May 4-12: George Romero, Robot Wars, Mothers Day Fests, Star Wars, Ren Faire, NASA’s New Head, and Open Studios
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|George Romero will introduce a free preview of Survival of the Dead||5/6||Boston Metro|
|Holy Exploding Brains! George Romero, the film director who invented the zombie movie, will be at The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, introducing a free preview of “Survival of the Dead”. Its free and there are no tickets. Just show up. But they’ll most likely fill up, so although the film starts at 10:30pm, plan to be there by 8:30pm. Say hi. I’ll be the super tall guy. I have to confess, I’ve never seen his films and I don’t care for gorey movies. But I love the genre concept and hey, when somebody this famous comes to town, just go.
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA. see details on the complete Johnny’s List
|MIT 2.007 Robot Engineering Competition||5/5 – 5/6||Boston Metro|
|Speaking of world takeover, come see the forefront of robotics at this MIT mechanical engineering competition. Students build clever devices and race them side by side. Wed & Thu 6-11pm.
MIT, Johnson Ice Rink, Cambridge, MA. see details on the complete Johnny’s List
|Free Movie Previews: Letters to Juliet & Iron Man 2||5/6||Boston Metro|
|Incredibly, I’ve managed to finagle tickets faster than people have asked for them for the free Iron Man 2 preview on Thursday. I still have 2 left. And nobody wanted to see Letters to Juliet yet, so I have a bunch of those for 5/9 at 3pm. Now would be a good time to join the Weird Boston Events Facebook group or Twitter.
AMC Boston Common, Boston, MA. see details on the complete Johnny’s List
|Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum||5/9||Boston Metro|
|Let’s change it up to something softer for Mothers Day. Don’t just take mom to a restaurant! There’s so much more going on! Lilac Sunday is the perfect way to ring in the Spring. The Arnold Arboretum, run by Harvard, is not just a park but a botanical zoo, and the dancing and singing is very worthwhile. Morris dancing, 10am to 4pm. Center St Gate.
Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA.617-524-1718 ext- 176. see details on the complete Johnny’s List
|Mothers Day & Carousel on the Kennedy Greenway||5/8||Boston Metro|
|You’ve heard of the new park in Boston: the Kennedy Greenway. Here’s your chance to hang out there and bring mom too. 10:30am-3pm. Ballet performances and dance lessons, live music, and what appear to be some vendors doing “giveaways”.
Kennedy Greenway, Boston, MA. see details on the complete Johnny’s List
|SCA May Day – Medeival Re-enactment||5/9||Metro West|
|The Society for Creative Anachronism will try to place you in the middle ages with a re-enactment of fencing, fighting, dance, and food. They only have a couple of events a year in metro Boston, so check it out! 10am-10pm.
Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA. see details on the complete Johnny’s List
|Armor Show & Legio III Cyrenaica Roman Legion||5/8||Worcester|
|I’ve been to the Higgins and it’s very impressive. You really should go when they’re doing something fun like this Roman Legion re-enactment and armor show. And they’re doing a LOT of great re-enactments all summer, too, so you have plenty of excuses to go.
Higgins Armory, 100 Barber Ave, Worcester, MA.508-853-6015. see details on the complete Johnny’s List
501st v. LazerGate, Hub of the Universe – Launch Party with Shriiimp, Zehara Nachash Presents: Kalliope’s Karavan, Fresh Pond Day, Primal Scream at Harvard, Life and Colony Size Among the Ants, The Future of Space Flight, Cambridge Open Studios – East, West Medford Open Studios, Fort Point Spring Art Walk, Kettle of Fish” Ale, Sholan Farms Apple Blossom Festival, Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower, City of Cambridge Holocaust Commemoration @ Temple Beth Shalom, Moms at the Manse Weekend, Free Mother’s Day at Old Sturbridge Village, Mother’s Day Buffet @ Verrill Farm, Sheep Shearing Day, Draft Horse Plow Match @ Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Rockin’ in the Park, Dance Complex Free Day of Classes, Lawrence Rec. Carnival, Boys & Girls Club Carnival, Cinco de Mayo Children’s Festival, Make Way for Ducklings Parade, Ancient Fishweir Project – Wampanoag Nation Singers & Dancers, The Boston 48 Hour Film Project, Annual Boston Gay and Lesbian Film/Video Festival, SMFA Spring Sidewalk Sale, and more.