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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  October 21, 2010 09:34 AM

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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 long weekend. Take a peek, then get out!

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WEEKEND

Providence Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Show: We have nothing against big-box furniture stores, but at this sale you won’t have to put up with cutesy ads. Instead, you’ll put up with unique furniture, accessories, garden art, jewelry, and wearables made from a variety of materials in traditional, modern, contemporary, and other styles. Some of the 100 artisans work with recycled materials, so you’ll be green with envy. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $10, $15 (two days), free under 12. Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence. 401-816-0963. finefurnishingsshows.com

'Body Awareness': The work of Northampton native Annie Baker is all around town, thanks to a collaboration among SpeakEasy Stage Company (“Body Awareness’’), Huntington Theatre Company (“Circle Mirror Transformation’’), and Company One (“The Aliens’’), part of the Shirley, VT Plays Festival. This show takes us to a campus where it’s Body Awareness Week and Phyllis and Joyce host a guest artist, Frank, who is famous for his photos of female nudes. Enter hilarity. 8 p.m. Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through Nov. 20). $50, $55; $45, $50 seniors; $30 gallery seats; $25 under 25; $120 for three plays, which can be seen at different venues. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. bostontheatrescene.com

'The Turn of the Screw': We know actor Ryan Landry from his fabulous Gold Dust Orphans productions in which he vamps, camps, and hams it up with every character he creates or spoofs. In the Stoneham Theatre production of this Jeffrey Hatcher show, Landry takes on multiple roles including the handsome master of the house in charge of his orphaned niece and nephew. Actress Molly Schreiber is lucky that Landry doesn't take on her role as the neurotic governess in this haunting 19th-century story based on the Henry James novella. 8 p.m. Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (Through Nov. 7). $38-$44; $34, $40 seniors; $20 students. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200. stonehamtheatre.org

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

'The Rocky Horror Picture Show':
At any time during the past 35 years, have you dressed up and brought toast, toilet paper, and playing cards to a midnight screening of Richard O'Brien's cult classic? Leave the props at home, but feel free to dress up for the live musical "The Rocky Horror Show" presented by Emerson Umbrella. Canton's Tim McShea plays Frank, who, along with Janet, end up at a strange house occupied by aliens from the Planet Transsexual. 8 p.m. (Through Oct. 30). $25-$30 (Recommended for ages 16 and older). Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord. 978-371-0820. emersonumbrella.org

SATURDAY

'Night of Stars': Instead of studying a brochure, why not get a taste of this season's repertoire at this Boston Ballet event, where new company dancers, veterans, students of Boston Ballet School, and guests from Paris Opera Ballet will give you a taste of what's on the dance menu. An excerpt from "La Bayadère" opens the program, followed by several Balanchine pieces and an excerpt from José Martinez’s "Les Enfants du Paradis" danced by Laëtitia Pujol and Alessio Carbone of Paris Opera Ballet. 7:30 p.m. $25-$132. The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-695-6955. bostonballet.org

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Head of the Charles: Almost 9,000 men and women from 19 countries will plop into the Charles River for the 46th annual event. The 60 races covering three miles and divided into age groups and skill levels start tomorrow with Club, Masters, Championship Singles and Doubles. Sunday's events include Youth, Collegiate, and Lightweight. Spectators also have their work cut out with watching, visiting Reunion Village and the Rowing & Fitness Expo, and refreshments. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., rain or shine. Free ($3 Reunion Village admission). Starts at BU's DeWolfe Boathouse, Cambridge. 617-868-6200. www.hocr.org

Dorchester Open Studios: Our birthday is next month, so feel free to buy us a little something at this weekend's art event. We might like a hand-cut paper rendition of "Boston City Hall" by Joe Bagley, a Marilyn Monroe multimedia piece by DonnaMarie Pare, some wearable art, or a painting. More than 120 artists participate in this tour of home and business studios and group sites. Thanks for thinking of us. Noon-5 p.m. both days. Free. Various Dorchester locations (Maps at Savin Scoops, 107 Savin Hill Ave.; Grove Gardens, 911 Adams St., and other locations). 617-839-6734. thedac.org

SUNDAY

'From the Top' Live: The set might be a little crowded at Sunday's live taping this NPR show when the Brookline-based PALS Children's Chorus, ages 9-14, makes its debut. The group will perform "Who is the East" by 13-year-old Brookline composer (and chorus member) Eleanor Bragg. Host and pianist Christopher O'Riley will also welcome 15-year-old violinist Francesca Bass, Iceland's 16-year-old trumpeter Baldvin Oddsson, and other young talents. The episode will air on 99.5 FM All Classical on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. and Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. 2 p.m. $20-$30, $5 student and senior discount (Recommended for ages 7 and older). Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260. fromthetop.org

Mass Morgue Party: The press release for this annual macabre fest promises "punk rock mummies, dark dance electronica, Misfits-esque mayhem, a vaudevillian marching band, and extraordinary feats of human strength." If this party doesn't put you in the mood for Halloween, nothing will. 7 p.m. $15m $10 in advance. 18+. Middle East. 617-864-3278. mideastclub.com

Somerstreets: Somerville Avenue becomes Pumpkinville Avenue when carved and decorated orbs line the street. Enjoy a craft fair, free bike rentals, music, bike parade with the Somerville Police Department, tours of the Milk Row Cemetery, a costume parade for two-and four-legged souls (12:30 p.m.), and trick-or-treating at local businesses. Noon-4 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Somerville Avenue from Bow to Beacon streets, Somerville. 617-625-6600, ext. 2615. somervillema.gov

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