Boston-area to do list

Susan Goforth


A fest-a-thon

The Fest and ’Thon at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival give you lots of opportunities to fill your film bucket with science fiction, fantasy, and “speculative cinema.” The Fest offers features, shorts, and steampunk films. The ’Thon (marathon) wraps up the festival. Pictured: “War of the Worlds: The True Story.” 7 p.m. (through Feb. 18). $65 (’Thon from noon Feb. 17 to noon Feb. 18), $125 all films (check website for individual film prices). Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 602-593-3610.


With six you get memoir Are you willing and able to put your memoir into six words — or is that too long or too short? After the magnificent seven writers and storytellers do their thing at the “What’s the Word?” spoken word festival, it’s your turn. You’ll follow performance artists Larry Smith, Vanessa Hidary, Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, Steve Almond, Lou Cove, Piper Kerman, and Rachel Sklar. March 16 at 8 p.m. $23. Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-965-5226.


A century of monologues The late August Wilson penned his masterpiece Century Cycle of 10 plays, each set in a different decade of 20th-century African-American life. And at the August Wilson Monologue Competition, more than 500 high school students from
11 Boston public schools choose and deliver the monologues at the Boston finals. Feb. 9 at 9:30 a.m. Free. Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-266-0800.

Blues by the ocean blue In no time you’ll be swimming, but until the water warms up, keep yourself toasty with hot music at the New England Winter Blues Festival. Curtis Salgado, Bad Mother, the Toni Lynn Washington Band, and the Evan Goodrow Band will perform. Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. $23. Blue Ocean Music Hall,
4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury Beach. 978-462-5888.


Soaring We had no idea that bald eagles are kleptoparasites, but no worries, because they only steal food from other birds. There’s more to learn at the Merrimack River Eagle Festival with guided sightings, van tours (reservations required), raptor demonstrations, and family nature activities. Feb. 8, 2014, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Locations include Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center (1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport) and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters
(6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport). 978-462-9998.


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Sunshine on his shoulders The musician with the big glasses, big voice, guitar, and Beatle-esque haircut is with us through song and video footage, at John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert. Live backing is by members of Denver’s original touring band and an accompanying string section. Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. $35-$45. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1400.

Editor’s note: Two events were rescheduled because of a snowstorm. The “g” section was printed in advance with the original dates.“What’s the Word?” will take place March 16. The Merrimack River Eagle Festival will take place Feb. 8, 2014.