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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  July 22, 2010 10:10 AM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff and Courtney Hollands' picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend and get out!

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WEEKEND

'The Hound of the Baskervilles': A beast shaped like a hound is killing members of the Baskerville family who live at the estate. When the latest heir is ready to move in, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson metaphorically move in to solve the mystery. Three actors play 16 characters in this farcical version of the tale written by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. Thomas Derrah directs this spoof of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $40, $30 seniors, $25 college students, $15 ages 12-18. Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-811-4111. centralsquaretheater.org

Lowell Folk Festival: Make sure your watch or phone is set to the correct time so you don't miss the 6:25 p.m. flagraising ceremony at JFK Plaza that waves on this fest. At 6:40 p.m., join a march with the Worcester Kiltie Band through the streets of downtown Lowell to Boarding House Park Stage where music will include Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band and Steep Canyon Rangers. In addition to lots of music, "Foodways" focuses on how beans are prepared in several cultures. 6:25 p.m. Friday; Noon Saturday and Sunday. Downtown Lowell. Free. 978-970-5200. lowellfolkfestival.org

FRIDAY

White Party: Did your invite to P. Diddy's annual White Party in the Hamptons get lost in the mail? No worries. Here's your chance to wear your all-white ensemble in the Hub. Organizers promise a "Miami-style celebration" with a "stylish European crowd." DJ Ross One (who holds residencies in Miami and Manhattan) will provide the hip-hop, house, and Brazilian funk. Beware of spills, friends.10:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. 21+. The Estate, One Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000. theestateboston.com

SATURDAY

Houghton's Pond Fish Festival: Catch and release is the motto, but if you have a fishing license and fish meet the size requirement, you can go home with dinner. Lessons will be offered in casting, knot tying, and fish identification. Bring equipment or borrow it at the event. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine. Free (includes bait). Recommended for ages 5 and older. Picnic site #5, Blue Hill River Road, Milton. 617-698-1802, ext. 310. mass.gov/dcr

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Salem Culturefest: If you can tear yourself away from the moon bounce, checkout the music, dance, storytelling, crafts, activities, and food vendors at this North Shore shindig. This two-day event celebrates Salem's cultural diversity. Brazilian jazz singer Teresa Ines goes on at noon, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the Sisters in Dance belly dancing troupe. At 4:30 p.m., it's the Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. Free. Salem Commons, Salem. 978-306-3142. a3dinc.org

Antiques at Elm Bank: Back away from your catalogs, computer, and the mall, and drool over some gorgeous old stuff in Wellesley. More than 100 dealers from the Northeast and beyond schlepp their 18th- to 20th-century furniture, jewelry, china, silver, quilts, baskets, paintings, toys, and more to the beautiful Massachusetts Horticultural Society where you can shop outside under tents and indoors. We hear there's a dealer selling historic flasks (now you're interested). 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. $8, free under 17 with an adult. Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 900 Washington St. (Rte. 16), Wellesley. 781-862-4039. neantiqueshows.com

SUNDAY

Baseball Tavern Oil Spill Benefit: The Gulf Relief Foundation was formed because of the oil spill in the Gulf Coast, and this event was organized to raise money. So, support the cause by ordering from a Southern-style menu of jambalaya, gumbo, and crawfish; buying raffle tickets, and enjoying the live music. 2-11:30 p.m. $20 admission. The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston St., Boston. 617-867-6526. thebaseballtavern.com

'Fully Committed': Every time we see Becky Mode's comedy, we can't figure out how one guy plays 70 roles. It must be smoke and mirrors or one heck of a talented actor. Morgan Sills plays an out-of-work actor taking reservations from folks willing do anything to get a reservation at Manhattan's hottest restaurant. Presented by CTEK Arts. 8 p.m. (also 8 p.m. Monday). $33.50, $28.50 students and seniors. The Provincetown Theater, 238 Bradford St., Provincetown. 508-487-7487. www.provincetowntheater.org

Day of Triumph: When you pull up in your jalopy, park far away and pretend you own a really cool, classic Triumph — maybe a TR4, TR250, or Triumph Stag. You'll impress folks at the Larz Anderson Museum, unless they ask a lot of questions. Admire the road cars and race cars made between the 1950s and '80s, and trophies will be awarded for the best car in each class. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine. $10; $5 kids, seniors, active military; free under 6; $20 to enter a Triumph car or motorcycle. Admission includes museum. Lawn of Larz Anderson Motor Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline. 617-522-6547. larzanderson.org

'Mad Men' Night: Party like the Drapers and Roger Sterling at this retro fĂȘte celebrating the season premiere at Tavolo. Snack on deviled eggs, pigs in a blanket, and other classic bar bites while sipping cocktails like The Joan (a Tom Collins), The Betty (a vodka gimlet), and The Salvatore (a Campari Squeeze) during the show. 10 p.m. No cover. Tavolo, 1918 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester. 617-822-1918. tavolopizza.com

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