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Weekend event picks, Oct. 5-7

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  October 1, 2012 02:10 PM

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Allyn Burrows, Mara Sidmore in Actors Shakespeare Company's "Macbeth"

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.

FRIDAY

LOCAL ON TAP What if the best brewers in Boston served their beers at an idyllic location on Boston’s waterfront? It’ll happen this weekend at a Local Craft Brewfest featuring more than 50 brews and local food vendors. Local musicians provide the tunes. 6-9:30 p.m. $45-$55. 21+. HarborPark, John Joseph Moakley US Courthouse, Fort Point, Boston. www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.com

WITCHES BREW (First Witch) “When shall we three meet again; In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” (Second Witch) “When the hurlyburly’s done, When the battle’s lost and won.” How about meeting in Medford where Actors’ Shakespeare Project opens its ninth season with “Macbeth.” Paula Plum directs. 7:30 p.m. (through Nov. 4). $33-$50. Chevalier Theatre,, 30 Forest St., Medford. 866-811-4111. www.actorsshakespeareproject.org

SWEET TALKIN' Miss Tess is known for her behind-the-beat vocal phrasing and gently swinging rhythm guitar. The New York City musician’s new album, “Sweet Talk,” illustrates the points with honky-tonk, western swing, and pop standards. With her new band, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks produce a stronger country and early rock ‘n roll sound. 9 p.m. $12. Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-547-0759. www.lizardloungeclub.com

A GREAT PRICE When she’s not singing and acting on Broadway, Bernadette Peters is busy advocating for animals, writing children’s books, and doing concert gigs. The latter is Friday when the Tony winner headlines with a 10-piece band at the Price Center Gala to benefit adults with developmental disabilities. 7 p.m. $200. Boston Marriott Copley Place, 110 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-244-0065. www.thepricecenter.org

SATURDAY

STAND BI Producer/director Susannah Layton’s Bilicious Boston Show aims to bust stereotypes about bisexuality and act as a bridge between gay and straight communities. The multimedia performance features comedy, poetry, music, dance, and film by Tiggy Upland, Laurie Wolfe, S.A. Walden, UnAmerika’s Sweetheart Karin Webb, and Michael Monroe. After the show, the audience is invited to stay for a Q&A with the cast. 7:30 p.m. $20, $15 advance, $12 students and seniors. 21+. Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. www.biliciousproductions.com

SEA FEAST Carnivores stay home because the Boston Fish Pier Seafood Festival is all about seafood. The clambake features lobster, steamers, and fixings, and you’ll sample seafood dishes from local restaurants. Boston Fisheries Foundation presents this event to celebrate our maritime heritage and make sure it lasts another 100 years. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., rain or shine. $10, $8 students, free under 12. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. www.savebostonfishpier.org

WHAT ABOUT BOB Now that we know Bob Newhart was an accountant in Chicago, the comedian’s wry, dry sense of humor makes perfect sense. Newhart’s album, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart,” was the first comedy album to get to #1 on the charts, and the Grammy and Emmy winner had two successful TV shows and appeared on “Desperate Housewives.” 7 p.m. $43-$65. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

SUNDAY

NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF... In 2008, Shota Nakama wanted to combine his two passions: video games and music. The Japanese guitarist hit pay dirt with his Boston-based Video Game Orchestra, a classical and contemporary hybrid. Sunday’s concert features a 70-piece orchestra, choir, five-piece rock band, and a program of “rockestral” arrangements from popular video games including Castlevania, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Silent Hill. 8 p.m. $40.50-$100. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200. www.bso.org

LINKS IN A CHAIN Emerald Necklace docents reveal how a 17th-century Japanese Temple Bell and a historic bridge made from Roxbury puddingstone are related at Hidden Gems of the Back Bay Fens. The walking tour is presented by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Shattuck Emerald Necklace Visitor Center, 125 the Fenway, Boston. 617-522-2700. www.emeraldnecklace.org

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