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What to do this weekend, Nov. 17-20

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  November 16, 2011 01:27 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata and 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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[Rubik's Cube Competition; Craig Robinson; Christmas Tree Lighting]


FRIDAY

SNAP: Every Friday night, Stefan Scott -- or DJ Selecter 70, if you will -- spins soul, R&B, and funk albums spanning the late ‘40s to early ‘70s. Expect to hear classic hits from the likes of James Brown, Wilson Pickett, and Don Covay, all on vinyl. Groovy. Nov. 18, 10 p.m. Free. 21+ The Independent. www.theindo.com

9TH WONDER: The producer, record executive, DJ, and hip-hop music professor (he’s taught at North Carolina Central University and Duke University) will spin a special set at the Good Life. Joining him will be Deano Sounds, DJ Dupont, and DJ Frank White. Nov. 18, doors at 9 p.m. Cover: $5 21+ The Good Life. www.goodlifebar.com

NOT YOUR GRANDMA'S CIRCUS: Mad scientists, evil geniuses, henchmen, bad guys, wrongdoers, and mischief-makers -- does this sound like the circus? The Boston Circus Guild presents “VaudeVillainy: A Diabolical Evening of Circus” starring famous villains from history and pop culture doing their juggling, aerials, acrobatics, and burlesque. 7:30 p.m. $18, $24; $24, $30 at the door. 18+. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 866-811-4111. www.bostoncircusguild.com


SATURDAY

NEW ENGLAND RUBIK’S CUBE TEAM COMPETITION: Watch teams of eight from schools throughout New England compete for the fastest times to solve 25 of the colorful cubes. Cash prizes for their schools go to the winning teams. Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.-noon. Free with museum admission of $22, $20 seniors, $19 kids. Museum of Science, Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500. www.youcandothecube.com

AFRICAN AMERICANS AT FOREST HILLS CEMETERY: Prominent persons of color at Forest Hills Cemetery include abolitionists, activists, educators, and entrepreneurs. Elaine James will discuss the research of Sylvia McDowell. Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Dudley Branch, 65 Warren St., Roxbury. 617-442-6186. www.massblacklib.org

DECK THE HALLS: Thanks to Egan Acres Tree Farms in New York, Boston has an 85-foot Norwegian spruce for the holidays. Stop by Saturday to watch 300,000 lights go on and enjoy entertainment by Boston Ballet, Santa, and others at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Nov. 19 from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (lighting 5-5:15 p.m.). Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. 617-523-1300. www.faneuilhallboston.org

MEET AND GREET: Leave your dog at home so canines at the Dog Sled Fun Run aren’t distracted -- and your pooch doesn’t get jealous. You’ll meet a sled dog from the Yankee Siberian Husky Club, watch demos with wheeled rigs (weather permitting), and check out the Boston Snow Dogs exhibit on dog sledding in New England. Nov. 19 from 1-3 p.m. Free. Houghton’s Pond main parking lot, 840 Hillside St., Milton. 617-727-4573, ext. 310. www.mass.gov/dcr


SUNDAY

OUT OF THE OFFICE: Darryl Philbin is still at the office, but the actor who portrays him on “The Office” is in town with his band for some jazz, funk, and comedy. Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious stars the namesake who plays keyboard and comedy. Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. $22.50-$29. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

SEX SELLS: Would you dish the dirt about your sex life? There’s quite a market for this at Stripped Stories, a New York creation of hosts Giulia Rozzi and Margot Leitman. Guests at the sex-themed storytelling show are Erin Judge and H.R. Britton. Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. $15, $20. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 866-811-4111. www.cluboberon.com/events/stripped-stories

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