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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  April 20, 2011 09:55 AM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio, June Wulff, and Courtney Hollands' picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Get out!

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WEEKEND

'Eurydice': Ever since we saw "The Clean House" and "In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)," we love Sarah Ruhl. The Independent Drama Society tackles one of the award-winning playwright's early works, a take on the Orpheus myth. 8 p.m. Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through April 30). $18-$28. Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Black Box Theatre, 539 Tremont St., Boston. independentdramasociety.org

FRIDAY

'Foreign Parts': Filmmakers Véréna Parave and J.P. Sniadecki headed to the industrial neighborhood of Willets Point in Queens to shoot this feature-length documentary. The film explores the urban ecosystem which is threatened by real estate developers, city officials, drugs, and racial tensions. Paravel and Sniadecki will be in attendance. 7 p.m. $12. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700. hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

Earth Day on the Greenway: Mother Earth is the guest of honor on Earth Day when she will be celebrated with music. Bodeans, Entrain, and special guest performer, Colin Hay from Men at Work, will entertain at this concert. Noon-3 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Wharf District Parks (between High and Milk streets). 617-292-0020. rosekennedygreenway.org

Earth Day Dinner: Just hours before the event, chef Richard Garcia will prepare your menu based on catch brought to the restaurant by local-area fisherman. Now that's fresh. As special guests, the captains will talk about themselves, the fish, and their boats. Your four courses will also include local produce and wine pairings. 7 p.m. $65 ($5 benefits Chefs Collaborative). 606 Congress, 606 Congress St., Boston. 617-476-5606. 606congress.com

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Wine Riot: On the website for Second Glass it says "It is our firm belief that good wine is not just for the elite." We're relieved. More than 250 wines from all over the world are featured at this event. Don't know a Cabernet from a Merlot? The Wine Intelligence Unit and the 20-minute Crash Course Wine Seminars are there to help boost your wine IQ. 7-11 p.m. April 22; 1-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. April 23. $50-$60. Park Plaza Castle, 50 Park Plaza, Boston. 800-430-1553, secondglass.com

SATURDAY

Ninja Tune Showcase: On Saturday, the second-to-last night of the Together Festival, Ninja Tune labelmates spinster/producer/Passion Pit drummer Shuttle [cq]and Japan's DJ Kentaro will keep the Good Life downstairs hopping with a mix of electro, bass, and dance music. DJ Die Young and Volvox will hold down the fort upstairs. 9 p.m. Tickets: $10, $7 before 11 p.m. 21+. Good Life. 617-451-2622, togetherboston.com

'The Golden Age of Jazz': Photographer/columnist William Paul Gottlieb left behind pictures of jazz greats including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Dizzy Gillespie. See some at this exhibition while listening to vocalist Amanda Carr and the Everett Longstreth Octet. 7 p.m. $10 to benefit North Shore Jazz Project. Endicott College, Rose Performance Hall, 376 Hale St., Beverly. 978-998-4519, northshorejazzproject.org

Steve Porter and Ms Thang: This should whet your appetite for producer/DJ and Amherst native Steve Porter's gig at Royale with Ms Thang this weekend: head over to his YouTube channel and check out his winning "Sheen Hop" (a remix of Charlie Sheen's most ridiculous quotes, as seen on TMZ). You're welcome. 10 p.m. Tickets: $20. 21+. Royale. 617-338-7699, royaleboston.com

National Day of Puppetry: Earth Day is followed by this holiday which will be toasted throughout Boston with processions, films, and more. The puppet procession on Boston Common is 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., weather permitting, and you can bring your own or borrow a giant puppet at Emmanuel Church. For schedule, venues, and prices visit puppetshowplace.org. 617-731-6400

Jon Anderson: As lead vocalist for prog-rock band Yes, Anderson made memorable hits like "Roundabout" and "I've Seen All Good People." At 66, the singer-songwriter is still making music and touring, this time with a solo acoustic show. 8 p.m. $40. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-625-4088, somervilletheatreonline.com

Brew-Woo Craft Beer Festival: Beer lovers, make a pilgrimage to Worcester for this first annual fest. More than 30 featured breweries include Cape Ann Brewing, Otter Creek Brewing Company, Woodchuck, Smuttynose Brewing Company, and Blue Hills Brewery. Live music, barbecue, and seminars are there, too. 3-9 p.m. $30. DCU Center, Convention Center Exhibition Hall, 50 Foster St.,Worcester. 800-745-3000, dcucenter.com

Matteo Pistono: After discovering Buddhism this writer traveled to Tibet, studied with a meditation master, and became his courier for messages from the Dalai Lama. His book "In the Shadow of the Buddha" is about Tibet and Pistono's experiences melding activism with mysticism. 3 p.m. slide lecture. Mount Auburn Cemetery, Story Chapel, Cambridge. matteopistono.com

SUNDAY

'If All Those Able Minds Could Be Set Free: Demoshow and Chiptune Concert': See and hear how computers have worked their way into the arts. The event, part of the Boston CyberArts Festival, showcases demos (real-time audio-visual displays) and chiptunes (live performances using traditional instruments, electronic gadgets, and computer devices). Performers include Br1ght Pr1mate, Arkbit and the Attic Bat, and Don Miller. 2-5 p.m. Free. Festival runs through May 8. Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St., Boston. 617-524-8495, bostoncyberarts.org

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