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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  January 27, 2011 09:55 AM

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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 weekend. Get out!

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[Cuddle Magic; vintage ski posters at Grand Circle Gallery; Savion Glover]

WEEKEND

'Barefoot in the Park': Comic sparks should fly when a real life couple (Alexandra Harrington and Andrew Cromartie) star as uneasy newlyweds in F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company's production of this Neil Simon play. 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 2 p.m. Sun (through Feb. 5). $20. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 781-956-1301, fudgetheatre.com

FRIDAY

Parlor Night: Hear everything from classical music — the Lily Pad Quartet with violinists Rhiannon Banerdt, Matthew Consul, and Sarah Silver, violist Sonia Oram, and cellist Michael Dahlberg — to the funk-folk stylings of Brooklyn- and Philadelphia-based ensemble Cuddle Magic at this new weekly live music night. Bonus: Free gumbo from nearby Tupelo while it lasts. 6 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-223-1123. lily-pad.net

Boston Landmarks Orchestra: You may associate this orchestra with summer concerts at the Hatch Shell, but the ensemble fulfills its mission of offering free orchestral music to Boston audiences in winter, too. Guest conductor Ronald Feldman is at the helm for "Love's Muse," featuring Rossini's Overture from "The Barber of Seville," Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with 13-year-old prodigy Kadar Qian, and Mozart's Symphony No. 36. 8 p.m. Free. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222, landmarksorchestra.org

'Good vs. Eeeeevil!: Superheroes VS Villains Smackdown': Move over Spider-Man and Deadpool. Four dozen artists show off some new goodies and baddies in this group exhibition. The show includes paintings, illustrations, mixed media, sculpture, and photography. 6-8 p.m. (through Feb. 11). Space 242, 242 E. Berkeley St., Second Floor, Boston. space242.com

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Vintage Winter Sports exhibit: Many years ago, the ski world was a different place. See how at this show presented by Grand Circle Gallery and the New England Ski Museum. The show features more than 30 vintage ski and Winter Olympic posters, vintage skis and apparel, antique snow shoes, and ski paraphernalia. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Free. Grand Circle Gallery, 347 Congress St., Boston. 617-346-6459. gct.com/grandcirclegallery

SATURDAY

'SoLo iN TiME' From his Tony-winning "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk" to his latest creation, Savion Glover continues to dance his way to the top of the tap-talent pyramid. This new show performed by Glover, dancers, and his dance band, Bare Soundz, combines tap and flamenco traditions. Another Glover project is the educational initiative, HooFerZCluBschool for tap. 8 p.m. $40-$65. The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-876-4275. worldmusic.org

Girl Howdy: Put on your string tie, petticoats, and boots and head to Johnny D's. That's where the five-piece, honky tonk and hillbilly bop, western Massachusetts all-gal combo will musically tear the joint apart. The gals draw inspiration from Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, and other greats. 7 p.m. $10. Johnny D's, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-776-2004. johnnyds.com

SUNDAY

Golden Dragon Acrobats: Chinese acrobatics is a centuries-old tradition, which means these tumblers have plenty of tricks in their repertoire of gymnastics, tumbling, balancing, juggling, and contortion. Among them are the Dancing Plates, Diablo Yo-Yo, and Tower of Chairs. Add showy costumes, music, and choreography and you've got a bundle of high-energy, jaw-dropping entertainment. 3 p.m. $47-$60. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200, celebrityseries.org

Beyond Bubbie's Kitchen: Fifteen Boston chefs will put their own spin on traditional Jewish recipes at this event hosted by Radius chef Michael Schlow. There will be no boring brisket or chewy chicken, and you'll go home with a recipe booklet of the prepared dishes. 5:30 p.m. $136, $36 under age 40. Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, South Boston. 617-531-4610. newcenterboston.org

Winter Wonders Walk: Why wait when a wonderful walk waits — wow. Make a "track-finder," walk through the woods, learn how foxes, rabbits, frogs, and trees survive the long snowy months, and enjoy hot beverages. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $11 (Recommended for ages 4-10 because of snow depth; pre-registration required). New England Wild Flower Society's Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham. 508-877-7630, ext. 3303. newenglandwild.org

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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.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

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