Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and Courtney Hollands' picks for the top things to do around the Hub this long weekend. Take a peek, then get out!
Fort Point Open Studios: Artists of all kinds work in the historic warehouses of Fort Point. Visit the waterfront neighborhood to see creations by more than 150 painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, performance artists, fashion designers, book artists, and photographers, and meet many of the artists. 4-7 p.m. Friday (preview evening). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Fort Point area of Boston. Maps available at website and at Fort Point area locations including 249 A St., 300 Summer St., and 15 Channel Center St. 617-423-4299, fortpointarts.org
Gypsy Sixth Anniversary Celebration: Clicking on DJ Bob Sinclair's homepage is like a party at your desk — yes, that's a remix of "Tik Tok" with Sean Paul shaking the cubicle walls. The Paris-based, Grammy-nominated spinster brings his club-moving chops to Boston for Gypsy Bar's sixth birthday bash. 10:30 p.m. $20. Gypsy Bar, 116 Boylston St., Boston. 21+. 617-482-7799, gypsybarboston.com
DJ Marie Claire: This model-turned-internationally known DJ has (wo)manned the turntables at festivals, fashion shows, and private parties for Rihanna, Leonardo DiCaprio, and other megawatt celebrities. Be among the beautiful people and night owls getting down to her mix of house and dance music. 11 p.m. $30, $20 on guestlist. Venu, 100 Warrenton St. Boston. 21+. 617-350-0005, venuboston.com
Hugh Masekela: This legendary South African trumpeter has been a crusader for social justice since being introduced to his instrument by anti-apartheid activist Father Trevor Huddleston in 1954. Politics aside, with Masekela the music is the message, and he's conveyed it brilliantly alongside artists including Bob Marley, Paul Simon, Dizzy Gillespie, Santana, and Ella Fitzgerald. He's touring in support of his latest album "Phola." Hear the master with a new South African band that blends Afro-beat, funk, and jazz. 8 p.m. $42, $37, $30. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275, worldmusic.org
FRIDAY & SUNDAY
Boston Printmakers Members Show 2010: Have you ever looked at a print and wondered how it was made? This show adds the educational to the aesthetic with an eye toward satisfying the public's curiosity about the art form. thINK is divided into three sections (Red, Green, and Blue). The Belmont Gallery of Art hosts the Red section featuring 61 works accompanied by individual cards conveying each artist's process and inspiration. Through Nov. 19. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Belmont Gallery of Art, Homer Municipal Building, Third Floor, 19 Moore St., Belmont. belmontgallery.org
Boston Book Festival: Our culture-rich hub is the perfect place for a literary extravaganza. The event heads into its second year with a strong lineup of programs all over the city. Participating authors include Bill Bryson, Dennis Lehane,Tom Perrotta, Tom Ashbrook, Tyler Florence, Atul Gawande, John Hockenberry, Jeff Kinney, Robin Young, and Joyce Carol Oates, who delivers the 6 p.m. keynote. An outdoor street fair in Copley Square features food, vendors, music, and more. At 7:30 p.m., "The Book Revue: A Literary Rock Star Showcase" features Steve Almond, Nick Flynn, Kristin Hersh, and Nick Zinner. Events beginning at 10 a.m. Boston Public Library, Church of the Covenant, Cloud Place, Back Bay Events Center, Old South Church, Trinity Church. Free; evening event $10. bostonbookfest.org
Carolina Chocolate Drops: We felt so inspired after hearing this band's music that we tried to play the bones. Drops member Dom Flemons shows you how in a video on the website. We didn't get very far, maybe because we didn't have real bones. Take a listen to the trio's infectious, down to earth renditions of old-time string and jug-band music and see whether you're not similarly moved. The ensemble of young African American musicians features Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson on fiddle, banjo, and vocals, and Flemons on guitar, banjo, harmonica, jug, snare, and bones. They're touring in support of the recently released "Genuine Negro Jig." Boston band David Wax Museum opens. 9 p.m. $20. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm. Ave., Boston. 18+. 617-876-4275, worldmusic.org
Cuddle Magic: It's going to be cozy when the dozen or so musicians in this outfit (not to mention the cute plastic penguin that often accompanies them) squeeze onto the stage at Club Passim. The intimate venue is the perfect place for the experimental folk-pop ensemble to deliver their original tunes. How to describe them? Words that come to mind include mellow, ethereal, and sweet. The music is far from simple, though. Listen for intricate and interesting arrangements of strings, percussion, keyboards, vocals, wind instruments and more. Margaret Glaspy opens. 8 p.m. $13-$15. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, passimcenter.org
Bubbles Brunch: So what if New Year's Eve isn't happening for months? That's no excuse not to break out the bubbly. At least, not according to chef Bob Sargent of Flora, sommelier Ken Mayer, and Nick Martinelle of Belmont's Spirited Gourmet. They team up for this meal featuring a scrumptious buffet accompanied by sparkling wines from around the globe. Feast on yummy fare (typical selections include sweet potato sticky buns, hand dipped French toast, roast beast of the day, and eggs any way you like them) while tasting six unique sparklers from France, Tasmania, New Mexico and beyond. In the spirit of going local, there's even a selection from Massachusetts. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $35, reservations required. Brunch only available for $17, kids pay $1 per year of age. Flora, 190 Mass. Ave., Arlington. 781-641-1664, florarestaurant.com
'Cherry Docs': Mike wears red Doc Martens, a style of footwear typical of his chosen clan: skinheads. He's accused of brutally slaying a Pakistani man in Canadian playwright David Gow's two-person play. The other character is Danny, the liberal Jewish lawyer assigned to defend Mike. The timely examination of a hate crime brings to light tough questions about compassion, forgiveness, and atonement. New Repertory Theatre presents the New England premiere with Tim Eliot as the skinhead and Benjamin Evett as the attorney. 2 and 7:30 p.m. (through Nov. 7) $28-$58, seniors $7 off, student rush $14 (2 p.m. show pay-what-you-can). Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, newrep.org
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Swati G. Sharma is a Somerville resident and is a fan of city living, exploring Bostons nightlife, and dancing.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.