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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  January 19, 2011 11:58 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 holiday weekend. Get out!

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WEEKEND

'Nine': The 2009 movie musical "Nine" didn't rate anywhere near a 9 in our book, but the The Tony-winning musical based on Federico Fellini's film "8 ½" scores high. The professional and personal mid-life crisis of Italian film director Guido Contini is in the hands of SpeakEasy Stage Company. 8 p.m. Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through Feb. 20). $30-$57, $5 senior discount, $25 for patrons under 25. SpeakEasy Stage Company, Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. bostontheatrescene.com

FRIDAY

'Boom!': Tony-nominated sisters Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway will share more than their pipes with the audience — the sibs will tell funny stories about growing up together. Expect songs from the '60s and '70s by the Beatles, Paul Simon, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, and other tunesmiths. 8 p.m. $45-$58. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661. celebrityseries.org

SATURDAY

Balé Folclórico da Bahia: Two dozen dancers and musicians will take you on a cultural tour of Afro-Brazilian dances. The premiere of "Sacred Heritage" is rooted in the local polytheistic Brazilian religion of Candomblé which bases its beliefs in the traditions of nature. For more than 20 years, the troupe has presented Carnaval dances, acrobatic marital arts, and samba. 8 p.m. $40-$65. Contains partial nudity. The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-876-4275. worldmusic.org

'Trees of My City' opening reception: For Newton artist, Roberto Mighty, 3D means dormant, dead, and decaying trees become an exploration of the cycle of life. Check out his photography exhibit enhanced by high-definition video and an audio surround-sound installation. Saturday reception from 1-3 p.m. (photography up through March 6). Free. The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston. 617-524-1718. arboretum.harvard.edu

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

'M.C. Escher: Seeing the Unseen': Designs on dorm posters and playing cards allude to the work of this 20th-century artist, but the real stuff is at this new exhibit. More than 100 prints, woodcuts, drawings, and sketches show Escher's fusion of graphic design, fine art, and natural history. Saturday's opening-day festivities include drawing activities and a multimedia presentation by Jeffrey Price (4 p.m.). 1-7:30 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday (through May 22). $13, $6 kids, free after 5 p.m for today's opening reception. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171. berkshiremuseum.org

Wine Expo: Oenophilists will flock to the Boston Wine Expo for a celebration of fine wine, food, culinary demonstrations, and wine seminars. Celebrity chefs include Ming Tsai, Todd English, and Gordon Hamersley. 2-6 p.m. both days. $110 (Grand Tasting), $145 (two-day Grand Tasting), $175 (Grand Cru Wine Lounge), $25-$60 (seminars). Seaport World Trade Center Boston, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston. 877-946-3976. wineexpoboston.com

The Trailer Park Boys: In their latest show titled "The Drunk, High and Unemployed Tour," Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles leave the Nova Scotia trailer park behind. What began as a short film about boys living in Sunnyvale airstreamed into a TV series and live tours. 10 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $25, $29. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. thewilbur.com

Ice skating at Faneuil Hall: It's time to cut the ribbon on the custom-designed rink. And when your tired feet need a break, visit the restaurants and shops at the market. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday (through Feb. 27; skating hours are Fri and Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-7 p.m.). $5, $3 kids, $10 family of four (rentals available). Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. 617-523-1300. faneuilhallmarketplace.com

SUNDAY

Flashback Drive-In: Your plans for this Sunday night probably include slippers, hot chocolate, and bad re-runs. Get thee to ZuZu and take in classic '80s adventure flick "Time Bandits" (time-traveling dwarves!) with featured drinks made with Jameson's and popcorn. 10 p.m. No cover. 21+. ZuZu. 617-864-3278, zuzubar.com

Alligator and Crocodile Show: See you later, alligator — in a while, crocodile. The "later" and "while" are Sunday; the who is Michael K. Ralbovsky of Rainforest Reptile Shows; the what is this educational program. 1 and 3 p.m. $5, $10 children (space is limited and reservations are recommended; for kids 3 and older). South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell. 781-659-2559. ssnsc.org

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