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Adults

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival 2015 - Salem, MA

Feb 6, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015 various locations Salem, MA
Kick-off for the festival is a Chocolate & Wine Tasting on Friday, February 6, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas. Wine and chocolate samplings from premier Salem restaurants, stores, and sweet shops will be served. Through February 15, 16 large sculptures will appear around downtown Salem. A map of sculptures and locations will be available online. The Salem Trolley will offer trolley rides around the festival route February 7 and 8 from noon to 4 p.m. for $2 a person. Many downtown businesses will offer discounts and special offerings throughout the festival.
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 978-744-0004

Children & Families

"Lollipops for Breakfast!" - Brookline, MA

Jan 31, 2015 - Feb 16, 2015 Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station Street Brookline, MA
About the Show: You can't have lollipops for breakfast! Sylvie decides she's going to break that rule, even if it means she has to make her own amazingly perfect lollipop from scratch. “Lollipops for Breakfast” is a wildly imaginative ode to children's boundless creativity. The performance, told entirely without words, features multiple styles of puppetry, original music, acrobatics, and lots of audience participation. Email: info@puppetshowplace.org
Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 1 and 3 p.m.; February 6 at 7 p.m.; February 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Admission: $12 per person
Telephone: 617-731-6400

Disney On Ice presents "Frozen" - Boston, MA

Feb 13, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015 TD Garden,100 Legends way Boston, MA
In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all. Date and times: February 13, 7 p.m.; February 14, 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; February 15, 1 & 5 p.m.; February 16, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; February 18, 2 p.m.; February 19, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.; February 20, 1 & 7 p.m.; February 21, 11 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; February 22, 1 & 5 p.m.
Time: Various Times
Admission: Consult event website

Presidents Day at Danforth Art Museum - Framingham, MA

Feb 16, 2015 - Feb 16, 2015 Danforth Art Museum and School, 123 Union Avenue Framingham, MA
Discover how art can tell stories with imagination and humor in activities inspired by the exhibition “Once Upon a Pop-Up: From the Ellie G. Levine Moveable Book Collection” in the museum’s Children's Gallery. Make story illustrations and 3-D figures in the studios. Join us for a storytelling game, Tell Me a Story photo booth, and story time in the galleries. Email: rdeblosi@danforthart.org
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Free admission
Telephone: 508-620-0050

February School Vacation Week in the Tropics at Franklin Park Zoo - Boston, MA

Feb 16, 2015 - Feb 20, 2015 Franklin Park Zoo, One Franklin Park Road Boston, MA
Leave the winter chill behind and visit Franklin Park Zoo's Tropical Forest. Stroll through greenery and waterfalls, and visit lowland gorillas, lemurs, ocelots, a giant anteater, and much more. School vacation week festivities will include zookeeper encounters, daily story times, crafts and more. Hear Curious George stories in the Hippo Theater from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. On February 16, join the birthday party for Little Joe, a western lowland gorilla. The gorillas will go on exhibit at 10:15 a.m. Email: edevito@marlomc.com
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Telephone: 617-375-9700

Family Discovery Days at Fruitlands On February School Vacation - Harvard, MA

Feb 16, 2015 - Feb 20, 2015 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, MA
Meet us down the hill at the Wayside Visitors Center for a week-long exploration of Fruitlands Museum and its collections! Each day will feature a different theme connected to an object in the ”100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years” exhibit. Family-friendly drop-in activities will include story and picture book reading, art and craft activities, and games. Don't forget to bring your sleds and snowshoes for a little outdoor fun, too!Email: mdelaney@fruitlands.org
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Admission: $7 per person
Telephone: 978-456-3924

Travel the World With the Skinner Family During February School Vacation - Holyoke, MA

