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Weekend event picks, Sept. 13-15

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  September 11, 2013 10:04 AM

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From left: Of Monsters and Men are at MIXFest (Matthew J. Lee, Globe Staff); Bryan Cranston is in "All the Way" (Colm O'Molloy); "Tribes" (Saglio Photography Inc.)

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.

FRIDAY

TURNING THE TABLES Nina Raine is the daughter of poet Craig Raine and the grand niece of Boris Pasternak. With genes like that, the success of the British playwright is no surprise. Her award-winning drama "Tribes," which won the 2012 Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance Awards for Best Play, gets its New England premiere by SpeakEasy Stage Company. It's about a deaf character named Billy who's forced by his family to try and assimilate into the hearing world. Sept. 13-Oct. 12. Wed-Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 4 and 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. ASL-interpreted shows Oct. 6 and 11. Matinee Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. $25-$60, discounts for students and seniors. Boston Center for the Arts, Roberts Studio Theatre, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

1963 It didn't take long for us to make the switch from silly Hal in the TV comedy "Malcom in the Middle" to intense Walter White in the AMC drama, "Breaking Bad." So, in a matter of seconds, we expect Emmy winner Bryan Cranston to become LBJ in "All the Way." Robert Schenkkan's drama takes us to 1963 when Lyndon Baines Johnson becomes President after John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Sept. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, 2 p.m. Through Oct. 12. $25 standing-room-only tickets for sold-out shows available at noon at box office. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

SATURDAY

MIX IT UP Twenty years ago, MIX 104.1 launched MIXFest, and this year's music festival presents headliners Of Monsters and Men plus Backstreet Boys, and Berklee alum, Gavin DeGraw. The kids area will keep the young 'uns busy. Sept. 14, 4 p.m., rain or shine. Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston. 617-746-1300, www.mix1041.com

FLYING HIGH Living up to its name, the young Italian pop vocal trio, Il Volo, (Italian for "flight"), has a new release titled "We Are Love (Special Edition)." Tailgating on last year's "We Are Love," the special edition also features five new songs including One Direction's "Little Things," Sarah McLachlan's "Angel," and the "West Side Story" classic, "Maria." Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. $39.50-$79.50. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

GAMES ARE AFOOT It's all about playtime at the Boston Festival of Indie Games. Enjoy video games, tabletop games, live action role playing (otherwise known as LARP), film screenings, digital game jams, and lectures on the process of creating games at the event focusing on independent games made in New England and neighboring regions. Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free, registration required. MIT, Stratton Student Center, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. www.bostonfig.com

SUNDAY

AN ODYSSEY The new Boston-based Odyssey Opera lives up to its mission of offering an "adventurous repertoire" with its five-hour debut of "Rienzi." The concert performance of Richard Wagner's controversial work (the Overture was the musical theme for Hitler's rallies) celebrates the bicentennial of the composer’s birth. Gil Rose conducts. Sept. 15, 3 p.m. (break from 5:30-7:30 p.m.). $50-$200. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260, www.odysseyopera.org

SHERMAN'S LARGE WORLD Early hits by brothers Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman include "You’re 16" and "Tall Paul." Hits continued with "The Jungle Book," "Winnie the Pooh," "Mary Poppins," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," and "It's a Small World." Globe arts editor, Rebecca Ostriker, talks with one of the Grammy- and Oscar-winning brothers at "A Conversation with Richard Sherman" which includes performances of Sherman songs. "The Jungle Book" is at Boston University Theatre through Oct. 13. Sept. 15, 11 a.m. (10 a.m. brunch). $15. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

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