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 and go to it!
Clowning around: “Frontpage Follies: Big Top Big News” from Circus Smirkus features juggling paperboys, paparazzi clowns, acrobatic anchors, and a wacky weatherman. The cast of 29, ages 10-18, includes Acton’s Olivia Saunders. July 28 at 1 and 6 p.m. (Through July 31 in Waltham; check website for additional venues and prices). $25, $19 ages 2-12. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 877-764-7587. www.smirkus.org
Quite a bite: This play by Pulitzer winner Tracy Letts provides something of a sting. Flat Earth Theatre’s “Bug’’ takes place in a bug-infested seedy motel room where a cocktail waitress invites a Gulf War vet to stay the night. July 29 at 8 p.m. (through Aug. 6). $15, $20 at the door, pay-what-you-can performance Aug. 4. The Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. 800-838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/184880
Step in, step on: If you try to walk into a painting at the MFA, you might end up on the sidewalk. But at “Occupy 539: Temporary Public Art at the BCA’’ you’re invited to step into a wooden structure made of painted panels by Tim Severo, Andrew Adamopolous, and Matthew Cleary. Philippe Lejeune designed a sculpture to serve as a stage, so step right up. Opening reception July 29 at 6 p.m. (outdoors through Oct. 23). Free. BCA Plaza, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-456-1130. www.bcaonline.orgl
Bidding on beauties: Boston Children’s Chorus and CHOSA, a South African children’s charity, benefit from your bidding -- and you could benefit too (wink, wink). Fifteen eligible Boston bachelors and bachelorettes will be auctioned off to the highest bidders. The date includes dinner, drinks, and a fun activity. July 29 from 6-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Down Ultra Lounge, 184 High St., Boston. 617-381-4746. www.anthemevents.com
Handy dandy: Buy yourself a summer treat that won’t land on your hips (sorry, ice cream). The Boston Handmade Marketplace, hosted by ArtsUnion, offers jewelry, ceramics, glass, paper goods, crafts demonstrations, and live performances by One Happy Island and the Weisstronauts. July 30 from 3-7 p.m. (rain date July 31). Free. 70 Union Sq., Somerville. 617-625-6600, ext. 2985. www.bostonhandmade.org
Once upon a time on a boat: Kids are invited to dress as their favorite princess for the Spirit of Boston's Meet Your Princess Lunch Cruise on Boston Harbor. The dance floor becomes a ballroom where a “real” princess will lead dances, songs, and stories. Ice cream is also involved. July 30 and Aug. 13 from noon-2 p.m. (board at 11:30 a.m.). Tickets start at $35.90, $15.90 ages 3-12, free under 3. 866-310-2469. www.spiritofboston.com/boston/princess-cruise
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound: Three actors, 16 characters, silly wigs, fake beards, and a zany adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic. Shakespeare & Company’s "Hound of the Baskervilles" puts the Sherlock Holmes tale on its tail and spins it around. July 30 at 7:30 p.m. (through Sept. 4). $15-$65, $85 premium seating (includes early seating in A section, dessert, and wine). Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353. www.shakespeare.org
Into the Woods: Did you see Stephen Colbert eat cat food on TV? Evidently Science Magazine correspondent John Bohannon studied people’s inability to tell cat food from paté, and the proof was in the tasting. Bohannon co-authored the short feature “Animals Distract Me” with Isabella Rossellini which kicks off the Woods Hole Film Festival. Tonight at 9 (Through Aug. 6). $10-$15, festival passes available. Redfield Auditorium, Woods Hole (check website for complete schedule and locations). 508-495-3456. www.woodsholefilmfestival.org
Easy as pie: It’s judgement day for meat pies, quiches, Boston cream pie, coconut cream pie, apple pie, and some experimental pies at Boston Pie Experiment. Brooklyn Brewery presents this amateur cook off with Boston home chefs who will compete for dough and a chance to enter the National cook-off title at Brooklyn Brewery. You and a professional judging panel choose the winners. July 31 doors at noon. $10, $15 day of show. 18+. Middle East Downstairs, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-777-8932. www.ticketweb.com
Funny, funny guy: You’ll probably get some topical talk, lots of silliness, self-deprecating humor, and more from Craig Ferguson, who started as a drummer for UK punk bands, bartended in a Glasgow pub, acted, and now hosts “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.’’ July 31 at 6 p.m. $69. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.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.