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Weekend event picks, March 8-10

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  March 4, 2013 11:08 AM

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L to R: Juan de Marcos; maple sugaring (Mark Copier); "A Raisin in the Sun" (Yoon S. Byun, Globe Staff)

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.


FAMILY LEGACY In 1938, Lorraine Hansberry's father moved his family to a white neighborhood in Chicago. When neighbors got a ruling against the African-American family by the Illinois Supreme Court, Hansberry's father successfully appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Inspired by her family's struggle, Hansberry wrote the award-winning "A Raisin in the Sun," the first play by an African-American to premiere on Broadway. Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company. March 8-9, 8 p.m. March 10, 7 p.m. Through April 7. $25 and up, $25 for ages 35 and under, $15 students and military, $5 senior discount. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-266-0800,

HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE From its first Queen's Hall performances in 1932, the 75-year-old London Philharmonic Orchestra has toured internationally in halls and opera houses, and has recorded with international conductors. Conductor Vladimir Jurowski and violinist Vadim Repin present a program of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. March 8, 8 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661,


SWEET DAYS Leave your stilettos at home and lace up your boots for Maple Sugar Days in the Blue Hills, two days of maple sugaring at the DCR Brookwood Farm in Canton. Take a self-guided tour of the terrain and enjoy the bubbling sap. March 9-10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6. Park at Houghton's Pond parking lot, 695 Hillside St., Milton. 617-333-0690,

A MUSICAL MISSION Musical director Juan de Marcos Gonzáles keeps his multigenerational Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars moving by continually changing the lineup to best represent the contemporary, traditional, and future styles of Cuban music. The 15-piece, Grammy-nominated ensemble has been a Cuban-music emissary for almost two decades. March 9, 8 p.m. $30-$48. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275,

A POT OF DANCE GOLD True to its name, Boston's Rainbow Tribe celebrates diversity with dance companies that fit under the Rainbow Tribe umbrella. "Chapter 21" presents Tribe and spinoff troupes Dance Company, Bside, and Embrace, plus guest performances by hip hop dance company, US Crew, contemporary dance company, Bosoma, and Boston Tap Company. March 9, 8 p.m. $25; $20 students, seniors, under 13. Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-358-2500,

HIGHS AND LOW A Kickstarter campaign funded the new release by Kat Edmonson, and "Way Down Low" also jumpstarted the singer's songwriting and production debut. On the record, the Texas native performs "Long Way Home" with Lyle Lovett (did you see them sing "Baby, It"s Cold Outside" on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"?). March 9, 8 p.m. doors. $17. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

RAGGAETON NIGHT Puerto Rican reggaeton singer J Alvarez, whose recent hit is "La Pregunta," visits the area for a night with DJ Dres. March 9, 9 p.m. $30. 21+. Wonderland Ballroom, 1290 North Shore Rd., Revere. 617-289-3080,


DANCE FOLKS Throughout history, dance has accompanied the Jewish people from place to place. The Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston highlights the Jewish heritage through Eastern European and Yemenite dances, horas, and debkas. The all-age Israeli troupe will be joined by Boston dancers. March 10, 3 p.m. $15. MIT's Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.

MEGAN AND STEPHANIE It took these ladies only three months to form Nancy and Beth, but we're curious about the name since the ladies are Megan Mullally ("Children's Hospital" and "Will & Grace") and Stephanie Hunt ("Friday Night Lights," "Californication," and "How To Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life"). The pair met and started singing together while working on an indie film in Texas. March 10, 7 p.m. $25-$35. 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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