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What to do this weekend, Jan. 13 - 15

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  January 11, 2012 05:57 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata and Milva DiDomizio's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Now get out and go to it!

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FRIDAY

IMPROV YOURSELF: At Filmprov, found objects dance on screen in filmmaker Kate Matson’s work while musicians including Mark Harvey, Peter Bloom, and Tim Ray interpret what they see with free improvisation. Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. Free. Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. filmprov.tripod.com

ROCKIN' THE ROSEBUD: is a quadruple bill with Lowman, Yankee Power, JVD & the Backporch Smokers, and the Scatter Gang. Jan. 13, 8:30 p.m. $5-$7. The Rosebud, 381 Summer St., Somerville. unregularradio.com/local-music-tickets

SMARTY PANTS: In some parts of the world, comedic productions called pantomimes are presented during the winter season. Imaginary Beasts has brought the tradition to Boston, and this year they present “The Half-Baked and Hard-to-Swallow History of Humpty Dumpty, or One Egg is Enough.” Jan. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14-15, 2 p.m. Through Feb. 4. $10-$20. Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Black Box, 539 Tremont St., Boston. www.imaginarybeasts.org


FRIDAY & SATURDAY

LOSING THE PLOT: Sixties buffs, take note of Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good). The Boston premiere by the collective of actors from England and Germany uses film, live performance, and improvisation to reconstruct Andy Warhol films. No storyline, just artsy, spontaneous fun. Jan. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 2 p.m. $25, $22 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org


SATURDAY

DAVID BOWIE’S 65TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE SHOW: Ziggy Stardust is a senior citizen. David Bowie celebrated his 65th birthday on Jan. 8, so the Middle East is throwing him a party. Those paying tribute include Preacher Roe, The Daily Pravda, and Niki Luparelli and the Gold Diggers, plus Bowie-themed burlesque by Machete and Thru the Keyhole Burlesque. Jan. 14, 9 p.m. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 18+ Middle East Upstairs. 617-864-3278, www.mideastclub.com

WINTER TRACKING: Search for signs of life with Northern Naturalists’s Charley Eiseman. The educational program covers mammals, winter plant identification, insects, and birdsong. Jan. 14, noon-3 p.m. $20, $5 children, registration required. Rocky Woods, Medfield. 508-785-0339.

SCARY STORIES: Horror genius Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 Boston, and while he isn’t around anymore, his spirit remains. In “Edgar A. Poe: Master of the Macabre,’’ Rob Velella relates some of Poe’s spookiest tales. Jan. 14, 4 and 5:30 p.m. $12. Recommended for ages 16 and up, reservations suggested. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798, www.goreplace.org


SUNDAY

MAKE NOISE TO SAVE A LIFE: DJ Joe Bermudez will be joined by Davis Ballard for a teen dance night to benefit Samaritans, a Boston-based organization that aims to prevent suicide and provide support by those who have been affected by it. Jan. 15, 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), Tickets: $10-$15, 16+. House of Blues. 888-693-2583. www.samaritanshope.org/index.php/make-noise.html

RESCUE NITE 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EDITION: Newbury Street consignment shop Rescue is celebrating three years of their biweekly dance party, held every other Sunday at the Model Cafe. Rescue owners (and siblings) Jeralyn and Paul Mason will spin post-punk and New Wave tunes, plus “a lot of Morrissey and the Smiths.” Jan. 15, 10 p.m. Free. 21+. The Model Cafe. 617-254-9365, www.rescuebuyselltrade.com

RETRO BRUNCH: Dine on throwback cuisine like steak and eggs, house-made Twinkies, and decadent French toast, listen to classic music from the fifties and sixties, and down a Leave it to Beaver cocktail. If you’re suffering from an over-indulgent Saturday night, maybe the Father Knows Best Headache Powder will help (the secret ingredient is Ovaltine). Sundays 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., reservations recommended. Tryst, 689 Mass. Ave., Arlington. 781-641-2227, www.trystrestaurant.com

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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.

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