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Rainy Day Ac­tiv­i­ties

Where Boston - - CONTENTS - BY SARAH BURKE

Nine things to do when the weather is wet.

Damp and dreary ain’t no fun. And yet on days when the weather is far from fair there’s lots to do with­out catch­ing a chill.

1 HAVE A LAUGH

Cure your gray mood by bust­ing a gut. Brainy Bos­to­ni­ans know how to joke around. So, when the weather drives you in­doors, there’s no bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to check out the lat­est lo­cal tal­ent. En­ter­tain­ers at Im­prov Asy­lum ( 216 Hanover St., 617.263.6887) cre­ate skits on the spot. If you’re look­ing for sea­soned tal­ent, head to Laugh Bos­ton ( 425 Sum­mer St., 617.725.2844), fea­tur­ing per­form­ers each week the likes of Chris Kat­tan and Bryan Callen.

2 EM­BRACE THE MOOD

A rainy day in Bos­ton of­fers a sin­gu­larly moody at­mos­phere. This sig­na­ture dreary weather has no doubt con­trib­uted to the et­y­mo­log­i­cal in­spi­ra­tion of some of the re­gions great­est writ­ers and artists. If you’re feel­ing up to a jaunt with an um­brella, head to Beacon Hill to check out the old haunts of some of the city’s noted au­thors: Sylvia Plath, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Al­cott and Robert Frost.

3 HANG IN A GALLERY

If fine arts are more your style, one of the top col­lec­tions of visual mas­tery—not to men­tion the visual appeal of the build­ing it­self—would have to be the Is­abella Ste­wart Gard­ner Mu­seum ( 25 Evans Way, 617.566.1401) with the style of a Vene­tian palazzo and a four-story in­te­rior court­yard (for a dose of green­ery with­out the pre­cip­i­ta­tion).

4 CATCH A FLICK

When you don’t want to stay in, but none of those cliché block­buster ti­tles sound ap­peal­ing, take in a movie at one of the city’s al­ter­na­tive the­aters. Clas­sic films, art-house ti­tles and for­eign cin­ema are fod­der at the Brat­tle Theatre ( 40 Brat­tle St., Cam­bridge, 617.876.6837). For true cinephiles, Har­vard Film Ar­chive ( 24 Quincy St., Cam­bridge, 617.495.4700) screens works from ev­ery pe­riod of film his­tory and of­fers op­por­tu­ni­ties to hear from film­mak­ers di­rectly.

5 PLAY A GAME

Grab a group and get com­pet­i­tive at Kings Bos­ton ( 50 Dal­ton St., 617.266.2695), which fea­tures 16 bowl­ing lanes, SkeeBall and bil­liards ta­bles. The sleuths among us can pro­voke the mind in a puzzle-solv­ing out­ing to Es­cape the Room ( 33 West St., 857.256.1174). Themed rooms chal­lenge play­ers to get out in 60 min­utes or less.

6 READ A BOOK

A pop­u­lar New­bury hang­out, Tri­dent Book­sellers & Café ( 338 New­bury St., 617.267.8688), is part book­store—with an award-win­ning mag­a­zine sec­tion to boot—and part eatery serv­ing some­what healthy diner fare and break­fast clas­sics. Those on a bud­get can head to the Bos­ton Pub­lic Li­brary ( 700 Boyl­ston St., 617.536.5400) to peruse the stacks, catch an au­thor talk or view the Sar­gent Mu­rals.

7 WHET YOUR WHIS­TLE

Loosen up by tast­ing your way through Bos­ton’s beer cul­ture a la 18 dif­fer­ent sam­ples on Bos­ton Brew Tours ( 617.453.8687).

8 FIND YOUR IN­NER MUSE

Sip and paint. Sip and paint. Muse Paint­bar ( 461 Ar­ti­san Way, Somerville), Paint Cor­ner Art Bar ( 31 Bel­mont St., Cam­bridge, 781.526.6048) and The Paint Bar ( 248 New­bury St., 617.467.5777) liven up dreary evenings with ca­ma­raderie, cre­ativ­ity and a lit­tle wine.

9 WORK UP ENDORPHINS

In­stead of crawl­ing out of your skin with cabin fever, scale a wall at pop­u­lar climb­ing gym Rock Spot Climb­ing ( 30 Old Colony Ave., 617.269.2084) or work up a good sweat with a hard-core, rockin’ spin class at Re­cy­cle Stu­dio ( 9 New­bury St. and 18 Union Park St., 617.366.9670).

The Gard­ner Mu­seum is a re­splen­dent refuge

Whit Still­man at Har­vard Film Ar­chive

Go bowl!

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