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What to do this (long) weekend, Feb. 16-20

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  February 15, 2012 04:43 PM

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



ICE 'DREAM': Cinderella meets Prince Charming; Rapunzel has an adventure with Flynn and Maximus; Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen begin their journey with a kiss. If it sounds like Disney, bingo. Disney on Ice Presents ‘‘Dare to Dream’’ where you’ll meet your favorite princesses. Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. (through Feb. 26). $20-$90, $15 on Feb. 17 (excluding Club, VIP, and Front Row). TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000.


SHELL GAME: Prepare for Saturday’s opening of “Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm’’ with Thursday’s lecture “The Biology and Evolution of Mollusks.’’ Professor Gonzalo Giribet (curator of invertebrate zoology at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology) will talk about the potential benefits of mollusks in medicine, human health, and other fields. 6 p.m. lecture (exhibit runs Feb. 18-Feb. of 2014). Free lecture. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045.

DEADMEAT TOUR 2012: Steve Aoki, son of Japanese Olympic wrestler and Benihana founder Rocky Aoki, created the record label Dim Mak in the mid 90s. (Dim Mak refers to a martial arts move that causes instant death.) In addition to Aoki’s headlining set on Feb. 16, Datsik and Autoertique will also perform. Feb. 16, 7 p.m. 21+. Tickets: $35-$50. House of Blues. 888-693-2583,


HELLMANIZING: No one does parody like Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans, and they’re at it again with a twisted twist on Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes.’’ In “The Little Pricks,’’ you’ll meet Regina, (“Evil in a corset. Once she was beautiful. Now she’s just dangerous.’’), Ben (“A snake with a grin. Would cheat a kid out of his candy. . .or, worse.’’), and other Orphans offspring. Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. (through March 11). $35, $45. Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston. 800-838-3006.

DREAM ON: Can you name all the colors in Joseph’s coat? Thanks to Sing-A-Long “Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” you’ll rattle them off with ease and admire the garment worn by Donny Osmond (feel free to adorn yourself with a fabulous costume). The film also stars Joan Collins as Potiphar’s temptress wife. Friday at 7 (through Feb. 19). $15, $12 kids and seniors. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849.


GUYS, GALS AND GLITTER: You’ve heard of burlesque, but what about boylesque? There will be something for everyone (and we do mean everyone) at Club Cafe when the men of Sirlesque split stage time with the ladies of Rogue Burlesque. Feb. 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m. 21+. Tickets: $12 in advance, $18 at the door. Club Cafe. 617-536-0966,


A WOLF AT THE DOOR: The New Orleans Musicians Clinic benefits from the proceeds at Wolf’s Mardi Gras Ball, and you benefit from the New Orleans R&B of Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents, Jordan Valentine, Jesse Dee, Tim Gearan, and the Legendary Vudu Krewe All-Star Mardi Gras Band. Feb. 18 at 8:30 p.m. $15. T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. 617-492-0082.


CROWNING GLORY: Time is almost up for Sara Carlisle, the 2011 Miss Boston, and 11 ladies will go after her title at tomorrow’s Miss Boston Pageant. Competition categories include talent, physical fitness, evening gown, and on-stage interview. Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. $25 online, $30 at the door, $40 VIP. Omni Parker House, 60 School St., Boston. 617-419-0445.

LOVE FEST: Valentine’s Day is history, but the love continues with “Isn’t It Romantic?” Broadway stars Rachel York and Brent Barrett perform stage, screen, and American Songbook gems including "You’re the Top," "So in Love," and "Someone to Watch over Me." Presented by Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston. Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. $35-$50, $25 ages 5-18, $2 senior discount. Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. 781-891-5600.


SCIENCE ON SCREEN: Before the screening of Woody Allen’s “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” Northeastern University social psychologist, David DeSteno, will talk about what science reveals about human character and morality. Part of the Science on Screen series. Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. $9.75, $7.75 students and seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500.

DOKTOR KABOOM: School vacation gets off to a scientific start with the brainy, spiky haired scientist, comedian, sometimes rapper, and his interactive one-man science variety show. The improvisational journey comes with air cannons, banana catapults, and “elephant toothpaste.” Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. $12. Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-965-5226.

PREZOODENTIAL ELECTION WEEK: Kids can’t vote in the 2012 Presidential election, but they can vote for president of the zoo. In honor of Presidents’ Day and the 2012 election, families will learn about the animal candidates’ platforms, cast their vote, and enjoy games and activities. Feb. 20-24 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (Inauguration party Feb. 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.). $16, $13 seniors, $10 ages 2-12. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466.

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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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