Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 05/17/07
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. http://hmnh.harvard.edu
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. http://www.papercutzinelibrary.org/even
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. http://www.beaconhillgardenclub.org
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, http://www.celebrateisrael.org/
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. http://www.brooklineadulted.org/bin/cat
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. http://www.chinatownmainstreet.org/
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. http://www.bu.edu/btm/
There are also two open studios this week, the Newton Open Studios, http://www.newtonopenstudios.com and the SOWA Art Walk http://www.sowaartwalk.com 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, http://southendopenmarket.com/
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is May 19-20, starting at the UMass Boston Campus, 800-510-WALK, http://www.avonwalk.org. 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, http://www.braintumorsociety.org/site/P
The Annual Boston Gay and Lesbian Film/Video Festival runs through May 20 at the MFA. http://220.127.116.11/calendar/sub.asp?ke
Present Laughter, a comedy by playwright Noel Coward, comes to the Huntington, May 18 – Jun 17, http://www.huntingtontheatre.org/se
KISS 108fm, Boston’s pop music radio station, has their annual concert May 19, http://www.kiss108.com
Ongoing events I’ve mentioned in past posts, Confessions of a Mormon Boy, to May 19, http://www.bostontheatreworks.com.
The Brimfield Antiques Festival (Spring) goes to May 18, http://www.brimfield.com. And the sadly overrated Ancient Fishweir Project goes to May 31. The Mark Morris Dance Troupe performs to May 20, http://www.icaboston.org/programs/perfo