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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  February 16, 2011 05:17 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 long weekend. Get out!


The one and only Bill Cosby; the Winter Terrace; 'Toy Story 3' on ice


'Disney/Pixar's Toy Story 3': The kids at Sunnyside Daycare are a bit too rambunctious for Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie, and the gang who escape and run for home at this Disney On Ice production. Ken (yes, Barbie's beau) joins the ice action which also features moments from "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2." 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. Saturday; Noon and 4 p.m. Sunday (through Feb. 27). $20-$90 ($15 opening night excluding front row, VIP, and Club seats). TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000.


Blues at the Crossroads -- The Robert Johnson Centennial Concert Tour: For a guy who recorded only 29 songs, Johnson left quite a legacy. This show celebrates the 100th birthday of the blues icon with Big Head Todd and The Monsters, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Hubert Sumlin, Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm, and Johnson's grandson, Steven Johnson. 7:30 p.m. $25-$50. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261.

Vijay Iyer: When you share an award with folks like Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, and Wayne Shorter, chances are you're noteworthy. This self-taught, under-40, Grammy-nominated, composer/pianist was named 2010 Musician of the Year in the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards and brings his trio to Cambridge. 7:30 and 10 p.m. $25, $22 (10 p.m.). The Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757.

'Food History Mysteries': Is there meat in mincemeat? Are there plums in plum pudding? Is apple pie American? Food historian Sandy Oliver will reveal all about these and other food mysteries at this Revels Salon Series presentation. 8 p.m. (7:30 wine and cheese reception). $20. Commander's Mansion, 440 Talcott Ave., Watertown. 617-972-8300, ext. 31.


Winter Terrace: Trade the shovel for fire pits, heat lamps, blankets, and lounging couches on the outdoor terrace along the waterfront. Ice sculptures and an ice wall will protect you from the wind, and light fare, including s'mores kits, fondues, and beverages, will protect you from hunger and thirst. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. both days (through mid-March, weather permitting). No cover charge (menu items are approximately $10-$15). The Fairmont Battery Wharf, 3 Battery Wharf, Boston. 617-994-9000.


Carnaval Party: Can't get away from the dirty snowbanks and slush this winter? Take a trip to Brazil sans pricey airfare. Choose fresh fruit to mix with Leblon cachaça at the caipirinha bar ($14 per drink) at this warm-minded fête. Thank the liquid courage and samba group Samita for the dance party that will surely ensue. Bonus: Free feather masks for the first 100 guests to arrive. 9 p.m. No cover. 21+. RumBa. 617-217-5152,

An Evening with Bill Cosby: Telling it like it is is what this iconic comedian does and has done for decades. We suspect that the funny man will continue to enlighten our lives as parents, children, men, women, jell-o eaters, and whatever else we are. If you arrive before either show, you can purchase dinner at the Symphony Café or grab lighter fare in the Cabot-Cahners and Hatch Rooms. 5 and 8 p.m. $50.50-$70.50. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200.


'John Henry' and 'Wings of Courage': Through storytelling, drama, and music, Mad River Theater Works travels east from Ohio to bring these stories about African American history and its cultural heritage to Roxbury. Saturday: "John Henry"; Sunday: "Wings of Courage." 2 p.m. both days $10-$20. Roxbury Center for Arts at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. 617-541-3900.

Model Trains Show: The Northeast Ntrak Modular Railroad Club sets up trains and tracks in Lexington, and even though Ntrak trains are smaller than traditional models they work just as hard climbing mountain passes and carrying freight cars. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday; Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. $7 per family. National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington. 781-861-6559.


Miss Boston Pageant: When 15 women, ages 17-24, compete at this pageant, will they all wish for world peace? The ladies' competition categories include talent, interview, physical fitness, and evening gown. The winner will compete for the Miss Massachusetts title later this year in Worcester. 5 p.m. $20. Omni Parker House Rooftop Ballroom, 60 School St., Boston.

Tommy Stinson: From his Minneapolis bash and pop days in the Replacements, followed by tours with Guns N' Roses and Soul Asylum, this rocker tones it down several notches with Sunday's solo acoustic set. Also on the bill is buddy Mike Gent of the Figgs. Doors at 8 p.m. $10, $12 day of show. 18+. Church of Boston, 69 Kilmarnock St., Boston. 617-236-7600.

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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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