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    Big Plans

    5 things to do in Boston this weekend

    English folk-punk singer Frank Turner comes to Royale on Sept. 6-7, 2012. Photo credit: Erik Weiss. / / / 02turner
    Erik Weiss
    Frank Turner kicks off four straight evenings of shows Thursday as part of his "Lost Evenings" residency at House of Blues.

    Boston Calling Block Parties

    The Boston Calling Music Festival isn't until next weekend, but the seasonal Boston Calling Block Parties will return to the Greenway this Thursday with lawn games, live music from country and classic rock trio Bourbon Chasers, and plenty of beer and wine. The block parties will continue every Thursday through the end of August. (Thursday, May 16, from 5 to 8 p.m.; Dewey Square, Boston; free; 21+)

    Frank Turner

    British folk-punk musician Frank Turner will once again play a multi-night run of concerts in Boston, kicking off four straight evenings of shows this Thursday as part of his "Lost Evenings" residency at House of Blues. A rotating list of multiple bands will share the stage with Turner each evening, including Loudon Wainwright III, The Hold Steady, and Against Me! (Thursday, May 16, through Sunday, May 19, at various times; House of Blues, Boston; $49.50-$69.50; all ages)

    70mm and Widescreen Festival

    People are increasingly watching movies on nontraditional screens like laptops and phones. This Somerville Theatre festival is dedicated to showing classic films the classic way, playing titles like "West Side Story" and "Poltergeist" in a more authentic cinematic aspect ratio. Beyond 70mm films, the theater will project 1967's "Casino Royale" in 35mm and 1963's "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," in 70mm Ultra Panavision. (Friday, May 17, through Wednesday, May 22, at various times; Somerville Theatre, Somerville; $10-$15 per film; all ages)

    ‘Between the Lines’


    It's been more than 40 years since "Between the Lines" first hit theaters, chronicling the staff of a fictional Boston alt-weekly fighting back against a corporate takeover. Partially based on screenwriter Fred Barron's time working for the now-defunct local alt-weeklies The Boston Phoenix and The Real Paper, "Between the Lines" features early career performances from Jeff Goldblum ("Jurassic Park"), Lindsay Crouse ("Slap Shot"), and John Heard ("Home Alone"), and was filmed in and around Cambridge. The Brattle will screen a newly restored print of the film from Friday through Monday. (Friday, May 17, through Monday, May 20, at various times; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; $9-$12; rated R)

    The Beatings

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    Twenty years after forming, this Boston-based rock quintet will play one final show at Great Scott before disbanding. Fellow Boston indie rockers Hands and Knees will also perform, supporting The Beatings as they cap off a career that spanned six releases and multiple national tours. (Saturday, May 18, at 9:15 p.m.; Great Scott, Boston; $12; 21+)


    Want more ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city this weekend? Check out five additional things to do from now through Sunday at

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