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What to do this weekend

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  August 24, 2011 11:10 AM

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

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[Wicked Funny Comedy Tour; Davis Square Walking Tour; Brewfest]

FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Laugh lines: Christine Hurley, Tony V, Paul D’Angelo, Michael Petit, and host Dave Russo have a job to do. These Boston funny folks have to make you laugh at the Wicked Funny Comedy Tour. Aug. 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. $ 25-$35. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200. www.stonehamtheatre.org


FRIDAY

Tea and tricks: What do you do when time stops at a tea party? Boston Circus Guild and Show Circus Studios present “Valve: Antique Vaudeville Circus’’ with a bag of tricks including single point trapeze, partner trapeze, aerial double slings, partner acrobatics, hand balancing, contortion, diablo, tumbling, and aerial chains. Aug. 26 at 8:30 p.m. $18, $24 at the door. Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 866-811-4111. www.cluboberon.com/events/valve-antique-vaudeville-circus


SATURDAY

Always another record: Indie rocker Juliana Hatfield grew up in Duxbury and hit the Boston music scene in the late 1980s. She adds a new recording to her oeuvre, which to date boasts more than a dozen albums. “There’s Always Another Girl” contains 14 songs, including the title track, a tribute to Lindsay Lohan. Aug. 27, 9 p.m. $14. 18+. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston. 617-779-0140, www.brightonmusichall.com

Cooking to perfection: Are you a fan of cooking shows? MassEquality’s Taste of Provincetown brings you some of that excitement live with its first QuickFire Challenge. Tiffani Faison of Rocca is the perfect person to host the contest -- she’s competed and won on “Top Chef” herself. Enjoy the ride while nibbling on hors d’ouevres, listening to music, and sipping on cocktails and wine. Aug. 27, 6-9 p.m. $125. Town Hall Auditorium, 260 Commercial St., Provincetown. 617-878-2365, www.massequality.org

Something’s brewing: It’s hard to pronounce Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg under any circumstances. After enjoying samples of more than 25 craft beers at Indian Ranch’s Fourth Annual Summer Brewfest, don’t even try. Just relax near the shore of the aforementioned lake and eat Southern barbecue, listen to the Racky Thomas Band, and take a paddle boat ride. Participating breweries include Blue Hills Brewery, Ipswich Ale, Watch City Brewing Company, Kona Brewing Company, and Innis & Gunn. Aug. 27, 2-6 p.m. $25. Rain or shine. Indian Ranch, 200 Gore Rd., Webster. 508-943-3871, www.indianranch.com

You slay me: A princess heads to Mystery Mountain to visit the Great Green Dragon and meets Zelda the babysitter, a silly bat, Sir George and his clumsy dog, and the lovable dragon in "Sir George and the Dragon." Presented by Pumpernickel Puppets. Aug. 25 and 27 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. $10. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400. www.puppetshowplace.org


SUNDAY

Those redone houses: We’ve often dreamed the folks at “This Old House” might shower our humble abode with their renovation expertise. Alas, we don’t reside in Newton, where, Historic Newton notes, many of the show’s projects are located. Check some out on A Summer Bike Tour: Views of the Newton This Old House Projects. Architect Jane Galli leads the approximately 8-mile ride from Auburndale to Oak Hill. Aug. 28, 2 p.m. Meet in the shady parkway opposite 46 Kingswood Rd., Auburndale. Free. Helmets required. www.historicnewton.org

In the square: In 1997, Utne Reader included Davis Square in its list of “The Hippest 15 Places to Live” in the US and Canada. Join the 90-minute Davis Square Walking Tour, learn about the ‘hood’s history, and make your own judgments about the coolness factor. Aug. 28, 2 p.m. $15. Meet 10 minutes before start time at the plaza across from the Somerville Theatre. Rain or shine. 617-367-2345, www.bostonbyfoot.org

NOTE: Both the Styx concert and the Antique and Classic Boat Festival have been canceled due to Hurricane Irene.

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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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