The MIT Museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1984 and again in 2002, engages the public with scientific research, design, and a peek into the institution's academic discoveries. The museum's permanent collections, assembled from artifacts the university has collected through scholarly interests, include holograms, a nautical archive, and technological achievements, such as the telephone. Temporary exhibitions storm the museum's towers throughout the year, currently showcasing MIT 150, highlighting 150 years' worth of artifacts–such as race cars and the TX-0 computer–and world domination by MIT students and faculty. The museum also hosts a number of programs for the public throughout the year. Guests can check out the calendar for an up-to-date list of upcoming attractions and events.
Black Lotus Yoga soothes and stretches students with a selection of strength-improving, mind-clearing classes that range from Hatha flow yoga to core power. Experienced instructors heat the studio to an average of 75 degrees with 50% humidity during classes, including the fast-paced Hour of Power class that employs a rigorous Vinyasa-style routine that aims to build strength. Level 2 Iyengar yoga challenges experienced flexperts with at least six months of experience to push their earthly vessel into back bends, handstands, and mat juggling, and the Mom and Baby class gives new mothers and their tiny charges an opportunity to bond and relax together in the studio's airy cork-floored space. The weekly wind-down session encourages a calm mind and body with meditation, pensive postures, and a slideshow of the teacher's recent Hawaiian vacation.
This suite of corporeal indulgences targets and tackles the tension that too often takes up residence in the back, fingers, and foot fringe. The Elemental Nature massage ($85) offers customized earth-themed pampering, soothing torsos weary for a variety of reasons, whether from bear-hugging lonely bears or playing leapfrog with a giraffe. Summon the essence of air with Infinity and Air, a slow warming deep-tissue massage that ameliorates overworked fibers, or cool flushed flesh and muscles with a rhythmic stress-relieving Fire massage. The Water and Earth therapy style employs fast-paced, acute techniques to stimulate circulation and temporarily turn clients' minds into swimming pools.
PowerHouse welcomes all fitness levels and promises a challenging, fun workout tailored to your needs. Whether you want to burn fat or just lift giant ice blocks with your nipples, you'll learn powerful self-defense tools. If you're a fighter hoping to improve your striking technique, PowerHouse can take you to the next level, enabling you to wail on people even tougher than a certain California governor.
In business for 30 years, Nick's Comedy Stop has served as an essential venue for up-and-coming comedians, having hosted Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and other notable jesters before their big breaks. The venue hosts shows twice a week, featuring hilarious headliners, emerging comics, and moments of silence for misunderstood punch lines.
Though Central Square Theater dates back only to 2008, its resident troupes, The Nora Theatre Company and the Underground Railway Theater, predate the building by 20 and 30 years respectively. With two large, diversely talented companies, the theater is able to produce something for all ages, from playful puppet shows for little ones to challenging works for grown-ups, such as Car Talk: The Musical!