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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  October 27, 2010 12:18 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 long weekend. Take a peek, then get out!

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WEEKEND

'Confessions of a Prairie Bitch': Everything sounds classier in French, especially "Confessions of a Prairie Bitch" which is "Confessions d'une Garce de La Prairie." This one-woman show presented in Boston by the Gold Dust Orphans, stars Alison Arngrim whom you might remember as Nellie Oleson from "Little House on the Prairie." Arngrim performed the show in France but uses English in these parts for her stories and stand-up routine. The former Nellie is an AIDS activist and is proud to have been placed on Mr. Blackwell's "Worst dressed List" with Lindsay Lohan and Mary-Kate Olsen. Was she wearing a prairie frock? 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. $35, $45. 18+. Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston. 617-265-6222. brownpapertickets.com/event/118693

FRIDAY

Tales of the Night: The main attraction is the Haunted Hayride that pulls visitors through veggie fields lit by bonfires. Visit the creepy crawly critter mansion, nocturnal wildlife demonstration, a display of more than 100 jack-o-lanterns, and the Nursery Rhyme Trail. Costumes and flashlights encouraged. 6:30-9 p.m. (Haunted Hayride starts at 7 p.m.) $10, free under age 2 (Pre-registration recommended). Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln. 781-259-2218. massaudubon.org/drumlinfarm

'Choose Your Own Opera Adventure': Here's your chance to partner with Mozart, Bizet, Verdi, and other opera legends — and they'll never know. At this OperaHub event, you will be given two or three choices about how a plot should end, so brush up on your knowledge of "Faust," "Marriage of Figaro," "La Traviata," and other masterpieces. 8 and 9:30 p.m. (Through Oct. 31 at different venues; Reservations recommended). Free. VFW Hall, 371 Summer St., Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-821-8515. operahub.org

SATURDAY

'A Rhythm & Blues Halloween!': Screamin' Jay Hawkins was known for "I Put a Spell On You" recorded in 1956. The tune was supposed to be a ballad, but after a night of drinking, Hawkins screamed, yelled, and groaned the tune to its cult status. Using bizarre stage props and making frequent entrances from a coffin during shows, the performer will be remembered tonight at "A Rhythm & Blues Halloween!" The evening stars Shaun Wolf Wortis, the Vudu Krewe All-Star Mardi Gras Band, Jenny Dee & the Deelinquents, Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Saints, and a short film by Wortis with a score performed by the Vudu Krewe. 8:30 p.m. $12. 21+. Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-547-0759. mardigrasballs.com

Great Pumpkin Festival: Over 30 different pumpkin brews. Oktoberfest-inspired food. Drooling yet? Try Cambridge Brewing Company's yummy Punjabi Pumpkin (a saison-style ale lightly spiced with curry) and toast the season with your fellow revelers at this annual fest. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets: $10, includes a beer glass. Cambridge Brewing Company. 617-494-1994, cambridgebrewingcompany.com

Polk Records Halloween Bash: Who doesn't want to be David Bowie? Local band A Bit Much will dress-up as Ziggy Stardust (our favorite era) at this shingdig, which also features SuperVolcano as MGMT, Streight Angular as Passion Pit, PFM as Radiohead, Whores at the Door as the Pixies, Deezy and the Brobots as Weezer, and Birdorgan as the Residents. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. P.A.'s Lounge. 617-776-1557, paslounge.com

Night of Zombie Rockstars: Something tells us that there might be some Elvis sightings in the Financial District this weekend — Zombie Elvis, that is. Wear your best undead rocker get-up to this bash and you could win prizes from Shag salon. DJ Rebel Almighty — Shag owner Sandy Poirier — will man the turntables. 11 p.m. $15. 21+. Umbria. 617-338-1000, zombierockstars.eventbrite.com

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Boston Vegetarian Food Festival: Tal Ronnen catered the vegan wedding of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Arianna Huffington's party at the DNC, and the first vegan dinner at the United States Senate (How did our elected officials like that?). The New York Times bestselling cookbook author is one of the chef presenters at this weekend's fest where you can visit more than 100 exhibitors, sample free food, and watch cooking demos. Presented by the Boston Vegetarian Society. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston. 617-424-8846. bostonveg.org/foodfest  

SUNDAY

'Beacon Hill with a Boo!': It's the 25th anniversary of Boston By Foot's 90-minute guided tour which will treat you to tricks on the Hill. Sites and stories include the lane where the "sleepwalking" murderer roamed, the Common where capital offenders were hanged, the Hanging Tree, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's ghostly encounter in the Boston Athenaeum library. 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. $20 (cash only; not recommended for young children). Meet at steps of the Massachusetts State House, Park and Beacon streets, Boston. Costumes are welcomed. 617-367-2345. bostonbyfoot.org

Emmanuel Music: We usually associate Beethoven with a "th." You know, the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th symphonies (we didn't forget the 1st and 2nd), but Emmanuel Music focuses on Ludwig's chamber and vocal music. Newly appointed artistic director, Ryan Turner, leads the ensemble in Piano Trio No. 1 in Eb, op. 1; Six Gellert Songs, op. 48; String Trio No. 1 in Eb, op. 3. This series' first of four concerts marks the return of Emmanuel Music pianist, Judith Gordon. 4 p.m. $30, $50; $10 students. Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. 617-536-3356. emmanuelmusic.org

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