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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  April 8, 2010 09:20 AM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and Courtney Hollands's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Take a peek, then get out:

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WEEKEND

Down:2:Earth (D2E) Festival: You may think your garden is green already — but it could always be greener. Find out how at this festival, where an interactive Eco-Garden Pavilion and eco-gardening workshops offer ideas on sustainable gardens and lawns. The key, according to pavilion designer Risa Edelstein, is to forget the perfect grass and neatly edged beds and go for a look that Mother Nature herself might design. Look for displays on native plants, composting, rain capture, leaf mulch, and wildlife gardening. Local Bites Preview Party: 5-9 p.m. Friday, $25. Festival hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $10, $8 students and seniors. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston. 617-266-6540, d2eboston.com

CRAFTBOSTON: The 200 artists featured in the Society of Arts and Crafts' annual exhibition do amazing things with leather, metal, glass, fiber, wood, and clay. We really like Jackie Abrams' colorful and funky baskets, Grace Chin's elegant jewelry, and Cindy Walsh's stylish hats and coats. New this year are 16 top Israeli artists presented by the Association of Israel's Decorative Arts. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $15, $13 seniors. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 617-266-1810, craftboston.org

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Nikki Giovanni: She's often been called the princess of black poetry, woman of the year (Mademoiselle Magazine), and a living legend (by Oprah Winfrey, no less). Such accolades aren't always lavished on poets, but Giovanni is more than just a writer of verse. She's a self-described "Black American, a daughter, mother, and a professor of English." She also cares deeply about civil rights and equality, and will speak on those subjects Friday night in "A Journey of Healing and Transformation: An African-American Woman's Perspective on Racism in the Room." Saturday, she reads from her poetry in Cambridge. Lecture: 7 p.m. Free. Trinity Church, Clarendon and Boylston St., Boston. www.trinitychurchboston.org. Reading: 6 p.m. $10. First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge. $10. 617-547-6789. ccae.org

SATURDAY

Tinsley Mortimer: This "High Society" star and Manhattan socialite will grace Boston with her presence for the Estate's third anniversary party. Tinsley is used to sashaying behind velvet ropes at New York's hottest clubs and affairs — so we need to show her a good time, Hub-style. Look for a bebe fashion show and get down to the sounds of DJ Spinbad. 21+. 9:30 p.m. $20, women free before 10:30 p.m. The Estate, 1 Boylston Place, Boston. 617-351-7000. theestateboston.com

Johnny Cash Tribute: Oh, J.R., we miss you. Joaquin Phoenix just didn't do it for us. A gaggle of bands — including Coyote Kolb, Movers & Shakers, and Indian Style — will pay homage to the Man in Black at PA's Lounge Saturday night. Count on hearing "Ring of Fire" at least once. Proceeds will go to the Prison Book Program. 21+. 8 p.m. $10. P.A.'s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-776-1557. paslounge.com

Diablo Glass Open House: For a decade, Diablo Glass School has been the go-to source in Boston for learning about glassblowing, flameworking, fused glass, stained glass, and cutting glass. The school celebrates with demonstrations, and displays of work by Watts Hot Glass, Dvora Silberman, Hethre Larive, Jacqueline Knight, Kathy Mayer, and Sean Clarke. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Diablo Glass School, 123 Terrace Place, Boston. diabloglassschool.com

"Moody's Moods: The Music of James Moody": When this saxophonist recorded "I'm in the Mood for Love" in 1949, he had no idea that his improvisation on it — "Moody's Mood for Love" — would become his signature song. Moody, who's been named Harvard University Jazz Master 2010, will be honored at this show Saturday night. Recent surgery prevents him from attending the performance himself, but saxophonists Bill Pierce and Jimmy Heath will be on hand to join the Harvard Jazz Bands in Moody classics including Heath's new arrangement of "Moody's Groove." 8 p.m. $15, $8 seniors and students. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222, boxoffice.harvard.edu

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Dirty Projectors: Clearly, this experimental Brookyln band wanted to go for long walks on the beach this weekend. How else do you explain the group's decision to play its only New England shows this spring at the Cape Cinema in Dennis? Dave Longstreth and his dissonant crew certainly deserve some R&R — they recently performed with the LA Philharmonic and are getting ready for Coachella later this month. Anyone up for a Cape road trip this weekend? 8 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. $25, $20 in advance. Cape Cinema, 35 Hope Ln., Dennis. 888-718-4253. capecinema.com

Circus Smirkus: Raising the Big Top: The teen and young adult wonders of Vermont's traveling youth circus perform to benefit the arts and education organization. Joy Powers, just coming off a stint with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, appears with other Smirkus alumni in the Piccolini Trio, a new clown act with juggling, acrobatics, and physical comedy. 6 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $20-$25, $15-$17 ages 2-12. Thayer Academy, 745 Washington St., Braintree. smirkus.org

India Festival: There's so much to do at the Peabody Essex Museum this weekend. You can practice the art of Rangoli (that's floor decorating), make a kite, and learn how to wear a sari in style. Surabhi Shah tells Indian tales about extraordinary women, musicians present selections from "Phoolan Devi: The Bandit Queen," the Chicago-based Natya Dance Theatre performs excerpts from "Shakti Chakra" or "The Cycle of Energy," and films by James Ivory (who will be on hand for the fest) explore various aspects of the country. 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Free with admission: $15, $13 seniors, $11 students. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500, pem.org

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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.

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