Weekend Event Picks, June 20-22

From left: Bob Saget; Salt-N-Pepa (AP Photo/VH1); Sugar Ray Norcia
From left: Bob Saget; Salt-N-Pepa (AP Photo/VH1); Sugar Ray Norcia

Making plans? Short on ideas? No worries. See June Wulff’s picks for the top things to do around the Hub this weekend.


GROVIN’ Wander through cherry, evergreen, ash, and birch groves with storyteller Diane Edgecomb and Celtic harp player Margot Chamberlain at “In the Groves: A Summer Solstice Journey.’’ Celebrate nature with tree legends, songs, and music from Japan, Wales, England, Australia, Russia, and Native America. June 20 and 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. $25 (reservations recommended; for ages 12 and older; indoors if heavy rain). Arnold Arboretum Hunnewell Building, 125 the Jamaicaway, Jamaica Plain. 617-524-1718. my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1024&DayPlannerDate=6/20/2014


PIT BULLS Barbecue teams from Australia, Texas, Virginia, and other locations are here to serve their fare at the “Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Music Festival.’’ Pitmasters and vendors include Paul “Aussom Aussie’’ Mackay and Joey “Boom Boom’’ Sutphen. Music masters include Mighty Mighty BossTones and Salt-N-Pepa. June 20-22 at noon. $5, $10 at the door, free June 20 noon-4 p.m. (see website for additional costs and details). City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Sq., Boston. www.phantomgourmetbbq.com

COMIN’ AND GOIN’ Two bands, two new releases, too good to be true? “Goin’ Home’’ by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band includes guest appearances by Ringo Starr, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’, and Robert Randolph. The blues/rock guitarist and namesake recorded tunes by some of his blues idols including B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Robert Randolph & The Family Band released “Lickety Split’’ with nine tracks co-written by Randolph. June 20, 8 p.m. $32. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com


LIGHT AND DARK If you associate Bob Saget with “Full House’’ and “Americas Funniest Home Videos,’’ witness the comedian’s dark and edgy side on the YouTube clip of his HBO special, “That Ain’t Right.’’ June 21, 7 p.m. $29-$43. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com


PRETTY CITY Time to bring home ideas for your garden. The South End Garden Tour is on the first day of summer, so give a warm welcome to more than 25 private back gardens, rooftop terraces, front gardens, neighborhood parks, and community gardens. June 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. $20, $25 day of tour. Tour starts at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 685 Tremont St., Boston. 617-542-7696. www.southendgardentour.org

IT’S GOOD TO BE MAYOR Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has never forgotten his nusical roots as a trumpet player in the Somerville High School Jazz Band. Mayor Joe created the Joe’s Jazz & Blues Fest, and the music begins with his alma mater. Also performing are the Laura Grill Band, Racky Thomas Band, Mark Zaleski Band, Joey Vellucci Quartet, New Black Eagle Jazz Band, and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones. June 21 noon-6 p.m. (rain date June 22). Free. Powderhouse Park, College Avenue and Broadway, Somerville. 617-625-6600. www.somervilleartscouncil.org/jazzblues

A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS If you’re efficient, you can visit all four museums: Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Harvard Semitic Museum, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Summer Solstice Celebration: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. The evening also features telescope viewings, music, food trucks, and hands-on activities. June 21, 5-9 p.m. Free. Harvard Plaza and four HMSC museums, Cambridge. 617-495-3045. www.hmsc.harvard.edu


HERE COMES THE ISLAND We’re invited to Thompson Island for a July wedding, but Great Brewster Island, the largest island in the outer harbor, invites you to see its hiking trails and sand pit, and take a guided or self-directed tour. Don’t dress for a wedding and don’t expect food, unless you bring it. June 22 from noon-5 p.m., rain or shine. $30, $27 students and seniors, $22 under 12 (reservations recommended; available tickets sold one hour prior to departure, cash only). Depart from Rowes Wharf Water Transport, 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 781-740-4290. www.fbhi.org

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