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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  September 22, 2010 11:27 AM

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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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WEEKEND

'Enron': Greed and financial collapse are the stars of this show, the first production of Zeitgeist Stage Company's 10th anniversary season. Head back to the '90s in this political satire and multimedia spectacle that skewers the nasty men and women at the infamous energy company. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $20 previews (through Sept. 26), $7 minimum pay-what-you-can performances Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13. Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. bostontheatrescene.com

Trails & Sails: You won't be able to take in all 173 events at 107 locations, but maybe you can manage 170? The Essex National Heritage Commission invites you to Cape Ann for whale watches and dory rides; Amesbury for house tours of famous residents including the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House; Lawrence to reenact the Civil War era. How about the Essex County Mushroom Hunt to cap things off? Check the website for times and venues (Outdoor events are weather permitting). Free. Essex County. 978-740-0444. trailsandsails.org

FRIDAY

Pilatini Party: Pilates + martinis = Pilatinis, of course. Try this cocktail from the Regal Beagle — made with Berkshire Mountain Distillers vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, white cranberry juice, and cranberries — as you check out organic shirts from ThrivNP and watch reformer machine demos. Never too early to jumpstart your New Year's resolutions, right? 6-8 p.m. Free. 21+. Modern Pilates, 1285 Beacon Street, Brookline.617-232-1010, modernpilatesboston.com

Celebrating Journalism's Birthday: If you click your way through the map on Emerson College's website, you'll get a journalism tour of Boston — more than enough to lure you to this event Friday. We learned that the Boston Evening Transcript served Boston's elite from 1830-1941 with its genealogy and bridge columns. Journalism students and faculty will fete the 320th birthday of American journalism by reading news stories from Publick Occurrences, America's first newspaper which was published blocks from the college in 1690. 2-2:45 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Boston Common Parkman Bandstand, Boston. journalism.emerson.edu/journalismtrail/

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch: The elves at the MIT Glass Lab work all year to make the thousand or so handblown pumpkins featured at this event We read about the process on the lab's website, and it doesn't look easy (blowpipes, optic molds, a glory hole, and some serious heat). We're glad they make the effort, because the resulting pieces in all shapes, sizes, and colors are exquisite. Check them out at Friday's preview, then arrive early to nab your favorite at the sale. 5-8 p.m. viewing preview Friday, 10 a.m-3 p.m. sale Saturday. Rain date Sept. 26. Kresge Oval, 48 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5309, web.mit.edu/glasslab/

SATURDAY

Fifth Fluff Fest: Whoopie (Pie)!: In 1917, Archibald Query created Marshmallow Fluff in the city of Somerville. That's become cause for an annual celebration. Expect to eat sweet (and sticky, and gooey) treats, hear music by Booty Vortex and others, check out area artists, and enjoy the Flufferettes (courtesy of Thru the Keyhole Burlesque). You may be inspired to whip up your best Fluff concoction for the cooking contest, or play games including the Fluff Lick-Off, Blind Man's Fluff, and Pin the F on the Fluff Boy. 3-7 p.m. Free. Rain date Sept. 26. Union Square Plaza, Somerville. unionsquaremain.org

Curious George Day: Everybody's favorite monkey is having a birthday. Celebrate H.A. Rey's lovable chimp's 70th with story readings, songs, crafts, and screenings of the Emmy Award-winning PBS show. The primate himself will be there, as well as the Man with the Yellow Hat, who will serve cupcakes at noon. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. www.bpl.org

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Working Waterfront Festival: New Bedford is one of New England's port cities and happens to be America's largest commercial fishing port. This weekend fest celebrates the ethnic diversity of regional ports with the theme "All in One Boat: the Cultural Mosaic of New England’s Working Ports." Saturday's docket includes a scallop-shucking contest (noon), tugboat muster (3:30 p.m.), and a concert at 5:30 p.m. Sunday's net-mending contest is at noon, followed by a seafood throwdown at 1 p.m. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine. Free (except vendors and harbor tours). Pier 3, State Pier, and Steamship Pier, New Bedford. 508-993-8894. workingwaterfrontfestival.org

SUNDAY

Boston Pops Concert: It's not July 4 or the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, and there won't be fireworks, but there is a free show on Boston Common to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Boston Pops. Keith Lockhart will baton his way through "The Dream Lives On: A Portrait of the Kennedy Brothers" narrated by Jeremiah Kissel, a tribute to Leroy Anderson, music from John Williams's "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" scores, a '70s singalong, and more. 3 p.m., weather permitting. Free. Boston Common, Tremont Street, Boston. 617-266-1492. bostonpops.org

Hub on Wheels: You'll start and end at City Hall Plaza on your 10, 30, or 50-mile route through Boston at this year's Hub on Wheels which includes a car-free ride on Storrow Drive. Following this ride is the TD Bank Mayor’s Cup Pro Race which gives you a chance to relax and watch more than 200 professional racers compete for $40,000 in prize money (your prize is that car-free ride on Storrow Drive). The Boloco Block Party is 9 a.m.-7 p.m. with music, bike demos, and games for the kids. 8 a.m., rain or shine. $45 in advance (www.bostonbikes.org), $55 day of ride (pay at venue); $5 kid's race (pre-registration required).City Hall Plaza, Boston. 617-918-4456. hubonwheels.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.

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