Feb 17, 2015 - Feb 19, 2015 Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot Street Holyoke, MA
Travel the world with the Skinners family, who lived at Wisteriahurst from 1874 to 1959. This exploration is for children age 8 and older, along with an adult. Reservations are required by February 14. Reserve online or by phone. Email: mcardles@holyoke.org. Three explorations are planned:
Egypt on February 17. Study photo albums and look for clues to the allure of travel in Egypt. Make a pyramid and use ancient symbols to decorate. Use hieroglyphics to write a secret message.
Japan on February 18. Hear about where the Skinners imported their silk from and learn how silk is made. Learn about Japanese life and customs, and create good luck charms as souvenirs of your visit.
France on February 19. A center of art and culture, France will inspire the artist in everyone - get ready to paint with brushes on easels!
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Admission: $12
Telephone: 413-322-5660

February School Vacation Art Workshops for Kids - Framingham, MA

Feb 17, 2015 - Feb 20, 2015 Danforth Art Museum and School, 123 Union Avenue Framingham, MA
School Vacation Workshops provide creative experiences during February school vacation for kids from kindergarden to grade 12. There are morning and afternoon workshops exploring a variety of materials and fun themes, special workshops for teens, and early drop-off, late pick-up, and supervised lunch. Workshops for children (K-8) are 2 and a half hours long.
Time: Morning and afternoon sessions; see website for schedule
Telephone: 508-620-0050

Bill Blagg’s 10 Illusions - Pittsfield, MA

Feb 19, 2015 - Feb 19, 2015 The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
Bill Blagg’s 10 Illusions is the most entertaining magic and illusion show on tour today! Bill's latest show is filled with NEW never-before-seen, mind-blowing illusions such as Walking Through Steel and the world's only Hoverboard! Bill combines his original illusions along with audience participation, comedy and of his trademark off-the-cuff personality.
Time: 2 p.m
Admission: $15
Telephone: 413-997-4444

Comedy

Adam DeVine - Amherst, MA

Feb 17, 2015 - Feb 17, 2015 Mullins Center of the University of Massachusetts, 200 Commonwealth Avenue Amherst, MA
Adam DeVine is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. DeVine is best known as a co-creator, writer and star of the hit Comedy Central show Workaholics. In addition, he can be seen on Comedy Central’s Adam DeVine’s House Party, which recently wrapped its second season.
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: Students: $22 & $32, Non-student: $27 & $37
Telephone: 413-545-3040

Cruises

Valentine's Day Brunch Cruise or Dinner Cruise - Boston, MA

Feb 14, 2015 - Feb 14, 2015 Departure from Rowe’s Wharf Boston, MA
Savor the flavors of our Odyssey’s appetizers, entrées and desserts and you enjoy the beauty of the Boston skyline. Brunch cruise boards and 11 a.m. and is underway from noon to 2 p.m. Dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m. and is underway from 8 to 11 p.m.
Time: Brunch cruise boards at 11 a.m.; dinner cruise boards at 7 p.m.
Admission: Brunch, $64.90; dinner, $149.90

Dinner Theater

MobFellas at John Carver Inn Dinner Theater - Plymouth, MA

Jan 31, 2015 - Jan 31, 2015 John Carver Inn & Spa, 25 Summer Street Plymouth, MA
A fun, interactive murder-mystery. Rub elbows with wise guys, killers and femmes fatales as you try to figure out who whacked whom. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, premium seating and show. Cash bar.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Dinner and show, $59.99 per person; show only, $25
Telephone: 855-318-9749

Gardens

Boston Flower & Garden Show 2015 - Boston, MA

Mar 12, 2015 - Feb 16, 2015 Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd. Boston, MA
Fill your day with beauty at the Boston Flower and Garden show.This year’s theme is Season of Enchantment and will feature gardening, cooking, floral design demonstrations, and in-depth lectures. Kids under age 6 are free.Boston flower & Garden Show, .
Time: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $17; children, $10.

