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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  November 17, 2010 11:25 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 weekend. Take a peek, then get out!

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WEEKEND

Enchanted Village: Moved from Jordan Marsh to Jordan's Furniture, this Victorian-era animated display was designed in the '30s by Bavarian toymakers. There are facades, figurines, yuletide scenes, and surprises including the original Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun (through Jan. 2). Free. Jordan's Furniture, 100 Stockwell Dr., Avon. 508-580-4900. jordans.com

Massachusetts Horticultural Society Festival of Trees: Our tree needs a theme and we're thinking of apple pies or shopping receipts, both near and dear to our heart. Get some ideas for your tree at this fest where there will be about 50 themed specimens. Tractor-pulled wagons ($3) will escort you around the property to see lighting displays and gardens. Amateur and professional gingerbread houses will also be on display. Hosted by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. 7-10 p.m. Friday preview party ($25 includes refreshments; call to register); 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Through Dec. 4). $8, free under 12. The Gardens at Elm Bank, Hunnewell Building, 900 Washington St., Wellesley. 617-933-4995. masshortfestivaloftrees.org

FRIDAY

Herman's Hermits: Here are some lyrics we've stored in our noggin' since the '60s: "I'm Henry the eighth I am/Henry the eighth I am, I am/I got married to the widow next door/She's been married seven times before/And every one was an Henry (Henry)/She wouldn't have a Willy or a Sam (no Sam)/I'm her eighth old man, I'm Henry/Henry the eighth I am." This band starring Peter Noone (the only original band member) will perform the group's top hits, and this one will hopefully make the cut. 8 p.m. (table service starts at 6:30 p.m.) $40. Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury Beach. 978-462-5888. blueoceanhall.com

SATURDAY

MFA Free Community Day: The decade-long project is done and you can see the new Art of the Americas wing Saturday — for free. MFA director Malcolm Rogers will welcome you at 10:30 a.m. at the Opening Ceremony, followed at 11 a.m. by the opening of the doors to the new wing. Galleries Spotlight Talks will take place every half hour and there are scavenger hunts for families, music performances, and lots of activities. The wing's 53 galleries house 5,000 works — wear comfortable shoes. 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. (9-10:30 a.m. music at two entrances). Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300. mfa.org

American Idol Style Gospel Competition: Dr. Bobby Jones has his work cut out for him at this competition "Saving the Health of the Community International Benefit Gospel Concert." The Grammy-winning gospel music legend will select the top three choirs to appear on his BET show, "Bobby Jones Gospel." Contestants include Rashad McPherson and DivinePURPOSE, sisters Oladunni and Olayeni Oladipo, Refined 313, and the Milton Academy Gospel Choir. This year's honoree is Reverend Hurmon Hamilton, Jr., and proceeds will benefit the Whittier Street Health Center programs. 7 p.m. $20-$75. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-989-3224. whittierstreet.org

Dog Sled Fun Run: Before they start their busy winter season, the lovable Siberian Huskies will be in Milton for this event. You will learn about dog sledding in New England and watch demonstrations on wheeled rigs, weather permitting. Please bring yourself and your camera, but leave your canine companion at home. Hosted by the Yankee Siberian Husky Club and sponsored by the DCR Blue Hills Reservation. 1-3 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Houghton's Pond parking lot, 840 Hillside St., Milton. 617-698-1802, ext. 310. mass.gov/dcr

Bob Dylan:
Last month, the Bobfather released Volume 9 of his Bootleg Series, the Witmark Demos. The 47 demo recordings were taped between 1962 and 1964. In 1962, the music icon wrote a lot of original stuff, and many of the songs were political protests. This was before his 1966 motorcycle accident in New York, a pivotal career turning point when Dylan became a recluse at his home in Woodstock where he raised his family. Recluse no more. Catch him in concert Saturday night. 8 p.m. $49, $29.50 students (two ticket max at box office). Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell. 866-722-8780. tsongascenter.com

SUNDAY

Soup Slingin' Slurpdown: Who will be crowned "Boston's Soup Slurpdown Sultan" at this outdoor soup slurping? Dante de Magistris and more than a dozen local chefs will make pots of soup for you to taste before you vote. 2-5 p.m. $20. Restaurant dante, 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge. 617-497-4200. restaurantdante.com

Medical Madness: That's the uncomfortable theme of this MassMouth story slam at the Milky Way. Co-host and burlesque dancer Honeysuckle Duvet and others will share their modern health care (mis)adventures. Nervous patients who get queasy just thinking about flu shots might want to skip this one. 7-9 p.m. Tickets: $5. 18+. Milky Way. 617-524-3740, massmouth.com

Soul Sunday: Were you educated by good stock? Got a truckload of good lovin'? Then you're probably a soul (wo)man. We'll expect to see you at the Beehive's weekly chill-out Sunday featuring local musicians and a TBA guest or two. 8 p.m. No cover. 21+. The Beehive. 617-423-0069, beehiveboston.com

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