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Weekend event picks, Nov. 16-18

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  November 14, 2012 01:15 AM

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L to R: cookbook at International Antiquarian Book Fair, Bob Dylan and His Band at TD Garden, flower pins by Susan Dyer at Paradise City Arts Festival


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

FROM CELTICS TO COMEDY When they retire, some athletes hawk products, land a TV gig, coach, count their money, or a a combination of the above. For 40-year-old retired NBA star, Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, the retirement road includes humor. Shaq's All Star Comedy Jam stars host Gary Owen, Tony Roberts, Michael Blackson, and DJ Spinderella. Nov. 16, 7 & 9:45 p.m. $29-$39. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.thewilbur.com

HIT THE BOOK FAIR The wire-tapping equipment the FBI used to gather evidence against Whitey Bulger isn't necessarily what we'd expect to see at the International Antiquarian Book Fair. Nevertheless, it will be there, along with President Kennedy's personalized humidor (that's a cigar holder). Did we mention the books? More than 120 dealers from several countries exhibit rare books, illuminated manuscripts, maps, atlases, and other literary ephemera. Highlights include first editions by Faulkner, Austen, Wharton, and others; an 1848 engraving of the Declaration of Independence; and an autographed portrait of Charlie Chaplin. If you're wondering about the value of your own literary treasures, bring books for appraisal from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 16, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 17, noon-7 p.m. Nov. 18, noon-5 p.m. $15 opening night, includes weekend admission. Sat-Sun admission $8 per day. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston. 617-266-6540, www.bostonbookfair.com

NINE LIVES The Fox TV show is on the road with the ninth season's Top 10 finalists. On the So You Think You Can Dance Tour, Audrey, Chehon, Cole, Cyrus, Eliana, George, Lindsay, Tiffany, Will, and Witney perform routines from the shows plus dances choreographed for the tour. Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. $32.50-$68.50. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.dance.aeglive.com

A GOOD FOUNDATION The Museum of Fine Arts shows off its new Arts of Korea gallery at Korea Foundation Day. There will be tours in Korean and English, performances by percussion group Gong Myoung, artist demonstrations by Kang Ik-Joong, and "Divine Depictions: Korean Buddhist Paintings." Nov. 16, 3-9:45 p.m. Free with museum admission of $25, $23 students and seniors, free under 18. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

PARADISE OF CRAFTS Whether it's one of James Borden's inventive clocks, a bright flower pin by Susan Dyer, or a checkerboard quilt by Rachel Derstine, any gift you buy at the Paradise City Arts Festival is sure to be unique. The event features work by 175 American craft designers and artists from 23 states, and a Sculpture Cafe where you can sip coffee and listen to live jazz. Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $8 students, 12 and under free, $15 weekend pass. Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough. 800-511-9725, www.paradisecityarts.com

Note: The Frog Pond was originally scheduled to open Friday. The opening has been delayed. Read more here.

SATURDAY

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION Holiday stuff is all over store shelves, so stress is just around the corner. Before it gets to you, revel in the lights and sounds of the season at "Blink!" This kick-off at America's first open marketplace starts with pilates bootcamp and continues with music (Holiday Pops and others), stories, comedy, and more than 350,000 LED lights. Nov. 17 from 9:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market St., Boston. 617-523-1300, www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com

ENCHANTMENT AWAITS Once upon a time, excited children flocked to Jordan Marsh at Downtown Crossing to see the animated figurines and charming yuletide scenes of the Enchanted Village, a Victorian-era holiday display created by Bavarian toymakers. In 2009, the vintage display got a new home, which means today's kids can get the same enchanted thrill. Nov. 17 through December. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Dr., Avon. www.jordans.com

SUNDAY

FOREVER YOUNG It's been 50 years since Bob Dylan released his self-titled debut album which was not very successful. The two original songs were "Song For Woody" and "Talking New York," and if we fast forward to now, the troubadour's new release, "Tempest," has 10 Dylan songs. Mark Knopfler is the special guest when Bob Dylan and His Band play the TD Garden. Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$125. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

PSYCHO STRINGS Now that the finback whale has gone to lower ground, Rockportians can focus on what's going on at the beautiful Shalin Liu Performance Center. One event is Berklee World Strings, an ensemble of soloists, chamber players, and fiddlers from the Berklee College of Music. The program features Bernard Herrmann's "Psycho—A Narrative for String Orchestra" and Bruce Thomas's "East River Mountain Suite." Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. $10, free under 19. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rockportmusic.org

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