Historic

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy - Amherst, MA

Feb 8, 2015 - Feb 8, 2015 Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West Street Amherst, MA
This documentary explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical and many of the songs that comprise The American Songbook. The film showcases the work of some of the nation's pre-eminent creators of musical theatre including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, and many more. Email: programs@bikher.org
Time: 2 p.m.
Telephone: 413-256-4900

Museums

A Passion for Prussian Blue Exhibit at New England Quilt Museum - Lowell, MA

Jan 14, 2015 - Feb 20, 2015 New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street Lowell, MA
prussianblue This mineral colorant discovered around 1706 became an important pigment for artists in the 18th century. Fabrics colored with Prussian blue appear in quilts made in the United States between 1830 and 1855. The exhibition highlights the use of this vibrant colorant with explanation of the various techniques used to make them in the context of the times. Exhibit open through April 4.
Time: Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: $8; children under age 12, free
Telephone: 978-452-4207

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami Exhibit - Springfield, MA

Jan 20, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015 Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street Springfield, MA
Above the Fold celebrates the extraordinary artistic achievements being made in the world of contemporary origami. Master artists transform paper into breathtaking sculpture, large-scale installations, and conceptual works. Exhibit is on display through April 12, 2015
Time: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $10; college students, $10; children age 3-17, $8
Telephone: 800-625-7738

Music

Folk Duo Oakes & Smith in Concert - Lenox, MA

Jan 30, 2015 - Jan 30, 2015 Ventfort Hall Mansion, 104 Walker Street Lenox, MA
Berkshire folk duo Oakes & Smith will offer a mid-winter concert. The duo performs original and traditional folk with voices blending in close harmonies. They sing soothing and soulful tunes inspired by nature, love, spirit, art and poetry. The harmonious blend of their voices creates an ethereal sound and unique quality.
Time: 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 advance reservations, $20 day of event
Telephone: 413-637-3206

John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band - Beverly, MA

Jan 31, 2015 - Jan 31, 2015 Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis Street Beverly, MA
Hit maker John Cafferty brings his high energy music alongside The Beaver Brown Band, featuring acclaimed saxophonist Michael "Tunes" Antunes. You'll hear the hits "On The Dark Side" (from Eddie & The Cruisers - Motion Picture Soundtrack), "C-I-T-Y", "Tough All Over", "Hearts on Fire" and many more. Don't miss this rare chance.
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.
Admission: $25, $35, $45
Telephone: 978-525-9093

Chameleon Arts Ensemble: Bid Them Dance And Bid Them Sing - Boston, MA

Jan 31, 2015 - Feb 1, 2015 Two locations; see below Boston, MA
Chameleon Arts Ensemble presents an invigorating chamber music program inspired by song and dance, the root of all music. Sergei Prokofiev's fiendishly kinetic Quintet for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass originated as a ballet that was too difficult to dance. Witold Lutoslawski captured the spirit of Polish folk music with his 1954 Dance Preludes. Andrea Clearfield's Neruda Songs for oboe and double bass and Joseph Phibbs's Flex for flute, violin, cello, and piano emulate movement with sound. Antonin Dvorak's E-flat Major Piano Quartet, Op. 87 embraces the heartfelt lyricism of his native Bohemia. Email: info@chameleonarts.org
Saturday, January 31 at First Church in Boston at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 1 at the Goethe-Institut in Boston at 4 p.m.
Time: See description above
Telephone: 617-427-8200

Warren Wolf & Wolfpack - Amherst, MA

Feb 5, 2015 - Feb 5, 2015 Bowker Auditorium, 80 Campus Center Way Amherst, MA
Warren Wolf has an impressive background playing the vibraphone, marimba, drums and piano. He has performed with some of the best in the business, including Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton and Christian McBride. A JazzTimes review that stated, "Warren Wolf appears to be on a path to stardom as arguably the most exciting bop vibraphonist since Bobby Hutcherson." Email: emilyeverett@admin.umass.edu
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 413-545-4482

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Great Barrington, MA

Feb 6, 2015 - Feb 6, 2015 The Mahaiwe, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Within Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s singing are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of South African musical traditions. The a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual message that has touched a worldwide audience.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Upper Balcony, $35; general, $45
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Jamie Barton in Recital - Worcester, MA

Feb 7, 2015 - Feb 7, 2015 Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street Worcester, MA
 Music Worcester is pleased to host mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, winner of the Metropolitan Opera Council auditions, 2013 Cardiff Singer of the Word, and fresh off her resounding success in Norma at the Metropolitan Opera last fall.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $42; students, $15
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Lori McKenna in Concert - Rockport, MA

