John Blanding, Globe Staff
Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio and June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
WHAT'S NOVA? There’s a new professional training orchestra that gives recent conservatory and university grads an opportunity to get advanced professional training. The Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra is now Symphony Nova, and the program features 16-year-old cellist and pianist Sarina Zhang. Sept. 28, 8 p.m. $25. Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Copley Square, Boston. 781-381-3300. www.symphonynova.org
ORTON IS A WHO Today’s word is trip-hop, which, according to Merriam-Webster, is “electronic dance music usually based on a slow hip-hop beat and incorporating hypnotic synthesized and prerecorded sounds.” Seeing is believing and you can see roots/rhythm, singer/songwriter Beth Orton in Somerville. Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. $25. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com
BARRELS OF BREW Harpoon Brewery rolls out the barrels to usher in October with the annual fall celebration, Harpoon Octoberfest. Eat knockwurst and bratwurst and listen to Oompah bands while drinking Harpoon IPA, Harpoon Octoberfest, and other varieties of Harpoon’s Boston-brewed beer. If you’re competitive, you might like the chocolate cake-eating contest, or the chicken-dancing contest. The festival is also a chance to tour the brewery. Sept. 28, 5:30-11 p.m. (entrance closes 9:30 p.m.); Sept. 29, 2-9 p.m. (entrance closes 7:30 p.m.). $20 includes drink ticket and souvenir cup. 21+. Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. www.harpoonbrewery.com
FESTIVAL OF FEMALES Women in jazz are the stars of this year’s Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Block Party where Berklee College of Music faculty, students, and alum make beautiful jazz, Latin, blues, and soul music. Featured are Grammy-winning Terri Lyne Carrington, Paula Cole, Hailey Niswanger, and Lalah Hathaway. Sept. 29 from noon-6 p.m. Free. Columbus Avenue between and Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street, South End, Boston. www.beantownjazz.org
MUSICAL EQUATION Here’s a fun equation for you: rock + hillbilly = rockabilly. At New England Rockabilly, listen to purveyors of the blues/gospel-tinged, countrified rock and roll style in a line-up that features Ricky Coyne, Rick Bounty, Brehon Herlihy, and Easy Ed’s Record Shop. The night is also a record release party for Jittery Jack, and a reunion show for Johnny Carlevale and the Rollin’ Pins. Sept. 29, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $12. 21+. Midway Café, 3496 Washington St., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-9038, www.midwaycafe.com
STARS ON ICE 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist Paul Wylie and Olympian Emily Hughes host An Evening With Champions, featuring a star-studded line-up of ice skaters. See Olympic skaters, synchroniced skating teams, ice dancing, and Theatre on Ice. Proceeds support the Jimmy Fund. Sept. 29, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, 2 p.m. $25, $12 seniors and under 12. Bright Hockey Center, 65 North Harvard St., Boston. www.aneveningwithchampions.org
SOMETHING SWEET Every year Somerville celebrates the fact that it’s the birthplace of Marshmallow Fluff. What the Fluff?: A Tribute to Union Square Invention honors Fluff creator Archibald Query and his sticky, spreadable treat with performances, activities, Fluff-inspired edibles, and games like Blind Man’s Fluff, Fluff Jousting, and Pin the F on Fluff Boy. Sept. 29, 3-7 p.m. Rain date Sept. 30. Free. Union Square Plaza, Somerville. 617-955-0080, www.unionsquaremain.org
WEDDING PITCH Fenway Park wasn’t a successful place this year for our Red Sox, but it will be for wedding planning at the Fenway Park Bridal Festival. In addition to area bands, wedding experts, photographers, florists, and more, four couples will win a free wedding ceremony at the Pahk. Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $15. Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston. 877-733-7699. www.redsox.com/bridal
OH JOHNNY Get the inside scoop on how three Americana bands were influenced by “The Man in Black” at For the Sake of the Song: A Tribute to Johnny Cash. For the Sake of the Song concert series celebrates great artists and performs in its new home at Johnny D’s -- a fitting name for Sunday’s show. The bands are Highway Ghosts, John Colvert & the Great Brighton Fire, and Adela & Jude. Next up is a tribute to Van Morrison on Nov. 18. Sept. 30, 8:30 p.m. $10, $12 at the door. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com
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.
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Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
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