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What to do this weekend, May 11-13

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  May 9, 2012 04:56 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

TOY PIANO MINI FEST: Remember plunking out masterpieces on your little toy piano? The instrument is alive and well in the hands of local composers who perform original works plus Sunday's performance of John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Piano(s)." May 11 and 12 at 8 and 10 p.m., May 13 at 4 p.m. $10 suggested donation, $5 (May 13). Mobius, 55 Norfolk St., Cambridge. 617-945-9481. www.mobius.org

FULL STEAMPUNK AHEAD: Thank techie geeks and sci-fi aficionados whose underground style movement led to Steampunk. Think of it as modern technology meets the turn of the 20th century. Find out more at Watch City Festival: Waltham the Original Steampunk City presented by Waltham's Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation. Friday's Election Night Party at Watch City Brewery for the Mayor of Steampunk kicks off a weekend of parades, art exhibits, the Steampunk Mobile Home, and a lecture by Jules Verne historian Jean Christophe Valtat. May 11 at 6:30 p.m. (through May 13). $20 festival button, $10 children (additional cost for some events). Downtown Waltham. 781-893-5410. www.watchcityfestival.com

MAKING THEIR POINT: This waterfront warehouse district is home to more than 75 artists who open their studios to you at the self-guided Fort Point Art Walk. Pick up something for Mom — a painting, jewelry, photograph, clothing — and talk with the artists. May 11 from 4-7 p.m. (May 12 and 13 from noon-5 p.m.). Free. Studios in Fort Point area, Boston (maps at corner of A and Binford streets). 617-423-4299. www.fortpointarts.org


FRIDAY

DISCO POTENTIAL WITH KEVIN CHURCH: Tiny though it may be, River Gods packs in the entertainment, with DJs perched on high seven nights a week. On Friday, catch Kevin Church spinning disco, synth pop, and more. May 11, 9 p.m. Free. 21+. River Gods. 617-576-1881, www.rivergodsonline.com

MASSART FASHION SHOW: There's a pecking order at "Reveal" which, for the first time, adds work by sophomores and juniors to its senior show. Seniors reveal their collections; juniors show sportswear; sophomores reveal avant-garde, non-textile designs including a birch-bark dress. May 11 at 3 and 5 p.m. (8 p.m. sold out). $25 (advance purchase required). Space 57, the Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-879-7676. www.massart.edu


SATURDAY

MIND CONTROL: Frequent collaborators Richie Santana and Peter Bailey are once again joining forces to form Mind Control for a show at Underbar, where they will piggyback on each other track-for-track spinning house and techno remixes. DJ Vic Angelo will open the set. May 12, 10:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$25. 21+. Underbar 617-292-0080, www.underbaronline.com

"MOMMY AND ME" COOKING CLASS: If Mom likes French toast and huevos rancheros, bring the kids to this class where chef Patricia Yeo will teach them how to serve breakfast in bed on Mother's Day. May 12 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $25 (reservations recommended; for ages 6-10). Moksa Restaurant, 451 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-4900. www.moksarestaurant.com


SUNDAY

MOM AT THE MUSEUM: The Peabody Essex Museum celebrates moms and its exhibit, "Natural Histories, Photographs by Barbara Bosworth" with a Mother's Day Festival. Take mom to Salem for a day of activities including the "Curious Creatures" animal presentation (noon-1 p.m.) and the "Mothers and Families in Art" tour (2-2:45 p.m.). May 13 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with museum admission of $15, $13 seniors, $11 students, free under 17. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-9500. www.pem.org

HAVE YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW: Learn the names of the ducklings from "Make Way for Ducklings" and impress the crowd at the Duckling Day Parade (hint: they're in alphabetical order). The Friends of the Public Garden sponsor this Mother's Day celebration based on Robert McCloskey's book. May 13 at noon (registration starts at 10:30 a.m.). $35 per family, $40 day of parade. Boston Common, corner of Beacon and Park streets, Boston. 617-267-7366. www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org

FRAGRANT FUN: Thanks to the lilacs on Bussey Hill, we get Lilac Sunday, an annual event that began more than a century ago to celebrate these fragrant plants. There are 180 different kinds of lilacs to see and smell, and it?s the only day that picnics are allowed. There will be guided tours, music, activities, and food vendors. May 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (grounds open from dawn to dusk). Free. Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Boston. 617-524-1718. www.arboretum.harvard.edu

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