Feb 7, 2015 - Feb 7, 2015 First Congregational Church Of Rockport, 12 School Street Rockport, MA
Lori McKenna's unusual combination of professional and personal life, at least in the context of the modern music industry, has been well-documented. Admired and recorded by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Alison Krauss (to name just a few), McKenna is a master at chronicling the small, difficult moments between romantic partners as they navigate their relationships.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $20; day of show, $23; $14; $5; $46

Original Gravity Concert Series With Transient Canvas - Somerville, MA

Feb 11, 2015 - Feb 11, 2015 Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street Somerville, MA
The concert will feature the ensemble Transient Canvas (Matthew Sharrock, marimba & Amy Advocat, clarinet) who will play new works by five different New England composers. Each of these pieces will be paired with the beers of Aeronaut Brewing Company with an exclusive beer brewed specifically to match the aesthetics of this ensemble’s unique sound.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Suggested $15 donation.

The Holmes Brothers with Ada Dyer - Wellfleet, MA

Feb 15, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015 First Congregational Church, 200 Main Street Wellfleet, MA
This quartet marks a new chapter in the journey of Sherman and Wendell Holmes, who in 1963 started their career in Christchurch, Virginia, as The Sevilles and then toured and recorded for the last three decades as The Holmes Brothers, a trio with the later drummer Popsy Dixon. The soulful Chicago-born Ada Dyer adds her lustrous vocals to a concert that will move freely from R&B to gospel, funk jams, and popular song.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: $23-$55
Telephone: 508-487-5400

Mavis Staples - Rockport, MA

Feb 20, 2015 - Feb 20, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center Rockport, MA
A titan of both gospel and R&B, the famously husky voiced Mavis Staples came to prominence in the late 1960s, singing lead for her family’s band, The Staple Singers. Even before topping the pop charts with massive hits like “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” the Staples had been superstars on the gospel circuit, with leader/guitarist (and dad) Pops Staples touring his children around the country to great acclaim.
Time: 8-10 p.m.
Admission: $55 $75 $85
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Booker T. Jones in Concert - Beverly, MA

Feb 21, 2015 - Feb 21, 2015 The Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis Street Beverly, MA
You'll hear Booker T. perform his top hits like "Green Onions," "Hang 'Em High," "Time Is Tight," "Melting Pot," and "Born Under a Bad Sign," along with sparkling new music with his gifted, young band. "After all these years, he remains so soulful, and so good." - NPR
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: Reserved seats: $29, $39, $49
Telephone: 978-525-9093

Travis Tritt Acoustic in Concert - Rockport, MA

Feb 22, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
As one of the leading lights of country music throughout the 1990s, Travis Tritt stood out among the pack with a style that borrowed as much from Southern rock as it did the Grand Ole Opry. 
Time: 5 p.m.m
Admission: $135, $110, $75
Telephone: 978-546-7391

ABBA Tribute Experience – Featuring ABsalute Gold - Waltham, MA

Feb 22, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015 Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA
The ABBA Tribute Experience showcases Sweden’s most beloved and enduring export! Performed by the band Absalute Gold, this concert will present more than 20 of ABBA’s most famous tunes including “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance On Me,” “SOS,” “Waterloo,” and “The Winner Takes it All.” ABsalute Gold’s live 10 piece stage show perfectlt mimics the look and sound of ABBA's live concerts of the 70's and 80's. Dance and sing along with this fabulous flashback experience! , call
Time: 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $35 to $63; seniors, $32 to $47; youth ages 5 to 18, $25
Telephone: 781-891-5600

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet - Rockport, MA

Feb 27, 2015 - Feb 27, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
As the preeminent Cajun band in the world, BeauSoleil has been exporting the rich musical traditions of Southwestern Louisiana for close to 40 years. After reviving Cajun music in the 1970s, Beausoleil began incorporating various folk and world music traditions into their sound, creating a wonderful musical hybrid.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $58, $48, $39
Telephone: 978-546-7391

The Many Faces of Arnold Schoenberg - Rockport, MA

Mar 1, 2015 - Mar 1, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
Arnold Schoenberg has been a controversial figure in the history of Western music, but he is one of the most influential and intriguing musicians of the last century. In this lecture/recital, Dr. Elizabeth Seitz will explore the three different stylistic periods of Schoenberg. Each period will have a live performance component, as well as open discussion and questions with the audience.
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission: Free, no tickets required
Telephone: 978-546-7391

