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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  December 1, 2010 03:19 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Take a peek, then get out!

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WEEKEND

'Mrs. Grinchley's Christmas Carol': Scrooge is a lady (sort of) in the new holiday romp by Ryan Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans. The show brings back the title character (yes, she's green) from the Orphans' first ever show — the 1995 "How Mrs. Grinchley Swiped Christmas." Their usual naughty humor prevails as the old sot tries on Mr. Scrooge's slippers and embarks on a whirlwind tour through past, present, and future with some pesky spirits. Keep an eye out for Liza Minnelli, Justin Bieber, a bunch of gay male strippers, and a gimpy pooch named Teeny Tiny Tim. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday (through Dec. 19). $35-$45. Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston. 617-265-6222, brownpapertickets.com/event/137611

Fort Point Arts Community Holiday Sale: We admit it — sometimes we think holiday shopping is a chore. We're grateful for this sale: so many artists, so much cool stuff. For example: spoons shaped like flowers by Kristen Alexandra (she calls it "funky flatware"), Laura Davidson's hand-painted playing cards (the jokers are Kit-Cat clocks), and Leslie A. Miller's intricate papercuts. We expect to feel energized, not exhausted, after browsing the jewelry, ceramics, paintings, artists' books, sculpture, clothing, photography, greeting cards, and ornaments. 4-7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Made in Fort Point/Art at 12, 12 Farnsworth St., Boston. 617-423-4299, fortpointarts.org

Radio City Christmas Spectacular: The last few holiday seasons in Boston have come and gone without this glitzy production. That won't happen this year. The Spectacular is back featuring dancing teddy bears, flying reindeer, Santa Claus, and of course, the Radio City Rockettes. The show includes traditional numbers like "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "Living Nativity," and new scenes including "The 12 Days of Christmas" done as a tap number and "Christmas in New York" showcasing the Rockettes' famous high kicks. 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 12, 3, and 6 p.m. Sunday (through Dec. 26). $25-$79.50. Citi Performing Arts Center, Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, citicenter.org

SATURDAY

Rob Schneider: Whether on "Saturday Night Live" (remember office worker Richard Laymer?), appearing in films alongside buddy Adam Sandler, or co-writing and starring in movies, Schneider has always tried to be funny. After a break of two decades, the Emmy-nominated actor/comedian has made a recent return to his stand-up roots. Could it have something to do with his Razzie nominations for Worst Actor of the Decade? Or maybe the tour is just because Schneider has released his first comedy album, "Registered Offender." 7 and 9:45 p.m. $25, $35. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, thewilbur.com

Pop Goes the Holiday Season: If you've always wanted to help set a world record, here's your chance. Kick off December with good cheer, festivities, and a carol sing led by Keith Lockhart, Santa, and members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Pops. They'll try to beat the global best for the largest group of holiday carolers. Towne Stove & Spirit provides the free hot chocolate. Noon. Boylston Plaza, Boston. (Other events noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.) The Shops at the Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. prudentialcenter.com

Christmas Feast for the Horses: Before the dawn of the automobile, the MSPCA used to decorate a tree in Post Office Square with goodies and invite hard-working horses to enjoy. That tradition is revived at Saturday's event, which invites visitors to bring fresh carrots, apples, oats and peppermints for creatures at the Equine Center. Tree lighting with music and refreshments follows. 4:30-6 p.m. Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen. 978-687-7453, ext. 6118; mspca.org

Nerissa & Katryna Nields: The folk sister act continues to churn out quality music for kids, most recently in the family DVD "Organic Farm," follow-up to the 2006 "All Together Singing in the Kitchen" and the 2008 "Rock All Day Rock All Night." The duo's afternoon family concert is followed by an evening show for grown-ups. 3:30 p.m., $12; 7 p.m., $20. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, clubpassim.org

Meet the Band!: It's all about fun, fun, fun as the Tufts University Wind Ensemble introduces kids to the instruments in the band. The program features Billy Joel's "Rootbeer Rag" and the musical tale of "Tubby the Tuba" with Sundi Powers-Adler on the big horn and narrator Jeffrey Rawitsch. At intermission, the Tufts Juggling Club entertains and instructs. 1 p.m. Free. Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave., Medford. 617-627-3679

The Wait & Friends Benefit: Back in the summer of 1992, John McGah, Shawn Norton, Domenic Botolino, and Vin Dipiero did what many young people do. They started a band. For six years, they worked hard at music, playing clubs, opening for the Charlie Daniels Band, and getting a song on an MTV reality show. Twelve years later, they're reuniting on their home turf of Arlington to benefit Give US Your Poor: The Campaign to End Homelessness. This concert features The Wait's original rock, with emcee Jimmy Tingle and a special guest performance by Mighty Sam McClain. 7 p.m. $12, $25 VIP ticket. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849, regenttheatre.com

SUNDAY

LabourĂ© Center's Christmas House Tour: Trees, wreaths, lights, candles, whimsy, and swag — sometimes stepping into a cozy house that's been decked out with care is just what we need to get into the spirit of the season. This tour features five decorated abodes with everything from harbor views to state of the art kitchens and grand staircases. Old Town Trolley takes you from one festive site to another. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, $30, $25 advance. Leaves from LabourĂ© Center, 275 West Broadway or Castle Island, South Boston. (There's also a twilight tour leaving at 4 p.m. Saturday from UMass Boston, $75.) 617-268-9670, ccab.org

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