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What to do this weekend

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  August 4, 2011 02:10 PM

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

weekend03.jpg ["Close Distance; Blueberry Festival; Martina McBride]


WEEKEND

So far and yet so close: Six up-and-coming, Boston-area Latino artists explore global culture in their painting, video, film, performance, assemblage, and installation. “Close Distance" is at the Mills Gallery. Through Aug. 28. Free. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, 551 Tremont St., Boston. 617-426-8835. www.bcaonline.org


FRIDAY

On the record:Turntables get a workout in the Institute of Contemporary Art series DJs on the Harbor, starting with the Classic DJ Throwdown of classic turntablism (our new favorite word). Four New England DJs will scratch, battle, and play classics to keep you dancing. Check out the exhibit "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl." 7:30-11 p.m. (inside if raining; also Aug. 12 and Aug. 26). $15, $10 students (includes ICA admission). Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103. www.icaboston.org

The hills are alive: The final collaboration for Rodgers and Hammerstein was "The Sound of Music," and Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston presents Patrick Cassidy (son of Shirley Jones and the late Jack Cassidy) as Captain von Trapp and Broadway’s Sarah Pfisterer as Maria. Aug. 5 at 7:30 (through Aug. 14). $35-$57, $25 ages 5-18, $2 senior discount. Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. 781-891-5600. www.reaglemusictheatre.org

Twilight talks: Do you dig historic cemeteries? Friday’s lecture by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco, author of “Forest Hills Cemetery: 1848-2008,” is “The Founding of Forest Hills Cemetery: an Early American Rural Garden Cemetery.” Aug. 11 covers cremation; Aug. 18 is about two 19th-century monuments at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Aug. 4, 11, and 18 at 6:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. receptions). $12 (reservations recommended). Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., Boston. 617-994-5920. www.historicnewengland.org

SATURDAY

She’s not in Kansas anymore: If you didn’t get enough Martina McBride when she stepped in at the last minute to perform with the Boston Pops on July 4, the award-winning country singer from Kansas is in Cohasset for a two-night gig. “Shine," her latest release, is a mix of old and new story songs. Aug. 6 doors at 7 p.m., Aug. 7 doors at 6:30 p.m. $49.25-$91.25. South Shore Music Circus, 130 Sohier St., Cohasset. 800-745-3000. www.themusiccircus.org

Feeling blue: The Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen do wonderful things with blueberries, so back away from the store-bought jam and watch folks make jam in the historic kitchen and enjoy a homemade dessert ($4) at the Blueberry Festival. Visit the nature center and stroll along the paths of the wildflower garden and wooded trails. Aug. 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations welcome. Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Hill Road, East Sandwich. 508-888-6870. www.thorntonburgess.org

Enjoy the scenery: The region’s music scene is the star of the Naukabout Festival with the Ryan Montbleau Band assuming headlining duties. In addition to sets by Zach Deputy, Will Dailey and the Rivals, Barefoot Truth, Adam Ezra Group, and more, there’s a Busking Stage inside the main gates. Aug. 6 from 12:30-10 p.m. $27, $37 at gate, free under 12. Barnstable County Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, Route 151, East Falmouth. www.naukabout.com


SUNDAY

Knorr-easter: Are you fascinated by the RMS Titanic? How about hydrothermal vents? If one or both piqued your curiosity, you are invited to Tour the Knorr, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution research vessel used to discover the Titanic and hydrothermal vents (whatever they are). There are presentations and displays, and tours involve climbing several flights of narrow stairs. Aug. 7 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (valid photo ID required). Woods Hole Village. 508-289-2252. www.whoi.edu/tourknorr

They never get lost: These Boston natives were last here for a sold-out concert at Fenway Park with fellow Boston rockers Aerosmith. This time, The J. Geils Band is in town with special guests the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and the Straight Shot. Their decades of hits include “Must of Got Lost” and “Centerfold.“ Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. $30.50-$95.50. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Fort-ified: Next time you tune into “Saturday Night Live,” look for keyboard player Tuffus Zimbabwe in the SNL Band. The Roxbury native, Berklee College of Music grad, jazz pianist, and composer performs Sunday at Jazz at the Fort. Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. (rain date Aug. 14; chairs, blankets, and picnics welcome). Free. Highland Park, Fort Avenue, Roxbury. 617-747-6057. www.berklee.edu/events


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