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Weekend event picks, Sept. 6-8

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  September 4, 2013 11:05 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: Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend (Scott Eisen); "The Jungle Book" (Liz Lauren); "The Elephant Man" (Robert Lorino)

FRIDAY

ONE, TWO PUNCH Richard Bean's "One Man, Two Guvnors" smooch to British comedy was described by New York Times theater critic, Ben Brantley, thusly: "The forms this madness takes are as rowdy as the Three Stooges and as light-footed as Fred Astaire." The Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents the play based on Carlo Goldoni’s 18th-century Italian farce, "The Servant of Two Masters." Sept. 6, 8 p.m. Sept. 7, 3 and 8 p.m. Sept. 8, 3 p.m. Through Oct. 12. $25-$65, $10 senior discount. The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

RANCH DRESSING We didn't associate the title "Meanwhile Back at the Ranch" with a collection of chamber works until we learned about Eric Moe. The Pittsburgh-based postmodernist composer/pianist featured Boston's Firebird Ensemble on the record, and the title track is part of this release concert. Sept. 6, 8 p.m. $20, $25 (ticket and CD), $35 (2 tickets and CD), $15 seniors, $10 students. First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. 617-480-5112, www.firebirdensemble.org

SATURDAY

IT'S A CALLING Two stages, two beer gardens, two headliners, too cool. Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit plus 16 other acts whoop it up at Boston Calling Music Festival. We love the names of other performers feeding your music appetite: Bat for Lashes, Flosstradamus, Local Natives, and the Gaslight Anthem. Food vendors and food trucks feed your tummy. Sept. 7-8, noon gates, rain or shine. $75, $185 VIP; $130 weekend pass, $350 VIP. City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Sq., Boston. 617-371-3955, www.bostoncalling.com

BEST BET Contests for "best" musician date back to the early 19th century with Henry Ford's fiddle contests (1926), the Atlanta Fiddlers' Convention (established in 1913), and more. Fast forward to Lowell's Banjo & Fiddle Contest where stylistic authenticity, intonation, musicality, rhythm/danceability, and tone are the judges’ criteria for prizes in eight categories. Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell (rain location Lowell High School). 978-970-5000, www.nps.gov/lowe

THE BARE NECESSITIES Here they are: "The Jungle Book" is based on Disney's animated film and Rudyard Kipling's 1893 stories. Tony-winning Mary Zimmerman wrote the book and directs the musical which is set in the Indian jungle where we meet the young Mowgli. Sept. 7, 8 p.m. Sept. 8, 2 and 7 p.m. Through Oct. 13. $25-$135 (discounts available). Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

CRAVING NORMAL With Obamacare on the repeal block, Bernard Pomerance's Tony-winning drama packs a powerful punch about issues of society's obligation to take care of its citizens. "The Elephant Man" presented by New Repertory Theatre tells the story of John Merrick, a late-19th-century deformed Londoner who wants to be normal. Sept. 7, 8 p.m. Sept. 8, 2 p.m. Through Sept. 29). $28-$60 (discounts available; pay-what-you-can previews Sept. 7-8. Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

CROWD CONTROL "Hello, my name is Chachi and I'm from New York City." That's how DJ Chachi opens the video bio on his website, in which he discusses his career and his artistic philosophy: "I think, to be a good DJ, it's really reading the crowd." He'll read the crowd in Boston this weekend. Sept. 7, 10 p.m. 21+. $20, $30. The Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000, www.theestateboston.com

SUNDAY

FLUTE HONOREES The annual James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition was created in 1979 in memory of the Boston Symphony Orchestra flutist and teacher. Another teacher and former BSO flutist, Fenwick Smith, is honored Sunday when competition winner, Thomas J. Wible, performs with pianist Ayako Yoda and harpist Franziska Huhn. Sept. 8, 3 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-461-3994, www.necmusic.edu

PARLEZ-VOUS? If you're not fluent in French, access a French app on your smartphone because this gig is performed in French. Moroccan-born comedian Gad Elmaleh has appeared in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" and Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. $40-$65. Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.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.

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