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Weekend event picks, Oct. 25-27

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  October 23, 2013 10:12 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: Madeleine Peyroux will be at Berklee (Rocky Schenck); Voca People will be at the Shubert (Leon Sokoletski); "Psycho" will be shown at the Coolidge (New York Times).

FRIDAY

VOCA-MOTION They look a little like Blue Man Group, except in white. Voca People, a group that got its start on YouTube (more than 20 million hits and counting), features eight singers combining a cappella vocals with beat box. No instruments, no sound effects, just the virtuosic voices in repertoire that encompasses everything from classical (Mozart) to pop (Madonna) to hip-hop (Run-D.M.C.). Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Oct. 26, 2 and 8 p.m. $30-$60. Citi Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.citicenter.org

ELVIS SPEAKS First it was Miles Davis, then Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones, and now Elvis Costello. The singer-songwriter is the fourth Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to receive an honorary degree from New England Conservatory. He talks about his career in a public forum moderated by Globe critic Sarah Rodman. Oct. 25, 2 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-585-1260, www.necmusic.edu/elvis-costello-songwriter

LEE WAY The Harvard Film Archive calls "Lust, Caution" one of Ang Lee's "overlooked films." You won't want to overlook its screening at "Ang Lee, Close Up," a weekend of Ang Lee films, especially since the director himself will be at the screening. Oct. 25, 7 p.m., $12, "Lust, Caution." Other Lee films through Oct. 28. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700, hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

BE A HERO Superman? Wonder Woman? Wolverine? Whatever your superhero pleasure, don a costume and hit The Estate for a superhero-themed Halloween party featuring superstar DJ, original Black Eyed Peas member Taboo. DJ Costa will also be on hand to help keep the music flowing. Oct. 25, 10 p.m. $20, $15 advance. $21+. The Estate, 1 Boylston Pl., Boston. 617-351-7000, www.theestateboston.com

SATURDAY

SALAD DAYS Here are a few details about Kristin Lajeunesse's attempt to eat at every vegan restaurant in America: 18 months, 48 states, nearly 500 eateries. Lajeunesse talks about the trip at the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, which also features more than 100 exhibitors, food sampling, chef presentations, and a kids' activity center. Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston. www.bostonveg.org

HORROR ON HARVARD STREET Norman Bates ("Psycho") and Leatherface ("The Texas Chain Saw Massacre") were both inspired by Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein. The Coolidge resurrects the classics for the 13th Annual Halloween Horror Movie Marathon which features seven terrifying flicks in all. The secret line-up promises to keep you up all night with ghosts, vampires, zombies, and the like. Oct. 26, 11:59 p.m. $15-$20. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500, www.coolidge.org

SUNDAY

WORKING ON COMMISSION In 2008 Wynton Marsalis was commissioned to write a piece in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. "Abyssinian Mass" will be performed at "Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration" by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and the 70-piece Chorale Le Chateau. Oct. 27, 7 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

PLAYING IT FORWARD "We want people to know that recovery rocks!" So says former Del Fuegos drummer Woody Giessmann, who founded Right turn in 2003 to offer addiction and mental health services to creative people in recovery. For the 8th Annual 2013 SuperGroup Concert, he's gathered a stellar line-up to lend the organization a helping hand. Performers include New Orleans trumpeter Trombone Shorty, singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, Simon Kirke of Bad Company, Evan Dando of The Lemonheads, blues artist James Montgomery, and North Shore native and Grammy winner Paula Cole. Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. www.ticketmaster.com

MAD ABOUT MADELEINE Jazz vocalist Madeleine Peyroux started her career busking in Paris, and left school at 15 to join a touring jazz band. Her latest release "The Blue Room" pays tribute to Ray Charles's "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" and features songs including "Bye Bye Love," "I Can't Stop Loving You," and "Gentle on My Mind." Oct. 27, 7 p.m. $35-$65. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston. www.berklee.edu/bpc

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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.

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