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Weekend Outlook


Wondering what to do this weekend? Every Wednesday during All Things Considered, Steve Junker speaks with the editors of Cape Week about events happening on Cape Cod and the Islands. 

You can hear this week's best bets here.


  Among the signs that summer is upon us, the weekend calendar is filled with many festivals. The question is, how to get to them all in 48 hours! The Arts Alive Festival happens in Falmouth, on Nantucket it's the Book Festival, and Provincetown hosts its International Film Festival.

A reform school for girls needs to raise a lot of money, so what kind of fundraiser do they throw? How about a musical version of Herman Melville's heavy-as-an-anchor tome, Moby Dick?

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There are plenty of events this weekend to celebrate our transit into June.

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No matter how many times you check the calendar to be sure it's right, the facts are the facts: yes, Memorial Day weekend is actually here! There are plenty of great events to enjoy.  In Hyannis, the 10th annual Troops in the Spotlight honors the men and women who serve in the armed forces with a 24-hour honor guard, collections for care packages, and more at the Kmart Plaza.

Don't spend the whole weekend working in the garden (or readying the boat) - there are too many great events you won't want to miss.  The Cape Cod Collaborative Arts Network (CapeCodCAN) has a new extravaganza concert this weekend called Waiting for Oscar, with performances at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.


Springtime events fill the weekend calendar. On Nantucket, the 40th Annual Nantucket Daffodil Flower Show highlights Daffodil Festival weekend, which also includes a parade of antique cars and the Daffy Dog Parade - it doesn't get any more traditional!

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One day it will be summer and we will have nothing to do all weekend but lie on the beach... Right. Until then, there are many great events to keep us busy and happy. The Cape Cod Conservatory of Music & Art is holding a martini contest on Friday as part of a fundraiser. Doesn't that sound like a great idea!

Enough about the weather, okay? There's plenty to do to bring a smile this weekend.

Valentines weekend brings plenty to do, with some great opportunities for hearing live music.  The "Shelter from the Storm" concert has become an annual benefit event,  involving almost 200 students from across the Cape. The show is Friday at the Tilden Arts Center. If you want to snuggle in the dark and watch a movie, the Martha's Vineyard Film Center has a Valentine's night screening of Romeo and Juliet - it's the Broadway show, with orlando Boom and Condola Rashad,  captured in its final performance. And a number of concerts this weekend offer some very different music: the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra is taking on Billy Joel and Elton John in its show "Piano men". On Saturday, jazz vocalist Catherine Russell is at the First Congregational Church in Wellfleet for a show sponsored by the Payomet Performing Arts Center.  And Terry Sylvester, an iconic voice from the late 60s /early 70s,  performs in a very intimate setting on Saturday night: the Cultural center of Cape Cod in Yarmouth.

Who says there's not much to do in the winter? This weekend brings a whaleboat-load of activities to choose from  - and here's a sampling. The White Whale makes an appearance on Nantucket, as the island hosts its annual Moby Dick marathon reading. In Falmouth, the John Wesley United Methodist Church will host an Old Time Gospel Night on Friday at 7:30: get out and sing!

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Don't let the weather keep you inside! There is plenty to do around the area this weekend. If you need a glimpse of flowers, the Cape and Islands Orchid Society has its annual show this weekend in Hyannis - it's your opportunity to bask in the presence of rare and exotic blooms. Friday night, Barnstable High School has a fun fundraiser for its music programs: the Fleetwood Mac tribute band Tusk, who's performance will involve a number of special guests, including the school marching band! Also this weekend, a nationally recognized college poetry group with a local connection - the Excelano Project - is doing two shows in Cotuit. Looking ahead, next week Falmouth kicks off a year-long recognition of the anniversary of its historic colonial-era defiance of the British. And on Tuesday, thousands of college students arrive in Hyannis for a theater festival, sponsored by the Kennedy Center, which offers plenty of events for the theater-loving public to attend.

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  Quick, what's the longest-running show in theater history? Hint: It's a mystery.

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Welcome 2014 in style, and in good company. Here are a few options to consider:


When you've finished hanging your holiday lights, you'll find plenty of great activities to do this weekend. Before Christmas comes another celebration: the winter solstice. In Woods Hole this weekend, the Solstice Singers perform holiday music in their lively Renaissance style. Also this weekend, in Dennis, a live crèche and candlelight walk happens on Saturday. Fans of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion may want to head to Highfield Hall in Falmouth for Around the Fireplace: A Stay-at-Home Holiday, which offers music, skits, as well as warm cider and cookies. Looking ahead: a trio of local actors who created their own musical revue -- "Mama and Her Boys" -- previewing a sequel for one night in Falmouth, and it's got a holiday theme.

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If good things to do were presents under the tree, we would have a mountain of fun packages to open. The busy holiday season continues with three fun dance programs this weekend. The eighth annual Dancing for a Cure raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The Atlantic Coast Academy of Dance is putting on the holiday program, Coppelia.