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What to do this weekend

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  July 21, 2011 12:08 PM

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

weekend721.jpg[Urban beekeeping; blueberry pie eating; and a fish festival at Houghton's Pond]


We love you Conrad, oh yes we do: Eat your heart out Ann-Margret because the 30-member "Bye Bye Birdie" cast from Lexington Youth Summer Theatre will sing, dance, and faint when Conrad Birdie opens his mouth and asks for one last kiss. July 21 and 22 at 7 p.m., July 23 at 1 p.m. $13, $15 at the door. Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Mssachusetts Ave., Lexington. 781-888-4565.

"Alice in Wonderland, Jr": Young actors from Indian Hill Music School’s Summer Musical Theatre program have been getting acquainted with Alice, the White Rabbit, Dodo Bird, the Tweedles, and other characters -- so don’t be late. July 22 and 23 at 7 p.m., July 24 at 2 p.m. $10. Indian Hill Music, 36 King St., Littleton. 978-486-9524, ext. 116.


All about Mankiewicz: Here’s a director and screenwriter whose distrust of Hollywood made him one of its brilliant filmmakers. The Complete Joseph L. Mankiewicz celebrates the screenwriting and directing career of the man responsible for “All About Eve,’’ “Guys and Dolls,’’ “Cleopatra,’’ and other classics. July 22 at 7 p.m. is “The Barefoot Contessa’’ (through Aug. 29). $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge 617-495-4700.

Rhine and wine: You can watch “Watch on the Rhine’’ with a gorgeous backdrop of Boston Harbor at Friday’s Movies by Moonlight. The 1943 film based on the play by Lillian Hellman stars Bette Davis. “Back to the Future’’ screens July 29. July 22 at dusk, weather permitting (Fridays through Sept. 2). Free. Boston Harbor Hotel’s Rowes Wharf Sea Grille terrace, Boston. 617-856-7744.


Quite a development: African Development Through Drum & Dance (A3D) calls your attention to Salem’s cultures and diversity with Salem CultureFest. There will be music, dance, family activities, a parade, and drumming, of course. July 23 (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) and July 24 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), rain or shine. Free. Salem Commons, Washington Square, Salem. 978-306-3142.

Dragging the line: Bait and switch is a good thing at Houghton's Pond Fish Festival on Saturday where you’ll learn about casting, knot tying, fish identification, and then cast a line into the pond. Bring equipment or borrow from a limited supply at the festival.July 23 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Picnic site #5, Blue Hill River Road, Milton. 617-698-1802, ext. 310.

Feeling blue: Pace yourself with the blueberry pancakes at breakfast if you plan to enter the Verrill Farm pie-eating contest at 11 a.m. The first to finish an eight-inch pie wins (no hands). Stop by the farm stand and buy yummy baked goods and blueberries to take home. July 23 from 9 a.m.-noon. Breakfast is $7.50, $4.50 under 10; pie-eating contest is free (adult and child categories). Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord. 978-369-4494.

Everyone's buzzing about: You might not know this, but what your apartment needs is a beehive to make your own honey. Noah Wilson-Rich, beekeeper and founder of Boston’s Best Bees, will show you how it’s done at “Urban Beekeeping.” You’ll go home with a beehive frame, beeswax lip balm, and a jar of honey you’ll extract during class.July 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $50 plus $10 for materials (registration required). Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430.


Taking it to the streets: “Seize the Summer!” takes to the streets with live music, outdoor yoga, dance, the “Kidical Mass” bike ride to Davis Square, farmers market, arts and crafts, and a 4 p.m. walk down Vinal Avenue to a concert at the Community Growing Center. July 24 from noon-4 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Along Highland Avenue from Walnut Street to Cedar Street, Somerville. 617-625-6600.

It's nice to dream: What would you do if you won the Massachusetts State Lottery (and who will write this column when we win?). Is there privacy in this Twitter age? These and other serious questions are tackled by the NXT cast of Improv Asylum in its sketch and improv comedy show, “Lost in Boston.” July 24 at 8 p.m. (Sun and Wed through Sept. 7). $20, $10 students and military. Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St., Boston. 617-263-6887.

Macbeth in hi-def: London’s Royal Opera House is smack dab in Pittsfield Center, where you’ll see Verdi’s ”Macbeth” in hi-def at Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema. The opera in four acts will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. On August 7 and 9, the Royal Ballet of London’s “Giselle” will be broadcast. July 24 at 2 p.m. and July 26 at 7:30 p.m. $20. Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171, ext. 75.

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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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