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What to do this weekend

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  August 18, 2011 01:32 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 and go to it!

[Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale; Frog Appreciation Day; and Stargazing at the Observatory]


North Shore Wine Week: More than 50 North Shore restaurants and wine shops want to show you why the North Shore is a premier place for vino and vittles. There are tastings, dinners, wine flights, pairings, special events, and more. Aug. 21-27 at participating wine stores and restaurants (free kick-off event Aug. 20 from noon-5 p.m. at Wine ConneXtion in North Andover). Free events and discounts.


Look up: At the Museum of Science, the parking garage roof isn’t just for vehicles. Look for moon craters, the double star system (Albireo), and the Ring Nebula at Stargazing at the Observatory. The computer-controlled Celestron CGE 1100 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope is your new best friend. Aug. 19 from 8:30-10 p.m., weather permitting (Fridays through Nov. 18; call after 5:30 p.m. for weather update). Free. Museum of Science Gilliland Observatory, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-589-0267.

Second to one: We all know that the first city is Boston, but The Second City is a bunch of creative actors who fill the stage with topical comedy sketches. Alum include Bill Murray, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, and Tina Fey. 8 p.m. $25. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


Film notes: John Williams provided the score for the 1969 film “The Reivers,’’ starring Steve McQueen and based on a book by William Faulkner. Morgan Freeman provides narration for the piece at Film Night at Tanglewood. The program with Williams and the Boston Pops also includes music from “Scent of a Woman,’’ “Fiddler on the Roof,’’ and “Dances With Wolves.’’ Aug. 20 at 8:30 p.m. $21-$115. Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200.

Taking the plunge: Did architects who designed the Institute of Contemporary Art ever imagine that the waterfront building would become a diving platform? At the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, world-class acrobatic athletes will dive from the roof of the ICA, plunging 80 feet into the Boston Harbor. While they drop you can dine on the Spirit of Boston. Aug. 20 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. (3 p.m. boarding). Spirit of Boston, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. $37.90 (includes boarding cocktail and light buffet), free under 13. 866-310-2469.

First and foremost: Every music act at the first ever JP Music Festival includes at least one Jamaica Plain resident or someone who works there. You’ll hear everything from Americana to blues, Cuban, jazz, folk, hip hop, salsa, pop, indie rock, and more. Aug. 20 from 1-7 p.m. (after-party from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. at Midway Café, 3496 Washington St., JP). Free. Pinebank Baseball Field near Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain.

One night: With plenty of hit singles, including “One Week,” Pinch Me,” and the punctuationless “If I Had $1000000,” the Barenaked Ladies are also in TV territory with the theme song (and music video) for “The Big Bang Theory.” The band is working on a studio album for next year and is in Webster tonight. 2 p.m. $32.50. Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Road, Webster. 800-745-3000.

Ribbit, ribbit: When is the last time you appreciated a frog? Folks from the Boston Common Frog Pond and Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo will educate young folks about frogs and animal habitats using frog-themed games and activities, interactive presentations with live frogs, and a Frog Release of toy frogs into the Spray Pool on Frog Appreciation Day. Aug. 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Boston Common Frog Pond, 84 Beacon St., Boston. 617-635-2120.


Spin city: We will hang onto our collection of Frank Sinatra albums forever, so don’t expect to see them with other vinyl gems at The Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale. Other music-related items include CDs, cassettes, 8-track tapes, rare music magazines, and vintage clothing. Aug. 21 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain date Aug. 28). Free. 90 Union Square, Somerville. 617-625-6600, ext. 2985.

What a Spectacle: The Christian Li Trio heads to the island for this next-to-last program in the Berklee Jazz on Spectacle Island series. Li has played at the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and will return to school at the Berklee College of Music. Aug. 21 at 1 p.m., weather permitting (series ends Sept. 4). Free concerts. Ferry departs Long Wharf North next to Christopher Columbus Park on the half hour between 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Tickets available at Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on Rose Kennedy Greenway). 617-223-8666.

Five, six, seven, eight: At Summerfest at Springstep, sample more than 15 classes to help you decide what floats your activity boat this fall. Is it hip hop, hoop dancing, salsa, belly dance, crafts? Aug. 21 from 1-5:30 p.m., rain or shine. $5 suggested donation, free under 13. Springstep, 98 George P. Hassett Dr., Medford. 781-395-0402.

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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.

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