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Weekend event picks, April 5-7

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  April 3, 2013 01:30 PM

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L to R: Barbara Cook (Denise Winters); Spellbound Dance (Cristiano Castaldi); David Sedaris (Anne Fishbein)

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

BALANCING ACT For almost 20 years, Mauro Astolfi's contemporary Spellbound Dance Company has balanced athleticism and elegance in its repertoire. The italian troupe performs "Lost for Words," "She Is On The Ground," and "Downshifting." April 5, 7:30 p.m. April 6, 8 p.m. $60 and up. Citi Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.telecharge.com

NOT ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON Antonio Vivaldi and other Baroque composers with ties to Italy get Handel and Haydn Society's full attention at "Vivaldi Virtuosi." Ian Watson leads the professional Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus in a program including Vivaldi's Sinfonia, Il coro delle Muse, and Pietro Locatelli's Introduzione in D Major, Op. 4, No. 5. April 5, 8 p.m. April 7, 3 p.m. Pre-concert talks one hour before curtain). $20-$78. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-266-3605, www.handelandhaydn.org

SATURDAY

A CENTURY OF FUN To celebrate 100 years of fun and learning, a kick-off Family Fest gets the party started with a day of "family learning" including a meet-and-greet with Peep, Curious George, Arthur, and Buster. Chefs Ming Tsai and Joanne Chang will be on hand to promote healthy family cooking. April 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $14, free under 12 months. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500, www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

DYNAMITE For the first time in 20 years, Boston fans will watch a female member of the Harlem Globetrotters. TNT Maddox is the ninth woman in the team's 87 years, and the Temple grad also played with President Obama at the White House. Before the game, join the team on the court for 30 minutes of shooting, tricks, and autographs. April 6 and 7 at 1 p.m. $19 and up. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.tdgarden.com

A MUSICAL FEAST When Barbara Cook and John Pizzarelli get together, you get a delicious meal of jazz and popular songs from a Broadway soprano and jazz guitarist, vocalist, and bandleader. The menu will include songs from Cook's new album, "Loverman." April 6, 8 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK How do you top four Grammys for Best Jazz Vocal Performance? Stay tuned because Dianne Reeves is working on a new album to be released this fall (and produced by our very own Terri Lyne Carrington). Reeves appeared in and won one of her Grammys for the Oscar-nominated "Good Night, and Good Luck." April 6, 8 p.m. $30-$48. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

BACK TO BASICS DJ GRiZ describes his approach to electronic music like this: "I don't have fancy recording equipment, amazing speakers, crazy keyboards, complicated sample packs, proper studio time, cutting edge midi controllers, or outboard mixing gear. What I do have is an endless imagination of the future/now, unrelenting will, constant fascination, and a heart that has no capacity to stop loving and trying. This business - when you boil it down - is not about the machine, but about the man." See the man at the Middle East. April 6, 8 p.m. $20-$23. 18+. Middle East Downstairs, 472-480 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastclub.com

SUNDAY

ON HIS ROAD Travel sites covered by Rick Steves are quite different from those that caught the eye of humorist David Sedaris. In his soon-to-be released collection of essays, "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls," the New York Times bestselling author writes about the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, the squat-style toilets of Beijing, and the dangers of French dentistry. April 7, 7 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

MAD ABOUT 'MAD MEN' Withdrawal was painful, but soon we will return to our addiction. "Mad Men" season six starts Sunday at 9 p.m. with a two-hour premiere. Sip your Mad Manhattan, Draper's Old Fashion, and Gibson's Revenge at the Mad Men Season Premiere Party where you can swoon over Don and maybe win a prize for the "best Mad Men-esque attire." April 7, 8-11 p.m. $95 (food/beverage minimum up to four), $60 (up to two), $30 at the bar. Reservations at rsvp@charleshotel.com. Noir Bar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-661-8010, www.noir-bar.com

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