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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  February 9, 2011 04:31 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and Courtney Hollands' picks for the top things to do around the Hub this Valentine's weekend. Get out!

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"Casablanca" at the Brattle Theatre; Merrimack River Eagle Fest; I >Heart< Swing at the Crosby Whistle Stop

WEEKEND

Divas Unleashed: A Chorus Cabaret: The Boston Gay Men's Chorus celebrates Valentine's Day with a concert of numbers by well-loved divas like Judy Garland, Dionne Warwick, and newer addition to the fold, Susan Boyle. Sit back, relax, sip on a beverage, and let a dozen soloists entertain you. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. $30. Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. 617-542-7464, www.bgmc.org

FRIDAY

I >Heart< Swing: Don your pink and red and two-step it to the Whistle Stop in Charlestown for a night of dancing with the White Heat Swing Orchestra. Sweet bonus: You'll receive four valentine cards at the door. Address them, drop them in a mailbox, and Cupid will deliver them to the lucky recipient. 9 p.m. (lesson from 8-9 p.m.). $17, $15 students and seniors. Crosby Whistle Stop, 24 Roland St., Charlestown. bostonswingcentral.org

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

'All You Need Is Love: Yoga and the Beatles': No date is required for New York yoga instructor MacKenzie Pause's Valentine's weekend class. It features asana (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises), and nidra (deep relaxation) to the tunes of the Fab Four. 6-7:30 p.m. Friday; 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday. $22, call for reservations. Art and Soul, 91 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-395-4227, artsoulyoga.com

SATURDAY

Merrimack River Eagle Festival: In winter, bald eagles migrate to the lower Merrimack River. See them and learn about them at an event honoring the majestic raptor, featuring guided sightings, van tours, eagle demonstrations, and family nature activities. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Joppa Flats Education Center, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, and other locations in Newburyport. Van tours leave from Newburyport Chamber of Commerce every half hour from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; call for reservations. 978-462-9998, massaudubon.org

Flirt Fest: Sip and nosh as you witness the crowning of "Boston's Biggest Flirt." Will it be financial analyst Chase C ("charm flows from his pores like champagne waterfall")? Or, will it be Boston University student Ally Carry, who wants to "show New England a little bit of southern hospitality and charm"? You choose. 8:30 p.m. 21+. Tickets: $15, two tickets for $20 in advance. Tequila Rain. 617-437-0300, bostoneventguide.com/flirtfest.htm

Naked Girls Reading -- Love Stinks: Miss Mina of The Boston Babydolls and other brave souls will strip off their clothes and read from Andrew Shaffer's "Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love" and share heartwrenching tales of romance gone wrong. A clothed Shaffer will also appear at the event. 11:59 p.m. 18+. Tickets: $15. Coolidge Corner Theatre. 617-734-2500, coolidge.org

The Throat Singers of Tuva -- Huun Huur Tu: Besides being able to sing multiple notes at the same time, these singers are skilled cowboys and horsemen, passing long hours on the steppe herding animals. The music and the work are intimately connected, representing a long tradition of interpreting the natural world in song. 8 p.m. $28. First Church in Cambridge Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

SUNDAY

Ex-Files Story Slam: Stop stewing. Let the vitriol out on Valentine's Eve. Put your name in a hat and get ready to tell a story bashing your ex-landlord/boyfriend/roommate/boss/etc. at this Mass Mouth event.18+. 6-9 p.m. $7, $3 seniors, students, Cambridge residents with a name in the hat. Enormous Room, 567 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-491-5550. massmouth.com

'Casablanca': You can't go wrong with this romantic classic on Valentine's Day. The glamour! The intrigue! Bogart and Bergman! Stop at L.A. Burdick for a rich hot chocolate with your sweetie pre-flick. We'll always have Harvard Square, right? 1:30 p.m. Sunday; 4:15, 7, and 9:45 p.m. Sunday and Monday. $9.75 or $50/couple for premium tickets (include reserved seats and a gift). Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837. brattlefilm.org

Valentine's Day in the Animal Kingdom: If you were a frog, what would you do to show affection? How about a bighorn sheep? Learn the answers in a program that looks at critters' courting rituals. 2 p.m. Free with admission of $9, $7 seniors and students, $6 ages 3-18. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045, hmnh.harvard.edu

Charles Hayden Planetarium Reopening: After a year of renovation and an outlay of $9 million, the new and improved venue opens its doors. It boasts full-dome video and audio systems and a Zeiss Starmaster projector, a custom-built optics system that makes that indoor night sky look just like the real thing. New technologies also allow you to peer back at our planet from the perspective of an astronaut, simulate space travel, plus a whole lot more cool extraterrestrial stuff. Shows include the new "Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun" about the science of exoplanets, and "Cosmic Collisions." Show schedule on website. $10, $9 seniors, $8 ages 3-11. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500, mos.org

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