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Weekend event picks, Feb. 14-16

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  February 12, 2014 12:00 PM

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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: "Death of a Salesman" (Mark S. Howard); Boston Wine Expo (Scarpetta Photography); Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio (Anastasia Sierra)

FRIDAY

BEING WILLY Name the play: "He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine..." Yes, Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," the 1949 classic about salesman Willy Loman. This Lyric Stage Company of Boston production is directed by Spiro Veloudos and stars Ken Baltin and Paula Plum. Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Feb. 15, 3 and 8 p.m. Feb. 16, 3 p.m. Through March 15. $25-$61, $10 senior discount. The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

SWING INTO V-DAY Jessy Carolina sings and plays the washboard, and with the Hot Mess on piano, banjo, guitar, woodwinds, and brass, will deliver classic American blues and jazz for a romantic night of swing dancing at the I Heart Swing Valentine's Day Ball. No experience necessary, and singles are welcome. Feb. 14, 8 p.m. lesson (included with admission), 9 p.m.-midnight dancing. $17, $15 students. Crosby Whistle Stop, 24 Roland St., Charlestown. www.bostonswingcentral.org

SATURDAY

DAYS OF WINE On the extensive activities list for Saturday at the Boston Wine Expo are the seminars "The One Hour Wine Expert" (11:30 a.m.; $35), “Discover Ice Cider" (12:30 p.m.; $30), and "Chianti Classico: Tuscany doesn't get any better than this!" (2:30 p.m.; $35). Feb. 15-16, 1-5 p.m. $85-$145, $145 weekend pass (seminars are extra). 21+. Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. www.wine-expos.com

MOUTHING OFF Care to listen, learn the craft, both? The Boston Storytelling Festival offers storytelling, slams, and workshops, and features award-winning tellers from massmouth slams. Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free (registration for workshops is recommended). All ages. Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400, massmouth.ning.com

THE VOICES You won't see instruments on the stage, but you'll hear them at the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. The Northeast Quarterfinal 3 student groups and their clever names include Lesley University's Harmogeddon, Berklee College of Music's Pitch Slapped, Harvard's Veritones, and Northeastern's Pitch, Please! Feb. 15, 7 p.m. $12, $17 day of show, $2 student discount. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2262, www.berkleebpc.com

TRIO PLUS TWO Guitarist Juanito Pascual was born in Minneapolis and headed to Spain after high school to study with flamenco masters. The New England Conservatory grad is in town with his Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio, flamenco dancer Auxi Fernández, and flamenco singer Alfonso Cid to celebrate the trio's self-titled release. Feb. 15, 8 p.m. $26-$125, $5 student and senior discount. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-496-2222, www.juanitopascual.com

ALL GROWN UP This band with a Beatles, Velvet Underground, and Stars influence formed at the Berklee College of Music in 2005. A few years later, The Grownup Noise recorded "This Time With Feeling" in recording studios, a Maine cabin, and a bathroom. The pop band's special guests are Golden Bloom and Miracles of Modern Science. Feb. 15, 9 p.m. $10, $12 at the door. Lizard Lounge, 1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge., 617-547-0759, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/565298

SUNDAY

DUTCH TREAT Dutch house duo Sick Individuals is on a roll with hits including "Blueprint" with Dannic, "I Am" with Axwell, and the 2014 single "Shock." JOEYSUKI shares the night. Feb. 16, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15. Whisky Saigon, 116 Boylston St., Boston. www.wantickets.com

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