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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  July 28, 2010 10:23 PM

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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 and get out!



Lilith: Say thank you to Sarah McLachlan for being one of the founders this tour that celebrates women in music (why bother thanking the other three founders, they're guys). Grammy-winning McLachlan will share the program with Tegan & Sara, Sara Bareilles, Ann Atomic, Zee Avi, Cat Power, Missy Higgins, and other talented ladies. 3 p.m. $31.50-$101, $75 four-pack special. Comcast Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000.

MFA Free Day: Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation, you can wander around the Museum of Fine Arts for free. This includes all exhibits, guided tours, and self-guided family activities. 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. (Outdoor music at MFA Summer Fridays from 5:30-9:30 p.m. for folks 21 and older). Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300.

John Paul:This young New England native abandoned his East Coast roots for that left coast but returns to show off. The singer/songwriter is in town to perform tracks from his debut album, "Belmont Boulevard," and his latest release, "Combination." Not bad for a 24-year-old tenor who handles folk, Americana, and rock styles like a veteran. Ice Cream Social starts things off, followed by Lauren Bateman. At midnight, DAve A Crespo's After Party takes over. 9 p.m. $5, $8 at the door. 21+. McGann's Irish Pub, 197 Portland St., Boston. 781-526-2549.


BSO at Tanglewood: Beautiful surroundings, music, and a soprano will make for a lovely Saturday in the Berkshires for this concert. The Boston Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Juanjo Mena, principal guest conductor of Norway's Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and chief guest conductor at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. The program includes Strauss's "Four Last Songs" and Mahler's Symphony No. 4. The lovely Hei-Kyung Hong will offer her soprano talents. 8:30 p.m. $18-$89. Tanglewood Shed, 197 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200.

The Hot Corner: Is DJ Carney Lansford is named for the slugger who played for the Red Sox during the 1981-2 season? Why don't you ask him Saturday night? Instead of scoring hits, Lansford the DJ — who has toured with hip-hop acts Jedi Mind Tricks and 7L & Esoteric — will be spinning Top 40 hits in the shadow of Fenway Park. 10 p.m. Oliver's at the Cask 'n Flagon. 21+. 617-536-4840,

Bang on a Can Marathon: Billed as a six-hour feast of sound, this event attracts more than 30 performers and composers from all over the world. Sounds range from classical to experimental and jazz and include Steve Reich's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Double Sextet," pattern master Tom Johnson's translation of an ancient Indian math problem into a minimalist piece, and a new work by Swiss post-jazz master, Nik Baertsch. 4-10 p.m. $22. MASS MoCA, 87 Marshall St., North Adams. 413-662-2111.

Strange World Art Show: Give into your dark side at this new exhibit featuring haunting illustrations from Fionn McCabe, collages from Inas Al-Soqi, and more works by emerging artists, curated by Paint Pens in Purses founder Shayna Shenanigans. Come for the Pabst Blue Ribbon reception and stay for the art, tunes from DJ Texas Mike, and a screening of "Donnie Darko." RSVP required for the reception: email 8 p.m. Hourglass Tattoo Studio and PBR Gallery, 1680 Mass Ave., Cambridge. 21+. 617-868-3300.

Eilen Jewell & The Sacred Shakers: It only takes one gig to get hooked on this luscious group of roots musicians who just released "Butcher Holler." This loving tribute to Loretta Lynn is named for the Kentucky town where the country singer was raised. According to Jewell, all of the songs were written by Lynn who "dared to write songs about topics that were widely considered off-limits, especially for women." The band is Jason Beek (drums, harmony vocals), Jerry Miller (electric, acoustic, and steel guitars), and Johnny Sciascia (upright bass). 8 p.m. $22, $21 students and seniors. The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097.

'Caliente, a Celebration of Latin Music and Culture': On our last birthday, we sunk into a mini depression. When Jerry Rivera turns 31 Saturday, the Grammy-nominated salsa singer will celebrate by headlining this show. Rivera will perform more than a dozen songs with help from Berklee student horn players. Berklee prof Eguie Castrillo opens the celebration with songs by Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and Machito. Wear your dancing shoes and wish Rivera a happy birthday. 7-9 p.m., rain or shine (the final concert in the Tito Puente Latin Music Series is Aug. 5 in East Boston). Free. City Hall Plaza, Government Center, Boston. 617-927-1707.


Woods Hole Film Festival Kids Day: There's free ice cream to accompany Sunday's animated shorts, songs, and games. Sergeant Daniel M. Clark (known as "The Singing Trooper") will host. Films include "For a Fistful of Snow" and "The Happy Duckling." 2-4 p.m. $10, $5 kids. Recommended for ages 12 and under. Redfield Auditorium, 53 Water St., Woods Hole. 508-495-3456.

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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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