3/4/2010 – 3/10/2010: Re-enactment, Train Show, Oscar Night, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Free Movie Preview, Polar Splash
03/04/10 by Johnny Monsarrat
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The Week in Weird
|Boston Massacre Re-enactment||3/6||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. 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 7pm Boston Massacre re-enactment. And it’s free!
Old State House, Boston, Boston, MA.617-720-1713 x27. more
|Rail-A-Rama XL Train Show||3/7||Southern Mass|
|Also, there will be a model train show! Sometimes I go to these things just to interact with hobbyists who have so much passion and energy. 10am-4pm. Free parking. $5.
Christina’s Function Facility, Rt 1, Foxboro, MA.617-361-4445. more
|Free Tickets to “Brooklyn’s Finest||3/4||Boston Metro|
|TONIGHT! I’ve got free tickets for a screening of “Brooklyn’s Finest”, tonigiht at 7:30pm (but plan to arrive at least an hour early to get a seat). It’s an extremely high-rated thriller with Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere, and Wesley Snipes.
Boston Common Theatre, Boston, MA. more
|Special Olympics Passion Plunge||3/6||Boston Metro|
|I am told that the Passion Plunge does NOT involve mentally challenged kids being encouraged to dive into freezing water. It’s a charity for the rest of us to help support them. That makes more sense. Also at Lake Quinnsigamond in Shrewsbury.
Nantasket Beach, Hull, MA. more
|Chinese New Year Banquet||3/5||Boston Metro|
|We’re not letting go of winter this week, or the Chinese New Year, which apparently continues, this time at the Boston Chinese Neighborhood Center, complete with a lion dance and food. Call immediately because they will sell out. 5:30pm reception and 7pm dinner.
Empire Garden Restaurant, 690 Washington Street, Boston, MA.617-635-5129 x 1053. more
|St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Cape Cod||3/6||Cape Cod|
|Or speaking stretched out holidays, it’s not too soon to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! The first parade of the season starts at 11am.
Rt 28, West Dennis, MA.617 268-7955. more
|Oscar Gala @ Brattle Theatre||3/7||Boston Metro|
|Everyone’s excited about the Academy Awards, which you couldn’t get a seat to even if you did live in California. Please don’t be fooled by local bars that do nothing but put it on the television. That is not an event! I called King’s, for example, and they basically said they weren’t doing anything special, but, “um, well, we’ll have it on the TV!”. Instead, try going to a classy event like this live broadcast to the Brattle Theatre.
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA.617-876-6837. more
|Oscar Night America @ Hard Rock Café||3/7||Boston Metro|
|Or this even more expensive fundraiser, which is $175, and only if you buy ’em today. But part of the Oscars is arriving in a tux and “being seen”, so it should cost a lot, right?
The Langham Hotel, 250 Franklin Street, Boston, MA. more
|Oscars at CinemaSalem||3/7||North Shore|
|My bet would be on heading up to Salem, where tickets are only $25. 6-11pm.
One East India Square, Salem MA.978 744-1400. more
|RIIFF Providence Oscar Night America Celebration||3/7||Rhode Island|
|They say they’re “one of only 51 sanctioned Oscar parties”. Gee, what happens if you’re not sanctioned? 6:30pm.
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium Arts & Cultural Center, 1 Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI. more
|Oscar Night Hartford||3/7||Connecticut|
|This one’s for charity too. 7pm.
Hartford, CT. more
|Mass Audubon’s Maple Sugaring Festival||3/10||Southern Mass|
|But I would rather be eating maple syrup at this or any one of a number of events listed on the website.
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon, MA. more
|Annual Mardi Gras Madness||3/5||Boston Metro|
|Nobody seems to care about Mardi Gras, as I discover each year when I research it. Basically, a lot of bars will run throwaway events with no creativity. However, this one looks like it’s worth a shot. It’s a benefit, so they charge $100. Does that come with free flashing or do I need to bring my own love beads? 7pm.
Royal Sonesta Hotel, 40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA. more
|Earth Rocks! Festival||3/6||Boston Metro|
|The Harvard Museum of Natural History is holding a day of lectures and “activities” (i.e. for children) celebrating geology. It’s a “family festival” which means you have to be a kid at heart to enjoy it, most likely. 9am-5pm.
Harvard Natural History Museum, Cambridge, MA. more
|WinterQuest: In Search of the Snowy Owl||3/6||North Shore|
|What can I say. It’s winter. It’s slow. You could do worse than go on a guided tour tracking animals. 1-4pm.
Castle Hill, Ipswich, MA.978.921.1944 x4005. more
|AAA Travel Marketplace||3/5 – 3/7||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
|The Flower & Patio Outdoor Living Show||3/5 – 3/7||Worcester|
|This flower show might be worth checking out. I went to one once and it was surprisingly fun. It’s essentially a trade show for gardeners but they’ll have forced bloom flower displays, too! Park at Worcester Municipal Garage at 30 Worcester Center Blvd.
DCU Center, Worcester, MA.508-792-0314. more
|Boston Underground Film Festival Launch Party||3/9||Boston Metro|
|The Boston Underground Film Festival doesn’t start for three weeks, but they’re showing trailers and giving out free food and beer and other stuff to build word-of-mouth. Woot! 6pm.
Stuart Street Playhouse, 200 Stuart St, Boston, MA. more
|Mortified Boston||3/4||Boston Metro|
|TONIGHT! Here’s a sort of weird live theatre, where everyday people share their most embarassing moments. I’ve seen it and it’s really funny! Highly recommended. 8pm.
Motleys Comedy Club @ Trinity, 61 Chatham Street, Boston, MA. more
|Jerkus Circus||3/5||Boston Metro|
|This old-timey circus show features burlesque, comedy, and strange sideshow acts. I think I’ve seen it under a different name and it was eerie and wonderful! 10:30pm.
Oberon, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA. more
|Echo Performing Arts Festival||3/6 – 3/7||Various|
|Some places have figured out that I’ll list anything if they call it a festival. I guess I am that stupid. There’s one group doing three music performances: in Salem on 3/6, in Boston on 3/7, and then Providence later on 3/7.
Salem, Boston, Providence, Various.978-745-9500. more
|Charles River Dance Festival||3/6||Boston Metro|
|Also in the, “Why is this a festival?” category is this dance performance.
Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. more