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Weekend event picks, Aug. 17-19

Posted by Nicole Cammorata  August 15, 2012 05:00 PM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Nicole Cammorata, Milva DiDomizio, and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend. Now go to it!

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WEEKEND

TRADITION CONTINUES Immigrants brought the Fisherman’s Feast to the North End in 1910., where the annual celebration has been taking place ever since. Festivities include blessing of the fishing waters, a procession of the Madonna statue with six marching bands, and the “Flight of the Angel,” whereby a little girl soars above the crowd and confetti rains down from the rooftops. Aug. 16, 7-11 p.m. Aug. 17, 5-11 p.m. Aug. 18, 2-11 p.m. Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. North, Fleet, and Lewis streets, Boston. www.fishermansfeast.com


FRIDAY

GIRL TALK Mash-up master Gregg Michael Gillis, who most know by the name Girl Talk, will play at the Bank of America Pavilion on Friday. The electronic maestro released his last album, “All Day,” for free on his website in 2010. Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$29.50. Bank of America Pavilion, Boston. 800-653-8000, www.livenation.com

YACHT “DJs on the Harbor,” the Friday night dance party at the ICA, continues this week with a DJ set from YACHT, the experimental, electro-pop dance group that has performed in such diverse settings as boats, caves, bathrooms, and art galleries. There will be an opening set by DJ Brent Covington. Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 members and students, $15 non-members. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

READY FOR LIFTOFF When Stephen Bowen travels for work, he journeys a long, long way. The astronaut has been to the International Space Station three times. Meet him at Evening With an Astronaut, where he’ll pose for pictures, sign autographs, and discuss “Ex­periences in Orbit.” Aug. 17, 8 p.m. Free with admission. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. www.mos.org


SATURDAY

IMPROVBOSTON FAMILY SHOW You make the suggestions, they create the improv and music show on the spot. Interested kids are invited to come up onstage and perform, too. Aug. 18, 6 p.m. $14, under 12 $8. Recommended for ages 4 and up. ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge. www.improvboston.com

SUMMER BOUNTY Two of the best things about August are sweet corn and juicy tomatoes. Verrill Farm celebrates the popular crops at its annual Corn & Tomato Festival, featuring tastings of 25 varieties of tomatoes and several kinds of corn, music by Monadnock Blue Grass, hayrides, and pony rides. Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $8.50, $4.50 kids under 10. Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord. 978-369-4494, www.verrillfarm.com

ZOO, CHEW, AND BREW Don’t feed the animals, particularly at Saturday’s Brew at the Zoo where local breweries, restaurants, and caterers will feed you. Visit the Tropical Forest Pavilion and “Zoorassic Park” exhibit. 5-9 p.m. $50, $60 at the door (proceeds benefit Franklin Park Zoo). 21+. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466. www.franklinparkzoo.org


SUNDAY

CAMBRIDGE CAFE CRAWL Have a lattè (or two), some espresso, yummy cupcakes, and other goodies on a tour of the best cafés in Harvard Square. Cambridge Center for Adult Education staff members Matthew Cloyd and Danna Solomon lead the way. Wear your walking shoes. Aug. 19, 1-4 p.m. Meet in the courtyard at 42 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-6789, ext. 1; www.ccae.org

EAT UP It’s a good thing that Restaurant Week Boston is at the end of the summer when it’s time to retire the bikini. You have 12 days to pack on pounds for the winter when area restaurants offer two- and three-course lunches and three-course dinners. Aura’s grilled octopus salad, anyone? How about Nico’s tiramisu? Aug. 19-24 and 26-31. $15.12 (two-course lunches), $20.12 (three-course lunches), $33.12 (three-course dinners). Participating area restaurants include Aura at the Seaport Hotel (1 Seaport Lane, Boston. 617-385-4300) and Nico (417 Hanover St., Boston. 617-742-0404). www.restaurantweekboston.com

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

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