Let’s face it: Not everyone is a football fan. So if you fall into this category, you have two options on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 2). You can head to your friend’s Super Bowl party and pretend that you know what’s going on while munching on nachos and buffalo chicken dip, or you can check out one of these other things to do in the Hub instead of watching the big game. Next
Discover the traditional sounds of South Africa
If you’re an a cappella fan, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is heading to Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre to showcase their South African heritage through music. Considered the leader of mbube (South African a cappella), the Grammy award-winning group has performed around the world, including at a celebration for Queen Elizabeth’s 50th anniversary as monarch, where they shared the stage with Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and Phil Collins.
Show off your cooking skills
Fancy yourself a chef? Show off those culinary skills at the 9th Annual Superbowl Sunday Chili Cookoff at Olde Magoun’s Saloon. Simply bring a gallon of your chili to the Saloon and you have a chance to win prizes, including Bruins or Celtics tickets. All non-chili makers are welcome to sample the variety of chilis for free as well. Note: If you want to enter the cookoff, it’s recommended you arrive a half hour early. The event is limited to 30 entrants.
Break new ground
Sunday, Feb. 2, is the last day of the Breaking Ground Festival, a presentation of the Huntington Theatre Company’s new theatrical works. This festival features the work of local playwrights, and over the past seven years, Breaking Ground productions have moved on to appear at theaters around Boston, across the country, and at international venues. All readings during the festival require advanced reservations. Sunday will feature Tanya Barfield’s (pictured) “Bright Half Life.”
Savor the tastes of France
It’s the return of Fondue Sundays at Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, which means you can indulge in French-style fondue from executive chef Josh Lewin. So warm up with your hot pot of fondue, featuring the tastes of Domaine Giachino Abymes from the Savoie, Bergkäse Alpenblumer, Emmentaler and Gruyére Vieux. Along with rustic bread, your not-so-typical dipping fare includes small potatoes boiled in sea-salted water and cornichon pickled vegetables including ramps, cipollini onions, and cauliflower. Note: This fondue special is only served during dinner.
Break a sweat
RACE’s (Run Against Cancer Events) annual Super Sunday race against cancer hits the streets of Kendall Square on Super Bowl Sunday. You have your pick of course: Choose to run 5 miles or 5K. For returning runners, there will be a new course and a $1,000 cash purse for the top 10 men and women running in the 5-mile race. The post-race party will include craft beers, pizza, wings, as well as some healthier options, and live entertainment from BearFight. Note: Registration closes at midnight on Jan. 29 and on-site registration will not be available. Even if you don’t plan to run, spectators can buy guest tickets in advance.
Hit the stage
Regardless of what your football loving friends tell you, the show does go on – and there is no shortage of theater productions in Boston on Super Bowl Sunday. Consider checking out “The Color Purple” at Stanford Calderwood Pavilion; “Venus in Fur” at Boston University Theatre; the Bread and Puppet Theater’s “The Shatterer of Worlds” at Cyclorama; “House/Divided” at Cutler Majestic Theatre; or “Insignificance” at Central Square Theatre (just to name a few). You can find more theatrical performances at calendar.boston.com. Visit the individual venue websites to check on ticket availability.
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Catch this year’s biggest four-legged sporting event
Returning for its 10th year, Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl hits the television screen for the ultimate display of furry cuteness. From beagles to spaniels and more, these puppies are ready to go head to head at Animal Planet Stadium. Don’t miss the Bissel Kitten halftime show, and sideline reporter “Meep the Bird,” who will be tweeting live updates from the game. Follow Meep at @MeepTheBird for behind-the-scenes moments from inside the stadium.
Prep for the Oscars
The 86th annual Academy Awards are on March 2. So why not catch up on all of the Oscar-nominated films you might have missed? With nine “Best Picture” films up for the top award, that’s a lot of movie-watching hours, so grab your popcorn and gigantic soda, sit back, and enjoy the show(s). Check your local theater listings.
Ticket prices vary. Various movie theaters around Boston. Back to the beginning
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