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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  February 2, 2011 03:31 PM

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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 weekend. Get out!

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[Super Bowl Party; Snow Fest at Franklin Park; tribute to Bob Marley]

FRIDAY

Never Say Never vs. Ninja Party: Don't be alarmed if you bump into glowstick-wielding masked warriors at this two-story shindig. Get your techno and house fill downstairs with DJs Alex from Queens, Caseroc, and Ingy at Never Say Never, and then head upstairs for the ninja dance party action. 9 p.m. Tickets: $5. 21+. Good Life. 617-451-2622, goodlifebar.com

'Lest We Freeze: Living in the Cold': Many of us have the luxury of turning up the thermostat to get warm (our high is 62), but not in the 19th century. Find out how New Englanders heated their homes at this tour and talk. 7 p.m. Friday (also March 4). $14, $10 ages 5-12. Reservations recommended. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798, ext. 12. goreplace.org

SATURDAY

Hot Like Fire: We could use some heat, this reggae party band makes a delivery. Saturday's "Bob Marley Reggae Birthday Celebration" with the group is a gig of current reggae and classics by the birthday boy. 8 p.m. $15 (table service with menu is available). Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury Beach. 978-462-5888. blueoceanhall.com

Franklin Park Snow Festival: Let the games begin Saturday with snowshoes, sledding, skiing, snow angels, and snowball fights. Parents can play board games and sip hot chocolate. Bring skis, sleds, mittens, and your enthusiasm. 1-4 p.m., weather dependent. Free. Franklin Park Golf Course, 1 Circuit Dr., Roxbury. 617-442-4141. franklinparkcoalition.org

Burrito Bowl: Forget competing quarterbacks now that Brady isn't playing tomorrow, and move on to competing chefs at Saturday's beans, rice, and guac throw down. Chef Brian Poe invites Boston chefs to use their best plays to create a signature burrito in honor of their favorite NFL team. Let us know who wins. 1-4 p.m. $15. Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, 384 Boylston St., Boston. 617-859-7772. rattlesnakebar.com

Black History Month Celebration: Kick off Saturday's celebration of African American history with a home-cooked, soul food brunch. And after your feast, enjoy two hours of dance, spoken word, and music by community groups and gospel and R&B performer, Ayana McDonald. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., Boston. villavictoriaarts.org

Tony Bennett: On August 3, this forever young crooner will be 85, and if he's on the road, we hope there's a great bakery wherever his songbook is open. With 15 Grammys and the United Nations Citizen of the World award, what's left for Bennett — maybe a Tony? 8 p.m. $50-$125. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738. citicenter.org

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse: Lilly has a brand new bag that accompanies her on adventures. Youngsters can watch the imaginative and zany mouse get in and out of trouble at Boston Children's Theatre performances of this adaptation of Kevin Henkes's book. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (also Feb. 12-13). $20. YMCA Bates Hall Theatre, 316 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-424-6634, ext. 222. bostonchildrenstheatre.org

SUNDAY

Super Bowl Party: "The End Zone" has more than one meaning. It's a specialty cocktail in honor of the game the Pats aren't in at this fete. Platters of "Hot Dates" are free to anyone wearing a football helmet, and at half time, test your knowledge at sports trivia. Game time. A la carte items include onion rings ($5) and fire engine pork chili ($8). UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-864-1933. upstairsonthesquare.com

String Masters - Patricia McCarty: The Super Bowl is for some and this show is for others. The violist is a former BSO assistant principal violist and a current Boston Conservatory faculty member. Part of the Boston Conservatory String Masters series, the program includes works by Hummel, Schubert, and Hindemith, and features pianist Eric Larsen. 8 p.m. $15, $10 seniors, free for students. Boston Conservatory’'s Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway. 617-912-9222. bostonconservatory.ticketforce.com

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

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