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Badder Than Ever - Pittsfield, MA

Mar 3, 2015 - Mar 3, 2015 The Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA
For George Thorogood and his longtime band The Destroyers, the new Badder Than Ever tour is indestructible proof that staying true to yourself and the music can still mean something. They offer iconic hits like “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Bad To The Bone.”
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $85, $65, $45
Telephone: 413-997-4444

Justin Townes Earle in Concert - Rockport, MA

Mar 6, 2015 - Mar 6, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
In the past five years, Justin Townes Earle has emerged as a genre-busting acclaimed singer-songwriter, infusing country, blues, folk and indie rock into his vintage Americana sound. As the son of beloved country folk rabble-rouser Steve Earle, Justin Earle had large musical shoes to fill. With five records and a growing legion of fans, it’s safe to say he’s done that.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $28-$46
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Danu 20th Anniversary Tour - Worcester, MA

Mar 8, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015 Mechanics Hall, 321 Main Street Worcester, MA
Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Recognized the world over for its standing-room-only appearances, its concerts are a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire.
Time: 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $42; students, $15; youth below age 18, $5
Telephone: 508-754-3231

Guitarist Jesse Cook in Concert - Boston, MA

Mar 11, 2015 - Mar 12, 2015 Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street Boston, MA MA
Jesse Cook is a Canadian guitarist, composer, and producer. Widely considered one of the most influential figures in "nuevo flamenco" music, he incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz, and many forms of world music into his work.
Time: 7:30 p.m. both nights
Admission: $37-$45
Telephone: 617-248-9700

Maceo Parker - Rockport, MA

Mar 15, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
Maceo Parker stands among the legends of funk, forging the first half of his stellar career as a sideman for the genre’s forefathers James Brown and George Clinton. From an essential voice in Brown’s horn section to helping steer George Clinton and Parliament’s Mothership Connection to platinum status, his soulful saxophone playing and vocals are firmly rooted in funk music history.
Time: 5-7 p.m.
Admission: $50 $70 $80
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Rockport, MA

Mar 26, 2015 - Mar 26, 2015 Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street Rockport, MA
One of the first bands to blend rock and roll with country, the pioneering Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have crafted a musical legacy that has spawned an entire genre of music, influencing a generation of country-rock bands in its over 45 year history.
Time: 8 p.m.
Admission: $55-$85
Telephone: 978-546-7391

Outdoor Activities

WinterFest Weekends at Fruitlands - Harvard, MA

Jan 3, 2015 - Mar 28, 2015 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road Harvard, MA
Bring your sleds, snowshoes, and cross country skis to explore Fruitlands’s snow-covered hills and woodland trails. If you prefer a little quiet contemplation and reflection, make a visit to the Art Gallery to view the centennial exhibition “100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years at Fruitlands Museum.” Hot chocolate and a toasty fire also are waiting. Saturdays and Sundays only through March 28.
Time: Noon-5 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person; children under 5 years old admitted free
Telephone: 978-456-3924

Winter Family Sunset-Moonrise Hike - Northfield, MA

Jan 31, 2015 - Jan 31, 2015 Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center, 99 Millers Falls Road Northfield, MA
Families may find tracks of porcupines, snowshoe hare, and coyote while they explore wooded wetlands, rocky outcrops and frozen streams. Participants will build a small fire, boil water for cocoa, build snow creatures, balance on logs, play games, and any other winter fun we can imagine! If snow has not yet fallen, we'll have fun hiking. Practical woods skills like bushwhacking, estimating sunset time, and leave-no-trace fire building will be taught. Dress in warm layers that can be shed as we get moving, and bring a water bottle. Cocoa and granola bar snacks will be provided. Directions to meeting place will be given to registered participants. Please call to pre-register at 800-859-2960. Email: william.gabriel@gdfsuezna.com
Time: 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Snowshoeing with Audubon - Seekonk, MA

