Weekend Event Picks, May 2-4

From left: Lisa Lampanelli, Art on the Marquee, Melissa Ferrick (Joel Benjamin)

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.


DRIVE BY When you drive by Southie’s Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, look for art on the 80-foot-tall LED marquee. That’s right, you don’t have to step inside a museum and pay admission because works by seven college students are right there at “Art on the Marquee.’’ Depending on when you do your drive by, you’ll see John Lafirira’s “Slow,’’ Hannah McGrath’s “Sunken Cities,’’ Youjin Moon’s “Landscape,’’ JiaYi Lin’s “Disappearing Horse,’’ and more. Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m. through June 23 (May 1 reception at 415 Summer St. 6:30-8:30 p.m.). Free. Outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., South Boston.


STAIRWAY TO ZEPPELIN Want a whole lotta love? In “Strip Zeppelin,’’ comedian/vocalist Niki Luparelli and her band the Gold Diggers turn their attention to classic rock band Led Zeppelin. A live music and burlesque tribute features Babes in Boinkland, Ginny Nightshade, Bettysioux Tailor, Fonda Feeling, Zoso LaRose, and Malice in Wonderland. May 2, 10:30 p.m. $20-$30. Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-495-2668,

BIRD MAN You might feel like you’re in a 1947 New York City bar at “Live Bird’’ when Jeff Robinson performs his one-man play about jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird’’ Parker. According to Robinson: “Charlie Parker was sort of a one-man show. He did revolutionize and define modern jazz.’’ May 2 and 3, 8 p.m. $20, $15 students and seniors (table seating, cash bar). 21+. Multicultural Arts Center, 41 2nd St., Cambridge. 617-577-1400.


MANGIARE We are coming back as a pasta addict who eats her way through every Italian restaurant on the planet. We’ll start with “Taste of the North End’’ featuring more than 35 eateries including Antico Forno, Ducali, Filippo, and Taranta. May 2, 7-11 p.m. $99 (proceeds benefit North End non-profit organizations). DCR Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, 561 Commercial St., Boston. 617-643-8105.


AND THEY’RE OFF We can’t guarantee you’ll become a winner at the races, but you will learn about the mint julep, southern-style finger foods, and how to watch the races and host a Kentucky Derby party. Derby enthusiast and artist Dustin Todd Rennells presides over “Off to the Races: a Kentucky Derby Party.’’ May 3, 5-7 p.m. $39 (registration required). Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430.


LAMBASTING LISA Leave your bashfulness and modesty at home because Lisa Lampanelli takes no prisoners. The comedian known as “Queen of Mean’’ has been described as a cross between Don Rickles and Archie Bunker. Lampanelli’s other moniker is “Queen of the Roast’’ because of her barbs to Pamela Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy, William Shatner, Chevy Chase, David Hasselhoff, and other roast victims. May 3, 7 and 9:45 p.m. $42-$64. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


MAY BE Wish Sidewalk Sam a happy 75th birthday when he draws in Cambridge (noon-4 p.m.) at the MayFair in Harvard Square. Say hi to “Top Chef’’ Fabio Viviani who is at the Columbus Foods’ “MeatUp’’ Food Truck Tour. More than 150 artisans and merchants join the festivities with something for every taste and age group. May 4 noon-6 p.m. (rain date May 18). Free. Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-491-3434.


SHE SINGS THE TRUTH Fans of this Boston indie rock, Americana, roots, and country singer/songwriter are in for a treat when the multi-instrumentalist delivers a musical retrospective of her 20-plus year career. The latest release from Melissa Ferrick is “the truth is,’’ and the Berklee College of Music assistant prof performs solo and with her band. May 4 doors at 8 p.m. $20, $23 day of show. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000,

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