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Weekend picks, Dec. 28-30

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  December 26, 2012 10:45 AM

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L to R: John Kuntz in "Two Gentlemen of Verona" (Stratton McCrady); a scene from "Moons: Worlds of Mystery" (Museum of Science); Regina Carter (Rahav Segev)

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


MOON SHOW The solar system adventure "Moons: Worlds of Mystery" features volcanoes, geysers, and ice-covered oceans. Dec. 28-30, 2:30 & 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28 and 30, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 28, 9:30 p.m. Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m. $10, $9 seniors, $8 ages 3-11. Museum of Science, 1 Museum of Science Driveway, Boston. 617-723-2500,

A VAMPING VIOLINIST "People are only used to hearing violin in European classical music or country music, and so we get stuck in this idea that this is what a violin is supposed to do," says Regina Carter. Using the back of the bow to "hit on the string" and using the violin "in more of a rhythmic way, using vamp rhythms or a lot of syncopated rhythms, approaching it more like a horn player does" is what you can expect. Dec. 28 and 29 at 8 and 10 p.m. $38, $78 dinner and show. Scullers Jazz Club at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111,

RENAISSANCE LOVE What was love like during the Renaissance? Did folks deal with who pays, who works, who cleans? Check it out in Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Two Gentlemen of Verona," an Actors Shakespeare Project production. Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 29, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 30, 2 p.m. Through Jan. 6. $28-$50. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 866-811-4111,

THE MIJO MIX With a blend of poetry and acoustic sounds, the Puerto Rican fusion group, Mijo de la Palma, offers a mixed-media "Socratic circle" known as Fusion Jibara. Presented by the Center Without Walls and featuring surprise guests. Dec. 28, 8 p.m. $10 suggested donation. The Democracy Center in Harvard Square, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge.

TRASH TALK He was born Thomas Olsen but uses the professional name of Tommy Trash. The London-based, Australian-born, DJ, record producer, and remixer has a new single titled "The End" and he is sure to perform it at Umbria Prime. Dec. 28 at 10 p.m. $40. 21+. Umbria Prime, 295 Franklin St., Boston. 617-338-1000.


NO MIXED MESSAGE Rhode Island's Mixed Magic Theatre performs "A Kwanzaa Song," the story of a young African spirit who is faced with a tough choice: serve the African people or go to the New World with Africa’s "stolen children." The celebration of family, friendship, courage, hope, faith, and redemption is told through storytelling, dance, movement, and original songs.Dec. 29-31 at 3 p.m. $15, $5 kids, $30 per family (maximum of 5). Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Boston. 617-849-6322,

MARSHALL LAW He played Johnn Lennon Off Broadway as a member of Beatlemania, and Buddy Holly in the biopic "La Bamba," but Detroit-born singer and guitarist, Marshall Crenshaw, plays himself at Club Passim. Dec. 29, 7 and 9:30 p.m. $25. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

NO PUNCHES PULLED "My songs are like the actions that I can't really take," according to singer Mieka Pauley who writes about retaliation, lust, envy, desperation, and disgrace. Upbeat? Maybe not, but certainly sassy and frank. Pauley's "Devil's Got My Secret" was in the film "Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding" starring Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener. Dec. 29, 7 p.m. $10. 21+. Johnny D's, 17 Holland St., Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-776-2004,

THE BLUES ARENA In the early years, a limousine was the practice space for harmonica player Cheryl Arena who perfected her skills while waiting for clients. The Boston-bred musician has shared the stage with Jr. Wells, Honeyboy Edwards, Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, and other blues giants. Saturday she brings her Cheryl Arena Band to Brighton. Dec. 29, 9 p.m. $5 cover. Smoken Joe's BBQ, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227,

BOSTON'S PRIDE AND JOY Listen to a few tracks from Cassandre McKinley's "Til Tomorrow: Remembering Marvin Gaye" and you'll get a sense of what you're in for when the jazz singer performs with bassist and vocalist Michael Payette at the Acton Jazz Cafe. Check out the track "Pride and Joy." Dec. 29 at 9 p.m. $10, $12.50 (day of show). Acton Jazz Cafe, 103 Nagog Park, Acton. 978-263-6161,


MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC TOGETHER "You are the conductor and [the audience is] the symphony. It's a symphony of laughter, if you will, and you're trying to make sure everybody is hitting some good notes and you're making this whole, full orchestrated sound of laughter." So says Cedric the Entertainer who was born Cedric Antonio Kyles. Enjoy your symphonic participation. Dec. 30 at 7 and 9:45 p.m. $45-$65. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000,

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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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