Five Reasons to Leave the House This Weekend

color commons at rose kennedy greenwayPhoto via Rose Kennedy Greenway

Color Commons Opening

Throw on a jacket and make a trip to the Rose Kennedy Greenway tonight for a temporary art installation by New American Public Art. The new installation will allow for interaction with the Light Blades on the Greenway. As the event begins, a phone number will be revealed to which viewers will be able to text message a color and watch as the Light Blade changes instantly. Make sure you bring your cell phone along so you can join in on the excitement. There will also be an after-party at Brandy Pete’s from 7 to 9 p.m.

Free, Thursday, Jan. 10, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Rose Kennedy Greenway, Rings Fountain, between Milk. St. & State St., 617-292-0020,

Winter Trails Day

There’s no better time to hit the slopes with the family than a Saturday afternoon in January. This Saturday is the annual Winter Trails Day at Weston Ski Track. All snowshoeing events do not require pre-registration and are free of charge. Everyone will be given a free snowshoeing pass, and there will be free snowshoeing demos taking place. Free ski lessons are available through pre-registration and the purchase of a trail pass.

Free (for some events), Saturday, Jan. 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Weston Ski Track, 190 Park Road, Weston, 781-891-6575,

The Dress-Up Show

Are you in need of a good laugh? Mottley’s Comedy Club has the solution. Join Bethany Van Delft and fellow host Erin Judge for their not-so-typical twist on a stand-up comedy showcase. The pair have invited plenty of local comedians to join them onstage, and all performers must dress up. Audience members are also invited to join in on the fun, with the chance to participate in contests and win prizes.

$10-30, Thursday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m., Mottley’s Comedy Club, 61 Chatham St., 877-615-2844,

Make a Ring Workshop

If the cold is what you’re trying to escape this weekend, head over to Stonybrook Fine Arts for a Make a Ring workshop. The four-hour class will teach each participant several different jewelry-making techniques. Each person will leave with a finished ring. Pre-registration is a must. If the time allotted is not enough to complete the ring, additional time is available for $10 per hour.

$150, ages 13+, Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Stonybrook Fine Arts, 24 Porter St., 617-522-3331,

Jeff Dunham

It’s time for some good laughs and fun a night. Stand-up comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham returns to the road after a stint of television and movie success. Dunham’s series and specials on Comedy Central have become the highest rated programming on the network, and his recent DVD received platinum status within a week of being released. This will be Dunham’s first appearance in Boston for the new year. This is not a show you want to miss out on, so get your tickets today.

Tickets $60.75, Saturday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m., Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., 617-358-7000,

  • Dan Paul

    I dont know one person who would pay $150 for a “make a ring” workshop. Does this site get paid to make plugs for events, because other than the two free events (and the winter trails day sounds like it would cost money), the other three events seem to be plugs taken directly from the websites. Im sure in a large city like boston there are so many free things to do (especially given the weather).

    • Yiqing Shao

      Hi Dan,

      We do have a monthly Free Things to Do series: I’m not sure what you mean by “many free things to do (especially given the weather)” — in any case, if you know of great events, let us know! As for the ringmaking workshop, no, we are not paid to plug these events, regardless of cost.

      Thanks for your comment, we appreciate all thoughtful feedback.

      • Dan Paul

        yiqing, thank you for your reply. It helped clear up the idea of the website not being paid to advertise.

  • Wendy Smith

    Great writing……too bad its opposite day