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Weekend event picks, Jan. 24-26

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  January 22, 2014 10:30 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: Rosie O'Donnell (Ilya S. Savenok/Getty); Deborah Abel Dance Company (Liza Voll); "The Whipping Man"

FRIDAY

A LEAGUE OF HER OWN A couple of weeks ago, 51-year-old funny lady Rosie O'Donnell announced the arrival of Dakota, her adopted daughter with wife Michelle Rounds. With a house full of kids (Blake, Vivienne, Parker, and Chelsea from a previous marriage), the comedian must have a lot of material to draw on for her stand-up routines. Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. $29-$59. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000, www.thewilbur.com

TWO TWENTIES Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys, and pianist James Parker celebrated their 20th anniversary last year as the Gryphon Trio. Pianist Rob Kapilow and his "What Makes It Great" made its debut about the same time. After a discussion and demo with Kapilow, the Canadian trio plays Mendelssohn's Trio in D minor at What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow and the Gryphon Trio. Jan. 24, 8 p.m. $30 and up. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

GOOD AS GOLD Warm up your New England winter with Goldroom and LA DJ Josh Legg's hot, tropical, California vibe. Viceroy and B3RAO are also on the bill. Jan. 24, 8:30 p.m. $20. 18+. Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 617-547-5200, www.sinclaircambridge.com

SATURDAY

OUT TO BRUNCH For every dollar you spend at the Super Hunger Brunch, three meals will go to folks served by the Greater Boston Food Bank (last year 183,000 meals went to women, men, children, families, seniors, and veterans in need). Do your part at approximately 20 Greater Boston-area eateries including Blue Ginger, 80 Thoreau, Hamersley's Bistro, and Rialto. Jan. 25 and 26 at participating restaurants (reservations recommended). $25-$50. 617-427-5200. www.gbfb.org/superhungerbrunch

A CHANGING WORLD A wounded Jewish confederate soldier returns home and celebrates Passover with his two former slaves, the only ones who remain in the soldier's mansion. The war is over in Matthew Lopez's "The Whipping Man," but the three men are confronted with a new world, their relationships, and secrets. Jan. 25, 8 p.m. Jan. 26, 2 p.m. (through Feb. 15). $28-$60 (discounts available). Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org

ANCIENT CALL Eleven dancers and seven musicians explore how ancient yogic wisdom informs today's issues of spiritual disconnection and listlessness. The Deborah Abel Dance Company presents "Calling to You: A Tale of Ancient Wisdom in the Modern World," a modern dance that introduces us to an ancient Indian couple and a modern American couple. Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, 3 p.m. $35, $25 students and kids. Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave. 800-838-3006, www.deborahabeldance.com

SUNDAY

SUNDAY IN THE PARK Get up and out on Sunday mornings for the Pics in the Parks winter photography sessions where you'll learn how to shoot our beautiful parks. Using your own equipment, you'll be given tips and a theme at each informal session. Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Jamaica Pond Boathouse, 507 Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain (check for additional venues). 617-635-4505, www.cityofboston.gov/parks

GOING TO THE CHAPEL Colonial to contemporary American choral music is given royal treatment by the King's Chapel Choir at "Americana, an a capella treasure trove." Heinrich Christensen directs the ensemble's spirituals, folk songs, and music by Samuel Barber, William Billings, and Philip Glass. Jan. 26, 5 p.m. $15 suggested donation, $10 students and seniors. King's Chapel, 58 Tremont St., Boston. 617-227-2155, www.kings-chapel.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.

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