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Weekend event picks, March 21-23

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  March 19, 2014 10:33 AM

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Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See Milva DiDomizio's picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.

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From left: Gustavo Dudamel (Richard Reinsdorf); Boston Gay Men's Chorus (Scarpetta Photography); Keb' Mo' (Reuters/Fred Prouser)

FRIDAY

LUX LIGHT Before his career as Son Lux took off, Ryan Lott wrote music for commercials. He’s touring in support of "Lanterns," featuring original music played with collaborators including mandolinist Chris Thile and Antlers singer Peter Silberman. For the North American tour, he brings along a full band that includes drummer Ian Chang and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia. March 21, 7:30 p.m. $16-$18. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. www.icaboston.org

MOTOR MOVES The cars and the dancing are at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, which winds up the winter dance party series "Dancing With the Cars" with a swing dancing event. Michele Cloutier from Dance in Boston will teach the moves at 7 p.m., you show them off on the dance floor from 8-11 p.m. Bring bucks for the cash bar, come with or sans partner, and arrive early for cocktails and the 6-7 p.m. museum tour. March 21, 6-11 p.m. $15. Larz Anderson Auto Museum, 15 Newton St., Brookline. 617-522-6547, www.larzanderson.org

SATURDAY

A NEW DAY Not all cultures ring in the new year in January. Nowruz, the Persian New Year celebration which means "new day," is a case in point. The Museum of Fine Arts recognizes the Middle Eastern holiday with Nowruz 2014: The Persian New Year Festival. Watch the Aftab Dance Group perform to a medley of traditional Persian songs, listen to music by the ZARBANG Trio, watch the movie “My Name Is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns,” see a Persian calligraphy demonstration, or take a gallery tour focusing on Iranian ceramics or art from the ancient Near East. March 22, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Free with admission of $25, $23 seniors and students, under 18 free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

BEYOND THE BLUES Musician Keb' Mo' has won three Grammys for Best Contemporary Blues Album, but his work embraces more than that. He recently told the Wall Street Journal, "I'm known as a genre jumper and people want to know what genre I'm in. I've never been pure blues so I decided to create a genre for myself and I called it BluesAmericana." That's also the title of his upcoming recording. March 22, 8 p.m. $40-$47.50. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. www.thewilbur.com

KIN SING Reuben M. Reynolds II has seen a lot change since he took the job of music director for The Boston Gay Men's Chorus in 1997. He says, "The LGBT community has always created family in many different ways. But if you had told me 20 years ago that I'd see chorus members slipping out of rehearsal to rush home to tuck their three-year-olds into bed, I never would have believed it." The chorus takes a musical look at the family with "Sons & Daughters," a program featuring the New England premiere of Michael Shaieb and Brent Lord's one-act musical "Alexander’s House," "Beneath the African Sky," and Broadway classics. March 22, 8 p.m. March 23, 3 p.m. $20-$60. NEC’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-542-SING, www.bgmc.org

SUNDAY

YOUNG MAESTRO Conductor and Veneuzuelan native Gustavo Dudamel is only in his thirties, but he's already music director of two orchestras, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Celebrity Series presents Dudamel and the LA Phil in a program featuring Corigliano's Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. March 23, 2 p.m. From $45. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-482-6661, www.celebrityseries.org

TURKISH IDOLS We have American Idol, Europe has the Eurovision Song Contest, and the only act from Turkey to win it is Painted on Water. The Chicago-based duo of Demir Demirkan and Sertab Erener combine Shakespeare-inspired lyrics with melodies influenced by pop, rock, electronic, and Turkish folk. March 23, 8 p.m. $30. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com

MUSIC TO MAKE OUT BY Cosmopolitan singer-songwriter Sabina Sciubba has said she'd like to play a concert "that inspires so much love that everybody in the audience starts making out." The co-founding member of the Grammy-nominated Brazilian Girls has just released "Toujours," her solo debut. March 23, 7 p.m. $20. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Boston. 617-779-0140, www.crossroadspresents.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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