Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 05/17/07

Hi all,

Not a lot weird is happening in New England, but plenty of arty stuff is.

The weird event of the week is the “Nest & Eggs” Exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. It’s a new exhibit about (guess), and there’s an opening lecture May 17 at 6pm.

The Paper Cut Zine Library is a lending library of “zines”, which are amateur or semi-pro magazines about politics, porn, science fiction, you name it. This is what bloggers did with their spare time before Web sites were invented. They are having their 2-year anniversary party, Saturday at 8pm. Cambridge. 617-492-2600.

Annual Beacon Hill Hidden Gardens Tour is May 17. Beacon Hill Garden Club, Charles & Mt. Vernon Streets, Boston, MA, 617-227-4392, 9am-5pm, $25. Get to see the private gardens of a lot of rich people.

This week is also the Boston Celebrates Israel festival, May 20, 1-7pm. Music, dance, shopping, technology, kids stuff. It’s at the “Dana-Farber Field House” at Gillette Stadium,

There’s a walking tour of Chinatown scheduled for May 19, as part of the Brookline Adult Education program. Meet at the Chinatown Gate. Call 617-730-2700 to register by phone. 11:15am – 1:15pm and includes dim sum, $45. Also June 2nd.

Speaking of Chinatown, the Chinatown Spring Festival is May 20, Boston. 617-350-6303. Throughout Chinatown. Free. 11am-5pm. I went to this one year and it was fantastic. So many performances, street vendors, a great party.

The Boston Theater Marathon is May 20. It’s a ten-hour marathon of fifty 10-minute plays. Stanford Calderwood Pavillion at Boston Center for the Arts, Boston.

There are also two open studios this week, the Newton Open Studios, and the SOWA Art Walk which both feature a ton of local artists opening up their private homes and art studios to the public. Most of the art is for sale; go and support local artists. Along similar lines but not hiding their commercial nature nearly so well, the South End Open Market is every Sunday through October 28,

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is May 19-20, starting at the UMass Boston Campus, 800-510-WALK, Also you can ride a bike, well, a virtual bike since registration is closed, for the Brain Tumor Society in their “Ride for Research”, Waltham May 20,

The Annual Boston Gay and Lesbian Film/Video Festival runs through May 20 at the MFA.

Present Laughter, a comedy by playwright Noel Coward, comes to the Huntington, May 18 – Jun 17,

KISS 108fm, Boston’s pop music radio station, has their annual concert May 19,

Ongoing events I’ve mentioned in past posts, Confessions of a Mormon Boy, to May 19, Dragonfly Festival (very-short theatre marathon) goes to May 20, Arms and the Man to June 2, An Evening with Ladley & Craig, Fridays to Jun 22, David Copperfield plays May 18-20, at Foxwoods in CT,

The Brimfield Antiques Festival (Spring) goes to May 18, And the sadly overrated Ancient Fishweir Project goes to May 31. The Mark Morris Dance Troupe performs to May 20,