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Weekend event picks, March 15-17

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  March 13, 2013 11:14 AM

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L to R: Danish Dance Theatre (Bjarke Orsted); Thomas Allen appears in "Cosi Fan Tutte" (Boston Lyric Opera); Brasserie Jo, a participating eatery in Boston Restaurant Week

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

ROYAL TREATMENT What are Lucy, Charlie Brown, and other beloved Peanuts characters like as teenagers? In the Happy Medium Theatre's "unauthorized parody" "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" by Bert V. Royal, Charlie Brown wonders if there is an afterlife. March 15-16, 8 p.m. March 17, 4 p.m. Through March 30. $18, $20 at the door; $3 student and senior discount. Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. www.happymediumtheatre.com

BRAIN SCAN Composer William Finn's diagnosis of an arteriovenous malformation was the impetus "A New Brain" presented by Moonbox Productions. In the surreal and funny musical, Gordon Schwinn is a frustrated songwriter for a kids' TV show who is diagnosed with a life-threatening brain disorder. March 15-16, 8 p.m. March 16-17, 2 p.m. Through April 6. $37.50, $27.50 students and seniors. Plaza Theatre at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.com

TWO JOBS, TWO SOLDIERS, TWO SISTERS Sir Thomas Allen has no one to blame but himself if the stage blocking doesn't work out. The British baritone directs and performs in Boston Lyric Opera's production of "Cosi Fan Tutte." Playing Don Alfonso in Mozart's opera also gives Allen a chance to hone his comedic and dramatic skills as one of two soldiers playing a trick on their fiancees. March 15, 7:30 p.m. March 17, 3 p.m. Through March 24; pre-performances lecture one hour before curtain. $30 and up. Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.blo.org

DROPKICK FOR ST. PATTY'S DAY "Signed and Sealed in Blood," the new release by our Dropkick Murphys, has a track titled "Jimmy Collins' Wake": "We've gathered here, to bid adieu/Us Boston boys, alas are few/Some from crosstown some from coast/To give our skipper one last toast/We'll pour the good stuff 'round his casket/Drop some coin into the basket/Bow our heads and praise the Lord/Then rouse ourselves and strike a chord." The boys are at the Garden, part of their "St. Patrick’s Day Tour." March 15, 7:30 p.m. $37.50-$42.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

SATURDAY

CHOREOGRAPHY AND CLASSICS Nothing says "Love Songs" better than dance performed to classics including "Come Rain or Come Shine," "All Of Me," and "My Funny Valentine." Artistic director and choreographer, Tim Rushtron, provides both with his contemporary Danish Dance Theatre program about the search for love. March 16, 8 p.m. March 17, 3 p.m. $60 and up. Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL It's no wonder that Celtic Woman made several appearances on "The Bold and the Beautiful." Songs about love, loss, hope, and inspiration are perfect for a soap and for the Irish music quartet that is here to usher in St. Patrick's Day. March 16, 3 and 8 p.m. $48.75-$103.75. The Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.citicenter.org

SUNDAY

LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL In addition to the famous St. Patrick's Day Parade in Southie (1 p.m. start time), you can watch and join the St. Patrick's Peace Parade created by Veterans for Peace. Look for the white "Vets For Peace" flags at this parade described as an "alternative people's parade for peace, equality, jobs, environmental stewardship, and economic and social justice." March 17 at 3 p.m. (assemble at 2 p.m.). Free. D Street and West Broadway, South Boston. 978-475-1776. www.smedleyvfp.org

EAT OUT We don't know if you'll find corned beef and cabbage, but you'll find just about everything else from the culinary world at Restaurant Week Boston. The more than 200 participating restaurants include Bin 26 Enoteca on Beacon Hill, EVOO Restaurant in Cambridge, Post 390 in the Back Bay, Ristorante Fiore in the North End, and Toro in the South End. March 17-22 and 24-29. $15.13 (two-course lunches), $20.13 (three-course lunches), $38.13 (three-course dinners). www.bostonusa.com/restaurantweek

DUTCH TREAT Dutch brothers Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen released "Today Is Tomorrow" in 2007 and as Showtek, have been taking the electronic dance music world by storm ever since. More recently, they've pursued what they call "Crazy Collabs" including their project with Hardwell, "How We Do." The bill also features Turkish-born Boston DJ Bamboora. March 17, 10 p.m. $30. 21+. Prime, 295 Franklin St., Boston. www.facebook.com/massedmc

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