Feb 7, 2015 - Feb 7, 2015 Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, 301 Brown Avenue Seekonk, MA
Explore the beauty of wildlife refuges in winter. Look for tracks and other signs of wildlife. If there is no snow, we will hike the trails. If the trails are too icy we will cancel the program. You must have your own snowshoes or you can rent them from REI or Eastern Mountain Sports. Register online. For guests age 12 and older.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Admission: $14

Snowshoe Shenanigans - Windsor, MA

Feb 14, 2015 - Feb 14, 2015 Notchview Reservation, Route 9 Windsor, MA
Enjoy a snowshoe race and winter celebration. Try the Adult 1 kilometer, 3-person relay race, or Kid's Obstacle Course on snowshoes! Also enjoy hot cider, snacks and a bonfire. Includes day pass to Notchview. Email hltlandsteward@ttor.org.
Time: 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Admission: $15; family maximum, , $35
Telephone: 413-532-1631

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Stomp - Lowell, MA

Feb 19, 2015 - Feb 19, 2015 50 E Merrimack Street Lowell, MA
STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique performance. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with the addition of two new full-scale routines, using props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. STOMP. See what all the noise is about. All ages.
Time: 7:00pm
Admission: $42-$52

A Little Bit of Ireland - Waltham, MA

Mar 14, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015 Reagle Music Theatre, 617 Lexington Street Waltham, MA
A Little Bit of Ireland is one of the largest Irish shows in New England featuring a pinch of Irish tenors, a touch of Riverdance and a rousing visit to an Irish pub. Broadway couple Sarah Pfisterer and Rick will return to perform beloved Irish tunes. Irish step dancing by Harney Academy Dancers will rock the house. Live orchestra rounds out this extraordinary production.
Time: Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $35 to $63; seniors, $32 to $47; youth ages 5 to 18, $25
Telephone: 781-891-5600

The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva - Great Barrington, MA

Mar 15, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015 The Mahaiwe, 14 Castle Street Great Barrington, MA
Cirque Zíva is the new cirque extravaganza from the renowned touring troupe, the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Get ready for a fast-paced show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty that seamlessly blends award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, gorgeous costumes and ancient and contemporary music.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: Premium, $47; general, $37; children age 12 and younger, $25
Telephone: 413-528-0100

Shaolin Warriors: Voices Of Masters - Amherst, MA

Mar 26, 2015 - Mar 26, 2015 UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 151 Presidents Drive Amherst, MA
China's Shaolin Warriors, known for their disciplined and deadly martial-arts prowess, showcase their remarkable skills, time-honored rituals and the spectacular imagery of Kung Fu as they perform incredible feats. This is a dazzling theatrical display that is fun for the whole family. Email: emilyeverett@admin.umass.edu
Time: Consult event website
Telephone: 413-545-4482

Science & Nature

Small Worlds: Through A Small Glass Window - Boston, MA

Oct 25, 2014 - Feb 3, 2015 Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway Boston, MA
Highlighting the intricate beauty of plants and nature, Josh Falk’s “Small Worlds: Through a Small Glass Window” is an ongoing macro-photo series. Showcasing the subtleties of what we often take for granted in nature, the works also create new abstract landscapes through manipulation of depth of focus and segmentation of the larger picture. Falk invites the viewer to look out, or perhaps in, to a new and re-imagined world of nature and its complex beauty.
Time: Consult event website

Snowy Owl Prowl - Duxbury, MA

Jan 10, 2015 - Feb 7, 2015 Meet at Duxbury Beach on the ocean side of the Powder Point Bridge Duxbury, MA
Migrating south from their breeding ground in the Arctic Tundra, the magnificent snowy owls winter over on the Massachusetts coast. Join Audubon to seek out these seasonal beach visitors. Additional sights of the season may include snow buntings and wintering waterfowl. Travel is in Mass Audubon vans. Preregistration is required, and can be completed online or by phone. Program will be held January 10 and February 7.
Time: 8-10 a.m.
Admission: $18
Telephone: 781-837-9400

