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Weekend event picks, Oct. 18-20

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  October 16, 2013 11:03 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: Phil Vassar; Head of the Charles Regatta (John Blanding, Globe Staff); Chris Thile (Danny Clinch)

FRIDAY

OPEN FOR BUSINESS You have an invitation from 150 artists to check out their studios and wares at Fort Point Open Studios. More than 10 buildings are within walking distance, so don't worry that your purchases will weigh you down. Painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, fashion designers, printmakers, book artists, photographers, musicians, and others are waiting. Oct. 18, preview 4-7 p.m. (selected studios), Oct. 19-20, noon-6 p.m. Free. Fort Point neighborhood, Boston (map is online and at 15 Channel Center St. and other locations). 617-423-4299, www.fortpointarts.org

A SPOONFUL Elliot, a former Marine with physical and emotional wounds, is one of the struggling characters in "Water by the Spoonful," the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Hudes. Addictions plague Elliot and the other characters who are searching for human connection. Oct. 18, 8 p.m. Oct. 19, 3 and 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 3 p.m. Through Nov. 16. $25-$65, $10 senior discount. The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

THE FRENCH QUEEN Marie-Antoinette's personal letters help tell the story of a teenage bride and desperate queen. Evelyne Lever's one-woman play, "Marie-Antoinette, In Her Own Words," stars Barbara Schulz and is presented by the French Theatrical Foundation in French with English supertitles. Oct. 18-19, 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 3 p.m. $35. The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington St., Boston. 800-440-7654, www.moderntheatre.com

TWINS SPIN Marc and Allister Blackham were born and raised in Manchester, England but launched their career in house music in Edinburgh, Scotland when they were still teenagers. Since their invasion of America, EC Twins has become a hot commodity at major clubs and as producers and remixers. Oct. 18, 10 p.m. $15. 21+. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com

SATURDAY

ROW, ROW, ROW At the Head of the Charles Regatta, there are 61 events to keep the international rowers, ages 14-85, busy for two days. And there are activities, food vendors, and spectator duties to keep everyone else busy. Oct. 19-20, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Starts at Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse, 619 Memorial Dr., Cambridge (finishes at Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Boston). 617-868-6200, www.hocr.org

COUNTRY TRACKS Before he started writing tracks, Phil Vassar ran track at James Madison University. But, music won the race for the Virginia-born country singer/songwriter who moved to Nashville, played club gigs, and met Engelbert Humperdinck's son who gave the singer’s demo tape to Dad. Humperdinck recorded Vassar’s "Once in a While" in 1996. The tunesmith's latest single is "Love Is Alive." Oct. 19, 7 p.m. $25, $35. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

SUNDAY

THILE'S STYLE Grammy-winning Chris Thile wraps his arms around progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz and performs it all with his voice and mandolin. The Punch Brothers member will share his "Chris Thile's Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1" along with his own pieces and some contemporary music. Oct. 20, 7 p.m. $30 and up. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

DISCOVER MELODY Each composer of the three pieces at "What Is Melody?" had a different idea of the answer. Discovery Ensemble presents Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K.466 (with Israeli pianist Shai Wosner), Ligeti's Melodien, and Sibelius's Symphony No. 6. Oct. 20, 3 p.m. (2 p.m. talk). $20-$40, $10 student and senior discount. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260, www.discoveryensemble.org

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