Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.
100 YEARS OF BURT Pre-Hollywood, Burt Lancaster was in a vaudeville act that entertained troops during WWII. He left the circus behind, but took his creative fearlessness with him to Tinseltown. As part of a series celebrating the actor's centennial, the Harvard Film Archive shows one of his biggest hits, the 1953 "From Here to Eternity." Aug. 2, 7 p.m. (series runs through Sept. 8). $9, $7 students/seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700, http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa
HELLO, IT'S TODD Maybe he's not perfect (nobody is), but when it comes to music, Todd Rundgren is pretty close. See what we mean when Todd Rundgren's Utopia comes to town. The singer, songwriter, and producer started his career in the 1960s with Philadelphia-based psychedelic band Nazz, then enjoyed a solo career with hits including "I Saw the Light" and "Hello, It's Me." The uncannily multi-talented artist plays several instruments, sings, arranges, and produces recordings which have included (in addition to his own), Meatloaf's "Bat Out of Hell" and Patti Smith's "Wave." Aug. 2, 8 p.m. $35-$45. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. www.thewilbur.com
POWER OF THREE The ambitious young people (ages 18-25, to be exact) of the Circuit Theatre Company offer Nathan Allen's "The Valentine Trilogy." A cast of 20 and a live rock band tell one story in three plays presented in repertory - "San Valentino and the Melancholy Kid," "Curse of the Crying Heart," and "Valentine Victorious!" Aug. 2, 8 p.m. Through Aug. 17. Seven-hour marathon performances Aug. 4, 11, 17. $15-$18. Boston Center for the Arts, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. www.circuittheatre.com
TAKE A NEWPORT TURN We don't have space to list all the amazing artists that are playing at the Newport Jazz Festival, but here are a few highlights. The opening concert features Natalie Cole and the Bill Charlap Trio with Freddy Cole. The weekend line-up includes Wayne Shorter’s 80th Birthday Celebration, Esperanza Spalding, Chick Corea & The Vigil, the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band. Aug. 2, 8 p.m. Aug. 3-4, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Various locations in Newport, RI. www.newportjazzfest.org
SUPER CONVENTION Comic book nerds unite at the Boston Comic Con featuring a film fest (zombie themed movies on Sunday), more than 200 comic book creators and merchants, a costume contest, and a Magic The Gathering tournament. Celebrities scheduled to attend are Laurie Holden of "The Walking Dead," Kristen Bauer of "True Blood," and Aidan Turner and Dean O'Gorman of "The Hobbit." Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rescheduled from April. $25, $40 weekend pass. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. www.bostoncomiccon2013.eventbrite.com
SWING IT Sunset, music, and dancing – can you say "magical"? Once a year, Boston Swing Central invites you to gather at the river for Swingin' on the Charles, a summer night of outdoor swing dancing. Aug. 3, lesson 7-8 p.m., dancing 8-11 p.m. $15, $13 students and seniors. Rain date Aug. 17. Community Boating, banks of the Charles near the Hatch Shell, 21 David Mugar Way, Boston. www.bostonswingcentral.org
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUDDY Blues guitarist Buddy Guy recently turned 77, and we appreciate that he celebrated with a new recording we can all enjoy. "Rhythm & Blues" features appearances by artists including Kid Rock, Keith Urban, and Steven Tyler. Guy performs in the Lowell Summer Music Series. Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. $50. Boarding House Park, 40 French St. Lowell. Rain location: Lowell High School, 50 French St. 978-970-5200, www.lowellsummermusic.org
SING IT, FRED The city's annual Gospelfest features Detroit native and Grammy-winning gospel star Fred Hammond. The Berklee College of Music Gospel and Roots Choir, Refined 313, Anointed Biblical Scriptures, and E2VG also appear in the evening of joyful noise. Aug. 4, 5-8 p.m. Free. City Hall Plaza, Boston. 617-635-3911, www.cityofboston.gov/arts
SILENT GENERAL He did deadpan like nobody else, which earned him the nickname "The Great Stone Face." Buster Keaton was also a genius when it came to physical comedy. See him in the 1926 silent film "The General" with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. Aug. 4, 1 p.m. $15. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-625-5700, www.somervilletheatreonline.com
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.
Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.