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Weekend event picks, Feb. 8-10

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  February 6, 2013 01:33 PM

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L to R: Boston Science Fiction Film Festival; McCoy Tyner; Design Zone (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

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.


A FEST-A-THON The Fest and 'Thon at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival give you lots of opportunities to fill your film bucket with science fiction, fantasy, and "speculative cinema." The Fest of features, shorts, and Steampunk films kicks off with "Mars et Avril" by Martin Villeneuve. Feb. 8 showings cancelled due to storm. Festival through Feb. 18. See website for details. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 602-593-3610,

THE REAL MCCOY Miles Davis had sideman John Coltrane; sax man Coltrane had sideman McCoy Tyner. At 17, the pianist began a more than five year gig with the John Coltrane Quartet (you can hear his ivories work on the 1960 classic "My Favorite Things") and later formed his McCoy Tyner Quartet. Feb. 8-9, 7:30 and 10 p.m. CANCELLED, rescheduled to April 5-6. $35 (10 p.m.), $38 (7:30 p.m.). Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757,


ALL ABOUT THE GREEN BOOK In honor of Black History Month, author Calvin Ramsey will read from and talk about his book "Ruth and the Green Book." The program for families covers the history of the 1936 Green Book and issues including fairness and discrimination. Recommended for grades 3 and up. Feb. 9, 2 p.m. CANCELLED. Rescheduled to Feb. 24. Free, reservations recommended. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston.

MUSICAL MINING To pass time and prop up their spirits, Black South African miners in the 30s who were far away from home looked forward to their Saturday night singing competitions. This traditional music called isicathamiya is performed a cappella by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. CANCELLED. Rescheduled to Feb. 10. $28-$40. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275,

TEACHER IN ACTION If you want to sing like Rebecca Parris, you can hire Boston's jazz chanteuse who has been teaching and coaching for 25 years. Check out her reference (herself) at "In Love with Parris" featuring the Rebecca Parris Trio. The setlist includes love songs from the Great American Songbook. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. CANCELLED. Rescheduled to Feb. 23. $18-$28. The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849,


BUILD IT Just in time for school vacation and winter boredom, "Design Zone" will show you how to design a roller coaster, skate park, and video game. Apply your math skills at this interactive exhibit, and don't even think of uttering "I'm bored." Feb. 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (through April 7). $22, $20 seniors, $19 ages 3-11. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500,

LOCAL PAGEANTRY Sixteen young women compete in talent, interview, physical fitness, evening gown, and on-stage interview segments in the Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge Pageant. See who makes it to the titles of Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge, and the chance to go on to try for Miss Massachusetts. Feb. 10, 5 p.m. Tickets start at $25, purchase by Feb. 8. Park Plaza, Boston.

SUNSHINE ON HIS SHOULDERS The musician with the big glasses, big voice, guitar, and Beatle-esque haircut is with us through song and video footage at John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert. Live backing is by members of Denver's original touring band and an accompanying string section. Feb. 10, 8 p.m. $35-$45. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1400,

GO ROGUE In Rogue Burlesque's "Film Strip!," Ms. Sassypants, Busty Keaton, Brandy Wine, and others offer a naughty send-up of Oscar season. We're told the acts will include vengeful starlets, dueling martial artists, and beauty-obsessed Hobbits. Special guests include Black Cat Burlesque's Devilicia (Feb. 10) and Francine "The Lucid Dream" (Feb. 17). Feb. 10 and 17, 8 p.m. $20-$25, $15-$20 advance. Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge.

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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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