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What to do this weekend, Feb. 23-26

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  February 22, 2012 02:49 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!



AUGUST IN FEBRUARY: The Huntington Theatre Company production of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’’ opens March 9, but the cast gets a jump on the August Wilson play at tomorrow’s Reading of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.’’ In the powerful drama, four blues musicians gather in a rundown 1920s Chicago studio waiting for the legendary blues singer, Ma Rainey. Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Free (RSVP is recommended at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. 617-266-0800.

INDULGENCE PLUS: Two nights of indulgence, drunken revelry, and wild festivities - sounds like a typical night at home. Boston Circus Guild’s Bohemian Bacchanalia involves a 1980s-style aerobics-turned-burlesque performance, a Carmen Miranda routine (Feb. 24), sexy male acrobats (tonight), and more. Themed attire is encouraged. Tonight and tomorrow at 8:30. $18 and $24, $24 and $30 at the door. 18+. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 866-811-4111.

SOUL SESSIONS: Who has more soul: Stevie Wonder or Prince? What about Michael Jackson vs. James Brown? DJ Bruno will attempt to settle the debate on Thursday when Boston’s own deejay-about-town gets funky at the Milky Way spinning house, disco, soul, and more. Feb. 23, 9 p.m. 21+ Tickets: $5. Milky Way Lounge. 617-524-6060,


CONTROVERSIAL CLASSIC: In the Japanese cult classic ‘‘Battle Royale’’ by director Kinji Fukasaku, the government passes laws to control teens in a near-future Japan. A randomly selected high school class is sent to a remote location and given three days to kill each other. The last teen standing is allowed to stay alive. Feb. 24 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. (contains graphic violence). $9.75, $7.75 students, $6.75 seniors. The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837.

MARDI GRAS PARTY: Socialete and Green T Enterprises have combined their party planning forces to host a VIP Mardi Gras celebration at Umbria Prime, where DJ Jay-Blayze will transport the crowd to warmer temps in honor of Fat Tuesday. Barter for beads, shake your tail feathers, and don’t forget to wish DJ Jay-Blayze a happy birthday. Feb. 24, 9 p.m. 21+ $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Umbria Prime. 617-338-1000.

THE LAST DROP: Calling all you creatures of the night. The event organizers behind Superstition Boston, who dub themselves “goth with a wink,” will be hosting a vampire-themed dance night at An Tua Nua Friday night. DJ John O’Leary (of the band You Shriek) will be taking to the tables alongside DJ Kuro. Feb. 24, 10 p.m. 21+. Tickets: $5 before 10:30 p.m., $10 after. An Tua Nua. 617-262-2121,


MASKING IT: Carl Lopes is known for his geometric acrylic paintings on canvas, but the artist and educator has recently focused on old African mask designs. “Color Burst’’ illustrates ethnic royalty and splendor through painting, drawing, and holographic collage. Feb. 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through April 22). $8, free under 19. Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis. 508-385-4477 or

LONGFELLOW LEGACY: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translated Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy,” and at Saturday’s Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Birthday Celebration, scholar Christian Dupont will present the lecture “Longfellow and the Legacy of the Dante Club.” A wreath-laying ceremony at the Longfellow family lot follows the talk. Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. Free. Story Chapel, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. 617-744-6034.


DUB POLICE: UK-based dubstep record label and music collective Dub Police will make a stop in Boston during their tour of the states. Trolley Snatcha and Subscape will round out the bill alongside D1. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. 18+ Tickets: $15. Paradise Rock Club. 617-562-8800,

BACK FROM EXTINCTION: Michael Doucet was on a mission to keep the southern Louisiana culture and music from becoming extinct when he formed BeauSoleil. That was 35 years ago and you can hear Zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues, and more at BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and Marcia Ball. Louisiana-raised Ball will add her her groove-laden New Orleans boogie and Gulf Coast blues. Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. $35. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-876-4275.

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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.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.


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