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!
ROBOTIC PIRATE MONKEY: Expect a driving, thriving electronic dance party of epic proportions with funky, creative beats from Robotic Pirate Monkey during this 18+ show at the Middle East Downstairs. (We especially love their remix of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”) Voodoo Farm, Richard Fraioli, and CRNKN will also perform. April 12, 9 p.m. Tickets: $13-$15. 21+. Middle East Downstairs. 617-492-9181, www.mideastclub.com
THURSDAY & FRIDAY
NORTH END RESTAURANT WEEK: Three-course, prix-fixe dinners are yours for the devouring at Italian eateries throughout the North End. Restaurants include Bricco, Carmelina’s, Strega, Tresca, and Trattoria Il Panino. April 12 and 13. $33.12. Participating restaurants in the North End, Boston. 617-523-8323. www.northendchamberofcommerce.com
FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE CRAZE: You know those bright, energetic dance numbers you’ve seen in Bollywood films that always make you wish you could dance like that? Here’s your chance. Expand your cultural know-how and brush up on your fancy footwork at the same time by taking a class on Bollywood dance at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. April 13, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. $17 registration required. Cambridge Center for Adult Education. 617-547-6789, www.ccae.org
PARK IT: This will be a very lucky day. The Red Sox will win the home opener and you can learn about Fenway Park from journalist Saul Wisnia. The author of “Fenway Park: The Centennial” will cover the bases of our beloved ballpark and Boston baseball with his look back at the park’s construction, Red Sox legends, and more. April 13 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at Boston University, 660 Beacon St., Boston. 617-267-8484. www.bu.bncollege.com
SWAN BOATS OPENING: The first ride of the season is reserved for Mayor and Mrs. Menino and Boston Public School students selected in a random lottery. But the swan boats are all yours after that. The oldest and smallest boat in the fleet recently celebrated its 101st season. April 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Through Sept. 16). $2.75, $2 seniors, $1.50 ages 2-15. Public Garden Lagoon, Boston. 617-522-1966. www.swanboats.com
SEDARIS SPEAKS: With a title like “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary,” you know you’re in for a funny night. At “An Evening With David Sedaris,” the author celebrates his new book of fables about animals with human failings. April 14 at 8 p.m. $25-$55, $20 college students (limited quantity at box office, two-ticket limit). Providence Performing Arts Center,
220 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-421-2787. www.ppacri.org
THEY ARE WOMAN, HEAR THEM SING: Five pals karaoke their way down memory lane in “Girls Night: The Musical.” The theatrical celebration of female friendship features hits including “Lady Marmalade,” “I Will Survive,” “We Are Family,” and “It’s Raining Men.” April 14, 8 p.m. $30.50-$56.50. Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-454-2299, www.lowellauditorium.com
GET A LOAD: Whether you’re running the Boston Marathon or not, you’re welcome to indulge in butternut squash ravioli or another carbo-laden specials at a Carbo-Load Dinner. April 15, 5:30-10 p.m. Pasta specials $14, $24. Resrvations recommended. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charlest St., Boston. 617-723-7575, www.beaconhillhotel.com
HELLO CELLO: New York City born cellist Allison Eldredge was only nine when she gave her first public recital. By 19, she was an award-winning pro. She appears in Boston Conservatory’s String Masters series in works of Miaskovsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff. April 15, 8 p.m. $15, $10 seniors, students free. Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston. 617-912-9222, www.bostonconservatory.edu
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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