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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  September 29, 2010 06:56 PM

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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. Take a peek, then get out!

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FRIDAY

Enigma Salsa: There's a weekly dance night at the Fire + Ice in Harvard Square — who knew? DJs Hernan, D. Martinez, and others spin salsa, merengue, and bachata music as dancers of all ages take the floor. The dress code is "casual to sexy" (ooh-la-la!), and beginners should come early for the 9:30 p.m. lesson. 9:30 p.m. $10. Fire + Ice, 50 Church St., Cambridge. 617-547-9007, enigmasalsa.com

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

'The Judy Show': Who will Michael Holmes be during this show? Choices include Judy Garland (duh), Carol Channing, Bette Davis, Mae West, and Pearl Bailey. Our sources tell us that the singer and impressionist shakes things up each night, so all we can guarantee is Ms. Garland and some of her signature songs including "The Trolley Song" and "Over the Rainbow." Pianist Joel Baker provides accompaniment. 8 p.m. $20. Club Cafe, Bistro, Bar & Nightclub, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. 617-536-0966. www.clubcafe.com

Harpoon Octoberfest: It's your time to shine, chicken dance champs. Enter the chicken dance or the German cake-eating competitions, tour the brewery, sip Octoberfest beers, and get down to oompah bands. Leiderhosen and dirndls optional. 5:30-11 p.m. Friday, 2-9 p.m. Saturday. $20 (includes one drink ticket). 21+. Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 888-427-7666. Ext. 3, harpoonbrewery.com

SATURDAY

Longwood Symphony Orchestra: For almost 20 years, through its Healing Art of Music program, this orchestra has teamed up with more than 30 local medical organizations to raise funds, improve care, and increase awareness for public health issues. Saturday's concert opens the orchestra's 28th season with an evening of symphonic poetry featuring works by Jean Sibelius and Frederick Delius. Violinist Zina Schiff will perform Sibelius's Violin Concerto in D minor. Maestro Jonathan McPhee conducts. 8 p.m. $20-$40, $30 seniors, $20 students. Jordan Hall, 90 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-667-1527. longwoodsymphony.org

Chocolate-Making Classes:
Lee Napoli of Chocolee Chocolates is willing to share the secret of her warm chocolate beignets, but you'll have to attend this class. School on Saturday will be sweet since you'll go home with a pound of candy you make yourself (valued at $48). The lesson plan includes tempering chocolate, using molds, making fillings, flavorings, and nut barks. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (ongoing). $80 (reservations required; recommended for ages 13 and older). Chocolee Chocolates, 23 Dartmouth St., Boston. 617-236-0606. chocoleechocolates.com

Brew at the Zoo: Will the gorillas, lemurs, and other residents be jealous when they see you stroll through the Tropical Forest with beer or wine? Stations hosted by local restaurants, caterers, and breweries include Blue Hills Brewery and Mayflower Brewing Company. Proceeds support the zoo. 21+. 5-9 p.m. $50. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-989-2015. www.zoonewengland.org/brewatthezoo

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Fall Harvest Weekend: Get some ideas at the pumpkin-sculpting demo; take a hayride; visit the Farmers Market and Taste of Patriot Place; check out the Ocean Spray Tailgate Recipe Cook-off; tour the Ocean Spray Bog; have fun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, rain or shine. Free. Patriot Place, 1 Patriot Pl., Foxborough. 508-203-2100. www.patriot-place.com

Tastes of Rhode Island: The folk and jazz festivals are over, but Newport is still the place to be with this weekend. Top eateries from the area will serve clam chowder, clam cakes, lobster rolls, and ribs, while three stages of live music keep local bands busy. There will be oyster shucking and slurping contests, giveaways, and culinary demonstrations. Happy slurping. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday; Noon-6 p.m. Sunday. $10, $14 for a two-day pass, free under 12 with adult ($1 from each ticket will be donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank). Newport Yachting Center, corner of Commercial Wharf and America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, R.I. 401-846-1600. www.newportwaterfrontevents.com

Roxbury Open Studios: Your self-guided tour will take you to studios and group locations where the work of more than 70 Roxbury artists will be on view. Photography, paintings, quilts, jewelry, sculpture, and more are yours for purchasing and viewing. The holidays and our birthday are just around the corner. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. both days. Free. Throughout Roxbury. 617-541-3900. madison-park.org/ros

SUNDAY

Imaginary Soundtracks: Dream job alert: Picking out the songs for our favorite movie's soundtrack. (We'd take a crack at "Wayne's World," of course.) DJ Raleigh Fingers does just that every Sunday when he screens a different film at River Gods with a remixed and re-imagined soundtrack. 21+. 8 p.m. No cover. River Gods, 125 River St., Cambridge. 617-576-1881, rivergodsonline.com

Cantata Singers:
Ralph Vaughan Williams was a prolific English composer whose works are as full-bodied, diverse, and rich as a cup of English tea. And you can enjoy both Sunday when these singers open their 47th season with an afternoon concert dedicated to the 20th-century Williams songbook. The vocal chamber music recital features "Linden Lea," "Pilgrim's Progress," and "Songs of Travel." 2:30 p.m. $20, $50 for concert and tea. Longy School of Music's Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-868-5885. www.cantatasingers.org

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