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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  May 6, 2010 09:22 AM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff, 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

'The Gulls': We have a love-hate relationship with the Gold Dust Orphans. We love their clever, raucous slaps at movies, TV, and literature, but we are jealous of their fabulous costumes, gorgeous legs, luscious make-up, and ability to walk like models in stilettos. The delicious drag troupe under the watchful mascared eye of Ryan Landry is at it again with this swipe at Hitchcock's "The Birds." Fly by to meet newspaper heiress Melanie Daniels, rugged veterinarian Mitch Brenner and his mother, Lydia, a barrel of laughs (if you don't cross her) — and more than 1,000 birds. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday (Through May 30). For mature audiences. $35, $45. Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston. 617-265-6222. brownpapertickets.com/event/107459

SATURDAY

David Bowie/Mick Jagger Party: A dance party honoring two of our favorite rock stars of all time? Yes, please. Slither into your neon spandex, paint on the glitter, and join the other Jean Genies, Midnight Ramblers, and Spiders from Mars on the floor. DJs Mack and Dick Jagger DJ names OK to run? -- they are a little off color, hahawill spin disco, glam rock, and of course, Mick and David, until the wee hours. 21+. 10 p.m. No cover. Savant Project, 1625 Tremont St., Boston. 617-566-5958. thesavantproject.com

'Magnificent and Modest: Beacon Hill Walking Tour': In the early 1800s, the North Slope of Beacon Hill was home to Boston's working class, but the rest of the mound was for the upper class. You'll see it all on this walk, which starts with a tour of the Otis House Museum. The Bullfinch-designed Federal-era mansion was home to attorney and Boston mayor Harrison Gray Otis and his wife, Sally Foster Otis. The tour continues outside in the 'hood of mansions, gardens, and small wooden houses. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine (Saturdays through October; all ages). $12. Reservations recommended. Otis House Museum, 141 Cambridge St., Boston. 617-994-5920. historicnewengland.org

ArtRages Surrealestate Art Party: Imagine your work cubicle transformed into the after hours setting for a hopping art bash with video, installations, dance, and music. Sound like fun? Then this Mobius party is for you. The organization has repurposed deserted office space for an event featuring performances by Babes in Boinkland, Drug Rug, and the Second Line Social Aid Pleasure Society Brass Band — not to mention lots of cutting edge art. Some highlights: Daniel DeLuca's installation "Daniel's Nefarious Activities Space," Wenxiong Lin's "Drawing-on the wall," Ellen Godena's work documenting her relationship with a cute little robot dinosaur named Pleo, and stiltwalker Naomi Bennett and her human puppet. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 175 William F. McLellan Highway, East Boston. $20, $15 students and seniors. mobius.org

Lisa Lampanelli:
Jim Carrey likes her shtick. Howard Stern says she's original and brilliant. Does that this mean comic will be nice to them when she brings her show to Boston? She does have a reputation to uphold, after all, as the Queen of Mean (her recent HBO comedy special is titled "Long Live the Queen"). Lampanelli, a specialist in insult jokes is a regular on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and is at work with executive producer Carrey on a pilot for a weekly HBO series. 7 and 9:45 p.m. $42, $62. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, thewilbur.com

Brian Stokes Mitchell:
This crooner was born on Halloween. Maybe that's why Mitchell is so comfortable putting on a costume and inhabiting major roles in musicals like "Ragtime," Kiss Me, Kate," and "Man of La Mancha." Before cementing his reputation as a first-rate Broadway star, Mitchell enjoyed a television and film career which included a seven-year stint on "Trapper John, MD." The versatile baritone is also comfortable with classical (he's done Gershwin with the San Francisco Symphony and Copland with the L.A. Philharmonic), and jazz standards. His concert is presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston. 8 p.m. $45, $53. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661, celebrityseries.org

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Fort Point Art Walk: Still haven't figured out where to go, or what to get for Mother's Day? No worries. This art walk is the solution for both dilemmas. More than 50 artists invite you into their studios to check out prints, jewelry, ceramics, photography, sculpture, textiles, and more. Talks, demos, and performances are scheduled all weekend long. Noon-5 p.m. both days. Free. Fort Point Arts Community, Boston. Maps available at A and Binford Sts., 249 A St., 300 Summer St., 15 Channel Center St. 617-423-4299, fortpointarts.org

SUNDAY

Highballs at the Starlite: World Cocktail Week starts May 6. Celebrate with drinkboston Sunday by quaffing Moscow Mules (vodka, fresh lime, and ginger ale), Presbyterians (rye, ginger ale, and seltzer), and a special highball whipped up by Starlite's ace bartenders: the Calamansi Collins (Thai basil-infused gin, calamansi juice, simple syrup, and seltzer). There will also be retro appetizers — hello, Swedish meatballs and pigs in a blanket (!) — and swingin' '60s tunes. Ring-a-ding-ding. 21+. 7 p.m. $40, $35 in advance, includes four drinks. 617-576-0006. drinkboston.com

'A Daughter Remembers': What if your dad had an imagination big enough to create "Sesame Street," "The Muppet Show," and "Fraggle Rock"? Heather Henson, the youngest of Jim Henson's five children and an artist in her own right (she's the executive producer of the entertainment company IBEX Puppetry), talks about growing up in the Henson family and discusses her father's life and career. The program is presented in conjunction with "Jim Henson's Fantastic World," an exhibition featuring drawings, cartoons, storyboards, puppets, TV and movie props, and photographs. Arrive early for a guided tour and gallery talk. 2 p.m. lecture, 1 p.m. tour. Free. National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. 781-861-6559, nationalheritagemuseum.org

Duckling Day: Follow the Harvard University Band around Boston Common dressed as your favorite character from Robert McCloskey's "Make Way for Ducklings." Mayor Menino will greet you at the end of the parade and goodie bags will be handed out before the waddle. Registration and activities start at 10:30 a.m., parade at noon. Rain or shine. $25 donation per family. Register at Boston Common, corner of Beacon and Park streets. 617-267-7366. friendsofthepublicgarden.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.

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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