Where to go and what to do

 

NIGHTLIFE



Playboy Clubs 50th Anniversary Party


Friday, 8 p.m.

Ocean Club at Marina Bay

333 Victory Rd., Quincy

$20, 617-689-0600

www.oceanclubatmarinabay.com



Cambridge-born Traci Bingham, a former Playmate and “Baywatch” star, will be the guest of honor at this 50th anniversary celebration of the Playboy Club. The Ocean Club, which attempts to bring some Miami heat to Quincy just opened on Memorial Day. It is massive, with a 1,600 person capacity and four (count ‘em!) bars.

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MUSIC



Jethro Tull

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Bank of American Pavilion

290 Northern Ave., Boston

$35-$65, 800-431-3462

www.livenation.com



Were Tull every really a prog band? Sure, Ian Anderson’s epic lyrics and interminable songs about God and society fit the bill, but the music itself kept earthy roots in European and American folk and blues, roots that made them feel heavier than their contemporaries and which befit touring in one’s senior years rather nicely.

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FAMILY




One Africa, Many Countries

Saturday and Sunday

Children’s Museum

308 Congress St., Boston

MBTA: Red Line to South Station

$12, 617-426-6500

www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org



Make sure your kids know that Africa is not a single nation! To celebrate the World Cup, the Children’s Museum is hosting this celebration of all things African. Yes, this includes a homemade soccer ball.

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TOURS



Lighthouse Cruise

Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Boston Harbor Cruises

Long Wharf, Boston

MBTA: Blue Line to Aquarium

$69, 781-740-4290

www.fbhi.org



This ocean-bound tour, put on by the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands, takes you up and down the North Shore to check out the historic lighthouses that dot the coast and learn about their history and lore. It goes as far out as Thatcher Island. See what inspired Edward Hopper to spend his summers here.

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TALKS




2010 H+ Summit

Saturday and Sunday

Harvard Science Center

1 Oxford St., Cambridge

$300-$350, 310-916-9676

www.hplussummit.com



Transhumanism, the belief that humanity can evolve itself through technology, will be the theme of this convention, but whatever you believe about the inherent dangers of such a notion, the subjects to be discussed, such as artificial intelligence, the elimina-tion of disease, aging, and mental problems, and even relocation from the planet Earth, are still fascinating.

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THEATRE




‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Through June 19

BCA Plaza Theatre

539 Tremont St., Boston

MBTA: Orange Line to Back Bay

$28, 617-933-8600

www.bcaonline.org

This production by the Contemporary Theatre of Boston isn’t your standard frolic-through-the-woods “Midsummer.” It seeks to explore the dark, psycho-sexual currents running beneath Shakespeare’s frothy love and magic story, and includes scenes of nudity and grotesquerie! It’s recommended for adults only. Sounds badass.

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FESTIVALS



Lowell Riverfest


Saturday, 12 p.m.

Concord River Greenway

Near 30 East Merrimack St., Lowell

Free, 978-446-7200

www.lowell.org



This green-conscious festival, sort of a mini version of the one Mix 104.1 put on a couple weeks ago, features acoustically-inclined local acts (including Leo Blais, who was recently featuring in a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial), exhibitions of art and clothing made using found objects, kids’ events and more.



Dragon Boat Festival

Sunday, all day

Weeks Footbridge

Near Memorial Drive at Dewolfe Street, Cambridge

MBTA: Red Line to Harvard

Free, 617-635-3911

www.bostondragonboat.com



Taiko drumming, Bejing Opera, and Chinese lion dances. Need we say more?

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