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Weekend event picks, June 14-16

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  June 12, 2013 11:10 AM

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From left: Dar Williams (Taylor Hill/Getty); Charlie Chaplin in "The Kid" (AP Century Collection); Cyrus Chestnut

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.


GRILLING GALA Don't focus too much on the shorts or you might miss the barbecue bonanza before you at Chefs in Shorts. Area chefs creating their favorite dishes represent eateries including Ashmont Grill, Bambara, Forum, Gaslight Brasserie, Lucky's Lounge, Metropolis Cafe, Seaport Hotel $ World Trade Center, Tavolo, Top of the Hub, and Tremont 647. June 14, 7-9:30 p.m. $70 (benefit for Future Chefs). The Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 617-385-5000,

DRINK UP Last week was the American Craft Beer Fest, this week the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest focuses on beverages made closer to home. Check out local brewers of beer, cider, mead, and artisan beverages, many of which use local ingredients (last year featured drinks made with Taza Chocolate, local hops, and native apples). Even the food vendors are local. The event benefits the Sustainable Business Network. June 14, 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 15, 3-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. $35. The Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville.

IMPROVISATIONAL SLEEP Jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut turned 50 this year, and that means a lot of people have left his concerts feeling better: "If I can send one person home after a performance feeling better than when they arrived, then I've done my job, and I sleep good at night." The good sleeper and Berklee alum known for improvisations and jazz-gospel and bop styles is in town to make you feel better. June 14, 8 and 10 p.m. $25. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Road, Boston. 617-562-4111,

TASTING Heed the words of Texas singer/songwriter, Delbert McClinton, and leave the kids at home: "I'm an acquired taste in that my kind of music's not for little kids. It's adult rock 'n' roll." The Grammy winner's latest release is "Acquired Taste." Special guest is Marcia Ball. June 14, 8 p.m. $35-$65. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000,


SPEND AND SUPPORT Consider your shopping spree at the Cultural Survival Bazaar as community service, because while you go home with jewelry, rugs, accessories, art, and more, the international artists and musicians go home with money to support their schools and orphanages and feed their people. June 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Copley Square, Boylston Street at Dartmouth Street, Boston. 617-441-5400,

FAMILY ARRANGEMENT This is Dar Williams's first concert with a symphony orchestra, and the folk-pop singer/songwriter is in good hands. Her brother-in-law, Joseph Scheer, happens to be the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra Concertmaster, and he arranged Williams's music for her New Philharmonia Orchestra gig "An Evening with Dar Williams." June 15, 8 p.m. $35-$100. First Baptist Church in Newton, 848 Beacon St., Newton. 617-527-9717,


FATHER KNOWS BEST Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" is equal parts comedy and drama, just like parenting. The 1921 silent film, a perfect Father's Day gift, stars Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and a then five-year-old named Jackie Coogan. Live music is provided by Jeff Rapsis. The screening follows Chaplin shorts. June 16, 1 p.m. $15. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-625-5700,

A THREE-HOUR TOUR If Dad is a "Ska In the Harbor" type, we have the perfect gift from you to him. Boston's Westbound Train and New York City's The Toasters will accompany you and Dad on a three-hour cruise on the Provincetown II presented by Rock and Blues Concert Cruises. June 16, 3 p.m., rain or shine (2 p.m. boarding). $25, $30 day of cruise. 21+. Depart from World Trade Center Pier, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 617-431-1175,

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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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