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.
WILD ABOUT HARRY Ladies, bring your honey along to hear Harry Connick, Jr. share feelings about life and love from his original songs on his latest release, "Every Man Should Know." The New Orleans native learned a thing or two about music from James Booker and Ellis Marsalis and went on to win a Grammy and Emmy Award, and a Tony nomination. June 21, 8 p.m., June 23, 7 p.m. $40 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200, www.broadwayinboston.com
SUMMER QUARTET Fill up part of this longest day of the year at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the Semitic Museum. Outdoor activities and attractions at Summer Solstice: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture include the StarLab portable planetarium, live music and dance, and a chance for you to be part of a human sundial and tell time by your shadow. June 21, 5-9 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Plaza between the Harvard Science Center and Sanders Theatre, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045, www.hmnh.harvard.edu
EGGS OVER EASY There are only 42 imperial eggs known to exist from the iconic carton made by the House of Fabergé between 1855 and 1916. The eggs made of jewels and precious metals were created for Russian tsars to give as Easter gifts. In addition to eggs, Fabergé made brooches, frames, cigarette cases, parasol handles, and carved stone animals. More than 230 items will be on view at "Fabergé Revealed." June 22, Opening Day Festival 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Exhibit through Sept. 29. $15, $13 seniors, $11 students, free under 17. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 866-745-1876, www.pem.org
NOW HEAR THEM For decades, John McLaughlin has been a fan of Indian music which he showcases on his latest release, "Now Here This." Of the many McLaughlin fans, Jeff Beck called him "the best guitarist alive." Indian drummer, Ranjit Barot, is featured at the John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension concert. June 22, 8 p.m. $35, $45. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-3161, www.berkleebpc.com
LOCAL LAUGHS The Shubert Theatre adds comedy to its roster with the Legends of Boston Comedy series. Saturday's funny guys are Lenny Clarke, Don Gavin, Steve Sweeney, and Tony V. Think Clarke will run for mayor again like he did years ago in Cambridge? June 22, 8 p.m. $28.75-$48.75. Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.citicenter.org
MICHIGAN MAN Born and raised in Michigan, DJ Benzi has an international career, collaborating and performing alongside artists including Clipse, Kanye West, LMFAO, and Gym Class Heroes. His latest single is "This Is Paradise." June 22, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $20, $15 advance. The Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000, www.theestateboston.com
FINAL RESTING PLACE While at Harvard, Cambridge-born poet E.E. Cummings met Gertrude Stein and Ezra Pound. Newton-born poet, Anne Sexton, enrolled in a poetry workshop at the Boston Center for Adult Education in 1957. At the Summer Walking Tour at Forest Hills, Jonathan Clark will talk about both poets who are buried at Forest Hills Cemetery. June 23, 2 p.m., weather permitting. $10. Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-3150, www.foresthillstrust.org
You've probably noticed how Boston comes alive in the summer. Let's chat about what's happening this weekend. Maybe I'll convince you to go try one of these summer cocktails. See you Friday.
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, www.seaportboston.com
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. www.hyperlocalbrew.eventbrite.com
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, www.scullersjazz.com
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, www.thewilbur.com
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, www.bazaar.culturalsurvival.org
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, www.newphil.org
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, www.somervilletheatreonline.com
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, www.rockandbluescruise.com
When chef George Pinzino started cooking up the famous bar pizzas at Brockton's Cape Cod Cafe in 1982, the price of a cheese pie was $3. Thirty-one years later, the South Shore institution is celebrating a major milestone by rolling the prices of those same pies back to $3 for dine-in customers on Wednesday night from 5-9 p.m.
What sparked the special occasion? Pinzino himself. The pizza master has crafted 10 million Cape Cod Cafe pies. Yes -- 10 MILLION.
The "Phantom Gourmet" Andelman brothers will be in attendance to honor Pinzino and to hand out free Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party tickets, as well as the Phantom's 2013 Restaurant Guide (while supplies last).
Check out footage above from the "Phantom" trip to visit Cape Cod Cafe, a Main St. landmark which is still run by the Jamoulis family who purchased the restaurant in 1947.
Cape Cod Cafe - Brockton location
979 Main Street
Somerville, get ready. The squeezeboxes are coming. The second annual Squeezebox Slam celebrates accordions, button boxes, and other free standing reed instruments. If you have one of your own, you're welcome to join the Accordion Stroll, taking place around Somerville and winding up in Davis Square, where festivities include accordion themed crafts, Redbones eats, and a gala concert (line-up below) with music from Greek, Cajun, Ethiopian, Argentine, Turkish, and jazz traditions. The event is sponsored by The Nave Gallery and the Somerville Arts Council.
