Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Get out and stay cool!
Somerville in shorts: Feel free to wear shorts, but this event is about short animated and experimental films by local filmmakers and Harvard students. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy the Kristen Ford Band before the screenings. July 8 from 7:30-10 p.m. (rain date July 9). Free. Union Square, Somerville. 617-625-6600, ext. 2985. www.somervilleartscouncil.org
Funny lady: Imagine what the classroom was like with Paula Poundstone as one of the students? According to the Sudbury-bred comic, her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bump, was the first one to notice her hankering for humor. Poundstone performs at the new Bull Run concert series. July 8 at 8 p.m. $40 (dinner available). Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 978-424-4311. www.bullrunrestaurant.com
Digging up the past: Would you reveal to strangers what’s in your childhood diary (Kenny, are you out there?) or share lyrics to an original childhood song (“We’re having a wonderful vacation in the gas station”). Hear what others have to say at Mortified. July 8 at 8 and 10 p.m. $15, $12 (10 p.m.). Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. www.cluboberon.com
Musica bella: You’re off to Italy, Western Massachusetts style, for the opening of Tanglewood. The Italian-themed program of Bellini, Verdi, Respighi, and Rossini conducted by Charles Dutoit includes the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and soloists Angela Meade, Kristine Jepson, Roberto De Biasio, and James Morris. 8:30 p.m. $20-$85. Tanglewood, 197 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200. www.tanglewood.org
History's mysteries: You don’t have to know the difference between a powder horn and a powdered wig on the Watson Adventures Revolutionary Boston Scavenger Hunt. Just show up ready to find answers to tricky and funny questions when you visit the Old State House (where’s the tea?), Old North Church, and more. July 9 from 2-5 p.m. $24 (Reservations required; recommended for ages 18 and older. Tour begins near Faneuil Hall (exact location provided when you purchase ticket). 877-946-4868. www.watsonadventures.com
Mary’s monster: Mary Shelley transformed her inner chaos into the 1831 masterpiece, “Frankenstein,” which is often viewed as a warning against the upcoming industrialized world. But Shelley’s own demons helped her create the big guy, and all is revealed in Emily Dendinger’s “Hideous Progeny.”July 9 at 8 p.m. (Through July 23). $15, $10 students and seniors, pay-what-you-can performances Thursday ($5 minimum). Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 866-811-4111. www.hollandproductions.org
Kid stuff: Now that he’s 40, should Kid Rock change his name to Man Rock? Ask buddy Sheryl Crow, who is Rock’s special guest, or try his Twisted Brown Trucker Band, or query openers Leroy Powell & the Messengers. The Born Free Tour celebrates the new release...“Born Free.” 7:30 p.m. $25.50-$85.50. Comcast Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com
Dining in the dark: When guests ate dinner at Jorge Spielmann's house in Zurich, some wore blindfolds to show solidarity with the blind clergyman. Their senses of taste and smell were heightened and dinner was more enjoyable. Some restaurants have adopted this idea, and you can experience it in Salem where your three-course dinner will take you to Italy. July 10 at 7:30 p.m. $75 ($15 for optional wine pairing; reservations recommended). 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar, 62 Wharf St., Salem. 978-744-0062. www.62restaurant.com
Get happy: At the start of many concerts, Jake Shimabukuro says: “I am going to try and convince you that what the world needs now is ukulele…I’ve always believed that the ukulele is the instrument of peace because if everyone played the ukulele the world would be a happier place.”July 10 at 5 p.m. $28, $26 students and seniors. The Governor’s Academy, 1 Elm St., Byfield. 978-462-7336. www.firehouse.org
Fourth in July: Lots of blues performers will stop by to wish the blues joint a happy birthday, but the real stars at Smoken’ Joe’s BBQ 4th Anniversary Party will be your meal. Four smoked pigs will be served, along with prizes, music, and fun. July 10 from 1 p.m.-midnight. $25 ($15 applied to dinner; reservations recommended). Smoken’ Joe’s Barbeque and Blues, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227. www.smokenjoesbbq.com
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.