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Weekend event picks, May 3-5

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  May 1, 2013 11:09 AM

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From left: The cast of "Punk Rock" (Joel W. Benjamin); Mudflat pottery sale (Monica Ripley): Stefanie Powers in "Looped" (Ian Ibbetson)

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

IN THE LOOP During post-production of the 1965 film "Die, Die, My Darling," actress Tallulah Bankhead tussled with the line, "And so Patricia, as I was telling you, that deluded rector has in literal effect closed the church to me." The incident is the basis for the play "Looped." Stefanie Powers (who co-starred with Bankhead in "Die, Die, My Darling") portrays her in the comedy's national tour. Fri 8 p.m., Sat 2 and 8 p.m., Sun 1 and 5 p.m. $35-$95. Emerson Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8000, www.aestages.org

FIVE EASY PIECES This group does things in fives. Returning from a five-year break, the Paris Combo quintet fronted by Belle du Berry is back with a new studio album, its fifth, titled (can you guess?) "Five." The chanson tradition of French cabaret is given a tip of the beret and a "jazzy, sexy" twist with nods to Gypsy music, Spanish and Italian melodies, American jazz, and Django Reinhardt. May 3, 8 p.m. $28-$37. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

TOUGH QUESTIONS What drives a teenager to violence? British playwright Simon Stephens looks at possible root causes in "Punk Rock." The play (which is not a musical) follows a group of seniors at a British Secondary School. Stephens, a teacher himself, was inspired to write it after the shootings at Columbine High School. May 3-25. Wed-Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 4 and 8 p.m., Sun 4 p.m. $30, $25 advance, $20 seniors and students. Wednesday shows pay-what-you-can, $7 minimum. Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.com

POTS FOR SALE The annual Mudflat Open Studio and Pottery Sale features functional and sculptural works by 80 artists. Go on Sunday afternoon (1-3 p.m.) for free hands-on clay time for the whole family. The sale takes place during Somerville Open Studios weekend. May 3, reception, 6-10 p.m. May 4-5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. Mudflat, 81 Broadway, Somerville. 617-628-0589, www.mudflat.org (For information on Somerville Open Studios go to www.somervilleopenstudios.org)

SATURDAY

A HILL OF BEANTOWN The stories of Beacon Hill's Federal-era residents aren't all about wealth and good times. Get the scoop on Saturday's Beacon Hill Walking Tour which begins with a walk through the Otis House and continues through the streets of the hilly neighborhood. May 4, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 (registration recommended). Otis House, 141 Cambridge St., Boston. 617-994-5920, www.historicnewengland.org

GET "Don't tell me I can't break the law/Cause the law has broken me." That line from the title track of "Get Up!" is all you need to get up and over to the Orpheum for An Evening of the Blues Featuring Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite. The mix of blues, gospel, roots, and R&B is handled by Harper's vocals and guitar, and Musselwhite's harmonica. May 4, 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$79.50. Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

CONVENE AND CONTEMPLATE Special guests Danny Glover, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and author Edwidge Danticat convene for the Underground Railway Theater performance of "Roots of Liberty: The Haitian Revolution and the American Civil War." And what better venue than the Tremont Temple where the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1863. May 4, 5 p.m. Free (RSVP required). Tremont Temple, 88 Tremont St., Boston. www.freedomrising2013.com

SUNDAY

MEXICAN HAT DANCE Sombreros are optional but having a good time is required at Cinco de Mayo at the Beehive. Chef Rebecca Newell will whip up Mexican-inspired dishes, and the nine-piece Mariachi International will whip up music. May 5, 6:30 p.m.- midnight (dinner 5:30 p.m.- 1 a.m.). No cover (reservations recommended). The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069, www.beehiveboston.com

WILD MUSIC Israeli DJ Borgore described his work in an interview with spinner.com: "My music sounds like commercial American hip-hop and death metal being played through various farm animals." He shares a night with DJ Carnage and Voltran. May 5, 10 p.m. $30. 21+. Prime, 295 Franklin St., Boston. www.facebook.com/nvconcepts

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