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What to do this weekend, April 6-8

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  April 4, 2012 04:17 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!



BOSTON SWING CENTRAL 4TH ANNIVERSARY VINTAGE DRESS UP PARTY: Every Friday night in Charlestown, rock step your way through an hourlong swing dance lesson before showing off your new moves. This Friday will feature music by the Beantown Swing Orchestra for Boston Swing Central’s annual party of vintage-minded guys and dolls. Lesson is included with admission. April 6, 8 p.m., Tickets: $15 general admission, $13 for students and seniors. Crosby Whistle Stop, 24 Roland St., Charlestown.

REAL AND SURREAL: Mexican surrealist painter, Frida Kahlo, who was crippled for life after a bus accident, is the subject of “Frida.” Screenwriter and Emerson faculty member Diane Lake will introduce the Oscar-nominated film starring Salma Hayek and directed by Julie Taymor at “Emerson Presents!” April 6 at 6 p.m. $10, $7.50 seniors, $5 students. Emerson College’s Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400.


ARTIST AND ARTIST: What happens when two artists live together? Do they compete, collaborate, borrow each other’s supplies, all of the above? The work of 15 Boston-based artist couples is on view at “Creative Couples.” April 7 opening reception from 6-9 p.m. (exhibit is also open April 6 and 7 from 2-6 p.m.; through April 28). Free. Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., East Boston. 781-308-2259.

INSIDE FENWAY PARK: A DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP: Grab your camera and spend an afternoon shooting the Green Monster, Pesky’s Pole, Ted Williams’s red seat, and other Fenway Park attractions. Join folks from the Boston Center for Adult Education at the national landmark. April 7 from 1-4 p.m. $75 (Registration required; space limited). Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston. 617-267-4430.

“LIGHT UP THE NIGHT”: For the last five years, Teamsters Local 25 has selected autism as its signature charity. The gala features dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and a chance to win a custom chopper with autism logos. The fundraiser is hosted by WCVB’s Randy Price. April 7 at 8 p.m. $60. InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave., Boston. 617-241-8825.

IMPROVBOSTON FAMILY SHOW: Kids are invited onto the stage to learn the improv craft (teens love this, even though they refuse to admit it, according to our sources.) Audience suggestions fuel the show which includes music. April 7 at 6 p.m. $12, $7 under 12. Recommended for ages 4 and older. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-576-1253.


FROM ONE TO THE OTHER:After a yummy brunch, walk around Harvard Square to burn off some calories, then return to a different dining room for dinner. Easter at UpStairs on the Square begins with brunch that includes Easter eggs benedict and a Maine lobster omelette. Dinner features duck saltimbocca and Easter specials.more. April 8, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (brunch), and 5:30 p.m. (dinner). $50, $25 under 12 (brunch), a la carte menu for dinner. Reservations recommended. UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-864-1933.

PANCAKES PLEASE: Chef Paul Turano whips up a two-course feast at Easter Brunch at Tryst. We stopped reading the menu when we saw lemon and ricotta pancakes. April 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $22. Reservations required. Tryst Restaurant, 689 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. 781-641-2227.

FROM PAST TO PRESENT: You can hang out in the Oval Room where Vic Damone and Lena Horn performed if you partake in Easter Brunch at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. The brunch buffet features a raw bar, carving stations, a dessert buffet, and activities for the kids. April 8 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $79, $39 kids (Reservations recommended). Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 St. James Ave., Boston. 617-267-5300, ext. 1063.

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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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