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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  April 27, 2011 04:17 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!

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[Minimalist band Low / Sheepshearing Fest at Gore Place / Questlove]

WEEKEND

'The Glorious Ones': The characters in Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens's show may reside in the 16th-century, but their issues still resonate. The members of a traveling troupe of actors deal with narcissism, love, and lust in this musical comedy presented by F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (through May 7). $20. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 781-956-1301, fudgetheatre.com

FRIDAY

B.L.O.W.W. Blue Ball: It's their party . . . and they'll body slam and pull hair if they want to. Wrathalie, Bettie Rage, and the rest of the gang celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Boston League of Women Wrestlers with cake, balloons, and music by Love Whip and Cinnamon Fuzz. Blue attire encouraged. 8 p.m. Tickets: $7. 21+. Rosebud, rosebudbardavis.com

Low: Minimalist is the word of the day for this slowcore band. Singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk offers this brief description of the group's succinctly-titled release "C'mon": "Recorded in an old church in Duluth, MN and mixed in an apartment in Hollywood, CA." The accolades haven't been slight — Robert Plant recently recorded two of Low's songs. Marissa Nadler opens. 8 p.m. $20. Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8000, artsemerson.org

JP Soul: Organizers promise "no drama, all love and music" and some free mix CDs at this night of Afro Latin house music at the Milky Way. We can get on board with that. Spinsters Cruzz and Kris Kono are on the bill. 9 p.m. Tickets: $5. 21+. Milky Way. 617-524-3740, milkywayjp.com

SATURDAY

Shakespeare Birthday Celebration: You know it's going to be a lively day when the festivities start with a parade. The one for this Actors' Shakespeare Project's fiesta begins at Central Square and ends at Harvard Square, where groups including Teatro dell Maschere, Boston Opera Collaborative, and Shakespeare Now! offer performances and toasts to the Bard. Noon-4:30 p.m. Free. Harvard Square, Cambridge. Shakespeare slam at 3 p.m., see website for details. actorsshakespeareproject.org

Questlove: When he's not playing on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" or talking about Angry Birds or Katz's Deli sandwiches on Twitter, the multitasking Roots drummer spins at hot spots around the country. Get up close and personal with Questlove Saturday at this intimate Future Classic shindig -- only 175 tickets are available. DJ K.C. Hallett opens. 10 p.m. Tickets: $25. 21+. Think Tank. 617-500-3031, .futureclassic.net

Sheepshearing Festival: This annual Gore Place event is a Boston area rite of spring. Watch the majestic Percheron draft horses in plowing demonstrations, sheep and duck herding demos, and traditional and modern sheep shearing. A craft fair, Moody Street Strings, Pine Hill Ramblers, Commonwealth Morris Men, a military encampment, giant puppets, and blacksmith Dean Rantz are among the day's highlights. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain or shine. $15, 12 and under free. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798, goreplace.org

MIT Museum Inside Out: Looking for some brain exercise? Gather a team of 2-6 for "Crack the Code," the MIT Museum Puzzle Hunt created for MIT's 150th anniversary by members of the National Puzzler's League. This museum open house features tours, hands-on activities, and more. It's offered during the Cambridge Science Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. MIT Museum, 265 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Science festival runs through May 8. cambridgesciencefestival.org

Tom Waits Tribute: This multi-tasking singer-songwriter's recent activities include being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, releasing his first book of poetry ("Hard Ground"), and raising money for the homeless. These things inspired local musicians to organize a Tom Waits Tribute to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition. Performers include Coyote Kolb, Danielle Miraglia, The Resurrectionists, Tim Gearan, and Tony the Bookie. 8:30 p.m. $10. P.A.'s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-776-1557, paslounge.com

SUNDAY

Crane Estate Open House: What better place to while away a spring day than a sprawling estate? Play croquet on the lawn (or bocce in the Italian garden), do a Maypole dance, and visit the Great House to admire the woodcarvings, Italian marble, and sterling silver fixtures at this open house. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. 978-356-4351, thetrustees.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.

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