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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  December 21, 2010 04:19 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and Courtney Hollands' picks for the top things to do around the Hub this holiday weekend. Get out!

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FRIDAY

Matzo Ball: There won't be any soup at this annual fete presented by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals, but there will be mixing, mingling, and matchmaking. DJ Breeazy will keep the crowd moving with a blend of ‘80s and ‘90s hits. L'Chaim, all. 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. 21+. Royale, 279 Tremont St. 617-338-7699, matzoball.org

Festa di Pesce Per la Viglia di Natale: Chef Dante de Magistris prepares centuries-old family recipes for this Feast of the Seven Fishes. The menu features shrimp, calamari, clam, eel, octopus, baccalà, sardines, anchovy, and striped bass. 4-8 p.m. $75, $100. Restaurant dante, 40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge. 617-497-4200, restaurantdante.com

Emmanuel Music: Going to church on Christmas Eve is nice when these guys provides the tunes. A carol sing is followed by Bach Cantata BWV 133, "Ich freue mich in dir" ("I Rejoice in You"), and works by Praetorius, Schütz, and Byrd. 7 p.m. Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston. 617-536-3356, emmanuelmusic.org

Sculpture Scoop: If your shopping isn’t finished and you still have some moolah left to spend, this sale is the place to go. All 36 members of the Boston Sculpture Gallery contribute to this group sale of drawings,prints, jewelry, and sculpture (of course). Noon-7:30 p.m. Most works under $300. Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-482-7781.bostonsculptors.com

Christmas Eve Dinner: We like to work backward from dessert, so here are some of the selections at this feast at UpStairs on the Square: spiced apple and caramel swirl cake with cinnamon ice cream; locally raised stuffed pork chop; pear, brie, and apple soup. Starting at 5 p.m. $85, $42.50 for children (reservations recommended). UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-864-1933. upstairsonthesquare.com

SATURDAY

Skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond: Picture this: you and the fam, gliding across the ice on Christmas Day, with ruddy cheeks, steaming breath, smiles all around. Now sharpen your blades and make the dream come true at the Frog Pond, open on the holiday for the first time ever this year. 4-9 p.m. $4, under 14 free. Skate rental: $8, $5 under 14. 617-635-2120, bostonfrogpond.com

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Sing-a-Long Sound of Music: Make a dress from old curtains or strap on lederhosen and get thee to the Regent Theatre for some musical fun this week. There'll be vocal warm-ups before the show, as well as an explanation about the bag of props you'll get and suggestions for points to heckle and cheer during the film. Team Julie Andrews forever! 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (with various daytime shows through Dec. 30). Tickets: $15, $12 seniors and children. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849, regenttheatre.com

'Edward Scissorhands': Who cares if Tim Burton's 1990 modern-day fairy tale starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder didn't even come close to winning boston.com's recent Romance Rumble. It's still one of our favorite flicks. 9:30 p.m. (also Dec. 26-27). $6.75-$9.75 Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837, brattlefilm.org

SUNDAY

Three Stooges Film Festival: You practice your Curly shuffle at home, but now you can show the world and also play the Stooges Trivia Challenge, enter the Stooges Look-a-Like contest, and watch the trio on the big screen. 2 and 7 p.m. (through Dec. 28). $10. (beer and wine cash bar available). The Orpheum Theatre, 1 School St., Foxboro. 800-838-3006. brownpapertickets.com/event/138030

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Hometown Throwdown: These shows are always filled with good tunes, good times, and good partying. Beloved in these parts since forming in the 1980s, the ska-core band has had its ups, downs, and breaks (they were on hiatus for a few years but reunited in 2007). Last year they released their first studio album in awhile, "Pin Points and Gin Joints." In honor of this 13th edition of the Throwdown, they have a special present — a release of their version of The Pretenders' "2000 Miles" on pink vinyl with a cover illustration by Jimmy Kimmel. 7 p.m. Sunday (through Dec. 28). $25, $35. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000, livenation.com

Last Chance (in 2010) Bird Walk: Bundle up and join the Friends of Fresh Pond for this bird walk. Use telescope and binoculars to view migrating waterfowl and over-wintering songbirds. 1-3 p.m. Free. Meeting place given on registration through friendsoffreshpondreservation@yahoo.com or 617-349-6489

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

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