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!
ALL FIRED UP: Ladies and gents from local culinary establishments grill for you at the Chefs in Shorts benefit for the Future Chefs culinary arts program. Utensil grabbers hail from Backyard Farms, Seaport Hotel Boston, Haru, and more. June 22 from 7-9:30 p.m. $70 (includes admission, beer, wine, and tastings). The Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. www.seaportboston.com
TENTH NIGHT: Aug. 20 1984 was the last of Bruce Springsteen’s 10-night, sold-out shows at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. If you missed it, or miss it 27 years later, Tramps Like Us recreates it in their tribute to the Boss. 8 p.m. $15. Showcase Live at Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Pl., Foxboro. 800-745-3000. www.showcaselive.com
DJ DEKA: Night owls, you’re in luck. If there’s one place to go in Boston for after-hours entertainment, it’s Rise. House music aficionado DJ Deka returns to the scene of his longtime residency on Saturday, spinning into the wee hours of the morning. J Mendoza will open while Jim Guerrero will be spinning in the lounge. June 23, 1 a.m. - 6 a.m. Tickets: $10-$20. 18+ Rise. 617-423-7473, www.riseclub.us
CLINTON SPARKS: The Boston-bred DJ and E! News correspondent will take a turn behind the tables during Bond’s “Flaunt Saturdays. The Grammy-nominated DJ and producer has collected quite a number of accolades since getting his start in Beantown, including collaborations with Lady Gaga and Akon. June 23, 10 p.m. No cover, 21+ Bond. 617-956-8765, www.bondboston.com
ELLIS PAUL: “The Hero in You” is the new family album by this award-winning musician. The songs are about American heroes including Woody Guthrie, Rosa Parks, Ben Franklin, Jackie Robinson, and Martha Graham. Paul will be presented with a Gold Parents’ Choice Award at the concert. June 23 at 3:30 p.m. $12, $10 kids. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org
BOSTON BACON TAKEDOWN: What would you do with 15 pounds of Hormel Black Label Bacon? You’ll have a chance to replicate 20 different recipes by 20 local cooks and then vote on the “yummiest.” June 24 at 2 p.m. $15. Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. www.thetakedowns.com
CHINATOWN MAIN STREET FESTIVAL: In seven hours you should have time to take in all these activities and performances offered in Chinatown -- Chinese dough art, Chinese opera, childrens’ Chinese folk dance, martial arts performance, and lion dances. June 24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Chinatown, Boston. www.chinatownmainstreet.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.