Host: Lady Keilbasia
3 p.m.: Sandy Theodorou
3:30 p.m.: Ralph Tufo
4 p.m.: Marié Abe Sextet
4:30 p.m.: International accordion champion Cory Pesaturo
5 p.m.: Grand Fatilla with Roberto Cassan
June 15, Accordion Stroll 1-3 p.m. in Somerville neighborhoods. Concert begins 3 p.m. at Seven Hills Park, Davis Square, Somerville. Free. Rain date June 29. www.somervilleartscouncil.org
Toad feels like the kind of place that's been there forever, but the little hole-in-the-wall has only been around for 20 years. Despite its small size, it's been an important spot for local music and musicians. Session Americana, which started out as a bunch of musicians enjoying a regular Sunday jam at Toad, is a great example. Toad's 20th Anniversary Week celebrates its two decades of existence with music and partying every night.
June 10: 7 p.m., The Heygoods featuring songstress Katie Champagne (first person to perform at Toad in June 1993) and husband David Champagne. 8:30 p.m., The White Owls featuring Dennis Brennan, Steve Sadler, Andy Plaisted, Tim Gearan and Jim Haggerty. 10 p.m., Tim Gearan Band.
June 11: 7:30 p.m., The Brothers McCann. 10 p.m., Blue Ribbons with saxophonist Dana Colley.
June 12: 7 p.m., Fandango. 10 p.m., Abbie Barrett and The Last Date.
June 13: 7:30 p.m., Todd Thibaud. 10 p.m., Baker Thomas Band with Tom Bianchi.
June 14: 10 p.m., Jesse Dee Band.
June 15: 7:30 p.m., Sister Lovers. 10 p.m., Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents.
June 16: 9 p.m., Session Americana.
Toad, 1912 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-497-4950, www.toadcambridge.com
Now that summer is here, so are the outdoor festivals. This weekend brings the Cambridge Food Truck Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, SoWa, and more. Check in at 11 a.m. Friday to chat about weekend events.
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.
FROM ONE ALBUM TO ANOTHER "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" had a profound effect on Patty Griffin. The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter received the album as a birthday gift from her father, the inspiration for Griffin's new album, "American Kid." Tracks include "Go Wherever You Want To Go" and "Gonna Miss You When You're Gone." June 7, 8 p.m. $30-$45. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
HOT CRUISE Take a trip around the harbor while party-hopping on three decks at the Rock the Boat Summer Kickoff Cruise. Party band Bearfight is on deck one. Deck two houses DJ Knife and a dance contest. On deck three, there?ll be an old-fashioned cornhole tourney. June 7, 7 p.m. boarding, cruise 8-11 p.m. 21+. $25. Provincetown II departs from Commonwealth Pier at the World Trade Center, Boston. 617-789-4070, www.bssc.com
PRIDE TOWN Saturday's Boston Pride Parade route ends where the Boston Pride Festival begins with six hours of entertainment, the Family Zone, Artisan Avenue, and more headlined by Boston-based pop duo, Karmin. And when that's over there are block parties and more to fill your weekend. June 8-9 at noon. Free ($10 donation for June 9 block parties). City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Sq., Boston (check website for additional events and locations). 617-262-9405, www.bostonpride.org
SHORTS NOTICE Great readers and great writers make Selected Shorts a great radio show. Huntington Theatre Company, Jonathan Reinis Productions, and WGBH present "Selected Shorts on Tour: Tales of Springtime, Sex & Baseball." It features Emmy winner Kate Burton, Tony winner Denis O'Hare, and Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan in Dorothy Parker's "Here We Are," W.P. Kinsella's "The Thrill of Grass," N.M. Kelly's "Jubilation, Florida," and Aimee Bender's "The Meeting." June 8, 4 and 8 p.m. $45. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org/selectedshorts
GOTTA DANCE Dance your way to a better world at Dance for World Community Festival Weekend. It doesn't matter if you have two left feet, or two right, because it's all about celebrating dance in all styles from ballet to hip hop. Saturday's Festival on the Common has four stages of performances by more than 75 local dance troupes. Sunday's Dance Discovery offers dance classes for all ages. June 8 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) on the Cambridge Common; June 9 (2-7 p.m) at José Mateo Ballet Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Harvard Square. Free. Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org
