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.
M IS FOR MAGIC Ryan Landry's latest theatrical magic is "M," inspired by Fritz Lang's film noir about a city under siege. The Gold Dust Orphans founder has said: "I asked myself, how the hell am I going to make a show about a serial killer of children into a comedy? My answer was to wedge a very 1930s romantic comedy right into the middle of the thriller. I'm always interested in exploring the Bizzaro universes that run parallel to masterpieces." March 29-30, 8 p.m.. March 31, 7 p.m. Through April 27. $25 and up, $25 under age 36, $15 students and military, $5 senior discount. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org
STARK COMEDY A real maid wants to play a maid in a 1933 Civil War-era epic titled "The Belle of New Orleans." And of course, her boss is played by a white Hollywood starlet who happens to be the maidís real-life boss. The Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents Lynn Nottage's dark comedy "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark." March 29-30, 8 p.m. March 30-31, 3 p.m. Through April 27. $25-$58, $5 senior discount. The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com
100 PERCENT COTTON A $.15 Christmas present of a harmonica was the start of a 60-plus-year career for James Cotton. The Mississipp--born, Grammy winner's mother played train and chicken sounds on her harmonica which, for a few years, her son thought were the only possible sounds from the instrument. March 29 and 30 at 8 and 10 p.m. $25. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Boston, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com
MAKING NOISE A diamond-eyed skull is the mascot for young producer/DJ Kill the Noise, whose mix of genres, styles, and tempos churns out an energetic, visceral style of EDM. Also on the bill are Stockholm techno DJ Style of Eye, and Brillz. March 29, 10 p.m. $30. Prime, 295 Franklin St., Boston. 617-338-1000, www.umbriaprime.com
CASE OPENED An affair between a Midwestern woman and her lover is out in public because of a suitcase purchased on eBay. In the suitcase were 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape recorded in the 60s, the subject of Jane Gillooly's "Suitcase of Love and Shame." The Boston-based filmmaker will be at the screening. March 30 at 7 p.m. $12, $8 students. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org
EBONY AND IVORY At the University of North Texas, white jazz and rock musicians got together with black gospel and R&B musicians to form Snarky Puppy. Described as "somewhere between a garage band and a collective, with over 25 players in regular rotation," the group features Grammy winners Robert "Sput" Searight on drums and Shaun Martin on keys. March 30, 8 p.m. $25. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com
MARCING IT We're told that comedian Marc Maron holds the record for the most number of appearances on Conan O'Brien's show with 47 spots. Not bad for the comedian, radio, podcast host, and reluctant Messiah (from the title of his 2001 book "The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah" based on his solo show). March 30, 7:30 p.m. $20-$25. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.thewilbur.com
EASTER BRUNCH Before you "hop" on the dessert cart, enjoy roasted asparagus salad, poached eggs over salmon, brioche French toast, Tamworth ham, and other exceptional Easter edibles. March 31 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $39 (reservations recommended). The Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Boston. 617-723-7575, www.beaconhillhotel.com
JAZZ AND JAMBALAYA Southern cuisine and jazz music pair up for the all-you-can-eat Easter Jazz Brunch. Chef Presceia Cooper handles the menu of jambalaya, grits, ham, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, rice and beans, collard greens, candied yams, mac and cheese, fresh fruit, desserts, and more. March 31 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $29.95, $17.95 ages 5-12. Darrylís Corner Bar & Kitchen, 604 Columbus Ave., Boston. 617-536-1100, www.darrylscornerbarboston.com
Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.