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Weekend event picks, Oct. 11-13

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  October 9, 2013 11:00 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: Selena Gomez (Ferdy Damman/Getty); Moonapalooza (Harvard Center for Astrophysics); "The Power of Duff" (Huntington Theatre Company)

FRIDAY

RELIGION IN ROCHESTER The night after his father dies, Charlie Duff trades his usual sign-off for a prayer. The Rochester news anchor ignores management's objections, widens his audience, tries to narrow the gap with his ex-wife and teenage son, and continues his struggle with ambivalence. The Huntington Theatre Company presents Stephen Belber's "The Power of Duff." Oct. 11-12, 8 p.m. Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Through Nov. 16. $25 and up, $5 senior discount, $25 for 35 and younger, $15 students and military. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-266-0800, www.huntingtontheatre.org

THE SECRET'S OUT "Hesitation Marks," the new release by rockers Nine Inch Nails, was secretly recorded last year. And, according to Pitchfork, Trent Reznor’s band has "a record that pokes and prods and teases instead of going in for the kill." Oct. 11, 8 p.m. $35.50-$96.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

SATURDAY

HOME ON THE RANCHO Is it the wine, the food, or the boredom that causes a bunch of privileged suburban friends to start uncorking their secrets at a dinner party? The reasons are complex, but the consequences are evident in Steven Dietz's new black comedy "Rancho Mirage." New Repertory Theatre participates in the National New Play Network's rolling world premiere of the play, which will also be produced in Maryland, Indiana, and Colorado. Robert Walsh directs. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. Oct. 13, 2 p.m. Through Nov. 3. $28-$60. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

GOOD AFTERNOON, MOON Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at Moonapalooza. Astronomers of all ages are invited to hear a presentation about the moon, see it through telescopes, participate in a moon trivia contest, and eat a Moon Pie. Oct. 12, 7 p.m. Free. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-495-7461, www.cfa.harvard.edu

STREET SMART Throughout Columbus Day weekend, discover and enjoy the talent that performs at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Street Performer Fall Festival acts include Alakazam "The Human Knot" Contortionist, escape artist/mind reader Jason Escape, acrobatic/juggling act the Red Trouser, and the pogo skills of Wacky Chad. Oct. 12-14, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. 617-523-1300, www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com

ONE BRICK AT A TIME The last time Ian Anderson performed "Thick As A Brick" in its entirety was 1972. The Jethro Tull leader, flute player, composer, and singer will also treat you to his new album, "Thick As A Brick 2." Oct. 12, 8 p.m. $38.75-$85. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.citicenter.org

SULTRY SELENA Did you catch the sultry vocal performance by Selena Gomez of "Come and Get it" on "Dancing With The Stars"? If not, pray to the music gods that this track from "Stars Dance" is on the pop singer's setlist. Oct. 12, 7 p.m. $38.50, $68.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.tdgarden.com

STROKE OF FUN Having a good time is a must when DJ Claude VonStroke (whose real name is Barclay Crenshaw) performs. His bio says, "Claude VonStroke is only coming to see you if you want to enjoy yourself and get sweaty and nasty. If you want to wear a sweater and frown in the VIP section, he is not the right DJ for you." Oct. 12, 9 p.m. $18, $15 advance. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

SUNDAY

GOING FOR THE GOLD It's the 50th anniversary season for the Boston Symphony Chamber Players who present a program that begins and ends with pieces by Thomas Adés. The pianist and harpsichordist is on hand (get it?), as is baritone John Brancy. Pieces by Debussy and Ravel are the center of the Adès sandwich. Oct. 13, 3 p.m. $22-$38. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-266-1200, www.bso.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.

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