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Weekend event picks, April 12-14

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  April 10, 2013 12:49 PM

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From left: Swan Boats (David L. Ryan, Globe Staff); Bobby McFerrin (Carol Friedman); "Ernest & Celestine"

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

LAY OF THE CLUBLAND Andrew Barrett Cox, creator of "Clubland," makes art out of clubbing in a show about dancehall culture. It's based on James St. James's book "Party Monster." April 12, 8 and 10:30 p.m. (Also April 11, 8 p.m.) $15-$35. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. www.americanrepertorytheater.org

A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, and Robert Plant are immortal thanks, in part, to Get the Led Out. The 10-year-old Led Zeppelin tribute band’s mission is: "To recreate on stage the complete sound of Led Zeppelin's recordings with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed live. Oh, and without the wigs." April 12, 8 p.m. $25-$35. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.thewilbur.com

WATCHING THE WHALES Twenty-five miles east of Boston there's a lot of water and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, home to a thriving feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds, and other marine life. At the New England Aquarium Whale Watches, a naturalist from the New England Aquarium will track the whales for you on the three-hour watches presented by Boston Harbor Cruises. Daily at 10 a.m. (Sat and Sun at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.). $45, $40 seniors, $35 ages 3-11, $15 under 3. Depart from 1 Central Wharf, Boston. 617-227-4321, www.bostonharborcruises.com

SATURDAY

JOY RIDE It's time to feed your soul (but not the birds, please) with a 15-minute cruise around the Public Garden Lagoon. The Swan Boats return Saturday for another season, thanks to the Paget family who has owned and operated them since their first launch in 1877. Robert Paget came up with their design after he saw the opera "Lohengrin" in which the hero crosses a river in a swan-drawn boat. April 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (daily through Sept. 15, weather permitting). $3, $2 seniors, $1.50 ages 2-15. Boston Public Garden. 617-522-1966, www.swanboats.com

DOING BATTLE Patriot's Day is really a weeklong celebration - and isn't the founding of our country worth it? Patriot's Day Week kicks off with "Battle Road" activities of musket and cannon firing, battle and colonial life demonstrations, and family acitivities. Here's a mini history lesson: On April 19th, 1775, Colonists clashed with British Regulars, and after brief battles at Lexington Green and Concord's North Bridge, the fighting escalated along the road from Concord to Boston Harbor. April 13 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (events through April 20). Free. Battle Road is at Hartwell Tavern Historical Area, 100 North Great Road, Lincoln. 978-369-6993, www.nps.gov/mima

A MOUSE, BEAR, AND KID The debut of the Boston International Children's Film Festival offers cinematic treats including Saturday's award-winning, animated feature "Ernest & Celestine." The story about a friendship between a mouse and a bear is recommended for ages 7 and older. Sunday's offering for 8 and older is "The Zigzag Kid." April 13, 2:30 p.m. April 14, noon, (through April 21). $10. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org/film

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BLUER Seven plus seven is the total talent count for the two-day Down Home Up Here Bluegrass Festival. The local string scene is well represented by students, alum, and faculty from Berklee College of Music, and Juno winner, Old Man Luedecke, makes a rare Boston-area appearance Saturday at 10 p.m. April 13 and 14 from 4-11 p.m. $15 per day, $10 students. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org

SUNDAY

MAN OF 1,000 VOICES When this four-octave vocalist is in the house, anything can happen from classical to jazz, improvisation to straight-up, and an array of voices. "Don’t Worry Be Happy" Grammy winner, Bobby McFerrin, has collaborated with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock, and is in town for "spirityouall." April 14 at 3 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

REDISCOVERING Courtney Lewis and pianist Michael McHale grew up together in Belfast and played chamber music when Lewis a clarinetist. The Discovery Ensemble conductor welcomes her former music partner to "A Spring Afternoon Concert," a program of Schoenberg, Beethoven, and Schumann. April 14 at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. conversation). $20-$40, discounts available. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222, www.discoveryensemble.com

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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.

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