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Weekend event picks, Oct. 12-14

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  October 8, 2012 11:36 AM

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Kickass Cupcakes will be at this weekend's Food Truck Throwdown


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

FRENCH SPIN French DJ Cedric Gervais started his career early, persuading his father to petition the French courts to allow him to leave school at the age of 14. At 15, he relocated to his current home of Miami. His 2012 track “Molly” has gotten noticed by Madonna, Pete Tong, and Radio One. Oct. 12, 10:30 p.m. $20, $30. 21+. Proper dress. Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000, www.theestateboston.com

FREEDOM RINGS It’s election night, and results are being announced. It’s also the night that photos of the gay son of the favored presidential candidate go viral. Everyone scrambles to do damage control in “Now or Later,” Christopher Shinn’s political drama about freedom of expression. Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. (through Nov. 10). $25 and up, $5 senior discount, $25 under age 36, $15 students and military. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-266-0800. www.huntingtontheatre.org

TOWNSHEND IN TOWN If The Who had been called The Hair -- like Pete Townshend wanted -- it would be weird to call it “The Hair’s Tommy.” In his new memoir, “Who I Am,” the singer, songwriter, and guitarist of The Who says that he wasn’t fond of that “drawling dope” Elvis. Townshend will be interviewed and will perform four songs. Oct. 12, 5 p.m. $32.50 (includes a copy of the book). Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261. www.berkleebpc.com

NOTHING AVERAGE ABOUT EITHER The San Francisco Bay area was fertile ground for bands in the late 60s including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Journey, and Tower of Power. “Soul And The City” is the latest release by the soul and funk Average White Band, the other half of the Wilbur gig. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. $50-$62.50. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-2000. www.thewilbur.com

SATURDAY

CLASH OF THE FOOD TRUCKS Boston and New York go at it again at the Food Truck Showdown: Boston vs. New York City. Seven trucks from each city compete for the title of Best Food Truck. Boston contestants are Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Bon Me, The Cookie Monstah, Staff Meal, Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Lobsta Love, and Kickass Cupcakes. Celebrity judges include Mayor Thomas Menino and Jenny Johnson from NECN’s “TV Diner.” Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free admission. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Dewey Square, Boston. 617-223-7070. www.foodtruckthrowdown.com

VISIT FROM THE QUEEN Here’s what Adele had to say about Wanda Jackson: “She’s like my rockabilly Etta James. I love her, she’s so brilliant. I don’t think ‘Rollin’ in the Deep’ would exist if it wasn’t for Wanda Jackson.” “Unfinished Business” is the new record by the Queen of Rockabilly. Oct. 13, 8 p.m. $28-$54.68. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

SUNDAY

DOWN PAT “This Belongs to You” and “Then and Now” are two tracks that got our attention on the latest release by the jazzy Pat Metheny Unity Band. The line-up is Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, Antonio Sanchez on drums, Ben Williams on bass, and Metheny on guitar. Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. $35, $45. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-3161. www.berkleebpc.com

SING IT There’s a lot more than beer at the Carmina Burana Oktoberfest, an open sing hosted by Metropolitan Chorale. Chorus members and artists-in-residence soloists invite you to join them in singing Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” (“O Fortuna” is used at Patriots games). Beer, wine, popcorn, and scores will be available (musical, not football).Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. $10. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-739-5182. www.coolidge.org

THEY'RE THE TOP There’s a local musician at Sunday’s live taping of NPR’s From the Top. The program by 15-year-old Shrewsbury pianist Vanessa Meiling Haynes includes Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”). Pianist Christopher O’Riley hosts this opportunity for up-and-stunning classical musicians. Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. $25-$35. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260. www.frommthetop.org

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