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Weekend event picks, Aug. 24-26

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  August 22, 2012 01:35 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata, Milva DiDomizio, and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.



NORTH BY NORTH END The weekend of the last August Sunday is reserved for the annual Saint Anthony’s Feast which was started in 1919 by Italian immigrants from Montefalcione in Avellino. At the 7 p.m. opening ceremonies there’s a blessing of the Saint Anthony statue and a short street procession followed by a weekend of parades, cooking demos, music, and lots of food. Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. (through Aug. 26). Free. North End, Boston. 617-723-8669.

STORIED PASTS The oldest participant (so far) at the Antique & Classic Boat Festival is the 1916, 26-foot Crosby catboat named Victor. Originally a party and commercial fishing boat, it is now owned by William Kornblum of New York. About 40 boats are expec0ted, and some invite attendees aboard to hear their stories. Aug. 25 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Aug. 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.). $5, free under 12. Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Turner St., Salem. 617-717-6443.


MASS BREWERS GUILD FEST With music by Three Day Threshold and more than 100 types of local beer, what’s your threshold? Tip your hat to brewery owners and reps and visit the food vendors. Aug. 24 from 6-9:30 p.m., rain or shine. $35, $40 in advance. 21+. World Trade Center Head House Concourse, 200 Seaport, Blvd., Boston.

ACOUSTICA ELECTRONICA This multi-sensory, multi-genre performance at Oberon has been described as “Cirque du Soleil meets a rave.” New York-based DJ the Wig provides the tunes, often blending classical with house or Latin beats with techno, while an array of dancers and aerialists put on a show, turning the theater into one big dance party. Aug. 24, 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $55 for mezzanine table seats, $25 for the dance floor. Oberon. 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-496-8004,


MASSEQUALITY’S TASTE OF PROVINCETOWN How about a gastronomical last hurrah before you start your fall diet. Sweet Cheeks chef and owner, Tiffani Faison, headlines and hosts the QuickFire Challenge. Participating Cape Cod restaurants include Angel Foods, Saki, and Ten Tables. Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. $125. Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St., Provincetown. 617-878-2300.

DJ QUESTLOVE He’s the bandleader and drummer of the Grammy Award-winning band the Roots, keeping the beat going on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” but did you also know that Questlove (real name Ahmir Khalib Thompson) is an accomplished DJ? Catch him perform Saturday night at District, where MC Yameen and DJ ABD will also perform. Aug. 25, 10 p.m. Tickets: $22. 21+. District Restaurant and Lounge, Boston. 617-426-0180,

MAKING A SPLASH Olympic divers have nothing on these folks who drop 80 feet into Boston Harbor off a custom-built platform on the cantilever roof of the Institute of Contemporary Art. This is one stop on the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series starring 11 international athletes competing for the title. Judges include Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis. Aug. 25 from 4-7 p.m., rain or shine Free. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (100 Northern Ave.) and along Fan Pier, Boston. 617-478-3100.


BINGO PLAYERS Paul Bäumer and Maarten Hoogstraten make up Bingo Players, a Netherlands-based DJ outfit known for playing electro house and dance music. Resident DJs Bamboora and Dirty Dek will also perform. Aug. 26, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. 21+. Ocean Club at Marina Bay, Quincy. 617-689-0600,

SOUTH BY SOUTH END Many years ago, walking around the South End was not a cultural experience, but the place has gentrified and is now one of Boston’s premiere ‘hoods. The South End Walking Tour covers the neighborhood’s history (sorry back Bay, but the South End was created by landfill before you were), architecture, and parks. Aug. 26 at 2 p.m., rain or shine. $15. Meet at the plaza on Dartmouth Street opposite Back Bay Station, Boston. 617-367-2345.

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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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