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12 fun things to do in Boston this weekend

Party with Lil Yachty and feast at a Julia Child dinner.
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Lil Yachty takes over the Wilbur this weekend. Photo by Kenneth Cappello

FOOD

Julia Child Dinner

Puritan and Co. present their fourth annual tribute to the eternal Queen of Cooking Shows, featuring Cambridge chefs Leo Asaro of Tico, Dave Bazirgan of Bambara, Kevin O'Donnell of SRV, Shaun Velez of Deuxave and Puritan & Co.’s own Ellie Wallock, each whipping up Child-inspired dishes. Everyone will sit at a communal table, and the wine shall flow. Bon appetit!

Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m., Puritan and Company, 1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge, $95, puritancambridge.com

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The Great Boston Rib Fest

Dorchester Brewing hosts Blue Ribbon BBQ, Ashmont Grill, Lucy’s American Tavern and M&M Ribs as each throws down to prove they have the best ribs… Only one of them can win, but everyone who tastes will win, presuming they like ribs. There’s no official cover charge, but Dorchester Brewing asks that you donate at least $5 to a charity chosen by the champion restaurant.

Aug. 27, noon-3 p.m., Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Mass. Ave., Dorchester, free, 21+, dorchesterbrewing.com

Boston Fermentation Festival

Fermentation is for more than just making booze—it’s what makes sauerkraut, and its Asian cousin kimchi, what they are, and it’s the process that creates kombucha as well—but still, yeah, there will be booze here. Speakers, demos, supplies, samples—everything for fermenting food and drink, or just enjoying it, will be on hand at Boston Public Market Sunday.

Aug. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, free, bostonferments.com

THEATER

Burn All Night

This premiere musical, with lyrics/book by actor Andy Mientus (Kyle Bishop on “Smash”) and synth pop music by the Brooklyn band Teen Commandments, centers on four young people in search of—what else?—themselves, in a world that’s coming to an end—seriously, it’s the apocalypse. Is this really a time for existential quandaries? Of course! Now more than ever!

Through Sept. 8, Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge, $35-$55, americanrepertorytheater.org

Plank

If you’ve ever wondered why people marooned on desert islands in movies want to be rescued, this play is for you. Actually, the heroine of “Plank," presented by Alley Cat Theater, is in an even worse situation—adrift on a plank in the ocean—but her rescue remains a rather dubious stroke of luck.

Aug. 25-Sept. 16, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston, $13-$25, bostontheatrescene.com

GOING OUT

Boston Ski and Sports Club 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Boston Ski and Sports Club looks pretty good at 50, but that’s what exercise does. Now they’re inviting everyone to celebrate. Aside from having a swanky time in the House of Blues’ foundation room, you might just win a weekend at Sunday river, some Red Sox tickets or Putnam Club seats to see the New England Revolution. As Napoleon Dynamite once said: sweet.

Aug. 24, 8 p.m.-midnight, Foundation Room, House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston, $25-$30, bssc.com

MOVIES

Little Shop of Horrors

Cinema Somerville wraps up its offbeat series of outdoor summer movies with this 1960 weirdo gem directed by the recklessly prolific Roger Corman. “Little Shop," with an early role for Jack Nicholson, slowly gained a loving cult fanbase that only grew with the 1982 musical adaptation. Not bad for a film about a giant, talking carnivorous plant, among other things.

Aug. 24, 7 p.m., The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., Somerville, free, scatvsomeville.org

Films at the Gate

This popular weekend of Chinatown film screenings returns. Friday is the documentary “My Life in China," with an appearance from director Kenneth Eng; Saturday is “Ip Man 3,", a 2015 biopic on the titular Wing Chun master starring Boston-bred star Donnie Yen; Sunday wraps it up with the 1993 wuxia epic “Butterfly Sword," with a talk from Klyster Yen, Donnie's father.

Aug. 25-27, Chinatown Park, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, free, filmsatthegate.org

FESTIVALS

St. Anthony’s Feast

St. Anthony’s Feast is the biggest of the North End’s many Italian-American Catholic feasts. For those unfamiliar, despite its name, the Feast is more than just food—it’s more like a carnival, with games and parades and music. That said, there is definitely food, oh yes. This year’s musical guests include Vanessa Racci, Louis Vanaria, Aaron Caruso, Vinyl Groove and others.

Aug. 24-27, Endicott, Thacher and North Margin Streets, Boston, free, stanthonyfeast.com

COMEDY

Adderall and Compliments

Annabelle DeSisto hosts the podcast “Adderall and Compliments”—“Nothing feeds you more,” goes the tagline. If that suggests a certain personality, the Kardashian-looking DeSisto’s preoccupation with reality TV and candid confessions of neurosis will confirm your suspicions. A former writer for the show “Fashion Police," she knows the entertainment world and its anxieties inside and out, and she’s never at a loss for words.

Aug. 26, 3 p.m., Cure Lounge, 246 Tremont St., Boston, $10, nickscomedystop.com

MUSIC

The Doubleclicks

Comprised of Portland, Oregon sisters Angela and Aubrey Webber, the Doubleclicks are a cello-guitar duo performing a mix of cute comedy, geek culture riffs and songs of personal empowerment. They started on YouTube, where they committed to producing a song a week and, befitting social media, their fans contribute to their creative process.

Aug. 26, 6 p.m., Thunder Road, 379 Somerville Ave., Somerville, $12-$15, 21+, thunderroadclub.com

Lil Yachty

A rising hip-hop star in the post-millennial generation, 20-year-old Lil Yachty is young enough, according to a recent Fader piece, to consider Biggie “overrated” but become nearly speechless when asked about Kid Cudi. The positive-minded MC’s debut album, a stylistically diverse whirlwind of poppy exuberance, is appropriately called “Teenage Emotions." That’s a lot of emotions to cover, but Yachty’s up to the task.

Aug. 26, 10 p.m., Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, $30, thewilbur.com

 
 
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