Boston-area to do list


On your Marx

Who said, “Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.” How about, “Go, and never darken my towels again,” or “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” We could take up a lot of space listing awesome things Groucho Marx said, but New Year’s Day would be better spent enjoying the awesome movies in which he said them. The Brattle Theatre says Happy New Year with a Marx Brothers Marathon featuring five flicks starring the beloved Chico, Harpo, Groucho, and Zeppo. The schedule includes “Animal Crackers” (noon,
7:15 p.m.); “Horse Feathers” (2, 9:15 p.m.); “Room Service” (3:30 p.m.); and “A Night at the Opera” (5:15 p.m.). Jan. 1. $20 marathon ticket. Tickets also available for individual movies. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837,


Take a hike The tradition of taking a brisk walk through the Blue Hills Reservation on New Year’s Day started more than 20 years ago. Arrive at noon for a cup of hot soup, then join a First Day Hike. Choices include a one- or two-hour scenic walk, and a stroll around Houghton’s Pond for families. Dress warmly, wear hiking boots, and bring a canned good for Father Bill’s Homeless Shelter. Jan. 1,
1 p.m. (soup at noon). Free. Canceled for rain only. Meet at Houghton’s Pond parking lot, 840 Hillside St., Milton. 617-698-1802,

Nature boy Henry David Thoreau went into the woods and wrote “Walden,” a book for the ages. At “New Year’s Day, 1847” visit a replica of his house and meet him (as interpreted by historian Richard Smith), then embark on a winter walk around the historic pond. After the hike, hot chocolate will be served. Jan. 1, noon-2 p.m. Free. Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden St., Concord. 978-369-3254,


The morning after Maybe you partied too much last night. If you think the cure is to stuff yourself, then head back to the (specialty craft beer) bar for an All-You-Can-Eat Hangover Brunch. The menu includes whiskey-soaked French toast, chili with chips, pulled pork hash, mac and cheese with kielbasa, and biscuits and sausage gravy. Jan. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Olde Magoun’s Saloon, 518 Medford St., Somerville. 617-776-2600,

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Step up to the microphone If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to perform in front of a live audience, we recommend the friendly crowd at Passim’s Open Mic Night. After it’s over, you can say you sang where Joan Baez, Peter Wolf, and Suzanne Vega once did.
Jan. 1, 7 p.m. $5. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

They’re joking The Greater Boston Stand Up Community wants to make 2013 funny right from the get-go. They start the new year with 100 First Jokes, in which area comics step up to the mike with brand new material. Jan. 1, 7 and 9 p.m. $10. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253,


In the back A Celtic Sojourn host Brian O’Donovan also hosts the Burren Backroom Series, featuring traditional musicians in concert. For the first program of 2013, Dorchester native Colm Gannon (accordion) and his wife, Kelly Gannon (concertina), play Irish music. The Coyne Family with Bridget Fitzgerald will also perform. Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m. $23. The Burren, 247 Elm St., Somerville. 617-776-6896,