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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  October 6, 2010 11:45 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 long weekend. Take a peek, then get out!



Reel Blues Fest: David "Honeyboy" Edwards has rubbed talented elbows with just about every blues legend from the apostrophized Howlin' Wolf and Lightnin' Hopkins to Muddy Waters and Magic Sam. At 95, the blues guitarist and singer is still on the road, and he makes a stop in town where he'll be honored for his 2010 Lifetime Achievement Grammy at this fest. Folks of all ages stopping by to perform, in addition to the guest of honor, include Aerosmith's Brad Whitford and the James Montgomery Band. 7 p.m. $30 ($120 VIP buffet and meet and greet from 6-7 p.m.). House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 508-495-3456.


'Almost an Evening': Theatre on Fire describes itself as a small company dedicated to producing shows that take you out of your comfort zone. The resident company at the Charlestown Working Theater has a treat for you with the first theater piece by Ethan Coen. Yes, the Ethan Coen of brotherly film fame ("Raising Arizona," "No Country For Old Men," etc.). In "Waiting," an old man waits for the shuttle to Heaven. "Four Benches" introduces us to a British secret agent trying to reinvent himself by visiting steam baths and park benches. In "Debate," lots of questions are asked but little is learned. Thurs-Sat at 8 p.m. through Oct. 23. $15, $20 (Fri and Sat), $10 students and seniors. Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown. 866-811-4111.


Harvest Fest: Local is the name of the game at this food, fashion, beer, and art festival and fundraiser for Somerville Local First. Sip a Pretty Things brew and snack on Redbones as you watch the high-flying antics of Aircraft Aerial Arts, set to the sights and sounds of DJ/VJ duo The Zebbler Encanti Experience. 6-10 p.m. (the first session is from 1-5 p.m.) $20-$35. 18+, 21+ to drink. Arts at the Armory. 617-669-9861.


WWII Reenactment and Veterans Roundtable Discussion: The Collings Foundation rolls back the tent flaps for this weekend's event featuring more than 200 reenactors representing several branches of Allied and Axis military. There will be tanks, cannons, troop carriers, weapons, and other restored equipment. Participants at the 1 p.m. discussions include World War II Medal of Honor recipient Francis Currey, and Korean War Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Hudner who will share their stories. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (reenactments at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.). $18 ($20 at door), $8 under age 13 ($10 at door). Collings Foundation Headquarters, 137 Barton Road, Stow. 978-562-9182.

October Harvest Weekend:
This long weekend's pick-your-own crop is pumpkins, so select your orb and also enjoy games, a hayride, and live animal demonstrations. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday through Monday (pick-your-own is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., while supplies last; Oct. 16 and 17 is "Farmer's Surprise," Oct. 23 and 24 is potatoes). $6, $4 ages 2-12 ( Pick-your-own and some activities are not included in the admission price). Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Road, Route 117, Lincoln. 781-259-2200.


Dick Gregory: Anyone who has written two autobiographies and plans to write two more has a lot to say (unless they're reality TV stars). Gregory is the guy we're referring to, and he has more titles than a stolen Chevy — activist, philosopher, anti-drug crusader, comedian, author, actor, cancer survivor, recording artist, Presidential candidate, and nutritionist. Gregory started his comedy journey in the mid '50s while in the army. In 1961 he was booked at Chicago's Playboy Club, and a year later he was headlining. 4 p.m. $25, $32. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Beantown Bootcamp: Be a role model in the war against childhood obesity at this one-hour event for adults of all fitness levels. Your drill sargeant will be John Wayman who has been teaching bootcamp classes since 2003. Your sweat will help fund bootcamps for kids. 10-11 a.m. $25 (includes t-shirt). 18+. Christopher Columbus Park, Atlantic Avenue, Boston.

Miike Snow: For a time last spring, we couldn't get the pulsing, infectious beats of this trio's tune "Animal" out of our head. (Yes, folks, Miike Snow isn't a guy — Miike Snow is three remix-happy guys: Pontus Winnberg, Christian Karlsson, and Andrew Wyatt.) Don your dance shoes, limber up, and get ready for a loud, frenetic show Sunday. 7 p.m. $32.70. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

'Black Entrepreneurs: Citizenship in the 18th and 19th Centuries': The Museum of African American History's 1806 African Meeting House is getting a $4 million dollar facelift. This will allow the National Park Service and the museum to welcome visitors to the building where leaders of the abolitionist movement gathered to end slavery. At Sunday's program, historic passages will be read by Mrs. Thurgood Marshall, actor Charles Dutton, and local leaders. 4-6 p.m. $10, $.10 (ten cents) kids under 16. 617-725-0022, ext. 29. Converse Hall, 88 Tremont St., Boston. or

Wellesley Symphony Orchestra: When Travis Ramsey and his wife bought an old house in Malden, the steam heating system became music to the composer's ears. ". . .radiators that hissed like demented teapots, pipes that banged loud enough to shake the floors, and a 1937 steam boiler that roared like a lioness in heat." The result is "The Lost Art of Steam Heating" which the orchestra will perform using percussionists playing two steam radiators. 3 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 2:15 p.m.). $20, $15 students and seniors, free for kids with a paid adult. Massachusetts Bay Community College, 50 Oakland St., Wellesley. 781-235-0515.

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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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