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Weekend event picks, Aug. 9-11

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  August 7, 2013 11:48 AM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.

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Keith Urban is at the Comcast Center (Mark Humphrey/AP); "Rear Window" shows in Boston (Universal Studios); Ana Popovic is at the Gloucester Blues Festival (Cheryl Gorski)

FRIDAY

SPINNING BY THE SEASIDE The Brooklyn-based synth-pop duo Tanlines featuring Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm visits Boston for a DJ set in the ICA's summer series DJs on the Harbor. In addition to receiving attention in Rolling Stone and Vogue for their 2012 release "Mixed Emotions," they've performed as DJs at festivals and museums including SXSW and the Guggenheim. Aug. 9, 7:30-11 p.m. $15, $10 students. 21+ Rain or shine. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103, www.icaboston.org

HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU Here's a good reason to keep your windows covered. In Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 thriller, "Rear Window," wheelchair-bound James Stewart spies on his neighbors and is sure that one of them committed murder. The screening is part of Music & Movie Fridays. Aug. 9 at dusk (music at 4:30 p.m.; series runs through Aug. 30). Free. Boston Harbor Hotel Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-439-7000, www.bhh.com/summer

SATURDAY

HERE COMES THE JUDGE Fox announced last week that Keith Urban will return to "American Idol" when it airs in January, but you don't have to wait until then to see the country crooner because he stops in Mansfield on his "Light The Fuse Tour." Openers for the Grammy winner are Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. Aug. 10, 7 p.m. $25-$54.75. Comcast Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

BLUES IN GLOUCESTER There may be rules at the Gloucester Blues Festival (no animals or coolers), but there's also fantabulous blues from the likes of Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Ana Popovic, Lydia Warren, and Anthony Gomes. Aug. 10, 11 a.m., rain or shine (gates open at 9 a.m.; bring blankets or chairs). $40, $5 ages 6-12. Stage Fort Park, 41 Hough Ave., Gloucester. www.gloucesterbluesfestival.com

WHAT'S ALL THE FUZZ ABOUT Ghost Box Orchestra is one of the featured acts at Boston Fuzzstival where the five-piece Boston band celebrates its new release, "Vanished." They'll do anything but vanish in Cambridge where New Highway Hymnal, Moniker, Doze, and others also take the stage. Aug. 10, 6 p.m. doors. $10. 18+. Middle East Downstairs, 472-480 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-777-8932, www.mideastclub.com

ROOMS, ROMANCE AND ROCK Finding balance in life is a constant struggle. Finding balance in a relationship is a constant struggled magnified. Just ask Monica and Ian, the two protagonists in "Rooms: A Rock Romance" presented by Bad Habit Productions. Composer Paul Scott Goodman's semi-autobiographical story is set in the late 70s when two muscians meet, fall in love, and make music together in London and New York. Aug. 10, 8 p.m. Aug. 11, 2 p.m. Through Aug. 25. $18, $23 day of show. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600, www.bostontheatrescene.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.

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