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Weekend event picks, April 26-28

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  April 24, 2013 01:18 PM

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"Pornocchio" (Michael von Redlich); "Art in Bloom" (Museum of Fine Arts); Sheepshearing Festival (Bruce S. Allen)

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

LANDRY LAND When Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans get their hands on a movie, TV show, book, or fairytale, they twist, pummel, stomp, and puree it to perfection. You can imagine what you're in store for at "Pornocchio." The adult parody features a talking cricket with a conservative leaning, a puppeteer who stops taking his meds, and plenty of song and dance. April 26-27, 8 p.m. April 28, 5 p.m. Through May 26. $35, $45 (for mature audiences). Machine, 1254 Boylston St., Boston. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/363193

HIGH-FLYING IMAGINATION Wagner's 1841 version of "The Flying Dutchman" was set in Scotland and is musically different from his later, more commonly performed edition. It's the former you'll see when Boston Lyric Opera presents this story about the claustrophobic Senta who creates the Dutchman. April 26, 7:30 p.m. April 28, 3 p.m. Through May 5; lectures one hour before curtain. $30 and up (recommended for mature audiences). Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.blo.org

OFF THE WALLS The boy character in "Drawin' on the Walls" paints, and his pictures come magically to life. F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company presents the premiere of Chris Guin’s musical about the boy, and the girl and two grown-ups who help him. April 26-27 and May 2-4, 8 p.m. April 28, 2 p.m. $26, $21 students and seniors. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm. Ave., Boston. 617-945-0773, fudgetheatre.com

MODEL DJ Before he turned to turntables, Swedish DJ Adrian Lux had a career as a fashion model. The man who gave you the 2010 single "Teenage Crime" and was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 will be spinning at The Estate. April 26, 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. 21+. The Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000, www.theestateboston.com

SATURDAY

SHEAR AND SHEAR ALIKE Springtime is haircut time for the sheep (plus a llama and some alpacas) at Gore Place. Watch them get sheared at the 26th annual Sheepshearing Festival that also features an 18th-century militia encampment, herding dog demonstrations, wagon rides, crafters in period dress, a craft fair, hands-on activities, and performances by Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals, Morris dancers, the Moody Street String Band, and Merrimack Valley Bluegrass. April 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, under 13 free, children must be accompanied by adult. No pets. Rain or shine. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798, www.goreplace.org

FLOWER GIRLS John Singer Sargent's painting "The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit" will be given the floral treatment, along with 50 other MFA gems, at Art in Bloom. Almost 70 arrangements by garden clubs and designers are accompanied by tours, lectures, and floral demonstrations. Reservations are required for "Elegant Tea" (daily 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. $30, $10 under 13). April 27-29, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $25, $23 students and seniors, $10 ages 7-17, free under 7 (and ages 7-17 weekends and weekdays after 3 p.m.). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org/artinbloom

SUNDAY

THE COOK-OFF The winner of "The Right Stuff" gets a financial reward and fame. Two students from Boston's Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts compete for the $1,000 tuition money and a chance to have their dishes and name on menus at all five Salvatore's Restaurants. The students will prepare a three-course meal and you will vote along with celebrity and industry judges. April 28, 6:30 p.m. $45. Salvatore’s Restaurant, 225 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-737-5454, www.therightstuff.eventbrite.com

Bragg about it Political activism through music is the specialty of English musician Billy Bragg, and "Tooth & Nail" is the latest release by the folk, punk rock, and protest music maker. Bragg welcomes Kim Churchill as his special guest. April 28, 7 p.m. $34.50-$39.50. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261, www.berklee.edu/bpc

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