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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  November 23, 2010 09:53 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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WEEKEND

Sing-A-Long Mary Poppins: No one beats Audrey Hepburn at anything -- except Julie Andrews who won the coveted Best Actress Oscar in 1964 in her film debut as the loveable nanny in "Mary Poppins" (Hepburn was up against Andrews for "My Fair Lady."). At this weekend's shows, you'll watch the interactive version of the Disney musical with on-screen lyrics, you'll amuse yourself and others with a bag of play-a-long props, and participate in a costume parade. Dress as your favorite character from the movie or in a film-inspired get up. 10:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $15, $12 seniors and children. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849. regenttheatre.com

FRIDAY

Freaky Tiki Friday: Need a break from the family? Trade turkey for tiki drinks at this weekly celebration of early '60s music and culture. Brother Cleve spins soul, garage rock, and more against a backdrop of projected vintage rock shows, surf movies, and Scopitones (early music videos). 6-9 p.m. No cover. Think Tank. 617-500-3031. thinktankcambridge.com

ATOM: Monthly mash-up dance party Bootie Boston welcomes New York's ATOM back to Good Life. Resident DJs BC, Lenlow, Spencer 4 Hire, and Jabulan will also help you work off the Thanksgiving calories. There are free CDs for the first 50 people in the door -- get there early. 9 p.m. Cover: $5. 21+. Good Life. 617-451-2622, bootiemashup.com/boston

Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event: The MIT F.A.T. folks celebrate the 13th annual event with more than 30 mini chain reactions linked together with help from chain reactor creator, Arthur Ganson. 1-4 p.m. (3:30 p.m. grand finale). $10; $5 under 18, students, and seniors; free under 5 (free same-day admission to the MIT Museum until 6 p.m.). Rockwell Cage Gymnasium, 120 Vassar St., Cambridge. 617-253-5927. mit.edu/museum/programs/fat.html

SATURDAY

'Liberal Shop of Horrors': Not a political party or subject is left unskewered on this Capitol Steps' tour which means that midterm elections, health care, bailouts, the budget, environment, partisan politics, straying politicians, and the Tea Party will be served on a satirical platter with enough music to note it all. More than 25 years ago, the group started when a bunch of Capitol Hill folks satirized their very own employers — how's that for biting the hand that feeds you? 5 and 8 p.m. $29-$38, $5 student discount (two-ticket limit). Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222. ofa.fas.harvard.edu/boxoffice

Trolley Express: Avoid the traffic, leave the driving to someone else, and take this trolley for a round-trip ride on the rails of downtown Lowell. The city is all gussied up for the holidays with lights and ornaments, and your journey will start and end at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. Park rangers will add to the festivities with a reading of "The Polar Express," and at the end of the line there will be hot chocolate and cookies. 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, and 3 p.m., rain or shine (Reservations required). Free. Depart from Boott Cotton Mills Museum, 67 Kirk St., Lowell. 978-970-5000. lowell.org

Holiday Trees Lighting: The Santa Claus Jazz Band, Santa himself, and complimentary hot chocolate, cider, cookies, and brownies are on hand to celebrate the lighting of several Christmas trees. An unwrapped toy or gift card for the Home For Little Wanderers' "Big Wishes for Little Wanderers Gift Drive" would be appreciated. 5-6:30 p.m., rain or shine (kids can come early to decorate at 4 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. lighting). Free. The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-864-1200. charleshotel.com

Mike Gordon: Fresh from an October tour with the band, Phish's bassist is touring alone this month and stops at the Paradise to strut his bass playing and vocals from "Moss," the songwriter's third solo CD. The 10-track record includes our favorites, "Can't Stand Still," "Got Away" and "Idea." Phish mates keyboardist Page McConnell and drummer Jon Fishman make guest appeareances on the record (not at the show). 9 p.m. $24. 18+. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com

Family Fun Day: Celebrate the new "Amazing Journeys of Creatures Big and Small" interactive migration exhibit with a ribbon cutting and meet-and-greet with Spike, the Center's newest reptile, and four red-bellied cooters. 1-3 p.m. Free. South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell. 781-659-2559. ssnsc.org

SUNDAY

New England Ringers: Six octaves of handbells, seven octaves of chimes, and 15 handbell musicians to play them are at this concert. It's the 10th holiday concert season for the group, and they'll celebrate with a varied program of familiar carols, classical works, and contemporary seasonal faves. Music includes Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," a medley of traditional Jewish tunes including "O Hanukkah," plus "I Saw Three Ships," "Greensleeves," and "Blue Christmas." 4 p.m. $12, $15 at the door; $10 seniors and under 13; $12 seniors and under 13 at the door. Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., N. Andover. 978-851-3024. newenglandringers.org

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