Johnny’s List of Quirky Boston Events: 1/12/09
01/12/09 by Johnny Monsarrat
Martin Luther King Day is coming up. Enjoy the long weekend! I’ll blog about Inauguration Day activities (Jan 20) next week.
The Week in Weird
|200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s bday||Jan 15 – Jan 16||Boston Metro|
|The event of the week is Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday! Poe was born in Boston although moved to Maryland, where there’s also a celebration. Boston College will have speakers by authors who’ve written on Poe, readings, a birthday cake and a movie, over two days.
Boston College, Devlin Hall 101, Boston, MA. more
|Arisia Fan Convention for Sci-Fi, Roleplaying||Jan 16 – Jan 19||Boston Metro|
|Also geeky, take your enthusiasm to Arisia, the largest convention in Boston for sci-fi, anime, fantasy, roleplaying, and more. Make sure to check out Rickland’s bookstore and say that Johnny sent you for a special discount. He will reply with the secret codephrase, “What discount??
Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Cambridge, MA. more
|Annual MIT Mystery Hunt||Jan 16 – Jan 19||Boston Metro|
|Even more geeky, which is saying something, is the MIT Mystery Hunt, which people from the Boston community can probably sneak into. Join a team that unpuzzles a clue path and spends all weekend chasing down the location of a hidden coin. My suggestion: shadow the hunt’s organizers as they hide the coin.
MIT, Cambridge, MA. more
|Primal Scream at Harvard||Jan 12||Boston Metro|
|Harvard takes a different approach. At midnight Monday evening (that’s tonight!) hundreds of students will gather naked on Harvard Yard to release their tension in a huge scream. It’s always at midnight on the last night of reading period and the night before the first final exams in January.
Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA.
|Best Lesbian Erotica Reading and Reception||Jan 18||Boston Metro|
|Readings and a wine & cheese reception. They don’t specifically say this is a woman-only event but I would guess that it is intended that way.
308-A Harvard Street, Brookline, MA. more
|Chocolate Tour of Boston||Jan 11 – Jan 25||Boston Metro|
|Also not stated as exclusively for women, here’s a tour of Boston’s chocolate makers for those of us who are not on a diet. 2009: Meet at MIT Lobby 7, 2-5pm.
Meet at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. more
|Battle of the Brownies @ MIT||Jan 19||Boston Metro|
|The same group is having a brownies bake-off, as well. 2009: 7-8:30pm.
Student Center, W20-491, 88 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA. more
|Fetes De Rois (Feast of the Kings)||Jan 17||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
|PuppetSLAM||Jan 17||Boston Metro|
|This one is not for kids. It’s a puppet show for adults, like Avenue Q. It seems arty & creative. If you miss it, they have them every two months or so.
32 Station Street, Brookline, MA. more
|Japanese New Year||Jan 18||Boston Metro|
|Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA. more|
|[SENSE]ation Day at Fuller Museum||Jan 19||South Shore|
|They’re also having a festival at the Fuller Museum, which is an amazing museum all about crafts. I’ve been many times and highly recommend it. They’ll have interactive performances, participatory arts making, candy making demonstrations, Japanese paper dyeing, mask-making, etc.
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA.508-588-6000. more
|Rock-paper-scissors Championship||Jan 14||Boston Metro|
|Closer in to Boston, the ultimate psych-out game is Rock Paper Scissors and this time, you’re doing it for prizes. 2009: 7pm.
PA’s Lounge, 345 Someville Ave, Somerville, MA.617-776-1557. more
|Martin Luther King Day @ Boston Childrens Museum||Jan 19||Boston Metro|
|Here’s a Martin Luther King celebration at the Boston Children’s Museum. Although of course, every bar is pretending that MLK Day is a great excuse to drink alcohol. But that’s not something you’ll get fooled by, right?
Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA. more
|Martin Luther King Day Concerts||Jan 19||Boston Metro|
|And two concerts: one at the New England Conservatory Jan 19 @ 1pm and 7pm, and one at Faneuil Hall Jan 19, speakers @ 12pm and then @ 3pm a concert with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. This is presented by the Museum of African-American History, and the event was unlisted on their website nor the City of Boston’s. But I spent over an hour on the phone and got it because Johnny’s List is just that awesome.
Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA.Scott 617-725-0022 x20. more
|Martin Luther King weekend @ Harvard Square||Jan 19||Boston Metro|
|Also the Harvard Square Business Association swears they will be doing something, they just don’t know what yet. I called. Check their calendar. But it will include the “Joyful Noise” concert at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.
Harvard Square, Boston, MA. more
|Martin Luther King Day Open House @ MFA||Jan 19||Boston Metro|
|The MFA is free on Martin Luther King Day.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. more
|Concord Museum is Free||Jan 18||Metro West|
|The Concord museum is also free, but on Sunday.
Concord Museum, Concord, MA. more
|MIT Chantey & Maritime Sing||Jan 18||Boston Metro|
|Also Sunday, sing songs and learn what you do with a drunken sailor, early in the mornin’.
MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. more
|Benjamin Franklin in Boston: A Walking Tour||Jan 17||Boston Metro|
|What about Benjamin Franklin? Why doesn’t he get a day? Here’s a thinly disguised generic Boston walking tour that makes the great man it’s excuse.
Boston, MA. more
|World of Wheels||Jan 9 – Jan 11||Boston Metro|
|They’re also having a big car festival (woo-hoo…).
Boston Expo Center, Boston, MA. more
|Greater Boston Antiques Festival||Jan 17 – Jan 18||Boston Metro|
|And if you have any cash left after buying holiday gifts, you can spend it on old stuff. Um, antiques.
Shriner’s Auditorium, Wilmington, MA.(781) 862-4039. more
|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
|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. Snowball fight, learn Tai Chi, participate in making the world’s largest matzah ball, or naming the largest number ever named. Or attend “charm school”, and learn your manners.
MIT, Cambridge, MA.617-253-1000. more
|Introduction to Commedia dell’Arte||Jan 13 – Jan 20||Boston Metro|
|This event is also part of MIT’s January break. You can learn a kind of improv comedy dating back to the Renaissance. There are a number of dance classes and more, too.
MIT, Cambridge, 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
|Cirque Le Masque Carnival||Jan 21 – Jan 25||Boston Metro|
|Heads up, here’s a new age circus that’s not Cirque du Soleil.
Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston, MA.800-233-3123. more
|Dar Williams & Joshua Radin||Jan 22||Boston Metro|
|And Dar Williams is famous, but I forget for what, in folk music.
Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA. more