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Weekend event picks, May 10-12

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  May 8, 2013 01:12 PM

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Bacon Brothers are at the Wilbur on Friday; Lilac Sunday (John Bohn, Globe Staff); Vanessa Trien will be at Sunday's One Family Music Festival

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

SIZZLING BACON "I like risks, and there's nothing more risky about being a well-known actor and playing in a rock band." Kevin Bacon knows what he's talking about as one of The Bacon Brothers who celebrate their latest release, "New Year’s Day." The Philly-bred sibs used cover art of a young Kevin singing alongside his mandolin-playing brother, Michael. May 10, 10 p.m. $25-$49. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.thewilbur.com

UNAFRAID OF HEIGHTS There's a hysterical line in this Tony-winning musical, but we won't be a spoiler, so listen carefully to the high-energy "In the Heights" presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. Set in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood, there's lots of sizzle and sentiment in this story about family and community. May 10-11, 8 p.m. May 11, 4 p.m. May 12, 3 p.m. Through June 8. $25 and up, $25 for ages 25 and under, $5 student and senior discount. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.speakeasystage.com

ARTSY WEEKEND The Fort Point Art Walk and Open Studios offers a chance to get free art (multi-media flowers), while supplies last, and also visit artists' studios in the Fort Point area. Galleries, creative design shops, outdoor public art installations, 75 artist studios, performances, and demonstrations should keep you busy and help you select a lovely Mother's Day gift (for you or any other special lady). May 10, 4-7 p.m. May 11-12, noon-5 p.m. Free. Fort Point area maps are at the corner of A and Binford streets, Boston. 617-423-4299, www.fortpointarts.org

NORTH BY NORTH END Eat lightly all day so you can make a decent dent at Taste of the North End where more than 35 eateries provide samples of appetizers, cheeses, entrees, and desserts. Proceeds benefit North End non-profit organizations and One Fund Boston. May 10, 6-11 p.m. $99, free for first responders. DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, 561 Commercial St., Boston. 617-643-8105. totne.brownpapertickets.com

SATURDAY

GO TO MINNESOTA The Facebook page for this event featuring DJ Minnesota says it all: "Christian Bauhofer at first glance comes off as the unassuming dude yawning next to you in class, a kind of lumberjack nerd-fusion in his glasses and scruffy facial hair. However, wait until the sun goes down and add a couple drinks and a whole lot of bass – and quiet, smiley Christian assumes his party-crushing alter ego: Minnesota." May 11, 9 p.m. $15. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston. www.facebook.com/nvconcepts

SUNDAY

STOP AND SMELL THE LILACS We'd love the job of counting and smelling the more than 380 lilac plants representing 176 types in the Arnold Arboretum collection. On Lilac Sunday, fragrance shares the day with music, family activities, food vendors, and picnicking (the only day you are allowed to picnic at the Arboretum). May 12, dawn to dusk (activities and refreshments from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Free. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Boston. 617-524-1718, www.arboretum.harvard.edu

COMING TOGETHER This Mother's Day concert of family music will benefit One Fund Boston and our healing. The line up at One Family Music Festival includes Alastair Moock & Friends, Ben Rudnick & Friends, Karen K & the Jitterbugs, Vanessa Trien & the Jumping Monkeys, and special guest Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips from Los Angeles. May 12, noon-5 p.m. Free (donations encouraged). Exchange Conference Center, 212 Northern Ave., Boston. www.onefamilymusicfestival.com

DAISY, DAISY In 1997, composer John Harbison was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to write an opera based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel about obsession, corruption, murder, and betrayal. The orchestra and chorus of Emmanuel Music present the Boston premiere of "The Great Gatsby" in concert. May 12, 3 p.m. (2 p.m. pre-concert talk). $30, $50. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-536-3356, www.emmanuelmusic.org

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