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Weekend event picks, Oct. 4-6

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  October 2, 2013 09:56 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: Jorge Drexler; Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre (Gary Sloan); Guy Davis (Richard Dowdy)

FRIDAY

BREW-PAH At the Harpoon Octoberfest, the musicians wear lederhosen while they oompah, you eat bratwurst and drink IPA, Octoberfest, UFO Pumpkin and other Harpoon brews. This annual fall celebration also features chicken dancing and German chocolate cake-eating contests. Oct. 4, 5:30-11 p.m. Oct. 5, 2-9 p.m. $20. Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. www.harpoonbrewery.com

DARK DANCES Get in a dark, haunting mood in preparation for Halloween at the season opener by José Mateo Ballet Theatre. The namesake choreographer presents "Shadows Fleeting," a program of "Covens" about a witch hunt, "Dark Profiles" about a tormented woman, and a premiere set to Bach's Cello Suite in D Major. Oct. 4-5, 8 p.m. Oct. 6, 4 p.m. Through Oct. 27. $40. Sanctuary Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org

GROUNDED More than 40 bands from Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont will perform at the New England Underground Music Fest. You can expect on-the-ground electronic, rock, punk, psychadelic, and "left-of-center music" from groups including Get Ready!, Tarp, and Metal Feathers. Oct. 4-5, 3 p.m. $10-$15. Cambridge Elks Lodge, 55 Bishop Allen Dr., Central Sq. Cambridge (Oct. 5 at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge). www.bostonhassle.com

FEMMES FATALE Radical cheerleading, sweat pants, 19th-century urban life, and more are converted into burlesque, comedy, spoken word, drag, and performance art at "Femmetastic: The Femme Show." The variety show billed as "queer art for queer people" delivers its take on "queer femme identity and femininity." Oct. 4-5, 8 p.m. $12, $15 at the door. Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. www.thefemmeshow.com

SATURDAY

ROLLIN' ROCKAPELLA From busking on New York street corners to the PBS kids show "Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?" this pop quintet has been accompanied by nothing but their voices and moves. The latest show, "Rockapella: Motown & More" features "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud Too Beg," "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone," and other gems. Oct. 5, 8 p.m. $21-$31. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261, www.berkleebpc.com

SUNDAY

GET YA FOOD HERE "Healthy Local Food for All" is the theme of this year's Boston Local Food Festival, a nudge for us to eat local food and grow our own. The market and celebration is a spread of local restaurants, food trucks, specialty foods farmers, demos, music, and more. Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway (Atlantic Avenue and Milk Street), Boston. 617-395-0250, www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.com

GET REAL Don't be surprised if you are called to the stage to help Jorge Drexler "build a song in real time" on an iPad. The Oscar-winning Uruguayan singer/songwriter lives in Spain and writes about love, identity, race, and religion. Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. $28-$37. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

BLUES IN THE NIGHT Being born to Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis makes it easy to see where Guy Davis got his acting and directing leanings. But it was his grandmother who influenced the musician's love of the blues. The guitarist and singer has a new record, "Juba Dance," featuring original tunes plus covers of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Rev. Robert Wilkins, and Blind Willie McTell. Oct. 6, 7 p.m. $29. 21+. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 978-264-9123, www.davissquaretheatre.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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