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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  January 5, 2011 09:51 PM

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

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[Pictured: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal / "The MIT 150 Exhibition" / Robert Kelly]

WEEKEND

'Ruined': Mama Nadi survives the Congo civil war by not taking sides. Beer and girls flow at her bar and brothel to any man who leaves his gun at the door. Courage, humor, and hope abound in Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer-winning show presented by Huntington Theatre Company. 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday (through Feb. 6). $25-$89, $5 senior and military discount, $25 back row seats and ages 35 and younger. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-266-0800. huntingtontheatre.org

FRIDAY

First Friday Tasting: Trot your little black dress out one more time and toast the end of the holidays with this monthly walk-around wine tasting at Gordon's Fine Wine. More than 20 wines will be available for sipping and a jazz duo will provide the mood music. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. Gordon's Fine Wine, 894 Main St., Waltham. 800-696-9463, register at gordonswine.com

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal: Talk about an interesting pairing — kora player Sissoko and French cellist Segal are in town for the Boston debut of their genre-defying music making. Sissoko hails from Mali, Segal was trained classically but explores styles including rock, Latin and African. Together, they bring out the hushed, delicate side of African music. 8 p.m. $25. First Church in Cambridge Congregational, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275, worldmusic.org

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

'Let Me In': Team Edward or Team Jacob? Doesn't matter. Vampire fans of all stripes should enjoy this goosebump-inducing flick — a Hollywood remake of cult Swedish film "Let the Right One In" — in the wee hours this weekend. 11:55 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $9. Coolidge Corner Theatre. 617-734-2500, coolidge.org

SATURDAY

Robert Kelly: Judging from the schedule of appearances on his website, Boston bred comedian Robert Kelly is a busy man. The nationally known funny man finds time to come home for one show. 7 p.m. $22, $25. The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, thewilbur.com

Moby Dick Marathon: Bedtime reading Hear Herman Melville’s epic American novel read non-stop in its entirety at this annual marathon. Those who tough out the whole 25 hours get a special reward. Noon Saturday through 1 p.m. Sunday. Free. New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. whalingmuseum.org

Second Saturday: Guest DJ Kelvin joins resident DJ Kris Kono on the turntables at this Dykenight party — get your groove on to Top 40 and old school hip-hop and R&B. Bonus: Enter a dance contest to win Atlanta Real Housewife Kandi's new CD, "Kandi Koated." 10 p.m. $10. 21+. Machine. 617-536-1950, dykenight.com

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

'The MIT 150 Exhibition': Brainiacs at MIT have been making science history for 150 years, and some of the evidence is at this exhibit in the new Thomas Peterson '57 Gallery. Items on view include Ernesto Blanco's 1962 Stair-Climbing Wheelchair, The 1998 Media Lab Jacket Keith Lockhart wore in 1998 while conducting the Pops (sensors created abstract art from the maestro's physiological reactions), and Lawrence Stabile's Analog Music Synthesizer. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Through Dec. 312011). $7.50, $3 seniors and ages 6-17, free under 6 and for everyone on Sundays (10 a.m.-noon) and the second Friday of the month (5-8 p.m.). MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Building N51, Cambridge. 617-253-5927. web.mit.edu/museum

SUNDAY

Tom Rush: If there is such a thing as a folk star, this guy merits the title. Whether performing a heartfelt ballad, singing a down-to-earth blues tune, or weaving an onstage story with strands of humor and wisdom, Rush has been winning audiences over since the 1960s. 3 and 7 p.m. $35. Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. 978-462-7336, firehouse.org

One Hundred Years of Modern Dance: Dance Currents celebrates modern dance with a show featuring work by Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Anna Sokolow, Jose Limon, David Parsons, and more. Kathy Hassinger leads the troupe in pieces dating from 1903 into the 21st century. 3 p.m. Also Jan. 30, 5 p.m. $15, $12 students and seniors. Cambridge YMCA Theater, 820 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-965-1569

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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.

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