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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  June 9, 2010 06:19 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff and Luke O'Neil's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Take a peek, then get out!

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WEEKEND

'Meet the Swinger. . . and Other Treasures from the Polaroid Collection': We loved watching our Polaroid shots slide out of their slot and come to life before our eyes, thanks to Edwin Land. With more than 500 patents, the Cambridge scientist, inventor, and founder of the Polaroid Corporation held the second highest number of patents when he died in 1991 (Thomas Edison beat him). Take a look at a couple of dozen cameras, design prototypes, and notes from the Polaroid Collection. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (ongoing). $7.50; $3 students, seniors, and under 18; free under age 5 and on Sun from 10 a.m.-noon. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5927. mit.edu/museum

FRIDAY

Pauly D: Providence can claim him as its native son, but Seaside Heights, New Jersey is Paul Delvecchio's claim to fame. You know him and love (or hate) him as Pauly D, the resident Italian bad boy on the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore." Oh, you're more of a "Snooki" fan? Hey, what about "The Situation"? Forget about it because what you get is DJ Pauly D spinning the Top 40. And you'll like it. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 (first 100), $25, $30 at the door. Advance online purchase recommended. 21+. Royale Nightclub, 279 Tremont St., Boston. paulydboston.eventbrite.com

Cirkestra and Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band: Cue circus music (da da dadadada da da da da) and get ready for the biggest show on earth. These Boston circus-music rivals will play their own big-top sounds and then squeeze onto the tiny Club Passim stage together at the end of the night. Frontman Peter, a former circus clown, founded Cirkestra in 2004 to tour with Circus Smirkus. E.N.S.M.B. started in a circus production called Mischief in the Machine. The bands have different styles but both use saxophones, accordion, fiddle, percussion, and brass. 8 p.m. $18. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 617-492-7679. clubpassim.org

An Evening of Personal Narratives: Have you ever grilled your husband's underpants (we've considered grilling hubby), had multiple identities (one is plenty for us, thank you), or spent a few months in India (does loving naan bread count?)? The five massmouth storytellers who will deliver their non-fiction spoken words are massmouth co-founder Andrea Lovett, Nora Dooley, Elizabeth Appleby, Tony Toledo, and event organizer H.R. Britton. 7-9 p.m. $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge. 617-395-1393. lily-pad.net

SATURDAY

Mario Lopez: He may have moved to an abdominally glamorous career on "Dancing With the Stars" and "Extra," but to us Lopez, a.k.a. A.C. Slater from "Saved by the Bell" will always be engaged in an eternal battle against those uppity preppies and their giant cellphones. Saturday night, the buff host of "America's Best Dance Crew" will be on the scene at the Estate, most likely judging your every dance move. 21+. 9:30 p.m. $20, women free before 11 p.m. 617-351-7000. theestateboston.com

The Eagles: This concert is a Grammy who's who when the desperadoes welcome the Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban as their special guests. The Eagles will pull from their more than 35-year arsenal of nuggets including "Hotel California," "Desperado," and "One Of These Nights." The Dixie Chicks will perform hits from their albums including "Wide Open Spaces" and "Not Ready to Make Nice." Urban will deliver "Somebody Like You" and more. 5:15 p.m. $55-$215. Gillette Stadium, 1 Patriot Place, Foxboro. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Roslindale Garden Tour: How do their gardens grow? Eight urban gardens were chosen to show how different environments can be successfully and artistically designed to deal with the joys and challenges of urban living. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $20. Tour begins at Roslindale Farmers' Market in Adams Park, Washington Street at Cummins Highway, Roslindale Village. roslindalegreenandclean.org

World Cup Boston FIFA Kick-Off Celebration: Some of you might catch the 10 a.m. game between Argentina and Nigeria, but for you lazy bones, the game between USA and England doesn't start until 2:30 Saturday. If you miss that, we can't help you. World Cup Boston 2010 invites you to watch the games at this viewing party where you can meet the New England Revolution players, Rev Girls, and other celebs. There's a silent auction and raffle to benefit World Cup Boston 2010 and the International House of Blues Foundation. 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Free admission (complimentary raffle ticket for those who pre-register). House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 617-443-1072. revolutionsoccer.net/worldcup2010

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Boston Pride:
For some, turning 40 is the beginning of the end. For others, it's just the beginning. The theme of this year's Boston Pride is "Riots to Rights — Celebrating 40 Years of Progress," and Boston City Hall is a perfect venue for a party. Saturday's events include a parade that starts at noon in the South End and ends at City Hall, where a festival also begins at noon. The festival features Seacoast Repertory Theatre (12:25) and vocalists Cece Peniston (5 p.m.) and Kristine W (5:30 p.m.). Check the website for additional activities on June 12 and block parties on June 13. The Boston Pride Committee serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied community. Rain or shine. Free. Boston City Hall. 617-262-9405. bostonpride.org

SUNDAY

Family Fishing Festival: Instructors from the Massachusetts Wildlife Angler Education Department will talk about safety, fishing equipment, and how to reel in that big fish. Limited quantities of bait and equipment will be available, or you can bring your own. 10 a.m.-noon, weather permitting. $12 per family. JCC Grossman Camp's Powissett Pond, off Dover Road, Westwood. 617-558-6414. jccgb.org/fish

'Music Miles Send Off': Cellist Sandy Martha Kiefer will probably keep track of the 4,000 miles on her cross-country bike trip, but will the Longy School of Music faculty member jot down the number of pieces she plays at hospitals, libraries, and other venues along her route through rural America? Before the 58 year old departs on June 19 with her faithful touring-bike companion, Hi-Ho Silver (and the Cycle America group), Kiefer will be sent off in style by 30 students, ages 3 and older, at this concert. 1 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Longy School of Music front lawn, 33 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-868-2692. longy.edu

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