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What to do this weekend

Posted by Courtney Hollands  June 15, 2011 03:28 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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[Pocket Gardens of Charlestown Tour; Air Guitar Championships; Boston Bacon Takedown]

WEEKEND

Boston Light Tours: Our city has historic landmarks and watermarks, and you can climb all 76 steps of Boston Light, our country's first and oldest lighthouse station. Your three hours also include a narrated tour and views of Long Island Head Light and The Graves Light. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday (through Oct. 2; July 4 at 10 a.m.), weather permitting. $39, $35 seniors and active military, $29 ages 3-11. Depart from Moakley Courthouse dock, Boston. 617-223-8666

'Wizard of Oz' Exhibit: Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the iconic film at this interactive fantasy adventure where you'll create your own tornado, climb the mountain to the Wicked Witch's castle to capture the broom, and click your heels three times to go home. Daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri until 9 p.m.) through Sept. 10. $12, $6 Sat-Thurs from 4-5 p.m., $1 Fridays from 5-9 p.m., free under age 1. Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500. bostonchildrensmuseum.org

FRIDAY

Movies by Moonlight: The Boston Harbor Hotel's alfresco flick series has become a local harbinger of summer. On opening night, catch "Laura," a 1944 noir detective drama starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. And, dahling, stop by the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille for a thematic cocktail: the "Black Pony Smash" (scotch, lemon, mint, and simple syrup; $14.50). Movie starts at dusk. Free. Boston Harbor Hotel. 617-439-7000, bhh.com

Kenny Rogers: For six decades, this crooner has worked to build his collection of 120 hit singles, Grammys, and a slew of other awards. Not bad for a former member of the New Christy Minstrels. 8 p.m. $44.75, $62.75. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 800-745-3000. themusiccircus.org

Air Guitar Regional Championships: You don't need a guitar to enter this colorful contest tomorrow night, but you do need skills. Axemen (and women) will be judged on technical merit, showmanship, and even "airness" (or, how much the performance was an object of art by itself, not only a simulation of playing guitar). A rad stage name helps, too — sorry, Bjorn Turoque and Romeo Dance Cheetah are already taken. 9 p.m. Tickets: $20 to compete, $14 to watch. 18+. Brighton Music Hall. 617-779-0140, usairguitar.com

'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf': Ntozake Shange's 1975 play deals with what it meant to be a woman of color in the 20th century. Urban Fresh presents the Obie-winning play along with an art installation reflecting themes from the piece. 8 p.m. $20, $25 at the door; $15 students. Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. 617-541-3900. madison-park.org

SATURDAY

See New England Festival: Do you have your summer vacation planned? Why not? If you're sticking close to home this year, grab some ideas at this fest and maybe we'll see you at an amusement park, spa, or golf course. Performers include Ben Rudnick (10:45 a.m.) and Beatlejuice (1 p.m.). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. City Hall Plaza, Boston. seenewenglandfestival.com

Pocket Gardens of Charlestown Tour: Wander through more than a dozen gardens and then go home with lots of ideas after this event. Your self-guided walking tour will bring you to private homes and public spaces with shade, sun, green, rooftop, container, and patio gardens. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., rain or shine. $15. Tickets and guides at Community Garden, corner of Main and Bunker Hill streets, Charlestown. 617-548-7341. gardensforcharlestown.com

Capitol Steps: With more than 60 years of collective House and Senate staff experience, this group brings that satirical, musical insiders' look at all things political. Of their 30+ albums, the latest are "Liberal Shop of Horrors" and "Barackin' Around the Christmas Tree." 7 p.m. $42-$62. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. thewilbur.com

SUNDAY

Boston Bacon Takedown: Apologize to your arteries before heading to this feeding frenzy where you'll devour and judge all things bacon prepared by 20 local cooks. If you're lucky, you might go home with a year's supply of Hormel Black Label Bacon (apologize again). 3 p.m. All ages. $15. The Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 800-838-3006. artsatthearmory.org

Robbie Rivera: The Ocean Club at Marina Bay is open for the season, party people. Snag a seaside cabana or get sweaty on the volleyball court as this Miami-based DJ and producer takes the turntables to play "sexy, pounding, dirty, electro-tinged house music," according to the release. 6 p.m. Tickets: $30. 21+. Ocean Club. 617-689-0600, oceanclubatmarinabay.com

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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.

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