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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  March 2, 2011 10:36 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 weekend. Get out!

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Harpoon St. Patrick's Day Fest; Alloy Orchestra scores "Metropolis"; Sparks! features chiptune and electronic music

WEEKEND

'reasons to be pretty': Weight, hair, nails, clothes, wrinkles, teeth . . . What's with America's obsession with physical appearance? The SpeakEasy Stage Company production of Neil LaBute's Tony-nominated play has a lower-case title but addresses an upper-case problem. 8 p.m. Friday; 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday (through April 2). $50, $55; $45, $50 seniors; $25 under age 25; pay-what-you-can performance March 9 ($14 minimum). Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. bostontheatrescene.com

FRIDAY

Smucker's Stars on Ice: Just like those Dickens ghosts, the figure skaters at this show are stars from the past, present, and future. This 25th anniversary tour is celebrated with Olympic, World, and National Champions from around the world including Evan Lysacek, Sasha Cohen, Kurt Browning, Ekaterina Gordeeva, and Todd Eldredge. 7:30 p.m. $27-$142. Agganis Arena at Boston University, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com

Chris Botti: One of the Most Beautiful People (according to 2004 People Magazine) is in Lowell with his trumpet. Grammy-winning Botti has an impressive resume of recording and performing creds, having made music with Frank Sinatra, Sting, John Mayer, and other heavy hitters. 8 p.m. $30.50-$56.50. Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-454-2299. lowellauditorium.com

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

'Heart and Soul': The Songs of Frank Loesser": How to succeed If you want a successful career as a Broadway composer, study Frank Loesser of "Guys and Dolls" and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" fame. Hear for yourself when New England Light Opera celebrates the composer's 100th birthday. 8 p.m. both nights (through March 13 at various locations). $32, $28 seniors. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St, Boston. 617-933-8600. bostontheatrescene.com

Harpoon St. Patrick's Festival: Heated tents, plenty of freshly brewed beer, live Irish music, and Irish grub make this a green event. The Joshua Tree U2 cover band, Colum Cille Pipe and Drums Band, and others will entertain. Corned beef and cabbage will fill you up. 5:30-11 p.m. Friday; (2-9 p.m.) Saturday. $20 (includes drink ticket and souvenir cup). The Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 888-427-7666. harpoonbrewery.com

Scythian: Who says classically trained musicians don't rock? Scythian (pronounced sith-ee-yin) is a rousing and raucous band that embraces Celtic, world music, Gypsy, klezmer, and a bit of punk rock. The band's new release is "American Shanty," and you can help them accomplish their goal which is to have folks dance at their concerts. 8 p.m. both days. No cover. Four Green Fields, 1 Boston Pl., Boston. 617-367-4747. fourgreenfields.com

'Maniac': If the hangnail scene in "Black Swan" made you a bit squeamish, you probably shouldn't see this gory 1980 horrorfest about a serial killer who scalps women, starring Joe Spinell. From the Coolidge Corner's @fter Midnite Facebook page: "I double dog dare you to come see 'Maniac' this weekend. BYO barf-bag." You've been warned. 11:55 p.m. both days. $9. Coolidge Corner Theatre. 617-734-2500, coolidge.org

SATURDAY

Cape Cod St. Patrick's Parade: Two local heavyweights (well, one is a welterweight) headline Saturday's parade. Lowell's Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg in "The Fighter") is the Grand Marshal, and the Cape's Siobhan Magnus ("American Idol" star) is Parade Queen. 11 a.m., rain or shine. Free (non-perishable food items for MA Otis Food Pantry at Otis Air Force Base are welcome). Route 28 (School Street), Dennis. 508-362-7239. capecodstpatsparade.com

Alloy Orchestra: [This event is sold out.] About a half hour of new footage from the silent film, "Metropolis," was discovered in Buenos Aires in 2008. Fritz Lang's 1927 German sci-fi classic is near and dear to the hearts of this orchestra who composed an original score in 1991with their signature hubcaps, truck springs, and other found metals. The Boston-based ensemble will accompany the screening. 8 p.m. $25. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-876-4275. worldmusic.org

Bourbon Street Blowout Pub Crawl: Dress in a Mardi Gras-themed outfit and you might win a prize. Boston Event Guide presents specialty drinks, King Cakes, and a "Most Beads contest. 2 p.m. (Registration 1:30-2 p.m.). $15, $25 for two tickets (includes free cover charge, t-shirt, and beads). Bars throughout Faneuil Hall Marketplace. 781-444-7771. bostoneventguide.com/events/bsb.htm

SUNDAY

Sparks! We found a video of chiptune artist Active Knowledge performing his remix of George Michael's "Careless Whisper" at Felt in 2009 on YouTube. Believe it. He joins fellow BOSTON8BIT collective members Br1ght Pr1mate and DJ Radio Scotvoid for this night of electronic and dance music inspired by robots and video games. 7 p.m. $8, $5 in advance. Oberon. 866-811-4111, cluboberon.com

Dr. John & the Lower 911: Mac Rebennack showed his love for the Crescent City after Katrina with fundraising concerts and recordings, including the Grammy-winning "City That Care Forgot." His name doesn't ring a bell? He's the funky, R&B first half of Dr. John & the Lower 911. 8 p.m. (6 p.m. doors for dinner and seating). $75, $80 day of show. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley. 877-536-7190. tickets. bullrunrestaurant.com

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