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What to do this weekend, June 29 - July 1

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  June 25, 2012 03:39 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. The weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend, so get out and go to it!



CITY DANCE PARTY: An entire block in Cambridge’s Central Square will be shut down on Friday for the city’s annual dance party. A DJ will be set up outside between Bigelow Street and Inman Street, spinning the tunes at this outdoor block party where revelers can dance their cares away. June 29, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m., free, all ages. 795 Mass. Ave. (in front of Cambridge City Hall),

FRIDAY NIGHT COOKING SERIES: Pork loin with passion fruit sauce, beef stew in a cilantro-beer broth, and yuca fries with two sauces will be prepared with Rafael Pereira at “Nuevo Latino.” June 29 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. (check website for additional classes). $61. The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 42 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext. 1.

CONCERTS IN THE COURTYARD SERIES: Languish in the BPL courtyard on your lunch hour with jazz, classical, folk, and funk music. This Friday it’s harp music by Lucia Stavros, followed on July 6 by American Century Music. June 29 at 12:30 p.m. (Fridays throughout the summer; Rabb Lecture Hall if inclement weather). Free. Boston Public Library courtyard, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.

“SCIENCE MAGIC”: How do you remove a tablecloth without toppling the stuff that’s on it? How do you defy gravity? These and other questions will be answered at "Science Magic," a program for ages 6-12. June 29 at 3 p.m. Free. South Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library, 646 East Broadway, South Boston. 617-268-0180.


"A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION": This will be the 13th consecutive appearance for lucky fans who can’t get enough of the quirky and loveable characters of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” The live taping about those Lake Wobegon residents features Arlo Guthrie, the DiGiallonardo Sisters, and Heather Masse. 5:45 p.m. $21-$71. Tanglewood Koussevitzky Music Shed, 297 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200.


DJ VICE: The LA-born DJ Vice, who maintains a residency at Tao in Las Vegas, blends samples from multiple genres, from modern hip hop to 90s R&B and much in between, drawing inspiration from the music he listened to growing up when he would borrow records from his older brother and sister. July 1, 8 p.m., $10 - $20, 21+ Ocean Club at Marina Bay, 617-689-0600,

LITHUANIAN FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL: Like a leap year, the The Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival is held every four years. More than 1,800 dancers from 50 Lithuanian dance groups will be dressed in authentic outfits representing Europe, South America, Canada, and the United States. July 1 at 2 p.m. $25-$65. Boston University’s Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.

CHOW DOWN AT CHOWDERFEST: Nothing quite hits the spot on a hot summer day like a steaming cup of chowder. Well, Bostonians do things a little different. Sample entries from local establishments like Waterline, Barracuda Tavern, and Nix's Mate at the 31st Annual Chowderfest. July 1, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., $13 for adults, $9 for children, Boston City Hall Plaza,

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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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