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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  May 10, 2011 12:01 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff and Luke O'Neil's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Get out!

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[Bruce Cockburn; "Ballroom with a Twist"; Blue Hills Mountain Bike Discovery Day]

WEEKEND

Emerging America Festival: When the American Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, and Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston put their artistic heads together, what emerges is this fest. Cambridge and Boston host performers, writers, companies, and directors for events including "Beowulf — A Thousand Years of Baggage" (May 13 at 8 p.m., May 15 at 6 p.m.). See website for schedule. $5-$25. Oberon (2 Arrow St., Cambridge), Calderwood Pavilion (527 Tremont St., Boston), Institute of Contemporary Art (100 Northern Ave., Boston). emergingamericafestival.org

SATURDAY

Boston Pops Family Concert: The kids will be so busy listening to vocalist and trumpeter Byron Stripling, Boston's Varsity Girls teenage quartet, and other guests performing a selection of Broadway, jazz, patriotic songs, and more that they'll have no time to fidget. Maestro Lockhart is at the podium. 3 p.m. $21-$91. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200. bostonpops.org

Mini-Lady Gaga: What's the only way a Lady Gaga performance could seem any more surreal than it already does? When the role of Gags is played by a much, much smaller woman. The one time Mini-Britney Spears performs live with special guest Mini-Beyoncé. 10 p.m. Tickets: $5. 21+. The Liquor Store. 617-357-6800, liquorstoreboston.com

Sweetshop II: Tittsworth is a busy fellow. He’s an internationally renowned DJ and producer, a label head and a club-owner. The man is hungry, as they say, and it's an appetite that carries over to his approach to bangin’ club tracks. He plays the Sweet Shop series at the Good Life on Saturday presented by CreateSpace and Banana Peel Records. 9 p.m. Tickets $5. 21+. The Good Life. 617-451-2622, goodlifebar.com

Bruce Cockburn: The latest release by the Ottawa-born, blues-influenced songwriting guitarist is "Small Source of Comfort," and he is in town with his band and special guest Jenny Scheinman. 8 p.m. $36.50, $39.50. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. ticketmaster.com

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

'Momix: Botanica': You might have seen them in TV commercials for Target and Hanes, but that's nothing compared to their gravity-defying, organic show. The Momix dancer-illusionist troupe will take you to a fantasy world with help from outrageous costumes and an eclectic score ranging from bird songs to Vivaldi. 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $20-$50. The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-436-2400. www.themusichall.org

Newton Open Studios: The welcome wagon is out at 60 locations where 180 artists invite you to see their homes and studios. See how discarded watches, rubber tires, and other materials are turned into art, and pick up a few pieces of jewelry, photographs, paintings, and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Free. Newton (go to website or Newton Free Library for map). newtonopenstudios.org

SUNDAY

'Larry King: Standing Up': After 25 years of interviewing celebs from Paris Hilton to Frank Sinatra, the guy with the big glasses and suspenders will answer questions from the audience. King will talk about his Emmy-winning career and growing up as a street-smart kid in Brooklyn. 7 p.m. $50-$75. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. thewilbur.com

Blue Hills Mountain Bike Discovery Day: Choose your ride at this event, sponsored by the DCR Rangers, Blue Hills TrailWatch, and the New England Mountain Bike Association. Guided rides include beginner (2-7 miles at 10:15 a.m., noon, 1 p.m.) and novice (4-9 miles at 10:15 and 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m.). Bike contests and limbo competition are at 1 p.m. Bring your bike and helmet. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (not in heavy rain). Free. Houghton's Pond Recreation Area, Picnic Site 5, Milton. 617-698-1802, ext.212. mass.gov/dcr/events/bhhikes.pdf

'Ballroom with a Twist': Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo from "Dancing with the Stars," 14 alum from "So You Think You Can Dance," and "American Idol" finalists Gina Glocksen and David Hernandez cover the floor at "Ballroom with a Twist" when ballroom, hip hop, jazz, and Broadway converge. 2 p.m. $35-$50, $25 ages 5-18. Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. 781-891-5600. reaglemusictheatre.org

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