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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  December 15, 2010 11:40 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!



'Jersey Boys': Skinny ties, shiny suits, and sensational voices belong to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the '60s singing sensation that catapulted to stardom before the guys were 30. This show tells the story of these blue-collar boys who wrote their own songs, invented their own sound, and had a Tony-winning show written about them by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (through Jan. 30). $43-$109. Boston's Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. 800-982-2787.

'The Santaland Diaries': Were you next to your radio in 1992 when David Sedaris read this piece on NPR? If you missed it, deposit coal in your stocking or head to Lenox where you can meet Crumpet the Elf, the role Sedaris played when he worked as a Christmas elf at Macy's. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (through Dec. 30). Tickets start at $15. Not recommended for children under 14. Shakespeare & Company's Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble cq St., Lenox. 413-637-3353.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan: Brookline's Amanda Cavanaugh lends her traditional fiddle playing to this annual performance which also stars folk/Celtic singers Robbie O'Connell, Heidi Talbot, cellist Natalie Haas, and dancers from Ireland and Walpole. 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. $25-$75. Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 800-233-3123.

'Black Nativity': Langston Hughes' show features more than 50 cast members of all ages and includes adult singers from Voices of Black Persuasion and Children of Black Persuasion. Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists. 8 p.m. Friday; 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3:30 p.m. Sunday. $36, $45. Northeastern University's Blackman Auditorium, 342 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-514-3849.


North Star Fridays: Oh, ho, ho, it's magic — literally. Magician Edoardo Pignataro takes center stage at this newish spot near TD Garden. (Hopefully, he can find a few quarters in our ear — meter money!) DJs Turbz and Texas Mike are also on the bill. 10 p.m. No cover. 21+. The North Star. 617-723-3222.


'It's Madame with an E': Move over, Miss Piggy: Mouthy puppet Madame is in town. The stylish, celebrity-skewering diva is in the midst of a comeback; see her and co-star Rick Skye this weekend at Club Cafe. Want a sneak peek? Look for Madame's duet with Bea Arthur — "A Good Man is Hard to Find" — on YouTube. 7:30 p.m Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $25-$40. 18+. Club Cafe. 617-536-0966,

'12 Dancers Dancing . . . A Christmas in Cambridge': A variety of dance styles are yours for the viewing at this show. Troupes include Rainbow Tribe and B-Side, Kelley Donovan, Disco Brats, and Contemporarily Out of Order. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $17, $11 students, seniors, kids (bring a new toy for charity and save $1). Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Central Sq., Cambridge. 617-547-9363.


Tron Affair: Watch the original "Tron" flick on several screens and fête the release of "Tron: Legacy" with three DJs spinning hip-hop, reggae, electro, and house on two floors and a performance by Daft Punk tribute outfit Faux Punk Saturday night. 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10, $7 before 11 p.m. 21+. Good Life. 617-451-2622,

Cookies and Cocktail Competition: Seasonally inspired cocktails will wash down the cookies at this bake-off. Prizes will be awarded to the top-three winners judged by you. 2-4 p.m. Free with a monetary or toy donation for Toys for Tots. To enter your cookies, email with your name and type of cookie (three dozen). Gordon’s Fine Wines & Liquors Culinary Center, 894 Main St., Waltham. 781-893-6700.


Holiday Pops in Lowell: Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops better not run into any traffic because after this 2:30 p.m. concert, they have to book it back to Boston for an evening show. "American Idol" finalist Melinda Doolittle and the choral group Gloriae Dei Cantores join the maestro and musicians at the Lowell stop. 2:30 p.m. $60-$126. Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-454-2299.

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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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