TREKKIE HEAVEN "Star Trek Into Darkness" boasts special effects and new young actors in classic roles. If you pine for the original Kirk (William Shatner), Sulu (George Takei), and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), head to the Star Trek Convention to see them. Actors from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" will appear in a reunion performance. June 8-9. $25-$85. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston. www.creationent.com
ARTS AND EATS Two of our favorite things are featured in coinciding festivals in Brookline. The 35th annual Coolidge Corner Arts Festival presents emerging and established artists working in jewelry, fiber, glass, ceramics, photography, watercolor, and other media. The Brookline Food Festival offers eats from local restaurants. June 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission, tasting tickets for food fest $2 each. Arts fest at Devotion School, 345 Harvard St., Brookline. www.coolidgecornerartsfestival.com
DRAGONS ON THE WATER A little bit of Asia comes to the Charles at the Dragon Boat Festival. The 34th annual event features Chinese drumming, classical Indian dance, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Korean dance, Japanese taiko drumming, and the traditional eye-dotting ceremony at noon on Sunday. June 8, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., races only, MIT Pierce Boathouse, Cambridge. June 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., races and cultural festival, along the Charles River near Weeks Footbridge outside Harvard Square, Cambridge. www.bostondragonboat.org
A STONER Are you a Lucy Stoner? The Massachusetts woman was the first from our state to earn a college degree and the first recorded American woman to keep her last name when she got married. Social Historian, Dee Morris, is your guide at "Unconventional Women," a walking tour of Forest Hills Cemetery where you'll also learn about sculptor Amelia Peabody who funded a clinic for veterinary medicine. June 9, 2 p.m., weather permitting. $10. Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-3150, www.foresthillstrust.org
WATER WORLD World Oceans Day is Saturday, but the New England Aquarium commemorates the occasion Sunday with Celebrating World Oceans Day activities including free Boston Duck Tour rides (check www.facebook.com/NewEnglandAquarium), Boston Harbor Cruises to Deer Island, sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations, and more. June 9 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. New England Aquarium, Central Wharf Plaza and Harbor Terrace Tent, Boston. 617-973-5200, www.neaq.org
Some of us don't need an excuse to eat ice cream, but in case you do, here's a good one. The 31st annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl raises money for adult and pediatric cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A ticket buys all-you-can-eat access to more than 30 flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurt. Vendors including Baskin Robbins, Ben & Jerry's, Blue Bunny, Breyer's, Edy's, and SoCo Creamery serve up classic flavors and newfangled creations like Red Velvet, Holy Cow, and Double Chocolate Chip Green Frozen Yogurt. - Milva DiDomizio, Globe Staff
June 4-6, noon-8 p.m. $10, $5 ages 3-9, under 3 free. Three-day pass $20. City Hall Plaza, Boston. www.jimmyfund.org
Things to Do producer Swati Sharma chatted about weekend events with readers. Check out the transcript here:
GOV'T BOOTLEG Blues rockers Gov't Mule started as a side project for the Allman Brothers. The band led by Warren Haynes is on the road for the Prepare to Shout! Tour following last year's release of the first installment of the "Bootleg Series." The 1996 recordings for the six-disc set were recently found by Haynes. May 31, 6:30 p.m. $30-$50. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
A 10-YEAR REIGN Haitian-American composer, Daniel Roumain has described his commissioned piece "A Boy Called King" as "a stripped down version of 'King Kong' – a Tweetable biography." At its 10th anniversary concert, Boston Children's Chorus performs the story about a boy who falls in love with his teacher, and is accompanied by dance choreographed by Amy Seiwart and a libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. May 31 and June 1, 7:30 p.m. $30, $27 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org
SOMETHING'S BREWING Two days, more than a hundred American brewers, and more than 500 craft beers are featured at the American Craft Beer Fest. Beer up at the annual event presented by BeerAdvocate and Harpoon Brewery. May 31-June 1, 6-9:30 p.m. June 1, 1-4:30 p.m. $47.50. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. acbf.eventbrite.com
