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What to do this weekend

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  August 11, 2011 04:55 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!


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[Tomato Fest at Smolak Farms; Parkour 101; Restaurant Week]


FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Stormy weather: George Kuchar isn’t a storm chaser because he doesn’t drive and prefers to experience storms by living among the folks. “Wild Night in El Reno’’ screens at 7 p.m. and after Friday’s storms at George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries - there will be a live Skype discussion with the filmmaker. Aug. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700. www.hcl.harvard.edu/hfa


FRIDAY

Not just a sentimental Journey: Keyboardist Jonathan Cain has described “Eclipse,” the latest Journey album, as a concept record with some spiritual themes. The rock band will play new material from the album along with classics like “Don’t Stop Believin’”, “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully,” “Lights,” “Separate Ways,” and “Wheel In The Sky.” 7 p.m. $20-$135. Comcast Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Jazz town: Native New Zealanders and current New Yorkers Adrienne & Josh Hindmarsh are in Ptown to open the Provincetown Jazz Festival -- she on organ and vocals, he on guitar. Other jazz talent includes Boston crooner Dane Vannatter who starts Saturday’s jazz. Aug. 12, 13, and 15 at 8 p.m. $25 per concert, $60 three-day pass, free under 12. Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St., Provincetown (Aug. 15 at Cotuit Center for the Arts). 866-811-4111. www.provincetownjazzfestival.org


SATURDAY

Just OGO with it: Have you experienced the OGO? It stands for Outdoor Gravity Orb, an 11-foot inflatable transparent sphere with another inflated sphere suspended inside. You can try it at FestEvolve, an all-day festival of live music, BBQ, and tubing. Rustic Overtones headlines. Aug. 13 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. rain or shine. $20. Amesbury Sports Park, 12 South Hunt Road, Amesbury. 978-388-5788. www.amesburysportspark.net

Seeing red: “Tomato 101” during Tomato Fest at Smolak Farms will teach you about tomato varieties, nutritional benefits, eating locally grown foods, and how to pick ’em. Local chefs and mixologists will show you how to use the fruit in sauce, gazpacho, guacamole, salsa, bruschetta, and cocktails. There will be a scavenger hunt and pizza decorating. Aug. 13 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover. 978-682-6332. www.smolakfarms.com

Parkour 101: If you want to learn how to get around Boston, sign up for this course on urban traversing. Originating in France, the ancient art of parkour is about using your body and the environment efficiently by incorporating running, jumping, climbing, scaling, vaulting, and rolling techniques. August 13 from 1-3 p.m. $20 (registration required). Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430. www.bcae.org

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Family Day: Sonnets and poems by members of the Commonwealth Shakespeare Apprenticeship Program starts this two-hour event including Boston Circus Guild and City Stage’s “A Kid Summer Night’s Dream.” Get thee to the Parkman Bandstand. Aug. 13 at 2-4 p.m. Free. The Boston Common, Parkman Bandstand, Boston. 617-426-0863 (ext. 6 for weather updates). www.commshakes.org


SUNDAY

Restaurant crawl? One of our fantasies (and there are plenty) is to eat our way through the city for 12 days during Restaurant Week Boston. More than 200 eateries include Strega, Legal Sea Foods, Avila Modern Mediterranean, and 49 Social. Aug. 14-19, 21-26. $15.11 (two-course lunch), $20.11 (three-course lunch), $33.11 (three-course dinner). Online reservations recommended at participating restaurants. www.bostonusa.com

String fling: We won’t mention that summer is almost — we can’t even write the word, but you know what we mean. Stay in denial as long as you can and hang onto summer with tomorrow’s outdoor music furnished by the Boston Pops String Quartet Aug. 14 at 6 p.m., weather permitting. Free (bring a picnic and blanket or lawn chairs). Allerton Overlook, Olmsted cqPark, Brookline. 617-522-2700. www.emeraldnecklace.org

Falls and chocolate: Calling all experienced paddlers to the Neponset River Paddle where you will canoe to the falls found at the base of the Baker Chocolate factory mills (inexperienced paddlers can stay home and eat chocolate). Canoe and gear provided. Aug. 14 at 11 a.m. Free (reservations required). Meet at Milton Landing, off Wharf Street, Milton. 617-542-7696. www.bostonnatural.org

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