Who cares if a groundhog saw his shadow? I wouldn't mind 6 more weeks of temperate winter (as strange as it feels).
Haven't found much non-Super Bowl cheapness for tomorrow, but we'll see.
1pm to 3pm
"Some Like it Hot" Chili Cook-Off
in front of Bob Slate's, 30 Brattle St, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)
After the hot chocolate tasting last week, the savory stuff is being ladled for free in roughly the same spot. Unlike last week, I might make an excuse to be in the neighborhood.
Even if you're not going to change tomorrow's party recipe, sample different takes from: Crema Cafe, Fire + ice, Orinoco, Grafton Street, Grendel’s Den, Maharaja, Russell House Tavern, Savenor’s, and Uno Chicago Grill. That includes Venezuelan chili by Orinoco and Indian chili by Maharaja. Lovers of Bertucci's can get a roll too.
Supposedly JP Licks and Lizzy’s Ice Cream will be dishing out chili-inspired flavors to finish up. There will be music from Afro Brazil too.
And your vote matters, because one of these chili-makers will win a trophy and bragging rights for a year.
3pm to 6pm
Chinese New Year Celebration
at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 W Newton St, Boston (South End)
Members of the Chinese Folk Art Workshop will perform music, dances and probably get amazingly acrobatic here and there.
This feels like one of those cheap fun experiences that one would add on to another reason to be in South End like you're having some drinks or a meal.
However if I were in the neighborhood, I would like to experience the Latino celebration for the Year of the Dragon.
7pm to 9pm
"Street Wall": Opening Reception
at Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave, Boston (Fenway)
Artwork & Installation by: LNY, Radical!, Tiptoe, Nanook, The Phantom, Geoff Hargadon, Zatara, Blackmath
Live Silk-screening by AntiDesigns
Street artists from Boston, NYC, LA and Baltimore have been given a few panels of wall space for their prints, wheat-pastes, and whatever they want to do. Instead of traveling around, you can check all these guys out in one spot.
I'm not sure if all of the artists will be there, but RATM fans known The Phantom from his album cover for "The Battle of LA". I do know there will be live screen-printing and beer.