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Weekend event picks, May 31-June 2

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  May 29, 2013 12:30 PM

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From left: Gov't Mule (Mike Kittrell, AP); The Cambridge Brewing Company will be at the American Craft Beer Fest (Josh Reynolds); Tre Corda will be at the Cambridge River Fest

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

GOV'T BOOTLEG Blues rockers Gov't Mule started as a side project for the Allman Brothers. The band led by Warren Haynes is on the road for the Prepare to Shout! Tour following last year's release of the first installment of the "Bootleg Series." The 1996 recordings for the six-disc set were recently found by Haynes. May 31, 6:30 p.m. $30-$50. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

A 10-YEAR REIGN Haitian-American composer, Daniel Roumain has described his commissioned piece "A Boy Called King" as "a stripped down version of 'King Kong' – a Tweetable biography." At its 10th anniversary concert, Boston Children's Chorus performs the story about a boy who falls in love with his teacher, and is accompanied by dance choreographed by Amy Seiwart and a libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. May 31 and June 1, 7:30 p.m. $30, $27 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

SATURDAY

SOMETHING'S BREWING Two days, more than a hundred American brewers, and more than 500 craft beers are featured at the American Craft Beer Fest. Beer up at the annual event presented by BeerAdvocate and Harpoon Brewery. May 31-June 1, 6-9:30 p.m. June 1, 1-4:30 p.m. $47.50. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. acbf.eventbrite.com

ARTS-A-RAMA If you can't find something that floats your boat along the mile-long stretch of the Charles River, we give up. The Cambridge River Festival celebrates Cambridge arts with music, dance, poetry, theater, family activities, and food vendors. Participants include Actors' Shakespeare Project, American Repertory Theater, Abbie Barrett & the Last Date, Cambridge Open Studios' artists, ImprovBoston, New Repertory Theatre, and OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center. June 1, noon-6 p.m. (severe-weather date June 2). Free. Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Western Avenue, Cambridge. 617-349-4380, www.cambridgeartscouncil.org/riverfestival

LET'S GROOVE Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson have been at the helm of Earth, Wind & Fire for more than four decades of "Shining Star," "Boogie Wonderland," "After the Love Has Gone," and other soul, disco, R&B, funk, jazz, and rock classics. The Grammy winners have influenced Prince, Usher, and Beyonce. June 1, 8 p.m. $31-$76. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

NIGHTIE NIGHT Put on your PJs but forget about sleeping. Instead, dance the night away at this Slumber Party with award-winning DJ Costa. The Boston-area artist has opened for Earth, Wind and Fire, and lent his talents to the MTV Video Music Awards and CBS Fashion Week. June 1, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. 21+. The Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000, www.theestateboston.com

SUNDAY

SOUTHIE STUDIOS A converted mid-19th-century rum distillery that has been the artistic and residential home to artists for more than 20 years is home to South Boston Open Studios. Wander around and pick up a little something for Father's Day and you. The artists offer jewelry, paintings, photos, and more - but no rum. June 2, noon-6 p.m. Free. The Distillery, 516E 2nd St., South Boston. www.southbostonopenstudios.org

THEY'LL BE LOVING YOU Take him at his word, because TV's "Blue Bloods" detective, Donnie Wahlberg, wouldn't lie: "Ladies, we're coming for you." Openers for the New Kids on the Block Package Tour are 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. Do you still have your NKOTB lunch box and sleeping bag? June 2-3, 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$92. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

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