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Warm Activities To Chase Away Winter Woes

Finally - the sun is out and temperatures are slowly tapering off; signs that spring really is just around the corner. So, before the spring and summer buying and selling season hits, you have time to enjoy what's left of the "hibernation" months. Don't just sit inside your home and wait for flowers to bloom and temperatures to drop. Instead, why not have some decent good old fun outside your home and banish those winter woes? Here are some of our picks for you to do in and around the city for the remainder of the month, just until Spring is officially here:

555 Gallery Inaugural Exhibit March 6-16, Innovation DistrictIf you're into contemporary fine art and photography, then this will be worth your while. Nestled in one of Southie's upcoming pockets, this gallery promises to showcase provocative pieces from established and emerging artists. Located in a 2,000 SF renovated 1950s manufacturing plant, 555 Gallery is on the edge of South Boston's old industrial and new residential neighborhoods and blocks away from the Seaport and Innovation Districts. Call (857) 496-7234 or visit www.555gallery.com for more details

Boston Ballet's 'Cinderella' March 13-23, The Boston Opera House With choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton, and music from Sergei Prokofiev, the Boston Ballet will premiere "Cinderella," in a three-act ballet. The classic fairytale weaves magic and enchantment into a story about a young girl who wants nothing more than to spend an evening at the ball. http://www.bostonballet.org/cinderella

St. Patrick's Day Celebrations March 15-17, Citywide St. Patrick's Day is upon us. So whether you're looking for a music fix or a parade run, you have a couple of option to get your Irish on. For audiophiles out there, the Dropkick Murphys will be performing at the House of Blues on March 13-16 - perhaps these guys will be as close to real Irish rock you'll get in the city. And for those longing for a more serene evening out, the Sanders Theatre will host "A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn" on March 15-16, featuring authentically Irish performers, with Keith Murphy as musical director. As always, South Boston will again be hosting the St. Patrick's Day parade on March 16th starting at 1PM. Expect this one to be huge this year, as organizers co-celebrate the Irish day with the election and installation as mayor of one of its own, Marty Walsh.

Dine Out Boston (formerly Restaurant Week) March 16-21 and 23-28 Formally known as Restaurant Week, Dine Out Boston has been rebranded to offer versatile pricing and a larger variety of menu options from participating restaurants in the Greater Boston area. Dinner will be available for $28, $33, or $38, and lunch for $15, $20, or $25. Each restaurant will choose one of the price points, and then design a menu to highlight their cuisine. Each restaurant has been carefully screened so that you can get the most satisfying gastronomic experience, all without the high price tag. www.bostonusa.com/visit/dineoutboston/restaurants-search

Spring Beer Festival March 23 from 12-10PM, Boston Cyclorama Are you a self-confessed beer bum? A concoction connoisseur, perhaps? Well, if you are, come celebrate the start of spring by grabbing your beer passport and taking a trip around the world to sample blends from different breweries at the Spring Beer Fest. Plus, all guests will be entered to win prizes just for attending. Tickets are limited and early birds get $10 off the regular ticket price of $29 until tomorrow, March 7. www.bostoneventguide.com/spring-beer-fest

16th Boston Underground Film Festival March 26-30, Brattle Theatre (Harvard Square) Whether you're into mainstream mega blockbuster movies, or into deep indie flicks, you've got to check this one out. Running on it's 16th year, the festival strives to promote independent and experimental filmmaking. This year's festival will feature works include the thrillers "All Cheerleaders Die" and "Blue Ruin", the live-action and animation fusion film "The Congress," and more. Movie mavens will agree that a lot of good movies have come out of this once-little film fest, including choice picks of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for their film production collaboration, Project Greenlight. www.bostonunderground.org

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