ARTS-A-RAMA If you can't find something that floats your boat along the mile-long stretch of the Charles River, we give up. The Cambridge River Festival celebrates Cambridge arts with music, dance, poetry, theater, family activities, and food vendors. Participants include Actors' Shakespeare Project, American Repertory Theater, Abbie Barrett & the Last Date, Cambridge Open Studios' artists, ImprovBoston, New Repertory Theatre, and OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center. June 1, noon-6 p.m. (severe-weather date June 2). Free. Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Western Avenue, Cambridge. 617-349-4380, www.cambridgeartscouncil.org/riverfestival
LET'S GROOVE Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson have been at the helm of Earth, Wind & Fire for more than four decades of "Shining Star," "Boogie Wonderland," "After the Love Has Gone," and other soul, disco, R&B, funk, jazz, and rock classics. The Grammy winners have influenced Prince, Usher, and Beyonce. June 1, 8 p.m. $31-$76. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
NIGHTIE NIGHT Put on your PJs but forget about sleeping. Instead, dance the night away at this Slumber Party with award-winning DJ Costa. The Boston-area artist has opened for Earth, Wind and Fire, and lent his talents to the MTV Video Music Awards and CBS Fashion Week. June 1, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 21+. The Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000, www.theestateboston.com
SOUTHIE STUDIOS A converted mid-19th-century rum distillery that has been the artistic and residential home to artists for more than 20 years is home to South Boston Open Studios. Wander around and pick up a little something for Father's Day and you. The artists offer jewelry, paintings, photos, and more - but no rum. June 2, noon-6 p.m. Free. The Distillery, 516E 2nd St., South Boston. www.southbostonopenstudios.org
THEY'LL BE LOVING YOU Take him at his word, because TV's "Blue Bloods" detective, Donnie Wahlberg, wouldn't lie: "Ladies, we're coming for you." Openers for the New Kids on the Block Package Tour are 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. Do you still have your NKOTB lunch box and sleeping bag? June 2-3, 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$92. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
Jonathan Wiggs, Globe Staff
The growing season is here, and farmers markets are opening. All through the summer, they'll offer fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, cheeses, eggs, meat, fish, and flowers. You'll have to wait a bit for peak produce offerings, but there's still plenty to choose from at the markets which are already underway, including the Boston Copley Square Farmers Market. Stop by on Tuesday or Friday and check out vendors including Crystal Brook Farm (try their Australian Ginger or Lemon & Lavender goat cheese), Sofra Bakery, and Nella Pasta. The Central Square Farmers Market offers grass-fed meats, free range eggs, and lots more. The vendor list for the Davis Square Farmers Market includes Matt's Amazing Smokehouse, Bug Hill Farm, and Danish Pastry House.
Copley Square Tues and Fri, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Along St. James Ave., Dartmouth St., and Boylston St.
Central Square Mon, noon-6 p.m. Parking Lot #5, Bishop Allen Dr. & Norfolk St., Cambridge.
Davis Square Wed, noon-6 p.m. Day and Herbert Sts., Somerville.
For a comprehensive list of markets all over the state see www.massfarmersmarkets.org
Yay, three day weekend! Unfortunately, the weather may not be prime for an outdoor barbecue, but don't fear-- here are other events happening around Boston this Memorial Day weekend.
FREE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT THE MFA
The Museum of Fine Arts will display love for Boston during three free days in late May. The Memorial Day weekend events are being held in support for the city after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. May 25-27, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m., www.mfa.org
MEMORIAL DAY BIRD WALK
For those hours with (hopefully) minimal rain, take a walk around the Fresh Pond reservation in Cambridge and take in the nature as the spring season blossoms. May 27, 8-10 a.m., Fresh Pond Reservation
MEMORIAL DAY FAMILY WEEKEND
Take the whole family to learn about the life of a Marine on board the USS Constitution. Then, tour the museum exhibhits and get some education in along with a family outing. May 25-May 27, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston.
OK. So the weather may not be a fabulous 80 degrees of sunshine, but we're still getting a three day weekend. That's worth celebrating, right? Join us for a discussion on all things weekend related.
