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Weekend event picks, March 22-24

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  March 20, 2013 12:10 PM

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Natalie MacMaster (Rebekah Littlejohn); "New Day" by Donald De Lue at "AD 20/21" (Childs Gallery); Boston Ballet's "The Sleeping Beauty" (Rosalie O'Connor)

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

FRIDAY

THOROUGHLY MODERN DESIGN There are some items from the 20th century we'd rather forget, like panelling, metallic wallpaper, and bean bag chairs. Things worth remembering will be featured at AD 20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries, featuring fine art, photography, jewelry, furniture, decorative arts, sculpture, and more. The show runs concurrently with the Boston Print Fair. March 22, 1-8 p.m. March 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, under 12 free. Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-299-6096, www.ad2021.com

DANCING BEAUTY In 2009, when Boston Ballet staged Tchaikovsky's "The Sleeping Beauty," the New York Times said the ballet contains "more layering than any other full-length ballet and greater detail." Our resident ballet company takes up one of its specialties again, with choreography by Marius Petipa, and original costumes and sets by David Walker from the Royal Ballet. Expect a lavish production with virtuosic turns, including the difficult Rose Adagio, and cameos by other fairy tale characters including Little Red Riding Hood and Puss N' Boots. March 22-23, 7:30 p.m. March 23-24, 1 p.m. Through April 7. $29-$137. The Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

ACCENTUATING THE VISUAL Comedian Demetri Martin likes to tell visual jokes, and in fact his latest book, "Point Your Face At This," employs his drawing talents. The performer who's appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and in Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" visits Boston. March 22, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $37. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. www.thewilbur.com

MARATHON MAN It's finals time for "America's Next Top Poet," when a slave ship appears in front of Lady Liberty, sending NYC into a tizzy. That's the backdrop for "Emergency," Daniel Beaty's one-man show in which he plays more than 25 characters using slam poetry, song, and crackerjack acting skills. It's presented by ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage. March 22-23, 8 p.m. March 24, 2 p.m. $25-$79. Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

VIRTUALLY EXECUTED Here’s how his website describes dubstep artist Excision's shows: ..."a virtual apocalypse of twisting and morphing sounds turn massive crowds into a frenzy, as virtual walls of bass are relentlessly impaled time and time again upon their fragile bodies and ears." As if that wasn’t enough, Excision Presents: The Execution Tour stops in Boston with its 28-foot wide, 15-foot tall video mapped animation and Excision inside a mechanical bunker, synching audio with video. March 22, 7 p.m. $27, $39.50. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.com

SATURDAY

DINO HEAVEN It's not just about T-Rex and Triceratops anymore. At Dinosaur Day, learn about new dinosaur discoveries and the latest technologies for fossil hunting when paleontologists visit the Museum of Science for a day devoted to the prehistoric creatures kids love. March 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission of $19-$22. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500, www.mos.org

LADY WITH A FIDDLE Grammy-nominated and Juno Award-winning Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster has enjoyed a varied career playing with the likes of Carlos Santana, The Chieftains, Paul Simon, Luciano Pavarotti, and the Boston Pops. She comes to Boston to do what she does best, spinning Celtic jigs, strathspeys, reels, and airs with a five-piece band. March 23, 8 p.m. $28-$50. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

OVER THE MOON "Old Yellow Moon" is the new album of duets just released by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, featuring four tracks by Crowell and versions of tunes including "Hanging Up My Heart" and "Invitation to the Blues." The pair is touring in support of it. Catch Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio at the Orpheum. March 23, 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$65. Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

SUNDAY

MAGICAL FLUTE They call him "the man with the golden flute," and he was even knighted in 2001. The James Galway Legacy Tour features Sir James Galway on flute and pennywhistle with the Galway Chamber Players, including flutist Lady Jeanne Galway. The program includes classical pieces by Mozart, Debussy, and Bizet, Irish folk songs, and Henry Mancini’s "Pennywhistle Jig" and "Baby Elephant Walk." March 24, 3 p.m. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

ROMEO, OH ROMEO Despite his name, bachata star Romeo Santos didn't get where he is today by focusing on romance. From his website: "While most 13-year-old boys were out chasing girls and shooting hoops, Romeo opted to stay home, penning his first songs." As a result, he's been named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year three times. Santos is reprising his tour in support of his record "Formula Vol. 1." March 24, 8 p.m. Agganis Arena, 925 Comm. Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

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