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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  June 17, 2010 10:00 AM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff and Courtney Hollands' picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Take a peek, then get out!



Walking with Dinosaurs: It's not a movie; it's not an exhibit. This is an "arena spectacular," according to the promo peeps. In this 90-minute show, you'll go back in time to watch 17 life-size dinos search for food, protect their young, and rule the land. It's all done with animatronics. Say hi to the 36-foot-tall Brachiosaurus for us. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7:30 Saturday; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. $20.25-$53.25. All-ages show. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 800-745-3000.


Aretha Franklin and her Orchestra: Once upon a time there was a little girl with a big voice who sang at Reverend C.L. Franklin's New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit. This gospel-singing prodigy grew up listening to gospel notables like Mahalia Jackson and secular singers including Dinah Washington and Sam Cooke, who all visited the Franklin residence. You see, Reverend Franklin was the little girl's father. And that little girl is now a Grammy-winning national treasure. Franklin will perform hits by the "Queen of Soul." 8 p.m. $85.75, $68.75. Cape Cod Melody Tent, 21 West Main St., Hyannis. 800-745-3000.

SF-1970: Sci-fi films were hot in the '70s — as sizzling as Granny dresses and halter-neck catsuits — and this Harvard Film Archive series will bring you back in time. Friday screenings are "Dark Star" (7 p.m.) and "Westworld" (9 p.m.). The former is John Carpenter's satire about a space crew of slackers, a bomb with a brain, and a ship's computer named Mother. The latter, written and directed by Michael Crichton, is also a satire and deals with theme parks catering to male fantasies (it's fiction, guys). Check out the complete schedule. Through June 28. $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700.

The New Pornographers: These creative Canadian indie rockers are like the cool kids at the party — everyone wants to hang out with them. Case in point: Will Sheff from Okkervil River, The Dap Kings, and Zach Condon from Beirut are just a few of the guest stars that play on the the Pornographers' newest album "Together." Hear the collective's textured pop songs Friday night. San Francisco duo the Dodos open. 7 p.m. $25-$35. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


American Craft Beer Fest: Do visions of hops and barley dance through your head when you're snug in bed? Scratch the imbibing itch Friday and Saturday at this annual celebration of craft brews, put on by BeerAdvocate and Harpoon Brewery. Cisco, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, and Goose Island are among the breweries bringing over 400 beers to the event. Cheers, indeed. 21+. Three sessions: 6-9:30 p.m. Friday; 1-4:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 877-725-8849.


Mystic Ink Tour: We get tired of celebs pushing their masterpieces on book tours. Here's a group of writers who deserve every second of our attention. This tour gives local Haitian youth, ages 15-21 from Somerville's Mystic Housing Projects, an opportunity to read their stories. The Somerville Arts Council and the Mystic Learning Center present this Books of Hope event. Writer Ilda S. Joseph's "Vernacular Land Mine" includes the poem,"Image," about violence and materialism in hip-hop, and its negative impact on black youth. 6 p.m. (Through July 17 at various venues). Free. Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge. 617-640-0252.

Manguito: This is a two-for-one special because you get a free concert and a chance to see Rockport's beautiful new 330-seat Shalin Liu Performance Center. Rockport Music presents this all-ages performance featuring five Latin American musicians who will take you on an interactive musical tour of the Caribbean. 10 a.m. Free on a first-come-first-served basis (No advanced reservations or tickets required). Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391.

Angular Hair and Guitars: Does the name of this post punk, electronic, and new wave dance night make you want to do all sorts of asymmetrical things to your locks? Step away from the shears and get down to Joy Division and Depeche Mode with DJs darkmoves and Brian L. Saturday night instead. You're welcome. 9 p.m. Free. River Gods, 125 River St., Cambridge. 617-576-1881.

Verrill Farm Strawberry Festival:
In the 70s, Verrill Farm switched from dairy farming to produce, and strawberries were the first crop. At Saturday's event, you can buy the berries at the stand, pick your own, or bring your own for the strawberry dessert recipe contest (categories are cakes, pies, and other; adults and children's contests; bring your entry and a copy of the recipe at 1 p.m.). Live music is by Southern Rail and there are cooking demonstrations (featuring strawberries, of course). Noon-4 p.m., rain or shine (except pony rides). Free admission ($1 hay rides, $5 pony rides, $4 strawberry shortcake, $5.99 per quart for strawberries). Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord. 978-369-4494.


James Taylor and Carole King: We watched these two on a TV show the other night, and they seemed as comfortable singing and playing together as we hope they were back in 1969 when they performed together at the famous Troubadour in Los Angeles. The legendary singers, songwriters, and musicians will share the stage tonight as part of their...Troubadour Reunion Tour which stops at the TD Garden for an evening of classics, including songs from that 1969 setlist. 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$350. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000.

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.


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