48 Hours of Freedom

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It’s the weekend. You can spend it dancing around the Maypole, or you can quit being such a hippie and enjoy it. Here are some other suggestions for your precious two days of total freedom, prepared for you by Boston Daily.

Tonight
Get a dose of drama that doesn’t involve Sal DiMasi. Boston Ballet’s Swan Lake continues at the Wang.

Eating your way through the North End in one night would probably kill you. Thankfully, there’s a safer alternative. Taste of the North End hosts 44 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants to make sampling a breeze. Proceeds benefit the Neely Foundation.

Cashmere and denim may be our two favorite fabrics. Stock up on both at Betsys, which offers sweaters and jeans for 75 percent off.

It’s like a figure-skating tour, but with rackets. Champions Cup Boston brings together tennis stars like Pete Sampras and John McEnroe for a round-robin competition.


Saturday
The first-ever Boston Civic Summit brings together local leaders and citizens to discuss ways to get everyone engaged in making our city a better place. Will it work, or do we just not care about local politics? Will Mayor Tom Menino really show up? We can’t wait to find out.

If that’s not enough engagement for you, the Simmons Leadership Conference brings together successful women like Gloria Estefan and medical reporter Nancy Snyderman to speak about what they have learned on the road to success.

Those who are not in the know may call it Slumerville, but Somerville is actually quite beautiful, especially this weekend. Over 300 artists will open their doors to art lovers for Somerville Open Studios.

We don’t know much about the Kentucky Derby, but we do like Mint Juleps. Sip the famous drink while checking out Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill’s new look during its Derby Day celebration.

Sunday
A sense of humor is one of the most important characteristics we look for in a partner, and it should be easy to find at ImprovBoston’s Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction. Proceeds benefit the fund for the group’s new digs in Central Square.

We wonder if the artists at Harvard Square’s Chalk on the Walk will use the ashes left over from Friday’s manhole fires in their creations.

You’ll have plenty of music to enjoy as you take in the sidewalk art. Harvard Square will be transformed to a six-stage concert venue for MayFair.

With the skyrocketing cost of food, this year’s Walk for Hunger is especially important. Cheer the walkers as they raise money for Project Bread.

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