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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  April 13, 2011 01:08 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 weekend. Get out!


[John Witherspoon / Sing-along to 'Grease' / 'Vault: An Evening of Modern Dance']


'Walking the Volcano': Boston University professor and local playwright Jon Lipsky passed away in March, but his work lives on. Playwrights' Theatre and Boston Center for American Performance present his latest play. Gabriel Kuttner, Paula Langton, Jess Moss, and Brian Vaughan portray characters working their way through the turbulent 1960s. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (through May 1). $30, $25 seniors, $10 students. Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Comm. Ave., Boston. 866-811-4111,

'People of the World: Through My Lens': A weaver in India and an old woman selling flowers in Peru are among the images in this exhibit by photographer Dr. Joseph Heyman's. According to Heyman, his intent with the camera is to share emotional moments. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday (through May 6). Free. Grand Circle Gallery, 347 Congress St., Boston. 617-346-6459,

'Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp': Looking for children's theater that'll please the adults, too? Your wish is their command at Wheelock Family Theatre, where this classic story of mischief maker Aladdin and his powerful genie, is up and running. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (through May 15). $20-$30. Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 The Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2300,

'Vault, An Evening of Modern Dance': Six ladies in red display their artistry in "At Your Own Discretion," one of the works presented by the Danny Swain Dance Company. Forty Steps Dance contributes with three repertory pieces and two premieres, including "Drive" set to music of Depeche Mode. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 6 p.m. Sunday. $22, $17 students and seniors. The Dance Complex, 536 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 781-599-1476,


John Witherspoon: The bio on this funnyman's website begs the question, "You have to wonder how a comedian whose work can be traced back as far as WKRP in Cincinnati and Barnaby Jones, can still be relevant today." We don't remember those shows (and you don't have to admit it if you do), but we know the answer. Funny never goes out of style. 7:30 p.m. $22-$27. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000,

New Music Marathon: FAST's (Festival of Art + Science + Technology) marathon features the cream of cutting edge classical music — The Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man. Gamelan Galak Tika and the MIT Chamber Chorus join them for music of Ziporyn, Tod Machover, Brian Eno, Steve Reich, and Terry Riley. 7 p.m.-midnight. $10-$30. Kresge Auditorium, 48 Mass. Ave., Cambridge.


Sing-A-Long Grease: At this show, you can do more than just watch Olivia Newton-John's pure, innocent Sandy transform for the benefit of her bad boy man, John Travolta. Get ready to join in on "Summer Nights," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "Sandy," "You're the One That I Want," and "We Go Together." 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday (through April 21). $15, $12 advance. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849,


Tribute to Leonard Cohen: Local musicians Dietrich Strause, Brendan Murphy, Ryan Fitzsimmons, and Patrick Coman come together Saturday night to pay homage to the gravelly voiced songwriter and poet through song and conversation at this month's For the Sake of the Song show. Fingers crossed for "Chelsea Hotel #2." 8 p.m. $8. Center for the Arts at the Armory. 617-718-2191,

Rose Levy Beranbaum: If your cakes come out like ours, you probably head to the bakery on special occasions. If you want to change that, join "The Cake Bible" author to bake and decorate confections from her latest book, "Rose's Heavenly Cakes." Sample the goodies while she talks about her career, answers questions, and signs books. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $125 includes book, registration required. Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, 2020 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-354-2020,

Park Serve Day: The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is asking volunteers to pitch in Saturday. A good place to do it is Spectacle Island, where tasks include leveling roads, installing signs, working the trails, and cleaning up the beach. Boat departs 9 a.m. from Long Wharf North, Boston. Return at 1:30 p.m. Free, reservations required. Supervised children welcome. 617-223-8666, / for other volunteer opportunities

Visit with Paul Revere: Celebrate Patriots' Day with one of the most important patriots in our country's history: David Connor portrays the silversmith on the 236th anniversary of his historic ride. He'll tell you the details about that, his 16 children, and his doings with the Sons of Liberty. 1-4 p.m. Free with admission of $3.50, $3 students and seniors, $1 ages 5-17. Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston. 617-523-2338,

National Record Day: To celebrate this music holiday, record labels and independent artists release rare and limited edition recordings. We don't know for sure what surprises await, but we've heard something about a Kate Bush "Hounds of Love" single. Head to record store/bookstore/restaurant Tres Gatos to check out the goods and partake in musically inspired menu choices. Noon-midnight. Tres Gatos, 470 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. 617-477-4851,

'Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen' panel: Scientists, coaches, and others who play a part in Christopher McDougall's bestseller join him to discuss the science behind the book. Participants include Daniel Lieberman (Harvard's "barefoot professor"), running technique specialist Lee Saxby, biomechanics expert R. Irene Davis, and hunter-gatherer lifestyle convert John Durant. 2 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-661-1515,

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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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