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Weekend picks, Jan. 11-13

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  January 9, 2013 11:31 AM

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L to R: "Other Desert Cities" (Saglio Photography), Winter Trails Day (Bethany Cox), Savion Glover (Lois Greenfield)


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

BABBLING BROOKE Brooke Wyeth is about to dredge, and her family isn't happy about it. In the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of Jon Robin Baitz's "Other Desert Cities," the writer returns home to Palm Springs for Christmas to be with her brother, aunt, and parents and share the news that she's going to publish a memoir about a tragic family event. Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 4 & 8 p.m. Jan. 23, 3 p.m. Through Feb. 9. $25 and up, $25 under age 25. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

WINE, NO WHINE To help you get through the winter, the Boston Wine Festival offers 39 nights of wine, themed dinners, seminars, and receptions. Chef Bruce welcomes Frog's Leap, Diamond Creek, Cheateauneuf du Pape, and others. Themed dinners include Battle of the Cabernets, Meritage Madness, and Pinots: Old World, New World. Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. (through March 29). Grand Opening Reception is $100. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-330-9355, www.bostonwinefestival.net

A PROCLAMATION A cup of coffee fuels Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to confront his and the country's destiny in Katori Hall's "The Mountaintop." After King's April 3, 1968 "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, a maid delivers coffee to Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel. The Underground Railway Theater production celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Jan. 11, 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 3 and 8 p.m. Jan. 13, 2 p.m. Through Feb. 2. $15-$50, $25 students, $15 students under 18, $5 senior discount. Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.centralsquaretheater.org

CELTIC CAMBRIDGE Stay away from Harvard Square if you're not a fan of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic music and dance, because that's what Friday and Saturday are all about. The 10th Boston’s Celtic Music Fest kicks off at 7 p.m. with the "New Tunes from Boston" showcase of young, innovative local talent. Jan. 11, 7 and 8 p.m. (through Jan. 12; see website for full schedule). $28 (7 p.m.), $15 (8 p.m.). Club Passim (7 p.m.; 47 Palmer St., Cambridge), The Atrium (8 p.m.; 50 Church St., Cambridge). 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

SATURDAY

HAPPY WINTER TRAILS Did you know that a 130-pound adult can burn up to 475 calories an hour by snowshoeing at a moderate pace? Give it a try at Winter Trails Day and take a guided tour of the trails - a great way to walk off those holiday cookies. Jan. 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (limited snowshoes available; rentals available for walks more than 20 minutes). Weston Ski Track, 200 Park Road, Weston. 781-891-6575, www.wintertrails.org

HE'S BACK Theo Epstein is back for Hot Stove Cool Music with baseball journalist Peter Gammons. The Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations returns for his Foundation To Be Named Later fundraiser featuring Tanya Donelly, Parkington Sisters, Boston Music Award winners Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters, and the Chad Hollister Band. Jan. 12 doors at 6 p.m. $40. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. www.foundationtobenamedlater.org

TAP TRIBUTE This tapper extraordinaire made his Broadway debut at age 12 in "The Tap Dance Kid." Movies, "Sesame Street," and more Broadway followed, and Tony winner Savion Glover is in town with Marshall Davis Jr. to dance a tap tribute titled SoLe Sanctuary. Jan. 12, 8 p.m. $40 and up. The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

BROTHERLY MUSIC Growing up on a dairy farm near the Adirondacks, Eric Gibson had two ambitions. On the band website for The Gibson Brothers, he says "I either wanted to pitch at Yankee Stadium or play at the Grand Ole Opry..." One outta two ain't bad, and neither is the list of awards bestowed on him and his brother Leigh. Recent honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association include Entertainers of the Year, 2011 Album of the Year (for "Help My Brother"), and Vocal Group of the Year. Their concert presented by the Boston Bluegrass Union also features Mike Compton and Joe Newberry. Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. $27, $15 student rush. National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington. 781-782-2251, www.bbu.org

JUMPIN' JEDI BASH In October, Trend threw its first planet party (Hoth Rave). The second, W.A.R.P Dagobah, simulates the swamp planet of Dagobah, home to the cutest Jedi master of all, Yoda. Dress up in a "Star Wars" costume, watch "Star Wars" visuals, and dance to "Star Wars" edits, hip hop, and more by DJs tRick, RePsycle, Tony Moreno, Coral Cola, and DJ 7L. Jan. 12, 9:30 p.m. $5. 21+. The Good Life, 28 Kingston St., Boston. 617-451-2622, www.goodlifebar.com

SUNDAY

PET TALES Have a real-life pet story you’ve been itching to share? Bark it out at the pet-themed massmouth story slam where you sign up for 1 of 10 coveted slots to share your five-minute tale (or is that tail?). Judges will award prizes based on the story's narrative arc, presentation, and connection to the theme. Jan. 13, 6:30-9 p.m. $8, $10 at the door. Doyle's Cafe, 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain. www.massmouth.ning.com

TWINNING On her record "Castor, The Twin," rapper/singer Dessa, a member of the hip-hop collective Doomtree, offers up reworked versions of previously released tunes. Hear the new sound when she visits Boston with a band featuring stand-up bass, viola, piano, vibraphone, mandolin, and timpani. The concert will also feature tracks from Dessa's upcoming Spring 2013 release. Jan. 13, 7 p.m. doors. $13-$15. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000, www.boweryboston.com

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