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Weekend event picks, Sept. 20-22

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  September 18, 2013 11:20 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: Boston Ballet's "Night of Stars" (Rosalie O'Connor); Revels RiverSing; Toby Keith (Alonzo Adams)

FRIDAY
MUCH ADO ON THE BEACH Swimming days are winding down, but thanks to Artists Theater of Boston, the beach is now a theater venue. The troupe presents Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," a comedy about deception, economic disparity, obligations, personal choice, and other issues that never grow out of fashion. Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 3 p.m. Free. Carson Beach, Day Boulevard, South Boston. www.artiststheater.org

SATURDAY
IT'S ALL GOOD The kids will be entertained by Yo Gabba Gabba! while adults get music by Jack Johnson, Daryl Hall & John Oates, the Roots, Jesse Dee, Lake Street Dive, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and more at the Life is good Festival, a benefit for the Life is good Kids Foundation. Sept. 21-22, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $65, $120 (both days); $20, $35 (two days) for kids; free under 2. Prowse Farm, 5 Blue Hill River Road, Canton. 888-339-2987, www.lifeisgood.com/festival
SOUTH END WELCOME MAT What started as a small event now takes up 12 buildings and smaller spaces in the South End. More than 200 artists show their wares at South End Open Studios which celebrates its 27th anniversary. Studios and galleries are full of paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, and fiber. Sept. 21-22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. South End, Boston (brochures at 539 Tremont St.). www.useaboston.com
STARRY, STARRY NIGHT Leaping into its 50th season, dancers will assume their positions on Boston Common for Boston Ballet's "Night of Stars." Accompanied by its Boston Ballet Orchestra, the dancers will present excerpts from "La Bayadere," "Rooster," and "Don Quixote," plus full ballets "Plan to B," "Symphony in Three Movements," "Serenade," and a world premiere. Sept. 21, 7 p.m. Free. Boston Common. 617-695-6950, www.bostonballet.org
AMERICAN COUNTRY IDOL Who would turn down an offer to be a judge on "American Idol"? Country superstar Toby Keith did. On his website, he says, "I really just enjoy racing my horses, writing songs, playing golf and traveling around to see some stuff other than what I see when I'm working." He'll be working this weekend when he stops in Mansfield on the Hammer Down Tour. Sept. 21, 7 p.m. $29-$81.50. Comcast Center, Mansfield. 800-745-3000,www.livenation.com

SUNDAY
NOEL FOR AUTUMN Noel Paul Stookey from Peter, Paul and Mary fame lends his voice to the Revels RiverSing celebration of the Autumnal Equinox. Before the music starts there are family activities at Harvard Square’s Winthrop Park (5 p.m.) followed by a parade to the Charles River (5:45 p.m.). Sept. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. By the Weeks Footbridge along the banks of the Charles River, Cambridge. 617-972-8300, ext. 22; www.revels.org
WHERE THEY STAND The Scottish alt rock quartet of Travis has taken the last five years off, but they're back with a new recording, "Where You Stand." Of the band hiatus, bassist Dougie Payne has said, "You stay away as long as it takes so you feel that hunger and desire to get back to it same as you did at the start." Sept. 22, 8 p.m. $25. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 888-693-2583, www.houseofblues.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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