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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  April 6, 2011 12:01 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!

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David Dorfman Dance / Fresh Fruit drag cabaret / Madagascar Live!

WEEKEND

Madagascar Live!: Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, and others take you from the Central Park Zoo to Madagascar and bring along songs. 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sudnay. $23-$83. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, R.I. 401-421-2787. ppacri.org

David Dorfman Dance: Sly and the Family Stone was a racially and gender-integrated band that made music to celebrate the struggles of everyday people. This troupe creates movement-based performances that are inclusive and humanistic. Put these two together and you get the new piece, "Prophets of Funk–Dance to the Music." 7:30 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through April 10). $40. The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275. worldmusic.org

'Fresh Fruit is Spoiled Rotten!': Headlines provide some of the juicy material that the Fresh Fruit drag cabaret troupe tackles at this show. The male quartet and their fake eyelashes cut into the Tea Party a la Lewis Carroll, Madonna and Sarah Palin, pedophile popes, and straight-acting gays. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (through April 30). $25. Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. 617-816-8925. freshfruitproductions.com

'Tidal Forces': Three ballets make up this José Mateo Ballet Theatre production, with pieces covering an ancient myth ("Still Waters"), a modern mystical journey ("Presage"), and the rhythms of contemporary life ("Over and Over"). 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday (through April 17). $38. The Sanctuary Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-354-7467. ballettheatre.org

SATURDAY

Boston National Poetry Month Festival: Prize-winning high school students from Boston Latin High School and Boston Arts Academy share the limelight with established poets at this fest. More than 50 literarians will deliver 10-minute readings. 10 a.m.-4:40 p.m. cq Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-306-9484. bpl.org

Juanes: Move over Bono and Springsteen, because this Grammy-winning Colombian guitarist and songwriter also dedicates his time and energy to many causes, including the fight against the use of antipersonnel mines. He fuses rock and traditional Colombian music — catch him Saturday in Lynn. 8 p.m. $19.50-$200. Lynn Auditorium, 3 City Hall Sq., Lynn. 781-581-2971. lynnauditorium.tickets.musictoday.com

Playboi and Bunny Party: Don your rabbit ears and bowties and keep your eyes peeled for hidden eggs at this Dyke Night soiree: You could find the key to the VIP party that includes photos with the bunny dancers. Resident DJ Kris Kono will keep the club hopping (get it?) into the wee hours. 10 p.m. $10. 21+. Machine. 617-536-1950, dykenight.com

'Women Beware Women': In preparation for its upcoming production of "Antony and Cleopatra," Actors' Shakespeare Project, in collaboration with the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, presents a reading series including "Women Beware Women" by Thomas Middleton. In this Jacobean tragicomedy, women are as manipulative and power hungry as men. 8 p.m. (April 11 is "The Last Will"). Free (donations accepted; tickets required). Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington St., Boston. 617-776-2200, ext. 226. actorsshakespeareproject.org

'Patriot's Day Activities Kick-Off Saturday': Patriot's Day is more than a week away, but it's never too early to watch fife and drum units and reenactments. The activities include Meriam's Corner Exercise (1 p.m.) and the Paul Revere Capture Ceremony (3 p.m.). 1 and 3 p.m. (Activities through April 23). Rain or shine (muskets won't fire in heavy rain). Free. Meriam's Corner (Lexington Road, Concord) and Paul Revere Capture Site (Route 2A, Lincoln). 978-369-6993. nps.gov/mima

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

'Jewish Princesses of Comedy': Three Jewish female comics walk into the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center . . . Adrianne Tolsch , Cory Kahaney, and Michele Balan pay tribute to Totie Fields, Jean Carroll, and other trailblazing funny ladies through TV and audio clips, anecdotes, sketches, and more. 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $28. Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-965-5226. jccgb.org/arts

SUNDAY

'Tommy: The Other Side of the Love and Peace Generation': The only way you can see the Boston Conservatory Theater Ensemble production of "The Who's Tommy" is to attend this all-day event. The show is sold out, but attendees at the event get a ticket to Sunday's 2 p.m. matinee. You'll also get a multi-media presentation about the rock opera, lunch, and a backstage tour. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $110 (Registration required). Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-912-9203. bostonconservatory.edu/performanceseries

Tim Conway & Friends: Remember watching "The Carol Burnett Show" and wondering how long it would take this funny guy to crack up Harvey Korman? Those 11 years paid off for Conway with six Emmys, a Golden Globe, and lots of Korman giggles. Will he have the same effect on Louise DuArt and Chuck McCann Sunday? 4 p.m. $45-$70. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. thewilbur.com

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