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Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 02/14/08
Hi! The Kendall Square Ice Rink is having a Valentine's Day Skate with a special ice performance at 8pm. http://www.paddlebost
February 14, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 02/11/08 Extra
The Gardner Museum is doing a Valentine's Day evening, but it'll cost a couple $175, although it includes museum membership. 280
February 11, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 01/24/08 Extra
Hi! Although Arisia is the biggest science fiction convention in New England, Harvard students run VERICON, a science fiction
January 24, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 01/17/08
Hi, TODAY, the Battle of the Brownies at MIT, 7-8pm in MIT room W20-407. See the Web site map. http://student.mit.edu/iap/nslab
January 17, 2008
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 12/16/07 Extra
Next time someone whines about the weather, read this New England Manifesto and be proud!!**JOHNNY'S NEW ENGLAND MANIFESTO**Size.
December 16, 2007
November 21, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 11/14/07
Hi everyone, There's an event Friday, Saturday, Sunday called "A Night At the Rock Opera", with a lot of 1970s greats includ
November 14, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 11/13/07
Hey-o, Juggle Mania III at MIT is Saturday, Nov 17, at 7pm, and it's free. That's in MIT room 54-100. http://web.mit.edu/j
November 13, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 11/01/07
Hi!Two quickies. There's yet another open studios, except it's all in one location, so no strolling around the neighborhood. The
November 1, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 10/25/07
Hi! The MIT Pumpkin Drop is Saturday Oct 27 at 11:59pm on the "Dot" next to building 54. That is quite close to the corner of A
October 25, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 10/22/07
Yo, I just heard back from the Rocky Horror people. They're actually having three shows, not one, and they are the biggest ev
October 22, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 10/21/07
Hi all, Listen up, people! This is the week in weird! :) If you're seeing this right away, *today* Sunday Oct 21, there's a "
October 21, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 10/20/07
Hi everyone, Just a short mention, if you're planning to go to Horrorville in Somerville, I went last night and it is easily t
October 20, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 10/10/07
Hi!Somehow I missed a bunch of stuff that was on my calendar already. Here it is.KONE Lynn and Nahant Regional Kite Festival, Oct
October 10, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 10/09/07 Extra
KONE Lynn and Nahant Regional Kite Festival, Oct 13, 10am-4pm, Lynn MA beach. They'll have stunt kite competitions. I've been to
October 9, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/24/07
What's Coming Up in New England - Sep 24 [Sep. 24th, 2007|04:05 pm] Hi there, You want weird; you got it. In fact there
September 24, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/21/07
Hi!      "For Emergency Use Only" is a modern dance performance which consists mainly of seeing how much
September 21, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/13/07 Extra
Hi! Sorry, I found another. Soundscape is a weird musical experiment where 16 performers are spread out throughout a buildi
September 13, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/10/07
Hey-o, Here's what's coming up in New England. TONIGHT! College Night at the Museum of Science, Boston. Free with a college I
September 10, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 09/04/07
Hi all, You want weird events, you got it. TONIGHT! "Raising Arizona", a free film in Copley Square. See below. What's stra
September 4, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 08/30/07
Hi gang, Here are the weird upcoming events in New England. The Weekly Dig is one of the largest and best hipster guide to wh
August 30, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 08/27/07
Hi everyone, Special announcement, there's an eclipse tonight (Tuesday morning) from 4:51am to 6:02am).http://wbztv.com/local/l
August 27, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 08/15/07
Hi! Also I've just learned that the Cambridge freeemovie night has been moved to tomorrow Thursday this week only (see my last
August 15, 2007
11am-5pm. Free. Performances, music, asian food, kids activities. http://www.discoverquincy.com/calendar.htm or http://www.qari.info Last week I mentioned Davis Farmland with their petting zoo and fantastic corn maze, at http://www.davisfarmland.com. Well, here are the other big mazes in New England. Corn Maze at the FARM Institute is on Martha’s Vinyard, http://www.farminstitute.org. The Great Vermont Corn Maze, Danville, VT, http://www.vermontcornmaze.com. Parlee Farms, which also has pick-you-own fruit, http://www.parleesfarm.com in Chelmsford, MA. And a bunch more at http://gonewengland.about.com/cs/fallfoliage/l/aa082902a.htm Speaking of the agricultural lifestyle, which is so hidden from us urbanites, the Hardwick County Fair is Aug 17-18. It’s one of many agricultural fairs locally. Town Common, Rt 32A, Hardwick, MA, but the only one with a lumberjack contest! They also have hay rides, actual frog jumping my goodness, and plenty of animal exhibits. Free. http://www.hardwickfair.com Another fair I haven’t been to is the Marshfield County Fair, Aug 17-26. Marshfield, MA. Route 3A at South River St. (781) 834-6629. This one features a demolition derby, motorcycle racing, and a battle of the bands. In October they do a Haunted House too. http://www.marshfieldfair.org Finally, the Verrill Farm Corn & Tomato Festival is Aug 18-19. 