Weekend event picks, April 25-27

From left: Community Boating offers an open house; The Hood Internet is at Sinclair (Ebru Yildiz); Gore Place’s annual Sheep Shearing event (Bruce S. Allen)

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.


HOOD STUFFAaron Brink and Steve Reidell, otherwise known as The Hood Internet, were recent college graduates living in Chicago and playing in the indie band May or May Not when they started creating mash-ups. Their debut studio album was released in 2012. DJ Apt One is also on the bill. April 25, 9 p.m. $20, $17 advance. Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 617-547-5200,

DOPE STUDIESSocial Studies presents Kenny Dope, the Grammy-nominated Brooklyn artist whose genre-spanning work includes hip hop, funk reissues, Latin, jazz, reggae, and more. His visit to Boston will focus on disco and house. April 25, 9:30 p.m. $10. Good Life, 28 Kingston St., Boston. 617-451-2622,



SAILING Even if a membership isn’t in the cards for you this summer, head to the Community Boating Open Houses and take one of the hourly orientation tours and drool at the sailboats on the Charles River. The folks at Community Boating have been teaching sailing since 1946 and boast a fleet of more than 150 sailing vessels and kayaks. April 26 and May 31 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Community Boating, Inc., 21 David Mugar Way, Boston. 617-523-1038.

WOOLY DAY Everyone needs a haircut every now and then, including the sheep at Gore Place. At the annual Sheep Shearing Festival, watch demonstrations of traditional and modern clipping techniques, herding, visit the craft fair, listen to music, partake in traditional English dancing, and more. April 26 10 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. $15, free under 13. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798.

FLOWER POWER These folks who know how to do more than snip the ends and fill a vase with water work their design magic at “Art in Bloom.’’ Garden club members and professional designers create floral arrangements inspired by pieces in the Museum of Fine Arts collection. The show also offers tours and demonstrations. April 26-28 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $25, $23 seniors and students 18 and older (additional discounts available; check website for ticketed events and additional programs). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975.


BREW AND BELLY LAUGHS ll you have to do is relax, down some suds, and laugh at whatever the improv and sketch comedy troupe, Improv Asylum, says and does. Can you handle that at the Laffenhaus Beer and Comedy Festival? Breweries include Rapscapllion, Red Hook, Blue Hills Brewery, Peak Organic, and Angry Orchard. April 26 doors at 1 p.m. $40, $50 at the door. Laugh Boston, Westin Seaport Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844.


THE TELL-TALE TRAIL You have to wait until October for the unveiling of Stefanie Rocknak’s “Poe Returning to Boston’’ sculpture, but while you wait, go on the 90-minute “The Raven’s Trail: A Walking Tour of Poe’s Boston.’’ BC English prof, Paul Lewis, will escort you to Poe’s birthplace, Edgar Allan Poe Square, the Frog Pond on Boston Common, and the King’s Chapel Burying Ground. April 27 noon-1:30 p.m. (May 18 2-3:30 p.m.). $15 (proceeds go to the Poe statue project). Meet at Poe Square, intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South, Boston.

EASEL DOES IT Wander around Boston (and beyond) Sunday and see how many Copley Society of Art artists you can find. At Fresh Paint Day, painters will capture landmarks around Boston, the North Shore, South Shore, and MetroWest. April 27 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (silent auction bidding starts April 29 at 158 Newbury St., Boston; final bidding at May 10 gala). Free. Boston and beyond including the Public Garden, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, and the Charles River Esplanade. 617-536-5049.



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