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.
SURF'S UP The theme for the July edition of First Fridays, the ICA's monthly program showcasing DJs, performance, gallery talks, and specialty drinks comes courtesy of California-based artist Barry McGee, whose work is on view through September 2. McGee is also a surfer, thus the 21+ evening "Surfin' USA" will feature West Coast-inspired music and old-school surf videos. July 5, 5-10 p.m. $15, ICA members free. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. www.icaboston.org
EXTRA SPECIAL Hard to believe it's been more than 30 years since the loveable alien's "E.T. phone home" and the touching good-bye between him and Elliot. Catch the 1982 Spielberg classic, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," at Music & Movie Fridays. July 5, Dusk (4:30 p.m. music; Fridays through Aug. 30). Free. Boston Harbor Hotel Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-439-7000, www.bhh.com/summer
76 TROMBONES We don't know if there have been 75 trombones, but Friday marks the 76th Tanglewood season for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Opening Night at Tanglewood welcomes conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and violinist Joshua Bell for an all-Tchaikovsky program of the Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 5 (sorry, Beethoven, not yours). July 5, 8:30 p.m. $20-$105. Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org
VERONA, VEGAS STYLE We usually don't associate Shakespeare with Vegas, but we do now. "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Fever," and "Witchcraft" are a few of the tunes you'll hear when Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's "Free Shakespeare On The Common" presents "The Two Gentlemen of Verona." The comedy about two buddies who leave Verona to find fortune in Milan features a dozen actors, three jazz musicians, 24 acting apprentices, and four dogs who bring a Rat Pack-era vibe to the Shakespeare classic. July 6, 8 p.m. July 7, 7 p.m. Through July 28. Free ($35 reserve chair). Boston Common. 617-426-0863, www.commshakes.org
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL It's the perfect time of year for Ronan Tynan to perform in these parts. The former member of the Irish Tenors has said that "America is powerful and intense, and it begs you to take it on. If you do that and do it right, it will give you absolutely everything you want." Perhaps he wants you to buy tickets. July 6, 8 p.m. $55. River Club Music Hall, 78 Border St., Scituate. 339-236-6786, www.theriverclubmusichall.com
FISHING FOLK Known for its fishing and now its New Bedford Folk Festival, there's plenty to do at the former Greater New Bedford Summerfest. Two days of art, food, and music includes Stoughton's Lori McKenna whose new release is "Massachusetts." The self-described housewife and townie performs Saturday at 6:30 p.m. July 6-7, from 11 a.m. $20, $25 weekend pass, $15 students, free under 12. Zeiterion Performing Arts Center and other New Bedford locations. 508-493-3872, www.newbedfordsummerfest.com
THE BELLS ARE RINGING Heinz used to boast that its products came in 57 varieties, and we are here to report that the Cohasset Carillon has the largest number of bells in New England with its 57. Wellesley College's Margaret Angelini is featured at Sunday's concert. Take a tour of the St. Stephen's Church tower after the concert. July 7, 6 p.m. Rain or shine (Sundays through Aug. 18). Free. Cohasset Common, Cohasset. 781-383-9599, www.ststephenscohasset.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.
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.