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Weekend event picks, Jan. 10-12

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  January 8, 2014 11:51 AM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.

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From left: Wesley Stace; Urbanity Dance; "The Color Purple" (John Howrey)

FRIDAY

FROM PAGE TO SCREEN TO STAGE The story of Celie originated in a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, then it became a movie by Steven Spielberg, then it was turned into a musical by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray, and Marsha Norman. SpeakEasy Stage Company presents the Boston regional premiere of the musical "The Color Purple" starring Roxbury native Lovely Hoffman as Celie, an African-American woman in early 1900's rural Georgia. Jan. 10-Feb. 8. Wed-Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 4 and 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. Also Feb. 5, 2 p.m. From $25. Boston Center for the Arts, Virginia Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

TRAD RUSH There'll be dancing, singing, and more dancing and singing at the 11th annual Boston Celtic Music Fest featuring top traditional players from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other traditions. Among the many performers are Mark Kilianski, Alba?s Edge, Matt and Shannon Heaton, and Flynn Cohen and the Deadstring Ensemble. Jan. 10, 7 p.m. $28. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. Other events at various locations in Cambridge: Jan. 10, 8 p.m. (Urban Ceilidh, $15); Jan. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dayfest); Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. (final concert). www.passim.org/bcmfest

SATURDAY

WIN-WIN Theo Epstein works for the Chicago Cubs now, but he returns to Boston for the annual Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit Concert. With performers including Trigger Hippy with Joan Osborne, indie artist Howie Day, Kay Hanley, Kingsley Flood, and The Baseball Project featuring members of R.E.M., it's a win for the audience. With proceeds going to the Foundation To Be Named Later, non-profits that serve youth and families win, too. Baseball journalist Peter Gammons co-hosts the event. Mike O'Malley is emcee. Jan. 11, 7 p.m. $40, VIP $150. Paradise, 967 Comm. Ave., Boston. www.ftbnl.org

NAME CHANGE Author and NPR personality John Wesley Harding's new name, Wesley Stace, is really his old name. He's returning to it for a tour supporting his record "Self-Titled." Why? "...my songs have become a lot more intimate and autobiographical, requiring a different musical treatment entirely. It seemed ridiculous to sing them under any name but my own." Stace shares a bill with Joe Pernice. Jan. 11, 9 p.m. $20. Atwood?s, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-864-2792, www.atwoodstavern.com

TICKET TO SING The press for Mystic Chorale director Nick Page's Beatles Sing says the event goes like this: "Nick projects lyrics on the screen and everyone goes nuts." It also says, "Throughout the evening, audience members will attempt to stump the band with Beatles trivia questions. Who played viola on the song 'Yesterday'? Who was the guest guitarist on 'My Guitar Gently Weeps'?" Be prepared to sing, and ask, at this sing-a-long. Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. $12, $8 students and seniors. First Parish, 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington. www.nickmusic.com

THEY HAVE 'CHEMISTRY' Take one part conductorless chamber orchestra, one part modern dance troupe, and a few parts composer, and you have the formula for "Chemistry," the first program of the year by A Far Cry. The music ensemble is joined by Urbanity Dance for the world premiere of composer Eric Nathan's "Dancing With Bach." Also on the program is Stravinsky?s ballet "Apollon Musagete." Jan. 11, 8 p.m. $10-$40. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260, www.afarcry.org

SUNDAY

PRIZE TUNE Last month American Songwriter named their top 50 songs of 2013, and "Devastate" by singer-songwriter Amanda Shires came in at No. 37. The Texas native brings her fiddle, ukulele, and singing, songwriting, and whistling skills to Boston for a show with Michael Tarbox and Brandon M. Jan. 12, 9:30 p.m. $10. Great Scott, 1222 Comm. Ave., Allston. www.boweryboston.com

BAND OF THE WORLD The NYC-based sextet known as the DODO Orchestra mixes tango, samba, swing, balkanica, reggae, and more into an energetic, danceable sound. They're also, according to their bio, "...everything that is New York -- sophisticaion, cosmopolitanism and the never-ending party." Jan. 12, 7 p.m. $20, $15 advance. 18+. Middle East, Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mideastclub.com

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