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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  August 24, 2010 10:34 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. Take a peek, then get out!



Isle of Wight 40th Anniversary Film Festival: We had Woodstock and our friends across the pond had the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. This collection of music documentaries was produced and directed by Harvard grad and Academy Award-winner Murray Lerner. Saturday's screenings are "The Moody Blues: Threshold of a Dream" (2 p.m.), "Emerson, Lake and Palmer: The Birth of a Band" (3:30 p.m.), "Jethro Tull: Nothing is Easy" (5 p.m.), "Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival" (7:30 p.m.), and "Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live at The isle of Wight" (10 p.m.). 7: 30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $10 (one film), $18 (two), $24 (three), $28 (four), $30 (five or more). Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.


'Up:' This Oscar-winning animated film about a 78-year-old man who ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away with an 8-year-old stowaway screens Friday night. Bring a picnic, chair, or blanket, and watch the movie in HD. Sundown, weather permitting (6 p.m. for giveaways, games, food samples, and more at WBZ tent area). Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Boston. 617-787-7200.

Gold Party: Add a little flash to your Friday night. RumBa's swanky soiree features a red carpet with paparazzi, tunes by DJ Cue Two, and gold-painted models wearing fashions from L'Attitude Boston Boutique. And, do embrace the theme: The first 100 to arrive in gold attire will be entered into a drawing for a one-night stay in the InterContinental's Presidential Suite (it retails for $6,000 a night!). 9 p.m. RumBa, InterContinental Boston. No cover. 21+. 617-217-5148,

Autolux: The title track of "Transit Transit," the sophomore release from this group, was put together from a looped sample of an old freezer slamming shut and simple chords from an upright piano. The Los Angeles-based trio of Eugene Goreshter on vocals and bass, Carla Azar on vocals and drums, and Greg Edwards on vocals and guitar are in Cambridge with their mixed bag of electronica, noise pop, post-punk, and shoegaze. Also performing are This Will Destroy You and the Dirty Dishes. 8 p.m. doors. $14. 18+. The Middle East Downstairs, 480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 800-745-3000.

Kingston Trio: A few years ago we took our hubby to see this act, and he was the pre-concert celebrity with his Trio-esque vertically striped shirt (good thing the guys didn't ask him to join them on a chorus of "Tom Dooley"). While none of the original members are in the current folk trio, George Grove has been around for 34 years — that's a lot of "Scotch & Soda." Alan Williams opens. 8 p.m. (6:30 p.m. doors for food and beverage service). $45 reserved table seating. Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury Beach. 978-462-5888.


Immortal Robot Succubus Super Show: When they're not waiting tables and walking dogs, the performers of Rough Week create original, unusual, and affordable live shows. The troupe started as a casual writer's group of recent Emerson grads, but it's morphed into a core group of 12 with satellite members across the country. This show is three short plays about humans, monsters, and everything in between titled "Kiss Me," "As One Grows Older," and "Gotta Get an Arm." 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $10, $8 students, $5 suggested minimum for Aug. 28 pay-what-you can matinee. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown.


Village People: Hey, Macho Men: Go east to catch this iconic disco group in Quincy on Saturday. Can you believe that these guys have been performing in various incarnations since 1977? Local band Dick n Jane is also on the bill. 8 p.m. $30, $20 in advance. 21+. Ocean Club at Marina Bay. 617-689-0600,

Fandango: No, we aren't talking about the movie ticket selling site. A fandango is a community celebration in Mexico — stay tuned for music from local act La Tuza and Brooklyn-based band Radio Jarocho, dance lessons, sugar skull making, and food from La Cantina Mexicana at this Somerville fĂȘte. You can even get your face painted to look like a Mexican wrestling mask. 5 - 8 p.m. Union Square, Somerville. 617-625-6600, ex. 2985,

Boston Public Garden Photo Installation: George Washington might look down from his horse to glance at the lovely flower gallery at this exhibit. The photographers will be available to discuss their floral shots at this show presented by the Boston Photography Center. The organization was founded to promote the art of photography, and the goal of this exhibit is to bring photography to visitors and residents of Boston. We hope you and George like it. 1-3 p.m., weather permitting. Free. Boston Public Garden at the Washington statue, Arlington Street entrance, Boston.


Antiques on Cape Cod: Before you know it, it will be time to put a tree in your house and throw stuff on it. Consider replacing that plastic soccer-ball ornament with a vintage Christmas decoration or antique buttons you can work some Martha Stewart magic with. Start your holiday shopping (face it, summer is almost over) at this fair where 100 dealers from all over the country bring nautical ephemera, shell art, estate jewelry, furniture, books, and more. Bring your own heirloom for a verbal appraisal (maybe you can retire). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $7, free under 16, $5 for appraisal. Hyannis Youth & Community Center, 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis. 781-862-4039.


Jimmy Fund Fantasy Day: While the Red Sox are away, the kids will play — or something like that. The field is off limits Sunday, but there are tours of Fenway Park and lots of activities on the concourse. Young fans can visit the Kids Zone where there will be a coloring station and T-ball challenge. Other stuff includes cyber ball park where you play baseball video games, pictures with Wally (noon-2 p.m.), and batting cages. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain date is Sept. 25). $15, $10 ages 3-11, free under age 3. Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston. 800-525-4669.

Pat Benatar book signing: The rock legend signs instead of singing. "Between a Heart and a Rock Place" is the story of her rise to fame, life in the MTV generation, tours, and how she avoided the pitfalls of rock stardom. 12:30 p.m. Free. Borders, Boston, 511 Boylston St. 617-236-1444.

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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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