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.
HOLIDAY HAPPENING More than 350 master crafts folks will help you start your holiday-shopping engine at the Boston Christmas Festival, and the annual Gingerbread House Competition will fuel your eating engine. Area chefs at the latter create masterpieces you can purchase to benefit Housing Families, Inc. Nov. 8, noon-7 p.m. Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, free under 14. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 617-536-3400, www.bostonchristmasfestival.com
THE GREY IS BACK E.L. James's "Fifty Shades of Grey" is back in the limelight with the upcoming film and the "50 Shades! The Musical" parody. When a few ladies gather for their book club "meeting," songs including "They Get Nasty," "I Don't Make Love," and "There's a Hole Inside of Me" are between the lines. Nov. 8, 8 p.m. (Also Nov. 7). $49 and up (recommended for 18 and older). Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. 866-348-9738, www.citicenter.org/50shades
EQUALITY FOR ALL Dapper rapper Macklemore has said of his "Same Love" song and video in support of marriage equality: "equality is at the forefront of what's going on in politics right now." What's also going on is its winning the VMA Best Video With a Social Message. The Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is at the forefront at TD Garden. Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$59.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
HIS LINE, ANYWAY "Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called everybody, and they meet at the bar." We would love to take credit for this line, but it belongs to Drew Carey, the busy stand-up guy of "The Drew Carey Show," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "The Price is Right" fame. Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. $29-$39. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.thewilbur.com
DANCE COLLECTION Veteran dance DJ Pete Tong has just released "The Pete Tong Collection," a compilation of 60 house tracks by artists including Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, David Guetta, and Avicii. He stops in Boston on his North America Tour 2013. Nov. 8, 10 p.m. $15-$20. 21+. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. www.royaleboston.com
THE SHORT OF IT There are several categories, many films, and a lot to see at the Glovebox Short Film & Animation Festival. Animation, documentary, drama, narrative, music video, zombie, dance and performance, conceptual fine art, and family are represented by more than 50 short films by up-and-coming filmmakers. Included are the animated "Mr. Hublot" and the narrative "Noah." Nov. 9, 2 p.m.- midnight (2 p.m. family section). $6 per section, $30 all-day pass, free under 12. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849, www.regenttheatre.com
GREEN HAWAII If you're not used to a chant for an opening track, give a listen to "Hawai'i '13" by Hawaii's The Green. The reggae band's JP Kennedy has said: "From the times of ancient Hawai'i and even up to present day, chanting has been a part of our culture. It's a way to start something important. When we chant, we ask for blessings, knowledge, and guidance..." Nov. 10, 7 p.m. $18, $20 day of show. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com
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.