I ♥ Science Festival - Cambridge, MA

Feb 21, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015 Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street Cambridge, MA
Embrace your love of science! Explore fossils of long-extinct animals. Try your hand at sketching a mammal, excavating a mock dinosaur dig, or discovering life in a rotting log. Meet a live scorpion and tarantula. Bring a rock, mineral, or shell to be identified by members of the Boston Mineral Club or the Boston Malacological Club. Talk with scientists and graduate students studying topics ranging from tiny insects to dinosaurs. This event is appropriate for children and adults of all ages. Parking available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $12; students, $10; seniors, $10; children ages 3–18, $8

Theater

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” - Boston, MA

Jan 2, 2015 - Feb 1, 2015 Avenue of the Arts Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA
In this wickedly wonderful Chekhovian mashup, Vanya and Sonia's quiet, bucolic life is hilariously upended when their glamorous movie star sister arrives for the weekend with her brawny boy toy in tow. This rollicking and touching new comedy pays loving homage to Chekhov's classic themes of loss and longing.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website

“The Second Girl” - Boston, MA

Jan 16, 2015 - Feb 21, 2015 Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street Boston, MA
With Eugene O'Neill's classic Long Day's Journey into Night as a backdrop, The Second Girl is set in the downstairs world of the Tyrone family kitchen in August 1912. Two Irish immigrant servant girls and the chauffeur search for love, success, and a sense of belonging in their new world in this lyrical and poignant world premiere.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website

“Motown: The Musical” - Boston, MA

Jan 27, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015 Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street Boston, MA
Are you ready for a brand new beat? "Motown: The Musical” is a look back at the country's most loved genre and the music that transformed America. The story follows Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown label, as he fights against the odds to turn his improbable dream into all-singing, all-dancing reality. We see how Smokey got his honey toned voice and how Diana found fame, amongst 50 classic songs that are guaranteed to keep you dancing all night long. Suitable for audiences of all ages.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 617-259-3400

“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” - Beverly, MA

Feb 12, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015 Beverly, MA
This one-man fusion of theater and stand-up comedy is a light-hearted theatrical comedy is based on best-selling book of the same title by John Gray. Moving through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. Sexy and fast-paced, this show is definitely for adults. Email: aholden@specmgt.com
Time: 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 617-531-1257

“Defending the Caveman” - Arlington, MA

Feb 13, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015 Regent Theatre, 7 Medford Street Arlington, MA
Valentine's Day 2015 at the Regent brings "Defending the Caveman," the longest-running solo play in Broadway history! A hilariously insightful play about the ways men and women relate, Caveman has both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition. "Caveman" has become a peacemaker in the ongoing misunderstandings between men and women. Email: aholden@specmgt.com
Time: 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 617-531-1257

“The Wiz” - Dorchester, MA

Feb 13, 2015 - Feb 22, 2015 The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road Dorchester, MA
The Wiz is a modern re-telling of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum and won 7 Tony awards when it debuted on Broadway. This dazzling musical sets Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul. The Wiz is a perfectly magical journey for audiences of all ages. Use code "OILCAN" for 20 percent off tix at fiddleheadtheatre.com through December 31.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: www.fiddleheadtheatre.com
Telephone: 617-229-6494

Tristan & Yseult - Boston, MA

Mar 5, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015 Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont Street Boston, MA
Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult elevates this classic love triangle to epic proportions - complete with forbidden desires, broken hearts and tender truths. This innovative tale finds King Mark of Cornwall at war - ruling with his head, not his heart. Using music from Irving Berlin to Bob Marley, Kneehigh's thrill-ride of a production blends comedy, live music and jaw-dropping theatricality for a night of theatre as hilarious as it is moving. Email: tickets@artsemerson.org
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website
Telephone: 617-824-8400

“The Colored Museum” - Boston, MA

Mar 6, 2015 - Apr 6, 2015 Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA
Climb aboard for a madcap and stinging journey through 11 hilarious looks at African-American culture — from the depths of the Celebrity Slaveship to the spinning heights of Harlem. Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe's landmark comedy has electrified, discomforted, and delighted audiences of all colors, skewering stereotypes and redefining what it means to be black in contemporary America.
Time: Curtain times vary; see event website
Admission: Consult event website