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What to do this weekend

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  June 22, 2011 02:53 PM

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

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["The Wizard of Oz" at the Boston Children's Museum; Earth, Wind, & Fire; the Butterfly Landing]

WEEKEND

Talk with the animals: There's a lot going on above your head at the Aussie Aviary and Butterfly Landing, so look up and check it out. Hundreds of brightly colored budgies and fre-flying butterflies await. Daily 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (5 p.m. Sat and Sun; zoo hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Fri and until 6 p.m. Sat and Sun). $16, $13 seniors, $10 ages 2-12. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466. www.franklinparkzoo.org

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Turn up the heat: Each year, Paulie's New Orleans Jazz n' Blues Festival dedicates the shindig to big acts from the Big Easy. This year it's "The Neville Brothers Band" and "The Radiators," and Charles Neville will perform both nights. Music starts at 7 p.m. with the Hurricane Horns. Friday from 7 p.m.-midnight; Saturday from noon-midnight, rain or shine. $17, $7 under 15 (Fri); $22, $9 under 15 (Sat); two-day pass $32, $12 under 15. John & Son's Urban Fairgrounds, 226 Chandler St., Worcester. www.baevents.com

FRIDAY

NOTE: The free screening of "The Wizard of Oz" has been rescheduled to July 1 due to inclement weather.

Shining stars: Once upon a time in the 1970s, a new type of pop music was born blending African and African-American styles. For four decades, Earth, Wind & Fire has played soul, jazz, R&B, funk, blues, gospel ,rock, and dance music, and "That's The Way Of The World" for this Grammy-winning group. 8 p.m. $31-$76. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com


SATURDAY

Cowboy up: Buffalo Bill won't be there, but professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls will compete in bronc riding, team roping, and barrel racing. Cowkids can compete in “Lil Buckaroos Rodeo,” and you can compete with yourself by eating as much BBQ from the vendors. It's all at the New England Wild West Fest along with live country music. June 25 from 2-9:30 p.m. (June 26 from noon-6:30 p.m.). $15, $25, free under 11. Marshfield Fairgrounds, Marshfield. 866-468-7619. www.newenglandwildwestfest.com

No ordinary record: A video clip on her website lets us in on how "Rabbits on the Run" evolved. Vanessa Carlton said she wasn't sure she would make another album but after writing the first song she realized she would leave her label, record it on her own, and make her "ideal record." You also get to see the singer, songwriter, pianist, and trained ballet dancer do a few classical moves. 8 p.m. $25. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

All about food: We'd rather eat than talk about food, but both are on the menu at the Museum of Science's "Let's Talk About Food Festival." This outdoor celebration of food, health, cooking, and science fEATures food sample stations, talks, and a kitchen stage where celebrity chefs will do their thing. June 25 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain date June 26). Free. Cambridge Parkway on the banks of the Charles River behind the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge. 617-723-2500. www.letstalkaboutfood.com

Reggae royalty: Boston figures prominently in a decision by Matisyahu to get a new band. While recording in Austin, the reggae singer couldn't stop playing a song by Brooklyn's Dub Trio, so he spent a day walking around Boston writing lyrics to the tune. June 25 at 9 p.m. $26. 18+. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Roxbury in Bloom Trolley Tour: Forego fashion and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes to navigate the irregular terrain in the gardens of the Moreland Street Historic District. Tom Plant (a perfect name) is your guide behind the scenes in these backyard gardens. June 25 at 9:45 and 10 a.m., rain or shine. $20. Roxbury Heritage State Park/DCR, 183 Roxbury St., Boston. 800-838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/157834

SUNDAY

Go with the flow: Canoes, paddles, and safety vests will be provided, and all you have to bring is a desire to learn basic canoe skills. Offered to beginners only by Boston Natural Areas Network and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation. June 26 at noon, 1, and 2 p.m. Free (Reservations required). Mother Brook Mill Pond, Knight Street, Hyde Park. 617-542-7696. www.bostonnatural.org

Tea time: Forget about a drive-thru tea stop, this Japanese Tea Ceremony takes time. Aiko cq Somi cq Rogers conducts the ceremony with her students in one of the few tea huts in New England. The Shofan cq was built in Kyoto and reassembled at the Art Complex Museum in 1975. June 26 at 2 p.m. (inside if raining). Free on a first-come-first-served basis. Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury. 781-934-6634. www.artcomplex.org


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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.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.

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