Weekend Outlook

Wondering what to do this weekend? Every Thursday 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.

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Weekend Outlook
5:24 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Martinis for a Cause, and other Best Bets for the Weekend

Puffy Elvis - not your ordinary band of funky school teachers - performs in North Falmouth on Friday.
Credit Jennifer Edwards / Cape Cod Times

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!

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Weekend Outlook
3:04 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

MV Film Fest Offers More in More Places, and Other Best Bets for the Weekend

A documentary focusing on the founder the Burt's Bees company shows at the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival this weekend.

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

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Weekend Outlook
2:12 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Many Musical Highlights to the Valentine's Weekend

Vocalist Catherine Russell performs in Wellfleet this Saturday. She has just released a new album.

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.

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Weekend Outlook
3:14 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Moby Dick Marathon on Nantucket, & more: Best Bets for the Weekend

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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Weekend Outlook
4:45 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Orchids Bloom in Hyannis, & more: Best Bets for the Weekend

Credit Cape Cod Times/Steve Heaslip

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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Weekend Outlook
3:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Films, Art, and Theater: So much to choose from this weekend

Credit Jaypeg / flickr

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

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Weekend Outlook
8:47 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Where will You be New Year's Eve? Best Bets for Going Out

Nantucket celebrates the New Year with five days of events.
Lisa Frey/Nantucket Events Media

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

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Weekend Outlook
4:43 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Winter Solstice Celebrated in Woods Hole, & more: Best Bets for the Weekend

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Weekend Outlook, December 19, 2013, Steve Junker and Kathi Scrizzi Dirscoll

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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Weekend Outlook
5:03 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Dance Programs Highlight this Weekend's Events: Best Bets for Going Out

Credit something.from.nancy / flickr

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.

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Weekend Outlook
10:13 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Strolls, Parades, Santas Galore: Here Comes a Blockbuster Weekend for Holiday Events

Santa is extremely busy making many public appearances this time of year, spreading holiday joy.
Credit Joe Kubitschek / flickr

Santa must be mopping his brow, wondering how he's going to do it. He's got appearances scheduled at holiday events across the Cape and Islands this weekend - plus he has to keep his eye on the big day, less than 3 weeks off. Lots to do!

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