Weekend rundown

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There are some big things happening this weekend in Lynn, so let’s get a head start with this first ever “Weekend rundown.”

This post marks the beginning of a cooperative effort by members of the The North Shore Blogger Consortium. At the end of the post, you’ll find links to picks from other participating North Shore Blogs. That list will be longer next week.

Friday 9-24

If you’re a karaoke fan with a designated driver, you can probably hit all of them. Hey, if you do, report back with all of your incriminating pictures for a special post. Simply check to your right for the list, which may not even be complete. And I have to give a special plug to an institution born in Lynn that’s moved out of town. Hey, just because our children move away doesn’t mean we don’t love them and occasionally visit. Because, if karaoke isn’t your thing, you can go to Gulu-Gulu in Salem and catch four DJ’s for the price of nothing. It’s the 3rd anniversary of their Friday Night Spins series, and your LH editor is starting it off with an hour of vinyl at 8pm.

Saturday 9-25

Saturday is the big day.

1. Wake up early and visit your favorite area breakfast joint, then meet up with The Friends of Lynn Woods at the Great Woods Road entrance at 10am. Wear appropriate clothing for the woods and see the newly renovated Stone Tower. This walk is part of the Essex County TRAILS & SAILS 2010 program.

2. After the woods, head to the annual Meet Me Downtown Festival of the Arts, on Mt. Vernon Street, perpendicular to LynnArts on 25 Exchange St. It starts at noon and runs until five. Click on both posters to get the full picture! And while you’re there, check out the table for DowntownLynn.com and LynnHappens!

3. While at the Arts Fest, go inside 25 Exchange and head down the stairs. Inside TLGUTS, you’ll find the NUMBSKULL exhibit by artist Corey Corcoran, and you’ll get to meet him if you show up before 5pm.

4. And there’s something new inside TLGUTS. Subterranean is a new used book and music store in DTL, in TLGUTS! Celebrate its grand opening with proprietor Chris Barber.

But wait, there’s more! (hope that phrase isn’t copyrighted)

5. The Lynn Auditorium is host to the 5th Latin American Folkloric Gathering at 7pm.  Click the image for more info. Click the link for tickets! You’ll have time for dinner between the Arts Fest and the show at Blue Ox, Tatiana’s, Turbine, Rincon Macorisano and other fine DTL establishments.

6. But if catching a show at the Auditorium isn’t your cup of tea, or you’ve already blown your budget on awesome art at the Arts Fest, there’s no cover to attend the 3rd Official Meet Me Downtown Festival of the Arts Afterparty. This year, it starts at 9pm over at Turbine Wine Bar, 56 Central Sq. Entertainment is provided by DJ Seth in the form of new wave, indie-pop, 80’s, glam and more.

Ok, but I’m not done yet…

7. Check out the growing original live music scene at Walnut Street Cafe, 157 Walnut to be exact, with Duckforce. They go on at 8:30p. No cover. This is where your LH editor would be if he wasn’t wearing his “DJ Seth” hat over at Turbine. (Editorial note: Duckforce puts on a great show!)

Sunday 9-26

After a late brunch and a walk along Lynn Shore Drive or an adventure in Lynn Woods, head on over to Walnut Street Cafe again for Don White’s Open Mic. Get there early, about 5:30pm, if you’re a musician looking to play. Otherwise, drop in by 6pm and see for yourself the powerful talent magnet that is Don White’s Open Mic. And if you don’t know who Don White is and you’re from Lynn, you need a lesson. Each Sunday has a featured artist with a half-hour set in the middle.

Picks from other North Shore Blogs:

North Shore Dish is your guide to restaurants and all things food related on the North Shore. Whether it’s gourmet dining or a hole-in-the-wall, if these gals have tasted it, they’ll dish up the inside scoop.

Click here for North Shore Dish weekend picks

Good Morning Gloucester brings you the best of Gloucester MA and surrounding communities. From the docks to the restaurants, the sporting fields to the art scene and anything in between, if it’s happening in Gloucester it’s generally covered on GMG.

Click here for Joey’s weekend picks

Next week we will have entries from The Two Palaverers, Heather Atwood, Abby Cahill O’Brien and  Author Jane Ward.

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