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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  June 1, 2011 10:16 PM

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



Pirates & Patriots Tour: There's a new tour about the old days along Boston Harbor when embargoes, hijackings, pirate pranks, and colonial agitators were the order of the day. This 90-minute Freedom Trail Foundation walking tour is led by an 18th-century costumed guide. Daily at 12:30 p.m. $13, $11 students and seniors, $7 ages 6-12. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Meet at the ArtsBoston cq booth at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. 617-357-8300.


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: During the Depression, the music of Cab Calloway made folks feel good, so it's perfect timing for "How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway," a tribute album by this group. Jazz, swing, Dixieland, and big-band music will fill the Lynn Memorial Auditorium faster than you can say "Minnie the Moocher." Boston's Velvet Elvis opens. 8 p.m. $27-$47. Lynn Memorial Auditorium, 3 City Hall Square, Lynn. 800-594-8499.

'Black Shampoo': Boy (a hot hair stylist) meets girl. Girl has mob ties. Boy trades blow dryer for a chainsaw and gun and goes after the mob. Mike White — author/editor and founder of zine "Cashiers du Cinemart" — will introduce Friday's screening and talk about this 1976 flick and other exploitation films of the era. 11:55 p.m. Tickets: $9.75. Coolidge Corner Theatre. 617–734–2500,

Vinyl Fridays: DJs do their thing while you look for rare and unusual records at the ICA Rock and Roll Yard Sale (June 3 and 24) and listen to albums owned by local collectors at Collectors' Showcase (June 10 and 17). You can also check out the exhibit, "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl." 6-9 p.m. (museum open 10 a.m.-9 p.m.). Free with museum admission: $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 students, free under 18. The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103.

Rituals: This L.A.-based synth pop outfit might describe its sound as dark, but that doesn't mean the guys don't enjoy a good Katy Perry or Britney Spears remix (hear the band's reworking of "E.T." and "Hold It Against Me" on Rituals performs live alongside residents DJs Ken & Michael V at the Pill Friday night. 10 p.m. Tickets: $5. 21+. Great Scott. 617-566-9014,


Fabulous Food Truck Festival: You park your blanket, vendors park their trucks, and everybody's happy at this fest. Visit Grilled Cheese Nation, Summer Shack, Kick Ass Cupcakes, and other four-wheel vendors and chow down with live music on the side. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $2-7 per entree. The Pinehills Village Green, Exit 3 off Route 3, Plymouth. 508-209-2000.

Cambridge River Festival: Celebrate the Cambridge arts scene for six hours with live music of all kinds, dance, poetry, and theater. Kids will be busy with art projects, and shoppers can spend away at the arts and crafts market. Noon-6 p.m., rain or shine (kick-off ceremony and parade at Winthrop Park in Harvard Square at 11 a.m.). Free. Banks of the Charles River (Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Western Avenue). 617-349-4380.

Flower Arranging Workshop: The World Flower Show presented by the World Association of Flower Arrangers petals into town June 15-19 at the World Trade Center. Before it arrives, experts from Watertown's Cass School of Flower Design will show you how to create eight different bouquets at the Frog Pond Garden Party. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Rain date June 5). Free (Reservations recommended). Frog Pond Pavilion, Boston. 617-635-2120.


Pretty in Pink: Be still, Molly Ringwald-loving hearts: This isn't a screening of the '80s classic. Rather, sip rosés paired with a five-course dinner as Ruby Wines's Dan Michaud schools you about the summery wines. Pink dress is encouraged, of course. 6 p.m. Tickets: $65. Aquitaine. 617-424-8577,

World Oceans Day: How do you get back in a kayak if you flip over? How do underwater vehicles navigate the waters? What's ocean conservation all about? Get some of the answers (and yummy seafood tastings) at this celebration. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. New England Aquarium, 1 Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-5200.

Yesterday: A Tribute to The Beatles: For 25 years, the Las Vegas-based group has brought the music of the Liverpool lads all over the world. Do you wanna know a secret? "Penny Lane," "Sgt. Pepper," "Something," and other Beatles classics are waiting to take you away. 8 p.m. $35. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

WUMB Music Fest: The youngest singer at this festival is Anthony da Costa who, at approximately 20 years young, has already released six albums. Some of the seasoned performers include Susan Werner who recently released "Kicking the Beehive" and Canadian songwriter, Lennie Gallant, whose tunes have appeared on TV soundtracks including "Dawson's Creek." Noon-7 p.m. $20 and $35, $10 ages 6-14. UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston. 617-287-6911.

Beacon Hill Art Walk: Last year we scooped up two fabulous oil paintings for $20 each. We can't guarantee these bargains, but there will be lots of artsy creations displayed in gardens, alleyways, and courtyards at the Beacon Hill Art Walk. Maps available between 135 and 137 Charles Street and the corner of Cambridge and West Cedar streets. Noon-6 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Beacon Hill, Boston.

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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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