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Weekend event picks, March 14-16

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  March 12, 2014 09:20 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: Vijay Iyer (AP); Lo'Jo (Denis Dailleux); Boston Ballet (Leslie Spatt)

FRIDAY

IF THE POINTE SHOE FITS She has rotten stepsisters, a fairy godmother, and a prince in love with her. "Cinderella" provides the fairy tale material for the Boston Ballet's next production, a company premiere of the ballet with choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton and music by Prokofiev. March 14, 7:30 p.m. March 15, 1 and 7:30 p.m. March 16, 1 p.m. Through March 23. From $29. Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

GENIUS OF JAZZ In the last few years, accolades for Grammy-nominated composer and pianist Vijay Iyer have been coming fast and furious, among them a 2013 MacArthur "genius" fellowship. Iyer visits Boston for a two-part program featuring POEMJAZZ with former US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky on the first half, and a performance by the Vijay Iyer Trio on the second. March 14, 8 p.m. From $20. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

TONG IN TOWN EDM veteran Pete Tong was recently named a Member of the Order of the British Empire. Recent projects include a monthly residency at Sound in Hollywood. See him at Evolve Friday. March 14, 10 p.m. $15-$20. Royale, 279 Tremont St., Boston. 617-338-7699, www.royaleboston.com

SATURDAY

TOGA PARTY March 15 is the 2,058th anniversary of Julius Caesar's assassination by a group of Romans. To commemorate the occasion, get thee to the Roman forum at Ides of March in Union Square featuring a tailor "shop" where you'll learn how to tie a toga, a Dogs of War costume contest for the pooches, a "pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey" where you can hone your stab-in-the-back skills, and more. March 15, 1-6 p.m. (rain date March 16). Free. Union Square, Somerville. 617-625-6600, ext. 2985; www.somervilleartscouncil.org

THE EYES HAVE IT The time between two European World Wars was a creative and unconventional one for photographers shooting in Europe. Constantin Brancusi, Ilse Bing, André Kertész, Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, and Josef Sudek pioneered unusual angles, new darkroom techniques, and other approaches which you can see at "Photo Eye: Avant-Garde Photography in Europe." March 15, 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. (through July 6). $25; $23 students 18 and over, seniors; free under 18 (see website for details). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

WORLDLY BAND How to describe the music of French band Lo'Jo? We'll let the press release do it: "The six-member band plays funky, dubbed-up chansons laced with a bewildering variety of jazz, pop, reggae, circus, cabaret, klezmer, Roma, West African, and Maghrebian traditions." Fronted by gravelly-voiced singer/keyboardist Denis Péan and violinist/kora player Richard Bourreau, the group has picked up some notable fans over the years, including Robert Plant and Robert Wyatt, who appears on Lo’Jo’s 2012 release "Cinema El Mundo." March 15, 7 p.m. $25. Johnny D's, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-876-4275, www.worldmusic.org

SUNDAY

VINTAGE GOODS The Davis Flea has a mission "to Reclaim, Repurpose, Rediscover and Reconnect." Their mission is your chance to score vintage collectibles and antiques at The Davis Flea Spring Vintage Market. Old-school vinyl records play while you peruse the retro treasures. March 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Center for Arts at The Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191, www.thedavisflea.com

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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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