I noticed a Haiti Benefit concert at Sally O'Brien's that's happening all day long (Noon to 1am). About 20 bands are playing and there are raffles between bands. This article has the most info I found. The suggested donation is either $15 or $20.
10am to 4pm
Boston Globe Travel Show
at World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston (Seaport)
$10 or less / FREE children 18 and under (with a parent)
If you haven't been on vacation this winter, you have to be thinking about it. Most booths are set up to sell you something, but you can get a bunch of travel ideas. Whether you know where you want to go or not, free info about virtually every destination will be available. I bet you'll find more brochures than you can carry.
There's also presentations and entertainment including cute host of National Geographic's "Word Travels", Julia Dimon, talks about the making of a travel show (10:45am) and Patricia Schultz discusses American & Canadian spots of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" (11:30am). There will be salsa from Puerto Rico (12:30pm), pipers & drummers (2:15pm), and limbo contest from 2:45pm to 4pm.
I found a discount code (use: MIT2010), that will get you in for free.
For those with a vivid imagination (or access to hallucinogens), just going to the travel show could be almost as good as a vacation...
10am to 5pm
Chinese New Year Lion Dance Festival
near Harrison St and Essex St, Boston (Chinatown)
It's the first Chinatown festival of the Year of the Tiger of about three or four. For most of Sunday, those classic giant lions/dragons will dance through the neighborhood. It's colorful sight on a Sunday where there are loads of places serving dim sum for brunch.
Listen for the sound of music and firecrackers.
3pm to 3:45pm
"The Raven in the Frog Pond: Edgar Allan Poe & the City of Boston": Curator Tour
at Cheverus Room, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston (Copley Sq)
Rob Velella knows his Edgar Allan Poe. Besides being involved with the research for this exhibit, he made a Poe calendar last year. Along with SAT 3/6, a Poe scholar guides you throughout the exhibit that explores his relationship with his hometown and includes rare manuscripts, letters, etc that focuses on his Boston years.
7pm to 10pm
"V-Day: A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer"
at Arts at The Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville (Spring Hill)
It's not Valentines Day, and I'm guessing the V stands for "vagina". This V-Day includes monologues by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle. Not much more info was available about this, except proceeds will support their Victim Advocacy Resource Fund of the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Health Alliance.
Treat Her Right
at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)
Jim Fitting and David Champagne, along with the great Mark Sandman, had a rocking outfit about 20 years ago called Treat Her Right. Billy Conway was the drummer, but he lives in Montana these days. They had a bluesy flair and solid songwriting.
Why not revive the old tunes after the Sandman tribute concert in September? Tim Gearan, Billy Beard, and Steve Mayone will fill out the band for an evening of great fun.