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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  September 1, 2010 03:33 PM

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

**No duking it out with Earl: The Boston Pops and Kenny Loggins concert at McCoy Stadium that was originally scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 4) and mentioned in these weekend picks has been postponed until next Friday (Sept. 10), due to Hurricane Earl and public safety concerns. **

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WEEKEND

Gloucester Schooner Festival: September means school (boo), the end of summer (ditto), and this fest (hooray). Old and new vessels ranging from 19 to 100 feet in length will arrive from ports along the Eastern Seaboard for this annual event highlighted by Sunday's Mayor's Race. You can watch the schooners head out to sea at Sunday morning's Parade of Sail. Racing starts Saturday. Check the website for land and sea activities and events, including fireworks over Gloucester Harbor. Friday's block party is from 6-11 p.m. Through Monday, barring heavy rains and winds. Free. In and around Gloucester. 978-283-1601. capeannvacations.com/schooner

Boston Tattoo Convention: Maybe you'd like to attend this weekend-long convention to brush up on your skills at seminars like "Microdermal Anchor Techniques." Or maybe you just want to check out the most dazzling display of body art you're likely to see in one place, along with a full slate of programs including a bikini contest and performances by Black Cat Burlesque. Who knows? You might even be inspired to become the canvas for one of the international tattoo artists on site. 10 a.m.-midnight Friday through Monday. Single-day pass $25, $20 advance. Four-day pass $55, $70; $45, $55 advance. Boston Back Bay Sheraton Hotel, Copley Square. 978-744-9393, bostontattooconvention.com

'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee': Six angsty adolescents and their pushy parents vie for the prize in this sweet little musical with funny songs and quirky characters including William Barfee and Marcy Park (played by Lisa Yuen, who did the role on Broadway). Lyric Stage presents the Tony Award winner. Oh, did we mention there's audience participation? Don't be surprised if you're called onstage to take part in the contest. Can you spell F-U-N? 8 p.m. Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through Oct. 2). $29-$56. Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678, lyricstage.com

Campfire: This festival used to have a longer name, but after a dozen years of booking the best acoustic players from across the country, announcing that it's on the "cutting edge" is just superfluous. The condensed moniker suits the four-day music extravaganza just fine. An in-the-round, song swap format imparts a cozy, cordial atmosphere. Stop in and feel the heat generated by more than a hundred performers including Rose Polenzani, Mieka Pauley, Laura Cortese, Alec Spiegelman, Jimmy Ryan, Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade, and Matt Heaton & the Electric Heaters. 6 p.m.-midnight. Friday; Noon-midnight Saturday-Monday. Also Sept. 4-6, noon-midnight. $10 single day pass, $30 four-day pass. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, passimcenter.org

FRIDAY

Mass Brewers Summerfest: There will be plenty of suds at Friday's first (and hops-fully, not last) Summerfest. This celebration of local breweries, local beer, and local music comes with more than 80 different beers from more than 20 member breweries in the state's Brewers Guild. In addition to your faves, there will be specialty beers brewed for the festival. Soak in the skyline views, the suds, and sounds from Three Day Threshold. Participating brewers include Blue Hills Brewery, Harpoon Brewery, and Rock Bottom Brewery. 6 p.m., rain or shine. $35, $29 (the first 500 to purchase tickets). 21+. World Trade Center Head House Concourse, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 617-368-5099. massbrewersguild.org

SATURDAY

True Blood Bash: Macabre is the name of the game at this shindig Saturday night. The Estate will be transformed into a "dark and sexy vampire nightclub," according to organizers, as "True Blood" co-stars Rutina Wesley and Joe Manganiello greet fans among the coffins and creatures. Show off those fangs. 9 p.m. Tickets: $20; no cover if you register at www.RCN.com/bitten and arrive before 10. 21+. Estate. 617-351-7000. theestateboston.com

Des Bishop: Moving from Queens, New York, to Ireland might not be the easiest transition for an adolescent, but that's what this funnyman did as a teenager in the 1990s. You have to laugh at the way things have worked out. From the Emerald Isle, Bishop has launched a comedy career that's soaring. His latest stand-up show is "My Dad Was Nearly James Bond," inspired by his father's diagnosis of terminal lung cancer. Bishop finds humor and affirmation in the tragedy, while paying tribute to the real virtues of fatherhood. 7 p.m. $25, $32. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, thewilbur.com

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Tanglewood Jazz Festival: It's the home of the Boston Symphony all summer long, but on Labor Day Weekend it's all about jazz. Enjoy a star-studded, eclectic line-up including a Saturday afternoon taping of "Radio Deluxe" co-hosted by John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, with guest vocalist Jane Monheit. Other concerts feature the Laurence Hobgood Trio, vocalist Kurt Elling, "Broadway Boogie" with clarinetist/saxophonist Eddie Daniels, the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, the Julian Lage Group, and pianist/composer Donal Fox and cellist Maya Beiser in the "Piazzolla to Bach Project." Check website for performers and times. $18-$77, some programs free. Tanglewood, West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200, tanglewoodjazzfestival.org

'The Book of Lilith': Fasten your seat belt — Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre aims to take audience members on a fantastical ride in this theatrical bellydance production. It follows the story of ancient Middle Eastern goddess Lilith from her early days as handmaiden to the Great Goddess, to her residence and subsequent fall from grace in the Garden of Eden. Along the way, Lilith dabbles in sacred eros and eventually becomes a serpentine supernatural force. It's all portrayed through Exquisite Corpse's mix of re-interpreted traditional bellydance and modern performance art. 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $25. Salem Theatre Company Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. salemtheatre.com

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