The dude also sings

In addition to scooping up Oscar nods, Jeff Bridges sidelines as a musician. He stops in at Boston's Wilbur for one show with his band — who could only be named the Abiders. Tickets start at $40. 617-248-9700; thewilbur.com


In Poitier's footsteps

The Huntington Theatre Company raises the curtain September 5 on a stage adaptation of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, with Malcolm-Jamal Warner in the role Sidney Poitier made famous in the 1967 film. On August 27, the Huntington hosts a free screening of the classic movie at Dorchester's Strand Theatre at 7 p.m., followed by a chat with Warner and play director David Esbjornson. RSVP to the movie, or buy tickets to the play (running through October 5 at BU Theatre), at huntingtontheatre.org. 617-266-0800



Seafaring weekend

Twenty-four ships arrive in Cape Ann Friday for the Gloucester Schooner Festival, which culminates Sunday in a parade of sail, followed by the 1 p.m. Mayor's Race. Saturday's activities include open houses aboard the US Coast Guard Barque Eagle and at the Coast Guard Station, a lobster bake, parade of lighted boats, and fireworks display over Gloucester Harbor. gloucesterschoonerfestival.net


Arts in the park

So you're staying put Labor Day weekend? Head to Christopher Columbus Park in the North End from noon to 6 p.m. for the free Ahts: The Boston Arts Festival. Along with 45 local artists selling their work, the lineup includes live music by the 20-plus member Animal Hospital Ensemble, stories from the PBS radio show The Moth, a fireworks show over Boston Harbor at 9 p.m. Saturday, and more. cityofboston.gov/arts/arts_festival.asp


Buster's day out

Here's an outing for you and your best friend. Pooch-a-Palooza takes over the Topsfield Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first weekend in September, offering the chance to see canine entertainers conquer an obstacle course and catch high-flying Frisbees. Enter your own precious pup in a pooch pageant. Also look for play areas for kids and for dogs, spa treatments for the furry set, and pet wellness info. Tickets cost $10. pooch-a-palooza.org


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