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Weekend event picks, Nov. 22-24

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  November 20, 2013 10:26 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: Wayne Shorter (Robert Ashcroft); Faneuil Hall's holiday tree (Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe); "Camelot" (Robert Lorino)

FRIDAY

IT'S FINE More than 3,000 works of art are on exhibit and sale at the 17th annual Boston International Fine Art Show. Galleries from the US, Canada, and Europe provide the art, which ranges from affordable fine prints to museum-quality masterpieces. The weekend’s special programs include panel discussions on "John Singer Sargent's Watercolors and His Legacy" and "Rediscovered Masters: Lost and Found." Nov. 22, 1-8 p.m. Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, under 12 free. Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-363-0405, www.fineartboston.com

SATURDAY

KNIGHT AFTER KNIGHT President John F. Kennedy made people think of Washington as Camelot. On the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, New Repertory Theatre is reviving the Tony Award-winning musical "Camelot." Ben Evett stars as Arthur, the young king personifying chivalry, presiding over the Knights of the Round Table, and mourning over his wife Guenevere's love for Sir Lancelot. Nov. 23, 8 p.m. Nov. 24, 2 p.m. Through Dec. 22. $33-$65. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

HOLIDAY GLOW Yes, it's that time again, which means it's time for the Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting. Santa arrives at noon, and Mayor Menino flips the switch on the 80-foot tree after dark. Highlights include singer-songwriter Paula Cole, Keith Lockhart and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and the launch of the 350,000 LED light and sound display BLINK! Nov. 23, from noon, lighting 8 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com

BRICKBOTTOM AND JOY Check out the many artists in Somerville at Brickbottom Open Studios and the open Joy Street Studios. The event featuring more than 100 artists is full of surprises like pop-up performances, installations in stairways, and video screenings in the hall. Nov. 23-24, noon-6 p.m. Free. Brickbottom Studios, 1 Fitchburg St., Somerville. Joy Street Studios, 86 Joy St., Somerville. www.brickbottom.org, www.joystreetstudios.com

LEE-WAY Soul, jazz, and folk inspire Amos Lee who brought his band to Nashville to record his latest release, "Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song." The singer/songwriter has said: "I've always enjoyed it down there, so I thought I'd bring my band and see how a bunch of Philly guys fit in." Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. $29.50-$45. Orpheum Theatre, 1 Hamilton Pl., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.livenation.com

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Some fans associate the fabulous Joan Rivers with "Can we talk?" Others think of the red carpet and the comedian's "Who are you wearing?" The comedian shares her direct, no-nonsense view of everything at the Wilbur. Nov. 23, 6 and 8:45 p.m. $35-$50. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.thewilbur.com

SUNDAY

UNFAMILIAR TO FAMILIAR If Thomas Adès's Chamber Symphony and Jean-Philippe Rameau's Suite from Les Boréades are new musical experiences for you, wait until the second half of Discovery Ensemble's "Something Old, Something New, Something for Everyone" for the more familiar Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven. Courtney Lewis conducts the chamber orchestra. Nov. 24, 3 p.m. (2 p.m. talk). $20-$40, $10 senior discount (at box office), free for students (with voucher). Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260, www.discoveryensemble.org

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE In 1959 Miles Davis invited Wayne Shorter on a road trip that lasted six years. The New Jersey-bred, Grammy-winning saxophonist's Wayne Shorter Quartet performs at the Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration along with "Sound Prints" (the Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet) and ACS (Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Esperanza Spalding). Nov. 24, 5 p.m. $30 and up. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.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.

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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