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Weekend event picks, June 28-30

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  June 22, 2013 05:48 PM

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From left:Joan Baez (Joe Giblin); Frog Pond (Lauren Patrick); Tim McGraw (Christopher Polk)

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

DANCIN' IN THE STREETS For its 150th anniversary, Cambridge celebrated with dancing in the streets. It was so much fun they decided to make it an annual party. At the City Dance Party, a DJ spins the tunes for spirited dancing under colorful lights in Central Square. June 28, 7-11 p.m. Free. Mass. Ave. between Inman and Bigelow Streets (closed to traffic), Cambridge. 617-349-4301,www.cambridgema.gov

FRIDAY NIGHT BITES Four New England chefs are all yours on Fridays at the "Talking Taste" series. First up to talk and offer tastings is Michael Serpa from the North End's Neptune Oyster. June 28, 6:30 p.m. $15, $10 students; four talks $45, $32 students (includes museum admission). The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org

AMAZING JOAN The summer of 1958 was a big one for the Baez family. Albert, Joan, and their three daughters (Pauline, Mimi, and Joan Baez) drove from Palo Alto to Boston with the Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley" playing on the radio. Sister Joan entered Boston University, made friends with folk music fans, and began a residency at the then Club 47 (now Club Passim). June 28, 7:30 p.m. $55. Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell (rain location is Lowell High School Auditorium, 50 French Street. 978-970-5200, www.lowellsummermusic.org

SATURDAY

WADE IN THE WATER Wading is waiting for your swimmers at opening day of the Boston Common Frog Pond, the spray and wading pool where Frog Pond Freddie stops by. Festivities include entertainment, face painting, books, games, prizes, and rides on the Boston Common Carousel. June 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. opening celebration (open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. until Labor Day). Free (carousel rides are $3). Boston Common. 617-635-2120, www.bostonfrogpond.com

FOUR PLUS ONE Do you remember a sitar or string section when you were staring at John, Paul, Ringo, and George? If you do, perhaps you were smoking something because neither was part of the Beatles band. Not so for the five members of The Fab Faux. The New Yorkers who describe themselves as more than a cover band like to tackle the Beatles' most challenging material including "I Am the Walrus" and "Strawberry Fields Forever." June 29, 7 p.m. $35-$95. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.thewilbur.com

THE FAST LANE Here's some advice from country giant Tim McGraw: "Let's leave anything that might be weighing us down out in the parking lot and spend a few hours together feeling alive and free." The Grammy winner’s new album is "Two Lanes of Freedom." June 29, 7 p.m. $26-$65.75. Comcast Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

SUNDAY

WHERE'S THE BEEF It's raining meatballs at the Meatball Takedown, a competition for local cooks who "meat" head on at this meatball madness. You and editors from Cook's Magazine judge the orbs, more than 21 of 'em, and your $15 allows you to sample all the entries. June 30, 2-4 p.m. $15. The Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. www.thetakedowns.com

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

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