1/14/10: SF films & fest, Ice Fishing, Japanese New Year, MLK Day re-enactors, and Adult Puppet Show
This week: finally, I find something truly weird for Martin Luther King Day beyond standing in the cold listening to overly serious speeches. But what’s with websites not offering photos of their events?
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The Week in Weird
|SPS Marathon of Fiction Science||1/14||Boston Metro|
|TONIGHT! Students at MIT are showing a ton of science fiction films, including a free sneak preview of “District 13”, the awesome action flick.
MIT, Cambridge, MA. more
|Arisia Fan Convention||1/15 – 1/18||Boston Metro|
|Not geeky enough? Try going to Arisia, the largest science fiction (and anime, and roleplaying, you get the idea) convention in New England. I guess they’re against posting up photos to entice you to come.
Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Cambridge, MA. more
|MIT Mystery Hunt||1/15||Boston Metro|
|Even more geeky, which is saying something, is the MIT Mystery Hunt, which people from the Boston community can probably find a team to 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
|Annual Flax Ice Derby||1/17||North Shore|
|Have you ever wanted to try ice fishing? Me neither! But it would be cool to at least see it.
Someplace with ice and fish, Lynn, MA. more
|Japanese New Year||1/17||Boston Metro|
|Also, Asia is several times zones behind us, so they’re still celebrating New Years in Japan.
Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, MA. more
|Civil Disobedience @ Walden Pond||1/17||Metro West|
|It’s also Africa’s New Year, and Walden Pond is doing a fun outdoor/indoor program with a re-enactor talking about Henry David Thoreau, the american author who like Martin Luther King believed in civil disobedience.
Walden Pond, Concord, MA.978-369-3254. more
|Martin Luther King Day Concerts||1/18||Boston Metro|
|Nobody seems to really “nail” Martin Luther King Day with a parade or fireworks or festival containing more than just speeches. But they’ll have some lectures at Faneuil Hall. Their website doesn’t mention music but they’ve had music in past years, too.
Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA. more
|Martin Luther King Day Celebration @ Harvard Square||1/18||Boston Metro|
|Harvard Square will do something pretty small, too. Students will read the I Have a Dream Speech, and there’ll be poetry & unspecified “entertainment”.
Out of Town News, near the subway, Cambridge, MA. more
|Anti-Slavery Programs at Concord’s Old Manse||1/17||Metro West|
|Wait! I found it! This is the one everyone should go to. They’ll have a re-enactor talking about slavery, 19th century refreshments and song. Plus a tour of this historic home. Awesome! 2pm. Reserve in advance.
Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord, MA.978-369-3909.
|Martin Luther King Day @ Old Sturbridge Village||1/18||Southern Mass|
|Old Sturbridge Village will have an historical re-enactor, too — a whole town full of them! There’s an entire day of unusual lectures, plus of course OSV by itself is always worth a visit.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA.508-347-3362. more
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service||1/18||Boston Metro|
|Gee, this one’s pretty interesting, too. This is not “grab a garbage bag, let’s go clean up the road”. It’s a genuine festival, held indoors, where you can mingle and volunteer at booths they call “project stations”.
Reggie Lewis Center gymnasium, 1350 Tremont St., Roxbury, MA. more
|Martin Luther King Day Open House @ MFA||1/18||Boston Metro|
|Also, the MFA is free on Martin Luther King Day. Thanks!
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. more
|Joyful Noise w/ the Harlem Gospel Choir||1/16||Boston Metro|
|I don’t normally list concerts, but this one’s more of a community event than most concerts. It’s traditional to stand, clap, and even join in.
Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. more
|Benjamin Franklin in Boston: A Walking Tour||1/17||Boston Metro|
|What about Benjamin Franklin? Why doesn’t he get a day? It’s his birthday this week and the local Boston walking tour company does a special tour for him. 2pm.
Meet at School St & Washington St, Boston, MA. more
|Greater Boston Antiques Festival||1/16 – 1/17||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
|Human Rights Watch International Film Festival @ Salem||1/16 – 1/17||North Shore|
|This film festival will either be depressing or inspirational.
Morse Auditorium Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 150 Essex St., Salem, MA.866-745-1876 / 978-745-9500. 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
|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 also free on Sunday.
Concord Museum, Concord, MA. more
|The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)||1/7 – 1/16||Boston Metro|
|I’ve seen this play and it’s a hilarious comedy and parody of Shakespeare. They have a basically-free “pay what you can” preview on Jan 7.
The Factory Theatre located, 791 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. more
|Here’s a puppet show meant for adults! 8pm. It’s PG-13 or R-rated.
32 Station Street, Brookline MA.617-731-6400. more
|Freestyle Motorcycle Stunts (Nuclear Cowboyz)||1/16 – 1/17||Boston Metro|
|It’s like stunts with bicycles, except bigger. But will they jump a shark?
TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA.617-624-1106. more