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Weekend event picks, Oct. 26-28

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  October 22, 2012 02:05 PM

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Dobet Gnahoré, Manou Gallo, and Kareyce Fotso perform Sunday in Acoustic Africa: Afropean Women

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

BOOKISH CELEBRATION Globe film critic, Wesley Morris, moderates the Boston Book Festival Page to Screen kick-off event. Writers who will discuss the process of having their work made into films include Buzz Bissinger (Friday Night Lights), Rachel Cohn (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist), Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City/Being Flynn), and Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events). See website for full schedule of festival events. Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 27 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.). Free ($15 and up for Oct. 26 Page to Screen panel discussion at Old South Church; $10 for Oct. 27 Keynote at Old South Church from 6-7 p.m.). In and around Copley Square, Boston. www.bostonbookfest.org

HARBOR TREATS Don't let the kids have all the trick-or-treating fun. Don a costume for Halloween on the Harbor, pick up a wristband at Tamo, and eat and drink ghoulish goodies like crispy bat wings, garlic eyeballs, zombie intestines, and bloody eyeball punch. From there, duck boats shuttle you to participating stops for more special cocktails, appetizers, and treats. Locations include Atlantic Beer Garden, Daily Catch, Strega Waterfront, and Whiskey Priest. Prizes for best costume will be awarded. Oct. 26, 7-10 p.m. Tamo at the Seaport Hotel, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston. $5 to benefit Friends of Fort Point Channel. 21+. www.friendsoffortpointchannel.org

REFLECTING ON THE BLUES When President and Michelle Obama planned a concert at the White House to celebrate blues music, Keb' Mo' was there. The Grammy Award-winning blues artist whose most recent studio album is "The Reflection" stops in Boston on a fall tour. Oct. 26, 8 p.m. $35-$47. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. www.thewilbur.com

SATURDAY

CLASSICAL ANIMATION Cartoons are a great way to expose the kids to classical music. Remember Elmer Fudd singing "Kill the Wabbit" to the tune of Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries"? At the Classical New England Cartoon Festival, a giant screen will show Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoons set to classical music; the kids visit an instrument petting zoo and hear live music; PBS-costumed characters include Curious George and Arthur. Oct. 27 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15, $35 (family 4-pack), free under 6. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-300-5400. www.wgbh.org/cartoonfest

FALL BREWS It is the season for pumpkin-flavored everything, including beer. At the Cambridge Brewing Company 5th annual Great Pumpkin Ale Festival, choose from a dozen pumpkin brews (Stout at the Devil, anyone?) and 30 varieties from guest breweries including Allagash, Smuttynose, and Iron Hill. Pumpkin and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine will be served. Stick around for the 10 p.m. tapping of the Great Pumpkin (a 300-pound pumpkin hollowed out and filled with Great Pumpkin Ale). The theme for the evening's decor will be -- what else? -- a haunted farm. Oct. 27, 1 p.m.-1 a.m. Admission $10, food and drink tickets extra. Proceeds to Food for Free. 21+ after 5 p.m. Cambridge Brewing Company, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge. www.cambridgebrewingcompany.com

MAYORAL MUSIC As a teen, Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone played trumpet in the Somerville High School Jazz Band. As mayor, he started the Joe's Jazz & Blues Fest. The present-day Somerville High School Jazz Ensemble opens the all-day show, which also features Agachiko, the Jellyrollers, Jeremy Lyons Trio, Sonic Explorers, and the Tim Gartland Group. During the week, artists including the Sarah Levecque Band, Victor & Penny, and the Love Dogs play at venues around the city. Oct. 27, noon-6 p.m. Free. Powderhouse Park, Powderhouse Circle, Somerville. See website for week's schedule. www.somervilleartscouncil.org

BULLY FOR BROCCOLI You know what mama said about eating your veggies (and she knows best). At the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, sample veggie foods, get advice from the vegan dietitian, and see speakers and chefs including Laura Theodore 0f NPR's Jazzy Vegetarian Cooking Show. Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston. 617-424-8846, www.bostonveg.org/foodfest

SUNDAY

PASS THE WINGS Boston chefs including Joanne Chang, Jeremy Sewall, Jason Bond, Andy Husbands, and Mary Dumont prepare high-end versions of tailgate foods, and mixologists Jon Parsons and Josh Childs provide specialty drinks at the Lovin' Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party. A silent auction, lawn games, and a photo booth full of football memorabilia are also featured. Oct. 28, 7-10 p.m. $100 ($250 VIP ticket includes 6-7 p.m. VIP hour). Under the tent outside Sam's, 60 Northern Ave., Boston. www.lovinspoonfulsinc.org

MEETING OF THE MUSICIANS Dobet Gnahore, Manou Gallo, and Kareyce Fotso each have successful music careers that meld traditional African influences with contemporary styles. In Acoustic Africa: Afropean Women, the singers come together for the first time in a collaborative showcase. Gnahore lends her vocal talents to melodies in several African languages, and is a dancer and percussionist, too. Gallo, who was the bassist for Zap Mama, throws blues, funk, and rock into the mix with African polyrhtyhms. Fotso enhances her singing with traditional instruments like the sanza and talking drum. The evening features guitarist Leni Stern as music director and a band that includes balafonist Aly Keita. Oct. 28, 7 p.m. $28. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

CAMPAIGN COMEDY We had the empty chair, then Big Bird, malarkey, and those binders full of women. See Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead perform a recap of the 2012 presidential race in Bang the Dumb Slowly: The Long Road to the White House. The show combines stand-up, video, and graphics. Oct. 28, 8:30 p.m. $24, $20 advance. Johnny D's, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

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