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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  May 17, 2011 06:45 PM

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

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[Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier; HarpoonFest; Ramblin' Jack Elliott]

WEEKEND

'Silver Spoon': Polly is heir to her Upper East Side family's Sunshine Foods grocery chain and edits a radical underground newspaper where she falls in love with Dan. He is an organizer for the United Farm Workers which is boycotting Sunshine Foods. The two worlds meet in this musical comedy by Cambridge playwright, Amy Merrill, and folksinger Si Kahn. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (through June 19). $40, $30 seniors, $25 students, $15 ages 12-18. Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-811-4111. centralsquaretheater.org

FRIDAY

Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Rambling is a good thing when the rambler is this Grammy-winning blues icon. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez learned a thing or three at concerts by Elliott who bridges the gap between Woody Guthrie and Dylan. Kate Taylor opens. 8 p.m. $32. Lesley University's Prospect Hall, 1801 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square, Cambridge. 978-462-9630. mktix.com/heptunes

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

HarpoonFest: Raise your glass to celebrate local beer and 25 years of the Harpoon Brewery. Live local music includes Will Dailey & The Rivals, Papas Fritas, and Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents. 5:30-11 p.m. Friday (doors close at 9:30 p.m.); 2-9 p.m. Saturday (doors close at 7:30 p.m.). 21+. Rain or shine. $20 includes drink ticket and souvenir cup. The Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 888-427-7666. harpoonbrewery.com

SATURDAY

End of the World Party: If doomsday is indeed this Saturday — as the billboards say — why not spend it rocking out with Colleen Green and Streight Angular at the appropriately named Tavern at the End of the World in Charlestown? Continue the theme with a La Fin du Monde from Unibroue . . . or two. 10 p.m. No cover. 21+. Tavern at the End of the World. 617-241-4999, tavernattheendoftheworld.com

Blue Hill Weather Observatory Open House & Kite Festival: After your one-mile walk to the summit, take in the gorgeous view, weather demos, kite making and flying, weather exhibits, and self-guided tours of the oldest continuously operating weather observatory in the country. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (small fee for some activities; shuttle van available for access to summit). Blue Hill Weather Observatory, summit of Great Blue Hill, Milton. 617-696-0562. mass.gov/dcr

Porchfest: The porch is great for rocking, napping, sipping a beverage, chatting, and music. More than 75 acts of gospel, bollywood funk, American space rock, and more will entertain on porches around the city. Check the website for locations and times. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Somerville porches. 617-625-6600. somervilleartscouncil.org

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier: This is the first year women compete in the qualifier and advance to the women's division finals on July 4 — hot diggety. In 10 minutes, men and women will consume about 300 wieners and buns, and the winners head to Coney Island in July. 1 p.m. (Patriots Cheerleaders, games, and activities at noon; "Kids Neat Eating Contest" at 12:30 p.m.). Free. Showcase Cinema, Plaza at Patriot Place, Foxboro. 508-203-2100. patriot-place.com

EarthFest: Celebrate the Earth with live music for all ages including Ed Kowalczyk, OK Go, Sponge, and Atomic Tom. The Whole Foods Pavilion will be stocked with more than 30 vendors providing samples, cooking demos, and activities. And check out the the MBTA Hybrid Bus Display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston. 617-822-6750. earthfest.com

Breeze In Summer party: All together now: "Summer breeze, makes me feel fine/ Blowing through the jasmine of my mind." No word on whether Seals and Crofts will be at this fete, but you will find more than 100 different rums — including special cocktails made with Kraken Rum from Trinidad and Tobago — and steel pan drummers. 9 p.m. No cover. 21+. RumBa. 617-217-5152, intercontinentalboston.com

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Boston Theater Marathon: Saturday's "Warm-Up Laps" prepare actors and audiences for Sunday's marathon of 50 10-minute plays by 51 New England playwrights performed in 10 hours. Saturday's pieces are "The Correspondent" by Ken Urban, "Uncle Jack" by Michael Hammond, and "Deported" by Joyce Van Dyke. 1, 4, and 7 p.m. Free (May 22 at noon. $35, $25 in advance). Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. bostonplaywrights.org

SUNDAY

Alistair Moock: Like his boyhood hero, Woody Guthrie, this award-winning singer/songwriter believes in the power of music to reach everyone. And his recent release, "A Cow Says Moock," continues his commitment to celebrate the roots of American music. 11 a.m. $12, $15 (at the door); $8, $10 (at the door) for kids. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798, ext. 12. goreplace.org

'Jamaica Pond: Genius of the Place': During this 90-minute guided walking tour, tip your hat or walking stick to landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Learn about the natural and cultural history of the pond, its surroundings, and Olmsted's park design. 1 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Meet at Jamaica Pond Boathouse, intersection of Pond Street and Jamaicaway. 617-566-1689, ext. 216. nps.gov/frla

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