Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
HAPPY MARDI GRAS Eat, drink, and be merry during three weeks of revelry in honor of Fat Tuesday. A mega Mardi Gras Celebration features gumbo, jambalaya, and crawfish served while the music plays, provided by the Hot Tamale Brass Band, David B and the Hot Shots, Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers, Joe Moss Band, and others. This weekend features Rosemary’s Baby Blues (Jan. 25, 9 p.m.) and the Love Dogs (Jan. 26, 9 p.m.). Jan. 25-Feb. 12. Smoken' Joe's Barbeque, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227, www.smokenjoesbbq.com
TAKE WINGS Who makes the best chicken wings in Boston? At King of the Wing, Game On!, Kings, Cornwall's Pub, Jerry Remy's, and others compete for top honors while you eat, drink brews by Sam Adams Lager, and check out the Fenway batting cage. Proceeds to Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Jan. 25, 6 p.m. $30, $25 advance. Game On!, 82 Lansdowne St., Boston. www.bgcdorchester.org
CAST OF CHARACTERS We move through the hum drum of daily life, but Roz Chast interprets it through her New Yorker cartoons and editorial illustrations. Chast sold her first cartoon to the New Yorker in 1978, and her most recent collection, "Theories of Everything," is a 25-year retrospective. New Yorker editor, David Remnick, has describesd Chast as "the magazine’s only certifiable genius." Jan. 25, 8 p.m. $30 and up. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
MUSICAL, GLORIOUS MUSICAL Our favorite song from the musical version of Charles Dickens's novel "Oliver Twist" is also one of our favorite things. "Food, Glorious Food" is among the tunes when Wheelock Family Theatre presents "Oliver!," the tale of a young boy trying to survive in the slums of Victorian London. Jan. 25-Feb. 24. Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat-Sun 3 p.m. Vacation week matinees Feb. 19-22, 1 p.m. $20-$30. Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 The Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2300, www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org
NORDIC BLAST In the heart of winter, Cuisine en Locale presents Once in Valhalla, an event combining locavorism and lore in a four-hour food fest featuring eats, music, and theatrics. The Viking-themed event features all-you-can-eat-meat and wintry fruits and roots in a 10-course Nordic feast. Jan. 25, 7-11 p.m. $100. Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. www.cuisineenlocale.com
ENGLISH ROYALTY Henry Purcell's influence is far, wide, and diverse. Fans of the 17th-century English composer include Benjamin Britten and the Who's Pete Townshend. The Handel and Haydn Society presents Purcell's last major work, the semi-opera "The Indian Queen" with the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus. Jan. 25, 8 p.m. (Jan. 27 at 3 p.m.; pre-concert talks one hour before curtain). $20-$78. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston (Jan. 27 at Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge). 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org
MOON MOVIES On the day of January's full moon, Belmont World Film presents the Full Moon Festival, a mini-fest of movies for kids exploring that mysterious, magical orb in the sky. Screenings of "Lotte and the Moonstone Secret" (10:30 a.m., for ages 3-8) and "Moon Man" (1 p.m., for ages 7 and up) are followed by snack time (half moon cookies) and astronomer-led discussions of the phases of the moon. Jan. 26. $5-$12. Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Rd., Belmont. 617-484-3980, www.belmontworldfilm.org
HOME SWEET HOME Winter is the perfect time to focus on your digs. Get tips, attend lectures, shop, and watch demonstrations by the pros at the Boston Home Show. Bargains await at the Boston Design Center's Red Tag Sale (1 Design Center Pl., Boston). Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Jan. 27 until 5 p.m.). $10. Black Falcon Pier, 1 Black Falcon Ave., Boston. 800-533-0229, www.thebostonhomeshow.com
MAY-DECEMBER ROMANCE Masha, 17, marries Sergey, 36, in Tolstoy's "Family Happiness." And since it's Tolstoy, there's trouble in paradise when the former gets bored. Performed in Russian with English subtitles by Theatre-Atelier Piotr Fomenko. Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. (Jan. 27 at 2 p.m.). $45-$125, 20 percent student discount when purchased in person (recommended for ages 12 and older). Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org
EBERSO TALENTED When this actress says "Oh, hi," Broadway addicts go ga ga because they know it's the start of "The Revolutionary Costume for Today" from "Grey Gardens." Christine Ebersole won the 2007 Tony for Best Actress, and while we don't know if this song is on her setlist at An Evening with Christine Ebersole, you can bet she has many tunes up her revolutionary sleeve (the Broadway baby will be 60 next month). Jan. 26, 8 p.m. $30 and up. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
PLAYING TOGETHER Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s collection of poems, "West-Eastern Divan," is the namesake for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. It all began in 1999 when conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian literary scholar, Edward Said, formed a workshop for young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and several Arab countries. The program is Beethoven's Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.36 and Symphony No.3 in E-flat major, Op.55 "Eroica." Jan. 27, 3 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org
NOIR AND NAUGHTY Former Disneyland performer, Bremner Duthie changes things up when he performs "Jazz Noir" in Act One of Lo-Fi Lowdown. Songs from the Film Noir era will be followed in Act Two by the "naughty" one-woman radio detective spoof, "Radio Star," performed by Boston native, Tanya O'Debra. Jan. 27, 7 p.m. $18. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org
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.
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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.