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Weekend event picks, Oct. 19-21

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  October 15, 2012 10:08 AM

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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

DIG THIS Get your Indiana Jones on at an Archaeology Fair featuring local archaeologists and hands-on activities. The event is one of many happening during National Archaeology Day (see website for schedule). Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-353-6550, www.nationalarchaeologyday.org

WOMEN IN WHITE LA-based Louisahhh played real instruments before turning to turntables to make music. She’s one of three women performers sharing the bill at “An Electrogenice Experience: All White Attire.” The other two are D-Lux and SHEjDEE. Dress in white. Oct. 19, 9 p.m. $15. 21+. Samba Bar, 508 Somerville Ave., Somerville. 617-718-9177, www.electrogenic.com

IN THE STUDIOS Historic waterfront warehouses in Boston are home to lots of creative types. During the Fort Point Arts Community Open Studios Weekend, visit the workspaces of more than 150. Oct. 19, 4-7 p.m., preview of selected studios. Oct. 20-21, noon-6 p.m. Free. Fort Point Area, Boston. Maps available on website and at locations including Midway Artists’ Building, 15 Channel Center St. 617-423-4299, www.fortpointarts.org

SATURDAY

SILVER GALA Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Gladys Knight has always been versatile, lending her vocal talents to soul, gospel, jazz, and pop songs. In 2012 she added more variety to her performing resume as Tristan McManus’s partner on “Dancing With the Stars.” See the “empress of soul” when she takes the stage at the 25th annual Steppin’ Out for Dimock Gala. The black tie event which celebrates the Roxbury health center’s 150th anniversary also features local emerging artist Shea Rose, who’s been praised in the Globe for her style (one of 2012’s 25 most stylish Bostonians) and substance (“artist most likely to make an impact on the national stage”). Other performers include a cappella ensemble Take 6, South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler, Cuba’s Orquesta Aragόn, smooth jazzer Elan Trotman, and salsa purveyor Manolo Maniera y Curubande. Oct. 20, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $150. Westin Copley Place, Boston. 617-442-8800, ext. 1224; www.steppinoutfordimock.org

SPORES FOR YOUR SATURDAY Fungus may not sound appetizing, but you eat it if you consume mushrooms, yeasted bread, or cheese. At a Fungus Fair for families, learn about edible fungi, medicinal uses of fungi, decomposers, and how scientists study mushrooms, yeasts, and slime molds. Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission of $12, $10 seniors and students, $8 ages 3-18, under 3 free. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045, www.hmnh.harvard.edu

A ROW SHOW The Men’s Grand Master Singles are the first to row at the Head of the Charles Regatta. This two-day event fills the Charles River with more than 9,000 athletes, ages 14-85, from all over the world competing in 55 races. Oct. 20 and 21 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. Charles River, Boston and Cambridge. 617-868-6200. www.hocr.org

SUNDAY

HOT, HOT, HOT Between the two of them, keyboardist Chick Corea and vibraphonist Gary Burton have more than 20 Grammys. The former apprenticed with Miles Davis; the latter made his recording debut with Chet Atkins. These jazz jiants plus the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory’s Professional String Quartet Program perform at Chick Corea and Gary Burton: Hot House Tour with the Harlem String Quartet. Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661. www.celebrityseries.org

STAGE NAMES Each of the four members of Boyz II Men assumes a unique personality on stage. The R&B singing group is Mike “Bass” McCary, Wanya “Squirt” Morris, Shawn “Slim” Stockman, and Nate “Alexander Vanderpool” Morris. Do you soap opera fans recognize the Morris moniker? Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. $40-$47.50. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

WHY THE LON FACE? For the 1925 silent horror film, “The Phantom of the Opera,” Lon Chaney applied his own make-up. The actor painted his eye sockets black, pulled up the tip of his nose and pinned it in place with wire, and made his nostrils look larger with black paint. The screening will be accompanied by live music improvised and performed by Jeff Rapsis. Oct. 21, 2 p.m. $15. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-625-5700. www.somervilletheatreonline.com

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