Boston Massacre Re-enactment, Robots, Bacon Eating, Maple Sugar, & LARPing
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The Week in Weird
|Boston Massacre Re-enactment||Mar 6 – Mar 7||Boston Metro|
|The event of the week is the re-enactment of the Boston Massacre. It’s the historical event that got the British fighting with the American colonists before the War of Indepdendence. Friday 6:30pm town meeting re-enactment, Sat 11am & 2pm little kids re-enact the massacre in a strange combination of cute and horrid. 11:30 & 2:30 Trial of the Century w/ John Adams. Then 7:30 Boston Massacre re-enactment. And most of it is free!
Old State House, Boston, Boston, MA.617-720-1713 x27. more
|Survival of the Swiftest, Smartest, or Fattest? Human Evolution 150 Years After Darwin||Mar 5||Boston Metro|
|They’re still not quite done celebrating Darwin. What is it with this guy? It’s not like he’s Jesus Christ, who deserves 5 weeks from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Anyway, here’s a lecture all about evolution as applied to humans.
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA. more
|The Sandwalk||Mar 5||Metro West|
|Far more interestingly, here is a play on Darwin. And that closes the Season of Reason, so we now return you to the season of myths and faeries. Everyone is now free to believe that something “low fat” at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts must be good for you.
Framingham State College, Framingham, MA. more
|Atwood’s Tavern – Bacon Eating Contest||Mar 7||Boston Metro|
|Or skip the low fat and go directly to: Bacon Eating Contest!!! Oh yea baby!! Bring on the bacon! 12pm. Not on their Web calendar, but I called to confirm it.
877 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA.617-864-2792. more
|Blue Hills Maple Sugar Days||Mar 7 – Mar 8||Boston Metro|
|Why eat real food though when you can soak up PURE SUGAR! It’s like heroin. Just eat up that yummy maple sap. And go for a hike.
Blue Hills Reservation, Canton, MA. more
|Winter At Williams Barn||Mar 8||Northern Mass|
|Or get your sugar in this even more attractive location, at Williams Barn. 200: 1-3pm. Free. Maple sugar demonstration, a snowshoe race, nature walk, live music, hot cocoa.
Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Row, Groton, MA. more
|St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Cape Cod||Mar 7||Cape Cod|
|Or speaking of substance abuse and stretched out holidays, it’s not too soon to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! The first parade of the season starts at 11am at School Street and Route 28 in West Dennis, MA. Continues down Rt 28 ending at Forest Road.
Rt 28, West Dennis, MA.617 268-7955. more
|MIT Annual Latke-Hamentashen Debate||Mar 4||Boston Metro|
|Putting their cultural emphasis on learning and debate on the line will be the “finest scholars” at MIT debating over the merits of two Jewish foods that the rest of us have never heard of. But they’ll serve samples! It seems to be free! Free food, people! I don’t care if they serve gefilte fish, if it’s free, I’m there. 8-9pm.
MIT Room 26-100, Cambridge, MA. more
|Boston FIRST Robotics Competition||Mar 6 – Mar 7||Boston Metro|
|Speaking of MIT, if you missed the robot competitions in January, here’s an even bigger one. It’s free, and it’s all day, all the time. Robots! Come submit yourself now before the big robot takeover. 8am-6pm.
Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA. more
|Mortified Boston||Mar 5||Boston Metro|
|Here’s a sort of weird live theatre, where everyday people share their most embarassing moments. 8pm.
Motleys Comedy Club @ Trinity, 61 Chatham Street, Boston, MA. more
|InterCon (LARP)||Mar 6 – Mar 8||Northern Mass|
|This theatre is experimental, too. It’s called live roleplaying, and basically means there is no audience. The audience joins the cast for a massive improv drama that spans an entire hotel and can be comedy, drama, horror, mystery, fantasy, or any genre. It’s completely unique and this is the biggest and best convention in our region for LARPing. See the website and sign up for games in advance.
Chelmsford, MA. more
|Boston’s Rock Fetish Night & Fashion Show||Mar 6||Boston Metro|
|Also geeky, um, but for geeks with fashion sense, is this fetish-themed event that will draw the curious among you in, with strangely normal rock music, a fantastic venue — I’ve seen it! — and fashion models.
Castillo’s Night Club, 355 Ferry Street, Everett, MA. more
|Adult Spelling Bee – Brookline||Mar 8||Boston Metro|
|And with no attempt at a segue — but at least I can spell segue! — They actually have a spelling bee for adults! It’s too late to sign up, but show up and root them on. There will also “bee” a children’s spelling contest.
Brookline High School Auditorium, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA. more
|Salem Film Festival||Feb 26 – Mar 5||North Shore|
|Salem’s Film Festival continues.
1 Church Street, Salem, MA.978-744-1400. more
|Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?||Mar 2||Boston Metro|
|As I mentioned last week, there will be a talk by a Harvard scientists about unconscious bias and racism. And then the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA. more
|AAA Travel Marketplace||Mar 6 – Mar 8||Southern Mass|
|I list this commercial “festival” because I’m curious what kind of deals are on offer. For AAA members. I wonder if I can get to Egypt for a week on $500. Anyone want to go to Egypt?
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA. more
|Academy Award-Winning Short Films||Feb 12 – Mar 6||Boston Metro|
|The ICA continues to show all the short films that were nominated.
ICA, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA.617-478-3100. more
|Kahuna Laguna||Jan 1 – Dec 31||New Hampshire|
|Since this week is fairly slow, I’m including some bonus listings: indoor water parks! These are all heated locations that let you pretend summer is all year long. This one’s in New Hampshire near the ski resorts. It’s 40,000 square feet.
Red Jacket Mountin View Resort, 2251 White Mountain Hwy, North Conway, NH.(603) 356-5411. more
|Cape Codder Resort & Spa||Jan 1 – Dec 31||Cape Cod|
|This location has an indoor wave pool, which they are expanding into a full water park for 2010.
Hyannis, MA.(508) 771-3000. more
|CoCo Key Water Resort at the Royal Plaza Hotel||Jan 1 – Dec 31||Metro West|
|And this one I’ve written about before. It’s indoors, year-round water park. Medium-sized.
Royal Plaza Hotel, 150 Royal Plaza Drive, Fitchburg, MA.978.342.7100. more
|CoCo Key Water Resort at the Sheraton Ferncroft||Jan 1 – Dec 31||North Shore|
|Finally here’s the last one, from the same company.
The Sheraton Ferncroft, 50 Ferncroft Rd., Danvers, MA.(978) 777-2500. more
|Daylight Savings Time Begins||Mar 8||Everywhere|
|And don’t forget to set your clock forward an hour.
|Matt Lewis as Elvis: Long Live The King||Mar 3 – Mar 8||Boston Metro|
|Elvis is not only still alive, he keeps bugging me. Seriously, how many Elvis events can we pack into one New England year? Well, he’s still the King. So, listing him, agan.
CityStage, next to Symphony Hall, Boston, MA. more
|Super Scientific Circus||Mar 4||Northern Mass|
|This clown event teaches science and has the look of being seriously for kids only. But it’s weird, so I’m listing it.
Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MA. more