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Weekend Picks: Food That's Local; Fashion That's Forward06:55
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Courtney Hollands, senior lifestyle editor at Boston Magazine, shares her weekend ideas.


What: ICA First Fridays: Fashion Forward

Where: ICA, Boston

When: Friday, Oct. 5, 5-10 p.m.

How much: $15 (free for ICA members)

More: The city's well-heeled have been out and about for Boston Fashion Week (see: all the runway shoes that happened under the Tent at the Mandarin Oriental last weekend!). The festivities end Saturday, so make sure to get your sartorial fill this Friday at the ICA.

Louis, Riccardi, Uniform and other stores will put on a fashion show at 7:30, presenting looks inspired by the Brazilian graffiti art of Os Gemeos, currently on display at the museum. There will also be a spotlight tour of the exhibit at 8:30, let by adjunct curator Pedro Alonzo; DJ sets by Frank White and Adam O'Reilly; and videos of local designers Daniela Corte and mike & ton's spring/summer 2013 collections screening in the lobby. Now's a good time to plan your outfit.


What: Alabama Shakes

Where: House of Blues, Boston

When: Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.

How much: $25-$35 (It's sold out, according to the HOB Boston Twitter feed.)

More: These rootsy, retro-leaning rockers from Athens, Ala., have quickly become indie darlings. Fueled by Internet buzz, the quartet opened for Jack White and played both "Conan" and "Letterman" earlier this year (on the latter host's birthday, prompting Letterman to exclaim that their rollicking performance of "Hold On" was his "birthday present").

The band's debut album, "Boys and Girls," released in April, is a must-listen and one of my favorites from 2012 so far. Brittany Howard's bluesy yawp often draws comparisons to Janis Joplin — she really belts it out, stretching each note. It's hard to believe that just last year, the bespectacled frontwoman was a mail carrier who casually jammed with friends twice a week.


What: Boston Local Food Festival

Where: Rose Kennedy Greenway

When: Sunday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

How much: Free!

More: The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts celebrates all things farms, fish and fresh this Sunday at the third annual Local Food Festival — on the Greenway this year for the first time. Bring an appetite, as area producers like Doves and Figs Kitchen jams (Arlington), Q's Nuts (Somerville), Quinn Popcorn (also Arlington — their microwave bags are made from compostable paper!) and Batch Ice Cream (Jamaica Plain) will pass out tasty nibbles while you get down to — you guessed it — local bands at the zero-waste event. Most intriguing are the demos under the DIY tent, with names like “Nettles and spearmint and lemon verbena – Oh My!" and "Backyard Chickens 101."


Meghna's Pick

What: Video Game Orchestra

Where: Boston Symphony Hall

When: Sunday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m.

How much: $40.50-$64.50

This segment aired on October 4, 2012.

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