11 Wheeler Road, Concord, MA. 978-369-4494. Hay & pony rides, petting zoo, entertainment. http://www.verrillfarm.com Here’s an excuse to visit Cape Cod: the Onset Blues Festival, Aug 18. The Bluff, Onset, MA. 508-295-7072. http://www.onsetvillage.com There’s a Latin American Festival at Worcester City Hall, Aug 18-19. I really do try to list only the ones that have something interesting. The draw this time is their “beer garden and domino tournament”. I just want to know what a beer garden is. http://www.baystateparent.com/news/2007/0801/articles/020.html The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is Aug 18. 11:30am-6pm, free. A good excuse to visit Salem, which has a fantastic visitor center and lots of walkable attractions. It’s very tourist friendly. Rain date Aug 19. The Gloucester Waterfront Festival is Aug 18-19. The usual local artists will be out selling painted clam shells. And they’ll have a lobster bake and puppet shows. The real reasons to attend will be the hot air balloon rides from 5-7pm. Don’t get too excited, these are short tethered balloon rides. But still fun. http://www.capeannvacations.com/festival-event.cfm?id=4&mk=3&ck=0&en=&ey= Getting your own non-tethered balloon ride will cost you $500. See http://www.massachusettsballooning.com and make an appointment. You can usually get less expensive rides at a festival though, especially if you call ahead to reserve. One of the last balloon events of the year is the Great Falls Balloon Festival, Aug 17-19, in Lewiston, ME which is about 2.5 hours from Boston. They’ll havecarnival rides and a clam eating contest, too, although it’s unclear who’s doing the eat, people or giant clams. http://www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org Did you know that the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a local? They’ve turned his house into a museum and it’s been having “Arts in the Park” all summer. This one, Aug 19, from 1pm to 4pm, is outstanding because it features the poetry editor of the Atlantic Monthly and former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinksy. http://www.nps.gov/long Also for bookworms, have you heard of Cyberspace or Cyberpunk? Then see author William Gibson who is credited with inventing the term. He’s doing a book signing at the Brookline Booksmith, Aug 20, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA. 617-566-6660. http://www.brooklinebooksmith.com Here’s the scoop on free outdoor movies: — Boston (Harbor). Aug 17. The Best Years of Our Lives. http://www.bhh.com/special_eventcal.htm — Boston (Esplanade). Aug 17. The Wizard of Oz. http://www.wbz.com/pages/591886.php?contentType=4&contentId=618840 — Boston (Boston Common). Aug 20. Happy Feet, at The Playstead, Franklin Park, includes a costume competition with prizes! http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/events_announcements.asp — Cambridge. Aug 15, Night at the Museum, preceded by Dario the Magician. And Aug 22, Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest, preceded by a performance of Peter Panic and the Island Breeze. http://www.cambridgema.gov/CityOfCambridge_Content/documents/FamilyNights.pdf — Somerville. Aug 16. North by Northwest at Seven Hills Park. http://www.townonline.com/somerville/movies/x1591224826 — Dorchester. Aug 16. Some Elvis Presley film, probably Jailhouse Rock. http://www.bostonnatural.org/ — Fitchburg. Aug 17. Charlotte’s Web. http://www.discoverfitchburg.com/Movie_List.html — Winchester. Aug 16. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. http://www.winyc.com/summerevents.html — Weymouth. Aug 16. Barnyard, 8pm. Rain date Aug 19. http://www.weymouth.ma.us/news/news.asp?id=7755 — Onset. Aug 16. Star Wars IV. http://www.myspace.com/obmco Continuing events, Misalliance to Sep 9 and Romeo & Juliet to Sep 16, http://www.publicktheatre.com. Chimpanzee Exhibit to Aug 28 at the Museum of Science, http://www.mos.org. Restaurant Week Boston is Aug 5-10 and Aug 12-17, http://www.restaurantweekboston.com. Provincetown Carnival continues to Aug 18, http://www.ptown.org/happenings/carnival. Cambridge Discovery Walks continue Aug 18, http://www.cambridgema.gov/historic/walks.html Heads up, the The Three Musketeers, the musical opens next week, Aug 21-Sep 9, at the North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA. 978-232-7200. Also Wicked, sort of a revised Wizard of Oz, made into a musical, is playing Sep 12-Oct 14, http://broadwayacrossamerica.com/BAA.Public.Web/Pages/SeasonTicketHolder/BAACity.aspx?cityID=33. Pat Benetar plays the Bank of American Pavilion Aug 18, Kelly Clarkson is Aug 16 at Mohegan Sun, and Counting Crows is somewhere, I forget. And Dance New England’s “Dance Camp” is Aug 22-Sep 2 in Maine, http://www.dne.org Next week is the two-year anniversary of Johnny’s list. Back then I listed 8 events a week. These days I list 50 and it’s undoubtedly the largest festivals list around. Nearly 200 people subscribe, for reasons I can’t fully explain. If you’ve bothered to read all the way to the bottom you must be hooked. Please tell your friends! They can sign up onto the mailing list at http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/johnnys-list and the home page for the blog is http://make-you-laugh.livejournal.com/ Ciao baby. You’re beautiful.-Johnnyp.s. My little activities company got a mention in Mass High Tech. http://masshightech.bizjournals.com/masshightech/stories/2007/08/13/story3.html
Hi all, A lot of small towns are hosting a mini music festival this week. I recommend going but plan something else in the area
August 13, 2007
Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 07/31/07
Hey-o, Here's the week in weird activity listings. One of the biggest re-enactments of the year is "From Redcoats to Rebels"
July 31, 2007
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