Happy Patriots Day, folks!
I didn't see any compelling 'Tax Day' discounts, so this is what I've got...
9:15am to the last guy crosses the line
117th Boston Marathon
from Hopkinton to Boston
FREE to watch
It's not too late to go watch the marathon, but it's probably too late to get a good spot.
The fastest wheelchair competitors will cross the finish line around 11 am, and the first runners should be arriving about an hour later.
Maybe you can find a decent sight line near Cleveland Circle or Coolidge Corner. I've enjoyed hanging out on a couple occasions on Comm Ave just a bit after Heartbreak Hill. It's relatively T-friendly, not too crowded, and one would be okay probably if they brought a little ice chest...
MON 4/15 (thru SUN 4/21)
Cambridge Science Festival
at Various Locations
If you don't associate 'science' with 'fun', then you might need to give the Cambridge Science Festival a chance to change your mind. During the next week, one of the smartest cities around touts one of the big things it does well with programs and activities for all ages.
Two of the cool things I would have suggested are already at full capacity, but there another decent option is "Climate Science: The Conversation" at John Harvard's Brew House (7pm).
Simon Tofield, "Simon's Cat in Kitten Chaos": Discussion
at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St, Brookline (Coolidge Corner)
You don't have to be a 'cat-person' to enjoy cartoons or comic strips that ridicule their eccentricities. One of Boston's best illustrators and cat-lover, Jef Czekaj, talks to Simon Tofield about his feline friends.
"Music for Food"
at Brown Hall, 30 Gainsborough St, Boston (New England Conservatory/Fenway)
* Donation non-perishable food item or a monetary gift
Program:Listening to classical music may seem like it's enough personal improvement for one day. Pile on a philanthropic donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank, and you should give yourself a hearty pat on the back! (Because no one else likely will...)
Strauss, "Mädchenblumen, Op. 22"
Dvorak, "String Quintet No. 3 in Eb Major"
Earthquake Party, The Shones, Thick Shakes, Nice Guys
at O'Brien's, 3 Harvard St, Allston
$8 / 21+
The weather has been gradually teasing us into thinking that Spring is here, so it's about that time when restaurants and clubs open their patios. Besides a full night of rousing garage/punk, this is a "BYO-Burger Night". Get there a little early to put something on the grill for a rather cheap meal outside of your kitchen.
"Monday's My Friday"
at The Midway Cafe, 3496 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
$5 suggested donation / 21+
Feat: The Chicago Vin Coalition, Robin Lane, Kingdom of Love, The Honeysuckles, Phil Aiken
There is one more music event to help others with the proceeds of this gig to benefit Robin Lane's Songbird Sings, a support initiative for victims of domestic abuse.
The legendary Ms. Lane will be among the performers along with some blues/rockabilly, folk, pop, and a tribute to jazz vocalist Anita O'Day featuring the night's hostess Chris Toppin.