Music, Train, Asian, & French Fests, Moby Dick, No Pants Prank, Chocolate Tour, & Breakdancing
01/07/10 by Johnny Monsarrat
The winter is pretty thin but it’s a great time to visit local museums and see shows. A few friends and I are going to the performance of Sleep No More on January 22 with the admission time of 7pm. Drop me a note if you’d like to join us for dinner beforehand.
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The Week in Weird
|Boston No Pants Ride||1/10||Boston Metro|
|Every year the pranksters in Boston (and New York) ride the subway with only their underwear. Now that’s classy. You have to sign up to get the location. 12-2pm.
Location TBA, Boston, MA. more
|Boston Celtic Music Festival||1/8 – 1/9||Boston Metro|
|The Boston Celtic Music Festival is the first real festival of 2010! It takes place at several venues in Cambridge. There will be participatory dancing and singing as well as performance of dance and music. The festival looks great.
Various Venues, Cambridge, MA. more
|Wenham Museum’s Model Railroad and Hobby Show||1/9||North Shore|
|Also weird is this model train show. It doesn’t actually happen in the museum (which has a model train collection), but down the street at a local school, with 75 dealer tables. Snow date the next day.
Buker School, School Street, Wenham, MA. more
|Japanese New Year||1/9||North Shore|
|You should never need an excuse to visit Salem and the fantastic Peabody-Essex Museum. But Japanese drumming, calligraphy, woodblock printing, and more should get you there.
East India Square, Salem, MA.978-745-9500. more
|Asian Arts & Crafts||1/9||Boston Metro|
|Close to Boston, you can also find asian arts at MIT, as part of their month-long educational and cultural festival called IAP.
MIT, Cambridge, MA. more
|Old Food: Ancient and Medieval Cooking||1/11||Boston Metro|
|Also at MIT, try sampling seriously old-timey foods. To come, sign up immediately.
MIT, Cambridge, MA. more
|Chocolate Tour of Boston||1/10||Boston Metro|
|Or take a tour of all the Boston locales for chocolate. Meet at MIT Lobby 7, 12-4pm.
Meet at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. more
|Moby Dick – The Marathon||1/8 – 1/10||Southern Mass|
|Here’s a gem. People gather and listen to a nonstop reading of Herman Melville’s classic, Moby Dick. It takes 25 hours and there is a buffer and lecture beforehand.
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA. more
|Fetes De Rois (Feast of the Kings)||1/9||Boston Metro|
|Centuries old French tradition, basically a party for kids, and they’ll have a cake and lots of French culture. There’s limited space, so RSVP.
The French Library and Cultural Center, Boston, MA.617-912-0400. more
|Winter Trails Day||1/9||Metro West|
|Winter Trails Day actually takes place across a number of dates, but the main event is free snoeshowing and free cross-country skiing at the Weston Ski Track. If there’s snow.
Weston Ski Track @ the Martin Golf Course, Weston, MA. more
|Free Film Fridays @ Museum of Science||1/8 – 1/29||Boston Metro|
|Sponsored by The Mathworks, the IMAX theatre at the Museum of Science is actually free several days in January. Sweet!
Museum of Science, Boston, MA. more
|Concord Museum is Free||1/10 – 1/24||Metro West|
|The Concord museum is also free.
Concord Museum, Concord, MA. more
|Mass Innovation Nights||1/13||Boston Metro|
|Last week I featured a local hobby club. Here’s another, dedicated to innovation and cool gadgets.
IBM Innovation Center, Waltham, MA. more
|Breakdance Classes||1/4 – 1/27||Boston Metro|
|For example, you can learn to breakdance! I’ve been to this one and it’s really fun!
MIT, Cambridge, MA. more
|MIT IAP (Independent Activities Period)||1/4 – 1/29||Boston Metro|
|Over winter break, MIT holds a variety of classes, lectures, and special events, many of which are wonderfully weird and open to the public. Check their calendar.
MIT, Cambridge, MA.617-253-1000. more
|Sleep No More||10/8 – 2/7||Boston Metro|
|I hear this show is amazing. They’ve taken over an entire unused school in Brookline, and every room has a display and actors. You get to stroll from room to room interacting with everyone as the plot proceeds.
Some School, Brookline, MA. more
|Sleigh rides & smores at Point of View Farm||1/1 – 2/15||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||1/1 – 2/15||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
|The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)||1/7 – 1/16||Boston Metro|
|I’ve seen this play and it’s a hilarious comedy and parody of Shakespeare. They have a basically-free “pay what you can” preview on Jan 7.
The Factory Theatre located, 791 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. more
|Cappella Clausura||1/10||Boston Metro|
|And this one’s completely free and a good excuse to visit Forest Hills Cemetery.
Forsyth Chapel, Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston, MA. more
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