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Weekend event picks, March 1-3

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  February 27, 2013 11:08 AM

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From left: Habib Koite and Eric Bibb (Michel De Bock); camellias at Tower Hill Botanic Garden; Bob Saget

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

BOB HITS THE BOOKS Here's what actor/comedian Bob Saget says about the book he's currently working on: "I've always thought there was a time and a place for filth..." According to his website, the tome will be full of "filth and craziness." Will some of that make it into his stand-up act? See for yourself when he headlines at the Wilbur. March 1, 7:30 p.m. $29-$43. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. www.thewilbur.com

TEE TIME A big old tee party is coming your way this weekend. At the National Golf Expo, celebrate all things golf at exhibits, interactive displays, and a driving range, and get some refreshment at the Craft Beer Pavilion. March 1, noon-8 p.m. March 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, ages 12 and under free. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston. www.golfexpoboston.com

HOUSE HOLDS Fifty years separate Act One from Act Two in Bruce Norrisa's "Clybourne Park" presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. The Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play, inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," deals first with leaders in a 1959 white community who try to prevent a black family from purchasing a home. Fast forward to the same house in 2009 when the African American neighborhood battles gentrification. March 1, 8 p.m. March 2, 4 and 8 p.m. March 3, 3 p.m. Through March 30. $25 and up, $25 under 25, $5 senior discount. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

SAMPLE THIS In the late 50s, pianist Joe Sample was one of the founders of the Jazz Crusaders. Acoustic piano bowed to electric keyboards in the early 70s when the band moved on to jazz funk and dropped "Jazz" from its name. Give a youtube listen to Sample accompanying vocalist Randy Crawford on "Street Life." March 1-2, 8 and 10 p.m. $35. Scullers Jazz Club at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK Step into the heated tents for Irish music, food, and freshly brewed craft beer, including Celtic Red, Harpoon's specially brewed seasonal Irish ale, at the Harpoon St. Patrick's Festival. Tunes will be provided by U2 cover band Joshua Tree and the Colum Cille Pipes and Drums band. Wear green. March 1, 5:30-11 p.m. March 2, 2-9 p.m. $20. 21+. Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. www.harpoonbrewery.com

SATURDAY

BE INVENTIVE At Beam Camp’s Boston Inventgenuity Festival themed "Digital by Hand," kids are invited to roll up their sleeves and join hands-on workshops and projects exploring sound, image, electricity, and motion. Highlights include "Crazy Cursor Bots," "Origami LED Pixels," "Embroidered Emoticons," and "The Physical Video Processing Unit," a room-sized video machine where kids are the bits and bytes. March 2-3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster St., Arlington. www.beamcamp.com/inventgenuity

HAVE A FLOWERY DAY Debutante, Dr. Tinsley, and Mabel Bayard Thayer are among the 35 camellias and 20 cultivars (many of which came from the personal collections of Isabella Stewart Gardner and Nathaniel T. Dexter) at Tower Hill Botanic Garden's Camellia Show. See them at the annual event presented by the Massachusetts Camellia Society. March 2-3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $9 seniors, $7 ages 6-18, under 6 free. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 508-869-6111, www.towerhillbg.org

CRITICAL MASSACRE Back in the 18th century, things were heating up in Boston, and the events of the Boston Massacre lent fuel to the colonists' fire. Go to the place where it happened for a Boston Massacre Re-enactment, preceded by comments from patriots, loyalists, and moderates on the attitudes that led to the event. March 2, 7 p.m. Free. Old State House Museum, 206 Washington St., Boston. 617-720-1713, www.bostonhistory.org

SUNDAY

SOUL MUSIC Last year's "Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul" is a collection of sacred, secular, classical, and popular music. At the helm are Grammy- and Emmy-winning violinist Itzhak Perlman and vocalist Chazan Yitzchok Meir Helfgot. Joining the pair at Symphony Hall are clarinetist Maestro Russell Ger, Boston Musica Viva, and members of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and Chamber Orchestra. March 3, 7 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

GUITAR FUSION Guitarist Habib Koite's musical training involved paying attention. From his website: " 'Nobody really taught me to sing or to play the guitar,' explains Habib, 'I watched my parents, and it washed off on me'." With a vocalist father, a jazz pianist for an uncle, and Paul Robeson for a godfather, we imagine a few things washed off on American blues artist Eric Bibb, too. The pair bonded years ago when they recorded "Mali to Memphis," and continue their collaboration with the 2012 release "Brothers in Bamako." Eric Bibb and Habib Koite come to town to share their cross-cultural, musical mix rooted in African music and the blues. March 3, 7 p.m. $28. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

MARY, MARY Before she started earning praise from the likes of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier ran a restaurant in the Back Bay. Its name was Dixie Kitchen, which is also the title of her first recording. The folk/country artist is back in town for a performance of her powerful, probing tunes. March 3, 8 p.m. $30. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Boston. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

GO DUTCH Dutch DJ Fedde Le Grand's long list of accomplishments includes an awesome remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise.” He brings his energetic live style to Boston for a night with Montreal duo Sultan + Ned Shepard. March 3, 10 p.m. Prime, 295 Franklin St., Boston. 617-338-1000, www.umbriaprime.com

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