Johnny’s List of Weird Boston Events: 01/25/09

The Week in Weird
Harvard Square Winter Carnival Chili Cook-Off & Volleyball Jan 31 Boston Metro
The weird event of the week is an outdoor volleyball tournament and chili contest in Harvard Square. 2009: Details are few but hit up Harvard Square from 1-3pm and look around for it. And they’ll have live music.
Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. more
Harvard Square Winter Green Breakfast Jan 30 Boston Metro
Also in Harvard, wear green and get a free breakfast. 2009: 7-9am. It has something to do with the “Walk/Ride Days” program. As though Bostonians don’t know the subway exists?
Holyoke Center and Forbes Plaza, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. more
MIT 6.270 Robot Competition (physical robots) Jan 29 Boston Metro
Also, it’s robot competition week at MIT, as different classes come to an end. This one’s the biggest and best, where students build physical robots and have them compete.
MIT Room 26-100, Cambridge, MA. more
Maslab Robotics Contest Jan 30 Boston Metro
Also involving real robots! 2009: Open house at 3:30pm then contest at 5:30pm.
MIT Room 26-100, Cambridge, MA. more
MIT 6.370 Robot Competition (software “bots”) Jan 31 Boston Metro
This one involves software-only robots that compete in a virtual world. With lasers! OooOo. 2009: 7-9pm.
MIT Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA. more
Dorkbot Kick-Off Meeting Jan 27 Boston Metro
2009: 7-9pm. This is also a good time to start making your own robots, or other high-tech toys, with this kick-off meeting to Dorkbot, a local hobby club.
Willoughby & Baltic, 197a Elm Street, Somerville, MA. more
Market Day at Birka: Renaissance Faire Jan 30 – Jan 31 New Hampshire
Perhaps you prefer the past to the future. This is the largest local event by the SCA, the Society for Creative Anachronism, as seen in the 2008 movie “Role Models”. They’ll have a medeival market place, food, costuming, fight tournaments, and you’ll learn something about history.
700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.(603) 715-5523. more
Charm School @ MIT Jan 30 Boston Metro
Also for geeks, Charm School teaches the unwritten rules of social conduct, like what to do with all those forks at a fancy restaurant. 2009: 12-4pm. No signup required.
Student Center, MIT, Cambridge, MA. more
Experience the Way of Tea – Japanese Tea Ceremony Jan 31 Boston Metro
You’ll be able to use your new social skills at this formal tea ceremony. 2009: 1-3pm. Free but RSVP in advance.
MIT Room 10-105, Cambridge, MA. more
Special Effects at the Movies Jan 27 – Jan 29 Boston Metro
Did you miss last week’s science fiction marathon? Come see unnamed special effects movies and hear unnamed people talk about how it all works.
MIT, Cambridge, MA. more
Adult Spelling Bee (and we do mean X-rated) Jan 30 Boston Metro
OK. MIT isn’t the only source of weird this January. BU is hosting a spelling bee featuring naughty words. However, you’ll have to befriend someone waiting in line with a BU ID and become a “guest”.
Boston University, Boston, MA. more
AIDS Dance-a-Thon Jan 30 Boston Metro
2009: 8pm-12am.
Marriott Hotel, 110 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA. more

Recurring Events
Free Admission to the Old State House Museum Jan 1 – Jan 31 Boston Metro
The entire month of January is free for Massachusetts residents (bring an ID) at the Old State House Museum.
206 Washington St , Boston, MA, Boston, MA. more
Sleigh rides & smores at Point of View Farm Jan 2 – Feb 28 New Hampshire
Weekends through February, you can get a real sleigh ride in New Hampshire.
160 South Road, Deerfield, NH.603-463-7974. more
Kimball Farm Horse-Draw Sleigh Rides Jan 2 – Feb 28 Northern Mass
Or closer to Boston in Haverhill, MA, if there’s snow.
Kimball Farm Corn Maze, 780 East Broadway, Haverhill, MA.978 521-3990. more
MIT IAP (Independent Activities Period) Jan 5 – Feb 1 Boston Metro
Over winter break, MIT holds a variety of classes, lectures, and special events many of which are open to the public. Check their calendar.
MIT, Cambridge, MA.617-253-1000. more

Cabaret Jan 11 – Feb 8 Boston Metro
I’ve seen this show and it’s genuinely fantastic. It’s a glimpse into the culture that prepared Germany for World War II and the persecution of Jews, set to a musical.
Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. more
Rossum’s Universal Robots Jan 22 – Jan 31 Boston Metro
Also involving science fiction, but retro — from the 1920s — is “Rossum’s Universal Robots”, a theatre show about revolting robots. Jan 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 @ 8 PM, Jan 25 @ 2pm. Or check out the beggars’ “Pay-What-You-Can” preview Jan 22 @ 8 PM.
Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA.(617) 926-1245. more
Bread and Puppet Theatre Jan 26 – Feb 1 Boston Metro
27 puppeteers and a brass band. One show for adults and one for kids.
539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.617-426-1522. more
Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Jan 27 – Feb 1 Northern Mass
Regional portion of the nation’s foremost college-level theater festival.
Fitchburg State College, 160 Pearl St, Fitchburg, MA.(978) 534-9000. more
Elvis Jan 31 – Feb 1 Boston Metro
Elvis has been sighted a lot recently. He returns to the Regent Theatre Jan 31 and Feb 1.
Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA. more

200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s bday Jan 17 – Feb 1 Maryland
A big Poe event is being held in Maryland, if you’d like to travel.
Baltimore, MD. more

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