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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  January 11, 2011 01:40 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 holiday weekend. Get out!

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[Microscopes from John Kuenzig; "Race: Are We So Different?" exhibit; Art by Minatsu Ariga]

WEEKEND

'R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe': Busy Bucky Fuller was a writer, philosopher, mathematician, geometer, poet, architect, designer, inventor, futurist, environmentalist, sustainability advocate, and Renaissance-man. The inventor of the geodesic dome is the subject of this multimedia performance starring Thomas Derrah. 7:30 Friday-Sunday (through Feb. 5; Jan. 16 post-performance discussion with Fuller's daughter, Allegra Fuller). Tickets start at $25, $10 senior discount. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-547-8300. americanrepertorytheater.org

FRIDAY

Just Got Paid: DJ Paul Foley resurrects his all-vinyl Good Life dance party at Think Tank Friday night. Expect to hear disco, old school hip-hop, and everything in between — he also promises that "there will be a slow jam played every night for the lovers." Plan accordingly, pets. 10 p.m. No cover. 21+. Think Tank. 617-500-3031, thinktankcambridge.com

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

'Absolute Gold: The Ultimate ABBA Tribute': Costume replicas, a re-creation of a live ABBA concert from the late '70s and early '80s — mamma mia! This show is a Swedish-pop extravaganza direct from Canada. 8 p.m. $29. The Company Theatre, 30 Accord Park Dr., Norwell. 781-871-2787. companytheatre.com

SATURDAY

Celebrity Chefs Culinary Program: The Fairmont Copley Plaza hosts two-hour Saturday classes for experienced and not-so-experienced cooks, and this week's chef is Jose Duarte. The executive chef of Taranta Restaurant will prepare Maine lobster causa and other drool-inducing dishes. 1 p.m. (Saturdays through Feb. 19, excluding Feb. 12). $60 (samples included; reservations required; proceeds benefit Boston Center for Adult Education). Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston, 138 St. James Ave., Boston. 617-267-4430. bcae.org

Loudon Wainwright III: A year ago, this strummer and singer released "Ten Songs for the New Depression" which includes songs from the '30s and "The Krugman Blues," a nod to economist Paul Krugman. The Grammy winner combines folk, country, and rock with ironic humor and irreverent storytelling. 8 p.m. $35, $1 student and senior discount. The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St. 508-647-0097. natickarts.org

Dead of Winter at Inn Magnolia: With a street address of Norman, and an inn for a venue, this event sounds like a thriller. Paranormal investigator Ron Kolek and members of the New England Ghost Project will lead you on an investigation of the elegant mansion which has a history of unusual occurrences. 8 p.m.-midnight. $60 (reservations recommended). Inn Magnolia, 18 Norman Ave., Gloucester. 978-455-6678. neghostproject.com/magnolia.htm

Hot Dates! with the Boston Babydolls: "Burlesque: The Movie" has increased demand for this local burlesque troupe which has a new show of acts inspired by the months of the year including Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, and Halloween. 8 p.m. $10, $15; $10, $20 at the door. Cambridge YMCA Theater, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 800-838-3006. brownpapertickets.com

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Boston Antiques & Design Show & Sale: John Kuenzig brings scientific books and rare microscopes; Wendy Harvey shows off vintage tiles; the Steampunk design movement mesmerizes with its marriage of antique objects and modern-day technology. It's all at this sale. 1-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $10 (Sat and two-day pass), $7 Sunday, free under 17. Shriner's Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington. 781-862-4039. neantiqueshows.com

SUNDAY

All Together Now: Not only will there be visual art of all stripes and music at this Out of the Blue Gallery-unStandard-Polk Records event — Madame Psychosis, Streight Angular, and Brief Awakening are all on the lengthy bill — there will be airbrush tattoos and contests(!). Stand on one foot for the longest time and win prizes — as well as bragging rights. 7 p.m. Tickets: $10, $8 in advance. 18+. Middle East Upstairs. 617-864-3278, mideastclub.com

Verdi's 'Macbeth': Greed, madness, a manipulative wife, murder — no it's not a reality-TV show. It's "Macbeth," a semi-staged production by the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. This rarely seen adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy stars Louis Otey as Macbeth and features the New World Chorale. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. 3 p.m. $25 and $30, $5 student and senior discount. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222. bysoweb.org

'Race: Are We So Different?': Science, history, and everyday experience are how a new exhibit at the Museum of Science addresses race and racism. Anthropologists, geneticists, and archaeologists worked with exhibit designers to encourage discovery, discussion, and reflection. Bottom line: humankind cannot be divided and categorized by race or ethnicity. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Jan. 17 program with Teja Arboleda at 1 p.m.; exhibit through May 15). $21, $19 seniors, $18 ages 3-11. Museum of Science, Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500. mos.org

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