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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  February 23, 2011 02:03 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 weekend. Get out!


Natalie Portman in "Black Swan"; 'Rain — A Tribute to the Beatles'; Tracy Morgan


'Pussy on the House': Those adorable, naughty, and gorgeous Gold Dust Orphans are at it again with their 2004 award-winning take on "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Ryan Landry's original cast rises again to tell Tennessee Williams's story of unrequited love and greed — with a lot of Gold Dust thrown in. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday (through March 20). $35, $45. Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston. 617-265-6222. brownpapertickets.com/153985


British Invasion: Fancy a spot of British rock n' roll? Check out this Cover Up show, featuring The Lights Out as the Kinks, Muy Cansado as the Rolling Stones, Gilded Splinters at The Who, and New Million Box as the Beatles. No word on whether the bands will be dressing the part, but feel free to wear go-go boots and let your hair go shaggy. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $12, $10 in advance. 21+. Lizard Lounge. 617-547-0759, lizardloungeclub.com

'Prometheus Bound': The title role in this American Repertory Theater musical is played by an actor who recently played Claude in "Hair." Gavin Creel tackles the Greek tragedy about a god who stole fire and gave it to humans. 7:30 p.m. (through April 2). Tickets start at $25, $5 senior discount. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300. americanrepertorytheater.org

Jeremih: The Chicago native and R&B singer — who's collaborated with Ludacris, 50 Cent, and others — brings his steamy songs to the Hub. DJ Hectik and Geespin will keep the joint jumping with a mix of Top 40 and hip-hop. 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $30, $20-$25 in advance. 21+. Rumor. 617-422-0045, jeremihrumor.eventbrite.com


'Rain — A Tribute To The Beatles': The four lads from Liverpool are played by gents from all over the United States in this show. The setlist of almost 200 faves including "Yesterday" and "Hey Jude" is also packed with songs recorded by the Beatles but never performed for an audience. 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. $38-$93. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738. citicenter.org


'Cardillac': We've heard of strict return policies, but this takes the cake. In Opera Boston's production of Paul Hindemith’s 1926 opera, a goldsmith murders his customers because he can't bear to part with his treasures. Sung in German with English titles and starring baritone, Sanford Sylvan. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Sunday (also March 1 at 7:30 p.m.). $29-$171. Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8000. aestages.org


Battle of the Big Cabs: It's not about taxis, it's a tasting of high-end, luxury Cabernets including Paul Hobbs, Beaulieu Vineyards, and Caymus. The wines will be available for purchase at special prices. Noon-5 p.m. Free. The Wine ConneXtion, 117 Main St., N. Andover. 978-965-8000. wineconnextion.com

Tracy Morgan: All he has to do is say "Liz Lemon" and we're on the floor. Morgan plays the zany narcissist on "30 Rock," and the Emmy-nominated comedian also stays busy doing films including "Cop Out" and the drama, "The Son of No One." He released his first book in 2009, "I Am the New Black." 7 and 9:45 p.m. $49, $59. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. thewilbur.com


AMC Best Picture Showcase: You've been too busy or snowed in to see all 10 Oscar-nominated films, so sit down and do it all at once at this 24-hour marathon. See all the Best Picture candidates to prepare for Sunday's awards ceremony. Screenings include "Black Swan," "The Fighter," and "The King's Speech." 10 a.m. $50 marathon pass (includes $20 gift card for concessions). AMC Loews Boston Common 19, 175 Tremont St., Boston. 888-262-4386. amctheatres.com/bps

New England Boat Show: You get more than admission when you buy a ticket to this expo. Included with your ticket purchase is a one-year subscription to Yachting, Cruising World, Motor Boating or Ski magazine. The nautical event showcases the newest boats, gear, and gadgets. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (through March 6). $14, free under age 16. Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston. 800-225-1577. newenglandboatshow.com


Red Carpet Party: The glamour! The gowns! The intrigue! Watch the Oscars, sip bubbly, and judge celeb style with the beautiful people at this fete. And, darling, dress to impress: Walk the red carpet for a chance to win brunch for two at Henrietta's Table. (Surely, Donna Karan has a few minutes to whip up a haute couture confection for you this week.) 6:30 p.m. No cover. 21+. Noir. 617-661-8010, noir-bar.com

Dmitri Hvorostovsky: In 2005, this Russian baritone was invited by President Putin to tour cities of Russia and sing to hundreds of thousands to commemorate soldiers of World War II. That experience lives on with his annual tours of Russia and Eastern Europe. Today's Boston program is works by Fauré, Taneyev, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky. 3 p.m. $50-$83. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661. celebrityseries.org

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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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