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Weekend event picks, Feb. 21-23

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  February 19, 2014 11:10 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: Lea DeLaria (Kate Glicksberg for the New York Times): RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles; Asaf Avidan (Louis Greene)

FRIDAY

'RAIN' CHECK The group RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles has been together now longer than the original Fab Four, studying the band's songs, stage personas, and iodiosyncracies to create the most authentic live shows possible. They land in Boston after a successful Broadway engagement to present their latest show featuring new songs and new LED, high-definition screens and multimedia content. Feb. 21, 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 3 and 8 p.m. $38.73-$93.75. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 800-982-2787, www.citicenter.org

SIGN HERE Ever since the screwdriver scene in "Orange Is the New Black," people want Lea DeLaria's signature on their tools. "I can't tell you how many people have asked me to autograph their screwdrivers," she told AfterEllen.com. Besides acting, DeLaria is a comedian, Broadway performer, and accomplished jazz vocalist with a forthcoming CD of jazzed-up David Bowie tunes. Feb. 21, 8 and 10 p.m. $30. Scullers, Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston. 617-562-4111, www.scullersjazz.com

SATURDAY

GIVE ME A BREAK-UP Like Adele before him, Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan launched his music career on heartache. A difficult break-up inspired the songs on his debut EP, and it's been uphill ever since. Avidan, whose voice has been compared to Janis Joplin and Nina Simone, makes his Boston debut. Feb. 22, 8 p.m. $28. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

THREE DANCES The 50th season of the Boston Ballet continues with a trio of contemporary works. "Close to Chuck" features Jorma Elo's "C. to C. (Close to Chuck)" inspired by paralyzed artist Chuck Close. Josť Martinez's "Resonance," set to piano music of Franz Liszt, receives its world premiere. JiřŪ KyliŠn's "Bella Figura" features nine dancers and a Baroque score. Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23, 1 p.m. Through March 2. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

SUNDAY

CATCH THE CHILI Do you have what it takes to sample 20-30 chilis prepared by home cooks? Do you have discerning taste buds that can vote on the best contenders? Bring your appetite and taste buds to the Boston Chili Takedown. Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m. $15. Great Scott, 1222 Comm. Ave., Allston. 800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/568354

LONG STORIES Cyndi Freeman performs in "Hotsy Totsy Burlesque," the late Brother Blue called Bruce Marcus "my son," and Elizabeth Freeman grew up on a Christian commune. They all have tales to tell, and will do so at 1st Person Plural. The massmouth monthly series offers tellers more than the five minutes allotted at a story slam in an evening of long-form storytelling. Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m. $6-$15. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.clubpassim.org

Please note: The following event, which was previously listed in this post for Friday, was canceled:
POTS AND SPOONS When we play with pots and pans, it's to make food. The musicians of Romano Drom use pots, cans, and spoons to make music. They combine household items with instruments like guitar, bass, and drums in traditional and modern pieces spiced with Catalan rumba, Arab, Balkan, and pop styles. The Hungarian band whose name means "Gypsy Road" makes its Boston debut. CANCELED. (This event was previously scheduled for Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. $28. Johnny Dís, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-876-4275 www.worldmusic.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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