Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 01/06/06

Happy New Year. This is a tough week for me so here it is a little more sketchily than usual.

Check out the MFA First Fridays social gathering. Lots of intelligent arty types, plus a single scene too if you want that. Every first friday of the month, 5:30-9:30pm, free with museum admission, and you can get dinner and cocktails there. Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue.

Steve Martin’s play, “The Underpants”, open at the Lyric Stage Company, 140 Clarendon St, Boston. It’s a remake of an old play, with wacky comedy added.

Also over the next 3 weeks is the African American Theater Festival, which isn’t really so much a festival (as in plaza, vendors, animal balloons, picnics), and more of a number of theater shows. I guess if they call it a festival it sounds bigger. Still, it’s supposed to be good, and what else is happening in January. See

Check out some of Boston’s Comedy Clubs, such as Improv Boston (in Cambridge), or the Improv Asylum (in Boston). I believe the big one in Boston is the Comedy Connection in Faneuil Hall. The biggest comedians go there.

The MFA has a new exhibit on Japanese Ceramics.

Now would be a good time for some Spring Cleaning.

Learn to play the tuba.

Bonus event of the week (and month!): All throughout January, go to MIT for Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is basically a lot of classes and festivals and gatherings for the student body, but the public is generally welcome (except for the for-credit classes). Anime, glassblowing, dancing, mathematics, a ton of great stuff, check the website at