Winter Fest, Japan & China, Beatles Sing-along, Maple Syrup tapping, SF Movie Marathon, and Surrealist Night
I have an extra ticket to see Sleep No More this Friday, January 22, at 7pm. See the description below and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to come along with our group of five. It’s supposed to be the most amazing theatre in Boston this year, or possibly ever.
Also, did you know that I have an art project? It’s called Wheel Questions, and I’m writing a book. I’m looking for some volunteers to read and comment on sections as they come out. Please write me.
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The Week in Weird
|MIT Bad Ideas Competition||1/22 – 1/24||Boston Metro|
|The event of the week is the Bad Ideas Competition at MIT. Students are given funding to build wacky outdoor structures, like a small roller coaster. Go watch or take part!
East Campus, Ames Street, Cambridge, MA. more
|Newburyport Winter Carnival||1/23||North Shore|
|This festival looks more like a winner! There’s no shopping mall involved. They just got a little confused naming the local park. It features horse-drawn hayrides, skating on the pond, sledding, and a “human dog sled race”! 10:30am-4:30pm.
Bartlett Mall (which is really a park), Newburyport, MA. more
|Experience the Way of Tea – Japanese Tea Ceremony||1/23||Boston Metro|
|Also at MIT, as part of their annual arts month, learn new social skills at this formal tea ceremony. 2-3pm. Free but RSVP in advance.
Mezzanine Lounge W20 (Student Center), 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. more
|Ipswich Chinese New Year Celebration||1/23||North Shore|
|Festivals are few in January, but here’s one, several weeks too early for Chinese New Year. See a lion dance and taiwanese drum performance, then get to try it yourself. Snow date the next day. 3-4:30pm.
Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 130 High St, Ipswich, MA. more
|Beatles Sing-Along in Brookline||1/24||Boston Metro|
|What’s the only way to make a high school concert more painful? Let the audience sing along! Well… since this Beatles Sing-Along takes places the Brookline Music School, it’s probably on-key. Give it a shot! 2pm.
Brookline Music School, 25 Kennard Rd, Brookline, MA. more
|Somerville Maple Syrup Project (Tree Tapping)||1/21||Boston Metro|
|I really want to see this! They tap actual maple trees and you get to help! Meet near Tufts University main library at 3pm. Boildown event March 12-14 all day at the Somerville Community Growing Center.
Meet at Professors Row & College Ave, Somerville, MA.617-628-9988. more
|Rock-paper-scissors Championship||1/27||Boston Metro|
|Also in Somerville, test your mettle at the ultimate psych-out game: Rock Paper Scissors. And this time, you’re doing it for prizes. What I want to know is, how can they stretch such a rapid sport into an entire evening’s entertainment? 6:30pm. $5. 21+.
PA’s Lounge, 345 Someville Ave, Somerville, MA.617-776-1557. more
|Surrealist Nite with Roger Miller||1/23||Boston Metro|
|My Somerville pick would be this one. The 1920s was the height of the surrealist movement, and they developed a lot of wacky games like Exquisite Corpse, which is a word & drawing game. Come learn the games and play with others. They’ll also have strange music. $8 in advance.
The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA.617.718.2191. more
|Bigfoot Stomp: A Snowshow Hike||1/24||Boston Metro|
|This surreal hike through the Blue Hills should be fun. I’ve always wanted to try snoeshowing. 1pm.
Blue Hills, Canton, MA.617-698-1802 x212. more
|Welcome to Our House’ A Living History Tour||1/23||Metro West|
|I can’t resist re-enactments. This one takes place at the home of the author of Little Women. They do these tours every month year-round and during school vacations. 4:45pm.
Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road, Concord, MA. more
|Fried Rice Iron Chef||1/27||Boston Metro|
|Food contents are usually fairly drab: rows of booths, thanks for the food. This one will have some real action, apparently, modeled after the TV show.
MIT, Baker Dining Hall, Cambridge, MA. more
|Annual Science Fiction Marathon @ MIT LSC||1/23||Boston Metro|
|Why so much Somerville and Cambridge? Is Boston a cultural wasteland of “recurring” rather than one-shot events? Well, here’s another sci-fi marathon in case you missed last week’s. It includes a free sneak preview of District 13: Ultimatum which will no doubt be awesome!
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. more
|Movie Magic||1/27 – 2/10||Boston Metro|
|Oh wait, here’s one! The Museum of Science is just barely in Boston, and an expert from the world of computer graphics comes to give a talk as part of this lecture series.
Museum of Science, Cambridge, MA. more
|Free Science Talk & Exhibition @ HMNH||1/22||Boston Metro|
|Here’s another talk, which is free and includes free exhibition admission, for the opening day of an exhibition on the photography of animals. You’ll see a bunch of other talks on their website, too. 4pm.
HAH-vid Museem a’ Nat’ral Hist’ry, Cambridge, MA. more
|Burn Your New Year’s Resolutions: erotic mistakes and amorous misadventures||1/24 – 1/26||Boston Metro|
|Local writers read erotic and humorous stories at this local “toy” shop for naughty girls and boys.
308-A Harvard Street, Brookline, MA. more
|Winterfest Weekends @ Fruitlands Museum||1/16 – 2/28||Worcester|
|I’m always skeptical of ‘festivals’ that last over a month and seem to be “business as usual”. However, the Fruitlands Museum has sled trails, ice skating (but not rentals?), and a bonfire!
102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA.978-456-3924. more
|Sock Hop to benefit the homeless||1/22||Boston Metro|
|9pm. 21+. Bring new socks to donate to a locate homeless shelter, or $5.
Elks Lodge, 55 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA. more
|Hot Chocolate Tasting||1/23||Boston Metro|
|This event seems rather small, but they’ll have music and booths on the sidewalk with hot chocolate. 1-3pm.
In front of Hidden Sweets, 25 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA. more
|Integration Bee||1/27||Boston Metro|
|You’d have to be a little loco to participate, but it might be fun to watch math wizards compete.
MIT, Cambridge, MA. more
|Boston Wine Expo||1/23 – 1/24||Boston Metro|
|Or maybe you’d rather drink wine. Ho hum. Please tell me you have better hobbies than getting frotzed.
Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA. more
|National Hug Day||1/21||Boston Metro|
|Finally, free hugs day is tomorrow, but nobody, seems to care. No response to my investigative journalism with local hug groups. Maybe they’re depressed and need a hug.
Hug people and avoid lawsuits. Good luck!, Boston, MA. 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
|Breakdance Classes||1/4 – 1/27||Boston Metro|
|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
|Concord Museum is Free||1/17 – 1/24||Metro West|
|The Concord museum is free on Sunday.
Concord Museum, Concord, MA. more
|Atwater-Donnelly is my favorite folk group. They’re really amazing! They don’t come to the Boston area often, so rush out to see them. I believe they’ll have stepdancing at this one, too. 8pm.
Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St, Framingham, MA.(508) 405-2787. more
|Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival||1/26 – 1/31||New Hampshire|
|This is the regional portion of the nation’s foremost college-level theater festival. I went one year and it’s surprisingly fun.
University of New Hampshire, Durham, Durham, NH. more
|Free performance of Commedia Dell’arte||1/22 – 1/24||Metro West|
|Do you know what commedia dell’arte is? Me neither! I’m guessing some kind of comedy? Here’s a chance to explore 16th century Italy for free. 1/22 and 1/24 at 7pm.
Waltham Mills Artists Studios, 144 Moody Street, Building 18, 3rd Floor, Waltham, MA. more