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What to do this weekend, May 4-6

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  May 2, 2012 03:29 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

ART A PLENTY: About 400 artists take part in Somerville Open Studios (approximately 25 percent of them on Friday night), so you should have plenty of stuff to choose from for Mother’s Day. Look for the orange balloons that indicate participating home studios and commercial buildings. May 4 from 6-9 p.m., May 5 and 6 from noon-6 p.m. Free. Throughout Somerville. 617-398-0346. www.somervillopenstudios.org


FRIDAY

PARTY ON THE HARBOR: It’s not officially summer until June, but we like to kick things off a bit early and welcome the warmer months with this annual party at the ICA. In addition to specialty cocktails and views of the water, there will also be dancing with music courtesy of DJ Kiss and DJ M.O.S. May 4, 9 p.m. Tickets: $100-$200 21+. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

SHPONGLE PRESENTS THE MASQUERADE: Synthesizers, world music, and even flutes come together to form the trance-like psychedelic sounds that can only be described as Shpongle. The UK duo will perform a DJ set at the House of Blues, where Oregon-based electronica DJ Phutureprimitive will open. May 4, 8 p.m. Tickets: $22.50-$35. 18+. House of Blues. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com

MFA FIRST FRIDAY: BEACH PARTY: Wear your fabulous summer outfit in the glass-enclosed courtyard and celebrate the Alex Katz Prints exhibit at the MFA. Check out the beach-themed decorations, dance, sip a cocktail from the cash bar, and enjoy the spinning of DJ Brad Brodie. May 4 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Free with museum admission of $22, $20 students and seniors. 21+. Shapiro Family Courtyard at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org

MANGIA, MANGIA, MANGIA: No need to choose one eatery, because more than 35 of ’em are involved in this year’s Taste of the North End. Sample appetizers, cheeses, entrees, and desserts, and vote for the best taste. May 4 from 7-11 p.m. $99, $75 military (proceeds benefit non-profits in the North End). DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, 561 Commercial St., Boston. 617-643-8000. www.tasteofthenorthend.org


SATURDAY

PAPAGAYO’S CINCO DE MAYO FLASH MOB: In honor of Cinco de Mayo, Mexican eatery and tequila bar Papagayo will host a flash mob somewhere close to the restaurant’s Summer Street location. Once you purchase a ticket for a specific time, you’ll get notified of the location an hour before it starts. Expect food, drinks, dancing, live mariachi music, and a DJ. May 5, 1 p.m., 5 p.m., or 9 p.m. Tickets: $30. 21+. 617-423-1000, For tickets, search event name at www.eventbrite.com

HERE A CHICK: Music and art programs in Greater Boston-area schools are recipients of Chick Singer Night proceeds. You are the recipient of music by talented ladies including Anne Stott, Valerie Giglio, and hosts Jennifer Truesdale and Kristin Bythewood. 4 p.m. $10. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com


SUNDAY

CELEBRATE ASIAN CULTURES: Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Boston Children’s Museum where the Pacific Islands take center stage Sunday. Polynesian Dance Arts performs at 1 and 2 p.m., and kids can make a lei from recycled materials. May 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). $12, free under 1.
Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

SEDARIS SAYS: One of my top David Sedaris quotes is “I haven’t the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.” This nugget is from “Naked,” and the best-selling author will rattle off more gems at Symphony Hall. May 6 at 7 p.m. $38 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661. www.celebrityseries.org

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