TRADING ONE JAM FOR ANOTHER In 1998, Club Passim was in a bit of a jam with a weak booking weekend. So, the Cambridge venue had a bunch of local talent sit around and jam, and the rest is campfire. history. Start your Memorial Day weekend Friday with in-the-round acts including The Second Hands; return Saturday for Hayley Reardon and others; continue on Sunday with Linda Draper and more; and finish up Monday with the Suitcase Junket and others. May 24, 6 p.m. May 25-27 at noon. $10, $30 (weekend pass). Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org
SO MANY CHOICES, SO LITTLE TIME Gina Gionfriddo had a lot to say about "Becky Shaw" and her follow-up play "Rapture, Blister, Burn." "My play, 'Becky Shaw,' feels to me a play about years 30-35. It's still possible to launch a career or start a family, but you need to hurry up. 'Rapture, Blister, Burn' feels like a play about years 40-45. Big, unfulfilled dreams are still possible, but they're statistically less likely." May 24-25, 8 p.m. May 26, 7 p.m. Through June 22. $25 and up, $25 under 36, $15 students and military, $5 senior discount. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org
CHAMBER SHARING This Boston chamber orchestra is democracy in action. Rather than being led by a conductor on the podium and folks behind the scenes, this group of Boston-area string players rotates leadership on and off the stage. A Far Cry presents its "Vienna Postcards" program of Mozart, Bruckner, and Schubert accompanied by wind and brass. May 24, 8 p.m. $28-$35, $20 seniors, $10 students. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1100, www.necmusic.edu
BY THE SEA 'Tis the season for outdoor entertainment venues. The Ocean Club at Marina Bay kicks off its season with a lineup of hot EDM acts including DJ/producer Steve Aoki (May 24), and a double bill with Dutch DJ/producer R3HAB and Quintino. (May 25). They save the best for last – May 26 features award-winning EDM DJ Armin Van Buuren. May 24-26, doors at 8 p.m. $30-$80, $200 four-day pass. 21+. Ocean Club at Marina Bay, 333 Victory Rd., Quincy. 617-689-0600, www.oceanclubatmarinabay.com
SAIL AWAY Make a summer resolution to learn to sail and enjoy the view of our lovely city from the Charles River. The Community Boating Summer Open House offers tours, classes every hour, and refreshments. Learn the ropes from folks at the nation's oldest and largest public sailing program. May 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (discounted membership if you join). Community Boating, 21 David Mugar Way, Boston. 617-523-1038, www.community-boating.org
HERE'S THE SCORE The only print of Karl-Henz Martin's 1920 silent film, "From Morning to Midnight" was discovered in Japan in 1959. Boston's Alloy Orchestra trio performs its live score of the recently restored German-expressionist film complete with a "rack of junk" and other found percussion and electronics. May 25, 7 and 9 p.m. $25, $20 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org
ON THE AVENUE From landfill came one of Boston's elegant neighborhoods of town houses, mansions, private social clubs, and churches. Stroll along "Commonwealth Avenue: Boston’s Grand Boulevard" and learn about the 19th-century creation of the Back Bay that developed a residential neighborhood within walking distance to downtown businesses. May 26, 2 p.m., rain or shine. $15. Meet your guide at the George Washington statue in the Public Garden (Arlington Street and Commonwealth Avenue), Boston. 617-367-2345, www.bostonbyfoot.org
PIRATES OF SILLINESS Productions by The Hypocrites are not true to the troupe's name because the Chicago thespians strictly adhere to their mission of irreverence and hilarity. The American Repertory Theater presents this new adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, "Pirates of Penzance," with bathing beauties, pirates who philosophize, and a banjo-playing Mabel. See what's cooking with Frederic and his freedom. May 17-18, 7:30 p.m. May 18-19, 2 p.m. Through June 2. $25 and up. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org
LOCAL SUDS For more than 25 years, the Harpoon Brewery has spread beer and cheer all over the Northeast. Boston-brewed beers at HarpoonFest include IPA, Summer Beer, and UFO White. Joining the local brew are local bands Township, Jenny Dee & the Delinquents, Evolfo Doofeht, Audrey Can't Die, The Brew, Nemes, Air Traffic Controller, and more. May 17, 5:30-11 p.m. (doors close 9:30 p.m.), May 18, 2-9 p.m. (doors close 7:30 p.m.) $20 (includes one drink and souvenir cup). 21+. Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 888-427-7666, www.harpoonbrewery.com
HAVE A BURGER DJ Master Millions provides the tunes at Burgers & Brews, a night to benefit music education for area youth. In between eating burgers from Fenway eateries and imbibing drinks from Cisco Brewers and Bacardi, bid on cool stuff at the silent auction. May 17, 7:30 p.m. $25. 21+. House of Blues Foundation Room, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. www.houseofblues.com/boston
ME, MYSELF, AND I The whole is equal to the sum of its parts, but the part is at the core of "Heart of the Matter." The evening-length dance performed by Prometheus Dance explores how the individual is effected by social behavior. The modern dance troupe celebrates its 25th anniversary. May 17, 7:30 p.m. May 18, 8 p.m. Talks 30 minutes before each show. $35. Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org
