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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  September 8, 2010 01:51 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!

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FRIDAY

Night With Captain Sig and the Hillstrand Brothers: Bering Sea crab grounds are no place for the timid, but the Providence Performing Arts Center is the place for fans of the Discovery Channel documentary series, "Deadliest Catch." The show's stars will cover topics including the scariest moment at sea, the best part of fishing, thoughts about the show, and the up and down sides of stardom. Never-before-seen footage and a Q&A are included. 8 p.m. $22-$85. Mature content. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence, R.I. 401-421-2787. ppacri.org

SATURDAY

Banjo and Fiddle Contests: You can choose to put a banjo or your knee or just watch others do it at this Saturday event. Free workshops on mountain dulcimer, fiddle, and banjo might get you in a competitive mood for the contests starting at noon. Musicians of all ages and levels will compete for cash prizes and trophies. Noon-6 p.m. (workshops start at 10 a.m.). Free (donations are welcome; pre-registration for contestants is recommended). Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell (rain location is Lowell High School Auditorium). 978-970-5000. nps.gov/lowe

Back to School Party: Press those school uniforms and headmistress outfits for the School Grrl/Boi costume contest at DykeNight's Second Saturday soiree — you could win a pair of tickets to see Blondie or Sara Bareilles' album "Kaleidoscope Heart." DJ Kris Kono will provide the dance-worthy soundtrack. 10 p.m. Tickets: $10. 21+. Machine. 617-536-1950, dykenight.com

Island Creek Oyster Festival: Summer may be over, but you can still fit in at least one big beach bash. At this annual event, you'll find two tents housing live bands, Island Creek-themed cocktails, lots of good eats, and an interactive tide pool and fishing tourney for the wee ones. Notable Boston chefs work their magic on thousands of oysters, day boat scallops, and Duxbury razor clams. After the 5-8 p.m. small bites segment of the event, Joe Bachman and the Crew crank out the tunes while Greg Reeves of Green Street Grill fires up the late-night grill for burgers, dogs, and good times. Proceeds benefit the Island Creek Oysters Foundation. 3-11 p.m. $50, VIP $150, under 12 free. Duxbury Beach Park, 435 Gurnet Rd., Duxbury. 781-934-2028, islandcreekfoundation.org/festival

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Kermesse - Armenian Street Fair & Festival: If you've never had lamejun, it's time you tried it. The Armenian-style pizza is just one of the delicacies on the menu at this event (the beef kabobs and the fresh watermelon popsicles with mint leaves sound pretty good, too). The fete aims to celebrate Armenian culture through food, music, art, and historical displays. Performers include Armenchick, singer Onnik Dinkjian, oud player John Berberian, and the Arev Armenian Folk Ensemble. Work by Armenian born painter Mher Khachtryan and local artists will be on view. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; Noon-7 p.m. Sunday. $10-$15, ages 2-12 $4-$6. Armenian Cultural and Education Center, 47 Nichols Ave., Watertown. boston-kermesse.org

Blair Thomas: You may think of puppets as children's playthings, but in the hands of this master puppeteer they become the vehicle for a complex theatrical experience. The Chicago artist visits Boston to present "Hard Headed Heart," three interconnected solo shows. "The Puppet Show of Don Cristobal" uses wooden hand puppets and a drum kit in a witty retelling of a traditional trickster tale. "St. James Infirmary" relies on rod marionettes, a motorized paper scroll, and a one-man band. "The Blackbird" goes for shadow puppets, lamplight, and other magical effects to interpret Wallace Stevens' poem "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird." 8 p.m. both days. $25, $20 students and seniors. Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown. 617-242-3285, www.charlestownworkingtheater.org

Life is good Festival: The folks at Life is good do their best to spread cheerfulness and optimism. Even if their ubiquitous shirts, hats, and tote bags don't make you crack a smile, we're guessing the music lineup for this fest. The two-day party features performances by Jason Mraz, Guster, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Ziggy Marley, Corinne Bailey Rae, Dr. Dog, Mavis Staples, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Trombone Shorty, and more. The kids stage is rocking, too, with Dan Zanes and Friends, They Might Be Giants, and artists from the Big Apple Circus. Proceeds go to the Life is good Kids Foundation, helping children who face life-threatening challenges. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. both days. Two day tickets $90, single day ticket $50, ages 6-12 $10 (limited supply), under six free. Prowse Farm, 5 Blue Hill River Rd., Canton. lifeisgood.com/festivals

SUNDAY

Allston Village Street Fair: Billed as "Boston's Urban Mardi Gras," there will be two outdoor stages and performers including Three Day Threshold, the Have Nots, and Elsewhere. Visit vendors, an international food court, and amusements, and create street murals with Sidewalk Sam. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Harvard Avenue, Allston. allstonvillagestreetfair.com

'Boston Marriage': Women in turn-of-the century parlors may not be a typical setting for David Mamet, but his take on two proper, cohabitating ladies of independent means experiencing a few bumps in the road, has his hallmark wit, edge, and biting repartee. Jennie Israel and Debra Wise play the pair in New Repertory Theatre's season opener. We can't wait to see the set and costumes — regarding that, director David Zoffoli says "think wild Gibson girls in the Gilded Era." 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday (through Oct. 3). Sunday's matinee is pay-what-you-can. Other shows $28-$59, seniors $7 off, student rush $14. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

Family Day at the Bird Banding Station: It's time for migrating birds to be evaluated at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Spring and fall are the only times you can watch because the station is open only at the height of migration. 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $8, $5 kids (recommended for ages 6 and older; pre-registration is required). Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. 978-462-9998. massaudubon.org/joppaflats

Sounds of Ibiza: House and techno DJ Victor Calderone has remixed all sorts of songs, from Garbage's "Push It" to Sting's "Desert Rose." He'll man the turntables with Chriss Vargas, Rob Mirage, and DJ Deka at this 6one7 Productions party, bringing "the energy of Ibiza" to Quincy, according to organizers. This is an all day affair — apologies in advance for any Monday headaches.12 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets: $35, $25 in advance, $20 for the first 100 advance tickets sold. 21+. Ocean Club at Marina Bay. 617-689-0600, oceanclubatmarinabay.com

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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.

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