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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  March 30, 2011 10:52 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. Get out!

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[DJ Doc Martin; performers at the Big Apple Circus; "Stirrings" at the Dance Complex]

WEEKEND

'The Secret Garden': Young Mary Lennox figures out how to make things emotionally and physically bloom in her uncle's gloomy Yorkshire mansion. The Tony-winning musical based on the Frances Hodgson Burnett children's classic is presented by the young cast of the Un-Common Theatre Company. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday. $20, $15 students and seniors. Recommended for ages 8 and older. The Orpheum Theatre Foxboro, 1 School St., Foxborough. 800-838-3006. brownpapertickets.com

FRIDAY

Xmortis -- Follow the White Rabbit: Calling all "Matrix" fans: Terri will mix up red and blue drinks (choose wisely) in T.T. the Bear's lounge while DJ Chris Ewen and guest spinster Ian Fford spin goth and industrial tunes. Come as Neo or Morpheus or yourself --- all black dress is required. 9 p.m. T.T. the Bear's. $10, $5 before 10:30 p.m. 18+. 617-492-0082, ttthebears.com

Doc Martin: No we're not talking about the grunge staple shoes (spelled Dr. Martens, duh). This DJ has crisscrossed the globe for more than 20 years, spinning his blend of house, bass, and acid music at clubs in Tokyo, London, Berlin, and San Francisco. Catch him tomorrow night — Mr. McNeill opens. 9:30 p.m. Downstairs at Good Life, 28 Kingston St., Boston. $10, $7 before 11 p.m. 617-451-2622, www.goodlifebar.com

Fashion Show Fridays: New food and new fashion are yours at this Friday event. Boston fashion maven, Marilyn Riseman, showcases lines by diverse designers including Michael De Paulo's structured evening wear (April 1) and the Fashion School of Design (April 8). The new menu is by executive chef Nicholas Calias. Fridays in April from noon-2. No cover (lunch available). Brasserie JO cq, the Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-425-3240. brasseriejo.com

Video Game Orchestra: Are you hooked on music from your favorite video games? Back away from the monitor and catch this group at "Back to the Future: Two Generations of Film and Video Game Composers." Presented by the Berklee College of Music Film Scoring Department, the 100-piece ensemble will play scores from Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, and music from "Forrest Gump" and other films. 8:30 p.m. $15.50-$49.50. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200. bso.org

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Jackie Beat: Lots of make up, lots of hair, lots of jewelry, and lots of attitude. We're describing the indescribable Beat who has graced the big screen in "Wigstock: The Movie" and "Flawless," and the small screen in "Sex and the City." Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans present the youtube phenom (check out the make-up clip with Roseanne Barr). 8 p.m. both days. $25, $35. Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston. 800-838-3006. brownpapertickets.com

'Stirrings': This performance is dance and music with choreographer Margot Parsons and musician/composer Ai Isshiki, presented by DanceVisions, Inc. "The pieces enter the habitat of the light and dark where the quality of mutuality winds itself around the changing series of planes." Got it? 8 p.m. $18, $15 students and seniors (Reservations recommended). Dance Complex, 536 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-484-3783. dancevisions.net

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Big Apple Circus: Since no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring, you can pretend you've joined the show and are on break. The folks who are definitely not on break at "Dance On!" include Mongolian contortionists, Kenyan athletes, Chinese lasso twirlers and monocyclists — and of course, Grandma. 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. both days (through May 15). $15-$65. Boston City Hall Plaza, Government Center, Boston. 888-541-3750. bigapplecircus.org

SUNDAY

Cocktail Wars: Which local drink slinger will reign supreme? Thirty-two bartenders will compete in this seven-week "Iron Chef"-style tippler tourney, kicking off this Sunday. Watch them grapple with the surprise ingredients (Past challenges? Irish Mist and pineapples or Bärenjäger [cq]honey liqueur and persimmon) to create and name a cocktail for the judges. 5:30 p.m. No cover. Woodward. 617-979-8200, woodwardatames.com

Women of Beacon Hill Walking Tour: Beacon Hill was a climb in many ways for some of Boston's women. Learn about ladies of all types including wealthy and working class, black and white, entrepreneurs and reformers, artists and preservationists on this tour. 2-3:30 p.m. $15 (Registration required). Tour begins at Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge St., Boston. 617-994-5920. historicnewengland.org

Cambridge Poetry Festival: It's National Poetry Month (drum roll, please), and the Cambridge Arts Council presents this fest with readings by the four Cambridge Poet Populist Finalists. There will be open-mic poetry and music performances throughout Cambridge. Noon. Free. Jill Brown-Rhone Park, Central Square, Cambridge. 617-349-4380. cambridgeartscouncil.org/poetpopulist

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