PLANET MUSIC While having fun at EarthFest, stop by the booths and displays with the kids to pick up a few ideas on how to be environmentally responsible. Music at the annual Radio 92.9 event includes Vertical Horizon, Cracker, Gentlemen Hall, Fastball, and Camper Van Beethoven. May 18, 11:15 a.m. (kids concert at 10 a.m.; check website for security procedures). Free (donations accepted for One Fund Boston). DCR Hatch Memorial Shell along the Esplanade, Boston. www.earthfest.com
BORGES THEN BROTHERS Take one part rock, one part Rodgers and Hammerstein, give them the Sarah Borges treatment and you get a unique punk, country, Americana sound evident on the guitar-playing singer/songwriter’s new record, "Radio Sweetheart." Borges is followed by the Spampinato Brothers. May 18, 9 p.m. $12, $15 at the door. Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/377534
HIP-HOP HOORAY Hip-hop history has a solid place in the music books thanks, in part, to the three acts performing at the Wilbur Theatre as part of the Cambridge-based Together Festival. Biz Markie has 26 years of hip-hop history; Kool Moe Dee was a member of Treacherous Three; Duo Nice & Smooth is known for catchy hooks and clever rhymes. May 18, 8 p.m. $25-$30. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.thewilbur.com
DEAD TO LIFE Imagine finding a hidden cave with 972 preserved scrolls that haven't been seen for 2,000 years? That's exactly what happened in 1947 to a Bedouin goat herder whom we can thank for "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times." The exhibit features 20 fragments from the collection, multimedia presentations, and more than 600 objects including weapons, stone carvings, and jewelry. May 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Oct. 14. Timed tickets are $32, $29 seniors, $27 ages 3-11 (reservations recommended). Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500, www.mos.org
HIS LAST TRAIN As a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer Paul Theroux was introduced to Africa and his 50-year love affair with the continent. In his new book, "The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari," Theroux writes about the overlooked, impoverished, and neglected western Africa. May 19, 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515, www.harvard.com
The weather forecast looks great for PorchFest, featuring more than 100 musical acts picking, strumming, and singing on porches all over Somerville. The third annual event is intended to be informal, neighborly, and fun. The Somerville Arts Council describes it as "a community event where Somervillians share their love of playing and listening to music." During three time slots in three different quadrants of the city, you can hear Americana, blues, Afrobeat, acid folk, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, and other genres of music. Veteran area musicians like Matt Glaser, Tim Gearan, and Sean Staples are included in the line-up, as well as bands like the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society, Cat Sounds, Dirty Water Brass Band, and The Rolling Who. There's also a Porch-ioke site if you want to belt out a number yourself. The event gets underway Saturday, May 18 from noon-2 p.m. in East Somerville, moves to central Somerville from 2-4 p.m., and finishes in West Somerville from 4-6 p.m. Download the map for details. See somervilleartscouncil.org for complete info.
The annual fest in honor of Planet Earth celebrates its 20th anniversary with a line-up that includes Vertical Horizon, Cracker, Gentlemen Hall, Fastball, and Camper Van Beethoven. Radio 92.9 EarthFest presented by Whole Foods Market also features exhibits and environmental displays, samples of earth-friendly products, and an interactive Kids' Planet area. In the spirit of the festival and in light of the fact that it's expected to draw more than 100,000 people, take the T or use pedal power to get there (free bike valet service will be provided courtesy of MassBike). May 18. Free, donations will be accepted for The One Fund Boston. Event begins at 10 a.m. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston. www.earthfest.com
The annual Together Festival, a week-long music and technology event based in Cambridge, will feature musical performances, as well as screenings, exhibitions, and trade shows. It will run May 12-19.
Artists like rapper Biz Markee and musicians Tiga will give performances at the annual festival. The different events, outlined on their website, will be held at venues across Greater Boston, including The Good LIfe and Phoenix Landing.
Seminars and discussions on the latest trends in music making, new artists, and screenings will also be held at major venues, such as the Museum of Science and the Museum of Fine Arts. Passes can be purchased for $150 and $225 for the VIP pass.
Check out the festival's website for more information.
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Looking to find some fun activities this weekend? Have you planned the perfect Mother's Day brunch? Take a look at our transcript from our Friday chat.
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Swati G. Sharma is a Somerville resident and is a fan of city living, exploring Bostons nightlife, and dancing.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.