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Weekend event picks, April 19-21

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  April 17, 2013 11:10 AM

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Left to right: Jane Monheit, Hugh Masekela (Brett Rubin), Paula Poundstone

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.


HEART AND ALL Jazz and show tunes were music staples in the Long Island home of a young Jane Monheit. According to the jazz vocalist "I might hear Ella singing 'People Will Say We're in Love' and I'd hear the original cast recording from 'Oklahoma.' I'd hear Miles play 'If I Were a Bell,' then I'd hear the 'Guys and Dolls' version, I had it all." See how it all plays out when Monheit croons with her trio which includes drummer hubby, Rick Montalbano. "The Heart of the Matter" is her latest release. April 19-20, 8 and 10 p.m. $40. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Road, Boston. 617-562-4111,

DON'T WAIT For us, NPR's "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me" is a Paula Poundstone picnic full of spice, grit, meat, and pot luck. The Sudbury native who peppers it all with irreverence and salt brings a feast to the Wilbur. April 19, 7:30 p.m. $22-$35. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000,

SPRING SPRUCING Now that we're out of hibernation, it's time to spruce up our homes, offices, and selves. You have help from 200 artists at Craftboston Spring presented by the Society of Arts & Crafts. Emerging artists from schools and universities will display their ceramics, wearables, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, wood, and more. April 19-20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, $13 seniors, $12 students, free under 13 (valid throughout weekend). Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 617-266-1810,

DRINK TO SPRING An international smorgasbord of beer is brewing at the Spring Beer Fest. Pick up a passport that'll take you to tastings of beers from around the world. Events also feature music and a sushi rolling/sake class. Go back the next day for the Spring Wine Fest and a trip around the wine world. Beer fest: April 19, 5-7:30 p.m., 8-11 p.m. $59, sushi class extra. Wine fest: April 20, noon-2:30 p.m., 3-6 p.m., 7-10 p.m. 21+. Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston.


COMIXOLOGY Now is the time to show the world your superhero or other comic book self. Boston Comic Con invites attendees to enter the cosplay contest dressed as their faves from the world of comics, video games, and cartoons. The comic book show welcomes creators George Perez (Superman), Carlos Pacheco (X-Men), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Amanda Conner (Silk Spectre), Mark Bagley (Fantastic Four), and Bill Willingham (Fables). April 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 21 until 5 p.m. $25, $40 (both days). Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston.

COLOMBIA, THE GEM Sofia Vergara from "Modern Family" isn't the only performer to bring Colombia to the limelight. Another ambassador is Ballet Folklorico Juvenil Colombiano, a troupe that presents "Passport to Colombia" to spread the word about Colombia's history, cultural regions, native costumes, music, and dances. April 20, 5 p.m. $25. John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley St., Boston. 617-974-6213,

POSTPONED: FASHIONABLE NIGHT OUT Nightlife meets fashion when New York party diva Susanne Bartsch visits Boston. The talent roster for the multi-stage party/pop-up concert includes Amanda Lepore, the Zand Collective, Joey Arias, Jonte Moaning, and JbDubs. In case you're wondering what to wear, here's some advice from Blackbook Magazine: "At her parties, you are best off wearing a vintage corset, face paint, a headpiece, a cat suit, anything by Thierry Mugler, Alexander Mcqueen, or Vivienne Westwood, or barely anything at all." Event has been postponed until May 11. Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-482-1800,


BLAZING AND GRAZING "Grazin' in the Grass" moved Hugh Masekela into the international arena and earned the trumpet player a Grammy nomination. Last year, almost 45 years later, the South African native has released "Playing @ Work." April 21, 7:30 p.m. $28-$37. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275,

ETCH A SKETCH Pablo Picasso charged a woman a lot of money for a few requested scribbles on a napkin at a Paris cafe. When the woman asked why he quoted such a high price, ther artist told her that it took him a lifetime to be able to make the sketch. Support Boston art students at "Picasso's Napkin Pop Up Gallery" where you can buy sketches from tomorrow's Picassos. April 21, 2-6 p.m. Free admission, pieces start at $30. John Harvard's, 33 Dunster St., Cambridge. 617-899-1289,

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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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