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Posted by Nicole Cammorata  August 31, 2011 09:59 AM

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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!


[The Sex Pistols; Tanglewood Jazz Festival; Old Sturbridge Village]


Greats and soon-to-be greats: In addition to established jazz artists, you’ll see rising stars perform in the Jazz Café (the established get Ozawa Hall). Friday at 6:30 at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival it’s the Ulysses Owens Quintet (free to ticketholders) followed at 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall by Robin McKelle and the Soul City Horns plus the Michael Kaeshammer Sextet. Through Sept. 4. $19-$77. Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. 617-266-1492.

Kumbaya: You probably shouldn’t expect s’mores; but do expect s’more great music at Club Passim’s campfire. Friday’s line-up includes Viatsa, Ria Mae, Carrie Ferguson, and Dave Dersham. Tonight at 6 (Through Sept. 5). $10, $30 weekend pass. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679.

The good old days: You shouldn't work on Labor Day weekend, but it will take some effort to play “French & English” — what we know as tug of war — at Old Sturbridge Village's Family Fun Days. If you prefer to relax, there’s music and a fire-balloon flight to watch. Don’t forget the fireworks. Sept. 3-5 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (fireworks Sept. 3 at dusk with activities starting at 6 p.m.; rain date Sept. 4). $20, $18 seniors, $7 ages 3-17 (includes free second-day visit within 10 days; fireworks admission is $15, free under 3). Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830.


They did it themselves: Punk culture initially succeeded with the Clash, the Sex Pistols, and the Ramones, but without a mass appeal, major recod labels took a hike. Punk culture went underground and came up with a DIY movement that spread to film. The series “American Punk” kicks off with “Times Square” and the punk cinema themes of teenage runaways, mental illness, and punk music. Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. (Through Sept. 26). $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700.

Presently back to the future: You can put Marty McFly, Doc Brown, Lorraine and George McFly, and Biff Tannen through their paces at ImprovBoston’s "1.21 Jigowatts.” This tribute parody to “Back to the Future” is improvised based on your ideas. 8 p.m. (Fridays through Oct. 14). $16, $12 students. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253.


Hyde and go seek: You don’t have to schlepp to Tanglewood for good jazz. All you have to do is bring a blanket and picnic and head to Hyde Park for the DCR Hyde Park Jazz Festival. In the line-up are Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive, The Suprasonics, and Ron Reid and the Sunsteel Quintet. Sept. 3 from 2-6 p.m. Free. DCR Martini Shell Park, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park. 617-698-1802.


Seasons of love: Take Puccini’s “La Boheme,” shake it up in a cocktail mixer, serve it in New York City’s Lower East Side, and you have Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning rock opera, “Rent.” Sept. 4 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. (Through Sept. 25). $28-$63, $7 senior discount. New Repertory Theatre, Arsenal Center for the Arts Charles Mosesian Theater, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487.

Carta blanche: When did you last see manuscripts of the Magna Carta from 1225? Never? These and other treasures from the 300-year-old Society of Antiquaries of London are on view at “Making History: Antiquaries in Britain.” Sept. 4 opening celebration from 7-9 p.m. (Through Dec. 11). Free. McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Devlin Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill. 617-552-8100.

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