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What to do this weekend, April 27-29

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  April 25, 2012 12:31 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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WEEKEND

COURAGEOUS SAILING OPEN HOUSE: Prospective sailing students and members are invited to learn about adult sailing lessons and racing opportunities, take a harbor cruise, and enjoy a complimentary barbecue on the pier. April 28 and 29 from noon-3 p.m. Free (discounted lessons and memberships available). Courageous Sailing, Boston Harbor in the Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown. 617-242-3821. www.courageoussailing.org

AROUND THE CAMPUS IN 80 EVENTS: For three days you can wander around the Boston College campus and take in more than 80 events from the worlds of music, theater, dance, art, film, and literature. Boston College Arts Festival student and faculty artists have also included events with a theme of Arts and Social Responsibility. April 26-28 from noon-11 p.m., rain or shine. Most events are free. Boston College, Commonwealth Avenue, Route 30, Chestnut Hill. 617-552-2787. www.bc.edu/artsfestival

POETRY MARATHON: Each of the more than 50 established and emerging poets gets 10 minutes to read at The Boston National Poetry Month Festival. But, before they get their 10, five prize-winning high school students open the festival. Between the two groups is Boston’s current Poet Laureate, Sam Cornish, who will open the 11 a.m. segment. April 28 from 10 a.m.-4:40 p.m. (April 29 from 1:10-4:30 p.m.) Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400. www.tapestryofvoices.com


FRIDAY

LADY WHO LUNCHES: Have lunch with former secretary of state and United States ambassador to the United Nations, Madeleine Albright, who will discuss her book “Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.” April 27 at 11:30 a.m. $85 (includes lunch and a copy of the book). UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge. 617-661-1515. www.harvard.com/event/madeleine_albright

CLOWNING AROUND FOR A CAUSE: Will these folks give up their day jobs? Should they? The “Banned in Boston” musical revue stars local celebs including Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton; U.S. Senator candidate, Elizabeth Warren; Governor and Mrs. Deval Patrick; Attorney General, Martha Coakley; Boston Mayor, Tom Menino; and the NPR “Car Talk” guys, Tom and Ray Magliozzi. Laugh for a good cause which is the Urban Improv violence prevention and youth development workshops. 6 p.m. pre-show soiree at Lansdowne Pub. $250; $150 (single), $250 (couple) under age 41. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 617-524-7049. www.fundraise.com/bannedinboston


SATURDAY

TRADITIONAL IRISH CEILI DANCE: Learn Irish folk dances from dance master Aiden Vaughan. Called a ceildh, this unique dance night will include partner dances and set dances. The legion of musicians who will keep you on your toes includes Chris Stevens, Joey Abarta, Paddy League, Lindsay O’Donovan, James Hamilton, Danny Noveck, and Shannon Heaton. April 28, 6 p.m. Tickets: $10, Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St. 617-524-2345, www.doylescafeboston.com

A VENETIAN MASQUERADE: Hosted by the South End Historical Society, this annual spring ball features dancing and a silent auction. Guests are encouraged to come guised in masks in honor of the theme at this black tie event. Prizes will go to those with the best masks, so be creative. April 28, 8 p.m. Tickets: $125. 18+. The Dome Room at the Lenox Hotel.
617-536-4445, www.southendhistoricalsociety.org

SHEEPSHEARING FESTIVAL: Llamas, alpacas, and sheep get their spring haircuts at the farm festival, and the New England Disc Dog Club will show off its Frisbee-catching canines. There will be spinning and weaving, a crafts fair with more than 80 vendors, live music, performers, historic re-enactors, hands-on activities for kids, historic crafters in period dress, dancing by the Commonwealth Morris Men, and more. April 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. $15, free under 13. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798. www.goreplace.org


SUNDAY

FEEDING FRENZY: When Seymour finds a special plant, business grows in the flower shop where he works, and Seymour grows some confidence. But things get complicated and campy in the cult classic “Little Shop of Horrors” presented by New Repertory Theatre. April 29 at 7:30 p.m. (through May 20). $28-$58, $7 senior discount. Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487. www.newrep.org

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