Happy first day of spring! And that is according to my official labrador retriever-themed wall calendar, not some rodent from Pennsylvania, of all places. Get out there and celebrate the slow, but delightful realization that the sun, in addition to providing light, also functions as a source of heat.

[Photo Credit: Solstice Circus]

Thursday, March 20 – Solstice Circus: Spring Fever
Ring in the season in style with Solstice Circus, the speakeasy-meets-freakeasy group that brings circus arts to non-traditional venues (in this case, T.T. the Bear’s), with help from funk band the Nephrok! All-Stars. As a pathologically lazy person, I gotta give them credit for picking a name that ensures you only have to perform four times a year. Except, wait, in the spring and fall it’s not a solstice, it’s also something else, I think? (9 p.m., $15, 18+)

Thursday, March 20 – Taza Chocolate Spring Equinox Tasting
Equinox! That’s the one. Somerville’s Willy-Wonka-without-the-oompa-loompas-and-insanity Taza Chocolate Factory hosts a fundraiser for the Sustainable Business Network, featuring beer from Cape Cod Brewery and Banner Beer Company, a local menu from sustainable caterer Chive, many chocolaty delights, and probably only a few dead children (just the greedy ones). (7 p.m., $40-45, all ages)

Friday to Sunday, March 21-23 – Vericon XIV
“Game of Thrones”? More like “Game of OWNS” because it owns SO HARD. Author George R.R. Martin is a past guest at Harvard’s Vericon sci-fi, fantasy and speculative fiction convention: Three days of author panels, book signings, and film screenings, plus tons of 30-year-old dudes who wish geek culture was this cool when they were in high school. (Various times, $10-20, all ages)

Friday, March 21 – Madonna Party!
Oberon dance night Videodrome Discotheque celebrates its 100th installment with, what else, a tribute to the pop queen of the ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s, and it’s looking like probably not the ‘10s but hey, anything can happen. I think Madonna is officially underrated at this point. Remember she was in “A League of Their Own”? More like “A League of Their OWNS” because it owns SO HARD. (10 p.m, $10, 18+)

Saturday, March 22 – Nowruz Persian New Year Festival
The MFA celebrates the Persian New Year with music and dance performances, gallery activities, food, film, art, and more. I love that we have our New Year’s in January, then we get to keep celebrating with Chinese, Persian and other cultures all year. How great are time zones, right? (10 a.m., free with museum admission, all ages)

Saturday, March 22 – KOEK: WITNESS
Avant-garde voice and saxomaphone duo KOEK debut a program of experimental music, with one significant twist: The audience is required to remain blindfolded throughout the performance. I know, you’re thinking “How will I know if there are bugs in my food?” And the answer is, they’re not serving food, it’s a concert not a restaurant. (8 p.m., $10, all ages)

Sunday, March 23 – Hatch! An Arts Advocacy Event
Here’s how Hatch! works: Somerville artists and the public will transform paper mâché eggs into vibrant works of art, to be delivered to Governor Patrick and state legislators with messages urging them to make arts a priority in budget negotiations. Get it? If politicians take care of their eggs — fund arts programs — then the “eggs” will “hatch” and grow into “art chickens” that we get to “eat” with buffalo sauce, or something, I got hungry and lost track of the metaphor. (3 p.m., FREE, all ages)

Sunday, March 23 – #118forBoston Sunday Runday
Boston-born app RunKeeper set the ambitious goal of tracking 118 million miles between March 1 and April 21, the date of the 118th Boston Marathon. Meet up with other runners at Park Street to contribute a few miles towards the goal at Sunday Runday, which doubles as Sunday Funday if you’re one of those people for whom exercise is fun, otherwise Sunday Funday means getting brunch at the bar, staying for eight beers, taking a nap and waking up just in time for “The Walking Dead.” (10 a.m., FREE, all ages)

[Photo credit: Solstice Circus]

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