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Weekend event picks, Aug. 16-18

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  August 14, 2013 11:01 AM

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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.

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From left: Micro Museum (Steve Pomeroy); Michael Feinstein (Zach Dobson); ice cream (Hilary Nangle)

FRIDAY

SMALL SPACE, LARGE IMPACT This new museum could easily fit into one itsy bitsy space at the Museum of Fine Arts. You read that correctly. The Micro Museum is a 10"x16"x8" gallery space wedged into a gap between two commercial buildings in Somerville's Union Square. It's almost invisible, which happens to be part of the debut-exhibit name "Invisible Cities." 24/7 through Oct. 11. Free. Micro Museum, 72½ Union Square, Somerville. www.themicromuseum.com

SONGBOOK AND SONGBIRDS When Michael Feinstein performs, you get a history lesson about the American Songbook. In an interview last year, we asked the pianist, vocalist, and archivist what the Gershwins would do if they were alive today: "George would have considered his duality of concert works, symphonies, operas, and musical theater. He also would have embraced modern technology. Ira would have gone along for the ride, continued to write lyrics, but Ira always took his cue from George." At Michael Feinstein and Friends, the friends are Faith Prince and Cheyenne Jackson. The conductor is Keith Lockhart. The orchestra is the Boston Pops. Aug. 16, 8:30 p.m. $21-$117. Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200, www.tanglewood.org

SATURDAY

LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS Of the 90 applicants hoping for a slot at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, 35 companies and choreographers made the cut. Boston’s Urbanity Dance hosts (and performs at) the Boston edition and National Showcase. Aug. 17, noon (Boston Edition), 3 and 7:30 p.m. (National Showcase). $20-$75. Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-572-3727, www.bostoncontemporarydance.org

BOWIE BONANZA With testimonials like these, Niki Luparelli & The Gold Diggers can't go wrong: "If you run for mayor, if I'm still alive, I'll campaign for you." (former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci). "Wow, you smell really good." (Davy Jones, the Monkees). At the female-fronted David Bowie tribute, Luparelli adds go-go dancing for an added punch. Aug. 17, 10 p.m. $12. 21+. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. www.johnnyds.com

WILD NIGHT Sample brews from more than 30 area breweries, nosh on food from a dozen plus restaurants, and visit with the critters at Brew at the Zoo, a beer tasting event to benefit your local zoo. Brewers include Battle Road Brewing, Rapscallion, Smuttynose Brewing Company, and Woodchuck Hard Cider. Singer-songwriter Andrew Geano and Bobby Kariotis, a.k.a. DJ BK, provide the tunes. Aug. 17, 5-9 p.m. $50. 21+. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston. 617-541-5466, www.zoonewengland.org

SUNDAY

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO Chances are you won't feast at all 190-plus eateries participating in Restaurant Week Boston, but give it your best shot. Here a a few choices: UpStairs on the Square in Cambridge, 80 Thoreau in Concord, Artu in the North End, Itadaki in the Back Bay, Oishii in the South End, and Aura at the Seaport Hotel. Aug. 18-23, 25-30. $15.13 (two-course lunch), $20.13 (three-course lunch), $38.13 (three-course dinner). www.restaurantweekboston.com

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM If this is the first time you'll eat ice cream this summer, shame on you. If it isn't, we're proud of you. At the all-you-can-eat Ice Cream Takedown you'll sample ice cream made by local folks and then vote for the winner. Aug. 18 2-4 p.m. $15. Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191, 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.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.

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