July 24 – Sep 14. Boston MA. Yet more outdoor music series: — Special Live Concerts, Outdoors at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Jun 20-Aug 29. — Springfield CityBlock Concert Series, Jun 21-Sep 20, Springfield, MA, — Milford, MA. Family Night at the Bandstand 2008. Milford Town Park, corner of Congress and Walnut Streets, Milford. Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 508-478-5924. Rain dates the following Thursday. — Newton, MA. Sunday Evening Heritage Festivals. To Jul 30, — Norwood, MA. Sunday Evening Concerts on the Common. Corner of Washington and Nahatan Streets, Norwood, MA. Sundays, 7-9 p.m. Rain or shine. — Sharon, MA. Lakeside Concert Series. Memorial Park Beach Bandstand, Sharon. Wednesday nights, 7 p.m., throughout the summer. Continuing events: — The Barnstable County Fair, to Jul 26, — “Walking with Dinosaurs: The Live Experience”, to Jul 20, Boston, MA. — Waterfire, to Nov 11, Providence Place, Providence, RI. 401 751-1221. — Longfellow Family Sundays Art in the Park, Sundays to Aug 31, 1-4pm, Cambridge. — Folk dancing in Copley Square, to Aug 26, 7:30pm-10pm on Tuesdays, — Murder Mystery & Evening With the Astors @ Beechwood Mansion, to Oct 30, — Circus Smirkus, to Aug 3, Have fun this week!-Johnny p.s. Like this blog? Do me a favor and tell your friends. Get it as a weekly email at and if you’re looking for a heads up on next week and beyond, see