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Weekend event picks, Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  January 29, 2014 10:09 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: Bevin Victoria (Glisson Imaging); SOWA Winter Market; Ladysmith Black Mambazo

FRIDAY

THE OTHER KENNY G "I Say a Little Prayer" gets a sexy, jazzy treatment on "Pushing the World Away," the Grammy-nominated record from Kenny Garrett. The sax player honors Chick Corea with "Hey, Chick," Sonny Rollins with "J'ouvert (Homage to Sonny Rollins)" and Chucho Vald├ęs with "Chucho's Mambo." The Kenny Garrett Band celebrates the release in Cambridge. Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $30 (7:30 p.m.), $25 (10 p.m.). Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757, www.regattabarjazz.com

QUEEN MARY The Somerville Theatre kicks off its centennial programming with a celebration of Mary Pickford. "Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies" author Christel Schmidt and organist Jeff Rapsis will be on hand for 35mm screenings of the shorts "The Dream" and "Their First Misunderstanding," and the feature "Sparrows." Jan. 31, 8 p.m. $10. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-625-5700, www.somervilletheatreonline.com

SATURDAY

MOVERS AND SHAKERS Maybe a literal trip to somewhere along the 30th meridian, the longitudinal line that covers places like Turkey, Israel, Eastern Europe, and Russia, isn't in the cards for you, but you can make the figurative journey at "The 30th Meridian Belly Dance Ballet." The work's premiere performance features belly dancer Bevin Victoria and her troupe, along with fiddler Joe Kessler's Balkan/klezmer ensemble Klezwoods. Feb. 1, 8 p.m. $25, $20 advance. The Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. www.bellydanceballet.com

TO MARKET The popular summer market presents the 2014 SOWA Winter Market, an indoor winter version featuring indie wares from area crafters, artists, and designers. Choose from gourmet foods, vintage clothing, and fine arts and crafts on Saturdays all winter long. Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through April 19. Salvation Army Community Center, 1500 Washington St., South End, Boston. www.newenglandopenmarkets.com

SUNDAY

ALWAYS WITH THEM Today's word is isicathamiya, the traditional music delivered by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Birthed in 1930s South African mines, the Black workers who were far from home started a Saturday night singing competition after their six-day work week. The miners called themselves "tip toe guys" because they practiced their dance steps quietly to avoid attention from guards. The a cappella group will share tracks from its album "Always With Us," a tribute to Nelson Mandela. Feb. 2, 2 p.m. $28-40. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

FOLLICLE FOLLIES Which category would you like to win: natural full beard, free-style full beard, free-style moustache, free-style partial beard (includes goatees and sideburns), or best fake beard? BeardFest 2014 offers all this and more (a make-your-own-beard table, anyone?). Feb. 2, 2-5 p.m. $5 (register to participate online or day of event). Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-625-6600, ext. 2985; www.somervilleartscouncil.org/beardfest

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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.

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