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Weekend event picks, Feb. 22-24

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  February 18, 2013 10:47 AM

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L to R: So Percussion (Warren LaFever/LiveWellPhoto); Patti Austin; Alloy Orchestra (Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)


Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.

FRIDAY

A BEAR OF A PROGRAM The Handel and Haydn Society devotes its program to one half of its namesake. Conductor Harry Christophers leads the Period Instrument Orchestra in "Haydn in Paris," a program of Symphony No. 6, "Le matin;" Violin Concerto No. 4; Overture to "L'isola disabitata;" and Symphony No. 82, "The Bear." Feb. 22, 8 p.m. (Feb. 24 at 3 p.m.; conversations one hour before each concert). $20-$78. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-3605; www.handelandhaydn.org

COME TO THE CABARET Frieda Fries, Madge of Honor, host Heywood Wakefield, and others perform at the all-gender, all-genre cabaret show "TraniWreck: Why Not!" The irreverence features drag, burlesque, aerials, and performance art. Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. $15-$35 ($5 increase at the door). 18+. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge. 617-496-8004, www.truthserum.org

THE STATE OF THE MIND What exactly are the sounds of religious ecstasy and psychedelia? The Boston-based contemporary music ensemble, Sound Icon, will let the sunshine in with a program of Italian music featuring Fausto Romitelli's "Professor Bad Trip" and Salvatore Sciarrino's "Infinito Nero." The chamber orchestra welcomes soprano Janna Baty. Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. $20, $10 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

SATURDAY

A LOT OF MUSH Bring your skates, leave your pooch at home, and learn about urban mushing. Boston Snow Dogs and the Yankee Siberian Sled Dog Club invite you to the Boston Snow Dogs February Fun Run where you'll watch a dog sled demonstration and meet the mushers. Feb. 23, 1-3 p.m. (ice skating 2-3:50 p.m.). Free. Meet at Bajko Skating Rink, 75 Turtle Pond Parkway, Hyde Park. 617-333-7405, ext. 104; www.mass.gov/dcr

SO WHAT The New Yorker has described Sō Percussion as an: "exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam." It all began in 1999 when the lads were grad students at the Yale School of Music. Their initial goal was to perform pieces by 20th-century composers like John Cage and Iannis Xenakis, but the Brooklyn-based experimental quartet also composes for themselves and others. Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. $25, $20 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org

A STORIED PAST Black History Month and storytelling are celebrated at the Boston Storytelling Festival with tales for all ages and interests. Alan White will share African folk story traditions from 9:30-11 a.m., followed in the afternoon by tellers "for the 21st century." Feb. 23, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. www.massmouth.com

ON THE EVE Boston singer, songwriter, and producer, Adam Jensen has opened for Kid Rock, Train, Tim Reynolds, and Third Eye Blind. We're partial to his tunes "Monsters" and "Lost Without You." Feb. 23, 8 p.m. $10, $12 day of show. The Red Room @ Cafe 939, 939 Boylston St., Boston. 617-747-2261, www.cafe939.com

THREE MEN AND AN ORCHESTRA The three-man Alloy Orchestra performs its score to three Buster Keaton short films: "The Butcher Boy," "Good Night, Nurse!" and "The Play House." The actors won't say much, but there will be plenty of noise from the orchestra's drums, hubcaps, truck springs, "rack of junk," and electronic synthesizers. Feb. 23, 8 p.m. $25. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

MUSICAL MELTING POT According to saxophonist and vocalist, Bill Evans (who played with Miles Davis, among other greats), his new release, "Dragonfly," is "Americana-meets-soul-meets-jazz in a new kind of way. There are no boundaries here." The Grammy winner welcomes keyboardist Marco Benevento to Bill Evans Soulgrass with Special Guest Marco Benevento. Feb. 23, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $30 (7:30 p.m.), $25 (10 p.m.). Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

SUNDAY

MAN IN THE MIRROR The Oscars will be presented Sunday while the Berklee Performance Center celebrates one of its very own past Oscar nominees at "The Great American Songbook: The Music of Quincy Jones." The producer, arranger, conductor, film composer, and trumpeter won't be in Boston, but in honor of his 80th birthday, Jones's music will be well represented by a 30-piece orchestra of faculty and students plus performances by Siedah Garrett and Patti Austin. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. $8 and $16 in advance, $12 and $20 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261, www.berklee.edu/bpc

WICKED SMAHT This Boston foursome of duos first collaborated in 1999 to celebrate Noel Coward and Cole Porter. That was followed by "Fred and Ethel: Great Songs of Astaire and Merman." Now it's time for "The Smart Set" vocalists of Valerie Anastasio & Tim Harbold and Benjamin Sears & Bradford Conner to pay tribute to Irving Berlin with a program that includes film tunes from "Holiday Inn" and "Alexander’s Ragtime Band." Feb. 24, 3 p.m. $20-$25. Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-25411125, www.amclass.org

BAND OF BROTHERS In the early 70s, this California-based, Grammy-winning band of Mexican-American brothers got its name, Los Tigres del Norte, from an immigration official who called the boys "little tigers." This was a nickname given to kids who crossed the border. Feb. 24, 8 p.m. $45. 21+. Wonderland Ballroom, 1290 North Shore Road, Revere. 866-468-7619, www.livenation.com

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