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Weekend event picks, Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  August 28, 2013 10:57 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: King Richard's Faire (John Tlumacki, Globe Staff); Tom Rush (Tom Herde); Bread and Puppet Theater (Mark Dannenhauer)

FRIDAY
BREWS ARE HERE One way to start Labor Day weekend off right is to drink an ice cold beer (or two). There'll be loads of local crafts brews at the fourth annual Massachusetts Brewers Fest featuring 80-plus brews by more than 30 Bay State breweries. Aug. 30, 6-9:30 p.m. $40. 21+. Rain or shine. World Trade Center Head House Concourse, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. www.massbrewersguild.org
DUTCH TREAT The Ocean Club is closing out the summer with big talent. Dutch superstar Tiësto has earned a Grammy nomination and several MTV awards, and there's even a wax statue of the artist at Madame Tussauds. If Tiësto's more than 15 million likes on Facebook are any indication, this should be a popular show. Aug. 30, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $70. Ocean Club at Marina Bay, 333 Victory Road, Quincy. 617-689-0600, www.oceanclubatmarinabay.com
NIGHT AND DAY When you use your Charlie Card at "Culture Tap" you won't spend a penny and you won't be squished on a subway car. This 24/7 outdoor installation is a pair of kiosks by Dan Sternof Beyer and Bevan Weissman of the New American artist collective. You'll learn about South End culture and history by swiping your card to hear audio clips during the day and see environmental lighting at night. Through Oct. 18, rain or shine (reception Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.). Free. BCA Plaza, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-426-5000, www.bcaonline.org
WHAT'S THE RUSH? If you missed Tom Rush at Symphony Hall last December, listen to the holiday concert at home with Rush's latest release "Tom Rush Celebrates 50 Years of Music." The concert was a revival of his Club 47 Series (Club 47 is the former name of Club Passim). Aug. 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. $45-$65. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391, www.rcmf.org
SATURDAY
AHT SMAHT No need to fret that the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are coming to an end when there is so much beginning in our city. Start your Labor Day weekend at the Boston Arts Festival (dubbed ähts), where visual artists and performers give you a reason to forge into fall. Participants include City Stage Company, Boston Bhangra, Dwight and Nicole, Jesse Dee, and others. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 from noon-8 p.m. (Aug. 31 fireworks at 9 p.m.). Free. Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Boston. 617-635-3911, www.cityofboston.gov/arts
FAIRE IS FAIRE It's not every day you can watch knights joust on horseback, munch on a giant turkey leg, and mingle with strolling performers. All this and more is at the Renaissance festival King Richard's Faire which also hosts the Sept. 29 "Game of Thrones Ascent." One of the prizes for this trivia/costume contest is a miniature replica of the Iron Throne. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and Monday holidays through Oct. 20. $28, $16 ages 4-11. 235 Main St., Carver. 508-866-5391, www.kingrichardsfaire.net
A HALF-MARATHON Here's something for you night owls and insomniacs who love a good pessimistic, fatalistic, crime drama. "Noir All Night" screens seven American films from the 40s and 50s by Jacques Tourneur, Joseph H. Lewis, Jules Dassin, and others. Aug. 31, 7 p.m.-Sept. 1 at 7 a.m. (approx.). $12. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700, hcl.harvard.edu/hfa
SUNDAY
STIRRING THINGS UP If you get confused, no worries, ask the performers after the show when you can also check out their masks and puppets. The Vermont-based Bread & Puppet Theater: Total This & That Circus celebrates "50 years of Sublime Arsekicking Puppetry" (also described as "outdoor theatrical rabble rousing") which features an Animal Rental Facility offering the disenchanted instant transformation into frog, deer, cricket, or rat. Sept. 1 at 3 p.m., rain or shine. Free (donations welcome). Cambridge Common, Cambridge. 617-286-6694, www.breadandpuppet.org

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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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