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Weekend event picks, May 17-19

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  May 15, 2013 01:24 PM

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From left: "Pirates of Penzance" (Matthew Gregory Hollis); "Dead Sea Scrolls" exhibit (Darryl Moran, Franklin Institute); Prometheus Dance (Donny Zaltzberg)

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

PIRATES OF SILLINESS Productions by The Hypocrites are not true to the troupe's name because the Chicago thespians strictly adhere to their mission of irreverence and hilarity. The American Repertory Theater presents this new adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, "Pirates of Penzance," with bathing beauties, pirates who philosophize, and a banjo-playing Mabel. See what's cooking with Frederic and his freedom. May 17-18, 7:30 p.m. May 18-19, 2 p.m. Through June 2. $25 and up. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

LOCAL SUDS For more than 25 years, the Harpoon Brewery has spread beer and cheer all over the Northeast. Boston-brewed beers at HarpoonFest include IPA, Summer Beer, and UFO White. Joining the local brew are local bands Township, Jenny Dee & the Delinquents, Evolfo Doofeht, Audrey Can't Die, The Brew, Nemes, Air Traffic Controller, and more. May 17, 5:30-11 p.m. (doors close 9:30 p.m.), May 18, 2-9 p.m. (doors close 7:30 p.m.) $20 (includes one drink and souvenir cup). 21+. Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 888-427-7666, www.harpoonbrewery.com

HAVE A BURGER DJ Master Millions provides the tunes at Burgers & Brews, a night to benefit music education for area youth. In between eating burgers from Fenway eateries and imbibing drinks from Cisco Brewers and Bacardi, bid on cool stuff at the silent auction. May 17, 7:30 p.m. $25. 21+. House of Blues Foundation Room, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. www.houseofblues.com/boston

ME, MYSELF, AND I The whole is equal to the sum of its parts, but the part is at the core of "Heart of the Matter." The evening-length dance performed by Prometheus Dance explores how the individual is effected by social behavior. The modern dance troupe celebrates its 25th anniversary. May 17, 7:30 p.m. May 18, 8 p.m. Talks 30 minutes before each show. $35. Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

SATURDAY

PLANET MUSIC While having fun at EarthFest, stop by the booths and displays with the kids to pick up a few ideas on how to be environmentally responsible. Music at the annual Radio 92.9 event includes Vertical Horizon, Cracker, Gentlemen Hall, Fastball, and Camper Van Beethoven. May 18, 11:15 a.m. (kids concert at 10 a.m.; check website for security procedures). Free (donations accepted for One Fund Boston). DCR Hatch Memorial Shell along the Esplanade, Boston. www.earthfest.com

BORGES THEN BROTHERS Take one part rock, one part Rodgers and Hammerstein, give them the Sarah Borges treatment and you get a unique punk, country, Americana sound evident on the guitar-playing singer/songwriter’s new record, "Radio Sweetheart." Borges is followed by the Spampinato Brothers. May 18, 9 p.m. $12, $15 at the door. Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/377534

HIP-HOP HOORAY Hip-hop history has a solid place in the music books thanks, in part, to the three acts performing at the Wilbur Theatre as part of the Cambridge-based Together Festival. Biz Markie has 26 years of hip-hop history; Kool Moe Dee was a member of Treacherous Three; Duo Nice & Smooth is known for catchy hooks and clever rhymes. May 18, 8 p.m. $25-$30. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.thewilbur.com

SUNDAY

DEAD TO LIFE Imagine finding a hidden cave with 972 preserved scrolls that haven't been seen for 2,000 years? That's exactly what happened in 1947 to a Bedouin goat herder whom we can thank for "Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times." The exhibit features 20 fragments from the collection, multimedia presentations, and more than 600 objects including weapons, stone carvings, and jewelry. May 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Oct. 14. Timed tickets are $32, $29 seniors, $27 ages 3-11 (reservations recommended). Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500, www.mos.org

HIS LAST TRAIN As a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer Paul Theroux was introduced to Africa and his 50-year love affair with the continent. In his new book, "The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari," Theroux writes about the overlooked, impoverished, and neglected western Africa. May 19, 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515, www.harvard.com

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