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!
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
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
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
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
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Swati G. Sharma is a Somerville resident and is a fan of city living, exploring Bostons nightlife, and dancing.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.